New Haldimand County Administration Building opening February 25, 2020

Construction on Haldimand County’s new administration building is wrapping up and the building will be open to the public for service on February 25, 2020.

“The new administration building is a reflection of the County’s long-term, strategic focus on continued service excellence and efficient, transparent government. The building design is community-focused, cost-effective and well-equipped to lead our growing County into the future,” said Mayor Ken Hewitt.

Staff will be permanently relocated to the new administration building at 53 Thorburn St. S throughout February on the dates highlighted below.

Satellite OfficeRelocation details
Haldimand County Caledonia Centre administration offices
100 Haddington St., Caledonia
HCCC administration offices will close at 12pm on February 7, 2020
Dunnville Satellite Office
117 Forest St. E., Dunnville
The Dunnville Satellite Office will close at 12pm on February 21, 2020
Caledonia Satellite Office
282 Argyle St. S., Caledonia
The Caledonia Satellite Office will close at 12pm on February 21, 2020
Kohler Garage / Office
1162 Kohler Rd., Cayuga
The Kohler Office will close at 12pm on February 21, 2020
Hagersville Satellite Office
1 Main St. S., Hagersville
The Hagersville Satellite Office will close at 12pm on February 21, 2020
Cayuga Administration Building
45 Munsee St. N., Cayuga
The Cayuga Administration Building will close at 4:30pm on February 27, 2020.

 

Starting February 21, ‘myHaldimand’ or ‘myHC’ community hubs will also be open for use at all local libraries. ‘myHC’ community hubs are computer and information stations designed to connect residents with County news, information and access to online services. For residents who are not familiar with online services offered, such as paying taxes or water bills online, library staff will be available to provide guidance on how to utilize them. Additional 24/7 online services (such as applications for certain permits) will be introduced in the near future.

“The new building is a one stop shop. Under the new centralized service delivery model, there’s no longer a need to visit multiple offices for specific services, and many services can be accessed online,” Mayor Hewitt noted. “This is an exciting moment for Haldimand County and I look forward to welcoming and serving the community in this new space.”

Other key dates & information

  • All satellite offices, with the exception of the old Cayuga Administration Building (45 Munsee St. N., Cayuga), will be permanently closed as of Friday, February 21 at 12pm. Residents who require in-person service between Friday, February 21 at 12pm and Tuesday, February 25 at 8:30am may visit the old Cayuga Administration Building.
  • The first Council in Committee meeting in the new Haldimand County Administration Building is expected to be held on Tuesday, March 31.
  • Court will begin operating in the new building as of Wednesday, March 4.
  • Service enhancements that residents and contractors will experience immediately in the new administration building will be the provision of full day permit application intake, general inquires and building inspections (Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm). Inspection requests can be made by calling 905-318-5932 or emailing inspections@haldimandcounty.on.ca. As of February 25, building inspections received prior to 3:00 pm will be scheduled for the next business day.

Plans for the new building and centralized service delivery model have been in the development stages since their approval by Council in early 2016, with a focus on enhancing customer service, maximizing administrative/operational efficiencies and ensuring long-term cost effectiveness. More information about the new administration building, including a project timeline, is available at HaldimandCounty.ca/HCAB.

2019 Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest winners announced

On January 17, 2020 Haldimand County announced its 2019 Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest winners.

A panel of judges comprised of County staff, community figures & a local photographer/filmmaker closely examined all submissions and determined the grand prize, second prize and honorable mention winners. The winners include:

In addition to contest prizes (gift cards for local culinary experiences), winning photographs will be displayed at the new Cayuga Library + Heritage Centre in late January.

Special thanks are owed to contest judges Graeme Bachiu (Windecker Road Films), Kaitlyn
Clark (The Haldimand Press), Yvonne Van De Wiele (92.9 The Grand FM), Karen Richardson (Haldimand County Museum & Archives) and Jane Andersen (Haldimand County Economic Development & Tourism) for their participation and thorough, thoughtful examination of all entries.

You can view past winners at HaldimandCounty.ca/photocontest. Details about this year’s photo contest will be announced in the Fall/Winter 2020-21 Community Guide and on the County website.

Haldimand County Now Accepting Nominations For Business Excellence Awards

On Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Haldimand County will host its annual Business Excellence Awards breakfast. The Mayor and Council invite residents, local business owners, representatives from Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Areas, and business organizations across the county to submit nominations recognizing outstanding local business achievements in 2019.

Nominations for outstanding business achievements are now being accepted in the following categories:

  • Agri-business Award – Recognizes a business that is connected to the agricultural sector or the supply chain;
  • Business Award – Presented to 2 businesses that can demonstrate growth, excellence and innovation. Awarded to one company with more than 10 employees and one company with 10 employees or less;
  • Tourism Business Award – Recognizes businesses that provide tourism experiences and promote Haldimand County as a tourism destination;
  • Real Potential Award – Recognizes outstanding young entrepreneurs and new businesses that have been in business for under 3 years;
  • Not–for-Profit Award – Recognizes outstanding leadership and organizational excellence in a registered not-for-profit or charity.

“The Business Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements and the positive growth made by businesses in our community.” explained Lidy Romanuk, Manager of Haldimand County’s Economic Development and Tourism Division.

Individuals or organizations interested in nominating a local business are invited to do so by February 14, 2020. Nomination forms and award guidelines can be picked up at all Haldimand County offices, libraries or accessed online at BusinessHaldimand.ca. For more information please call 905-318-5932 ext. 6331.

Haldimand County Museum & Archives kicks off 2020 with a blast from the past at Cayuga Library + Heritage Centre

Haldimand County Museum & Archives is pleased to offer four exciting events in January. Residents will have the chance to learn about a famous inventor from Haldimand, cultural cooking, Haldimand’s Black History and winter pastimes enjoyed by our ancestors. All programs will be held at the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre; registration may be completed online or in-person at any County office.

Life & Times Series: “P.L. Robertson” – January 14 (6:30 pm)
This special talk will highlight the life and times of Peter Lymburner Robertson, from Seneca, the inventor of the Robertson screwdriver. In 1907, while demonstrating a new slot headed screw driver for a Philadelphia based tool company, Robertson cut his hand badly when the driver – as it had time and time again – slipped out of the slot.  Always a tinkerer, he set himself the task of inventing a new screw that would not only be safer, but faster and more efficient than its outdated predecessor. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10323.

Exhibit Opening Talk: “They Came in the Night” – January 15 (1pm)
This talk will kick off the museum’s latest exhibit on the history of the Underground Railway and black settlements in Haldimand County. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early-to-mid-19th century. This network was used by African-American slaves to escape into free states and Canada, with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10324. The Exhibit will be open until March 25.

Workshop “Cultural Cooking” – January 22 (1 pm)
Shopping local is not a new thing. Our early ancestors had to adapt their cooking skills to what food was available. The food traditions that they brought with them from their homelands were adapted to work with what was on hand in Canada. This workshop will explore some of these early dishes and how they form what we now call ‘Canadian Cuisine’.   Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10343.

Heritage Series “Winter Pastimes” – January 25 (1pm)
This talk will focus on the winter pastimes our ancestors enjoyed and how our various cultures influenced our traditional games.   Cost $10/pp   Code: 10407

For more information contact the museum at 905-772-5880 or email: museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca. Haldimand County Museum & Archives is located within the  Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre, 19 Talbot St W, Cayuga.

Tim Horton’s Christmas free skates happening across Haldimand

Have some fun this winter with the Tim Hortons’ Free Skates program! Tim Hortons restaurant owners proudly offer complimentary skating during the winter season at local community arenas across the country. Below is a list of the FREE Skates in Haldimand County this holiday season. Be sure to check the events calendar for the most up-to-date program information (cancellations, etc).

 

December 23, 2019 -January 3, 2020 Tim Horton’s FREE Skate Schedule

December 23

Cayuga Memorial Arena: 1 to 2pm
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 2 to 3pm
Hagersville Arena: 10 to 11am

December 24

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 11am to 12:30pm (Almas Rink)
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 10:30am to 12pm
Hagersville Arena: 1 to 2pm

December 27

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 1:30 to 2:30pm (Almas Rink)
Cayuga Memorial Arena: 1 to 2:30pm
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 11am to 12pm

December 30

Cayuga Memorial Arena: 1:30 to 2:30pm

December 31

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 12pm to 1pm (Clark Rink)
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 10:30 to 11:30am
Hagersville Arena: 1 to 2pm

January 2

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 10 to 11am (Clark Rink)
Hagersville Arena: 10 to 11:30am

January 3

Cayuga Memorial Arena: 11am to 12pm

 

Haldimand County Official Plan update to begin in January 2020

Haldimand County’s Official Plan will be undergoing an update starting in early 2020. On January 14, staff will present a report to Council outlining the proposed phasing of the update and scope of work. Residents are invited to attend the January 14 Council in Committee meeting to learn more about the project and share ideas for Haldimand’s future.

An Official Plan is a statutory document required by the province of Ontario that describes a municipality’s long-term land-use strategy. It addresses the location and form of new housing, industry, offices and shops as well as anticipated needs for infrastructure. Streets, parks, transit, schools, community amenities, and other elements of a growing city are all considered in the Official Plan.

Haldimand County’s current Official Plan was approved by Council in 2006 and by the Province in 2009. There have been about 50 amendments to the Plan since then. In recent years, there have been significant changes to Provincial policies that guide land development and as such, the County’s Plan must be updated. The current Official Plan was intended to guide growth and development to 2031. The updated Plan will guide growth and development over the next 25 years – to 2046.

Residents who wish to provide input on the Official Plan may attend the January 14, 2020 Council in Committee meeting to share their ideas with Council. Registering as a speaker or delegate is not required. Alternatively, residents may submit their comments in writing to the Municipal Clerk by January 7, 2020.

The Official Plan update will be a multi-year project implemented in phases, with the long-term growth strategy being the first phase. Community consultations and engagement activities will be held throughout the duration of the project.

Two Public Information Centres (PICs) are being planned for early February and mid-April 2020 to educate community members about the project and obtain feedback on proposed policies and Plan amendments. Further details about the Official Plan update – including PIC times and locations – will be announced in the near future.

Flood Warning in effect for Lake Erie shoreline

A Flood Warning is currently in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline. The currently forecasted lake surge and wave heights are expected to have similar impacts as, or potentially greater than, the two surge events in late October.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry surge forecast model was updated at 2:00 p.m. today
and is forecasting a peak surge elevation of 176.2 m by 6:00 p.m. today. This is a 1.4 m rise above the
current lake level.

While some uncertainty remains in the height of the Lake Erie surge, forecasts indicate a risk for a significant event along the Lake Erie shoreline resulting in flooding, wave uprush and increased shoreline erosion along low-lying areas of the Lake Erie shoreline and lower reaches of some tributaries.

Lake levels are expected to begin to quickly rise early this afternoon, with the peak currently forecasted for early evening. Inner bay water levels are expected to peak about 1 hour after the lake peaks in Haldimand and Port Dover.

“Property owners along the Lake Erie shoreline should take precautionary measures now and prepare their property as best as possible for another extreme weather event,” said Jason Gallagher, Haldimand County’s Manager of Emergency Services and Fire Chief.

Residents living along Lake Erie should pay close attention to water levels and waves in their area and are urged to stay away from the shoreline during this event. Residents are also encouraged to contact their insurance company regarding flood insurance if they do not already have it.

This Flood Warning comes just days before a Flooding Hazards & Preparedness Measures Public Education Centre scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dunnville Community Lifespan Centre (275 Ramsey Drive, Dunnville). Staff from the County and Grand River, Long Point Region and Niagara Peninsula conservation authorities will be present to share information and answer questions.

“We’ve already seen the damaging power of Lake Erie and the impacts it can have on our waterways and shorelines. With lake levels as high as they are, we really need property owners to understand the severity of these hazards and know exactly what to do and how to stay informed before, during and after a flood event,” Gallagher added.

The Flood Warning will remain in effect until noon on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Updated flood messages will be issued as conditions develop and better forecast information becomes available. Residents are encouraged to monitor the Haldimand County website and social media accounts for the most up-to-date flood and weather warning information.

Haldimand County Hosting Flooding Hazard Information Session With Grand River, Long Point Region And Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authorities

Haldimand County is inviting residents to attend an information session regarding Lake Erie flooding hazards and preparedness measures on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dunnville Community Lifespan Centre (275 Ramsey Drive, Dunnville). Staff from the County and Grand River, Long Point Region and Niagara Peninsula conservation authorities will be present to share information and answer questions.

While Lake Erie’s static water level has decreased over recent months, there remains a heightened risk of significant shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space/septic system inundation and wave-driven erosion. This risk is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

At the December 2nd information session, residents will have an opportunity to learn about the record high lake levels, the roles each agency plays in watershed/shoreline management and flood response, how to stay informed about flood events, and measures residents can take to protect themselves and their property.

“We’ve already seen the damaging power of Lake Erie and the impacts it can have on our waterways and shorelines. With lake levels as high as they are, we really need property owners to understand the severity of these hazards and know exactly what to do and how to stay informed before, during and after a flood event,” said Jason Gallagher, Haldimand County’s Fire Chief & Manager of Emergency Services.

A brief presentation led by Haldimand County Emergency Services and the Grand River Conservation Authority will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a ‘meet and greet’ with County and conservation authority staff.

Following the presentation, residents are encouraged to visit information stations to ask questions of staff and find out specifics about their property, including whether their property is in a designated flood zone, which conservation authority jurisdiction they fall within & what permits may be required for shoreline protection structures/how to obtain them.

Haldimand County Museum & Archives Announces Holiday Program Lineup At New Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre

Haldimand County Museum & Archives is hosting a number of programs this December, including its annual Christmas Tea, a Holiday open house, a talk on the history of Christmas traditions and a special lecture on toys from the past. All programs will be held at the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre; registration may be completed online or in-person at any County office.

Historically Speaking: Christmas Customs & Traditions – December 4 (1-3pm)
This year’s Christmas Tea theme centers around the many Christmas customs around the world. Attendees will learn the origins of holiday traditions we practice in Canada and explore unique holiday customs from around the world. Did you know that children in Holland receive presents from Sinterklaas on December 5 (not Christmas eve or day), and that Japanese children receive gifts on their pillow? Scones, a bottomless cup of tea and sweet treats will be provided. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10310.

Holiday Open House at the Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre – December 6 (4:30 to 7:30pm)
Before heading to Light Up Night at the Village Green, residents and visitors are invited to stop by the new Cayuga Library &+Heritage Centre for hot drinks (tea & apple cider), Christmas treats and festive activities. After checking out the new library, museum exhibit & archival space, kids can take part in a fun scavenger hunt and Christmas card craft. Tours of the new, state-of-the art facility will also be provided. No registration is required; just drop in.

Culture Club: Dickens of a Christmas – December 10 (6:30 to 8pm)
In 1848, Dickens published A Christmas Carol and it was an instant hit. His ideal Christmas was full of charity and good will to all. At this talk, attendees will discover the history of Christmas through the eyes of Charles Dickens – and the many Christmas customs and traditions that can be credited to him. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10311.

Heritage Series: Christmas Toyland – December 14 (1 to 3pm)
Every generation has a list of their ‘must have’ toys. In the mid 1800s dolls, wooden blocks, marbles, card games and yo-yos were all the rage. By the 1900s, teddy bears, erector sets and  Crayola Crayons were top of the list. Join museum curator Karen Richardson for a fun afternoon reflecting on the past through the world of play.  Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10312.

For more information on these programs or other Museum offerings, contact the museum at museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-772-5880. A comprehensive schedule of all Museum programs is available in the County’s Community Guide.

Haldimand County Seeking Additional Public Input To Enhance Public Parks In Cayuga

Haldimand County is once again seeking community input into enhancing public parks in Cayuga. Following public meetings and workshops held earlier in 2019, a survey has been developed to collect additional ideas from residents to help establish a community-driven vision for the Cayuga parks system.

Feedback is being sought for four parks: the Village Green, Cayuga Library Parkette, Bob Baigent Park and the Cayuga Administration Building/Museum property.

Landscape architecture and planning firm Stempski Kelly Associates Inc. has been facilitating the community engagement process and will produce conceptual preferences for the four public parks. Comments from the public are a valuable part of the design process and will be considered in the final park design recommendations.

Residents are encouraged to take the survey online and provide their comments by November 25.

Anyone seeking further information about the survey or Cayuga parks enhancements in general is encouraged to call 905-318-5932 or e-mail Haldimand County’s Community Development & Partnerships Division at cdp@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

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