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*** HALF LOAD RESTRICTIONS NOTICE ***
*** Reduced Load Restrictions (Half (1/2) Loads) ***
Reduced load restrictions are posted on Township roads for the period of March 1st to April 30th each spring. All roads are posted at “5 Tonnes per Axle”. However, if road conditions warrant, a reduced load period can be posted at any time during the year from January to December.
Municipal Works thanks you for your cooperation.
Posted 2014-02-20 15:34:52
*** Flooding Safety Information ***
Comprehensive Stormwater Management Master Plan
of Study Commencement & Public Open House
March 20, 2014 3-5 and 6-8 p.m.
Ramara Township Council Chambers
PLEASE NOTE THAT
JANUARY 1, 2014
WILL NOT ACCEPT
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AS A PAYMENT OPTION
*THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE FOR ONLINE RECREATION PROGRAM REGISTRATIONS
Posted 2013-10-24 14:30:55
*** 2014 Dog Licences Available ***
2014 dog licences are available for $16.00 each until Feb 28th.
As of March 1st, the cost is $50.00
CANINE CONTROL BYLAW 2005.76 SECTION 2.1 states: “All dogs within the geographic limits of the Township shall be annually licensed by their owners whose municipal address is within the Township.”
to view the complete flyer from Canine Control.
Last Update Posted 2014-02-18 15:40:54Posted 2013-12-02 14:21:49
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THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF RAMARA
APPOINTMENT TO THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Corporation of the Township of Ramara invites written applications from citizens who wish to have their names considered for appointment to the Emergency Management Planning Committee. This is an opportunity for you to participate in a vital community service within your Township.
Applications for the above appointment may be directed to Council’s attention at the Township office in Brechin. Inquiries may be directed to the Clerk’s Office at 705-484-5374 Ext. 242. Candidates must be 18 years of age or over and residents of the Township. Those appointed will be required to abide by the Township’s Code of Conduct; and are required to complete a Volunteer Acknowledgment/Release of Waiver, Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening and training sessions in Accessibility. Applications must be in writing, detailing qualifications and submitted by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014.
Janice McKinnon, Clerk
Township of Ramara
P.O. Box 130
Brechin, ON L0K 1B0
Last Update Posted 2014-03-05 13:14:54
Posted 2014-02-14 15:41:11
*** Winter Safety ***
Posted 2014-02-06 15:56:51
*** Trust Account Information ***
A home on Simcoe Road in Ramara Township was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
The family lost everything in the fire and the Lagoon City Community Association has taken the lead to create a trust fund.Donations may be made to any branch of the CIBC and the account information is as follows: Tanya Russell in trust 2070634
Posted 2014-01-27 16:04:27
*** Attention South Island Trail Residents ***
Test samples taken after water main valve replacement have confirmed the water quality meets Ministry of Environment Standards and is safe for drinking.
Posted 2014-01-16 09:10:06
*** ALERT: Snow Loading and Roof Failures ***
Recently, heavy snow has caused roof collapses. The roofs of many buildings in Ontario may be carrying a greater weight of snow than is allowed for in their structural designs.
A cubic foot of snow can weigh from seven pounds for snow that is new and dry to 30 pounds for old, compacted snow. Rain falling on accumulated snow will add even more weight. Drifting snow may put excessive loads on the areas where it piles up, for example against equipment or at walls between roof levels.
When snow removal is necessary, it should be remembered that unsafe procedures may cause a collapse. It should also be remembered that workers on a roof must have adequate fall protection and that workers and others nearby can be injured by snow being dumped from a roof.
The pending rain will add significantly to the weight on the roofs especially in the north of the township.
Posted 2013-12-20 09:36:11
*** 2-4-1 Pizza opens in Brechin ***
The Township of Ramara welcomes "2-4-1 Pizza" to Brechin.
Pictured left to right are Mark Urbanski, Township CAO and Miltiadis Konisoliatis, owner.
Posted 2013-12-20 14:27:10
*** Funding Assistance for Wetland Projects ***
Ducks Unlimited Canada has some funding available for landowners in some areas of Simcoe, Dufferin, and Grey Counties for wetland related projects through to March 2017. Eligible projects include wetland restoration, livestock exclusion fencing and nesting boxes. Ducks Unlimited Canada can cover up to 90% of the costs for these projects.
For more information on how to conserve your wetlands or to apply for this funding, please contact Mike Williams by phone at 1-888-402-4444, ext. 247 or by email at
to visit the Ducks Unlimited Canada website.
Posted 2013-12-18 12:07:41
WALL OF FAME COMMITTEE FOR THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF RAMARA
The Council of the Corporation of the Township of Ramara invites applications from residents who wish to have their names considered for the appointment to the proposed Wall of Fame Committee. The purpose of the Committee will be unique and it is recommended that applicants have knowledge of the Township of Ramara, its heritage and citizens. The term for the appointment will coincide with the term of Council.
Written applications detailing qualifications for the above appointment are to be directed to Council’s attention. Inquiries may be directed to the Clerk’s Department. Please submit applications to:
Janice E. McKinnon, Clerk
Township of Ramara
P.O. Box 130
Brechin, ON L0K 1B0
Posted 2013-12-05 12:06:46
*** Black River Water Levels ***
Many residents are concerned about the current water levels in the Black River. We have recognized that the levels are higher than normal for this time of year. Your Emergency Management Team is keeping a close eye on these levels. For more information please check our Facebook Page
Posted 2013-11-06 14:23:17
*** Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation ***
Great news for Ramara Fire & Rescue Services and our residents. Our department has now reached an industrial status for Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation. If you are an industrial business this may help improve your insurance rates.
Ramara Fire and Rescue Service staff worked diligently as a team of professionals to acquire Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation. This accreditation ensures that Ramara Fire and Rescue Service can supply enough water to fight a major fire in an area that is not serviced by hydrants. Achieving this means that rural residents in non-hydrant areas of the Township may be eligible for a reduced rate on their home insurance. Check with your insurance company! A copy of the certification letter is available by clicking the link below or at the Township Administration office. If you require further information please contact Ramara Fire and Rescue Services at 705-484-5374, ext. 253.
Posted 2013-11-20 11:11:25
N O T I C E
OF SNOW REMOVAL
TO RESIDENTS OF RAMARA TOWNSHIP
The Council of the Township of Ramara requests the cooperation of all persons in keeping vehicles from obstructing snow removal operations in Ramara Township and in refraining from placing snow from private property onto Municipal roadways.
Necessary action will be taken against persons contravening the Highway Traffic Act in this respect.
Kathy Sipos, AMCT, CRS-S, CMMI
Manager of Municipal Works
Posted 2013-11-14 11:15:19
*** Blue-Green Algae PUBLIC NOTICE LIFTED for Lagoon City ***
to view the complete message from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
The public health notice regarding precautions for blue green algae issued by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for Lagoon City has been lifted.
The last three samples conducted by the Ministry of the Environment, show a steady decline in toxin levels (microcystin-LR). Generally, cooler weather, rainfall, and reduced sunshine will lead to the breakup of an algal bloom.
Posted 2013-10-31 12:13:08
CANAL ROAD – ROAD CLOSURE
Canal Road will be closed to through traffic for the replacement of Parks Canada’s dam at Lock 37.
The road closure will be effective as of MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 AT 5:00 a.m.
until approximately December 31, 2015, or such other time as the construction is complete.
Turnarounds have been constructed at #1072 and #1172 Canal Road.
Construction equipment will access the construction site from the west.
Please note that this is not a Township project but that we will assist in passing your concerns/complaints on to Parks Canada and/or Metric Construction.
Posted 2013-10-25 11:16:25
*** Blue-Green Algae - Precautions for Marine Equipment ***
to view an update from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for Lagoon City residents regarding Boat Removal and Toxins.
Posted 2013-10-04 16:12:22
*** NOTE TO PROPERTY OWNERS from MPAC ***
MPAC - The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, has become aware that a person or persons is placing phone calls to property owners claiming to represent MPAC and asking for personal information. MPAC has reported these incidents to the Ontario Provincial Police. MPAC does not make calls to collect personal information.
If you receive a phone call from anyone claiming to represent MPAC and requesting personal information, please do not provide it. If you have any questions or receive such calls, please call MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre at 1 877 635 6722
Posted 2013-09-05 09:49:08
The Township of Ramara and The Ramara Fire and Rescue Services wish to recognize Stepan Canada for their years of support and their continued support of the grade eight CPR program in all Ramara schools. It is because of great corporate citizens like Stepan Canada that we are able to reach approximately 130 grade eight students a year, not only providing them with a new skill set but also providing them with a new level of confidence to handle an emergency if ever they must face that circumstance.
This program has been in place for over five years and Stepan Canada has donated over $25,000 to its continuance over this time. It is an incredibly successful program and overall makes our municipality a safer place to live. For this we thank you Stepan Canada and our residents thank you for your interest in their wellbeing.
Posted 2013-06-13 11:15:35
*** WILDLIFE INFORMATION FROM MNR - Ministry of Natural Resources ***
What to do if you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal
Ministry of Natural Resources office in Midhurst (Huronia)
2284 Nursery Road, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0
Posted 2013-06-04 10:13:06
*** PUBLIC ART LOAN AND DONATION POLICY ***
Council of the Township of Ramara have adopted a policy regarding the loan and donation of art for public display at the administration building at 2297 Highway 12, Brechin.
The Township recognizes and promotes the value of art and culture through the integration of artwork in public places. This policy will address the display of donated (permanent) or loaned (temporary) art.
Public art may include, but is not limited to;
- Murals, mosaics, fibre works, glass works, photography, paintings, graphic arts and prints
- Tableaux, vignettes or creative displays or an artistic/informational nature which interpret the heritage significance of a building or site
- A combination of landscaping and landscape design with artistic intent such as rocks, fountains, benches and other types of street furniture.
Posted 2013-05-29 09:57:35
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS REGARDING NOXIOUS WEEDS
The main purpose of the Weed Control Act R.S.O. 1990, is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries of agriculture and horticulture. Primarily this Act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands that generate income or other benefits to agriculture; this excludes lawns, gardens and private areas for personal enjoyment and leisure.
Under the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W.5, Sections 3, 13, 16 and 23, you are requested to destroy all noxious weeds on your property.
Upon failure to comply the Municipality may enter upon said lands and have the weeds destroyed charging the costs against the land, as set out in the Weed Act. The cooperation of all citizens is solicited.
All properties within the Township of Ramara are hereby requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act by the 14th day of June, 2013 and throughout the growing season.
Posted 2013-05-23 09:36:58
*** 2013 BUDGETS ***
*** On-Site Sewage Maintenance Inspection Program ***
Click the following links for further information:
List of Septic Haulers
AAAA Sanitation – 705-689-5991
BFI Canada Inc – 705-325-9671
Bullock Septic Tank Cleaning – 705-484-5500
Camick Dave Wiring Plumbing & Heating – 705-689-2542
Espey D Robert Excavating and Septic Services – 705-835-2118
Murray Hewitt Septic Pumping 705-323-9597
Northern Sanitation Co. – 705-326-4672
Smith's Septic Service - 705-426-5637
Update Posted 2013-04-05 14:43:46
Posted 2013-04-04 15:58:44
*** New Regulations regarding Fern Resort Road Dock ***
Click Bylaw 2013.05
to view the 2013 bylaw which regulates docking privileges at the Fern Resort Road Dock.
Bylaw is also available on the Bylaws page by clicking "Bylaws" under the menu heading "Government" and scrolling through the alphabetical listing.
Posted 2013-03-08 11:19:15
*** SUSTAINABILITY IN RAMARA ***
to view the Integrated Sustainable Community Plan – “The Pillars” as adopted by Council on October 29, 2012.
to view the 2008 Sustainable Plan - "The Initial Step" as adopted by Council on December 15, 2008.
Last Update Posted 2012-11-05 12:18:39
Posted 2012-11-05 09:49:59
*** Pre-Sale Property Inspections ***
NOTICE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013
Sump Pump Discharge Method Inspection Required Prior to Property Sale
Prior to the sale of any property in an area serviced by municipal sanitary sewers the owner of such property shall allow a Municipal Inspector to enter onto their property to inspect the sump pump discharge method to ensure compliance with the Township of Ramara Sewer Use Bylaw 2006.27
Sump pumps may not discharge into the municipal sewers.
Presale sump discharge inspections and re-inspections are subject to a fee of $30.00 each, Payable in advance.
It is advisable to schedule the required inspection well in advance of the closing day of the sale because if a property is found to be non-compliant it could affect the sale.Click HERE
to go to the Bylaw page of the Ramara Township Website to view Bylaws 2006.27 and 2012.48 in their entirety.Click HERE
to view a pdf copy of the Sump Pump Inspection notice.
Posted 2012-08-29 09:25:53
*** Lake Simcoe Recreation Survey Online ***
Share your thoughts
on environmentally sustainable recreation in the Lake Simcoe Watershed.
As part of Ontario's ongoing commitment to protect and restore the ecological health of Lake Simcoe and its watershed, the Ministry of the Environment has called for the creation of a Multi-Seasonal Recreation Strategy
for the Lake Simcoe Watershed. An important step in developing this strategy is to reach out to the people who use the lake and gather their thoughts. Please take a few moments to complete an online survey to share your views and ideas.
From swimming and boating to fishing, Lake Simcoe is one of Ontario's most popular recreation destinations. The Ministry of the Environment is looking for your views on environmentally sustainable recreation activities on Lake Simcoe and the rivers that flow into it.
What are you doing - or what would you like to see done - to ensure the long-term protection of the lake so you can continue enjoying your favourite pastimes?
Your responses will help inform future actions to protect Lake Simcoe. Click HERE
to take the survey nowClick HERE
to visit the Lake Simcoe Protection website for further information.
Posted 2012-08-22 13:53:10
*** Washago Commuter Parking - Notice of Construction ***
WASHAGO COMMUTER PARKING - COUNTY ROAD 169 / HIGHWAY 11
Please be advised the County of Simcoe is about to commence the construction of the commuter parking lot at County Road 169 and Highway 11 in Washago.
To facilitate the commuter parking lot improvements, the existing parking lot will be CLOSED to commuters during construction. Commuters who currently use the parking lot will need to arrange alternate parking arrangements for the duration of the construction period.
Construction of the car pool lot in Washago is expected to commence this Wednesday, July 25. They are moving equipment in and blocking off parking this Monday and Tuesday.
There are no road closures scheduled, but there will be occasional, temporary lane closures for equipment movement.
We apologize for any inconvenience.Click HERE
to view the complete notice from the County of Simcoe.
Update Posted 2012-07-23 11:38:34
Posted 2012-06-07 15:43:11
MEMORIAL TREE PLANTING PROGRAM
Ramara Township Council has adopted the following policy to provide an opportunity for those who wish to have a tree planted, on Township parkland and community centre properties, in memory of someone.
For questions on this policy please contact Caroline Schiavone at
or 705-484-5374 x 247
*** 211 Central East Ontario ***
or on the 211 logo to visit the 211 Ontario website which provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario.
to view a YouTube video, called "Dial 2-1-1 for Social and Community Services in Ontario".
to visit Community Connection, for further information specific to Simcoe County.
Posted 2012-05-07 12:15:24
*** Growing Forward - Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - Livestock & Poultry Claims ***
When the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program was launched in July 2011, two new eligibility requirements for livestock and poultry producers were created in order to be eligible for compensation. These eligibility requirements include having a Premises ID number and a valid Farm Business Registration number
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs will not reimburse municipalities for claims missing these numbers for livestock and poultry killed or injured on April 1, 2012 or later
.If you don’t have a valid Farm Business Registration and Premises ID number, please apply now for these numbers in order to be eligible for compensation under the updated program.
to view the complete notice.
Posted 2012-03-02 16:19:03
*** GRANTS ONTARIO WEB PORTAL NOW OPEN ***
The government of Ontario has recently launched Grants Ontario - a new online application process that will provide Ontarians with a one-window access point to grants provided by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The Grants Ontario web portal will inform Ontarians about what grants are available to them, and how to apply for these grants. The secure system allows online application preparation, submission, status updating and other features to ensure seamless interaction between applicants and the Government of Ontario.
Potentials applicants from the Township of Ramara’s many organizations are sure to benefit from this improved process.
Posted 2012-02-21 13:28:19
*** 2012-13 EnAbling Change Program - Ministry of Community and Social Services ***
The EnAbling Change Program provides financial support and expertise to organizations so they can educate an industry or sector on their obligations under the act.
Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program is not the same as the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.
It does not provide funding for building renovations such as ramps, lifts or elevators.Click HERE
to view information regarding the "Launch of the 2012-13 Enabling Change Program"Click HERE
to view further information at the Ministry of Community and Social Services website.
Posted 2012-02-21 10:03:20
*** Changes to Building Code Effective January 1st, 2012 ***
to view a pamphlet from the Ontario Building Officials Association regarding enhanced Energy Efficiency requirements of Ontario's Building Code.
Posted 2012-01-05 10:31:39
*** Health Care Connects ***
Helping you find a family doctor or nurse practitionerClick HERE to visit the Health Care Connect website.
Health Care Connect helps Ontarians who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. People without a family health care provider are referred to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in their community.
To register with the program, simply call 1-800-445-1822, Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm. You will need a pen, some paper and your OHIP card when you call Health Care Connect. You can also register for Health Care Connect online by entering your information at www.ontario.ca/healthcareconnect
Posted 2012-01-05 09:48:29
*** BEAVER TRAPPING NOTICE TO RESIDENTS ***
*** Drinking Water Quality Management System Policy ***
Click HERE to view the Drinking Water Quality Management System Policy.
The Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) is available at the Environmental Office, 2115 Highway 12, Brechin, for review in its entirety.
Environmental Services Department
Posted 2011-07-20 16:00:12
*** Active Transportation Plan - Public Consultation Summary ***
Posted 2010-12-13 14:00:12
*** Medical Appointment Transportation Service ***
to view a notice from the North Simcoe Muskoka branch of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) regarding a program to assist residents in getting to medical appointments.
For further information, contact Susan French at 705-326-7750 ext. 234 or
Posted 2010-11-10 09:49:05
Health Care Professionals
The Mara Medical Centre Board (the "Board"), in conjunction with the Township of Ramara (the "Township"), is endeavouring to launch a Ramara Family Health Team in the Medical Centre located at 3242 Ramara Road 47, Brechin. The Township has been identified as an underserviced area. Click here for more Information.
*** County of Simcoe - Collection Changes for Garbage, Recycling & Organics ***
As of Monday, April 1st 2013, collection days and times have changed throughout the County. Please ensure you are aware of your new collection day by visiting simcoe.ca
or contacting Customer Service at 705-735-6901 or for 426 or 689 exchanges call toll-free at 1-800-263-3199.
Update Posted 2013-04-02 09:10:21
Posted 2013-03-25 11:58:43
*** HOURS for COUNTY CUSTOMER SERVICE ***
For information about Garbage and Recycling Collection
please call the County of Simcoe at 705-735-6901
or for 426 or 689 exchanges call toll-free at 1-800-263-3199
The County Customer Service Department operators are available to take your calls:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
for additional info regarding Recycling and Waste
Click HERE to view the County of Simcoe's Waste Management webpage.
Update Posted 2009-06-19 16:12:40