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Building booms in Norfolk County

Norfolk County is experiencing a building boom of historical proportions.

For the second year in a row, the Building Department continues to see an upward trend, recording its highest level of construction activity since inception.

Permit totals in 2021 ended with record-eclipsing 1470 building permits issued totaling $165 million in construction value, a 25 percent and $40 million increase from 2020.

Growth was mostly driven by new residential units and renovations accounting for 860 permits, representing 58 percent of permit activity. 

Budget committee approves 2022 levy supported operating budget

Yesterday, Norfolk County’s budget committee approved the 2022 levy-supported operating budget.

The committee made only one change to the proposed budget; the addition of the South Central Ontario Region (SCOR) membership.

The revised net tax levy is $110,474,400, a 3.2 per cent increase over 2021. This translates to an annual increase of $74.28, or 2.4 per cent on the property taxes of the median home with an assessed value of $240,000.

Norfolk staff donates over $30k to local charities

January 11, 2022 – Following a difficult year for many charities, Norfolk County employees are pleased to have donated over $30,000 to local causes.

Each staff member is given the choice to chip in a portion of their pay to Dress Down Days. Employees are then able to wear business-casual clothing every Friday, and suggest which charities the Norfolk County Employee Social Club should donate the funding to each month.

The 2021 funding breaks down as follows:

  • Haldimand and Norfolk Women’s Services, $2090
  • Community Access Living, $2140
  • Camp Trillium – Rainbow Lake, $2168
  • Cancer Support and Resource Program, $2140
  • Simcoe and District Humane Society, $2194
  • Norfolk County KidSport, $3466
  • Community Addiction and Mental Health Services, $2385
  • Child Nutrition Network of Haldimand-Norfolk, $2350
  • Mission Food, $2375
  • Riversyde 83, $2408
  • Delhi Sharing Pantry, $2502
  • Salvation Army Haldimand-Norfolk, $3864

“We’re so glad to be able to give back to our community,” said Carissa Kapitor, Norfolk County Staff Development Coordinator.

Dog Tag sales to begin in 2022

 

January 6, 2022 – Dog owners in Norfolk County should be aware all canines are required to be licensed each year. Failure to do so could result in fines being issued to the owners of unlicensed and untagged dogs.

 

Up to and including Feb. 1, the cost will be $26.25 per spayed/neutered dog and $40.25 per intact dog. After Feb. 2, those costs rise to $33.75 and $45.75 respectively.

Paramedic Services continuing to face COVID-19-related challenges

Paramedic Services are continuing to face many different challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From an increase in call volume, to staffing pressures – new responsibilities and roles, and ongoing stressors, have resulted in less resource availability at times. Norfolk County Paramedic Services (NCPS), and most health care agencies across Ontario, face staffing challenges at an unprecedented level.

“Currently we have 60 full time and 36 part time paramedics employed at NCPS, all of whom are demonstrating dedication and resiliency, as we move through this pandemic with the community,” said Paramedic Services Chief, Sarah Page.

Norfolk County services during Province’s modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that it would temporarily be moving to a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen to preserve hospital capacity as they continue to accelerate booster dose rollout in an effort to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

The modified Step Two begins January 5, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. until at least January 26, 2022.

As a result of revised provincial regulations and to ensure business continuity, the following steps are being undertaken by Norfolk County:

  • Closing all museums, arenas, community halls, Simcoe and Delhi seniors’ centres, and the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre
  • Pausing ServiceNorfolk pop-up services (in Delhi and Port Rowan)
  • Encouraging all staff who can work from home to do so

ServiceNorfolk operations will continue at the Robinson Administration Building, Suite 100, 185 Robinson St., Simcoe and also by phone, email, and mail/drop-box.

Holiday Closures taking place at county offices

Norfolk County offices will be closed beginning Thursday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m. If you require emergency information and assistance, please contact:

  • By-Law Enforcement, (OPP) 1-888-310-1122
  • Forestry, Cemeteries, Parks and Facilities Emergencies 1-877-298-5888
  • Public Health Emergencies or Hazards, such as food poisoning, reportable diseases or animal bites, 1-877-298-5888
  • Mental Health Emergencies, 1-866-487-2278 (CAST) or 911
  • Roads, Water, Sewer and Drainage Emergencies, 1-877-298-5888

Offices will reopen to the public at 8:30 a.m.

Proposed 2022 Levy-Supported Operating Budget Now Available for Public Review

 

Norfolk County’s proposed 2022 levy-Supported Operating Budget is now available for public review. It’s available to view online here

The County’s operating budget is a financial plan for the day-to-day operations of the municipality. It includes cost estimates for the staff salaries, supplies and equipment necessary for delivering County services such as garbage and recycling collection, grass cutting, snow plowing, the operation of recreational facilities and more. 

Christmas Tree Recycling Program extended

December 21, 2021 – To accommodate fallen brush from recent wind storms, Norfolk County has expanded the Christmas Tree Recycling Program. The program will now run from December 22, 2021 to January 15, 2022.

Locations:

  • Courtland Community Centre – 276 Main St of Courtland
  • Delhi Bulk Water Depot – 80 Industrial Rd
  • Langton Arena – 28 Albert St
  • Port Dover – East end of Nelson St
  • Port Rowan Community Centre – 14 College Ave
  • Simcoe Transfer Station – 164 Fourteenth St
  • Simcoe Operations Yard – 8 Schellburg Ave
  • Walsh Sand Dome – 984 Charlotteville Rd 7
  • Waterford Heritage &

Phase II of Council Chambers re-opening to commence mid-January

Norfolk County will be implementing “Phase II” of Council Chambers re-opening in mid-January 2022.

Phase II will consist of the media and deputations being allowed to return to in-person attendance, by appointment only.

Further details will be available on the County’s website in early January.

For more information, please contact the County Clerk’s office at clerks@norfolkcounty.ca.

Staff seek Council permission for seasonal parking pilot public engagement

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, a report will be brought to Council seeking permission to investigate the community’s interest in a seasonal parking pilot.

If approved, staff will move forward with consultation – reaching out to affected residents, and community groups to participate in a survey and public engagement session early in the new year.

Once completed, a report will be presented early in 2022 providing results and feedback so that Council has a fulsome understanding of feedback and can make an informed decision related to the proposed pilot project.

December 7 Board of Health and Special Council online live stream interruption

The County is aware of the live stream interruption, which occurred online following the in-camera session during the Dec. 7 Special Council meeting and Board of Health meeting.

It was determined that settings for automatic file recording had not been validated, and as such the YouTube video was not recorded.

The live stream to Eastlink reconnected following the closed session and aired successfully.

Recognizing the subpar quality of previous video recording technologies, and in anticipation of returning to Council Chambers, the County recently acquired a new video streaming unit.

Norfolk now accepting summer student applications

December 6, 2021 – Norfolk County is currently accepting applications for dozens of student positions for the 2022 summer season.

Positions available span many of the County departments such as Roads, Engineering, Recreation, GIS, Museums, Operations, Forestry and many more.

“We are always so happy to see both returning and new students applying for jobs,” said Nivine Zaher, Human Resources Associate. “They do an incredible job and get real world experience that will serve them well following graduation.”

Norfolk County urges caution at new pedestrian crossing walks in Simcoe and Delhi

November 23, 2021 – Three new pedestrian crosswalks are nearing completion on some of Norfolk County’s busiest roads. With that in mind, county staff wishes to remind all drivers that pedestrians have the right of way. 

 

The new pedestrian crossings are located on West Street and Cedar Street in Simcoe and James Street in Delhi. 

 

Crossovers allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. Drivers and cyclists must yield when the pedestrian crossover is activated.