No going back, spring is here!

April 30, 2020

People are out raking and cleaning up yards while physical distancing.  It is a regular spring task and a healthy way to get some fresh air.

The Township is asking residents to try to compost leaf and yard waste at their residences at this time.  With requirements for physical distancing and the provincial fire ban the Berndt Road Transfer site is not accepting leaf and yard waste.  Residents can still take leaf and grass clippings only, (loose or in paper bags) to the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre with no charge.

There is a charge for branches and larger debris so check with the centre at 613-735-7537 if you require clarification before making a trip.

The Township is starting hard surface road sweeping very soon.  If your road normally gets swept it should be done in the next few weeks.

Dust control normally starts in June and should happen provided supplies are available. There may be issues with supply during this unprecedented event we are going through.  Crews have started applying some amounts of dust control product to problem areas.

Spring grading is underway. The Township grader has been equipped with a gravel reclaiming device to help reclaim gravel cast off the road in previous seasons.  This process does result in some sod and topsoil being deposited on the road.  This may impact driving conditions; it is a temporary issue that will be resolved after lighter debris has worked its way off the road and regrading has occurred.

Questions have been coming in about boat launches and activities at parks.  Township boat launches have not been closed; they are available for use if required.  The Township parks are open to walking traffic only, not for any other activities. All beaches are closed to swimming as are all other recreation activities.

All Township buildings remain closed until further notice.  Service is still available by telephone and email.

Although the Township has implemented some tax interest relief it is still very much encouraged that ratepayers pay their taxes on time and if you are unable to make a complete payment, pay as much as you are able.

At the end of the last tax instalment period, although the number of tax payments were down, the amount collected is higher than last year at this time.  This really helped as the Township has had enough of a tax income to not impact service levels.  It is really important that at the end of May when the second tax instalment is due that there is not a significant reduction in tax payments.

A reminder again to all residents that there is a provincially mandated fire ban in place and there are no outside fires (open flame) permitted in the Township.

A very big thank you to all that are practicing physical distancing in our community.

Please continue to shine praise on our essential workers, health care workers and our emergency services who continually serve us so well, especially through this global emergency.

Persons visiting or travelling are reminded to check first, to ensure that they are complying with all provincial and federal guidelines or restrictive measures.

Stay safe, stay home, and call friends. To quote an old Bell long distance telephone advertising campaign slogan; “Reach out and touch someone.”

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