Skating Returns to Norfolk County Arenas

Starting February 17th, Family Skates, Parent & Tot, Adult Sticks & Pucks, and Adult Skates will be returning to Norfolk County arenas.

Pre-registration and pre-payment will be required and availability is limited. Additional protocols have also been put in place to help keep participants safe. These include:

  • Limiting the amount of close interaction with staff by pre-registering and pre-paying.
  • Limiting each session to 20 skaters.
  • Skaters are asked to use a COVID pre-screening tool and to stay home if feeling ill.

Council approves Norfolk’s 2021 budget

Council has approved Norfolk County’s 2021 operating budget after several days of discussion in which more than $3M in cost-cutting measures and operational efficiencies were approved.

The budget as originally proposed would have required a 12% increase over last year. This was reduced to 9% through the approval of 27 cost-cutting measures and operational efficiencies – totaling more than $3M – proposed by staff.

This includes the reduction of approximately 20 full-time equivalent County staff positions.

Waste collection delay due to weather

Tuesday (Feb. 16) waste collection for Simcoe is cancelled today due to weather. Please hang on to your materials until Tuesday next week. Collection for rest of week will be on normal day.

In other areas of Norfolk, if Monday is normally collection day (delayed to Tuesday due to holiday), collection is delayed until Feb. 22.

Reminder that in all other areas, regular collection for rest of week is delayed a day due to holiday –

Norfolk County to re-open recreational, cultural facilities starting Feb. 17

Norfolk County is preparing to safely re-open its recreational and cultural facilities once the Province’s stay-at-home order is lifted. 

The order will be lifted for the Haldimand-Norfolk area at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 16, at which time the region will be placed into the Orange – Restrict category of the Province’s COVID-19 re-opening plan.  

The County’s plan includes the re-opening of arenas, the pool and the Port Dover Harbour Museum, with a range of COVID-19 safety protocols in place at each facility.

County Staff Raise More than $27,000 for Local Charities

Norfolk County is proud to announce that its weekly Dress Down Fridays initiative raised $27,120 for local charities in 2020.

Dress Down Days are a weekly fundraising event when eligible staff may dress down in the office on Fridays. Those who participate are asked to contribute $2. 

Although 2020 led to a change in work location for many Norfolk County employees, the program continued and donations increased.

 

“Last year was a particularly difficult year for our community, which makes supporting local charities more important than ever before,” says Erin Anderson, Norfolk’s Director of Human Resources.

Norfolk to launch search for new County Clerk

After seven years with Norfolk County, Andy Grozelle is leaving his position as County Clerk.

Grozelle is responsible for the Clerks and By-Law department that provides a wide range of services to Council, the public and County staff, including advising Council on legislative matters, recording Council minutes and decisions, ensuring the public has access to municipal records, and administering elections.

“It has been a great honour to serve the residents of Norfolk and their elected Councils,” says Grozelle.

Simcoe Seniors Centre moves to Simcoe Recreation Centre

The members of the Simcoe Seniors Centre will have a new home when they’re able to return to in-person activities.

Norfolk County has worked with the Seniors Centre leadership to move furniture and supplies to the group’s new home at the Simcoe Recreation Centre, from their former location on Pond Street.

“On behalf of the Simcoe Seniors Centre, I’d like to say how excited I am about the relocation to the Simcoe Recreation Centre.

Turn down the thermostat to raise awareness about energy conservation

Norfolk County is encouraging residents to turn down the thermostat on Feb. 4 to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change.

Since 2010, more than a million Canadians have bundled up for National Sweater Day to promote the need to conserve fossil fuels, such as those used to heat our homes.

Participants are asked to turn their thermostats down by 1.5 degrees Celsius, in recognition of the effort to limit the rise in global temperatures by the same amount, and to instead sport a favourite sweater.

Reminder: No Ice is Safe Ice

Cold temperatures are in the forecast for Norfolk County, but that doesn’t mean area waterways will be safe for skating or snowmobiling any time soon.
 
The Norfolk County Fire Department is reminding residents that no ice is safe ice – especially when temperatures haven’t been cold enough for long enough to form thick ice.

 

“People think that because it’s cold out and there’s ice on the water, it must be safe to go out on,” said Cory Armstrong-Smith, fire prevention officer with the Norfolk County Fire Department.

Winter weather reminders

With wintery weather in the forecast, Norfolk County is reminding residents to clear snow from the sidewalks around their property by noon the day after a snowfall. 

Snow must not be cleared onto the street, as this creates safety issues for drivers. 

Residents are also reminded to avoid parking on the road after a snowfall to facilitate snow plowing.  

County Roads staff monitor snowfall levels and will plow area roads in priority sequence should sufficient accumulation occur.  

Cannabis production facility fined $50,000 for violating Norfolk’s zoning by-law

A cannabis production facility in Townsend has been fined $40,000, plus $10,000 as a Victim Fine Surcharge, for significant violations of the County’s zoning by-law.

The facility’s operators pleaded guilty to charges of violating the set-back requirements of the County’s zoning by-law, which caused serious nuisance odour, dust and light impacts for their neighbours.

Despite the charge, the facility’s owners continued to operate the facility for 493 days without changing any of their practices.

Budget committee approves 2021 operating budget, taxpayer relief plan

Norfolk County’s budget committee has passed the 2021 operating budget, part of a multi-year plan designed to return the County to financial sustainability.

The $220M budget (approximately $105M of which is funded through property taxes) includes $3.3M in cost-cutting measures and operational efficiencies as well as a plan to temporarily borrow $5M from the Legacy Fund to provide relief to local taxpayers already struggling from the effects of COVID-19 on the economy. 

Because much of this year’s operating budget is devoted to COVID-19, as well as critical infrastructure and set costs such as wages defined by collective bargaining agreements, insurance, contractual obligations, debt payments and utilities, a 2021 budget with no new spending would have required a 12 percent increase on the tax levy.

Residents, staff at Norview Lodge receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Residents and staff at Norview Lodge long-term care facility have received the area’s first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit nurses and Norfolk County paramedics delivered the vaccinations as part of the first phase of the region’s vaccination roll-out.

“It’s hard to put what this day means into words,” says Bill Nolan, Norview’s Administrator. “Without the hard work and dedication of our team and the support from our community, this would not have been possible. 

New ways to access garbage and recycling information

Looking for information on garbage and recycling?

Norfolk County’s 2021 Waste Calendar highlights information on delays, leaf and yard waste collection, household hazardous waste depots and more.

There are a number of ways residents can access the calendar and information.

In April, Norfolk County launched a new mobile app called Recycle Coach. It helps residents keep track of the waste collection schedule and learn more about what items can be recycled.

Councillor Geysens retires from Norfolk County Council

After decades of service to his community, ward two Councillor Roger Geysens is retiring from Norfolk County Council.

Geysens has represented constituents in and around Langton for nearly 30 years – first with the Township of Norfolk, then with Norfolk County.

“This council – with so many new faces around the table – has learned a great deal from Roger, who has truly seen it all in nearly 30 years of public service,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp.