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Budget committee completes review of 2023-2032 capital plan

Today, Norfolk County budget committee completed a phase one review of the 2023-2032 capital plan.

This included a review of projects for asset management and requisitions from boards and agencies for the 2023 budget and forecast period. The committee approved 2023 budgets for these project categories in the amount of $50,317,000.

Phase one of the approval will allow staff to initiate projects in a timely manner, and take advantage of more favourable procurement timing.

Norfolk Carillonneur receives national recognition

Just in time for Remembrance Day, Norfolk County’s Carillonneur Jim Nicholls received word that his medley arrangement of Abide With Me and The Last Post was recorded at the Peace Tower in Ottawa by Dr. Andrea McCrady, the Dominion Carillonneur. The recording and his arrangement are now posted on the Parliament of Canada’s website.

 

“You have to hear it in your head first, then try to get it down on paper,” Nicholls explained.

Norfolk County Remembrance Day Closures

Norfolk County residents are advised that many County services – and all County buildings will not be available in observance of Remembrance Day, November 11.

The following is a list of impacted services and closures:

County Administration BuildingsAll buildings will be closed.Waste ManagementTransfer stations will be closed.

Health UnitAll branches closed.

Public LibrariesAll branches closed.

Norfolk County Public Library seeks public engagement for grant

The Norfolk County Public Library (NCPL) is seeking community engagement to help secure funding that will provide further bridging to help close the digital divide experienced by many residents in the community.

NCPL has applied for a $50,000 grant withCommonWell L.E.A.F.’, which helps communities build capacity for growth and connection by expanding MakerSpaces, and purchasing iPads and Chromebooks.

“Your library is a bridge to worlds that can inspire communities and individuals to explore, achieve, build capacity for resilience, and foster the spirit of collaboration,” said NCPL CEO Julie Kent.

Properly dispose of leaf and yard waste this fall

November 3, 2022 – Norfolk County residents should avoid raking or blowing leaves onto the street or a neighbouring property as per by-law 2004-213 this fall.

Not only can leaves cause clogged sewer drains and make sidewalks and roadways slippery, but they also hinder the work of street sweepers.

Instead, residents are encouraged to participate in the final weeks of the leaf and yard waste curbside pickup, which wraps up November 25.

Norfolk County Paramedic Services Holds First Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, October 26th, Norfolk County Paramedic Services held its first Night of Celebration to honour paramedic achievement and service at the Simcoe Legion.

“Our paramedics have faced tremendous challenges over the past few years and they continue to rise to the occasion for their patients, their service, and our community,” said Chief Sarah Page. “We are grateful that we had the opportunity to highlight some remarkable achievements tonight, but are truly humbled by the unwavering dedication, compassion and resiliency all our Norfolk County Paramedics demonstrate on a daily basis.”

Among the awardees were paramedics receiving Norfolk County Years of Service Awards — for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.

Norfolk County hosting second Public Information Centre on Simcoe-Townsend Water Supply System 

Norfolk County has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to implement an approximately 20 km length transmission watermain that connects Simcoe to the Townsend Water Supply System. This project will secure water supply from the Nanticoke Water Treatment Plant.

 

The improvements are required to meet long-term water supply capacity demands and regulatory compliance requirements within Norfolk County.

 

On November 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., the second Public Information Centre will be held at the County’s Council Chambers, where both County staff and consultants will be onsite providing project details, and opportunities for the public to ask questions.

Norfolk County Clerk declares official results of 2022 Election

Today, Norfolk County Clerk Teresa Olsen declared the 2022 Municipal Council and School Board Election results official.

Amy Martin was elected as Mayor, receiving 8,199 votes.

A total of 19,401 ballots were cast, with 5,926 of those occurring during advanced voting. This is equivalent to 35.6 per cent of the 54,495 eligible electors in Norfolk County.

RESULTS

Ward Councillors

  • Ward 1 Councillor Tom Masschaele
  • Ward 2 Councillor Linda Vandendriessche
  • Ward 3 Councillor Michael J.

Be ready to vote on Municipal Election Day

October 21, 2022 – Residents and property owners of Norfolk County will be able to elect representatives for mayor, council, and school board trustees on Monday, October 24.

For those who did not take part in the advanced vote, 14 voting locations – two in each of Norfolk’s seven wards – will be available from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Electors are encouraged to confirm which ward they are located in.

Sports Hall Nomination Period Now Open

October 20, 2022 – Do you know of a Norfolk County athlete who has consistently excelled at the highest levels of sport? A coach or builder who has left a lasting legacy on Norfolk’s sporting landscape? What about a sports ambassador whose enthusiasm and commitment stand above all others?

If so, the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition wants to hear from you.

Individuals have until December 1, 2022 to submit nominations for the current round of inductees.

BRiNC Small Business Success Series Provides Free Workshops for Local Residents

Norfolk County is proud to present a fourth installment of the Business Resources (BRiNC) happening this October. Four workshops will be delivered between two days, October 11 and 18, at no charge to attendees.

The project will be the latest collaboration between Hamilton’s Innovation Factory and Norfolk County Economic Development to deliver skill-building workshops through the BRiNC pilot program. In the webinar series, eligible applicants will have the chance to learn from experts in the fields of high-level planning, sales, digital marketing, and human resources.

Norfolk County welcomes multi-year bench installation project

Norfolk County will see a total of 19 new benches at transit stops as part of a new five-year project.

As the successful bidder of an RFP (Request for Proposal), Creative Outdoor Advertising (COA) will install its Lexington model bench – billed as a rugged all-weather model ideal for the various types of weather – which comes at no cost to the municipality. The benches are corrosive/maintenance-free, and also meet provincial accessibility requirements.

Norfolk County observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Norfolk County will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation holiday on Friday, Sept. 30.

This statutory holiday was created through legislative amendments made by Parliament in June of 2021 – and on Sept. 7 2021, Council approved National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to be recognized by all Norfolk County staff.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Survivors and their families and communities and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Paid Parking Pilot Project concludes

September 28, 2022 – The council-approved three month Paid Parking Pilot Project, which began June 15 in Port Dover and Long Point, has come to an end.

With the project now complete, any parking restrictions in the waterfront area of Port Dover prior to the project, are now in place again. The Abigail Becker parking lot in Long Point has now reverted to free parking. If there is no signage in place indicating a parking restriction, residents and visitors may park up to 48-hours at a time.

Norfolk prepares voters for 2022 Municipal Election

Last week voter cards for the 2022 Municipal Election were mailed to all Norfolk County electors who are currently on the Voters List.

Electors are asked to bring their voter card and a piece of acceptable identification that shows their name and qualifying address when they vote in October.

Advanced voting is on October 8, 12 and 14. Voting Day is October 24, 2022.

Residents who have not yet received their cards are encouraged to email [email protected] or call 519-426-5870 ext.