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Simcoe branch of Norfolk County Public temporarily closed

As the result of vehicular impact with the Simcoe branch of the Norfolk County Public Library late on May 23, the library will temporarily be closed.

The southwest corner of the building has sustained significant structural damage. While there is no immediate threat to public safety, temporary shoring will be installed to support the second floor and roof, based on the structural engineer’s recommendation.

Out of an abundance of caution, the building will remain closed to the public until at least May 30, with library management reassessing over the coming days if further closure is necessary.

Residents should stay safe this holiday weekend

Victoria Day is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year, and with that in mind, Norfolk County is reminding all residents to stay safe.

Holidays mean fireworks, and the safest way to enjoy them 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.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot goes this weekend in Delhi

Norfolk County’s next Household Hazardous Waste Depot will take place at 340 Argyle Ave. Delhi, on May 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration is available until May 20 at noon. To book a time for the Household Hazardous Waste Event visit this page and click on the “Registration for Household Hazardous Waste” link.

Everyone should keep in mind that hazardous waste materials are harmful to humans, animals and the environment, and should be disposed of properly.

Celebrate Museum Month this May with Norfolk County Heritage & Culture

 

May is Museum Month and Norfolk County Heritage & Culture has events throughout the month to celebrate.  

May is Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities and to kick off 2022’s summer tourism season. With so many Ontarians taking ‘staycations’ this year, museums are a vital asset to hyperlocal tourism. As visitors are once again welcomed through our doors, museums can emphasize all the ways that the public can experience their collections and stories—from fully online to safe, in-person experiences. 

Council Chambers reopens to public on May 10

Norfolk County Council Chambers will reopen to the public effective May 10 for attendance at Board of Health, Public Hearings Committee, Council-in-Committee, and Council meetings during their regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday of each month.

Meetings will continue to be live-streamed and available on the County’s YouTube channel. Deputations may attend in person. Virtual attendance for deputations may also continue by appointment through the Clerk’s office using the online Deputation request form.

Registration for Recreation Programs and Swimming lessons opens May 3

Norfolk County’s recreation department is excited to offer a full slate of programming to residents this summer.

Registration for programs such as swimming lessons, summer camp, and leadership courses will officially open May 3 at noon.

Family

Reduce stress, improve your mood, meet new people and enjoy the natural beauty of Norfolk County every Thursday with the Discover Norfolk Walking Group. Family swims and public skating are always a hit and try out our NEW Family Sticks and Pucks skates.

Norfolk County to host first-ever Norfolk Community Day in June

Norfolk County staff are preparing to host the first-ever Norfolk Community Day on June 18, 2022.

County facilities such as community centres, museums, libraries, fire halls, pools, arenas, and parks in each Ward, will welcome members of the community to attend free recreational and socio-cultural activities throughout the day.

“After these last two-plus years of the pandemic, we are excited to celebrate how wonderful Norfolk is – and find new ways to inspire our residents to enjoy our great facilities,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Have your say on Norfolk’s new procedural by-law

Norfolk County is looking for help in creating its new procedural by-law.

A procedural by-law governs the way that council and board/committee meetings are run. It includes rules for how municipal meetings are called, time, date, and location of meetings, the conduct of members, and how meetings proceed. Every municipality in Ontario must have one.

Norfolk County has created a Public Consultation page that will allow residents to have their say about everything from how late meetings can run to how members cast their votes, and even how residents delegate and interact with Council.

Nominations for 2022 Municipal Election open May 2

The upcoming Municipal Election will take place on October 24, 2022 – with advanced polls open October 8, 12, and 14.

Nominations begin on May 2 and will run until 2 p.m. on August 19.

Nominations will be accepted for the offices of:

  • Mayor
  • Councillors
  • Trustee, Grand Erie School Board
  • Trustee, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  • Trustee, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
  • Trustee, Mon Avenir Conseil Scolaire Catholique

Filing a nomination

Nomination papers can be filed by appointment.

Norfolk County staff and community partners prepare for Friday the 13th 

Norfolk County staff, along with community partners Port Dover Board of Trade, Port Dover Kinsmen Club, Port Dover Lions, and Norfolk County OPP are preparing for the May Friday the 13th event in Port Dover.

County staff are working closely with Friday the 13th organizers to effectively support with traffic-related issues, emergency contingency plans, licensing requirements, and enforcing issues, to ensure a safe and enjoyable motorcycle enthusiast event.

Community partners are coordinating the return of street vendors and beer tents and camping for out-of-town visitors at their respective sites.

Water main flushing begins this week

The arrival of spring means routine maintenance to water mains throughout Norfolk County. That process begins this April 12 in Port Rowan.

During this procedure, staff supervises as hydrants flow in a controlled manner. This helps to scour pipe walls and cleans the sediment from inside the mains.

The spring schedule is as follows:

  • Port Rowan – April 12-20
  • Simcoe – April 19 – May 27
  • Port Dover – April 25 –

Norfolk County announces Andrew Grice as General Manager of Environmental and Infrastructure Services Division

Norfolk County is pleased to announce that Andrew Grice will be joining Norfolk County as the General Manager of Environmental and Infrastructure Services, effective April 25, 2022.

In this role, Andrew will focus on several high priority strategic initiatives and capital projects including the implementation of Council’s approved inter-urban water supply strategy, the corporate-wide asset management plan, a comprehensive program development for municipal drains, Norfolk’s long-term solid waste management strategy, and all engineering work throughout the County.

Nominations are now open for Norfolk County Dogwood Awards

 

Norfolk County Heritage & Culture is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Dogwood Awards.

Established in 2007 and named after Norfolk County’s official flower, the awards spotlight individuals, and groups for outstanding work in subjects such as history, visual arts, music, and media.

“The Dogwood Awards offer the opportunity to recognize the wonderful work done locally, work that enriches Norfolk County,” said Melissa Collver, director of Heritage &

Streetlight out? Norfolk County can help

Effective April 4, 2022, Norfolk County residents will have a new way to report streetlights being out.

Residents can fill out a form at norfolkcounty.ca/streetlights – or call ServiceNorfolk at 519-426-5870 Ext. 0 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 1-877-298-5888 after hours.

To complete the repair, the following information is required:

  • Street Name
  • Town or Village
  • Streetlight number (which appears on the yellow plate located on all streetlight poles)
  • Description of the Issue/Concern

Standard repairs can take up to 30 days to complete.

Norfolk County offers many ways to remove spring waste

For many Norfolk residents, spring cleanup has begun – and the County has a number of programs coming up to help keep your property in tip-top shape.

Household Hazardous Waste

Registration is now open for Norfolk County’s spring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Event in Simcoe, which takes place at the Facilities Building (591 Norfolk St. S) on Saturday, April 23, from 9am-2pm.

The second event is in Delhi and will be held at the Norfolk County Works Yard (340 Argyle St.) on Saturday, May 21, from 9am-2pm – with registration opening April 21, at noon.Materials accepted at HHW events include;