Summer 2020 Communication E-Newsletter
Council Update from Mayor Amyotte

During the  COVID-19 pandemic, meetings of Council are being held electronically, all members of the Public are encouraged to attended, electronically. Meetings will continue to be posted on the Township YouTube channel as soon as possible after the meeting for public viewing.

Please visit www.northkawartha.ca for all things municipal in North Kawartha. If you would like to receive regular municipal updates you may also subscribe to North Kawartha's email alerts via the website as well. For those of you that are active on social media please follow me @MayorAmyotte on Facebook and Twitter. It is my intent to share positive, factual and timely information about issues, events and happenings that impact our community and residents. To contact me directly, my phone number is (705) 931-1342 and my email is mayor@northkawartha.ca .

Please see the June 2, 2020 Video update # 6 below, or click here for the text version.

June 2, 2020 - North Kawartha Mayor Amyotte Video Update 6
June 2, 2020 - North Kawartha Mayor Amyotte Video Update 6
Property Tax Information
 

The 2020 Final Tax Bill (including bills for residential and commercial properties) will be mailed out to property owners at the end of June. Keep a look out for yours! This will include two (2) installments that are due on:

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Monday, September 28,2020
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, council has waived all penalty and interest charges on all outstanding property taxes for the months of April, May, June and July 2020.

[Changed to reflect any details here about changes to our due dates/penalty that are decided in the next council meeting]
 
Our office is currently closed to protect both the public and our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic - so how can you pay your property taxes?

1. Sign up for the pre-authorized payment program with a choice of three payment schedules.
2. Pay your taxes directly through your bank online or through telebanking.
3. Mail a cheque to our office or place it in the drop box located to the right of our main door. If you indicate you would like a receipt with your payment, one will be mailed to you.
4. Use our secure, third-party company Paymentus to pay with a credit card (Please note they charge a 1.75% service fee).

If you have any questions about your tax bill, payment options, or any tax related matters please visit the Taxation page on our website or contact us at 705-656-4445 ext. 233 or ext. 235.

Please note that the 2020 MPAC Assessment update for all Ontario properties has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. Property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in current values. This means your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property. For more information, please contact MPAC at www.mpac.ca or 1-866-296-6722.




Crossword Fun
Want to have some fun while learning about the Township of North Kawartha Website. Click North Kawartha Crossword to enjoy! Please find the answer key at bottom of Newsletter.

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COVID-19  Update
 
The Municipal Office is temporarily Closed to the public. Municipal business will continue with Municipal staff and Council being available to the public at
705-656-4445 or direct lines or emails by using our Contact Us directory on the website or
firstnameinitial.lastname@northkawartha.ca  

No public access
to the Office, Roads Garage, Community Centres, Fire Hall or Libraries.
  

Resources regarding COVID-19 Federal, Provincial Municipal and Local information is available on our new COVID-19 webpage.

Building & Planning
*NEW*  Building and Sewage Permits now available for you to apply online using Cloudpermit!
Please find some valuable links to the online Permitting and the how to get started Cloudpermit Brochure
To view our Building & Planning Permit page, please click here.




Municipal Office Closure- Civic Holiday
 
The Municipal office will be closed on 
Monday, August 3, 2020
We will Open at 9 am on Tuesday, August 4,2020
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Seasonal Water Testing Courier Service Paused Due to COVID-19

The seasonal water testing courier service at the Township of North Kawartha has been suspended until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please drop off fresh, cold water samples along with fully completed paperwork. There are two locations available for water sampling drop offs.

1) Public Health Ontario Laboratory at 99 Hospital Drive, Peterborough between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 705-743-6811.

2) Hastings Prince Edward Public Health located at 1 Manor Lane on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 am-12 pm with drop off in Cooler in front of "The Café". Please call ahead to ensure program is still running, 1-613-332-4555.

Test results will be available by phone or email.

Water bottle testing kits will be made available for pick up Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, at the North Kawartha Municipal Office. Please call ahead to arrange a pick up time 705-656-4445.

Paper work for testing must include the following:
Full Name, Address of the Sample Location, Date, Location of Water Source, Peterborough Public Health Number is #2255, Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health is #2238

Please note **The Labs will not test the sample if any information is missing or incomplete. **
Testing well water regularly keeps you and your family safe.



PKED  has created a COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre  Portal.  This portal was designed to assist local businesses access  information and content that they may need as a   result of impacts from COVID-19.
 
Name : Peterborough & the Kawarthas  COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre Portal
 


Limited Re-opening Of North Kawartha Outdoor Sports and Recreational Amenities


At the time of publication, to help protect the health and safety of the public, the Township of North Kawartha has suspended all programs and/or services at the North Kawartha, Wilson Park, and Glen Alda Community Centres, until further notice.

In compliance with
Provincial Government orders to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, Wilson Park, Glen Alda, and Lions playgrounds are closed.
 
Some outdoor North Kawartha Sports and Recreational Amenities are re-opening (with restrictions). Included are the Tennis/Pickleball courts (singles only) and baseball diamond at Wilson Park, in addition to the Picnic Shelter and Benches at Wilson Park and the Glen Alda Community Centre.
Individuals who use the opened amenities for the above purposes are required to physically distance (stay 2 metres apart), unless they are members of the same household.

Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.
 
Please check the Township website often (especially the COVID-19 page) for up-to-date information regarding changes, re-instating, and/or gradual re-opening of facilities and programming. To that end, click here for some helpful hints (the links are active) on how to get the best out of your visit to the website.    


Council Meetings During COVID-19

North Kawartha Council met on March 26, 2020 and amended the Township Procedure By-Law to permit meetings to be held electronically, under the authority of the Municipal Emergency Act, 2020, in order to function during the pandemic.

If a member of the public is interested in joining the Council meeting electronically to listen and observe the meeting in real time please contact the Deputy Clerk by email no later than 8:30 a.m. the morning of the scheduled meeting and you will be provided with an invitation to join the meeting electronically using Zoom.
Although possible for members of the public to "attend" a meeting electronically, we would encourage you to communicate with Council by forwarding any comments regarding an agenda item in writing via email to the Clerk or Deputy Clerk.

Reference: Bill 187 Municipal Emergency Act, 2020.
 
Connie Parent, Clerk
Township of North Kawartha
or 705-656-5187

Kelly Picken, Deputy Clerk
or 705-656-5189


Summer 2020 Council Meetings
 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 9:30 am
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:30 am
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 9:30 am
Tuesday, August 11 2020 at 9:30 am
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 9:30 am
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 9:30 am

View Council Agendas and Minutes to help stay  informed!
The Township encourages public participation in meetings of Council. If you wish to appear electronically before Council please visit our Delegation Page for further details.
Municipal Office Closure- Canada Day
The Municipal Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. We will reopen on Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Burn permits are required for all open air burning in the Township of North Kawartha. This includes campfires of any size and brush burning.
If you are unable to complete the Burn Permit Online  you must attend an issuing location to complete a burn permit in person.   
 
You can visit one of the following locations during operating hours to obtain a burn permit in person: 
 
* Woodview General Store 
6220 Highway 28, Woodview
* Anstruther Marina 
23 Fire Route 63, Anstruther Lake

The following are not permitted:
  • Burning during the daytime ( 8 AM until 6 PM) from April 1 until October 31
  • Use of Burn barrels
  • Burning of grass or leaves
  • Ignition of or use of flying lantern (also known as sky lantern)
  • Burning of garbage or hazardous to the environment materials

The Anstruther and Haultain Transfer Stations switched to the Summer Seasonal Schedule Hours on Monday, June 1st, 2020, but will not be accepting Textiles or Re-Use Depot items until further notice.
 
Curbside Collection will continue as per the normal schedule.
To support physical distancing, residents are encouraged to use Curbside Collection.
For missed Garbage Collection, please call Waste Connections 705-742-4268. 
For missed Recycling Collection, please call Emterra 705-742-3139
 
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot at the Anstruther Transfer Station will remain closed for the 2020 season.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions, the County of Peterborough is unable to open the seasonal HHW Depots throughout Peterborough County. However, the County will continue to operate the main HHW Depot on Pido Road for North Kawartha and County residents.

The Peterborough County HHW Depot is located at: 400 Pido Road, Peterborough ON, K9J 6X7
Temporary operating hours are: Wednesday to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Some restrictions apply.
 
Environmental Day Cancelled
To help protect the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Peterborough has cancelled the one-day-only, Spring Cleanup/Environmental Day, that was to be held at Anstruther Transfer Station, on June 7, 2020.

Ever wondered what to put in your recycling bin? Click here for helpful tips, links, downloads, and videos.
 
For complete information regarding Waste, including transfer station hours, what can and cannot be disposed of. Please visit Garbage and Recycling for more information.
 
Please start using your orange, 2020/2021 Waste Site Pass at the Transfer Stations beginning June 1st, 2020. If you would like Bag Tags, please obtain them from any of the Transfer Station attendants, or by calling the Municipal Office at 705-656-5175 to make speak with Reception and make arrangements.

 

 All it takes is one spark for things to go wrong. A carelessly abandoned campfire or a campfire built without safe clearance can turn a small fire into a dangerous and fast-moving blaze. Be sure to build your campfire in a way that does not endanger anyone or the surrounding forest. Enjoy a safe campfire by following these Campfire safety tips. 

 RV/Motorhome Fire Safety Tips
Whether camping, partying or just relaxing in your RV, fire safety is essential. It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in an emergency or fire. If you are one of the millions of recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiasts who love to take to the road and explore this great country of ours, ensure your family's safety while travelling in your RV by following these fire safety guidelines.

For more Emergency Services Public Education and Awareness  please view our webpage.

North Kawartha Library

Please visit northkawarthalibrary.com or Like  us on Facebook to see the latest developments in available services.




Renew your  Dog Licence
An annual licence fee is the responsibility of every dog owner in the Township. The Licence Fee , is $15 per spayed/neutered dog, $20 per non-spayed/non-neutered dog . To purchase a dog licence please contact reception at 705-656-4445 ext. 232. Once all information is received, the dog licence, dog tag and invoice will be mailed out to the address you provide.

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