New Haldimand County Administration Building opening February 25, 2020

Construction on Haldimand County’s new administration building is wrapping up and the new building will be open to the public for full service on February 25, 2020. Staff from the County’s satellite offices will be permanently relocated to the new Haldimand County Administration Building at 53 Thorburn St. S in Cayuga during the month of February. Satellite offices across Haldimand will close on the dates listed in the chart below. We look forward to serving you there!


Office relocation details 

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

 


Other key dates & information

  • 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.
  • All administrative offices, with the exception of the existing 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.
  • In order to complete the move & configuration of IT infrastructure to the new building, a brief e-mail, phone, network and County website outage will occur on Friday, January 31 at 4:30pm for approximately 24 hours. Though County administration will be closed during this outage period, libraries and Grandview Lodge will be affected. Residents who need to contact their local branch will need to visit in-person during this brief outage. Grandview Lodge staff will have an emergency phone available in case there is a need to contact or update family of a resident’s condition.
  • 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). Other service enhancements will be implemented over time as new technologies are implemented. 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.


    You can learn more about the new Haldimand County Administration Building and centralized service delivery model at HaldimandCounty.ca/HCAB. Or, contact 905-318-5932 / e-mail info@haldimandcounty.on.ca for more information.

Notice of Public Information Centre #1: Haldimand County Official Plan Update

Public Information Centre #1 – Official Plan Update Phase 1 – Growth Strategy

A Public Information Centre (PIC) is being held as part of the Official Plan Review Project. The PIC will follow an open house format and provide residents with an opportunity to learn about and comment on growth plans for their community. Informational display panels providing growth-related information and mapping for each of the County’s six urban areas will be available for viewing and discussion.  Planning staff and the project consultant will be present to answer questions and offer additional information regarding the Official Plan Update project.

The primary focus of the February 5 PIC is to address items in Phase 1 of the Official Plan Update project. An online survey is also available if residents cannot attend PIC #1 and wish to provide preliminary comments. Additional PICs and community engagement opportunities will be announced as the project progresses.

The objectives of Phase 1 include:

  • Prepare growth strategies for each of the County’s six urban areas: Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville, Hagersville, Jarvis, and Townsend.
  • Extension possibilities for the water servicing corridor from the Nanticoke Water Treatment plant to serve Caledonia and Cayuga.

Public Information Centre # 1 Details:

Date:  February 5, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Haldimand County Caledonia Centre (HCCC) – Remax Room

Contact Information

For more information about the Official Plan Update or to provide a specific comment, please contact either of the following:

Shannon VanDalen, MCIP, RPP

905-318-5932, ext. 6339

svandalen@haldimandcounty.on.ca

Manager of Planning

Haldimand County

1 Main Street South

Hagersville ON  N0A 1H0

OR

Matt Reniers, RPP

519-717-3639

mattrenplan@gmail.com

Project Manager

Matt Reniers & Associates

16 Steed Court

Brantford, ON  N3S 0B7

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 second stage will require a lane shift and parking lane closure on Argyle Street between the bridge and Caithness St, this work is planned to start on January 13th and continue until the end of February. Below is a list of specific items that will be affected during this time;

  • All parking spaces will be closed on both sides of Argyle from the bridge to Caithness St.
  • Recycling and Garbage pick-up will be at 7AM. AVERTEX will move the containers from residents/businesses on Argyle Street to Caithness St for pickup. Please ensure your containers
    are labeled with your address number. Containers will be moved back by AVERTEX at the end of the day.
  • Public Garbage receptacles will be removed for the duration of the project.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained on both sides of Argyle St during construction.
  • Construction equipment and material will be occupying the NB lane of Argyle St just North of the bridge.
  • Access to residential driveways will be maintained
  • Construction staging area will be setup in Caithness Municipal parking lot

The third stage of work, which is to include a directional bore below the Grand River, will be executed from within the Municipal Parking lot near Kinsmen Park. During this time parking spaces will be utilized, and construction staging fences will be erected. Pedestrian access will be maintained and parking in the North and West sides of the lot will be unaffected. This work is scheduled to take start on January 13th and continue till late March.

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

Haldimand County Paramedic Services offering community flu vaccine clinics

In late 2019, Haldimand County received $5,910 in funding from the Hamilton Norfolk Haldimand Brant Emergency Services Steering Committee (HNHB ESSC) to host influenza vaccination clinics across the community. There will be two upcoming days to receive your vaccine. Tuesday January 28, 2020 from 10am to 12pm at Brantwood Villa (1 Robert Dell Court, Cayuga) then from 12:30pm to 3pm at the Cayuga Administration Building, Lower drop in room. Next one is Thursday January 30, 2020 from 10am to 3pm at 503 Main St E Dunnville. Vaccinations are free, and no appointment is required.

Local influenza vaccine clinics are funded through the HNHB ESSC using funds from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The goal of the clinics is to enhance access to influenza vaccines for vulnerable residents and individuals with limiting medical issues.

Vaccinations will be administered by a Haldimand County Community Paramedic. Residents who wish to attend and receive a vaccination may do so on a walk-in basis during the clinic hours. While vaccinations are free, residents must provide a valid Ontario Health Card.

Additional vaccine clinic times and locations will be announced shortly at HaldimandCounty.ca.

Notice of Public Information Centre 2: Long Point Region Conservation Authority Floodplain Mapping & Risk Assessment

Long Point Region Conservation Authority’s (LPRCA) project to update riverine floodplain mapping in flood-vulnerable communities within its watershed is approaching completion.

Accurate and up-to-date floodplain mapping is required to support land use planning and permitting decisions, flood related emergency response, and mitigation planning in at-risk communities. Current floodplain mapping within the study area was prepared in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This project will also update municipal risk assessment information for riverine flooding, inventorying at-risk infrastructure and estimating damage potential. This project is on track to be completed in early 2020.

An initial round of Public Information Centres (PIC1) to share project information and receive public feedback were held on November 26, 27 and 28, 2019. With the bulk of the project’s technical work now complete, a second set of PICs are scheduled at the following locations:

DateLocationPIC Study Area
Wed., Feb. 19, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Vienna Community Centre,
26 Fulton Street, Vienna
Port Burwell, Vienna
Wed., Feb. 26, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Long Point Region Conservation Authority,
4 Elm Street, Tillsonburg
Tillsonburg, Norwich
Thurs., Feb. 27, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Simcoe Recreation Centre, Norfolk Room,
182 South Drive, Simcoe
Cultus, Gilbertville, Waterford, Simcoe, Port Dover, Jarvis, Garnet

Landowners and members of the public are invited to attend the PICs and contribute their knowledge of local conditions and learn about the findings of the project. The PICs will have an open house format with no formal presentations and will feature draft maps showing updated floodplain information. Staff from LPRCA, Wood Earth and Environmental, and the study area’s associated Municipalities will be available to answer questions relating to the project.

The scope of this project is limited to floodplain mapping in flood-vulnerable communities within the LPRCA watershed. Updates to policies and plans are not included in the scope of this project. Further details on where the floodplain mapping is being completed can be found online at bit.ly/LPRCAfloodplain.

Public consultation requirements for any resulting amendments to the regulated area of Ontario Regulation 178/06 made under the Conservation Authorities Act will be met by the PICs. Comments and input that you provide about this project at the PIC will be maintained on file for use during the study and may be included in study documentation.

If you have questions or specific comments related to this study, please contact either of the following:

Ben Hodi, M.A.Sc.

Project Manager

Long Point Region Conservation Authority

Tel: 519-842-4242 ext. 264

Email: bhodi@lprca.on.ca

Matt Senior, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Consultant Project Manager

Wood, Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
Tel: 905-335-2353 ext. 3080
Email:  matt.senior@woodplc.com


All information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. RSO, 1990, c.F.31. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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

Notice of Special Meeting: Haldimand County Official Plan Update – Shape Haldimand’s Future

What is the Official Plan?

An Official Plan is a policy document adopted under the Planning Act that contains goals, objectives and policies to manage and direct physical change and its effects on the social, economic and natural environment of the municipality.  The Haldimand County Official Plan incorporates land use information that will guide and direct planning and development over the next 20 years. The Zoning Bylaw and the installation of major public infrastructure must conform to the policies of the Official Plan.

Need for an Update

The Official Plan was approved by County Council in 2006 and by the Province in 2009 and there have been about 50 amendments to the Plan since then. The Official Plan must conform to and be consistent with Provincial policies that guide land development. In recent years, there have been significant changes to these Provincial policies and the Official Plan needs to be updated so that these policies can be applied in a manner that meets the conditions and context of Haldimand. The current Official Plan was intended to guide growth and development to 2031. The update is needed so that the Plan can guide growth and development over the next 25 years – to 2046.

On January 14, 2020, Council in Committee will be presented with a staff report outlining the proposed phasing of the update and the scope of work. Residents are invited to provide input on revisions that may be needed to the Official Plan

Special Meeting – January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020 – Council in Committee – 9:30 AM
(Note the Special Meeting time will depend on where the matter is scheduled on the agenda)
Cayuga Administration Building (Council Chambers)
45 Munsee Street North, Cayuga Ontario N0A 1E0

Anyone who wishes to speak will be allotted 10 minutes. Registering as a speaker/delegate with the Municipal Clerk is not required.

Council shall have regard to any written submissions. Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk, at the above address by January 7th, 2020

Contact Information
For more information about the Official Plan or to provide a written submission, please contact:

Shannon VanDalen, MCIP, RPP
svandalen@haldimandcounty.on.ca
905-318-5932, ext. 6339.
Manager of Planning
Haldimand County
1 Main Street South
Hagersville ON  N0A 1H0

Matt Reniers, RPP
mattrenplan@gmail.com
519-717-3639
Project Manager
Matt Reniers & Associates
16 Steed Court
Brantford, ON  N3S 0B7

Flooding Hazards & Preparedness Measures resources

Presentation slides from the Flooding Hazards & Preparedness Measures Public Education Centre are available below, as well as other resource materials provided at the December 2 event. This information is also available at HaldimandCounty.ca/floods.

Documents & resources

1. Public Education Centre presentation slides

2. Storm & flood contact information for residents – information sheet

3. Preparing For Flooding – a guide for property owners

4. Emergency flooding handout

5. Emergency power outage handout

6. Insurance for disasters handout

7. Lake Erie Flood Zone Property Lookup Tool

 

 

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