Emergency services personnel raising money for local food banks

Norfolk County’s emergency services are joining forces this weekend to ensure local food banks remained stocked with supplies during the holiday season.

Members of Norfolk’s Paramedic Services, Fire Department and local OPP detachment will be at a number of area grocery stores Saturday, Dec. 5, encouraging shoppers to make a financial contribution toward the purchase of food bank supplies.

To ensure the safety of both the public and first responders, only financial contributions made at checkout will be collected this year.

Norfolk County Begins Summer Job Recruitment

 

Applications are now being accepted for a wide range of 2021 summer student positions with Norfolk County, including marine attendant, camp leader, forestry crew, information technology, lifeguards and more. 

 

County jobs offer safety training, consistent hours, and great work experience.  

 

Positions will be located across Norfolk County, including Simcoe, Port Dover, Waterford, Port Rowan and Delhi. 

 

The deadline to apply is January 29th, 2021.

Increased opportunities for skating at Norfolk County rinks

Starting Saturday, November 28th, Family Skates, Parent & Tot, Adult Sticks & Pucks, and Adult Skates will be returning to the Waterford Tricenturena, Port Dover, Delhi, Langton and Simcoe Talbot Gardens Arenas.
 
Pre-registration and pre-payment will be required and availability is limited. Additional protocols have also been put in place to help keep participants safe. These include:
 

  • Limiting the amount of close interaction with staff by pre-registering and pre-paying
  • Limiting each session to 20 skaters.

County looking for public input on tourism branding strategy

Norfolk County is looking for community input on how it should market itself to potential visitors once COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease.

The County has launched a short online survey designed to gather feedback on everything from the words residents use to describe their home to uncovering Norfolk’s most beautiful hidden gems.

Survey results will inform the development of a new tourism branding strategy, part of the re-positioning of the Tourism and Economic Development department announced after last year’s budget deliberations.

Budget committee recommends approval of water and wastewater budget

Norfolk County Council, sitting as the budget committee, has recommended approval of the 2021 water and wastewater budget. 

The budget includes a rate increase in the amount of 6.1% which means an average residential bill will increase by approximately $6.08 per month. 

This increase is the result of a recommended rate relief strategy, part of a financial sustainability plan which will address operating costs and significant capital improvements required over the next ten years while taking into consideration ratepayers affordability.  

Norfolk County launches Digital Service Squad to help small businesses adopt online technologies

Norfolk County has received a $33,000 grant from Digital Main Street (DMS) Ontario for a Digital Service Squad (DSS) to help small downtown businesses use digital technologies to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.  Funding for the grant is provided by the federal program FedDev Ontario.

“We have some fantastic small businesses in Norfolk County. Sadly, these businesses have been hit hard by this pandemic,” said Kristal Chopp, Mayor of Norfolk County. “The creation of the Digital Service Squad will allow us to continue to support our local businesses as they increase their presence online.”

Canadian Forces conducting exercises north of Waterford this week

Members of the Canadian Forces Army Reserve will conduct exercises on County property located along Concession 5 Townsend north of Waterford this week.

The exercises will take place:

Nov. 24: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 25: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The exercises will not include the firing of any weapons, and evening exercises will be conducted under strict noise protocols.

Reminder: Final tax installment due November 30

Norfolk County is reminding residents that payment of the final installment of property tax bills is due November 30.

The due date had been delayed to ease the burden on those dealing with the economic impact of COVID-19.

Normally the final tax installment is due at the end of October.

In-person payment can be made Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robinson Administration Building at 185 Robinson Street, Suite 100, in Simcoe.

Water and wastewater budget now available for public review

Norfolk County’s 2021 proposed water and wastewater budget is now available for public review.

The budget presented to Council for review and adoption proposes a water and wastewater rate increase in the amount of $1,493,000 or 7.1%, which means an average residential bill will increase by $7.03 per month.

This increase is the result of a recommended rate relief strategy, part of a financial sustainability plan which will address operating costs and significant capital improvements required over the next ten years while taking into consideration ratepayers’ affordability.

Reminder: Please avoid raking leaves onto the street

As fall yard cleanup continues across Norfolk County, residents are reminded to avoid raking or blowing leaves onto the street. 

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 the week of November 23.  

This includes those living in the urban areas of Long Point, Simcoe, Port Dover, Langton, Port Rowan, Turkey Point, Vittoria, St.

County staff continue to clear roads, assess impact of wind storm

Norfolk County staff continue to assess the impact of yesterday’s wind storm, which caused flooding and damage in a number of areas.

A number of roads across the county remain closed due to downed trees, hydro wires and scattered debris.

These include part of Main Street, Walker Street and Harbour Street in Port Dover and Hastings Drive on Long Point, among others.

The public is asked to be patient while crews work with Hydro One to safely clear the roads.

County task force continues work on economic recovery plan

Local business experts, industry volunteers and County staff continue to work toward the development of an economic recovery strategy for the local community.

The Norfolk County Economic Recovery Task Force – comprised of representatives from a wide range of sectors – was appointed to advise Council on recovery efforts and to develop a plan that, in addition to identifying and prioritizing economic initiatives, could also help the community become more resilient to future instability.

Norfolk urges potential visitors to stay home this Friday the 13th

Norfolk County is urging those thinking of visiting Port Dover for Friday the 13th this week to put off their plans until mass gatherings are once again considered safe.

Depending on the weather, the motorcycle rally can attract tens of thousands of visitors to the town – a situation which, given the COVID-19 pandemic, would put both attendees and residents at risk.

On the weekend, the Province moved Norfolk County into its new yellow “Protect” category of COVID-19 response due to increasing numbers of positive cases, clusters and outbreaks.

County to host virtual sunset service to commemorate Remembrance Day

SIMCOE, ON —Norfolk County will host a virtual sunset service to mark Remembrance Day this week.  
    
Starting at 6:30 p.m. on November 11, the Norfolk War Memorial (Carillon Tower) in Simcoe will be illuminated with the names, ages and pictures of the 406 people from Norfolk County who lost their lives in the First World War, Second World War and war in Afghanistan.  
 
The service will be available on both the Heritage and Culture Facebook and YouTube pages. 
 

Public input required for water and wastewater rate study

Norfolk County is looking for public input on its recent water and wastewater rate study.

The County has launched a website that includes a survey and a short presentation, which will help residents to better understand the water and wastewater services provided by the County, the increased level of funding required to maintain and operate the infrastructure and the proposed changes to user fees in order to address the current funding gap.

The survey results will give the County the opportunity to learn more about the service users while allowing those who participate to voice their opinions.