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Highlights of the January 2021 Regular Council Meeting

 

  Highlights of the December 2020 Regular Council Meeting

 

The Ontario government has announced that the 2020 Assessment Update has been postponed

The Ontario government has announced that the 2020 Assessment Update has been postponed. The province has indicated that property assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values (i.e., the same valuation date in use for the 2020 taxation year).

In 2016, we mailed a Property Assessment Notice to every property owner in the province – assessing more than five million properties in Ontario. Your 2016 Notice reflects the assessed value and classification of your property as of January 1, 2016 and this will be used as the basis for calculating your 2021 property taxes. 

Hydro One New rates starting November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021

Time of use pricing

Off Peak from 7pm to 7am – 10.5 c/Kwh

On Peak from 7am to 11am – 21.7 c/Kwh

Mid Peak from 11am to 5pm – 15.0 c/Kwh

On Peak from 5pm to 7pm – 21.7 c/Kwh

All weekends and designated holidays at off peak rates

New Tiered pricing

Residential use  up to 1000 Kwh per month – 12.6 c/Kwh

                            Over 1000 Kwh per month – 14.0 c/Kwh

Please note if you would like to change to tiered pricing you need to call your hydro company.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Section 22 Order for long-term care homes.

Hydro One News

You’ll soon be able to choose your electricity pricing plan.

Starting November 1, 2020, you’ll be able to switch from time-of-use pricing to tiered pricing. Hydro One Spokesperson Jay Armitage says it gives people flexibility.

“The choice is great because it really allows customers to pick (a plan) based on their lifestyle and their habits,” explained Armitage. “So, if you think about seasonal customers who might have a cottage and they’re only there on weekends, time-of-use will work for them.”

She says for other people, tiered pricing will be better because there is a set electricity price that only increases after you use a certain amount of power.

“If you think about so many of us right now, working from home, and when you think about when schools were out, even more people [were] in the middle of the day, the tiered pricing plan is going to work for them,” said Armitage.

She says after making the switch, you can always switch back if you want to. To opt out of time-of-use pricing, you will have to contact your local power provider and let them know. Armitage says Hydro One has a calculator that will allow you to input your electricity usage and tell you which option would be best.

Hydro One Choice

To read more about the change, click here.

Broadband (fiber optic) progress

The County of Simcoe is working with the province and the federal government through SWIFT networks to expand broadband throughout the County. At the last County Council meeting the Warden updated County Council that the RFP closed on September 25, 2020, the RFP was well received, and many ISP (Internet service providers) took part in the process and proposals were received. The Province will now work with the County of Simcoe to decide where and how the funds will be allocated. This process to go well into early 2021. I understand that this is still 4-5 months away, but I can assure you that County Council and your municipal Council is working hard to expand service as soon as we can.  Below are some of the areas that have been completed through past funding. Loretto has been completed by Vianet, the next phase will be further expansion around Loretto. I will update residents as funding gets approved and the cable gets put in the ground. 

To further expand Wi-Fi Council approved extending the height of the tower at the south public works yard, this project is nearing completion. Once completed it will help cover more area and enable more residents to get Wi-Fi services. I will keep residents informed once the tower is completed. 

Council has also approved letters of support to Bell, Rogers and Vianet to secure funding for broadband. This funding will be used in part to expand services to the north end of the Township. The new tower at the gravel pit in Glencairn should also help to get coverage to some residents in the north end. Bell Canada is also looking into expanding the services from the tower on County Road 13 to service the residents of Lisle. However, this is only possible if Bell is successful in obtaining funding.

Farmers Market

The Township had an extremely successful farmers market given the COVID-19 restrictions. I thank all on the committee and the students who volunteered for making it a grand success. Details of the farmers market will be presented in my next update.

New Website

Welcome to our Township's new website, staff are working to make it as user friendly as possible. Payments of taxes, water and wastewater bills, dog tags can now be paid using your debit or credit cards. However, please remember that there is a charge attached to the payment for processing, this charge is not retained by the township but paid to the processing company.

Township Newsletter

Council will be discussing re-instating the Township Newsletter at the November 2020 Council meeting. This will help update residents on what is taking place in the Township. It will contain updates from various departments and status of various capital projects.

Waste water hookups

Council passed a bylaw to protect all residents in Everett and Colgan who are on private septic systems. Residents on private systems shall not be forced to hook up to the new sewer plants.

Shipping containers

At the October 2020 Council meeting, Council voted not to permit shipping containers on properties as they are against the Township zoning bylaws. I request all residents with shipping containers to please take the necessary steps to comply with the zoning bylaws and remove the shipping containers. To help residents with more storage on their properties, Council has asked the planning department to come back with a report to Council to permit larger accessory structures on properties. The size of the accessory structures will be based on the size of the property. This will provide residents with larger storage areas, look more appealing and keep the Township and the properties in compliance with the zoning bylaws.

COVID-19 effects on the Township

This pandemic has had a devastating effect on all Townships, Municipalities and Countries all around the world. It has especially affected small municipalities like ours that have very limited financial resources. Council is aware that many residents have lost jobs or have reduced hours and it has hurt many families financially. I can assure you that Council will be paying extra detail to this years’ budget.

Bylaw complaints

Bylaw complaints have risen substantially in all municipalities; our Township has also received numerous complaints. Please be rest assured that our bylaw department is addressing every complaint. Some complaints take longer than others to get resolved due to resident’s refusal to comply. I am requesting all residents to work with the Township, comply by obtaining proper building permits and abide by zoning bylaws. Properties are zoned in a particular manner for a reason, and only certain activities are permitted on each zoning. Our Township will only prosper if all residents follow proper zoning and get the required permits that are put in place to protect the residents and neighbouring properties. It is not fair, nor acceptable that some residents follow the proper process and obtain proper permits, while a few handfuls show total disregard for the Township due process. As stated earlier the Township Bylaws are put in place for a reason and the bylaws shall be enforced.

Opening of Municipal Office (Previous Notice)

I would like to inform all residents that the Municipal office is open to the public for payments. For all other matters including, planning and building permit matters, please call the respective departments and staff will be happy to set up a meeting with you. I understand that there are delays in processing applications and it is frustrating. However, these delays are not caused by our staff. Prior to an application being approved it must be approved by various other government agencies, these agencies are also backlogged with work. I am requesting all residents to please be patient. Screaming and use of profanity toward our Township staff will not get the approvals any faster as it is out of our hands. I request all residents to please be respectful to our staff and we will all work together to move all applications forward. Many municipalities are facing the same problems with a few residents who show disrespect towards staff, municipalities have put policies in place on how to handle such occurrences, some municipalities have outright banned residents from entering municipal buildings. We are a small municipality and one big family where many employees are your neighbours. I understand the frustrations on all, but I am again requesting all residents to please be patient and respectful, our staff are doing their best to help all of you.