March 2022


Town Welcomes Bill Abbotts as New Councillor

Town of The Blue Mountains Council has appointed Bill Abbotts to fill the vacant Councillor position for the remainder of the 2018 – 2022 Term of Council.

The appointment was made yesterday at the Special Meeting of Council. Each applicant was given the opportunity to address Council to outline their experience and qualifications, and each Member of Council was given the opportunity to ask each applicant two questions. A recording of the meeting has been posted to the Agendas, Minutes and Reports webpage.

Mr. Abbotts will be formally sworn in as a new Member of Council at the Monday, March 14, 2022 Council Meeting. The Council Meeting will be live-streamed to the Town website. Following the meeting, Mr. Abbotts will participate in a series of onboarding and training meetings relative to the new role as a Member of Council.

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2022 Town Budget Approved

The 2022 Town Budget was approved by Council earlier this week with a net tax increase of 2.68%. The tax increase represents $53.00 on the average home assessed at $540,000.

To learn more about the budget process and to view the budget document, please visit the Town Budget webpage. 

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Community Sustainability Plan Final Survey

Next week, the Town will be launching a final public survey to gain feedback from the community to support the development of the Community Sustainability Plan. The survey aims to assist with confirming the action areas and priorities to be included within the final plan that will be presented to Council for approval.

The survey will be available until Sunday, March 27, 2022, and can be accessed by visiting the project webpage. Paper copies will be available upon request by calling 519-599-3131 ext. 235 or through pickup at Town Hall and The Blue Mountains Public Library.

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Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards: Call for Nominations

The Town is pleased to announce it is bringing back volunteer recognition with the launch of a new annual Volunteer Recognition program.

The annual Volunteer Recognition program will celebrate and honour outstanding residents and organizations that have helped shape and build the community. It will feature seven award categories that aim to recognize individual volunteers and community groups for their contribution to the local community.

All residents are welcome to submit a nomination by completing the online nomination form by March 25, 2022.

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Take a Break! March Activities to Enjoy

Enjoy March Break at Blue
Get ready for a week of fun at the Blue Mountain Village! Enjoy various activities including Bamtastic Drumming, birds of prey shows, magic shows, groovy dancing & more!

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Colour Frees the Soul Art Exhibit
Immerse yourself in brilliant colours and enjoy Colour Frees the Soul, the latest art exhibit on now at The Gallery in the L.E. Shore branch of The Blue Mountains Public Library.

This exhibit features the works of the Saugeen Artists Guild and will bring you relaxation and healing. On until March 31, 2022.

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March Break 2022: It's Out of This World
3,2,1...Blast Off! Take a trip to space this March Break with The Blue Mountains Public Library! Explore the galaxy with a special Virtual Planetarium experience and at-home activity kits that are out of this world! Perfect for families and children.

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Featured Projects

Bridge 2 & 3 Replacement
On March 3, 2022, the Town hosted a Public Information Centre for the Bridge 2 and 3 Replacement project. A recording of the meeting is now available on the project webpage.

Bridges 2 and 3, also known as the Mitchell’s Creek Bridges, are concrete monolithic T-beam bridges connected by a short stretch of 6th Sideroad on the western edge of the Little Germany Management Area. 

A Schedule A+ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment in 2019 identified the need to replace both Bridges 2 and 3 with single-lane bridges.

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Campus of Care

The Town is working with the Province of Ontario to develop a new long-term care facility, known as the Community Campus of Care.

The partnership was announced in January through the allocation of 160 long-term care beds. The proposed development will include 160 long-term care beds, retirement living accommodations and a variety of attainable housing units and dwellings to support Campus staff.

On March 2, 2022, a Special Meeting of Council was held to confirm the direction and vision of the project. The presentation and recording of the meeting are available on the project page.

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East Side Water Storage Environmental Assessment 
The Town is completing this Class Environmental Assessment to evaluate and select the preferred solution to address water storage and water supply deficiencies in the general area east of Wards Road to Grey Road 21.

Approximately 8,300 cubic metres of storage is required in this area. There is currently 5,000 cubic metres of built storage serving that pressure zone, leaving a deficit of at least 3,300 cubic metres. A Public Information Centre has been scheduled for March 24, 2022.

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