Garbage and recycling curbside collection canceled due to inclement weather – January 17, 2022

Please note that there will be NO garbage/recycling curbside collection on Monday, January 17, 2022 due to inclement weather. Residents whose curbside collection day is normally Monday are asked to hold on to their garbage/recycling until next week (the following Monday, January 24, 2022). Affected residents may set out up to 6 bags of garbage next week and unlimited recycling.

Haldimand County declares Significant Weather Event, administration building to remain closed through Monday

Haldimand County has declared a Significant Weather Event as a winter storm approaches the region, effective January 17, 2022 at 12 a.m.

01/17/2022 6 a.m update: The Haldimand County Administration Building will be closed for the duration of the business day.

Garbage/recycling curbside collection update: There will be NO garbage/recycling curbside collection on Monday, January 17, 2022 due to inclement weather. Residents whose curbside collection day is normally Monday are asked to hold on to their garbage/recycling until next week (the following Monday, January 24, 2022).

Winter storm conditions are expected to begin tonight with an expected snow accumulation of 25 to 40cm. Local blowing snow is possible and visibility may be reduced. The County is asking residents to follow Environment Canada advice and consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

During a significant weather event, residents are advised to use extra caution and are reminded that standard timelines for clearing roads and sidewalks may not be met.

The county’s winter control crews are prepared and ready to respond to this winter storm event, however, with the expected snowfall accumulation, residents are asked to be patient and allow staff time to clear main arterial roadways by priority.

Winter control staff have approximately 1500kms of roadways to clear and will be working as quickly as possible to plow all routes.

A plow priority route map and winter parking/snow removal by-law information can be found at HaldimandCounty.ca. Storm-related updates will be posted here and shared via Facebook and Twitter.

Garbage/recycling curbside collection update: There will be NO garbage/recycling curbside collection on Monday, January 17, 2022 due to inclement weather. Residents whose curbside collection day is normally Monday are asked to hold on to their garbage/recycling until next week (the following Monday, January 24, 2022).

Avoid Recreational Use of Frozen Lakes, Ponds and Rivers in Haldimand County

Haldimand County Emergency Services and The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) are concerned about the increased use of frozen natural water bodies for on-ice activities like skating and ice fishing this winter. Most of these water bodies are not monitored for winter recreation and may not be safe.

Ice fishing is strongly discouraged in areas where ice conditions are not monitored. Anglers are advised to avoid areas downstream of dams and stay off the ice at the mouth of the Grand River.

While colder temperatures allow for some ice formation, daily changes in temperature, wind, precipitation and underwater currents greatly affect ice conditions. This winter has been warmer than usual, with significant fluctuations in temperatures adding to the risk. In particular, moving water can further weaken ice that may otherwise look stable on rivers and creeks.

Accessing frozen natural water bodies puts the public and Haldimand County’s first responders at risk. Anyone who falls through the ice could experience hypothermia and death before emergency services can assist them.

Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery and pose a serious hazard when combined with cold, fast-moving water. Parents are encouraged to remind their children of the risks associated with these hazards and keep pets away from all water bodies.

Select Grand River Conservation Areas, including Belwood Lake, Guelph Lake, Pinehurst Lake and Shade’s Mills, monitor ice conditions. They will offer ice fishing if conditions permit. For the up-to-date status of winter activities in Grand River Conservation Areas, please visit www.grandriver.ca/activitystatus. These conservation and natural areas are subject to provincial COVID-19 guidelines, and operations may change with little notice.

Many watershed municipalities provide safe, outdoor skating and recreation options. Please visit local municipal websites for more details.

This message will remain in effect until Friday, April 1, 2022, and will be updated if necessary.

For further information, refer to GRCA’s website at www.grandriver.ca.A hand holding a fish, over a fishing hole with cracked ice.

Notice of Public Meeting: Seasonal Sidewalk and On-Street Patio Program for 2022

DATE: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
PLACE: Location to be determined. If a member of the public would like to attend and/or speak for or against an application please contact clerk@haldimandcounty.on.ca.
TIME: 9:30 a.m. (Note: Start time may vary depending on agenda schedule)

 OBJECTIVE:
Staff are proposing to implement a temporary use by-law to extend the Seasonal Sidewalk and On-Street Patio Program.

For more information on the matter, please contact Alisha Cull – Supervisor, Development Services at (905) 318-5932 ext. 6208 or acull@haldimandcounty.on.ca. The planning report PDD-01-2022 will be available on the County website prior to the meeting date.

 

Service impacts and facility closures: what’s open and what’s closed in modified Step 2

Haldimand County is closely monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 on the local community.

While Haldimand County has contingency plans in place for critical services (e.g. Fire/EMS, winter control, water/wastewater, Grandview Lodge), in the event of serious staff shortages, the level of service and response times for less critical services may be affected. The County appreciates the public’s understanding in this regard and will provide notice if any major impacts are anticipated.

Municipal service options

The Haldimand County Administration Building will remain open for general customer service walk-ins, however, a number of services will be offered by appointment only, effective immediately. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning services
  • Licensing services

Many municipal services do not require an in-person visit to the Administration Building. A list of alternate service options is available at HaldimandCounty.ca/COVID-19 under the ‘County Service Options‘ tab.

Members of the public can check the website for a list of service impacts or call Haldimand County Customer Service at 905-318-5932 to confirm whether they require an appointment.

Residents are encouraged to use the contact form at HaldimandCounty.ca/connect if they wish to reach a specific division by e-mail.

Effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022, the following changes will take effect:

  • All municipal arenas will close
  • All museums will close
  • Capacity at all library branches will be reduced to 50%

Service impacts, facility closures and capacity reductions will remain in effect until January 26, 2022, subject to trends in public health and provincial direction. Updates will be shared at HaldimandCounty.ca/COVID-19 as they become available.

Demolition Notice: Former Cayuga Administration Building & Museum

Haldimand County Facilities Capital & Asset Management staff wish to advise local residents that demolition of the former Haldimand County Administration and Museum & Archives buildings is currently underway.

Background: In February 2016, Haldimand County Council approved recommendations to proceed with the development of a centralized, consolidated municipal service delivery model, involving the construction of a new administration building and development of community hubs (based out of libraries) as municipal service access points. The centralized service model was selected after thorough evaluation and community consultation, which determined it as the best option for a growing, thriving Haldimand. Background information on the Haldimand County Administrative Accommodation Review process provides the decision-making rationale as it relates to the former Cayuga Administration Building.  The Haldimand County Museum & Archives was co-located with the new Cayuga Library in 2019 becoming the Cayuga Library + Heritage Centre.  Both the former administration and museum buildings are redundant to County operations and are no longer required. The intent is to repurpose the land as parkland. Additional details, including the public consultation process that has been undertaken to-date, can be found in report CDP-01-2021 Cayuga Parks Consultation Final Report.

During the demolition, parking areas around the buildings will be closed to the public. Traffic and signage controls will be in place for everyone’s safety. The walking trails through the property will remain open to the community, except when the closing of the trails is required to facilitate the demolition work.

While this demolition may cause temporary inconvenience to residents and business owners, we thank you for your patience. The goal of all projects is to enhance neighbourhoods and communities. Haldimand County is committed to minimizing disruption by communicating construction information in a timely manner and responding to resident needs and concerns. If you have questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Ashley Schaeffer, Project Manager at aschaeffer@haldimandcounty.on.ca or call 905-318-5932 ext. 6505.

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