Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Haldimand County 2020 Projects Update

Road Work Ahead - ConstructionThe Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has provided an update on their 2020 capital projects in Haldimand County. For current information on the MTO’s projects visit www.mto.gov.on.ca and current road closure, condition and construction information visit 511on.ca.

  1. Caledonia bypass pavement reconstruction – work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 6 with full nightly closures of the bypass between 8 pm and 6 am.  The detour route will be the same as during the recent bypass closure and the detour signage is in place.  The scope of work includes the installation of center-line rumble strips on the bypass and sections of Highway 6 from Caledonia to Hagersville.  The project completion date is late November.
  2. Highway 3 and Road 56 traffic signal installation – work on the new traffic signals is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 6.  The work will involve brief single lane closures with flag persons.  The project completion date is late summer.
  3. Ouse Street Park (downstream of Cayuga bridge) – work is scheduled to begin late spring 2020 and will take approximately two months to complete.
  4. Argyle Street bridge replacement – the mussel (Species at Risk) relocation is scheduled to take place in summer  2020 with work on the new bridge construction causeway to begin in fall 2020.
  5. Rehabilitation of three bridges on Highways 3 and 6 – work is scheduled to start in September 2020 and will involve detours on both Highway 3 and 6 between Jarvis and Hagersville. The work is expected to take one full year to complete with the detours staggered to reduce traffic impacts.

Easter closure: April 10 & 13, 2020

Please note that the Haldimand County Administration Building will be closed for call-in or e-mail service on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 due to the Easter holiday. The building has been closed to the public since March 17 amid COVID-19 concerns.

Garbage & recycling

There will be no curbside waste & recycling collection on April 10; instead, it will be picked up on Saturday, April 11. Curbside collection will occur as usual the week of Monday, April 13. The Canborough Waste Management Facility will be closed on April 10, but open on April 13. Please note that the CWMF is currently not accepting cash payments as a public health precaution – debit or credit only.

Libraries, museums, arenas

All libraries, museums & arenas are currently closed due to COVID-19, following recommendations from local and provincial healthcare authorities.

POSTPONED: Haldimand County Surplus Item Auction #1

Please note that this auction has been POSTPONED until further notice.

The new Haldimand County Administration Building at 53 Thorburn St. S (Cayuga) is now open to the public & all surplus furniture from de-commissioned satellite offices will be publicly auctioned. Public auction information is posted at HaldimandCounty.ca/auction/.

Auction #1: Caledonia Satellite Office Furnishings

This is a sealed envelope-style, bulk auction for all furniture & office items at the former Caledonia Satellite Office (282 Argyle St S, Caledonia, ON N3W 1K7). Items include desks, chairs, file cabinets, panels, printing/scanning equipment (two Ricoh units), LCD projector, 19 inch Dell monitors & other quality office furnishings. Items will be sold as-is. The highest bidder must take all items.

Bids will be accepted from: March 23, 2020 to April 3, 2020

Items must be removed from the premises by: April 20, 2020

Auction preview information & photographs of surplus auction items are available at HaldimandCounty.ca/auction/.

Should you wish to attend a walk through/preview of auction items, please contact purchasing@haldimandcounty.on.ca with your preferred walk through/preview date. Preview dates and times are listed below.

  • Thursday, March 26 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Monday, March 30 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 31 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

For more information and bid conditions, visit HaldimandCounty.ca/auction/, e-mail purchasing@haldimandcounty.on.ca or call 905-318-5932.

POSTPONED: Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop #1 – March 25

Please note that this meeting has been POSTPONED until further notice.

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop # 1
March 25, 2020
6:00 to 9:00 pm (registration 6:00-6:30 pm)
Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall (2nd Floor)
55 Thorburn Street, Cayuga

A roundtable forum is being held as part of the Official Plan Review. The session will be a facilitated workshop focusing on:

  • Key trends impacting Haldimand County;
  • Your aspirations for the County; and
  • Two themes: Economy and Growth Management.

This is the first of two workshops in the Official Plan Update review. Facilitated Workshop # 2 will be held in the Fall of 2020 and will focus on the other policy themes, including Environment; Community Building; Leisure, Culture and Heritage; and Health and Social Services.

The Haldimand County Official Plan contains goals, objectives and policies that manage and direct physical change and its effects on the social, economic and natural environment of the County. It guides the installation of public infrastructure and the County’s zoning bylaws that development approvals must conform to.

To help us prepare for the Workshop, please contact Christina Botas -Haldimand County Planning Department at 905-318-5932 ext. 6209 or email: cbotas@haldimandcounty.on.ca to pre-register for the event.

Have your say in shaping Haldimand’s future. Your ideas and insights are important!

 

Argyle St. Bridge replacement project update (MTO)

AVERTEX Utility Solutions Inc. has been contracted by Bell Canada to complete the preliminary relocation work that is associated with the rebuild of the Argyle St bridge. This work includes underground cable vault rebuilds, underground conduit replacement and installation, placement of new cast-in place cable vaults, directional boring work and new cable installation. This work is going to take place both North, South and West of the current Argyle St bridge. The anticipation is that the civil work
for this project will be on-going in different staging areas for approximately 5 months starting in late November.

The third stage will require a lane shift and parking lane closure on Forfar Street West of Argyle St. This
work is planned to start on February 3 and continue until near the end of February. Below follows a list of specific items that will be affected during this time;

– All parking spaces will be closed on the North side of Forfar St from Argyle St West for 100m.
– Recycling and Garbage pick-up will not be impacted and will remain as scheduled.
– Pedestrian access will be maintained on the asphalt pathway.
– Access to residences on the South side of Forfar St will not be impacted.
– Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.

Should you have any specific questions relating to this closure please do not hesitate to contact:

Andrew VanSpronsen – Project Manager
AVERTEX Utility Solutions Inc.
Email: avanspronsen@avertex.ca
Phone: 905-957-0550

Lloyd Rollinson – Project Manager, Municipal Infrastructure
Haldimand County
Email: lrollinson@HaldimandCounty.on.ca
Phone: 905-318-5932 ext. 6406

Information regarding automated speed enforcement (photo radar)

Automated speed enforcement (photo radar) is an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. It is focused on altering driver behaviour to decrease speeding and increase safety, and is designed to work in tandem with other methods and strategies, including engineering measures, education initiatives and traditional police enforcement.

Below is a timeline of activities related to photo radar, including provincial procedure/regulation announcements & next steps for Haldimand County:

 

May 2017

  • The province passed Bill 65, the Safer School Zones Act, which provided the necessary legislative framework for automated speed enforcement.

December 2019

  • The necessary regulations amending the Highway Traffic Act were passed allowing the use of automated speed enforcement by municipalities.
  • Photo radar can now be used in designated School Zones and Community Safety Zones, both of which need to be established through municipal by-laws.
  • The Ministry of Transportation will be providing additional details in the near future to clarify the types of automated speed enforcement technology that may be used by municipalities and a description of enforcement procedures for any resulting Provincial Offences Act charges.

2020

  • Staff will report back to Council in 2020 on the use of automated speed enforcement in school and community safety zones as well as associated fiscal, operational and administrative impacts.

2021

  • Based on the need to address fiscal, operational and administrative impacts it is expected that photo radar will be available for deployment in the County in 2021.

 

 

 

Information for residents affected by the October 31 storm

On November 4, Haldimand County Council passed a resolution requesting that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing activate the Disaster Recovery Assistance Program (DRAO) to assist permanent homeowners with the costs of cleaning, repairing and replacing essential property.

On Thursday, November 7, the Provincial Disaster Assessment Team visited Haldimand County to tour affected areas and collect information related to property damage caused by the October 31 storm. This information has been submitted to the Province for consideration. Ultimately, the decision to activate the DRAO program rests with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing.

Homeowners whose primary residence was affected by the storm are encouraged to read the DRAO funding guidelines/eligibility criteria to see if they qualify, however, applications CANNOT be submitted until the program is activated.

Information and updates about the DRAO will be posted here as they become available.

Disaster Recovery Assistance Program (DRAO) information:

Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarions

Lake Erie conditions statement – high lake level outlook 

This message is to provide an update on the elevated potential for lakeshore flooding and erosion along the Lake Erie shoreline. Water levels remain well above average in all of the Great Lakes. As of October 10, Lake Erie’s level was 68 cm above the long-term average for this time of the year.

While the lake’s level has decreased over recent months, there remains a heightened risk of shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation, and wave-driven erosion due to these record-high static levels on Lake Erie. This risk is expected to remain in place through the fall.

Local police and Haldimand County flood co-ordinators are advised that there is higher than normal potential for shoreline flooding and shore erosion through late 2019. The public is reminded to exercise caution around the shoreline, as well as nearby rivers and streams. Private land owners should prepare their properties as best as possible, and monitor shoreline erosion works on their properties. The higher than normal lake level coupled with wave action can impact and cause failure of shoreline erosion works.

Lake conditions and forecasts are being monitored closely and flood messages will be issued as necessary based on Lake level forecasts.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Updated Provincial Flood Watch

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry updated a Provincial Flood Watch for Lake Erie based on high static lake level on October 8, 2019, which indicates:

  • Great Lakes water levels remain well above average with most continuing at or near record highs.
  • Lake Erie’s September monthly mean level was 69 cm above average, a new record high for the month.
  • Lake Erie fell 12 cm last month, which is more than its average September decline of 9 cm.

More information

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Community Workshop #1 – March 25

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop # 1

March 25, 2020
6:00 to 9:00 pm (registration 6:00-6:30 pm)
Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall (2nd Floor)
55 Thorburn Street, Cayuga

A roundtable forum is being held as part of the Official Plan Review. The session will be a facilitated workshop that will focus on:

  • Key trends impacting Haldimand County;
  • Your aspirations for the County; and
  • Two themes: Economy and Growth Management.

This is the first of two workshops in the Official Plan Update review. Facilitated Workshop # 2 will be held in the Fall of 2020 and will focus on the other policy themes, including Environment; Community Building; Leisure, Culture and Heritage; and Health and Social Services.

The Haldimand County Official Plan contains goals, objectives and policies that manage and direct physical change and its effects on the social, economic and natural environment of the County. It guides the installation of public infrastructure and the County’s zoning bylaws that development approvals must conform to.

To help us prepare for the Workshop, please contact Christina Botas – Haldimand County Planning Department at 905-318-5932 ext. 6209 or email: cbotas@haldimandcounty.on.ca to pre-register for the event.

All are welcome! Have your say in shaping Haldimand’s future. Your ideas and insights are important.

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