Moderate (Level 2) Drought Conditions

South Nation Conservation’s Water Response Team met on September 21st to discuss the current drought conditions in the SNC jurisdiction.  The Team upgraded the drought advisory from minor to moderate (Level 2) for the Upper South Nation River Region.  This area extends from the South Nation River headwaters in Augusta Township to the Village of Casselman (map provided below).  The remainder of the jurisdiction will remain in a minor (Level 1) drought condition as originally issued on July 1st, 2018.

Since issuing a minor drought advisory in July, SNC has not seen conditions improved over the last month.  The rainfall received in August and September has been localized and is insufficient to improve soil moisture, streamflows, and groundwater levels.  Climate stations near the headwaters of the South Nation River indicated less than 60% of normal precipitation in the last 3 months.

Of the three drought levels, a Level 1 indicates that there is a potential for a water supply problem should current precipitation and stream flow trends persist.  A Level 2 condition indicates minor supply issues may be apparent and a Level 3 condition indicates the failure of the water supply to meet demand.

While in a Level 2 Drought Condition, SNC asks residents, businesses and other industries to reduce their water consumption by 20% by limiting non-essential uses.  It is also requested that municipal water conservation By-laws be enforced.

SNC’s Water Response Team, created under the Ontario Low Water Response program, consists of representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture and other special interest groups.  SNC will continue to monitor the drought conditions and will provide updates as required.

For more information please contact Omar Kana’n at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 309, okanan@nation.on.ca or Sandra Mancini at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 223 smancini@nation.on.ca.

Watershed Map

New Changes to Residential Waste and Recycling Program

New changes are coming October 1st to the Waste and Recycling program at the Township of North Stormont.  By-law No. 46-2018 established a 2-garbage bag limit (up to 22kgs/50 lbs), prohibits loose garbage and implements new rules as to what can go into your recycling bin.  Residents are advised to become familiar with the new requirements or your garbage and recycling may not be picked up.  Flyers are being sent to all residents advising them of the new rules.

Bag tags can be purchased at the Township’s office if a resident requires more than the 2-bag limit.  The Township also issues each property owner an annual waste certificate for up to 500 kg to enter for free of charge GFL’s Waste Handling Facility.  The waste certificate is available for pick up at the Township Office Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Waste pick up occurs on a weekly basis.  Recycling pick up occurs bi-weekly.  Please visit the Township’s Waste and Recycling application on the Township’s website at www.northstormont.ca to find out what day recycling is picked up in your neighbourhood and for more information on what materials can be recycled.

Every year the Township offers a hazardous waste day the first Saturday in June and holiday tree pick up the second week in January; Leaf and Yard pick up for 2018 is during the week of November 12-16th.  Leaf and Yard waste pick up is only available within the Villages and Hamlets and must be put out at the curb by 7 a.m. November 12th.

Electronic waste bins, a tire depot and scrap steel/white goods collection bins are available at East Patrol Garage, located at 2594 Tolmies Corner Road Moose Creek and West Patrol Garage, located at 19 Beaver Street Berwick.

For more information on Waste and Recycling within the Township of North Stormont, please visit the Township’s website or contact the Public Works Department at 613-984-2821 ext. 227 or publicworks@northstormont.ca.

Waste and Recycling Flyer

Parent Forums on Cannabis

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) will be hosting a variety of forums throughout their region regarding Cannabis.  On October 17th, 2018, the Cannabis Act law will come into effect.  Topics of discussion include: general cannabis information, effects on physical and mental health, regional statistics, legalization – what is and is not permitted, recommendations and talking to your teen about cannabis.

The notices below identify the location of the forums, as well as dates and times.  For more information please contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 1-800-267-7120 or www.eohu.ca

2019 Municipal Grants & Contributions Program

Do you have a community event, community project or program within the Township of North Stormont?  You may be eligible to apply to the Township to receive monetary support!

In 2015 the Township of North Stormont passed a Municipal Grants and Contributions policy to help streamline all requests for financial support for community groups, service clubs and recreation associations during the annual budget process.  Grants are subject to Council approval.

The Township is now accepting grant and in-kind service applications for the 2019 budget year.  The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday October 31st, 2018.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information on the municipal grants and in-kind service requests, please contact Amy Martin, Community Planner/EDO at 613-984-2821 ext. 226 or amartin@northstormont.ca.  A full description of the grants process, eligible and ineligible projects, as well as submission requirements are available in the policy provided below.

All completed applications can be sent to finance@northstormont.ca or dropped off at the Township Office, 15 Union Street, Berwick, ON.

Ouderkirk Road – Reopened

UPDATE – Ouderkirk Road has officially reopened as of 3 p.m. on August 28th, 2018.

Ouderkirk Road will be temporarily closed starting at 8 a.m. on August 14th, 2018 to accommodate the replacement of a culvert.  The Township will update the website once all work has been completed and the road is reopened.

For more information please contact Public Works at 613-984-2821 ext. 227 or publicworks@northstormont.ca.

Ouderkirk Road – Notice of Temporary Closure

Finch Water Tower Maintenance

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) will be doing maintenance on the Finch Water Tower the weekend of August 25th and 26th.  OCWA will be overflowing the water tower.  The overflow may produce a running water sound.

Please call OCWA if you have any questions or comments on how the Ontario Clean Water Agency can serve you better 1-800-667-6292.

Request for Proposals – Canteen Services

The Township is seeking individuals/groups who are interested in operating canteen services out of the North Stormont Arena.  The Request for Proposal is provided below.  Deadline to submit a proposal is Friday August 31st, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

For further information regarding the Request for Proposal, please contact Amy Martin, Community Planner/EDO at amartin@northstormont.ca or 613-984-2821 ext. 226.

An addenda was issued on August 28th, 2018 to clarify the awarding of the proposal, start date and vendor licensing.

Request for Proposal

Summer Hydrant Flushing – Moose Creek

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) will be commencing with the summer hydrant flushing for Moose Creek August 15th-17th, 2018.

Residents may notice a discolouration of the water at their homes during this period and for a short time thereafter.  If you notice a discolouration of your tap water, please run the water until it is clear.  This discolouration is not hazardous to your health.  It is typical of a normal operating water distribution system.

Please call OCWA if you have any questions or comments on how the Ontario Clean Water Agency can serve you better 1-800-667-6292.

Do you live past 300 Meters from a Fire Hydrant?

You could be eligible for an insurance discount.
If you do, please contact your insurance agent or broker and advised them that The North Stormont Fire Services received their Superior Shuttle Accreditation.  This is certain circumstance pending your location and the company you deal with could allow you a discount on your home insurance.
THIS IS NOT DONE AUTOMATICALLY WITH ALL COMPANIES.