Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Municipal Update, January 26, 2021
To help keep you informed of what is happening at Middlesex Centre we send out regular updates on our website and Facebook and Twitter accounts, and through our e-newsletter.
COVID-19: Municipal Service Update
With the Province extending the stay-at-home order until February 9, 2021, municipal facilities including the main office will remain closed to the public.

  • Municipal staff are working during this time, and may be reached by phone and email.

  • Many of the services offered through the office such as building permits and licencing are available online or by appointment.

  • Unfortunately arenas and community centres are closed at this time, however parks and trails are open. Playgrounds are open (weather permitting).

Municipal services such as road maintenance, water and wastewater operations, waste collection, and fire/emergency response continue to operate.

For up-to-date local COVID-19 information, including links to health care resources and support programs for individuals, businesses and farms, please visit the municipal website.
COVID-19: Tax Due Date Change

In response to the stay-at-home order, your first property tax instalment, traditionally due in Feb., will be now be due Mar. 31, 2021. (Property tax bills are sent out in early Feb.) You'll see a similar change to your Feb. water bill due date.

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New Strategic Plan for Middlesex Centre

At their last meeting, Middlesex Centre Council approved a new strategic plan. Developed in 2020 with input from residents, businesses and local organizations, the plan sets out priorities for municipal services and programs over the next five years.

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Council Meeting Highlights for Wednesday, January 20, 2021
At their meeting on January 20, 2021:

  • Council approved a new 5-year Strategic Plan for Middlesex Centre (see above).

  • Council received an overview of 2020 fire and emergency response by Middlesex Centre Fire Services (MCFS). In 2020, MCFS responded to 338 emergency incidents. They conducted 174 fire inspections and 13 fire investigations in Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex and Thames Centre. (MCFS provides inspection services to these neighbouring communities under a service agreement.) Despite COVID-19 restriction, MCFS continued with public education initiatives and firefighter training, although in a modified form.

  • Council directed staff to prepare a by-law to regulate off-road vehicles (ORVs) on municipal roads. 

  • In addition to sitting as the Committee of Adjustment and addressing other planning matters, Council received questions and comments from residents with regards to applications for three draft plans of subdivision in Coldstream. 

  • Council authorized an agreement with Strathroy-Caradoc to clarify roles and responsibilities between the municipalities to ensure proper road maintenance standards are achieved along Middlesex Centre/Strathroy-Caradoc boundary roads.

  • Council passed a resolution in support of the 2021 Canadian Census, which will provide valuable data to support programs and services of benefit to the community. 

The next council meeting is on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:30 am. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic this meeting will be held virtually.
Winter Road Maintenance in Middlesex Centre
Middlesex Centre’s 24/7 roads crew keep the municipality’s 583 km of roads and 30 km sidewalks cleared throughout the snowy season. 

We maintain our roads and sidewalks according to provincial guidelines. After the snowfall ends, it can take 12 hours to clear priority roads, 24 hours to clear all municipal roads, and 48 hours to clear sidewalks. A larger or continuous snowfall event may extend the time required to clear snow from local streets.

As you can imagine, it can be difficult for plow operators to find the edge of the sidewalk or the road during snow storms or under a blanket of snow.

Occasionally mailboxes or sod are damaged by the plow.

If your mailbox suffers a direct hit by a plow, please contact the office to report the damage. The municipality will repair or replace a damaged mailbox. Note the municipality does not cover damage due to snow load from the plow.

Similarly, if your sod is damaged by a plow, contact the office. Municipal staff will repair the damage in the spring.
Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow
In the event of a fire, Middlesex Centre Fire Services need quick access to hydrants.

Please help us keep our fire hydrants clear of snow. Don’t pile snow from your driveway in front of a hydrant. If you have a hydrant on or around your property and are able, please clear any snow after a snowfall event.
Stormwater Management Ponds: Stay off the Ice

We'd like to remind everyone that stormwater management ponds are not safe for winter activities like ice skating, hockey and sledding. Please stay safe - obey posted signs and stay off stormwater management ponds.

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Dog Tags in Middlesex Centre

All dogs living in Middlesex Centre must have a valid dog tag. Tags are issued for the lifetime of your dog at no charge to you, and may be applied for online. If you've moved or your pet passed away, please contact us so we may update our records.

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Planning for summer building or renovation?

You can apply for building permits from your home using our online Cloudpermit system. Not sure if your project requires a permit? Visit the website for details what residential projects may require a permit or contact building services staff.

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Concerns about Roads, Parks, Facilities? Let us know!
Notice municipal parks or property in need of repair or attention?

If you have non-urgent or general concerns about roads, parks or municipal facility, you can report a concern at any time through our website.
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Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Phone: 519-666-0190