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Seasonal clients of municipal marinas may book appointments to place boats in water/secure to slips starting May 19

Beginning May 19, the Port Dover Harbour Marina and Port Rowan Harbour Marina will begin taking appointments for seasonal clients who wish to launch their boats and tie them to their seasonal slips.

While the provincial stay-at-home order prohibits marinas from allowing recreational boating, marina clients with seasonal contracts are permitted to check on, repair, service their boats, and/or secure their boat to a dock/slip.

Norfolk County has implemented a number of safety protocols to ensure patrons can safely access their boats for this purpose.

Norfolk County Hires New Director of Corporate Communications and Customer Service

Norfolk County is pleased to announce that Kyra Hayes will be joining the County as its Director, Corporate Communications & Customer Service on June 7, 2021.

In this role, Hayes will serve as a key member of the County’s leadership team and oversee strategic communications, customer service, and community engagement planning for the organization.

“We are very excited to have Kyra join our team,” said Shelley Darlington, General Manager of Corporate Services.

Paul DeCloet Donates Forest Land to Norfolk County

Local retired farmer Paul DeCloet is donating a 50-hectare parcel of land to Norfolk County in 2021, bringing to fruition his vision: that this sensitive area, very near to his heart, is protected in perpetuity.

The 50-hectare parcel of land, to now be called “The Paul DeCloet Forest”, is in the Clear Creek Valley, which is recognized as a “Significant Natural Site” in Norfolk County’s Official Plan. The two main branches of Clear Creek converge within the Paul DeCloet Forest, before emptying into Lake Erie, approximately seven kilometers downstream.

Norfolk County to launch Shop Norfolk and Visit Norfolk digital platforms this spring

Norfolk County has started onboarding local businesses to its “Shop Norfolk” digital marketplace platform, and “Visit Norfolk” mobile tourism app.

With funding assistance from the Digital Main Street Community Collaboration Project, a partnership between Norfolk County and Hamilton’s Innovation Factory, Norfolk’s Economic Development team is simultaneously onboarding local retailers and tourism-centric businesses to both platforms – which are to be launched later this spring.

“The County’s Economic Recovery Taskforce identified a number of strategies to assist local small businesses in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Zvi Lifshiz, Director of Strategic Innovation and Economic Development.

Norfolk County Asks for Public Input Regarding Delhi Kinsmen Pool

After a lost season in 2020, Norfolk County Recreation is looking for public feedback about usage at the Delhi Kinsmen Pool.

A survey about the outdoor pool, located at 366 Talbot Road in Delhi, was launched on Wednesday, April 28th. It asks the public about their typical usage and the type of programs they would like to see offered this summer. The survey also touches on hours of operation and new programming opportunities.

Norfolk County Economic Development Department seeking retailers for Shop Norfolk digital marketplace

Norfolk County’s Economic Development Department is looking for retailers who are interested in selling their products online.

As a part of Norfolk County’s Economic Recovery Plan, the team has launched Shop Norfolk – a digital marketplace – for Norfolk County businesses.

“With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the growth of large online retail platforms becoming firmly established as a major competitive force in the retail industry,” said Zvi Lifshiz, Director of Strategic Innovation and Economic Development, “we recognized how important e-commerce readiness is for our small business community.”

Through a platform called shopmytown, Norfolk’s small business retailers will have the opportunity to sell their products online –

Ward 2 By-election Voting Day postponed to June 3

The Norfolk County, Ward 2 By-election Voting Day originally proposed for May 27, has been postponed until June 3.

The decision to reschedule was made by the County Clerk, under Section 53 of the Municipal Elections Act, to ensure COVID-19 public health guidelines were met for the safety of all Ward 2 residents – while maintaining the integrity and transparency of the By-election.

In-person voting will not be permitted due to COVID-19.

How enhanced Provincial restrictions impact Norfolk County

On Friday, April 16, the Ontario government both strengthened and extended the province’s Stay-at-Home order for an additional two weeks in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The order is in effect until at least May 20 – unless extended by the province.

In response to the regulations, County staff would like to remind residents of the following restrictions and changes to service during the order:

  • Prohibited outdoor social gatherings or organized events, except for with members of the same household
  • The closure of recreational areas and facilities such as sports fields, multi-use courts, skate parks, or pavilions
  • Closure of all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector
  • Passive use only of dog parks, public parks and public beaches
  • The cancellation of the Household Hazardous Waste Spring events in Simcoe and Delhi
  • Closure of Municipal boat ramps in Port Rowan and Port Dover
  • Reduced capacity of Port Dover marina – access by appointment, for repairing or servicing boats/watercraft only
  • Prohibition of marinas for recreational boating activities
  • Reduced capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping
  • Reduced capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services to 10 people indoors

While playgrounds and play equipment were initially deemed to be closed when regulations were announced Friday, the decision was repealed –

Norfolk County Emergency Operations Centre meets to discuss strengthened Provincial Stay-at-Home order

This morning, members of Norfolk County’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) – including staff from the County’s senior leadership team, Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, Norfolk County OPP, and Mayor Kristal Chopp – met to review Ontario’s strengthened Stay-at-Home order, and undertake the County’s plan for the additional public health measures.

The order began at 12:01 a.m. today – and will be in effect until at least May 20. It includes new measures such as extra restrictions on retail businesses, outdoor amenities, non-essential construction and public gatherings.

CAO Jason Burgess to depart Norfolk County

Earlier today, Council received the resignation of Jason Burgess, Norfolk County’s Chief Administrative Officer.

Burgess has accepted the position of CAO with the City of Niagara Falls.

The County has undertaken a number of positive steps during Jason’s tenure including:

  • Restructuring its finances in order to stop recurring annual deficits that had eroded the County’s reserves.  The financial plan going forward is a multi-year plan to return the County to sustainability. 

Norfolk businesses approved for Community Improvement Grant

Norfolk County is pleased to announce the approval of two local businesses for the Community Improvement Grant (CIP).

Noel and Nancy Degrieck of Delhi will receive a grant of up to $8,265 for façade improvement – and Judd in Law Inc. was approved for a grant up to $5,500 for design, planning and building fees for their property in Simcoe.

Both projects fell under the Building Façade Improvement, Architectural and Design, Planning Application Fee and Building Permit Fee Grants of the CIP.

Acting County Clerk Declares Emergency for Ward 2 By-Election

An emergency has been declared pursuant to section 53 of the Municipal Elections Act by Kevin Klingenberg, Acting County Clerk.  The declaration was determined necessary after consultation with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit on the additional requirements needed to safely administer a by-election during the province-wide lockdown.

Norfolk County to close facilities to public following Province-wide Emergency Brake Announcement

Today, the Ontario government announced that it would be imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations.

The province-wide emergency brake will take effect Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and is expected to last four weeks.

In accordance with the emergency brake, Norfolk County will take a number of actions to help keep the community safe. These include:

  • Closing all administrative buildings to the public
  • Closing all museums, arenas, community halls, and the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre
  • Closing ServiceNorfolk counter at the Robinson Administration Building in Simcoe
  • Continuing work from home plans for all staff able to do so

ServiceNorfolk operations will continue via phone, email, mail/drop-box and by appointment.

Norfolk County Paramedic Services gets $2.5 million dollar boost for expanded Community Paramedicine Program

Norfolk County’s Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program is getting a financial boost from the provincial government.

 

The Community Paramedicine Program has been in place since 2015, but this new partnership with the Ministry of Long Term Care will add new services and extended hours to the current program. The Ministry of Long-Term Care announced that it will provide Norfolk County up to $2,567,000 in one-time funding for a three-year transfer payment agreement over the 2021-2024 funding years.

Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health meets with Chief Medical Officer of Health

On March 30, 2021, several members of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health – including Chair, Mayor Kristal Chopp – met with Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Williams, and representatives from the Ministry of Health.

While the nature of the meeting is confidential – the Board of Health would like the community to know that a number of recent concerns brought forward to members were discussed.

The Board of Health has also retained Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a Toronto law firm specializing in administrative law and the Health Protection and Promotion Act, to report directly to the Board of Health on a number of matters of immediate concern.