Mayor Pinto will be providing regular updates to this webpage. Residents are encouraged to call your Councillor or Mayor Pinto if you feel you need to speak with us.

 June 2021 Updates

Water and Wastewater : The Township has 6 water systems servicing 1013 residential properties and one wastewater plant (New Horizon) servicing 100 homes in Everett. To ensure that full operating and annual capital upgrades costs are covered by the users, a financial plan was prepared by Watson and Associates (Township Economist) and adopted by Council on June 1, 2009 as part of a Financial Strategic Plan. The plan, with annual rate increases, was followed until 2014. Around mid 2014 Council made the decision to freeze the water and wastewater rates and they have remained the same to this date, while costs have increased annually.

Since 2014, revenue collected for water and wastewater has not covered the operating and capital expenses of the services. This excess cost (deficit) has been paid by a temporary Loan from the general tax levy resulting in a very large internal debt owed to the Township Working Fund Reserve. Current water debt is $3M+ and wastewater $805,700.

The Municipal Act provides municipalities the power to recover cost for special services through user fees. 2021 water costs (capital and operating) are $321,150, of this $43,450 will be taken from reserves, bringing the reserves to zero.

The By-Law that froze the water rates expired at the end of 2020. A new report, as required by law, was received from Watson and Associates that provided Council with a financial plan to keep the system sustainable. As per the 2009 financial plan, water rates in 2019 were supposed to be $7.72 per cubic meter, and wastewater $2594 per year to keep up with annual repairs. Council voted as follows, to keep water rates per cubic meter the same as the 2014 rate ($4.54) and added $274.14 as a capital levy for 2021 to pay for the annual capital expenses. Keep wastewater rates the same as the 2014 rate ($1313) and added $296 as a capital Levy for 2021 to pay for annual capital expenses. This fee to pay for annual costs should keep the systems sustainable for 2021. We cannot afford further debt on general taxation as it is affecting our ability to take on other capital projects township wide.

Roads Paving : The Provincially required road study report presented to Council September 2020, indicated the Township needs to invest a minimum of $3.25 Million annually to sustain the Township’s road network. Particularly, the maintenance of gravel roads is deceptively costly, with the report indicating that $544,000 should be spent annually on gravel resurfacing. Our annual budget for gravel is only $200,000. In addition there are annual costs to spread calcium for dust control approximately $110,000, purchasing a grader every 10 years at approximately $500,000, staff time in grading gravel roads and then removing and disposing of the gravel that has gone into the ditches over time from the roads. Surface treating roads will save the Township these costs and these savings can be put towards maintaining existing roads and treating more roads.

Highlights of the April 2021 Regular Council Meeting

Highlights of the March 2021 Regular Council Meeting

Highlights of the February 2021 Regular Council Meeting

2021 Financial Update

Highlights of the January 2021 Regular Council Meeting

2020 Final Update

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. 

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.

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 year’s 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