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County reminds residents to dispose of leaf and yard waste properly

 

October 15, 2021 – As fall yard cleanup begins, Norfolk County is reminding residents to dispose of leaf and yard waste properly.

Raking leaves into the streets can cause clogged sewer drains and make sidewalks and roadways slippery and dangerous for pedestrians and vehicles.

From October 18 to November 26, residents in urban zones can place their yard waste curbside with regular collection in brown paper leaf bags.

Norfolk hosting virtual engagement session on 2022 budget

Norfolk County is reminding residents of the virtual public meeting to discuss the 2022 budget.

Details of the meeting were outlined in the budget survey, that was available for residents to participate in from September 17 to October 1.

The meeting is scheduled for:

October 20 – 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.

New parking project to debut in Downtown Simcoe

A Norfolk County pilot project kicking off this week will aim to welcome consumers and visitors to Simcoe’s downtown core.

Beginning today, three downtown parking lots will transition from a 2-hour maximum to a 48-hour limit until Dec. 31. During that time, County staff will consistently encourage those who require parking for extended periods – including individuals who work downtown and those who rent apartments with no assigned parking – to utilize these longer-term lots as much as possible, thereby making the shorter on-street parking more available to customers of the downtown businesses. 

Fall Watermain flushing begins in Norfolk County

Each fall, Norfolk County staff provide routine maintenance to watermains throughout the County.

During a flush, hydrants are opened and allowed to flow in a controlled manner in one direction. The increased flow scours pipe walls, cleaning the sediment from inside the watermains.

The fall schedule is as follows:

  • Port Rowan – September 27 – October 1
  • Delhi – September 27 – October 8
  • Port Dover – October 4 – November 12
  • Courtland – October 4 – October 8
  • Waterford – October 12 – October 22
  • Simcoe – October 18 – November 26

Discoloured water is a normal side effect of cleaning watermains.

Proof of vaccination required in Norfolk County recreation facilities and community centres and halls

In accordance with Provincial regulations, effective September 22, visitors and program patrons entering Norfolk County recreation facilities, such as arenas, pools, recreation centres, community centres and halls, must provide proof of full vaccination as well as proof of identity as required by the law.

To further explain how this will affect members of the public attending these facilities, the County has developed a robust FAQ page.

Visitors to recreation facilities, community centres and halls must also wear a mask while inside the facility unless actively exercising as well as adhere to capacity limits, physical distancing requirements, and public health guidelines.

Riverfront Lands – Imagine the Possibilities!

An exciting opportunity currently exists, one that will not only help shape the core of downtown Simcoe but Norfolk County.

Norfolk is seeking proposals for the potential purchase, adaptive reuse, and (re)development of up to five riverfront parcels located on the eastern edge of downtown Simcoe on Pond Street and Argyle Street along the Lynn River. At its core, the land contains a large, 19th-century brick building that was once a manufacturing complex and previously the Adult Community Centre.

County maintains AA- credit rating with S&P Global Ratings

September 10, 2021 – Norfolk County has maintained its high AA-Stable Outlook credit rating with S&P Global Ratings thanks to the bold actions taken by Council to address the County’s poor financial situation and the quick reaction to COVID-19.

The main purpose of a credit rating is to provide financial information to potential investors in the debt issued by Norfolk County. A high credit rating means fewer taxpayer dollars are needed to service this debt.

Registration upcoming for senior programming

It’s time to walk, ride, dance, run – however, you prefer to move – to register for programs at the Simcoe Seniors’ Centre.

On September 13, 15, and 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents 50 and over can sign up for a host of programs in the Simcoe Recreation Centre parking lot. Options include walking, dancing, darts, pool/snooker, knitting, yoga, scrapbooking, and more.

“We’re so excited to welcome everyone back again this fall,” said Rob Clouston, Simcoe Seniors’ Centre Board President.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot program updates 

Registration is open for Norfolk County’s fall Household Hazardous Waste Depots in Simcoe and Langton.

The events will take place at the Facilities Building in Simcoe from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18 and the Public Works Yard in Langton 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 9.

To minimize lineups and ensure the safety of staff and attendees, the depots will be by appointment only – and no walk-ins will be accepted.

Boat fire at Port Dover Harbour Marina

Early this morning, at approximately 1:53 a.m. Norfolk County Fire Department Station 2 responded to a boat fire at Port Dover Harbour Marina, 50 Passmore Ave.

Patrons of the marina reported the fire – and quickly worked to suppress until the Fire Department could arrive.

The boat was fully involved upon firefighters’ arrival – however, thanks to quick action, damage to surrounding boats was minimal.

The boat involved was a complete loss, with estimated damage of $40,000.

Updated look for GIS users

SIMCOE, ON – August 4, 2021 –  Lots has changed in Norfolk County over the last half-decade, and now you can see it all from the air.

 

Thanks to SWOOP – a provincial program that helps smaller municipalities secure high-quality air photography every five years – Norfolk County residents can view photos of the region taken just last year through an online GIS Viewer.

 

The 2020 photos are the highest quality the county has ever had with 16cm resolution, which equals a clearer picture and allows smaller items to be better identified.

Fire Department Reminds Residents about Firework Safety

With the Civic Holiday weekend upon us, the Norfolk County Fire Department is reminding residents that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at public displays conducted by professionals.

However, for those who choose to have family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display, there are some important safety tips that must be followed:

  • Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.

Norfolk County and Lynnwood Arts Centre board sign memorandum of understanding, paving the way for Centre to re-open

Norfolk officials and members of the Lynnwood Arts Centre board met at the historic downtown mansion Friday morning to celebrate the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the parties that will pave the way for the centre to eventually re-open.

Mayor Kristal Chopp and board chair Brendalee Engelhardt greeted each other on the front steps of the circa-1850 home.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Lynnwood board in ensuring this important community landmark and its collections can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” said Chopp.

Norfolk County Council announces Al Meneses as new CAO

After a thorough recruitment and selection process, Norfolk County Council has announced Al Meneses will take office as the County’s new Chief Administrative Officer starting September 20, 2021. Meneses’ hiring coincides with the departure of former CAO Jason Burgess, whose last day with Norfolk was July 23.

Meneses is currently chief administrative officer at the Township of Georgian Bluffs and comes to Norfolk County with over 30 years of combined experience in both public and private sectors.

Heritage & Culture Announce Return of In Person Camps

 

Norfolk County Heritage & Culture is excited to announce that in-person day camps are returning in late July through August. Children ages 6-10 are invited to celebrate history and Norfolk’s local landscapes at the Port Dover Harbour Museum (PDHM) and the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum (WHAM) for Summer Adventures.

 

Programs will take place at the Port Dover Museum on Tuesdays and at the Waterford Museum on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.