January 2023


2023 Town Budget

The 2023 Proposed Town Budget will be released on January 13, 2023, for public review and input. The proposed budget will include operating and capital budgets as well as proposed fees and charges. The proposed budget will be reviewed and deliberated by Council through a series of special budget meetings in February.

Following review and direction from Council, the budget will be revised and posted to the Town website for public review and input.

A public meeting for the draft budget has been scheduled for March 7, 2023, with approval of the budget anticipated by the end of March.

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Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas tree collection is scheduled for the week of January 2 to 6, 2023 during regular collection times.

Residents are asked to place bare trees (no plastic bags or decorations) at the curb with the rest of their garbarge and recycling.

Christmas trees can also be dropped off free of charge at the Landfill and Recycling Depot during regular operating hours.

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Parkbridge Rock Blasting Notice

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise that rock blasting operations will begin at the Parkbridge Craigleith Ridge Development site on Monday, January 9, 2023. Blasting will continue intermittently during daylight hours with two to ten blasts anticipated per day until April 2023. Residents near Grey Road 19 and Lakeshore Road East may hear a siren followed by a slight vibration when the blast occurs.

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Water Pressure & Expansion Tanks Reminder

The Town’s Water Division controls and monitors water pressure throughout the Town-owned water distribution system. The Town is not responsible for controlling the water pressure in a home beyond the curb stop. Private plumbing fixtures, including hot water heaters or heating systems which utilize water, can increase the water pressure in a home beyond the level that it was at when it passed the curb stop. Thermal Expansion Tanks can be installed to manage this excess pressure, but they are classified as private plumbing fixtures according to the Ontario Building Code 2012 O.Reg. 332/12.

For more information on pressure regulation, and the difference between public and private infrastructure, please visit the Water Services web page.

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Seasonal Update Regarding Town Trails

Due to current weather conditions, the Georgian Trail and the trails at Tomahawk are not groomed. Pending sufficient snowfall, the Georgian Trail will be maintained as a multi-use trail for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other eco-friendly activities. There will not be set tracks for cross-country skiing due to limited space. The Town will be grooming a hard-packed loop trail at Tomahawk throughout winter, with set tracks for cross-country skiing alongside the groomed trail.

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Home Energy Savings & Retrofit Workshop

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 – 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Where: LE Shore Memorial Library, Thornbury

The Blue Mountains is moving to build sustainable neighbourhoods.

Most homes have room(s) for energy and carbon emissions improvements. You can divest your home from fossil fuels and add renewables. Learn how to take advantage of available funding and newly announced funding opportunities to retrofit your home. A certified home energy auditor and licensed service organization, Environment Network, will be presenting information on the programs and available retrofit options for your home. Join us for this free workshop.

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The Heart of Our Community Since 1983

BVO is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2023! Connect with the BVO team to learn about how they started and what they've accomplished, and help guide them in their next chapter.

For more information, visit www.bvo.ca, follow them on social media, or call (519) 599-2577.

Featured Projects

Craigleith Wastewater Treatment Plant Sewage Pumping Station Environmental Assessment

A virtual Public Information Centre to review the preliminary preferred alternative solutions has been scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Registration is required to attend.

More information, including the Notice of Public Information Centre, is available on the project web page.

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209808 & 209806 Highway 26

The Town has received a Complete Application for a development at 209806 & 209808 Highway 26 to construct seventeen multi-residential units within four individual buildings developed as townhomes.

A Public Meeting to consider these applications has not yet been scheduled. A notice will be provided indicating a Public Meeting Date when scheduled.

For more information, including concept designs and architectural drawings, visit the project web page.

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Bridge 2 & 3 Replacement

Good progress has been made including installation of both precast concrete bridges, backfilling and compacting around the bridges, and re-opening of the east and west watercourses. The contractor is currently on a holiday shutdown, but construction is scheduled to restart the week of January 16, 2023.

Visit the project web page for updates as construction nears completion.

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