Season's Greetings from Mayor and Council
On behalf of King Township council and staff, welcome to the December edition of the King Bulletin.
As we head into the traditional holiday season, we know things will be different. New traditions will be made, and many of us will be seeing our families virtually only this year. This pandemic has changed so many things in our lives, including the way we’ll celebrate the upcoming holidays.
King Township has always been home to many amazing holiday events, including a Main Street Christmas in Schomberg and our annual tree lighting ceremonies in Nobleton and King City. Unfortunately, those in-person events have been cancelled this year - BUT - thanks to our community and to our staff, we’ve been able to put together several safe alternative holiday events, including:
For more information on these events, please keep reading this edition of the King Bulletin or click here.
Although the temptation to gather with loved ones during this holiday season will be strong—due in no small part to the pandemic stretching out for as long as it has—I’m urging you to please be responsible. Community spread of the virus is one of the greatest threats to the health and safety of the entire population.
Here are a few things to keep in mind this holiday season:
- Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with);
- Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside your household; and
- Adhere to provincial and applicable local restrictions on public and private gatherings.
There is one final thing I’d like to ask the community for help with this holiday season – AND, I’ve been repeating it over and over… Now, more than ever, we need to help our local businesses. The year 2020 has been hard on almost all sectors of the economy. Many businesses in King are doing their best to hold on, but they need our support. Think about how you can support local with your holiday shopping. We’ve included some information about ShopKing within this edition of the King Bulletin.
If you’re not sure if local businesses have what you’re looking for, the King Chamber of Commerce Business Directory was distributed to every house in King Township as an insert in the King Weekly Sentinel. Check its pages for a list of local businesses and support as many as you can. Here is a link for the digital edition.
On behalf of council and staff, I wish you and your loved ones a safe, peace filled and restful time with the hope of better things to come in 2021.
- Mayor Steve Pellegrini
Organized Public Events and Social Gathering Limits Further Restricted in King (as of Nov. 20, 2020)
Earlier restrictions as part of Red-Control zone remain unchanged
As of Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. the limits for all organized public events and social gatherings were set at 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
There are no other changes to restrictions in King Township under the Red-Control zone at this time.
Under the Red-Control zone, the following restrictions are in place:
- The Trisan Centre Fitness Centre has re-opened with a limit of 10 people in the gym at one time. Pre-registration and COVID-19 screening are required.
- Fitness classes with limit of 10 per class (classes commenced Monday, Nov. 23)
- Hockey and figure skating programs returned to the limit of only 10 participants on the ice at one time. Note: only training is permitted on the ice—no game play/scrimmage.
- Gatherings are confined to 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
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Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, information in this edition of the King Bulletin may be outdated once published. For the latest information on facility re-openings and closures and in-person services, please visit covid19.king.ca.
COVID-19 Information Hub
King Remains Open for Business
The Township has, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, been offering all administrative services to our businesses and residents virtually. Many services—including things like building permits, planning applications, garbage bag tags and the payment of water bills—can all be accessed online.
King Township has re-opened some facilities and is now offering in-person services, subject to demand and in conjunction with current public health protocols.
Enhanced curbside pickup of garbage bag tags and blue/green bins is offered at King Township Public Library branches through its curbside pickup program.
You can visit our website at www.king.ca, call us at 905-833-5321 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or email us at email@example.com.
All essential services have continued, including Fire and Emergency Services, water, wastewater, waste collection, by-law enforcement and roads.
King Township - Holiday Office Closure
The Township will be closed for a two-week period beginning on December 21st, 2020 and re-opening on January 4th, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.
During the closure, our after-hours service will be answering all urgent phone calls. Please call 905-833-5321.
If you do not have an urgent concern, you can still do business with us on our website at www.king.ca, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org where staff will respond to you in the new year.
King Launches New CivicWeb Meeting Portal
King is pleased to announce the launch of its new CivicWeb meeting portal that will better connect the community to Township public meeting agendas, minutes, by-laws, as well as similar materials for various Township Advisory Committees and Committee of Adjustment.
The portal is accessible from the Township’s main website www.king.ca, and can be accessed directly by visiting https://king.civicweb.net/. The Township has set out to make it easier for the public to access key information, and to improve and promote accessibility and transparency. Within the portal, visitors can: use the calendar to find an upcoming or previous public meeting; subscribe to e-updates about meetings; click on the meetings tab organized by the type of meeting (Council, Public Planning, Committee); and read current and past Council agendas, reports and minutes.
CivicWeb Meeting Portal
Get Engaged 💭📢
King Township has initiated a review of its zoning for the rural areas and hamlets within the Township. The outcome of this review is anticipated to be a new comprehensive Rural Area Zoning By-law. Register for one of the virtual public open houses (all identicial) to take place on Dec 1, 3, and 9.
Rural Zoning By-law Review
BUDGET 2021 - Notice of Meetings and Opportunities for Public Engagement
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.
Trisan Drive-Thru Flu Clinic a Success - Thank You!
The first ever drive-thru flu shot clinic was a tremendous success in King. In all, 140 people were vaccinated. Many volunteers were on hand to make the event a success, including Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Fire Chief Jim Wall, CEO/Founder of HosPall Private Homecare Michelle Frauley and King Chamber of Commerce representatives. HosPall Private Homecare had its nursing team volunteer their time for the day to make this event happen. Thank you to everyone involved!
Do you know anyone 65 years or older who wants the high dose flu vaccine in King Township? For more information contact Michelle Frauley at email@example.com.
York Region Transit extends on-request transit for seniors 65+
YRT's Mobility On-Request (MOR) 65+ service allows you to request transit when and where you need it.
YRT is extending service for seniors across York Region to April 30, 2021.
The service is available to seniors 65 years or older who may be feeling hesitant taking regular public transit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mobility On-Request uses smaller vehicles like sedans, minivans and small buses to transport customers. Vehicles are thoroughly cleaned, drivers are equipped with proper PPE and there is a limit to the number of passengers allowed in the vehicles at once.
If you are a senior travelling within our service areas, simply call YRT during the hours listed below and they will pick you up and take you to your desired location within 5 km of your home. This can be a grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy or any other address. Please read below for more details and booking instructions.
YRT is happy to help you get where you need to go, confidently and safely. If you have any further questions or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to call at 1-866-744-1119.
The Schomberg Christmas Market
Find unique treasures and gifts you’ll love from local artisans and independent sellers.
The Schomberg Village Association is hosting The Schomberg Christmas Market, which is encouraging residents to buy local this holiday season.
The event runs from November 20th to December 23rd.
Christmas in King - Holiday Light Tour
Are you proud of your holiday light display and want to share it with the broader community while supporting a great cause? Christmas in King (CiK), a sister organization of the King Township Food Bank, is coordinating a Holiday Light Tour for both residences and local businesses to raise needed funds and provide a COVID-friendly driving event for all. The addresses of participants will be published on a map, available for purchase for $10. Everyone who purchases a map will get an opportunity to vote for both their favourite residential and business display.
The winners will receive an exterior service valued up to $300, donated by Shack Shine. Winners will be announced in the King Weekly Sentinel and on social media.
Funds will be used by Christmas in King to provide King Township individuals and families with their choice of gifts, a hamper of festive foods, and other items to help make their holiday season brighter.
Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Tree Lighting
Check on December 2 for a link to our Virtual Tree Lighting Video. Watch as Mayor Pellegrini helps us light the beautiful trees in King Township! Click here for more information.
Santa's Christmas Cruise
December has arrived! Wave hello to Santa from your driveway! The countdown is on for Santa’s Christmas Cruise! In partnership with King Fire and Emergency Services, Santa will be making his way through King Township neighbourhoods along with police and fire vehicles!
A reminder that route details, including which streets Santa will drive down, will be shared on the morning of each cruise day. This set route has been approved and prepared in conjunction with York Regional Police, with an understanding that passing by every home in the Township is not possible.
Please note that this event does NOT require registration or tickets, as residents are kindly asked to remain on their own property and to follow all Public Health recommendations and guidelines.
Check out the route details on the morning of by clicking here.
Have questions? Email email@example.com.
King Township Elfabet Hunt
Friday December 18th – Sunday January 3rd
With the overwhelming success of the King Township Ghost hunt that was run for Halloween (over 1,300 submissions), staff have created the King Township Elfabet Hunt.
Get outside during the holidays and explore trails throughout your community to help find Santa’s elves from A-Z! Head out on an adventure with your family to hunt for elves along the trails. Each elf will have a clue to help you find the others. Do you think you can find all 26 elves?! Submit your “elfie selfies” to @kingmusem on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a prize!
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more information on how to participate.
Have questions? Email email@example.com
Way to go Team King! United Way Cheque Presentation
King Township staff recently held a two-week United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) fundraising campaign and reached the goal of raising $10,000. The money was raised through staff participating in a payroll deduction program and one-time donations. The use of the United Way’s, easy-to-use, online tool for donating allowed King to reach out to its employees working remotely to achieve the goal. UWGT raises money to fight poverty in Toronto, York and Peel Regions.
It primarily grants to local charities, but also runs its own community programs and conducts research to identify causes of poverty and inequality in the GTA.
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 Road Streetscaping
- Stormwater Management Master Plan
- Nobleton Sewers Update (Contract 3)
- Transportation Strategies
King Road Streetscaping Update
The King Road Streetscaping project runs along King Road and takes into account the visual experience of public spaces to help define a community’s aesthetic quality, economic activity, health, and sustainability. The project includes sidewalk and driveways, multiple-use asphalt trail, drainage and storm system, street lighting, planting trees, construction of the retaining walls, etc.
In November, some of the major accomplishments include:
- Pavement Marking and Signage (Related to Multi-Use Asphalt Trail)
- Grinding and Asphalt Pavement (Beside the curbs – West of Charles St.)
- Erosion Control and Topsoil Removal (Between King City Pumping Station and Keele St.)
- Delivering the Select Subgrade Material (SSM) used for backfilling, and compacting the layers (Between King City Pumping Station and Keele St.)
In December, some of the major projects scheduled to be completed (weather permitting) include:
- Continuing the SSM (Between King City Pumping Station and Keele St.)
- Curbing (Near the Burns Blvd.)
- Multi-Use Trail Signage
- Catch basin Connections (West of Charles and Burns St.)
Stormwater Management Master Plan
The Township of King has initiated a review and analysis of its stormwater infrastructure in order to develop a Comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan. A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment has been undertaken to guide this process. A Virtual Public Information Centre was held on November 27th, 2020 and the presentation video is available on our website. For more information, you can visit the project page on the Township's website. We want your feedback, so please fill out a comment sheet!
Learn More and Provide Your Input
Nobleton Sewers Update (Contract 3)
King Township has started the third contract of the second phase of providing infrastructure for residents to connect to the municipal sewer system in Nobleton.
Phase 2, Contract 3 sanitary sewer and concurrent works in Nobleton will take place in and around the following roadways: Sheardown Drive, Dobson Court, Cain Court, Hazelbury Drive, Chamberlain Court, Russell Snider Drive, Witherspoon Way, Mactaggart Drive, Holden Drive, Robb Drive and McCutcheon Avenue affecting approximately 200 homes.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take about 27 months to complete.
Residents who have any questions about the project can visit http://majorprojects.king.ca/ or contact ServiceKing at 905-833-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The contractor is continuing with sanitary sewer installation on Chamberlain Court and then will proceed along Sheardown Drive and Cain Court.
- Base asphalt is expected to be installed by the middle of December in the Sheardown and McCutcheon area.
Road Reconstruction Project - 15th Sideroad between Highway 27 and 8th Concession.
Following the conclusion of a Municipal Class Environmental Study which are used to complete infrastructure projects in an environmentally responsible manner, King is now at the paving stage of the project.
Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule ‘B’ (15th Sideroad, 10th Concession and 8th Concession)
The purpose of the undertaking is to improve the existing cross-section, pavement structure, road surface and overall condition of the segments of Sideroad 15, Concession 8 and Concession 10 in the village of Nobleton. Additionally, road rehabilitation will address sightlines and drainage deficiencies within these portions of roadway. Read more at http://majorprojects.king.ca.
Transportation Strategies - King Keeps Moving Forward
King Township is on the road to implementing a comprehensive network of plans that will set the future of transportation in King for the next decade.
Council this year has so far approved the Transportation Master Plan, the Active Transportation Strategy and the Traffic Calming Strategy and Traffic Calming Requests Policy. Council was just presented a draft of the 10 year paving strategy on November 30, and is set to approve a final version in the new year. Links to each of the plans are below.
- The Transportation Master Plan guides King’s transportation network to the year 2031 and beyond. The plan includes strategies to improve different modes of travel including walking, cycling, transit and motor vehicles.
- The Active Transportation Strategy is an action plan to implement the Transportation Master Plan’s recommended active transportation network. This will include new and upgraded sidewalks, multi-use pathways, paved shoulders, off-road trails, signed on-road cycling routes and mid-block crossings.
- The Traffic Calming Strategy focuses on residential streets where excessive speeding is prevalent, particularly in neighbourhoods where a high number of cyclists and pedestrians are sharing the road with motorized traffic.
- The 10-year Paving Strategy (in development) involves evaluating the existing conditions of most of the roadways within the Township. King will then analyze the data and prepare a criteria matrix to prioritize road paving or repairs over the next 10 years.
2021 Waste Collection Calendar
Look for the 2021 edition of King Township’s waste collection calendar in your mailbox delivered by Canada Post by the end of December. It will also be available online at www.king.ca.
Winter Parking Restrictions
There is no vehicle parking on any roadway between the hours of 2 am and 6 am, from Nov. 1st to Apr. 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.
King City Library Branch
Construction has wrapped up at the King City Library Branch, and curbside services are now being offered at the new facility located at 1970 King Road. COVID-19 compliant tours will soon be available for all residents, to arrange a tour email email@example.com.
Remembrance Day Ceremony
The Township recorded the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Trisan Centre. Click below to watch.
Curbside pickup of tag and bin orders
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.
Snow Removal and Plowing in King
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.
Temporary On-Street Parking Permits
A reminder to all residents that temporary on-street Parking Permits for municipal roads are available to accommodate overnight guests, deliveries, or driveway repairs. Permits are valid for a period of 24 hours and are granted for a maximum of twelve (12) days per vehicle per year (limit of 4 permits during annual winter parking restrictions). Permit Fee: Free Permits are not valid for York Regional roads. Requests to park on Regional roads must be made to York Region. To apply for a temporary parking permit visit https://parkking.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Plummer Park Temporary Closure
Dean Plummer Park, located at 96 Parkheights Trail in Nobleton, will be closed from November 2020 to Spring 2021.
The park will be closed for the Replacement of rubber surface. Residents are encouraged to use Tasca Park at 49 Parkheights Trail, Nobleton, until repairs are completed.
ServiceKing staff are 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 email@example.com.
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