Looks like cooler temperatures have set in and fall is here to stay. I have to say that fall is one of my favourite times of the year, as the beautiful fall foliage makes our community of communities quite picturesque.
I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during such difficult and challenging times. As you know, King Township is now in a modified stage 2, as is all of York Region. You can still do most of your business with the Township either online, by email or by phone. I encourage you to visit www.king.ca, or contact our ServiceKing Customer Service Centre by email email@example.com or phone at 905-833-5321.Also, stay up-to-date on all things COVID-19 related with the Township, by visiting the COVID-19 Information Hub at http://covid19.king.ca.
Although many COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect, Township staff are continuously looking at ways to deliver services to you. Limited in-person, by-appointment only services are now available every Wednesday at the King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre (2920 King Road, King City) for commissioning services (i.e. foreign pension forms, statutory declarations, affidavits) and the issuance of marriage licenses. Priority will be given to King Township residents while non-residents will be accommodated subject to demand and availability. To schedule an appointment, call 905-833-4069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. New curbside pickup locations are available for garbage tag and bin orders at all King Township Public Library branches. In addition, ice surfaces at the Trisan Centre in Schomberg and the Dr. William Laceby Community Centre and Arena in Nobleton are now open for user groups.
This edition of the King Bulletin is jam packed with news and updates about many Township initiatives. We have just surpassed 300 subscribers to this new King Bulletin newsletter, and I want to thank you for subscribing and staying informed about your community.
I want to end by reminding everyone that on November 11, 2020, all Canadians should proudly pause on Remembrance Day to express a heartfelt thanks to the veterans of our land who sacrificed their lives.
Lest We Forget.
- Mayor Steve Pellegrini
COVID-19 Information Hub
Be sure to check out our COVID-19 Information Hub regularly. Here you will find the latest information and updates on COVID-19 impacts on Township programs and services. You can also follow us on social media for additional news and notices: Twitter and Facebook. Also be sure to let your friends and neighbours know about this monthly newsletter. They can subscribe by going to http://kingbulletin.king.ca.
The health and safety of our community and residents are our number one priority and we continue to monitor the situation very closely.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, information in this edition of the King Bulletin may be outdated. For the latest information on facility re-openings and closures and in-person services, please visit covid19.king.ca.
COVID-19 Information Hub
King COVID-19 Screening Tool Now Implemented
In an effort to provide ongoing protection, a new COVID-19 screening tool is in effect and mandatory for the public and staff when entering re-opened Township facilities.
Screening tool overview:
- Both staff and public visitors will be required to answer a short series of screening questions in order to access reopened public Township facilities. Screening can be completed by visiting http://screening.king.ca
- Answers to screening questions will generate a pass/fail response determining eligibility to access the facility.
- A pass response will be accompanied by a green check mark icon which you will show to an on-site staff member prior to entry. Please note: public visitors are required to complete the screening tool before accessing all Township facilities visited that day.
- If visiting one facility, screening completion is only required once prior to entry. If visiting multiple facilities, screening will need to be completed for each individual facility.
- The screening program will keep an attendance log for 12 months in the event that contact tracing is required by York Region Public Health. After this period, data will be deleted.
Modified Stage 2 Update
York Region - including King Township - is now subject to modified Stage 2 restrictions for a minimum of 28 days starting from Oct. 19 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
For King Township, this will mean the following:
- Use of fitness centres and indoor group fitness classes: Opening of the Trisan Fitness Centre will be delayed at this time. Further updates will be provided in the near future.
- All Adult and youth users must amend operating guidelines to comply with new restrictions: No scrimmages or game play is permitted (indoors and outdoors). New capacity requirements include 25 person(s) outdoors and 10 person(s) indoors, including coaches and players.
- Libraries will remained closed: Curbside pick-up will continue to be offered at all branches.
For the most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is impacting King Township programs and services, please visit covid19.king.ca.
Trisan Centre and Dr. William Laceby Nobleton Community Centre and Arena - Ice Pads Reopen
The ice pad at the Trisan Centre in Schomberg reopened on Monday, September 28, while the ice pad at the Dr. William Laceby Nobleton Community Centre and Arena in Nobleton opened October 19.
The expansion of Trisan Centre services and programs, such as fitness programs, the walking track and curling, will not be reopening under modified stage 2 restrictions.
The Municipal Centre remains closed until at least the end of 2020.
Every Wednesday there are now limited in-person services available by appointment at the King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre at 2920 King Road, King City for commissioning services (i.e. foreign pension forms, statutory declarations, affidavits) and the issuance of marriage licences only. To schedule an appointment, call 905-833-4069 or email email@example.com.
The King Township Public Library is offering curbside pickup for garbage tags and bins during curbside hours. Orders can be made online at www.king.ca. See below for curbside hours for each Library branch:
- King City - 1970 King Road – Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Wednesday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Nobleton – 8 Sheardown Drive – Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm and Thursday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Schomberg – 77 Main St – Tuesday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Ansnorveldt – 18997 Dufferin St – Tuesday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Parking Restrictions
Please be advised there is no vehicle parking on any roadway between the hours of 2 am and 6 am, from November 1st to April 15th of each year,as well as no parking at any time to interfere with snow removal to allow for the expedient clearing of snow and the safe passage of Emergency Vehicles.
To learn more about parking in King such as how to pay or dispute a parking ticket, you can visit our parking enforcement page at www.king.ca or by calling ServiceKing at 905-833-5321.
Snow & Winter Safety
It may seem hard to believe, but snow will start falling soon. King wants to remind citizens about snow removal services and what role you can play in keeping our roads and sidewalks safe this winter.
- The Township will remove snow from roads when severe accumulations affect two-way traffic and the ability for on-street parking. This may take several days after accumulations occur and is performed on a priority basis. First priority is given to commercial areas and areas where safety is a concern. Residents are reminded to avoid parking on the street so that snowplowing and snow removal crews can operate effectively.
- King can assist by providing services to senior citizens and persons with disabilities. For qualified applicants to receive this service, all obstructions must be removed from the end of their driveway and their house number must be visible. Please note that the end of driveways are only cleared after road snow clearing has been completed. Complete the Snow Removal Application to apply for the program, or please call 905-833-5321 for more information.
- Residents are asked to assist by keeping fire hydrants on their properties clear of snow. Hydrants should have a clearing of one metre (3 ft.) all around and there should be a clear path to the street to ensure firefighters can readily access them.
Yard Waste Collection
November is the final month for yard waste collection. Yard waste will be collected on regular pick-up days the weeks of Nov. 10-13 and Nov. 24-27.
Material should be placed at the curb in paper organic yard waste bags, or open rigid containers clearly marked as yard waste, before 7 a.m. on the collection day specified in your waste calendar. Blue boxes, green bins, and plastic bags are not acceptable for yard waste and will not be picked up. Grass clippings are no longer acceptable for yard waste collection. Grass clippings can be left on your lawn providing valuable moisture and nutrients to your lawn.
Corporate Strategic Plan
2019-2022 Corporate Strategic Plan and Year One (2019) Annual Progress Report
In an evolving, dynamic, and complex Township, the need to manage and adapt to change has become crucial to maintaining the success of local government and the community at large. The Corporate Strategic Plan is created based on Council’s identified priorities for the existing term, which reflect the changing needs of their constituents. This plan was developed in alignment with King’s governance framework that incorporates the Township’s Vision, Mission and Values.
The Corporate Strategic Plan sets the context for guiding the Township’s long term goals within the term of Council (2019-2022) as part of the Township’s planning hierarchy. It will clearly define obligations and commitments of the Township of King to its citizens and the public.
The Draft 2019-2022 Corporate Strategic Plan report and Working Session presentation (pdf) was presented and received by Council on March 9th, 2020.
On September 21st, 2020 Township Council approved the Finalized 2019-2022 Corporate Strategic Plan and Year One (2019) Annual Progress Report.
Read the Committee of the Whole report: ADM-CAO-002: Finalized Draft 2019-2022 Corporate Strategic Plan.
Township projects updates
Even though some of our operations have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve still been able to advance these projects. These include:
- King City Library Branch Update
- Township Paving Project
- Active Transportation Strategy - Complete
2020 Paving Project
As part of King’s ongoing road paving program, another 2.2 km of road was pulverized and paved recently. This time it was the 11th Concession between the 15th and 16th Sideroads. This brings the total of this year’s paving program to almost 40 km. For more information on the paving project, such as what roads have been paved in 2020, visit majorprojects.king.ca.
See the Complete 2020 Road Paving Program
King approves new Active Transportation Strategy
King Township now has an official Active Transportation Strategy. Council recently approved the strategy—with a few amendments. The strategy sets out a framework for the implementation of an active transportation network in King, including new and upgraded sidewalks, multi-use pathways, paved shoulders, off-road trails, signed on-road cycling routes and mid-block crossings. For more details, please visit http://speaking.king.ca/atactionplan.
Own a business and want to know how King Township or other levels of government can help you during the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit our Economicking.ca website for up to date information for businesses and a list of resources available, including government aid.
Although our facilities remained closed, ServiceKing staff are still available to answer any inquiries 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. While staff are offline, our 24/7 after hour service will be available.
You can still do business with King on our website at www.king.ca, by phone at 905-833-5321 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current method of payment options:
- Online Services
- By mail/drop box to: 2585 King Road, King City, ON, L7B 1A1
Water Billings & Supplemental Tax Notices - Update
Water Bills for Q3 (June - September) 2020 have been mailed out and are due on November 16th, 2020. This period often has a lot of higher consumption due to the summer months, with the use of sprinklers, pools, and humidifiers. Payment arrangements are still an option if needed and you can contact Finance staff at email@example.com. Payment options are similar to taxes with Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) options, online services or mail. For more details you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental Tax Notices have been mailed out and due dates are November 20th and December 18th. Supplemental tax notices are in-addition to the final tax notices. They are for an improvement to the property, such as a renovation, pool, cabana, or re-build.
- If you are on PAD: Supplemental tax notices are not added to scheduled preauthorized payments.
- If your mortgage company pays your taxes: The mortgage company will not pay for supplemental tax notice.
Please refer to the Township’s website for details on how to pay your billings, and various options such as joining our preauthorized payment programs. For more information on how your property taxes are assessed, please use the link below to visit the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation's (MPAC) information page:
MPAC Supplemental Taxes - Learn More
Flu Shot Information
It’s a different flu season. Reducing the spread of the flu is more important than ever.
Protect yourself and the people around you from the flu and help reduce the strain on health care systems currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.