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Date: January 14, 2021

For Immediate Release

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency – Township of North Huron

As Ontario enters its second provincial state of emergency the Township of North Huron is asking citizens to follow the government’s stay-at-home order and avoid any non-essential trips outside their residences. Effective Thursday January 14th outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 5 persons, and everyone is ordered to stay at home except for work, or essential activities such as trips to the grocery store, pharmacy or medical appointments.

Reeve Bernie Bailey says, “I appreciate the challenges being faced by businesses, individuals, families and institutions during this unprecedented pandemic, but the case numbers are alarming. Even Huron County has experienced a dramatic increase in COVID cases over the past 2 months.”

In an effort to comply with provincial orders, North Huron is making the following amendments to measures announced on December 23, 2020.

The following measures will come into effect on January 14, 2021.

• All indoor recreational facilities including the indoor pool, fitness centre and courts will remain closed until further notice.
• The ice surfaces at the Wescast Community Complex and the Blyth Community Centre will be removed. Removal will start shortly.
• Outdoor recreational amenities including parks, sports fields, courts, trails and municipally-owned playgrounds will remain open provided any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two meters from any other person not residing in the same household.
• The Blyth Campground is closed.
• The Wingham Town Hall Theatre and public washrooms remain closed.
• All Council and Committee meetings will continue to be held through electronic participation until further notice.
• Town Hall will remain closed to the public until at least February 12, 2021 unless otherwise announced. During this period staff can be contacted by phone or email. Essential meetings with staff will be arranged by appointment only.
• Daycare services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers will remain open with existing restrictions remaining in place. All before and after school programs remain closed. The Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will be providing advice and making an announcement by January 20, 2021 regarding the return to in-person learning.

“The lives of our residents are at risk, and I strongly urge all residents to stay at home to the fullest extent possible”, said Reeve Bailey. Residents are encouraged to limit any trips outside their homes to essential purposes only and to follow Public Health guidelines to protect themselves and their families.

• stay at home
• limit social gatherings to members of the same household
• frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
• avoid close contact with people who are sick
• cover your cough or sneeze
• keep a 2 meter distance from others
• self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from out of country
• visit the Huron Perth Public Health website for additional information and guidance.

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca.

Media Spokesperson: Bernie Bailey, Reeve bbailey@northhuron.ca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Huron County
January 13, 2021

SPOKESPERSON: Glen McNeil, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca
County of Huron Hosts Ontario’s West Coast Tourism Summit
Huron County, Ontario – In partnership with Community Futures Huron and FedDev Ontario, County of Huron Economic Development is pleased to host the upcoming Ontario's West Coast Tourism Summit 2021, a free, virtual, two-day conference available to Huron County tourism operators and stakeholders.
On January 25 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, join tourism industry expert William Bakker of Destination Think to discuss tourism market trends with a focus on the tourism landscape, pre-COVID, and post-COVID. Attendees will hear about destinations that are re-imagining themselves with a goal of re-building, with both the economy and environment in mind. A facilitated breakout session will focus on how stakeholders in Huron County's tourism sector can collaborate towards a successful recovery from COVID-19.
On January 26 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, industry expert Chris Hughes from BC Hughes will share the advantages of rural tourism and how operators can use this advantage to match shifting tourism trends. A facilitated breakout session will highlight the key elements needed to develop effective touring routes and discuss how operators can adjust their own tourism experiences to become part of a regionally themed touring route.
“The County remains dedicated to working collaboratively and supporting our vibrant tourism sector,” says Warden Glen McNeil. “Specifically, I want to thank the industry
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for the resiliency and innovation they have shown over the past year. Huron County tourism, and all of those that support it, are essential to the vitality of our County.”
To register for the Ontario’s West Coast Tourism Summit, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ontarios-west-coast-tourism-summit-2021-registration-131516462279
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The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and staying home if ill. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2020

SPOKESPERSON: Glen McNeil, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca

Emergency Licensed Child Care for school-aged children
 
Huron County, Ontario – On Monday, December 21, the Premier of Ontario announced Safer at Home Restrictions for 28 days beginning December 26, 2020. All publicly funded elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning and students enrolled will move to virtual learning for the week of January 4 to January 8, 2021. The County of Huron (as the Service System Manager of Child Care and Early Years for the County of Huron) together with the Province of Ontario, recognizes that health care and other essential frontline workers must continue to go to work to support our communities. To support eligible essential service workers with the care of their school-aged children during the week of January 4 to January 8, 2021, we are providing Emergency Licensed Child Care at no cost. Licensed child care programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and centre-based kindergarten programs will remain open during the province-wide shut down.
 
Emergency Licensed Child Care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential workers identified in the Province of Ontario’s List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care, who have exhausted all other alternatives. Both parents are required to submit verification of employment and at least one parent is required to be on the eligibility list from the Province. Child Care will only be available for the dates that both parents are required to be working outside of the home. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home.
 
To support essential service workers with the care of their children, the County of Huron is partnering with London Bridge: Relouw Early Childhood Learning Centre, Clinton Co-operative Childcare Centre, and Huron County Community Home Childcare to provide Emergency Licensed Child Care at no cost to families with school-aged children. The County of Huron will be approving applications for Emergency Licensed Child Care spaces for eligible families on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible workers seeking to access Emergency Licensed Child Care for their school-aged children are required to complete and submit the online application. Spaces are limited.
 
Emergency Child Care Centres currently providing Emergency Child Care:
• London Bridge: Exeter Elementary school 93 Victoria St E, Exeter, ON N0M 1S1
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• Clinton Co-operative Childcare Centre 27 Percival St. Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
• Clinton Co-operative Childcare Centre – Goderich Public School site 125 Blake St. Goderich, ON N7A 1Z1
• Huron County Community Home Childcare (for families already utilizing HCC and are eligible essential workers requiring care for their school-aged child)
 
 
Please email completed applications to childservices@huroncounty.ca

The information you provide is collected safely and securely. This information is collected in accordance with s.29(2) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and pursuant to section 71 of the Child Care Early Years Act, 2014. Information on this form will be used only to determine eligibility for Emergency Child Care in the County of Huron and will be shared exclusively with the licensed child care operator the child(ren) will attend.
 
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The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and staying home if ill. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD, 2020
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information - Township of North Huron
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has imposed a Province wide shutdown effective Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 am. The Province is putting additional restrictions into place to reinforce that Ontarians should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The shutdown will remain in effect until Saturday, January 23, 2021 throughout southern Ontario. The health and safety of all residents and employees remains the Township’s number one priority. To combat the coronavirus and reinforce that Ontarians should stay home, North Huron has put the following measures in place.
The measures account for the province’s imposed restrictions.
• All indoor recreational facilities including the arenas, indoor pool, fitness centre and courts will close at 1:00 pm on December 24, 2020 and will remain closed until Saturday, January 23, 2021 or until further notice.
• Outdoor recreational amenities including parks, sports fields, courts, trails and municipally-owned playgrounds remain open provided any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two meters from other nonmembers of the same household using the amenity. The Blyth Campground is closed as per Provincial regulations.
• The Wingham Town Hall Theatre and public washrooms remain closed.
• All Council and Committee meetings will held through electronic participation until further notice.
• Town Hall will be closing to the public at 12:00 noon on December 24, 2020 and will re-open on Monday, January 25, 2020 unless otherwise announced. During this period staff can be contacted by phone or email. Meetings with staff will be by appointment only.
• Daycare services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021 with existing restrictions remaining in place. All before and after school programs are closed from Monday, January 4, 2021 to January 8, 2021 inclusive. Before and after school programs are scheduled to resume on Monday, January 11, 2021. Due to the recreation facilities closures, the Township has regrettably issued temporary layoff notices to approximately 26 part-time staff. These staff will be transitioned back to work at the end of the Province wide lockdown. On behalf of Council and staff, North Huron Reeve Bernie Bailey wishes to thank the North Huron community for their tireless efforts and co-operation in combating COVID-19. With curbside pickup and takeout options available Reeve Bailey encourages local residents to shop locally and support small businesses. He also advises small businesses to take advantage of the new Ontario Small Support Grant. This one-time grant program provides a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small business owners to help navigate the new shutdown measures. “I want to thank all community members for their patience and optimism as we work through this unprecedented pandemic together. A special thank you to all the front-line workers, staff, and those who are providing essential services.” said Reeve Bailey. Health officials strongly urge all citizens to stay at home to the fullest extent possible. Trips outside of the home should be limited and only for essential purposes such as accessing health care and medication, grocery shopping, child care, exercising alone or with people in your household (the people you live with) and in the community where you live. Walking pets when required and supporting vulnerable community to meet the above needs is also permitted. Remote work should happen in all industries to the greatest extent possible and a face covering should be tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin. Scarves and bandanas are insufficient. Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted except with members of the same immediate household, and travel outside of your region should be limited to essential purposes only. Individuals and families who arrive or return to Ontario during the Province wide shutdown should self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Reeve Bailey urges all members of the community to:
• stay at home
• limit social gatherings to members of the same household
• frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
• avoid close contact with people who are sick
• cover your cough or sneeze
• keep a 2 meter distance from others
• self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from out of country
• visit the Huron Perth Public Health website for additional information and guidance.
For more information on this, please contact Dwayne Evans, CAO/Deputy Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email devans@northhuron.ca.
Media Spokesperson: Bernie Bailey, Reeve bbailey@northhuron.ca
 
 
 
 
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Spend Money Where your Heart is.........The Ontario government, in consultation with the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, has amended O. Reg 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. As you may be aware, Huron and Perth Counties will be entering a period of shut-down effective Saturday, December 26, 2020, lasting until January 24, 2021. Below you will find the measures for Restaurants, Bars and Food or Drinks Establishments, Retail, Sports and Recreational Fitness Facilities, Meeting and Event Spaces, and Personal Care Services. Where applicable, please also forward this information to any businesses that are connected with your organization through a BIA, or like organization. In addition to measures already in place, the following will now apply:
Restaurants, Bars and Food or Drinks Establishments
- Take out, drive through and delivery permitted only
Retail
- Supermarkets, convenience stores, indoor farmer’s markets and other stores that primarily sell food & Pharmacies
- Open for in-person retail, subject to:
- Members of the public being able to maintain two metres physical distance from every other person in the business or facility
- The number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public does not exceed 50% capacity of the particular room
- Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
- Discount and big box retailers:
- Discount and big box retailers that engage in retail sales to the public and meet the following conditions:
- Sell groceries to the public
- Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business to not exceed 25% capacity of the particular room
- Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
- Safety supply stores, businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, and optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public:
- By appointment only
- Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
- Stores that sell liquor, including beer, wine and spirits:
- Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business does not exceed 25% of the particular room
- Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
- Garden centres:
- Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
- Motor vehicle sales
- Includes cars, trucks and motorcycles; recreational vehicles including motor homes; trailers and travel trailers; boats and other watercraft; and other motorized vehicles, including power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles
- By appointment only
- Members of the public must not be permitted where products are neither sold nor displayed for sale
- Subject to certain conditions related to test drives
- Outdoor markets
- Includes farmer’s markets and holiday markets only if they primarily sell food to the public
- Must require members of the public to remain outdoors at all times, including for curbside pick-up or delivery
- General Retail (all other retail, including hardware stores, pet food, computer stores, etc.):
- Curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
- Sales must be exclusively made so patrons are not required to enter the indoor area of the business, including curbside pick-up or delivery
Sports and Recreational Fitness
- Closure of all indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities except for:
- Facilities operated or for the sole use of high performance athletes , including parasport athletes, and specified professional leagues (e.g., NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA) and
- Facilities opened solely for specified purposes (e.g. child care)
- Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (e.g., YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities (e.g., child care services, mental health and addiction support services [limited to 10 people maximum], social services)
- A permitted outdoor recreational amenity may only open if:
- Any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two metres from other person using the amenity (excluding members of the same household)
- Team sports, or other sports or games where people may come within two metres of each other, are not practiced or played within the amenity
- Any locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the amenity that is used to provide first aid
- All subject to conditions
Meeting and Event Spaces
- Only permitted to open for
- The operation of child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
- Court services
- Government services
- Mental health and addictions support services (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous) permitted to a maximum of 10 people
- Social services
Personal Care Services
- Must be closed
Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID19. If you have specific questions that were not addressed in this communication, please call: 1-888-221-2133.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2020


SPOKESPERSON: Glen McNeil, Warden
519.524.8394 x3224
warden@huroncounty.ca 

Huron County Paramedics, thank you.

Huron County, Ontario – The County of Huron would like to recognize and thank the Huron County Paramedics team for their exemplary service throughout the 2020 year. The County’s Paramedics have been silent heroes, working hard behind the scenes to keep Huron County safe and healthy.

“Our Huron County paramedics are highly skilled and compassionate professionals providing emergency medical treatment and transportation to sick and injured people, all while acting calmly in high stress situations,” says Warden Glen McNeil.

This year, Huron County Emergency Services went above and beyond by establishing a specialized Community Paramedicine Team that provides additional COVID-19 care support for the community. This is a dedicated team of five paramedics who received additional training, including palliative care education. Initially formed in April of this year and then re-launched in November, this team has been working on the frontline of the County’s pandemic response, providing numerous services to Huron
residents. The Community Paramedicine Team works in 12-hour shifts, from 7:00AM to 7:00PM, seven days a week.

Services the Community Paramedicine Team has provided include:
- Providing over 300 influenza vaccinations to targeted groups, including local seniors, County apartment tenants, Huron OPP, local healthcare workers, and some of Huron’s most vulnerable
community members;
- Working with the Out of the Cold: Heart to Home emergency shelter by offering influenza
vaccines, and weekly wellness clinics for diabetes screening, heart disease and hypertension;
- Providing community COVID-19 swabbing for pre-admission to local Hospices;
- Helping Huron Perth Public Health and swabbing for suspected cases of COVID-19;

- Supporting local palliative care services in Huron by working with the Palliative Care Outreach Team;
- Collaborating with One Care and offering “bundled care” to individuals discharged from certain hospital sites; and
- Making sure necessary follow-up phone calls and assessments are completed after 911 calls.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the County’s Community Paramedicine Team continues to look for opportunities to support in-home care when possible so to help ensure relief for local hospital emergency rooms.

“I extend my heartfelt thanks to Huron’s Community Paramedicine Team,” adds Warden Glen McNeil. “We couldn’t have responded to the hurdles this year has brought us without you.”

The County of Huron and its Emergency Services department remains committed to providing necessary and essential community services to Huron residents.

The County thanks the paramedic team, and all frontline heroes, for the work they're doing to prevent and slow the spread COVID-19 in Huron County.

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The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and staying home if ill. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

 

Community Paramedicine Team

(From Left to Right): Jasmine Thompson, Miranda Griedanus, Andrew Newman, Denise Richard, and Sam Barlow. 

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2020

NOTICE – Please be advised that the December 21, 2020 Township of North Huron Regular Council Meeting beginning at 6:00pm will be held virtually using Cisco WebEx Meetings. The credentials to join the meeting are posted below. The meeting will also be uploaded to the Township’s Youtube page and website for viewing at a later date.

December 21, 2020 Regular Council Meeting Agenda -

http://www.northhuron.ca/councildocuments.php?area=cl04 

How to join the meeting:
Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://townshipofnorthhuron.my.webex.com/townshipofnorthhuron.my/j.php?MTID=m9d11151f5a129f2990880f4d115e1269

OR

Download the free Cisco WebEx Meetings app in the Google Play Store/Apple App Store and enter the following information:

Meeting number (access code): 132 692 0616

Meeting password: NorthHuron (66784487 from phones and video systems)

OR

Join by telephone (charges may apply):

Dial: +1-416-216-5643

Enter the meeting number (access code): 132 692 0616

Enter the meeting password: 66784487


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2020


SPOKESPERSON: Glen McNeil, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca 

County of Huron Releases Growth Planning Best Practices Guide

Huron County, Ontario – To help attract and accommodate development in Huron County, the County of Huron Planning, Economic Development, and Public Works departments have prepared a Growth Planning Best Practices Guide that local municipalities and the County can use to proactively address infrastructure and financial matters related to growth.

Common challenges that municipalities face in growth and development is that demographics often shift, developments happen slowly or in a scattered nature, or capacity and financial resources are limited. The Growth Planning Best Practices Guide helps identify efficient ways to expand infrastructure and meet these challenges head on.

This guide makes it easier to understand how growth planning must consider a number of factors, including required studies, how growth and growth-related needs are funded and financed, and infrastructure needs such as road and intersection improvements, pedestrian walk-ways, stormwater management, and more.

“The best practices within this Guide are to help clarify important processes and procedures related to growth planning activities,” says Director of Planning & Development Sandra Weber. “Following these best practices will provide opportunity for proactive community growth so that development can occur in a manner that is sustainable from an infrastructure, planning, and financial perspective.”

The Growth Planning Best Practices Guide will be provided to local municipalities where they may use it when consulting on local development processes.

This guide was created with the assistance of BM Ross and Associates, in collaboration with local municipalities, representatives from partner agencies, engineering firms, Builders Associations, and local developers. For more information on the Growth Planning Best Practices Guide, please visit https://www.huroncounty.ca/plandev/county-wide-projects/growth-plan-best-practices-guide/ or contact the County of Huron Planning and Development department at planning@huroncounty.ca or 519.524.8394 x3.

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Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2020


SPOKESPERSON: Glen McNeil, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca 


Please Be Creative and Kind this Holiday Season


Huron County, Ontario – The holidays in Huron County will look different this year. While letting go of some long-standing holiday traditions may be disappointing, this year offers a chance to get creative and make new traditions with family and loved ones.

“My family enjoys the holiday season immensely.” said Warden Glen McNeil. “We look forward to celebrating with our family and loved ones every year, but this year, to keep everyone safe, we plan to celebrate virtually. This does not mean that we won’t be connecting with those who are important to us and it does not mean that we won’t be seeing joy and excitement in our household over the holidays, it just means that it’s going to look a little different this year. I see this as an exciting opportunity to create some new holiday traditions!”

Huron Perth Public Health offers suggestions on safe ways to celebrate the holiday season:
- Encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties.
- Watching holiday or other movies.
- Decorating doors, putting up lights, etc.
- Donating to your favourite charity or toy drive.
- Attending a drive-in or drive-through event.

This holiday season, continue to practice patience and kindness for those in the local community, as well as for those in neighbouring regions whose current COVID-19 response framework level may be different than Huron’s. Remember that the holidays can be a difficult time for some individuals, and this year may be particularly challenging. Reach out virtually to those who are away or those who may be experiencing isolation.

“It is important that we continue to practice compassion for one another and continue to follow all necessary health and safety guidelines, including those required for a safe and healthy holiday season,” continued Warden Glen McNeil. “We will get through this together.”

For more tips on how to enjoy a safe holiday this season, please visit Huron Perth Public Health online for Staying safe from COVID-19 or Ontario.ca’s Celebrate safely during COVID-19.

Community members are reminded that the public health safety measures in place are not just about protecting oneself, they are about protecting those in the Huron community, and beyond, who may be more vulnerable. Holiday COVID-19 safety measures are about the common good.
Huron County residents are reminded to continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to be an advocate for Public Health adherence in their own homes and communities:
- Physically distance (2m) from those outside your household;
- Avoid non-essential travel;
- Wash hands frequently or using 70% alcohol hand sanitizer;
- Wear a face covering; and
- Stay home if you are unwell.

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The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and staying home if ill. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2020

Reeve Bailey called an Emergency Special Council Meeting due to the need for Council to make a number of decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:00. To particiate virtually follow the details below. 

Meeting Information

Meeting link: 
https://townshipofnorthhuron.my.webex.com/townshipofnorthhuron.my/j.php?MTID=m69318495f8df785395c0fe9aa9f321ef

Meeting number: 132 299 1162

Password: NorthHuron (66784487 from phones and video systems)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2020


SPOKESPERSON: Glen McNeil, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca


Support Out of the Cold: Heart to Home This Holiday Season


Huron County, Ontario –
The Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home emergency shelter has been open since November 16. At this time, the County of Huron would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the many partners and contributors who are working together behind the scenes to prevent and address homelessness in Huron County.

“We simply can’t do this alone,” said Warden Glen McNeil. “Rural municipalities depend on the meaningful contributions made by local agencies and volunteers. We are grateful that in Huron County we have so many folks who step up to the plate when called upon and do what it takes to ensure that our community is vibrant, resilient and inclusive.”

Thank you to Out of the Cold: Heart to Home community partners and contributors:
 CMHA Elgin Middlesex;
 Choices for Change;
 Huron County Council and Local Municipalities;
 Huron County Emergency Services;
 Huron County Food Distribution Centre;
 Huron County Social and Property Services staff;
 Huron Perth Health Care Alliance;
 Huron Perth Public Health Unit;
 Lakeshore United Church;
 Local businesses supporting daily operations of shelter;
 Ontario Provincial Police;
 Town of Goderich;
 YMCA Goderich;
 And all those who have made individual contributions to the shelter.

“It is now more important than ever to support the most vulnerable members of our community,” continued Warden McNeil. “Please consider donating to the Out of the Cold: Heart to Home emergency shelter or to one of our many partner agencies this holiday season.”

Cash Donations
Cash donations can be made by cheque, money order or credit card. Contact Alexa Watt, Housing Programs Coordinator, awatt@huroncounty.ca or 519-482-8505, ext. 4255

New Items in Need
New, packaged, unopened items can be dropped off at any Huron County Library branch during regular operating hours.
Items most in need include: hygiene products including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, socks, and underwear.

Gently Used Items in Need
Gently used items can be dropped off at Goodwill Community Store & Donation Centre at 355 Bayfield Rd, Goderich, or the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 309 Suncoast Dr E, Goderich during regular business hours.
Items most in need include, clothing, outerwear (including hats and mitts), and towels.


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Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.


 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8,2020

Introducing Warden Glen McNeil

On behalf of all staff, I welcome Warden Glen McNeil. We are excited to enter this next chapter in our community’s development and know that Warden McNeil will be a strong, inclusive, and compassionate leader. ~ Meighan Wark

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19,2020

SPOKESPERSON: Jim Ginn, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca

 

County of Huron Selects Huron Recovery Grant Program Recipients [Huron County, Ontario] – The County of Huron, in partnership with Community Futures Huron, is pleased to announce the six recipients of the Huron Recovery Grant Program micro-financing. This program was aimed towards supporting existing small businesses in Huron County that have continued to make significant changes as they pivot to maintain operations and adapt to COVID-19 realities. Grants of $2,500 will be awarded to the successful recipients to help them offset costs associated with this transition. Successful recipients of the Huron Recovery Grant Program include: 1. Morrison Berries (Lucknow) – Morrison Berries Country Market is a family-run strawberry farm offering pick-your-own strawberries, already picked strawberries and an on-farm bakery. In an effort to pivot and save a perishable crop, they purchased a flash freezer to individually freeze each berry at a high rate of speed. The Recovery Grant will be used to facilitate the nutrition labelling requirements needed to resell their frozen berries at off-farm locations. 2. Pick a Posie (Blyth) – Pick a Posie is a retail store that sells second-hand vintage clothing and accessories, traditional costumes as well as sewing services and alterations. Due to COVID-19, their primary target market of tourists and costumed event rentals were lost, so they are pivoting to online sales and garnering a larger local client base. The Recovery Grant will help them purchase more traditional advertising spots (wayfinding signage and other forms of print advertising) to help create awareness to the local market. 3. Steve and Mary’s On the Square (Goderich) – Steve and Mary’s On the Square is a family restaurant specializing in quality home-cooked meals. To adapt to the realities of COVID-19, they offered take-out, but also shifted to creating a successful freezer meal program. They will use the Recovery Grant monies towards longer-term advertising ventures including a car wrap and more. 4. The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop (Seaforth) – The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop is a boutique shop offering vintage reproduction fabrics, heritage prints and embroidery. To adapt to COVID-19 realities, they will be using the Recovery Grant funds to enhance their workshop space to accommodate social distancing and increase the quality of their online classes. 5. The Family Tree (Wingham) – The Family Tree is a second-hand consignment store offering quality products at amazing prices for the whole family. To pivot and make their business function better while doing business remotely, they will be using their Recovery Grant monies to update their current point of sale (POS) system to a cloud-based system, shift to using an app based system for consigners and upgrade their hardware for processing sales and managing their social media. This grant will help take them to the next level before investing in an ecommerce website. 6. The Yoga Den (Goderich) – The Yoga Den offers a variety of yoga, pilates and meditation classes in their studio location and in public spaces in Goderich. To adapt to the realities of COVID-19, they will use the Recovery Grant to enhance their website and purchase technology for improved online classes including a camera and an online storage system to create a better, user-friendly product for their clients. Applications for this program closed on August 30, 2020. Applicants were asked to attend a “Perfect Pitch” webinar series, then deliver a 10-minute virtual pitch in October. Successful recipients were selected by a Grant Review Committee. This program was led by the Huron County Economic Development department, with $15,000 in funds and training support provided through a partnership with Community Futures Huron. For more information about the Huron Recovery Grant Program, please contact Patrick Donnelly, Entrepreneur and Business Coach, at 519.524.8394 ext. 3307 or by email at pdonnelly@huroncounty.ca. -30- Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2020


SPOKESPERSON: Jim Ginn, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca


Fighting Pandemic Fatigue in Huron County


Huron County, Ontario – As the second wave of COVID-19 has reached Ontario and Huron County has been elevated to the Yellow: Protect level in the COVID-19 Response Framework for Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, pandemic fatigue is a real concern. With regional case numbers on the rise, it is now more important than ever for Huron County residents to continue to adhere to local public health directions.

“Rural communities may be experiencing more pandemic fatigue than urban centres because we haven’t seen the same numbers in cases locally,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “But this doesn’t mean we can let our guard down.”

Community members are reminded that the public health safety measures in place are not just about protecting oneself, they are about protecting those in local communities who may be more vulnerable. COVID-19 safety measures are about the common good.

“Everyone needs to take action now. The second wave is here and this is no longer just a big city issue. Let’s keep Huron safe”, adds Warden Jim Ginn.

Community members are cautioned that while local case numbers do not look the same as urban areas, the risk of spread remains the same. Residents are urged to shrink their social bubbles and reduce physical contact with those outside their household.

Tips on how to avoid pandemic fatigue this fall and winter:

• To avoid pandemic fatigue this winter, make a plan. Prepare for activities, for yourself and family, that are safe and enjoyable so that you will not to not be tempted to engage in higher risk activities;
• Follow Ontario’s West Coast on Facebook to find out how you can safely support local businesses and participate in safe and entertaining local activities this winter;
• Follow the Huron County Museum and Huron County Library for a wide variety of virtual activities and resources for the whole family;
• Stay connected. Physical distancing does not require social isolation. Continue to reach out to family and friends virtually;
• Be mindful of your surroundings and take the appropriate health protections to keep yourself and those around you safe. Stay vigilant about COVID-19 safety; and
• Continue to practice patience and kindness.

Huron County residents are reminded to continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to be an advocate for Public Health adherence in your own homes and communities:

• Physically distance (2m) from those outside your household;
• Avoid non-essential travel;
• Wash hands frequently or using 70% alcohol hand sanitizer;
• Wear a face covering; and
• Stay home if you are unwell.

The County of Huron and its local municipalities extend its deepest thanks to the health care workers that have worked tirelessly in responding to this pandemic for the past eight months and everything they continue to do to care for the Huron community.
The Yellow: Protect Framework for Keeping Ontario Safe health measures can be found online at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#yellow

Watch Warden Ginn, Mayors’ Grace and McNeil talk about Pandemic Fatigue on local one news: https://www.facebook.com/thestaysh/videos/1352593141599450 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2020

SPOKESPERSON: Jim Ginn, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca


Find Something for Everyone with the Huron County Wish Book


Huron County, Ontario – Finding the perfect gift for everyone on a holiday list just got a lot easier thanks to the 2020 Huron County Wish Book. A nostalgic tribute to the eagerly anticipated annual department store Wish Book, the Huron County Wish Book provides plenty of gift ideas from retailers and businesses across Huron County. Whether looking for a handcrafted one-of-a-kind item or popular brand name products, everyone can find great gift giving ideas available right in their backyard.


Last year, Canadians spent an average of $1,593 on holiday gifts. Not only does shopping local keep those dollars in Huron communities, but purchasing gifts from local merchants is also the most convenient choice to avoid crowded malls, unexpected delivery delays from online retailers and making unnecessary trips out of town.


Follow Ontario’s West Coast on Facebook and Instagram to see daily gift giving inspiration posts between now and December 24, and enter into a weekly draw for $100 in gift certificates from local merchants.


View the Huron County Wish Book to scroll through all of the great gift ideas and show support for Huron County businesses and communities this holiday season.


The Huron County Wish Book was developed by the County of Huron in partnership with the Blyth BIA, Central Huron BIA, Community Futures Huron, Goodrich BIA, Huron County Chamber of Commerce Seaforth BIA, Municipality of Bluewater, South Huron Chamber of Commerce, Town of Goderich, Wingham BIA and the Zurich District Chamber of Commerce.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2020


SPOKESPERSON: Jim Ginn, Warden 519.524.8394 x3224 warden@huroncounty.ca

County of Huron Expands ‘Out of the Cold’ Program


Huron County, Ontario – Opening November 16, the County of Huron’s Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home program expands on the efforts of the previous Out of the Cold program, with increased funding and staff specially trained in trauma informed care, substance use, and mental health services. The new program aims to provide an emergency shelter that also offers wrap-around supports for homeless individuals in Huron County.

“It’s important that we build relationships with vulnerable members in our community, including those who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless,” says Warden Jim Ginn. “Our Social and Property Services staff along with CMHA Elgin-Middlesex and Choices for Change will be coordinating an emergency shelter that also provides wrap-around services with a long-term goal of ensuring that all Huron County community members have a home.”

Through a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Choices for Change, Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home will be staffed with trained professionals and aims to provide wrap-around supports and services with a goal of transitioning guests into permanent housing solutions.

“As a community mental health agency, we know how critical and necessary wrap-around supports are in helping individuals who are experiencing or are at risk for homelessness.” says Beth Mitchell, CEO of CMHA Elgin-Middlesex. “We look forward to working closely with our partners and the community to ensure those most vulnerable are receiving the supports they need, such as a listening ear, coping strategies, a connection to housing resources and other services, and more.”

“Choices for Change is very pleased to be part of this very important initiative,” says Choices for Change Executive Director, Catherine Hardman. “Although not all individuals experiencing homelessness have addiction and/or mental health issues, it is important to have that expertise available for those that do. We are glad to work with CMHA to provide support to those in the shelter and assist in their move to more permanent housing.”

The emergency shelter will be located in Goderich at Lakeshore United Church and will be able to accommodate up to 15 individuals per evening, with meals provided, for the cold weather season.

“The Town of Goderich is supportive of this important initiative being located in our community,” says Goderich Mayor, John Grace “Ensuring the safety of all of our community members during the colder season is of critical importance. I am glad that we have been able to work with the County of Huron and all of the partner agencies and municipalities on the Homelessness Task Force to make this emergency shelter happen.”

Through the County of Huron Homelessness Task Force, efforts to advocate on behalf of local communities and vulnerable individuals continue on the municipal and provincial level, including member representation by the County’s Warden and local mayors from the Town of Goderich, Municipality of South Huron, Township of North Huron, Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, and Municipality of Central Huron. Local government in Huron County is committed to working together to address and prevent homelessness in Huron communities.

The County of Huron and its partner agencies are dedicated to taking both immediate and long-term actions to improve the quality of life for all residents of Huron County. These actions encompass inclusivity and awareness of intersectionality, acknowledging the differences and complexities for every individual in need of support.

The County extends its thanks to the Lakeshore United Church, and to every other agency, community group, and volunteer, who has and continues to contribute time and resources for Huron’s Out of the Cold program and showing compassion to taking care of the community’s most vulnerable persons.

For more information on Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home, including emergency shelter contacts, please visit www.HuronCounty.ca/housing.

The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and staying home if ill. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2020

SPOKESPERSON: Jim Ginn,
Warden 519.524.8394 x3224
warden@huroncounty.ca

AgPrize 2020: First Round of Winners Announced!

Huron County, Ontario – Earlier this year, the County of Huron Economic Development Department introduced a challenge question competition, AgPrize 2020, which invites participants to submit their proposals on innovative solutions for the agri-food sector. Strong submissions for each question category are eligible to win a cash prize.

The first round of challenge questions closed earlier this summer with submissions received from across the country. The County congratulates the following winners:

Category: Communicating with Customers
The dairy industry has a great story to tell, but communicating effectively with consumers remains a challenge. Kate Ayers wins this category for her work on the website www.renudefood.com and her proposal to develop innovative podcast content as a way to help the industry connect with local communities and all Canadians.

Category: Recyclable Maple Syrup Tubing
Ontario’s maple syrup producers need to find a home for their used sap tubing. The tubing is technically recyclable, but it can be difficult to do so profitably and efficiently. A four-person team of Julie Marocha, Gokulan Thedchana, Yohannes Wondimu, and Minh Nguyen wins this category for their in-depth research on best practices for the maple syrup tubing recycling process. This team was able to develop a list for recycling companies on the end products that this tubing can be recycled to.

The next round of challenge question categories opens on November 9th with the opportunity for anyone to participate. All submissions must propose a technically feasible, economically viable solution to the chosen challenge question. Winning submissions for each category will be eligible for a prize of up to $2,020.

When designing AgPrize, the Economic Development Department looked for real-world problems that required creative, outside-the-box solutions. AgPrize 2020 will help generate opportunities to resolve longstanding challenges in agriculture, while building a culture of innovation and encouraging Canadians to think about where food comes from.


For a list of challenge questions, FAQs and details on how to enter AgPrize 2020, visit https://www.huroncounty.ca/economic-development/agprize2020/.

The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and staying home if ill. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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October 14, 2020

North Huron Service Delevery Review 

Due to rising costs and limited assessment growth, North Huron participated in a Service Delivery Review of all services by a third-party reviewer.  The goal of this review was to determine if the municipality has opportunities to: (1) improve services and outcomes; (2) meet new or increased demand from customers for services; (3) improve service delivery mechanisms and processes; and (4) maintain existing service levels in the face of competing priorities.  The Service Delivery Review ha specific recommendations that could realize efficiencies resulting in reduced costs and/or improve services to customers. 

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October 22, 2020

Direct Structural Improvement Grant Program 2020 Intake

The Township of North Huron is receiving applications for the Direct Structural Improvement Grant Program for the 2020 intake period under the North Huron Community Improvement Plan.

The Direct Structural Improvement Program offers grants to eligible building owners and tenants for interior improvements within the designated Community Improvement Project Areas. The acceptance period for applications is open until November 17th, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

The Direct Structural Improvement Grant Program application form can be found on the Township website or at North Huron Municipal Officer. For inquires and details, please contact the undersigned.

Click Here ---> For The North Huron Community Improvement Plan

Click Here ---> For The Community Improvement Plan Application Form



Please send completed application to:
Township of North Huron, Attention: Carson Lamb, Clerk
P.O.Box 90, 274 Josephine Street, Wingham, ON, N0G 2W0
Email: Clamb@northhuron.ca, Phone: 519-357-3550

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September 09, 2020

Water and Wastewater Master Plan - Notice of Study Completion

Water and Wastewater Master Plan FINAL

Water and Wastewater Master Plan Appendices

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August 24, 2020
NEWS RELEASE - Cross Border Servicing Negotiations Update
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August 4, 2020
NEWS RELEASE - FITNESS CENTRE AT NORTH HURON WESCAST COMMUNITY COMPLEX REOPENING ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2020  

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July 23, 2020
NEWS RELEASE - A COVID-19 update on the Township of North Huron's services and amenities.

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July 20, 2020
Huron County Fire Chiefs Association
OPEN AIR FIRE BAN ENDED IN HURON COUNTY

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Instructions requiring the use of face coverings within establishments
The full FAQ PDF handout can be found here.

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July 13, 2020

To Employers, Businesses and Organizations in Huron and Perth counties:

Re: Huron Perth Public Health Instructions to Persons Responsible for a Business or Organization Permitted to be open under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990 (“EMCPA”) and related Regulations, or otherwise.

The full PDF handout can be found here.

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June 22, 2020 
For Immediate Release 
NORTH HURON FIRE FIGHTERS
CANADA DAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY CANCELLED  

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Date: June 16, 2020 
NORTH HURON SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS CANCELLED  

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Date: June 16, 2020 
NORTH HURON HIRES JAMIE MCCARTHY
AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND FACILITIES 

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Date: June 12, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update – Township of North Huron

The Township of North Huron is advising residents that they are taking a gradual and phased approach to the restoration of services in the community.  Reeve Bernie Bailey says “the health and safety of all residents and employees remains the Township’s number one priority.”   As a result, decisions on when to re-open specific facilities or resume services will be based on the following guiding principles:

  • Alignment with direction from the Province and the Huron Perth Public Health Unit;
  • A gradual and phased approach to reopening; and
  • Coordination with other local area municipalities, to the greatest extent possible.

This announcement follows the Premier’s June 8, 2020 decision to ease restrictions in areas of the Province to get more people back to work and allow for more recreational activities to resume.    

Recreation Amenities

While some outdoor recreational amenities can be opened quickly by the Township, others will take a significant amount of time to ensure the health and safety of both residents and employees is maintained.  Once outdoor recreational amenities have the proper health and safety measures in place, they will be opened.  However, it’s possible some outdoor recreational amenities will not be opened due to limited staffing to complete the additional sanitization requirements as set out by the Province.

Recreation facilities such as arenas, community centres and the indoor pool will be re-opened in phases to limit safety risks and to manage staffing and financial impacts.  There will be a lag between when the Province announces an indoor facility may re-open and when the Township will be able to open them.  The necessary health and safety measures need to be put into place and staff will require training to meet new requirements.   Those visiting North Huron’s indoor recreational facilities will notice changes once the facilities are able to open.

Restarting recreation programs and services will be dictated by Provincial restrictions on sizes of gatherings and proper health and safety measures.  Fees may also need to be adjusted due to reduced class sizes and an increased frequency and level of cleaning and sanitation that will be required. 

Town Hall

To protect the health and safety of North Huron’s residents and employees and to achieve compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, renovations to the front service counter at Town Hall are underway.  The renovations will allow a 2 metre distance from others and are expected to be completed in July.  Town Hall will be reopened once the renovations are complete and when proper health and safety measures are in place.  However, any meetings with staff are expected to be held by appointment only, or electronically until notified otherwise.

Council, and Committees of Council, will continue to meet electronically for the time being.  Once the Provincial Declaration of Emergency is lifted it is expected that Council and Committees will resume in-person meetings with physical distancing and sanitization measures in place.

Daycare Services

Daycare services will remain closed until proper health and safety measures are in place and staff have been trained on new requirements.  It is expected that the number of children attending the daycare will be reduced and as directed by Province, frontline workers will have priority.  Access to the daycare facility will be limited to staff and children, and all persons will likely be subject to screening.  The daycare facility will also be subject to an increased frequency and level of cleaning and sanitation.  At this time, staff are sorting through the Provincial guidelines in order to ensure all necessary measures are in place before reopening.

Economic Recovery

As part of the Township’s re-opening framework, staff have developed Terms of Reference for a North Huron Economic Development Recovery Team.  Subject to Council approval, this team would be tasked with leading economic development recovery in North Huron. At the June 15, 2020 Regular Council meeting, Council will be receiving a staff report outlining the collaborative approach that has been endorsed by North Huron’s Emergency Control Group.

Laid off staff will be called back as the Township transitions from an ‘essential services’ delivery model.  The transition will be slow and gradual.  Employees will be expected to adhere to public health guidance regarding handwashing and physical distancing and are to avoid contact with people who are sick.  If staff show signs or symptoms of illness, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  Employees will also be required to complete training on new COVID-19 requirements when they report back for work.  In addition, in an effort to minimize congestion at Town Hall, employees who can continue to effectively work from home will do so on a rotational basis.       

“I would like to thank the residents and staff for their patience and understanding as the municipality begins to re-open.  Recovery from this pandemic will be guided by Provincial Orders and North Huron’s recovery will take time and be gradual.  Council and staff continue to work closely with senior levels of government through this pandemic and I am excited by the collaborative approach that has been developed to facilitate North Huron’s economic recovery”, says Reeve Bernie Bailey.  “Staff continue to be available by phone or email.  Stay safe and be well”

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca. 

Media Spokesperson:     Bernie Bailey, Reeve bbailey@northhuron.ca

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June 1, 2020

TAXES DUE  Friday, June 26, 2020.

 

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Date: June 1, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Huron County Library Now Offering Curbside Service! 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Library is excited to announce that Curbside Service is now available at select library branch locations! 

Curbside Service is being offered at the Goderich, Exeter and Zurich branch locations starting June 4th, and at the Wingham and Brussels branch locations starting June 9th. This service will be provided on Tuesdays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, Wednesdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, and Thursdays from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.  All other library branches remain closed. 

At this time, all curbside visits  must  be  pre-arranged  with  Library staff  by appointment.  For the first stage of this service, staff will be contacting patrons with existing holds that were placed prior to the library closures. Once these holds have been cleared, the online catalogue will be opened up to accept new holds. For new holds, Library patrons can visit the Library’s online catalogue at huroncounty.ca/library and ‘place a hold’ on their desired items. After the items have been reserved, library staff will contact the patron to schedule a pick-up appointment. Borrowed items can be returned using the book drop located at the same branch used for pick- up, or if previously borrowed, can be returned through the book drop of any branch offering curbside service.  All other book drops remain closed at this time. 

Library staff are working hard to ensure that this service is provided safely. Increased cleaning and sanitation protocols are in effect, and staff are using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), where appropriate. All returned items will be quarantined for at least nine days before being put back into circulation. 

Library staff would like to remind patrons that this is an ‘outdoor only’ service. Patrons are kindly asked to not enter branch locations at any time and to continue practicing physical distancing during their service appointments. 

“Offering Curbside Service at some library locations is so important for engaging within our local communities,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “The Huron County Library is eager to reconnect with valued patrons and lend print materials again so that any community member of our County can enjoy what our libraries have to offer”. 

At this time, Curbside Service is being offered at only the few select branch locations. If the demand for physical items increases, the Library may consider expanding Curbside Service in the future to include additional locations, as necessary. For more information on this service, please contact the Huron County Library by visiting huroncounty.ca/library or emailing libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca. 

For more information on County of Huron services, please visit www.huroncounty.ca. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 27, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Huron County Online Business Map is Live! 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Interactive Business Map is live. This online map is a fulsome directory for information on businesses and services across the entire County region. 

The recently developed Huron County Recovery Team is working proactively to ensure that communities and businesses can recover quickly from the effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This team reached out to more than 4000 local businesses and community groups throughout Huron County to offer support and gather data on the impact of COVID-19. Using the information collected from this outreach, the team has developed an interactive online map which highlights openings, changes in service and business  updates  throughout  Huron  County. The map, known as ‘HC BizMap’, was launched on May 27th and can now be utilized by residents looking to connect with, and support local businesses. 

“We recognize how important it is to support our local businesses,” says Warden Jim Ginn. “This map will make it much easier for Huron County residents to connect with businesses near them. I encourage all residents in and around Huron County to check out the map and use it to help connect with Huron County businesses.” 

To view the interactive HC BizMap please visit: EcDev.huroncounty.ca 

Businesses interested in being added to the map or who have updated information should contact Huron County Economic Development immediately by phone at 519-524-8394 ext 6 or via email at economicdevelopment@huroncounty.ca. 

For more information on County of Huron services, please visit www.huroncounty.ca. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 26, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

County of Huron Conducts Service Review 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The County of Huron is currently reviewing its municipal services with assistance from KPMG consultants. This project will examine how the County currently provides public services and identify areas where efficiencies and improvements can be made. 

The County of Huron continues to evaluate how it can better serve the public through more departmental collaborations, streamlined efforts, and improved project management. From this process, the result will be a stronger, more cohesive County that is well prepared to face future challenges. 

Success from this review means finding opportunities for the County to deliver services more effectively. This project will review the following:

  • Current municipal services and delivery approaches;
  • Comparisons with similar municipalities in Ontario;
  • Public Works facilities and related winter services;
  • Organizational structure of corporate services offering front-line delivery; and
  • New opportunities or directions that improve services and reduce 

KPMG has recently completed the first phase of the project, which included a scan of the County’s current services through research and consultations with staff. A summary of findings was prepared in an Interim Report that presents KPMG’s observations. This report provides the foundation for identifying opportunities to improve the overall efficiency of the County’s delivered services. 

Next steps in the project include an organizational review. This review will provide recommendations on where the County can better align its internal corporate services with its services provided to the public. 

KPMG will present a final report to County Council in July of 2020. Agendas for future Council meetings can be found on the County’s website: https://www.huroncounty.ca/minutes-and- agendas/. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 25, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Huron County safely enjoyed the first long weekend of the season 

[Huron County, Ontario] – Huron County safely enjoyed the first long weekend of the season with the continued cooperation of Huron County’s valued seasonal residents and cottage owners. 

With the arrival of longer days, warmer weather and outdoor recreation areas slowly opening up, the County of Huron recognizes that seasonal residents and cottagers may begin to open their Huron County properties for the season. The County is grateful to our seasonal residents for practicing safe travel recommendations and following public health guidelines when moving between communities. It is recognized that these residents are showing the same level of commitment to their seasonal community that they show their home communities in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

“We recognize that this summer is going to look different, but with precaution and respect for the guidelines set out by Huron Perth Public Health, we will hopefully be able to take advantage of our time along Lake Huron when things reopen,” says Warden Jim Ginn. “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude on behalf of the County to both our cottagers and our residents.” 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. 

Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron- Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron

Provincial Announcement Allows Select Businesses to Re-open 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The May 14th Provincial announcement to enter stage one of the three-stage reopening plan allows select businesses to reopen with some restrictions as of Tuesday, May 19th. The County of Huron encourages businesses to only open if they are ready and have proper safety measures in place. It is important that Huron County businesses consider the health and safety of their staff and patrons first. 

The Premier also announced that golf courses, marinas and public boat launches may open for recreational use as early as Saturday, May 16th. In addition, private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. Individuals who choose to prepare their permanent trailers for the season are recommended to provision themselves with all necessary supplies from their home communities and respect public health directives in these parks. 

To ensure that these first actions of reopening the province are a success, the public should continue following all Huron Perth Public Health preventative measures, including regular handwashing and staying home when ill. In addition, Huron County residents are reminded that physical distancing recommendations outlined by Public Health officials are still in place, including:

  • Maintaining a 2 metre (6 ft.) distance from others at all times;
  • Avoiding crowds or any gatherings of more than 5 people;
  • All non-essential outings are discouraged including day-tripping to local communities, and socializing with people not in your own household. 

“While we are all excited about beginning the process of reopening our local businesses, we must continue working together and take a cautious approach.” says Warden Jim Ginn. “It is because of our recent efforts that we are able to enter this next phase, however it is important that we continue following the direction of public health officials as we navigate our way through this stage." 

The Province’s full detailed list of stage one openings can be found here. For more information about the Province’s plan for reopening and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19. 

Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 13, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron 

Although Physically Closed, the Huron County Library is Virtually Open for Business 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Library was required to close its twelve branch locations to members of the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the library is still virtually open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering a wide array of services and resources to help keep residents of all ages both informed and entertained during this difficult time. 

The Huron County Library has been issuing temporary library cards to residents, through the library website, so that they can take advantage of the many e-resources available. From PebbleGo and Tumblebooks for kids to eMagazines, video streaming and remote access to Ancestry for adults, Huron County Library is offering the best digital experiences and resources for patrons who are at home and looking for free and interesting things to do. In addition to these resources, the Huron County Library continues to provide access to the digital collections of more than 20 Ontario libraries through cloudLibrary including more than 120,000 titles for kids and adults. 

For those who might not be familiar or comfortable with using digital resources, Huron County Library has a "virtual desk” staffed by trained librarians during regular working hours, on hand to assist and answer questions via email. 

New online services are being added regularly. For a complete list of Huron County Library’s services available online, visit https://www.huroncounty.ca/library/ or contact libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca for any questions. 

For more information on how County of Huron Cultural Services are being maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the Cultural Services Community Resource Guide on the County’s website. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 12, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron  

Caution advised as the May long weekend approaches. 

[Huron County, Ontario] – As the first long weekend of the season approaches, the County of Huron would like to remind all Huron County residents, seasonal residents, cottagers and valued visitors to act responsibly and continue to avoid all non-essential travel. Travelling of any kind increases the chance for the spread of illness. 

Historically, the May long weekend marks the beginning of a busy season in Huron County. “This is typically the time of year when local establishments welcome visitors who flock to our region to enjoy our natural beauty, beaches and local hospitality.” said Huron County Warden, Jim Ginn, “This year will be notably different, but if we follow the current recommendations and do this right, soon we will be able to return to the Huron County that we know and love.” 

Visitors should be aware that some local residents have a good deal of anxiety with visitors from more highly infected areas coming to our area. To avoid disputes, we highly recommend that if you choose to come to your cottage or seasonal residence that you stay on your property. 

Cottagers who are considering relocating to their Huron County properties or are already there, are asked to consider the following:

  • Local stores, beaches, and trails and many local services remain closed.
  • Physical distancing recommendations outlined by Public Health officials are still in place including; maintaining a 2 metre distance from others at all times, avoiding crowds or gatherings of any kind, engaging in group activities or visiting popular destinations.
  • All non-essential outings should be avoided including; day-tripping to local communities, and socializing with people not in your own household.
  • Cottagers should provision themselves for several weeks before leaving their home community, including food and comfort items, and should not make stops along the way.
  • Cottagers should consider where their health needs can best be met in an emergency situation and develop an exit plan with immediate family, in case of any indications of illness. 

Up to date information on confirmed cases listed by lower tier municipalities within Huron County can be found on the Huron Perth Public Health – COVID-19 in Huron Perth webpage. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 6, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron  

Huron County Museum Collecting COVID-19 Memories for the Future. 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Museum is looking for everyday personal accounts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the people and communities in Huron County. 

The collecting mandate for the Huron County Museum is to chronicle the stories and artifacts of the local area, with particular emphasis on items that were made by or used by Huron County people. “We are looking for your help to document and illustrate how Coronavirus has affected us close to home.” Said Senior Curator, Elizabeth French-Gibson “Your everyday is now our history.” 

Items the Museum is interested to include: photographs, journals, letters, signs, or documents that tell the story of COVID-19 and its effects on the lives of those living in Huron County. 

More information on the project can be found on the Museum’s website at: https://www.huroncountymuseum.ca/collecting-memories-covid-19 

If you are interested in helping create a documentary history of the pandemic in the community, you may mail items to the Huron County Museum, 110 North St., Goderich; email to museum@huroncounty.ca; or bring your items directly to the Museum after the site re-opens to the public.  Staff are available by email to answer your questions. 

For more information on how County of Huron Cultural Services are being maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the Cultural Services Community Resource Guide on the County’s website. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date:  April 29, 2020

County of Huron

The County of Huron can help you access funding and financial assistance:

Ontario Works - Funding for individuals 

If you need help paying for food and housing and are not already on Ontario Works or ODSP, you can apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance.

County of Huron Social & Property Services can also assist with affordable housing, emergency childcare and connections to additional community resources.

For more information on available funding and other community supports visit: huroncounty.ca/ontario-works

 

UWPH: Urgent Needs Fund Funding for individuals

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is making Urgent Needs Funds available, in partnership with the County of Huron Social Services, for individuals and families in need in Huron County. 

People looking for help, whether paying a bill or buying groceries to get them through the week, are encouraged to visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca or download an application form. 

Submit applications:  owteam501@huroncounty.ca

 

UWPH: Urgent Needs Fund

Funding for not-for-profit agencies 

The County of Huron has partnered with United Way Perth-Huron and the Urgent Needs Fund to provide immediate funding support to not-for-profit agencies serving Huron County residents.  

Agencies interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit perthhuron.unitedway. ca and download an application form.

Submit applications:  owteam501@huroncounty.ca

 

County of Huron Social Services Relief Fund

Coming Soon! 

The Social Services Relief Fund will be available in the coming weeks and months, to address gaps and needs that are identified in Huron County’s social framework. 

More information can be found in the County of Huron’s recent press release and information on how to access this funding will be provided in the near future. 

County of Huron www.HuronCounty.ca

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Date: April 29, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron 

County of Huron Provides Financial Support Related to COVID-19 Response 

[Huron County, Ontario] - Huron County is receiving $708,100 from the Province of Ontario’s $200 million Social Services Relief Fund in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. County of Huron Social Services is working on a multifaceted approach to distribute funds and ensure that vulnerable members of the Huron County community are able to receive the support they need to remain safe and healthy. 

Of the $708,000 fund received by the County, approximately $400,000 will be allocated to helping vulnerable people in need, including individuals living in community housing, supportive housing, people with low incomes, social assistance recipients, those that are experiencing homelessness, and others who require increased social services support to stay safe and healthy throughout the pandemic period. Examples of how this allocation of funds will be used include motels or hotels as emergency temporary accommodations, housing allowances, transportation costs, food and supplies, enhanced cleaning services, and other associated costs. 

Recognizing the immediate funding needs for agencies that support Huron County’s vulnerable populations, the County of Huron has partnered with United Way Perth-Huron to flow $100,000 of the Social Services Relief Fund into the not-for-profit stream of the Urgent Needs Fund program. This program enables organizations access to funding they need quickly for providing increased services to community members that require social supports in Huron County. Registered charities or incorporated not-for-profit organizations can apply for this funding immediately. 

The remaining $208,100 of the Social Services Relief Fund will be held and disbursed in the coming weeks and months, based on gaps and needs that will be identified in Huron County’s social framework. A County of Huron working group of staff members has been established, which will reach out to key stakeholder groups that work with vulnerable populations and help identify where there are gaps in supporting community members in need of enhanced assistance during this time. Information collected from these stakeholders will shape the distribution criteria for this funding and lay the groundwork for administering this program. Based on this, the eligibility and allocation process for the Social Services Relief Fund will ensure the funds are dispersed to those in critical need. More information on how to access this funding will be provided in the near future. In the meantime, organizations providing support to vulnerable populations that are in immediate need of funding support can apply to the not-for-profit stream of the Urgent Needs Relief Fund.  

In addition to the above, the County of Huron Ontario Works division provides income and employment support to people in temporary financial need. For more information on how Ontario Works programs are being maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the Ontario Works Community Resource Guide on the County’s website. This document summarizes the adjustments made to Ontario Works regular operations and services in response to COVID-19. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

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Date: April 28, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron 

County of Huron Recovery Team remains committed to helping local businesses 

[Huron County, Ontario] – Many local businesses in Huron County are challenged to continue staying open or maintain regular operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The County of Huron Recovery Team is focused on ensuring that business owners have the information and support that they need to make informed decisions and continue to operate. 

“It's clear that immediately going back to business as usual any time soon is unlikely, but the County is committed to helping all businesses maintain operations as much as possible,” says Warden Jim Ginn. “Regardless of a business’ situation, we need to ensure that we are doing what we can to help them adapt to the ‘new normal.’ We are dedicated to working collaboratively and supporting the local business community.” 

The Recovery Team is reaching out to all local businesses to offer support, gather data on the impact of COVID-19 and lay the groundwork for developing recovery strategies. Along with this, they continue to work closely with all levels of government and regional partners so they can provide the most up-to-date information for businesses, including access to programs and relief opportunities available to them. 

Huron County Economic Development remains virtually operational offering:

  • Business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at (519) 524-8394 ext. 6;
  • Entrepreneur and Business Coaches available to provide guidance and support with the emerging and immediate needs of the business community;
  • Webinars and online training to help businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the rapidly changing environment, replacing previously scheduled in person workshops;
  • Workforce support to businesses in need of employees to fill essential roles;
  • An online resource for business support providing the latest information on government updates, relief packages and business supports available at huroncounty.ca. 

For business support, contact smallbusiness@huroncounty.ca or call (519) 440-1267. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

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Date: April 24, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COUNTY OF HURON

Huron County residents urged to stay the course and continue physical distancing. 

[Huron County, Ontario] - County of Huron staff and County Council would like to express their gratitude to the businesses, organizations, and residents of Huron County. The resolve of the community to do what it takes to reduce the spread of COVID-19 appear to be having a positive effect at the local level. 

“While we are extremely grateful to the community for their impressive proactive response to this unprecedented crisis, now is not the time to get too comfortable or relax our views on physical distancing.” said Warden Jim Ginn “It is because of the efforts we are collectively making that we are seeing some success and it is vital that we stay the course to keep this pandemic at bay.” 

Recognition and gratitude is extended to the following:

  • Huron County residents, for their commitment to physically distance themselves from family and loved ones during a time of
  • Huron County businesses, for making the necessary sacrifices, and workplace changes that have provided the community the opportunity to be safe while still having access to all of the essential items and services required during this
  • Cottagers, for avoiding non-essential travel to seasonal properties and understanding the impact and potential strain they could place on the local healthcare system and local resources.
  • Huron County agencies, community groups and individual volunteers for stepping up and providing the additional supports the community needs at this
  • Frontline workers, for the unbelievable job they are doing to prepare and protect the community from a potential surge in COVID-19 cases 

Up to date information on confirmed cases listed by lower tier municipalities within Huron County can be found on the Huron Perth Public Health – COVID-19 in Huron Perth webpage. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

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NOTICE

Date: April 24, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron

To ease the economic impact of COVID-19, the Township of North Huron has taken steps to reduce spending and has established a priority list of purchases and projects for 2020. 

At its meeting this week, Township Council developed a priority list which focuses on immediate need, health and safety, and continued growth and development in our community.  Purchases and projects not identified as priorities will proceed after the provincial government lifts its State of Emergency.

“Recovery from this pandemic will take time and be gradual” said Reeve Bernie Bailey.  “As senior levels of government announce funding resources to support local businesses, this information is being shared with local organizations.  These organizations are sharing and distributing this information to the business community.  If you are a business owner and not receiving the information, please contact one of the local business organizations or Carson Lamb, Clerk.”

In addition to prioritizing purchases and projects, the following measures have been put into place/effect during the period of the pandemic and will reduce the financial impact in North Huron:     

  • The provincial Order to close municipally owned buildings and facilities has reduced the number of staff and is expected to reduce utility costs;
  • Daycare and recreation programs and activities have been cancelled and staff have been temporarily laid off;
  • Frequency of grass cutting has been reduced;
  • The Main Street Flower Program has been suspended;
  • Tree removal has been reduced to essential removal only;
  • Ice was removed from the arenas earlier than usual;
  • Summer staff hiring has been suspended;
  • Conferences, in-person workshops and training sessions have been cancelled. The costs to the municipality for registrations, mileage and travel expenses has been reduced.
  • In-person weekly firefighter training sessions have been suspended;

 The following services remain available at this time:

  • Staff continue to be available by phone or email;
  • Council meetings continue through electronic participation with an opportunity for the public to attend and provide comments regarding any item on the agenda at the beginning of the meeting;
  • Curbside garbage and recycling pick-up remains unchanged;
  • Water and sewer services are unchanged;
  • The Wingham Landfill remains open with limited forms of payment (debit or pre-approved account).

“I would like thank North Huron residents for their cooperation and patience during this very difficult time”, said Reeve Bailey.  “The economic challenges we face are unprecedented and our frontline staff are working hard to contain the spread.  Please stay at home; frequently wash your hands with soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; keep a 2 metre distance from others; cover your coughs and sneezes; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Stay safe and be well”.

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca.

Media Spokesperson: Bernie Bailey, Reeve         bbailey@northhuron.ca

 

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NOTICE

Date: April 16, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron

In an effort to protect the health and safety of all residents, and halt the spread of COVID-19, the Township of North Huron has announced the extension of special measures until the end of May.  The announcement follows the Premier’s decision to extend the provincial State of Emergency until May 12th.  Previous orders regarding closure of non-essential operations and businesses remain in effect.

The extension affects the following services and programs: 

  • All Recreational Facilities, Municipally Owned Playgrounds, Parks, Daycare Facilities, the Wingham Town Hall Theatre, and public washrooms will remain closed.
  • All recreation programs, activities and Child Care programs have been cancelled.
  • All Board and Committee meetings have been postponed until further notice.
  • Council meetings will continue through electronic participation. 

Should the province lift its state of emergency on May 12th, the closure till the end of May provides North Huron staff with the necessary time to re-instate services and programs in a safe manner. 

“I want to express my thanks to all the front line workers, senior staff, other levels of government and all those who are working tirelessly to provide essential services and keep our community safe,” said Reeve Bernie Bailey. 

In the meantime, to allow the business of the municipality to continue as much as possible, Council passed the 2020 budget this week with the following conditions: 

  1. Mitigate the impacts to the 2020 budget wherever possible;
  2. Evaluate and prioritize purchases and projects to be completed in 2020;
  3. Implement increased monitoring of year-to-date numbers. 

“Council understands the economic challenges faced by the community and passed a budget with strings attached“, said Reeve Bailey.  “Council and senior staff will be continuing to move North Huron forward to the extent possible and will be diligently monitoring spending to avoid a large deficit at the end of year,” said Bailey.  Concerns can be expressed to Council and staff by phone or email. 

Health officials continue to strongly urge all citizens to follow self-isolation, physical distancing and infection control practices.  Reeve Bailey strongly urges all members of the community to;

  • stay at home
  • frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • cover your cough or sneeze
  • keep a 2 meter distance from others
  • self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from out of country.

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca

Media Spokesperson:  

Bernie Bailey, Reeve         bbailey@northhuron.ca

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NOTICE

Date: March 31, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron 

The Township of North Huron is carefully following local, provincial, national and global developments during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.  The health and safety of all residents and employees is the Township’s number one priority.

In the face of uncertainty over the duration of the outbreak Premier Doug Ford has extended the Provincial Declaration of Emergency.  Orders regarding closures of non-essential operations and businesses will remain in effect until April 14th and possibly longer. 

To combat the coronavirus and help limit the spread, North Huron has the following measures in place:  

  • All Recreational Facilities, Municipally Owned Playgrounds, Parks, Sports Fields, Courts, Picnic Areas, Daycare Facilities, the Wingham Town Hall Theatre, and public washrooms will remain closed until the end of April or until further notice.
  • All recreation programs, activities and Child Care programs have also been cancelled until the end of April.
  • All Board and Committee meetings have been postponed until further notice.
  • Council meetings will continue through electronic participation. 

Due to the closures, the Township has regrettably issued temporary layoff notices to approximately 70 full and part-time staff. These staff will be transitioned back to work at the end of the coronavirus situation.  

In the meantime, North Huron Reeve Bernie Bailey says Council and senior staff are working diligently to maintain business and remain available “We are working with the Wingham BIA, Blyth BIA, North Huron Economic Development, and community groups in an effort to make our community and businesses safe and as supported as possible,” said Bailey.  Staff can be reached by phone or email.

“I want to thank all community members for their patience and optimism as we work through this unprecedented pandemic together.  A special thank you to all the front-line workers, senior staff, and those who are providing essential services.” said Reeve Bailey. 

Health officials continue to strongly urge all citizens to follow self-isolation, physical distancing and infection control practices.  Reeve Bailey urges all members of the community to: 

  • stay at home
  • frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • cover your cough or sneeze
  • keep a 2 meter distance from others
  • self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from out of country.

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca. 

Media Spokesperson:  

Bernie Bailey, Reeve         bbailey@northhuron.ca

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Useful websites for the most up to date Coronavirus (COVID-19) information.

Huron Perth Public Health https://www.hpph.ca

Huron County https://www.huroncounty.ca

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NOTICE

Please be advised that as part of North Huron’s ongoing effort to help "flatten the curve" of the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 6, 2020 Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually using Cisco WebEx Meetings. Members of the public are able to call in and listen to the meeting at +1-416-216-5643. The meeting will also be uploaded to the Township’s Youtube page and website for viewing at a later date.

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk by email at clamb@northhuron.ca. 

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NOTICE OF AN EMERGENCY SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, please be advised that Reeve Bailey has called an Emergency Council Meeting for Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  

LIVE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PUBLIC AT:
https://www.youtube.com/TwpofNorthHuron 

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NOTICE

Date: March 23, 2020 

Due to the latest recommendation from Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health regarding the COVID-19 outbreak all North Huron operated playgrounds and parks are closed to the public until further notice. Please follow Huron Perth Public Health guidelines and practice social distancing at all times.

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NEWS RELEASE

Date: March 13, 2020 

For Immediate Release

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron

Township of North Huron’s first priority is to ensure the safety of residents.

Please be advised of the following measures that are effective immediately.

To limit the potential exposure to the COVID-19, all Recreational Facilities, Wingham Town Hall Theatre (AC/DC concert is still on March 13th) and all public washrooms are closed. All recreation programs, activities and Child Care Services have been cancelled until April 3rd, 2020. It is anticipated that the recreation facilities, activities and programs will re-open on Saturday, April 4th. All other Township facilities, listed above will re-open on Monday, April 6th, 2020.

Staff will be conducting business as normal during this time period and can be reached by phone and/or email.

Current information can be obtained on our website. www.northhuron.ca

Huron Perth Public Health enhances measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region

  • Huron and Perth residents postpone all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States.
  • Returning travellers to Huron and Perth:
  • Practice social distancing, which includes recognizing the risk of attending public gatherings
  • Refrain from visiting: hospitals, long-term care homes or retirement homes, the elderly, or those with chronic health conditions.
  • Returning visitors from Hubei Province (China), Iran and Italy self-isolate (stay home) for 14 days from their date of return.
  • Returning visitors from all other countries, including the United States, self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from their date of return. Children who have returned from travel must self-isolate at home for 14 days from their date of return (not attend daycare or school).
  • The County recommends that the public follow the proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.
  • Website for more details:

Our media spokesperson is Bernie Bailey, Reeve bbailey@northhuron.ca

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Property Taxes Due March 27, 2020

Water Bill Payments Due March 24, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Municipal Office has been closed to the public.

The following payment options are available:

  • On-Line Banking - Vendor is North Huron Taxes for property tax and use your roll number for the account number. The vendor for the water bills is North Huron Water and use your Customer account number but leave off the first zero;
  • Payment at your financial institution;
  • Dropping cheques and payment stubs in drop box located at the front doors of the Town Hall at 274 Josephine St, Wingham;
  • Mail Cheque to Municipal office – PO Box 90, Wingham, ON N0G 2W0.

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NOTICE TO DOG OWNERS

Please be advised that By-law No. 88-2019 requires all dogs within the Township of North Huron to be licensed.

A Dog Counter Licensee for the Township of North Huron will be going door to door with dog tags and collecting the required licensing fees. This process will be starting on February 14, 2020. Dog tags are also available at the Township of North Huron Town Hall.

On payment of the licence, all dog owners will be furnished with a dog tag. The dog tag will be issued for the years of 2020-2022, however fees for this tag must be paid annually. It is the owner’s responsibility to keep the tag securely fixed on the dog at all times until the tag is renewed or replaced.

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Survey: Community Safety and Well Being Plan

The Province has mandated municipalities to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being plan, working with police services, health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services. This Working Group, made up of municipalities in Huron County, in partnership with the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention, is inviting residents to participate in the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Survey. This survey will help us understand the current well-being and feelings of safety of residents in the lower-tier municipalities of Huron County so we can work together to focus on local actions that will improve quality of life for everyone.

This survey is being administered by the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP) on behalf of the Huron County Community Safety and Well-Being Working Group as part of the development of our Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. The plan will provide a model for collaboration, planning, and action to shape how current and emerging issues are responded to through ongoing engagement with community stakeholders.

The survey includes questions about your day-to-day life, health, education, employment, safety, leisure, and recreation experiences, as well as what you think about living, working, and playing in your community. By sharing your experiences and what matters to you, you help to shape life in your community, determine key priorities, and indicate where you think change is needed the most.

Completion of this Survey

This survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey responses are being confidentially collected and analyzed by researchers from CMNCP. All responses will be kept confidential, and only overall results, without individual identifying information, will be shared. The survey will be available for comments until April 3, 2020.

If you have any questions about this survey or if you would like to request a paper copy, please contact Dr. Felix Munger or Audrey Monette (audrey@safercities.ca). To learn more about the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk of the Township of North Huron (clamb@northhuron.ca).

       

 

 

Click Here For The Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HuronCountyCSWBSurvey

 

 

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Click Here ---> For The North Huron Community Improvement Plan

Click Here ---> For The Community Improvement Plan Application Form

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 FOR THE 2020 WASTE/RECYLING SCHEDULE FOR NORTH HURON PLEASE CLICK HERE.