Council to consider alternate use for ALL Norfolk land 

Norfolk County Council will consider delaying the return of the land secured as a potential site for the ALL Norfolk Community Centre to give staff time to propose alternate uses for the property.

In a report being considered at this week’s council-in-committee meeting, staff indicate the land could have strategic value for other priority initiatives, such as the development of affordable housing or industrial development, or could be sold to a third party to improve the County’s financial situation.

Norfolk to hold virtual engagement sessions on 2021 budget

Norfolk County is inviting residents to take part in a virtual public meeting to discuss the 2021 budget.

A meeting is scheduled for:

Sept. 21 – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

County staff will give an overview of the budget-setting process and be available to answer questions about the many factors that influence a municipal budget.

Feedback provided at the session will be provided to Council in advance of upcoming budget deliberations.

Ontario invests in supportive housing in Norfolk County

The Ontario government is investing over $3.1 million in supportive housing to give people at risk of homelessness in Norfolk County a place to live, along with access to a wide range of services. Funding for the project will be delivered through the Home for Good program.

“As we gradually and safely reopen the province, we need a strong community housing system that supports our most vulnerable and meets local needs,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Norfolk County provides update on rink use

Norfolk County is preparing for a limited re-opening of some of its arenas to skaters associated with provincial or national sporting bodies such as the Ontario Hockey Federation or Skate Canada. 

Plans continue to be developed in accordance with guidance from the provincial government and public health officials, however the following FAQs address a number of important questions recently raised among community members. 

 

Who will have access to ice time at Norfolk County arenas this fall and winter? 

Norfolk County launches 2021 budget survey 

Norfolk County is looking for public input ahead of 2021 budget deliberations.

The County has launched a website and survey to help residents better understand the budget setting process and have their say on what services matter most to them and how to prioritize municipal spending.

Engagement sessions – held online due to COVID-19 – will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Budget details and engagement opportunities can be found at norfolkcounty.ca/budget2021.

ALL Norfolk Community Centre not nominated for federal review and approval

Norfolk County has been notified that the ALL Norfolk Community Centre project has not been nominated for federal review and approval.

The highly competitive Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture and Recreation stream saw demand for more than $10 billion against nearly $1 billion in available funding.

“The application for funding was a long shot, and with this kind of demand, it’s not a surprising outcome,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Norfolk County Encourages Residents to Switch to Paperless Water Bills

Norfolk County is encouraging residents to switch to paperless billing for their water bills.

Switching from paper to electronic statements will help Norfolk County take a step toward greater environmental responsibility by reducing paper waste. And for residents, electronic statements can lessen unwanted clutter and paperwork. It is a better option for users and for the environment.

Mailing water bills to residents costs Norfolk County upwards of $100,000 per year, so a switch to paperless will also save money.

Final tax installments due Sept. 30, Nov. 30

The 2020 final tax installments will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tax bills will be issued towards the end of August/first of September and the two installment due dates will be September 30, 2020 and November 30, 2020.

Normally the final tax installments are due at the end of August and October).

“Canada United Weekend” to support local small businesses 

Norfolk County has proclaimed the weekend of August 28-30 “Canada United Weekend” in support of a national campaign designed to help Canada’s small businesses.  

Residents are invited to join the Canada United movement by buying and dining local, celebrating and supporting Norfolk’s diverse small business community. 

“When it comes to innovative entrepreneurship, Norfolk County punches far above its weight,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp. “Norfolk is home to more than its share of small businesses.

Norfolk County offers tips as playgrounds re-open and children return to play

 

As playgrounds re-open as part of Stage 3 of Ontario’s re-opening plan, Norfolk County is reminding residents to stay vigilant about COVID-19 as children return to play.

Here are some tips on how to stay safer when children return to play.

  • Monitor your health and stay home if you or a family member don’t feel well or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Norfolk County Seeking Input on Climate Change Adaptation Plan

 

Climate change is an issue that is being experienced around the world. Action is critical to protect our communities, individual health, and environment, while laying the foundation for a more prosperous and sustainable future. In response to this, Norfolk County has developed a Climate Change Adaptation plan which:

  • Identifies the impacts of climate change that are currently being experienced or could be an issue in the future.
  • Identifies what changes, whether physical, planning, process, or communication, could help avoid the negative impacts of climate change.

Port Rowan water system being flushed to alleviate discolouration

Warm temperatures have changed the quality of raw water being drawn from Lake Erie, causing tap water in the Port Rowan area to become discoloured.

The discolouration has no impact on water quality and the water remains safe to drink.

The water’s appearance should return to normal after Norfolk County flushes the distribution system in the town of Port Rowan.

If a resident is experiencing coloured water it may be helpful to run a cold water tap until clear.

Ride Norfolk to Resume Fare Collection August 4, 2020

Ride Norfolk, which has been operating on a regular schedule but not charging fares since March 23rd, will resume fare collection on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020. Fares can be paid with exact cash on the bus and tickets can be purchased at any Norfolk County Public Library branch.

 

For the safety of both driver and riders, masks are required while on-board the vehicle. Riders are encouraged to use their own face covering, however, the buses are equipped with a limited number of face masks, disposable gloves and both disinfectant spray and wipes.

Norfolk County launches more efficient approach to customer service

Norfolk County is piloting a new approach to customer service that will allow the public to access nearly all County services from one customer service location.

The trial, which will run until late September, will replace a system which forced the public to visit different locations depending on the service required.

Customer service staff will be located at the ground level of the Robinson Administration Building, Suite 100 (Provincial Offences Office) located at 185 Robinson Street in Simcoe for the duration of the pilot.

Masks now required in enclosed public places in Norfolk County

Norfolk County has passed a bylaw requiring the use of a mask or face covering inside enclosed public places.

Council passed the bylaw, aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, at a special meeting July 24.

Properly worn non-medical masks and face coverings have been shown to inhibit respiratory particles – potentially infected with the virus – which are expelled when breathing, coughing, or sneezing. They should be used in combination with frequent hand washing and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.