Municipality of Lambton Shores
Monthly Municipal Update: April 2021
At a Glance:
  1. Message from the Mayor
  2. COVID-19 Update
  3. Public Notice - Grand Bend Beach
  4. Construction Notices
  5. Compost Site is Open
  6. COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Lambton County
  7. Leaf Pickup Program
  8. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days
  9. Open Air Burns
  10. LAWSS Seeking Public Input
  11. Firefighter Recruitment
  12. Seasonal Employment Opportunities
  13. Council Highlights - April 13th
Message from the Mayor

Hello everyone,

With the Ontario government announcing a provincewide stay-at-home order, it's more important than ever that we continue to do our part to stop the spread.

During the stay-at-home order, we are required to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as a grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or going to work when it cannot be done remotely.

In accordance with the provincial order, trails and Grand Bend Beach remain open to those in the region. If you plan to visit, please continue to respect others, be mindful of physical distancing, and keep our beaches clean. We will continue to remind the public that during the stay-at-home order, people should not travel outside their region unless absolutely necessary. Additional information about these limitations can be found on the Lambton Shores website.

Although the Forest vaccination clinic was postponed on April 14th due to a delayed shipment of the vaccine, individuals with appointments were able to reschedule for Friday, April 16th. Please remember that vaccines are by appointment only, and must be made either through the Lambton Public Health website or by calling 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800-667-1839. Your patience is appreciated when calling for an appointment as the call volume has been very high.

As vaccinations continue to rollout across Lambton County, there's good reason to remain optimistic. However, we must all continue to control our own actions and do everything we can to stop the spread.

Lastly, I want to once again thank our staff for working to accommodate the much needed clinic in our community and to all our front-line workers.

Stay healthy, safe, and positive.

Mayor Bill
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Update
As of April 8, 2021 the Ontario government has issued a provincewide stay-at-home order. The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home, except for essential trips such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. More information about the stay-at-home order can be found on the Ontario government's website.

Please continue to watch for updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep you informed of what is happening in Lambton Shores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best place to access reliable, up-to-date health information on COVID-19 in Lambton County is the Lambton Public Health Page.
Public Notice - Grand Bend Beach
The Municipality of Lambton Shores continues to remind the public that a key takeaway from the provincewide stay-at-home order is the importance of not travelling outside your own region unless necessary. However, Grand Bend Beach remains open to those in the region. Public washrooms and facilities remain closed. Read the update on the Lambton Shores website.
Construction Notices
Ipperwash: Road construction has started on Ipperwash Road between West Parkway Drive and the north end of Ipperwash Road. The full road closure is expected to last until Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm. More information.

Forest: Broadway Street reconstruction began on Monday, March 22 and is estimated to be completed by July 31, 2021. In order to ensure the health and safety of both crews and the public, Broadway Street will be closed to all but local traffic. There is a local detour set up while the road is closed. Local businesses will remain open during construction. More information.
Compost Site
The Lambton Shores Compost site started Wednesday, April 14, 2021. In order to practice physical distancing and ensure the safety of our staff and residents, only one vehicle at a time will be permitted to enter the site.
The compost site is located at 7550 Brush Road, Forest.

Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday from April 14, 2021 to mid-November, weather permitting.

A list of acceptable items.
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Lambton County
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has started throughout Lambton County. For the most up to date information and for those eligible to pre-register, visit Lambton Public Health.

Ensure you and your loved ones are informed about COVID-19 scams that are circulating in the area. Lambton Public Health does not charge a fee to pre-register for the vaccine, nor is there a fee for the vaccine itself. More information.
Leaf Pick-Up Program
The spring leaf pick-up program will run from April 26 until May 28. During this time, we will pick up your bagged leaves at the curb as time and quantity dictates. Any leaves left at the curb after May 28, 2021 will not be picked up.
Pick-up requirements:
  • All leaves must be in brown, paper bags. We do not accept plastic bags.
  • Only leaves will be picked up, no garbage, brush or other yard waste.
  • All bags must be placed at the curb for pick-up.
Please do not rake leaves onto the streets or in ditches. This poses a danger to pedestrians, bicycles and motorists and can cause drainage problems.
Hazardous Waste Depots
The County of Lambton, along with Clean Harbours Canada Inc. will host a number of Household Hazardous Waste collection days this year. The next event will take place at Clean Harbours Canada located at 4090 Telfer Road in St. Clair Township from 9am-2pm on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Visit the County’s website for a list what items they will be accepting and more details about future events.
Open Air Burns
Spring is in the air and that means you may be considering an open air burn. A few things to consider:
  • If you're having a fire in your yard, be certain to have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.
  • Have you decided to burn some yard waste? Be sure to never burn plastics, construction debris, treated lumber, tires, or pesticide, paint, or aerosol containers. These items contain toxins that can be harmful to people and animals when burned.
  • If you're having a fire in your yard, be certain to have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.
  • Did you know that when having a backyard burn you should ensure the Wind Speed does not exceed 15 km per hour?

Be sure to check online and review the burn by-law before starting your burn.
LAWSS Seeking Public Input
The Lambton Area Water Supply System (LAWSS) is currently undertaking a study to review and update its 2015 LAWSS Master Plan.  LAWSS currently supplies water to over 100,000 customers within three Supply Systems including Lambton Shores. Public input is essential to this study and LAWSS will provide a Public Information Centre on their website starting on April 9 for people to review and comment on. Information centre
Returning to the COVID-19 response framework

A declaration of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order are in effect as of April 8 at 12:01 a.m. The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during this time.

Municipal Offices remain closed to the public.

  • Municipal staff are working during this time, and may be reached by phone and email.
  • Services such as building permits and licencing continue to be offered by appointment.
  • Parks and trails are open but please follow guidelines from Lambton Public Health.
 
Municipal services such as road maintenance, water and wastewater operations, waste collection and fire/emergency response remain unaffected.
The application deadline for the 2021 Firefighter Recruitment has been extended until April 30, 2021.

Join one of two information sessions on April 22 for more information.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores is looking to fill several seasonal positions.

The deadline to apply for seasonal positions is this Friday.
Lambton Shores Council met electronically on April 13th. You can find a list of meeting highlights below. Council Highlights
Supporting Local Businesses
Many local businesses are still offering curbside pickup during the provincial stay-at-home order. Please continue to shop local! Check out the following links for up-to-date business listings:
  

Shoreline ToGo has also been keeping listings up to date throughout the pandemic. You might find your new favourite restaurant right here at home!
Things To Do
During the provincial stay-at-home order, there are still ways to participate in community activities! Visit the links below or visit the Lambton Shores events calendar as additional virtual activities are added.

Additional event calendars:
Staying in Touch
While offices may be closed to the public, municipal staff are still available by telephone or email. To reach us, visit our Staff Directory.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores
7883 Amtelecom Parkway,
Forest, ON, N0N 1J0
519-243-1400 | 866-943-1400