Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Municipal Update, November 25, 2020
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.
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Council Grants - Apply by November 30
Does your organization have a great idea for a project to increase well-being and build community in Middlesex Centre?

Check-out the Council Grants Program to see if you are eligible for funding support. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. You may also apply for in-kind donation grants, such as the use of municipal parks and facilities.

Applications are due by November 30.

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Community Safety Zones - 40 km per hr limit fines double
Community Safety Zones come to Middlesex Centre
New, lower, speed limits are now in place in "Community Safety Zones" in Delaware, Ilderton, Kilworth and Komoka.

Speeds are reduced to 40 km/h in community safety zones near areas of special concern such as schools, playgrounds and senior citizen residences. Traffic violations in these zones come with double the fines of other roadways.

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Winter Parking Reminder - No parking on municipal streets 2 - 7 am
Winter weather is here!
Remember there is no parking on municipal roads between 2:00 am and 7:00 am. This is particularly important in the winter to allow for snow clearing.

Also, remember to bring in your basketball and hockey nets from the edge of road, and out of the way of snow plows.

Winter Roads Maintenance

Middlesex Centre has a well-equipped, 24/7 winter response team that maintains roadways and sidewalks.

After a snowfall event ends, it can take 8 to 12 hours to clear priority roads, and 24 hours to clear all municipal roads. A larger or continuous snowfall event may extend the time necessary to clear snow from local streets and cul-de-sacs.

Sidewalks are cleared after more than 5 cm of snow accumulates. Sidewalk clearing is generally completed within 24 to 48 hours after the end of the storm.

You can learn more about winter roads maintenance and what you can do to help out after a snowfall event on the municipal website.

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Vision Zero Road Safety Signs come to Middlesex Centre

Part of Middlesex Centre's Vision Zero road safety program, “Respect the Limit” lawn signs are available free-of-charge to local residents and businesses. Pick-up yours up at the municipal office or the Komoka Wellness Centre.

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Final Tax Installments for 2020 due November 30

If you are planning to pay at the municipal office please remember to wear a mask. You can also pay by depositing a cheque in the secure deposit box at the office or online through your financial institution (allow 3 days for processing).

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Middlesex Centre Budget 2021 - Update
Council received information on the first part of the 2021 budget - the capital budget - at their meetings on Nov. 12.

The capital budget covers maintenance and repairs to large municipal-owned assets like buildings, land and roads, as well as the purchase of equipment such as vehicles. Capital expenditures are typically planned for years in advance through the municipality's asset management program, and may be funded through reserve funds, development charges, debt, and grants.

The proposed 2021 capital budget is $20.1 million. Some of the projects are being carried forward from 2020, after being put on hold in response to the pandemic. You can find all of the details about the capital budget on the municipal website.

The full draft budget, which includes the operating budget, will go to Council for consideration on Dec. 2.

Budget Basics Videos

Typically staff hold public meetings to share information about the budget and how it is created. 

Since we can't host meetings in the traditional fashion due to COVID-19, Middlesex Centre staff recorded a series of short videos on budget basics discussing:

  • Municipal Budgets - A Balancing Act
  • Capital Budget and Asset Management
  • Property Taxes
  • Your tax dollars in action: General Governance
  • Your tax dollars in action: Community Services
  • Your tax dollars in action: Fire Services
  • Your tax dollars in action: Roads
  • Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Services - While not part of your property taxes, water and wastewater fees are something we often hear about at budget time.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to learn more about the budget and how your tax dollars are put into action.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the budget process, please visit the municipal website or reach out to Tiffany Farrell, Director of Corporate Services.

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Stay Fire Safe While Staying Warm
As we head into the colder weather it's important to take some time to keep your heating system in good repair.

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires in Ontario.

Have your heating system, vents and chimney inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified service technician. Ensure all heating vents outside are not blocked by debris or snow.

Office of the Fire Marshal
Visit Middlesex Gift of Local Contest Alert
This Season, Give the Gift of Local
Visit Middlesex is featuring some of unique, local shops to check out during this season of giving with their #GiftofLocal contest. Visit them on Facebook to learn more about the contest giveaways to some amazing local businesses in our area. Don't forget to check out their website for more local businesses, eateries and shops!

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COVID-19 Information and Resources

Reminder: You can find local updates about COVID-19 on the municipal website. And remember to take care - practice physical distancing, wash your hands, follow provincial direction on social gatherings, and wear a mask in all public indoor spaces.

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Office - check if appointment required
Visiting the Municipal Office
The municipal office is open for bill payment and similar front-desk services.

However, in response to COVID-19, appointments are required for services such as:

  • building - including general inquiries
  • planning
  • municipal clerk (weddings, lottery licensing, etc.)

To book an appointment, contact customer service at the municipal office.

We encourage residents and businesses to take advantage of our online services where possible (billing, building permits), or to contact staff via phone or email.

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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