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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.

With Friday the 13th festivities on hold, County looks forward to ‘rain date’ in 2022

Earlier this year, Council deemed Friday the 13th in Port Dover a non-event due to significant public health concerns and general uncertainty related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the fact that August 13th has been declared a non-event, staff have been planning for the arrival of visitors to the area and are finalizing pedestrian/vehicular traffic control and emergency preparedness measures in collaboration with police.

There have been no entertainment or events scheduled or advertised to occur this coming Friday the 13th and amenities, including parking, will be limited.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health & Social Services announces completion of Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Today, Board of Health Chair Kristal Chopp announced the finalization of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan with members of the project team, staff and other key partners – including MPP Toby Barrett, representatives from the OPP and local hospital leadership.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services and its partners have been working to develop this Plan for several years. Initiated first as the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) in 2019, the Plan identifies key needs in the health and social services sectors across both counties.

Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre re-opening July 26

Norfolk County is pleased to announce that the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre will be re-opening on July 26, 2021 with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

The Centre will be offering a number of its popular programs, including length swims, aquafit and mobility classes, swimming lessons and more. The full programming schedule is available on the Norfolk County website at norfolkcounty.ca/swimming-schedules.

COVID-19 screening will continue along with sanitizing of hands upon arrival.

Norfolk County wins award for household hazardous waste appointment-based system

Norfolk County’s Environmental Services and Corporate Communications staff have won an award for their household hazardous waste appointment-based system.

The collaboration between the two departments earned staff the Gold Promotion and Education Award from the Municipal Waste Association’s (MWA) Promotion and Education Awards in the “Surprise Us” category.

“The COVID-19 pandemic posed many operational challenges for us – but at the end of the day, we felt it was essential to continue to provide household hazardous waste disposal service to residents,” said Merissa Bokla, Supervisor, Waste Management.

Province announces Normandale beach will remain public

Earlier today, the province announced that Normandale beach will remain public. The province is taking steps to designate Normandale Beach, on the shores of Lake Erie, as an addition to Turkey Point Provincial Park under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 (PPCRA).

For more than a decade the provincially-owned beach had been maintained by the taxpayers of Norfolk County, and in March there were discussions the Province had intended on selling.