Customers at the Royal Bank in Lakefield lined up outside standing six feet apart while waiting to be escorted in to the branch or bank machine one at a time. Patrons were guided to a hand sanitizer station then proceeded with their business.
Operations suspended at some landfill sites
To help protect the health and safety of staff and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township of Douro-Dummer is suspending operations at the Halls Glen Transfer Station effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until further notice.
Residents are encouraged to use curbside waste & recycling collection services, which continue to be offered.
Peterborough County also announced that the Peterborough County-City Landfill is temporarily closed to the general public effective March 20, 2020 as part of the growing efforts to reduce close contact that could spread COVID-19. The curb-side pickup waste collection service continues as normal.
Closing the landfill to the general public reduces close physical interactions for a service that is not essential during the provincial emergency situation.
The landfill is visited by hundreds of customers each day who interact with each other and staff at the landfill and who use cash, credit, or debit for payments.
Alternative processes to reduce contact between people are being investigated for the drop-off site at the landfill. The temporary closure to the general public will be re-considered ahead of March 31, 2020.
Commercial account holders will still be able to access the landfill.
For curbside collection, residents are asked to ensure their garbage is properly bagged for pickup to help protect the health and safety of staff who are handling the material.
Curbside recycling collection continues as regularly scheduled and the public recycling drop-off depot at the Materials Recycling Facility at 390 Pido Rd. remains open.
Recycling blue boxes are temporarily not available for sale at the Materials Recycling Facility, 390 Pido Rd., at City Hall, or at Peterborough GreenUP.
To ensure the health and safety of staff and our community Peterborough County is requesting residents make use of the curbside recycling and garbage programs available to them. We understand residents are using this time to tackle projects around the home, we ask that they store bulky items (leaf and yard, brush, white goods, clothing donations, construction materials etc.) on their property and refrain from bringing them to local Transfer Stations at this time. Township transfer stations have been experiencing a surge in use in the last week that is not allowing for appropriate social distancing and threatening their ability to stay open.
Other ways to help ensure the safety of waste collection workers include:
1. Please ensure all personal hygiene and sanitary products including tissues are placed in garbage bags and tied closed.
2. Place recycling and garbage out only when full (please be mindful of weight limits).
3. Any and all medical supplies (gloves, wipes etc.) are garbage, please dispose of these items in closed garbage bins.
Please check with your Township prior to visiting your local Transfer Station.
In this week's print edition
Change of deadlines at the Herald - Noon on Tuesday
Hydro Rates to switch to off-peak rates
ETFO to donate $100,000 to Feed Ontario food banks
Peterborough Utilities refunds electric security deposits
County Recognition Awards Cancelled
Launch of COVID-19 Community Response Fund
How the world got smaller
Interview with a local author
Self-Isolation Compliance and Enforcement of The Quarantine Act
Trent helps community understand human impact on fresh water ecosystems
Spring Car Care
Editorial by Terry McQuitty
Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement
Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire
Mature Living by Terri Williams Kinghorn
Book Review by Barry Mutter
@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner
Story Time at the Buckhorn Library
Golden Years Club Update
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State of Emergency
by Marnie Clement
The municipalities of Selwyn, Douro-Dummer and Trent Lakes all officially declared States of Emergency to deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus following declarations from the province, Peterborough County and the City of Peterborough.
Trent Lakes declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am because of the increasing impacts of the pandemic and the need for people to take necessary precautions.
Douro-Dummer followed suit on Wednesday, March 25th at 11 am and the Township of Selwyn later that day at 4:15 pm.
Declaring a State of Emergency is covered under the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This legislation gives local authorities the power to declare states of emergency and gives mayors the authority to make quick decisions to respond to the crisis without the council voting process.
By making a declaration, municipalities may also be able to provide access to provincial funding for actions related to the emergency if funding becomes available.
Selwyn Mayor Andy Mitchell said the emergency declaration is intended to send a strong message to the community about the need to follow all health and safety precautions.
“The Township of Selwyn has always been a community that comes together during tough times and now, more than ever, it is important for us to do our part and keep each other safe,” Mitchell said.
• the municipal office is closed to the public
• new planning applications will be accepted by email only
• there will be no penalty or interest on late property tax payments for May, June or July
• post-dated cheques for the May 4, 2020 tax instalment will not be cashed until May 29th, 2020
• per-authorized withdrawals for tax payments will be suspended until the end of May 2020
In Trent Lakes, Mayor Janet Clarkson said we have been lucky so far because the virus has not been introduced here yet.
“With many people coming back from vacation and not properly isolating immediately, our risk goes up,” she said. “People were observed this weekend returning from holidays, going shopping before going into isolation.”
“If they are infected that is too late,” she added.
Trent Lakes Highlights
• the Municipal Office is closed to the public
• the April 7, 2020 council meeting has been cancelled
• all transfer stations are open but accepting only household waste and recyclables
• there will be no penalty for late taxes on April 1, 2020
• building permits are being accepted by email only
Douro-Dummer, Mayor J. Murray Jones has asked people to realize how serious this is.
“We all find ourselves in a terrible situation,” he said. “We must take every stop possible to stay apart and unfortunately some people just don’t get it”.
• the Municipal Office remains closed to the public
• the April 7, 2020 council meeting has been cancelled1
• Hall’s Glen Transfer Station is closed
• curbside collection for household waste and recycling will continue
For up to date details on how each municipality is operating, including contact information, visit the municipal websites at www.selwyntownship.ca, www.trentlakes.ca and email@example.com
financial aid package
The Township of Selwyn held a special meeting last Friday electronically in order to review a financial aid package designed to help ratepayers weather the COVOID-19 storm.
Mayor Andy Mitchell said “Selwyn Township Council took action today (Friday, March 27) by implementing financial supports to help our residents and businesses. The health and safety of our community is our number one priority and we are well aware that there is also great concern about the economic impact that COVID-19 is having on our community. Council unanimously approved of a variety of financial supports to help relieve some of the burden. Council reminds everyone to practice social distancing and adhere to public health measures. Together we will overcome our challenges and continue to make Selwyn the great place it is to live, work and enjoy,”
The supports approved by council are as follows:
Pre-Authorized Property Tax Payments
For those who are signed up for the Selwyn Township’s Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plan.
• Automated withdrawals between March 27 and May 31, 2020 will be suspended.
• If you wish to remit property tax payments as originally scheduled, you can submit payments at any time using online banking services. Details can be found on the Township’s website for Telephone or Internet Banking: http://www.selwyntownship.ca/en/townshiphall/paymentoptionsinformation.asp
• Typical PAP amounts for all tax payment plans will commence on June 1, 2020.
• Any tax payments that have been suspended will be included in the annual recalculation of pre-authorized property tax payments. Updated payment amounts will be sent to all PAP customers in July 2020.
The Township will be contacting those who are signed up for the PAP Plan to further outline these options.
Post Dated Cheques for Tax Payments
For those who have already provided post-dated cheques for the upcoming May 4th property tax instalment:
• Cheques will be held and not cashed until May 29, 2020.
• Any other post-dated cheques received before March 27, 2020 for property tax payments will be held for a period of 60 days from the date of the cheque before being cashed.
• The Township will be contacting those who have provided Post Dated Cheques to further outline these options.
Waiver of Interest Charges
The Township of Selwyn is providing a grace period for interest and penalty charges on property tax arrears. Specifically:
• Interest and penalties will not be charged on property tax arrears for April 1, 2020, May 1, 2020, or June 1, 2020.
• Penalties will not be charged in May 2020 for non-payment of the May 4th tax instalment.
• All legislated charges for penalties and interest will resume on June 30, 2020.
Other Municipal Fees
• The annual Dog Licence fee will remain $15.00 until May 31, 2020.
Unheralded the documentary
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