Office Closure – Family Day

The Township of North Stormont’s Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, February 18th for Family Day.  On behalf of Council and Staff, we hope that everyone enjoys a relaxing and fun filled day with their family!

Advisory Committees of Council

The Township is currently seeking interested individuals to submit their expression of interest for various Committees of Council.  Descriptions will follow below.

  • Committee of Adjustment (3 positions)
  • Property Standards Committee (3 positions)
  • SDG Accessibility Committee for North Stormont (1 position)
  • Fence Viewers (up to 4 positions)
  • Livestock Valuers (up to 2 positions)

Interested individuals are asked to submit their expression of interest prior to January 24th, 2019 to bdehaan@northstormont.ca.

Fence Viewer

The Line Fences Act is one of Ontario’s most historic pieces of legislation that provides a local method of arbitrating fencing disputes between neighbouring property owners.

A Fence Viewer is an individual who is appointed by Council to assist in resolving a fence dispute and issue a decision which is called an award.  The Fence Viewers are authorized to only address one or both of the following situations:

1)      The appointment of responsibility for the fencing work between the two adjoining owners; or

2)      The description of the fence that is to be constructed or reconstructed on the boundary line, including the materials to be used.

http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page176.aspx

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment receives and hears delegations, considers and makes decision on Minor Variance Applications and reviews and makes recommendations to Council on By-laws to set regulations, policies and fees for said applications.

Property Standards Committee

The Property Standards Committee hears appeals by persons who have been issued Orders under the Township’s Property Standards By-law.  The Property Standard’s By-law establishes the minimum levels of maintenance of properties and buildings in the municipality.  The committee meets, as a quasi-judicial board to hear appeals and also makes recommendations to Council respecting the Property Standards By-law.

A copy of the Property Standards By-law is provided below.

SDG Accessibility Committee

The SDG Accessibility Committee consists of one member from each lower tier municipality, with a majority of the Committee experiencing some form of disability.  The Committee provides advice to the municipal government on a wide range of municipal processes to help make public services and facilities accessible to everyone.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-serve-municipal-accessibility-advisory-committee-guide

Livestock Valuers

Livestock Valuers are responsible for investigating claims of damage to livestock caused by wildlife, as outlined in the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.  The Valuer completes a written report and submits a copy to the Municipal Clerk and the Owner.  Knowledge of the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program along with knowledge of fair livestock value is an asset.

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/predation/owdcguideJan17.htm 

Property Standards By-law

Fence Viewers By-law

2019 Green Food Box Program

The Green Food Box is a non-profit program that brings neighbouring communities together to buy a variety of quality fresh fruits and vegetables at a wholesale price.  Green Food Box customers save money because they purchase product in bulk from trustworthy suppliers.  When possible, they try to purchase all fruits and vegetables locally.  More information on the Green Food Box is available online at www.laboitevert.ca.

For more information on deadlines for ordering and dates for picking up your Green Food Box, please see the attachment below.

Pick Up Locations are as follows:

Crysler

Centre de Sante communautaire de l’Estrie
1 Nation Street, Crysler

Finch

Chalmers United Church
2 Church Road, Finch

Community Improvement Plan – Notice of Public Meeting

The Township of North Stormont will be holding a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 12th, 2019 to consider a proposed Community Improvement Plan (CIP) under Section 28(4) of the Planning Act.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at 15 Union Street, Berwick.

The proposed Community Improvement Plan provides existing commercial businesses with financial incentives to improve their building’s exterior facades, signage and accessibility, as well as assist businesses in meeting regulatory compliance.  Financial incentives will be in the form of grants as made available through the Community Improvement Plan for eligible participants.  A copy of the draft CIP is available for review on the Township’s website.

Eligible participants/properties are those operating as a commercial use and are commercially zoned and/or commercially assessed (partially or fully) and meet the full list of criteria specified in the CIP.  The Community Improvement Project Area encompasses all of the Township of North Stormont.

A full copy of the notice of public meeting is provided below, as well as a copy of the draft Community Improvement Plan.

Please contact Amy Martin, Community Planner/Economic Development Officer for further information or inquiries.

Community Improvement Plan Public Notice

Draft Community Improvement Plan

Mayor’s Christmas Message

As another year comes quickly to an end it is time to extend best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the residents of North Stormont and all our surrounding municipalities.

This is a magical time of the year as communities are alive with concerts, dinners and good will.  News papers and social media are full of opportunities to see the spirit this season is famous for.

Once every four years residents get the chance to elect the Council that they want to define their community, but when those same residents volunteer they vote for the type of community they want to live in every day.  My hat is off to the countless volunteers who make this season come alive; your commitment truly does help define the communities we live in.

All the best in 2019.

Mayor Wert, North Stormont Council and Staff

Christmas Holiday – Municipal Service Changes

The Christmas holidays will be here shortly and there are a few changes to municipal services during the Christmas to New Years stretch.

Administrative Services provided at the Township Office will be closed as of noon on Monday December 24th, 2018.  We look forward to serving you at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday January 2nd, 2019.

Waste and Recycling will be impacted with Tuesday’s schedule being moved ahead one day to Monday December 24th and Monday December 31st.  All other waste and recycling days will not be impacted.  Please refer to the Waste and Recycling calendar on the Township’s website for more information.  All waste and recycling must be out by 7 a.m. on the day of pick up.

On January 7th, 2019 the Township will be picking up Christmas trees at the curb.  Please do not place the tree in a bag and remove all tinsel and decorations.  Leave your tree out until it gets picked up.

Additional Public Skating hours will be available at the North Stormont Arena as follows:

Date Time
Monday December 24th, 2018 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday December 27th, 2018 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday December 28th, 2018 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday December 29th, 2018 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday December 30th, 2018 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday December 31st, 2018

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

On behalf of Council and staff, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Holiday Train Stops in Finch

December 11th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Holiday Train Stops in Finch

For the fourth year in a row, the Holiday Train made its annual stop in Finch to bring messages of Christmas joy and to provide the crowd with top-notch entertainment.  It is anticipated that over 1,000 people attended the event, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th.

Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble put on a country stomping show in front of an excited crowd as they brought warm wishes for the holiday season.  For a brief half a hour, spectators were treated to top Canadian Country music talent.

“It truly is amazing that on a Wednesday afternoon over 1,000 people came out to support both the Community Food Share and the CP Holiday Train,” commented Ian McKelvie, Administrator for the Community Food Share.  “In total, the Holiday Train raised 1,650 pounds of food and $2,807 in cash donations.  This is in addition to the generous gift of $4,000 from Canadian Pacific”.

“It is heartwarming to see such a great turnout for such a great cause” expressed former Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey.  “We are indeed fortunate to have the CP Holiday Train stop in North Stormont.  Once again, the community has shown their generosity for those less fortunate.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to Canadian Pacific for coming to our community”.

Since 2015, and the Holiday Train’s first stop in Finch, CP Rail has donated $13,000 towards the Community Food Share.  Community donations have raised a total of $9,356 and 10,470 pounds of food.

Media Contact
Amy Martin, M.Pl
Community Planner/Economic Development Officer
Township of North Stormont
613-984-2821 ext. 226
amartin@northstormont.ca

Notice of Public Meeting – Building Fees

The Ontario Building Code Act authorizes a Municipal Council to pass by-laws respecting the issuance of permits and related matters.  The Ontario Building Code requires that a public meeting be held as part of any Building Permit Fee adjustment process.

The Council of The Corporation of the Township of North Stormont will hold a public meeting on December 11th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Township Council Chambers at 15 Union Street, Berwick, to discuss potential increases in building fees.

A report proposing building permit fee increases is provided below, as well as a resolution of Council establishing notice for the public meeting.