Township Office reopens to the Public

The Township administrative office, located at 15 Union Street, Berwick, will reopen to the public July 13th, 2020. The township will have specific protocols in place to ensure physical distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies are followed. The building will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

 

The public will continue to have access to observe Council meetings virtually.

 

The municipal office was closed this spring to protect against the spread of the health pandemic. The majority of staff worked remotely to continue providing valued services to the community until June 1st 2020, when all employees returned to the building.

 

Visitors to the Township office will be required to:

 

  • Wear the required face mask as per the Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Sanitize hands upon entry with the provided sanitizer
  • Practice two-meter physical distances
  • Be courteous & yield to other in close quarters
  • Limit the number of visitors to only those required to be present
  • Pay with credit/debit cards when possible

 

These requirements are intended to protect visitors and staff. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

 

Municipal Office Re-Opening Notification

RRCA Declares Low Water Level 1 Status

Following a dry, hot spring, the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) has declared a Low Water Level 1 status for its jurisdiction and asks residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption.

The RRCA monitors stream flows and precipitation data at gauges strategically placed throughout its jurisdiction consisting of the City of Cornwall, and Townships of South Glengarry, North Glengarry, South Stormont, and North Stormont. A low water status is declared once monthly stream flows and/or precipitation are below an expected amount.

Data records indicate local precipitation for the past 3 months is less than 80% of normal, which triggered the declaration of a Level 1 status. A Level 1 is the early detection of a potential drought if the current weather trends continue. Residents and businesses are asked to reduce their water consumption by 10 % by limiting non-essential uses (e.g. lawn watering, car washing, etc.). Residents are also encouraged to consult with their municipalities regarding any water conservation bylaws in effect.

In the RRCA’s jurisdiction, half of the population relies on groundwater for their drinking water supply (i.e. a well); low precipitation can impact groundwater recharge. To gauge the local impacts of low water, residents and businesses are encouraged to fill out the RRCA’s feedback form at www.rrca.on.ca/drought if they are experiencing unusual low water-related problems, such as dry wells.

The RRCA will continue to monitor stream flows and precipitation as part of the Ontario Low Water Response Program and will provide updates as conditions change. The RRCA’s Water Response Team, consisting of representatives from municipal and provincial government, the agriculture community, and various other stakeholders, will meet to review the conditions. If required, the Team may declare a Level 2 status which indicates an increased likelihood of a drought. A Level 3 status indicates a high likelihood of a drought.

For more information visit rrca.on.ca (https://www.rrca.on.ca/) or contact (613) 938-3611 or info@rrca.on.ca.

Message from Acting Fire Chief – Fireworks Safety Tips

Although the Township Open Air Fire Bylaw does not specifically address fireworks, due to the dry conditions in the township residents are encouraged to be cautious and vigilant should they decide to utilize them to celebrate Canada Day 2020. Wherever possible please use other options that may provide a safer mechanism to show patriotism for this great country. Please note that the burn ban is still in force and will be until the entire township receives a substantial amount of rain.

Acting Fire Chief K. Adams

Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks Safety