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Township staff and volunteers were recognized for their years of service to the municipality by Council at the May 13, 2013 Council Meeting.
Chief Administrative Officer, Richard Bates was presented with an Award of Merit from the United Way by Mayor Bill Duffy. The Merit Award recognized the Township’s efforts in fund raising initiatives for the United Way. Special thanks to Township fundraising organizers Brittany Jackson and Dyana Marks for their hard work and motivation to enable us to achieve our goal!
Manager of Corporate Services/Treasurer, Margaret Black and Accounts Receivable/Health & Safety Rep., Audrey Lee received their 25 years of service pins.
Pictured Left to Right are: Tony Stong, Mayor Bill Duffy, Councillor Marilyn Brooks, Ted Conway, Dave McCarthy, Rob Byers, Jim Watson, and John Boyer.
Ramara Firefighters received years of service pins and medals for their commitment and exemplary service to the municipality. Councillor Brooks, Honourary Fire Chief Ted Conway, Fire Chief Dave McCarthy joined Mayor Duffy and Council in recognizing the following firefighters:
Stacy Howe - 5 Years
Kyle Mullen - 5 Years
John Boyer - 10 Years
Tony Stong - 15 Years
Dale Black - 15 Years
Jim Watson - 20 Years
Rob Byers - 25 Years
Ted Conway - 30 & 40 Years
Posted 2013-05-16 16:27:01
*** Victoria Day 2013 ***
The Township of Ramara wishes you a safe and happy Victoria Day!
Township offices will be closed on Monday, May 20th, 2013.
The County advises that there will be NO CHANGE to garbage, organics and recycling collections. All County waste management facilities will be CLOSED Monday May 20th with the exception of Site 8 (Matchedash) for which regular hours apply.
Please note that May 20 - May 24 are "Double Up Days" where 2 bags/containers of garbage will be accepted per household.
Posted 2013-05-16 14:01:18
*** RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE ***
Please join us to celebrate this special occasion to honour
Chief Administrative Officer
Richard P. Bates
Retiring from the Township of Ramara after 17 years of service
Thursday, June 20, 2013
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Township of Ramara, Municipal Office
2297 Highway 12, Brechin, Ontario
Presentations at 2:30pm
Light Refreshments will be served
Best Wishes Only
Posted 2013-05-10 15:34:51
NOTICE OF VACANCY
APPOINTMENT TO THE LAGOON
CITY PARKS & WATERWAYS COMMISSION
The Corporation of the Township of Ramara invites applications from Lagoon City residents who wish to have their names considered for appointment to the Lagoon City Parks & Waterways Commission due to a vacancy. The appointment of one citizen will be for the term ending June 30, 2016. The Commission was established to manage, maintain and regulate the waterways and parkland located within Lagoon City. Commission members are expected to participate in the daily activities of the Commission.
Applications for the above appointment may be directed to Council’s attention at the Township Office in Brechin. Enquiries may be directed to Cathy Wainman, Secretary/Treasurer, Lagoon City Parks and Waterways Commission at (705) 484-5374, ext. 242. Applications must be in written form detailing qualifications and must be submitted by June 11, 2013
Council, Township of Ramara
Lagoon City Parks & Waterways Commission
2297 Highway 12, P.O. Box 130
Brechin, ON L0K 1B0
Posted 2013-05-09 14:39:58
*** ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES ***
Bluebird Street & Sheba Drive have been re-opened.
Posted 2013-05-09 09:32:36
*** HALF LOAD RESTRICTIONS UPDATE ***
*** Reduced Load Restrictions (Half (1/2) Loads) ***
Half Load restrictions will be lifted on Township roads south of Monck Road as of Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Township roads north of Monck Road remain under Half Load restrictions until further notice.
Municipal Works thanks you for your cooperation.
Last Update Posted 2013-05-10 11:35:03
*** RESULTS FROM WATER TOWER RESERVOIR CLEANING ***
Test samples taken, after the Reservoir Cleaning on May 2nd, 2013, have confirmed the water quality meets Ministry of Environment Standards and is safe for drinking.Click HERE
to view the notice from Environmental Services and a copy of the lab results.
Posted 2013-05-02 16:34:33
*** Attention Potential Flood Affected Residents ***
to view a letter from Mayor Duffy and an application form for Private Property Damage Assessment. This information will also be hand delivered to affected residents.
Posted 2013-05-01 16:35:00
*** NOTICE OF RESERVOIR TOWER CLEANING ***
TO: RESIDENTS - BRECHIN/LAGOON CITY
This notice is to advise all residents of Brechin/Lagoon City that there will not be an interruption in water service for Reservoir Tower Cleaning on the following date:
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Water Reservoir Tower Cleaning is a Scheduled maintenance program to clean and survey the Reservoir Tower.
to view the complete notice from Environmental Services.
Posted 2013-05-01 16:25:10
*** INTERNATIONAL BUILDING SAFETY MONTH - MAY 2013 ***
Township Council has declared May 2013 as International Building Safety Month in the Township.
Posted 2013-04-09 13:44:35
*** NEWS RELEASES RE FLOODING ***
RAMARA TERMINATES ITS DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY AS FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE TO SUBSIDE. A SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING IN ORDER TO PURSUE ASSISTANCE FOR CITIZENS AFFECTED BY THE FLOOD.
Ramara – The water level on the Black River has dropped twelve inches below the level of the water in Lake St. John, Ramara’s Community Control Group moves into full recovery.
Last Update Posted 2013-04-29 15:35:29
Posted 2013-04-23 14:09:32
*** RESULTS FROM RESERVOIR CLEANING & PLANT UPGRADES ***
TO: RESIDENTS OF BAYSHORE VILLAGE
Test samples taken, after the Reservoir Cleaning and Plant Upgrades on April 23rd, 2013, have confirmed the water quality meets
Ministry of Environment Standards and is safe for drinking.
to view the notice from Environmental Services and a copy of the lab results.
Posted 2013-04-24 16:23:38
*** FLOODING AND PUBLIC HEALTH - SMDHU ***
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has recently sent out public health media messaging related to flood waters in Simcoe County.
Click the links below for further information:
Posted 2013-04-23 10:58:45
*** LAKE SIMCOE RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR STEWARDSHIP PROJECTS & LAND OWNERS ***
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Dufferin South Simcoe Land Stewardship Network have recently developed, ‘Along the Shore – A Landowner’s Guide to Healthy Shoreline Management for Lake Simcoe.
Click Our Lake Simcoe
to view the above guide and other stewardship resources.
Posted 2013-04-11 13:58:18
*** 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
*** 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
*** 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
*** NOTICE OF REPAIRS ***
TOWNSHIP OF RAMARA
Contract No. 306844-4
Lagoon City – North Footbridge Repair
The Township of Ramara wishes to advise work will begin in the near future on the footbridge crossing Gondola Lagoon between Poplar Crescent and Old Indian Trail. The towers, decking and railings of the footbridge will be replaced, requiring the existing bridge to be lowered and removed.
Consequently, the footbridge will remain closed to pedestrians until approximately April 19, 2013. The canal under the bridge will also be closed to any mode of traffic. We apologize for any inconvenience the construction may cause.
Premier Concrete Inc. will undertake the work. C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd. will administer the construction contract on behalf of the Township.
If you have any questions regarding the project, or if problems arise during construction please do not hesitate to contact us.
Tim Collingwood, P.Eng.
Director, Manager – Orillia Branch
C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd.
50 Andrew St South, Suite 100
Orillia, ON L3V 7T5
Tel: 705-325-1753 ext.224
Posted 2013-01-23 10:36:28
*** 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
*** WINTER REMOVAL AND STORAGE OF WATER METERS ***
The Township (will) provide a service to remove Water meters for the winter for those who shut their water off all winter and/or Do Not heat their residence and store them at the Municipal Office. The charge to remove and reinstall the water meter is $50.00 with the amount to be billed on the next Utility bill.
to view the complete letter from Environmental Services distributed to residents as an insert with Utility Bills.
Posted 2012-09-12 09:32:29
*** 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.
*** 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