IT'S BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE THE FIRST EDITION~
COVID-19 pandemic disclaimer
Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, information in this edition of the King Bulletin may be outdated once published.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 the status of programs and services, please visit www.king.ca/covid19.
On behalf of King Township council and staff I’d like to welcome you to the August edition of the King Bulletin.
After four months and almost 77,000 vaccinations, our COVID-19 Clinic at the Trisan Centre in Schomberg has officially ceased operations.
It’s hard to put into words the amount of pride I have in all that we accomplished at the clinic. I’ve never seen the community rally behind a cause like this one.
When we first started thinking about possibly setting up a community-run clinic, little did we know what that would eventually entail.
The clinic was run by King Fire and Emergency Services—along with other municipal staff members—local medical professionals and community volunteers.
It was supported by local organizations and businesses in the form of donations of food and other items.
When I initially put out a call for volunteers I asked for a commitment of 20 hours. Many of those who answered the call have been at the clinic, day in, day out, since it opened.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the staff, volunteers, businesses and organizations that made the clinic an overwhelming success.
Although there were hundreds of people involved, I’d like to thank a few individuals for going above and beyond. King Township staff members Jim Wall, Heather Watson, Steve Pataki and Jon Bell, along with Michelle Frauley, Dr. Joseph Gerguis and Dr. Michael Titlebaum.
Over the last four months we saw thousands upon thousands of people getting their shots in order to keep not only themselves and their families safe, but also the community as a whole. We saw tears of joy, tears of gratitude and a tremendous sense of community.
I’ve never been prouder to be mayor of this great Township.
Stay safe and remember to try to shop local as much as you can.
Mayor Steve Pellegrini
Go Rosie Go!
King Township's own, Rosie MacLennan, will be part of the Canadian Gymnastics Team for this year's Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.
MacLennan is the first trampolinist to win back-to-back Gold medals in 2012, and 2016. This year, we're cheering her on to a trampoline 'hat trick'.
Check out her profile on the Canadian Olympic's webpage!
Comprehensive Stormwater Management Master Plan (CSWMMP)
The Township of King has completed a Comprehensive Stormwater Management Master Plan (CSWMMP) to support growth scenarios outlined in the Township’s 2019 Official Plan (OP), and to ensure the required level-of-service can be provided throughout the Township. The study area includes the Villages of King City, Nobleton, and Schomberg, as well as the Hamlets of Ansnorveldt, Snowball, Lloydtown, Laskay, Kettleby, Pottageville, and Graham Sideroad.
This CSWMMP characterized existing and future hydrologic conditions using the proposed future development identified in the OP. The preferred Storm Water Management (SWM) strategy is to combine traditional SWM and Low Impact Development (LID) measures to effectively and efficiently address concerns created from stormwater runoff.
The Study followed Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process dated October 2000 (as amended 2007, 2011, and 2015), which is to be used as foundational support for future investigations of specific schedule B and C projects. The Master Plan process included consultation with the general public, stakeholders, and government review agencies, as well as two Public Information Centres held in November 2020 and April 2021.
The CSWMMP is available for review at the King Township Municipal Office by appointment and is available online at: https://speaking.king.ca/stormwater-master-plan.
Please contact Daniel Wilkinson at email@example.com or (905) 833-5321 x 6572 to schedule an appointment.
Interested persons may provide written comment by completing the comment sheet also found on the project webpage noted above and submit by August 14, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
King Enters Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen
York Region and King Township moved into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021. For more information, read the Government of Ontario's news release.
All essential services have continued, including Fire and Emergency Services, water, wastewater, waste collection, by-law enforcement and roads.
Limited in-person services will be available by appointment only at the King Township Municipal Centre (2585 King Road) beginning on Wednesday, August 4th, and every Wednesday thereafter for marriage licences and commissioning services only. To schedule an appointment, email email@example.com or contact ServiceKing at 905-833-5321.
Trisan Centre fitness centre, indoor track and in-person fitness classes will resume beginning on Monday, August 16th. Pre-registration and COVID-19 screening will be required. All bookings and registrations can be completed online by visiting www.king.ca.
King Township Public Library are exploring reopening at least one library branch for in-person services, including browsing and borrowing by mid-August. Please visit www.king.ca or www.kinglibrary.ca for further details and locations in the coming weeks.
The King Heritage and Cultural Centre will resume in-person by appointment visits beginning Monday, August 16th. Additional outdoor programming activities are being planned and will be communicated to the public once finalized.
All other Township facilities, including their services such as room rentals and ice facilities will remain closed at this time, however staff are working toward a resumption of services in the fall based on availability and demand of these services.
King encourages residents to continue supporting local businesses as much as possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest King Township COVID-19 related information, please visit king.ca/covid19 or york.ca/covid19.
King Township COVID-19 Information Hub
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics (York Region)
Individuals 12+ who live, work, or go to school in York Region are now eligible for walk-ins or appointments for first and second doses.
King Township is driving forward with measures to reduce speed and increase safety on local roads.
The latest effort includes the installation of permanent asphalt speed tables in numerous strategic locations. Speed tables are traffic calming devices that raise the entire wheelbase of a vehicle to reduce its traffic speed. Speed tables are longer than speed humps and flat-topped.
Speed tables will be installed at the following locations this summer:
- 60 Banner Lane
- 67 Banner Lane
- 102 Banner Lane
- 127 Banner Lane
- 225 Banner Lane
- 44 Elizabeth Grove
- 109 Elizabeth Grove
- 226 Elizabeth Grove
- 12 Park Heights Trail
- 20 Park Heights Trail
- 30 Park Heights Trail
- 71 Park Heights Trail
- 78/80 Park Heights Trail
- 226 Hill Farm Road
- 218 Hill Farm Road
The installation of the speed tables is the outcome of King’s Traffic Calming Request Policy which was developed in 2020 with the goal of improving public safety for all road users by altering driver behaviour to encourage appropriate speeds on the Township’s roads.
King also recently reduced the speed limit on urban roads in the Township from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr.
For more information on traffic calming in King Township—including how to request a traffic calming measure in your neighbourhood—please visit www.king.ca/trafficcalming.
Water Use By-law (2014-74)
To water plants, grass and shrubs :
premises assigned even numbered street numbers or where street numbers have not been assigned, premises on the north side or west side of the road, may use water on the even days of the calendar month between the hours 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
premises assigned odd numbered street numbers or where the street numbers have not been assigned, premises on the south side or east side of a road, may use water on the odd days of the calendar month between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Report LDD Moth Sightings Using King's Interactive Invasive Species Mapping Tool
The Township of King has launched a mapping tool to make it easier for residents to report Lymantria Dispar Dispar (LDD) sightings throughout the municipality. This data will help us better understand the distribution of invasive species throughout the Township. Click here to map your sightings.
For more information on LDD Moths and how to remove them, visit https://www.king.ca/EnvironmentalStewardship.
Hollywood North Arrives Again in King Township
The village of Schomberg has been front and centre once again for three episodes of the Walt Disney Television FX/Hulu channel series “Y The Last Man”— featuring talent Diane Lane—that recently wrapped up production. The economic impact to area businesses has been especially significant given that filming occurred during the COVID-19 lockdown when revenues for area businesses were significantly reduced. Approximately $200,000 has been spent by Walt Disney Television, including a donation to the Schomberg Community Hall improvement project.
Since 2011, 51 film permits have been issued by the Corporate Services Department – Clerks Division, for productions which include Designated Survivor, Private Eyes, Reacher and The Kennedys. Production companies are especially drawn to the Schomberg area due to the welcoming nature of its citizens, and the fact that the village can easily represent any town from any period in history. For more information on the film permitting process, please visit www.king.ca .
Events, Activities & Programs
Check out these pictures from our last drive-in movie night in King!
Thank you to our sponsors for providing snacks for our last drive-in movie. See you on August 14th for The Croods: A New Age!
Library Scavenger Hunts
Thu, Aug 5 2021, 10am - 12pm
This event will take place at the King City Branch
Tue, Aug 10 2021, 10am - 12pm
This event will take place at the Nobleton Branch
As provincial health guidelines allow, we will be offering outdoor scavenger hunts at library branches this summer! Come out and enter our prize draw!
Geared to ages 4-6.
Are you looking for a way to "beat the heat" this summer?
Check out the Township's Splash Pads!
The splash pads are located at:
Memorial Park in King City at 25 Doctors Lane
Tasca Park in Nobleton at 49 Parkheights Trail
Hickstead Park in Schomberg at 21 Summit Ridge.
Borrow an Ontario Parks Day Pass
FREE daily park entry for one vehicle plus all its passengers.
King Township Public Library patrons can enjoy unlimited daily visits to
Ontario Parks' network of over 100 provincial parks.
Seasonal Operations & Updates
Yard Waste Pickup
Yard waste collection starts the week of March 29th, 2021 and will be picked up bi-weekly through the last full week in November. There is no limit on the number of containers that can be put out. Residents are able to use rigid open-top containers (i.e. blue boxes) to help alleviate the need for trips to the store for yard waste collection bags. Please have yard waste out to the curb by 7:00 AM on your regularly scheduled collection day.
If you require additional information or have questions, please contact ServiceKing at 905-833-5321 or email email@example.com.
Curbside Giveaway Day - August 28th
The last Saturday of April, May, June, July, August, September and October are the King "Curbside Giveaway Days".
It's very simple. Starting at 7:00 a.m. take any unwanted items to the curb, marked "Free", for others to pick up and take to a good home. Remove all leftover items by 5:00 p.m. on that day, to help keep King Township attractive. This is a great way to "recycle" and clean out some of that extra "stuff", or to get out and find some helpful or wanted items at a bargain price - FREE!
Markham Household Hazardous Waste Depot Closure
The Markham Household Hazardous Waste Depot will be closed for maintenance from Thursday July 29th to Friday August 13th. Regular depot hours will resume Saturday, August 14.
This closure is necessary for repaving and fixing potholes.
Residents can take their hazardous waste to the next closest York Region depot location, the Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre, located at 1124 Elgin Mills Road East, in the City of Richmond Hill. Approximate driving distance is 12 km (15 to 20 minutes driving time). Residents can also search other locations at york.ca/wastedepots
Please note the York Region website will be updated with the closure information.
King's improved Community Calendar open to submissions from the public
King Township has launched a one-stop-shop to find out information on what’s going on in the community with an enhanced Community Calendar at www.king.ca.
The Community Calendar was included in the launch of King’s new website earlier this year. However, events listed in the Community Calendar were limited to King Township-run events. With the new feature, anyone from the public can submit their events easily using an online form, as long as the event meets a set of guidelines.
“The timing of the launch of the improved Community Calendar couldn’t be better,” said King Township Mayor Steve Pellegrini.
“As we start to emerge from our long series of lockdowns due to COVID-19, people and organizations will start holding public events again, as long as they follow public health guidelines. We want to help them get the word out and also make it easy for people to find events on the calendar.”
Submitting an event is simple. Visit https://www.king.ca/eventsubmission. There you will see several fields to be filled out, including the event date and time, location and description. Events that meet submission guidelines will be approved within one business day.
In order to qualify for posting, the event must be organized by an individual, organization, service club, association or business operating within King Township or surrounding area, performing work that benefits King Township residents.
Events that are non-Township or Library programs that require paid enrolment—such as camps, lessons or courses—are not eligible. Neither are events that are commercial in nature and are attempting to advertise, promote or sell products or services of an individual business.
A full list of requirement guidelines can be found on the submission page.
King-Vaughan Road - Temporary Closure
A road closure is scheduled to replace two large culverts under King-Vaughan Road that allow water to run freely from one side of the road to the other.
To complete the culvert replacement work, King-Vaughan Road betwen Dufferin Street and Kelle Street will be fully closed at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 19th, 2021. Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses in the closed section.
Work will take place Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Night work may be required.
Council Meeting Highlights
Council has adjourned for the summer season, and the next Committee of the Whole and Council meeting will be on September 13th. You can keep up with these meetings by visiting us online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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