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Updated look for GIS users

SIMCOE, ON – August 4, 2021 –  Lots has changed in Norfolk County over the last half-decade, and now you can see it all from the air.

 

Thanks to SWOOP – a provincial program that helps smaller municipalities secure high-quality air photography every five years – Norfolk County residents can view photos of the region taken just last year through an online GIS Viewer.

 

The 2020 photos are the highest quality the county has ever had with 16cm resolution, which equals a clearer picture and allows smaller items to be better identified.

Fire Department Reminds Residents about Firework Safety

With the Civic Holiday weekend upon us, the Norfolk County Fire Department is reminding residents that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at public displays conducted by professionals.

However, for those who choose to have family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display, there are some important safety tips that must be followed:

  • Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.

Norfolk County and Lynnwood Arts Centre board sign memorandum of understanding, paving the way for Centre to re-open

Norfolk officials and members of the Lynnwood Arts Centre board met at the historic downtown mansion Friday morning to celebrate the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the parties that will pave the way for the centre to eventually re-open.

Mayor Kristal Chopp and board chair Brendalee Engelhardt greeted each other on the front steps of the circa-1850 home.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Lynnwood board in ensuring this important community landmark and its collections can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” said Chopp.

Norfolk County Council announces Al Meneses as new CAO

After a thorough recruitment and selection process, Norfolk County Council has announced Al Meneses will take office as the County’s new Chief Administrative Officer starting September 20, 2021. Meneses’ hiring coincides with the departure of former CAO Jason Burgess, whose last day with Norfolk was July 23.

Meneses is currently chief administrative officer at the Township of Georgian Bluffs and comes to Norfolk County with over 30 years of combined experience in both public and private sectors.

Heritage & Culture Announce Return of In Person Camps

 

Norfolk County Heritage & Culture is excited to announce that in-person day camps are returning in late July through August. Children ages 6-10 are invited to celebrate history and Norfolk’s local landscapes at the Port Dover Harbour Museum (PDHM) and the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum (WHAM) for Summer Adventures.

 

Programs will take place at the Port Dover Museum on Tuesdays and at the Waterford Museum on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.

With Friday the 13th festivities on hold, County looks forward to ‘rain date’ in 2022

Earlier this year, Council deemed Friday the 13th in Port Dover a non-event due to significant public health concerns and general uncertainty related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the fact that August 13th has been declared a non-event, staff have been planning for the arrival of visitors to the area and are finalizing pedestrian/vehicular traffic control and emergency preparedness measures in collaboration with police.

There have been no entertainment or events scheduled or advertised to occur this coming Friday the 13th and amenities, including parking, will be limited.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health & Social Services announces completion of Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Today, Board of Health Chair Kristal Chopp announced the finalization of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan with members of the project team, staff and other key partners – including MPP Toby Barrett, representatives from the OPP and local hospital leadership.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services and its partners have been working to develop this Plan for several years. Initiated first as the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) in 2019, the Plan identifies key needs in the health and social services sectors across both counties.

Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre re-opening July 26

Norfolk County is pleased to announce that the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre will be re-opening on July 26, 2021 with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

The Centre will be offering a number of its popular programs, including length swims, aquafit and mobility classes, swimming lessons and more. The full programming schedule is available on the Norfolk County website at norfolkcounty.ca/swimming-schedules.

COVID-19 screening will continue along with sanitizing of hands upon arrival.

Norfolk County wins award for household hazardous waste appointment-based system

Norfolk County’s Environmental Services and Corporate Communications staff have won an award for their household hazardous waste appointment-based system.

The collaboration between the two departments earned staff the Gold Promotion and Education Award from the Municipal Waste Association’s (MWA) Promotion and Education Awards in the “Surprise Us” category.

“The COVID-19 pandemic posed many operational challenges for us – but at the end of the day, we felt it was essential to continue to provide household hazardous waste disposal service to residents,” said Merissa Bokla, Supervisor, Waste Management.

Province announces Normandale beach will remain public

Earlier today, the province announced that Normandale beach will remain public. The province is taking steps to designate Normandale Beach, on the shores of Lake Erie, as an addition to Turkey Point Provincial Park under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 (PPCRA).

For more than a decade the provincially-owned beach had been maintained by the taxpayers of Norfolk County, and in March there were discussions the Province had intended on selling.

Norfolk County announces 2021 economic recovery grant programs

As part of its Economic Recovery Plan, Norfolk County is implementing a variety of programs to support industries and areas highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several one-time grant funding opportunities have recently been introduced for community-based not-for-profit organizations, under three streams: 1) Downtown Recovery and Vibrancy, 2) Arts and Culture Stimulus and Sustainability and 3) Agriculture Recovery.

To qualify, organizations must be non-commercial entities, such as not-for-profit organizations (e.g.

Port Dover Harbour Museum hosting virtual 43rd anniversary fundraiser concert

To celebrate its 43rd anniversary, the Port Dover Harbour Museum is hosting a virtual fundraising concert on July 15 with locally-born, internationally renowned musician Tia McGraff.

McGraff was born and raised in Port Dover and is known across the globe as an award-winning singer-songwriter and author. McGraff, along with her spouse and musical partner, Tommy Parham have enjoyed an extensive career performing, songwriting and recording together for more than 12 years.

Admission to the virtual concert will be by donation.

Norfolk County residents asked to weigh in on heritage & culture sustainability study

Over the next few months, Norfolk County will be conducting a heritage & culture sustainability study and developing a strategic plan to define the future of its museums and archives.

With a focus on long-term financial sustainability, the intent is to develop a plan that enables the continuing future operation and viability of the Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre, the Norfolk County Archives, the Port Dover Harbour Museum and the Waterford Heritage &

Household Hazardous Waste Depot and Bulky Item Pick-Up program updates

Registration will be open for Norfolk County’s summer Household Hazardous Waste Depots on Thursday, June 24 at 12 p.m. The events previously scheduled for spring were canceled due to the province-wide stay-at-home order.

 

The first event will take place at the Facilities Building in Simcoe on Saturday, July 24, and the second one in Delhi at the Norfolk County Works Yard on Saturday, August 21. Both events will have appointments available from 9 a.m.

Norfolk County Heritage & Culture Announces Museum Summer Adventures for Summer 2021

Norfolk County’s Heritage & Culture Department is pleased to announce that this year’s summer camp program, Museum Summer Adventures, will be offered both virtually and in person.  

 

In accordance with the province’s Roadmap to Reopening plan, museums in Norfolk County will be offering virtual programs throughout the entire summer for nine weeks and in-person camps will begin as soon as facilities can be opened to the public.