Autumn Newsletter 2019
Your latest news and opportunities to connect with your community!
"The Natural Place to Be"
Mayor's Message
As the first tinge of colour starts to appear throughout Seguin, I am reminded of how precious each and every season is in the Township. As summer and the many lake association meetings wind down, your Council is beginning the 2020 budget planning cycle working with the Finance Committee and Staff.
 
The newly developed 2019-2022 Strategic Plan includes 24 Council Priorities that will form many of the guideposts for the upcoming 2020 budget and the balance of our 4-year term of office. Attainable housing and affordable high speed Internet have become urgent pieces of economic infrastructure. For both we need the support of our Provincial and Federal Governments to assist finance the essential backbone that can provide the infrastructure. As your Mayor, I spend significant time speaking with providers and politicians to stress the importance of bringing Seguin Township in line with our urban cousins. It is not happening as quickly as I would like but I do promise to keep at it.
 
To all of you who participated in our Strategic Planning process and the Community Engagement Survey – thank you. Your input was essential to us. We promise to look at all decisions with an “environment first” lens while delivering on our strategic priorities to build Community Prosperity and deliver an Exceptional Community Experience. We want Seguin to be an environmental leader and to be the Best Natural Place to Be.
 
Other budget priorities that Council has asked staff to cost out and evaluate include bringing year round maintenance to some of our seasonally maintained roads, more street lights and signage at dangerous intersections, increased free bulky event days at transfer stations, library funding, signage policies for our community centres and settlement communities and daycare initiatives.
 
Councillors Finnson and Osborne and I attended the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) in Ottawa in August. Meeting with our colleagues from other municipalities we share many of the same priorities and are all cautiously watching the Provincial Government for more downloading of responsibilities to the municipalities.
On September 3rd, Council met with the Township's Finance Committee and seniors staff to start the process for developing the 2020 Township Budget. The draft budget will be before Council in January 2020 for review and final approval later in the spring of 2020. We know that you – the taxpayer – has only one wallet and we will strive to maintain and improve our services for you with minimal tax increases.
 
Your feedback is always important to us so please feel free to contact me anytime at annmacdiarmid@seguin.ca or at 705-732-4300.

Ann MacDiarmid
Mayor
Seguin Township Strategic Plan 2019-2022
Seguin Council has completed a strategic plan review to identify priorities for the next three years & beyond.The Plan was developed with input from the public, Township Staff, and Council to be used as a framework for the Township's policies and direction.
Get Involved!
Zumba Fitness
Mondays 7:00 - 8:00pm
Beginning September 24th
Humphrey Arena

Kangoo Jumps Fitness
Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm
Beginning October 7th
Humphrey Arena 
Community Walking Club
Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm
Beginning October 3rd
Drop in - no registration required
Humphrey Arena
National Seniors Day Lunch
October 1st at 12:00 pm
Humphrey Arena (upstairs)

News from Public Works
Roads
It has been a very productive and efficient summer for Public Works. Drainage improvements and road surfacing are ongoing throughout the Township until the snow flies. Winter sand was mined from our own Seguin owned pits and delivered and stacked by the end of August in preparation for winter operations.

As a reminder, make sure to get those snow tires on your vehicle by late October and always be mindful of slippery road conditions when the frost starts and the snow flies.
With the fall and winter season approaching, it's only a matter of time before our plow trucks will be out on your roads, keeping the path clear for you to travel. To help improve snow clearing, residents are reminded that parking is prohibited on all township maintained roadways and fire routes from November 1 st of each year to April 15 th of the following year.

Please be patient, courteous, drive safe and give our plow drivers some space. Remember, if you can't see their side mirrors, they can't see you!
Waste
Waste Disposal is for Seguin residents and property owners ONLY! Please do not dump illegal materials at our transfer sites, as the cost of cleanup is ultimately absorbed by the taxpayer. If you observe someone dumping illegally, or want to report the condition of a waste transfer site please call By-law Enforcement during regular business hours at 705-732-4300, or after hours at 705-751-0050.

Hazardous waste is accepted year round at the McFarlane Street transfer site in Parry Sound. For more information and hours of operation, please call Parry Sound at 705-746-2101 or visit www.parrysound.ca
Seguin Landfill Hours
Current Seguin Landfill Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Winter Hours effective November 1st
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

One mans trash is another mans treasure! Come out and see what gems may be at our re-store at the Seguin Landfill.

The re-store was established to allow residents to drop off useable items. All purchases are by donation, amount of your choice, supporting our Volunteer Firefighters!

Did you know you can dispose of the following items for FREE at the Seguin Landfill:

  • Scrap metal
  • Electronics - Through sponsorship by Ontario Electronics Stewardship
  • Tires (on and off rims) - Through sponsorship by Ontario Tire Stewardship
  • Boat shrink wrap (for recycling) - must be clean and bundled
RECYCLING 101
Here is a list of some of the things you can recycle at each of our transfer stations:
CONTAINERS
  • Clear & coloured glass
  • Steel
  • Aluminum trays and foil
  • Plastic containers
  • Plastic soft drink bottles
  • Tubs & lids
FIBRES
  • Newspaper & mixed paper
  • Phone books
  • Boxboard
  • Brown paper bags
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines & flyers
  • Wax coated milk & juice cartons
Fire Department News
Fire services logo
Seguin Fire Services reminds people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless gas that is produced by incomplete combustion from sources such as furnaces, wood stoves and car exhaust. Known as the ‘Silent Killer’, Carbon Monoxide is a leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America.

As we transition into the cooler months when the use of furnaces and woodstoves increases, Seguin Fire Services wants to stress the importance of making sure you know when and where Carbon Monoxide alarms are required in your home, and also to remind you to CHECK YOUR BATTERIES!

There is a common misconception that Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air, which causes it to sink to the floor level, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Carbon Monoxide is virtually the same weight as air and mixes readily, meaning it moves through your house at all levels. This is why
combination Smoke/CO alarms on your ceiling can detect the presence of Carbon Monoxide.

By law you need Carbon Monoxide alarms in your home if you have; fuel burning appliances which include, woodstoves and fireplaces, anything natural gas or propane fired, such as stoves, fireplaces, dryers, furnaces, hot water heaters, or an attached garage.

In addition to having Carbon Monoxide alarms, it is extremely important to ensure they are in the proper location. Carbon Monoxide alarms must be located near all sleeping areas which means that you may require more than one Carbon Monoxide alarm if you have sleeping areas on multiple levels of your home. While there is no specification as to how far they need to be from sleeping areas, the closer the better.

Another important factor is the age and type of alarm. If the alarm is more than 7 years old, it is time to replace it. When replacing an alarm, it is important to consider the power supply and purchase one with a battery backup so in the event of a power failure you are still protected.

For more information please visit our website at www.seguin.ca/fireprevention or contact Seguin Fire Services at (705) 732-4300
News from Treasury
2019 Final Tax Bill
2nd Installment
DUE: SEPTEMBER 25th

GO PAPERLESS!
Are you interested in receiving your property tax bills online?

Click HERE to register . Select "New User? Register Here" and create an account. You will need your property's roll number (all 19 digits including dashes) and your personal PIN (9 or 10 digits including the dash) in order to create an account. Your personal PIN number is located to the right of your name on your tax bill. Each year when the tax bills are prepared, you will receive an email notification of a new eBill to view.
Coming Events
Turkey Supper
Orrville Community Centre
September 28, 2019   
5:00 - 7:30pm

National Seniors Day Lunch
Humphrey Arena
October 1, 2019   12:00pm

Hike the Rose Point Trail
Foley Community Hall
October 5, 2019 
10:00am - 2:00pm

Rosseau Pumpkin Festival
Village of Rosseau
October 12, 2019  
10:00am - 3:00pm

Halloween Hockey Tournament
Humphrey Community Centre
October 25 - 26, 2019
Halloween Kids Party
Foley Community Hall
October 26, 2019 
11:00am - 1:00pm

Humphrey Halloween Howl
Humphrey Community Centre
October 31, 2019   
5:00 - 7:00pm

Christmas Bazaar
Orrville Community Centre
November 16, 2019

10th Annual Santa Skate
Humphrey Arena
December 8, 2019  
2:00 - 4:00pm

Breakfast with Santa
Foley Community Hall
December 14, 2019  
9:00 - 11:00am
For more information about upcoming events and programs please visit www.seguin.ca/calendar
Seguin Township
5 Humphrey Drive
Seguin, ON. P2A 2W8
T. 705-732-4300