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Norfolk County Delegation attending 2022 AMO Conference

From August 14 to 17, municipalities across Ontario will have the opportunity to meet with provincial ministers and parliamentary assistants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s 2022 AMO Conference in Ottawa.

The Norfolk County Delegation to this year’s conference includes Mayor Kristal Chopp, Deputy Mayor Chris Van Paassen, and CAO Al Meneses.

The Delegation has been granted meetings with the Minister of Infrastructure, Honorable MPP Kinga Surma, and the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Honorable MPP Graydon Smith.

High-speed internet access coming to Norfolk County

High-speed internet access is one step closer for unserved residents in Norfolk County.

Earlier today, the Ontario government announced that it had committed nearly $4 billion to bring reliable high-speed internet access across the province by the end of 2025.

Mayor, Kristal Chopp says that this is an incredibly exciting announcement for the future of Norfolk County.

“Not only have the changes imposed by the pandemic highlighted the need for increased broadband access as each of us shifted to working and learning from home, but in a community powered by modern agriculture, it is clear that even the farmers in Ontario’s Garden need high-speed fibre internet for their continued growth and success.”

An estimated $171 million of the provincial funding was awarded to Rogers Communications Canada to expand access to various communities, including Norfolk County.

Norfolk County hosting 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 the County.

On August 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., the first of two Public Information Centres 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.

Theodore Tugboat returns to Port Dover 

A life-sized reproduction of Canada’s beloved “Theodore Tugboat” will visit the shores of Norfolk County this week.

Theodore Too, a 65-foot vessel that spends summers visiting Ontario ports to promote sustainability and preservation of the Great Lakes will be in Port Dover from August 3 to 6.

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Theodore will be stationed at the end of the Port Dover Pier where visitors of all ages are invited to stop by for a visit, chat with the crew, and take a picture with the iconic tug.

Norfolk County urges caution at new pedestrian crosswalk in Port Dover

The pedestrian crosswalk on Main Street at the Greenock Street intersection in Port Dover will be completed on July 29.  With that in mind, County staff are reminding residents that pedestrians have the right of way at these crossings.

Crossovers allow pedestrians to cross the road safely – and are easily identified by specific signs, pavement markings, push buttons, and flashing lights. When the pedestrian crossover is activated, drivers and cyclists must yield the right of way to the pedestrian, stopping behind pavement markings until they have completely crossed the road before proceeding.

Norfolk seeking Election Compliance Audit members

Norfolk County is currently seeking interested applicants for appointment to a Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee for the 2022 Municipal Election. The term of office for this committee is four years beginning Nov. 15, 2022.

The powers and functions of MECAC are set out in subsections 88.33 through 88.36 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended (Act). MECAC is a quasi-judicial body and does not report to Council. MECAC will be required to:

(a) review and consider a compliance audit application submitted by an elector and decide whether it should be granted or rejected;

County’s AA/Stable credit rating affirmed with Standard and Poor’s

On July 13, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) published Norfolk County’s credit rating, affirming the AA/Stable rating.

The main purpose of a credit rating is to provide financial information to potential investors on the debt issued by Norfolk County. The AA rating tells investors that the County’s credit is considered high-grade.

The score was awarded based on the County’s exceptional liquidity, moderate debt reliance, adequate expertise in implementing policy changes by management, and prudent approach to debt and liquidity management.

Norfolk recruiting volunteer firefighters

If you’ve ever thought about serving the community as a volunteer firefighter, now is the time to inquire.

Furthering a commitment to the health and safety of staff and the community, the Norfolk County Fire Department’s yearly recruitment window is open.

No previous experience is required and all training and certification are free of charge. Stations requiring new team members including Simcoe, Port Dover, Teeterville, Langton, Fairground, and Port Rowan. Those willing to serve in the county’s west end are especially encouraged to apply.

Multi-Sector Job Fair returns June 22

Looking for a job or wishing to switch positions?

Norfolk County will host the Norfolk County’s Multi-Sector Job Fair—Wednesday, June 22 from 1-6 p.m. at The Aud in Simcoe (172 South Drive).

The event is free and will give career-seekers an opportunity to explore positions in manufacturing, retail, hospitality, construction, health care, food services, skilled trades and more.

Coming off hosting a group of immigrants (most from Ukraine) that was able to tour area facilities and meet with local employers, this will be the county’s first in-person Job Fair since 2019.

Community Day, June 18, is fast approaching

The time has almost come to enjoy Norfolk County’s first-ever Community Day.

County staff, along with a host of community sponsors and groups have come together to provide a day of fun for everyone across the municipality June 18

Facilities such as community centres, museums, libraries, fire halls, pools, arenas, parks, and breweries will welcome residents to attend free recreational and socio-cultural activities throughout the day.

“This initiative has been a home run from the start,” said Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Norfolk welcomes immigrants, job seekers for County tour

Norfolk County has long been a haven for folks from all over the globe, something further evidenced June 14.

Beginning at Venture Norfolk in Simcoe, the municipality welcomed over 40 potential newcomers as part of a collaborative workplace.

In conjunction with the Newcomer Centre of Peel, and Venture Norfolk, Norfolk County welcomed a group of immigrants currently based in the GTA (most displaced due to conflict in Ukraine), toured sites in Norfolk searching for employees in welding, labour and trades, wine making, restaurant management and wait staff, farm help, truck driving, and more.

Norfolk County addresses coyote sightings in Simcoe

Norfolk County has been made aware of several coyote sightings in the residential subdivision area of Yeager Ave. (east side of the Norfolk Golf & Country Club), Victoria St., and Werret Ave., in Simcoe over the past several weeks.

The coyote(s) have been observed frequently, boldly walking on the road and in both the front and back yards of properties by various residents in the area, mostly in the evening hours.

To date, there have been no reported attacks or aggressive behaviour by the animals towards humans.

Seasonal Parking Project begins June 15

Norfolk County will soon implement a seasonal parking pilot that will affect the waterfront communities of Port Dover, Turkey Point and Long Point.

Paid parking zones in Port Dover and Long Point will be implemented beginning June 15 and running until September 15, 2022, 7 days per week, within the hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Paid parking in Port Dover on Walker St., a portion of St. George St., Harbour St., and Clinton Street will be charged $5/hour with the first hour free.

Collaboration Between Social Services and Community Paramedics Serves to provide Street Outreach to Vulnerable Residents 

Haldimand-Norfolk Housing and Homelessness Prevention services has teamed up with the community paramedic programs in both Haldimand and Norfolk to provide street outreach and housing-related follow-up support to assist people who are experiencing homelessness. 

A new collaboration between community paramedics in both counties and specialized outreach workers reduces barriers to care faced by vulnerable, underserved, and hard-to-reach residents. The goal is to connect people to services they may require, including housing and health care.  

County’s credit rating revised upward to AA/Stable

June 3, 2022 – On June 1, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) released a credit rating action for Norfolk County, along with numerous Canadian Municipalities, because of changes to their assessment of the municipal institutional framework in Canada.

Norfolk County’s rating has been revised upward from AA-/Stable to AA/Stable.

This upgrade not only reflects the ability of Canadian municipalities to maintain financial resiliency over time – including in periods of significant stress, but also reflects the hard work by Council and staff over the last term to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic.