November 2021
Published monthly
Vol. 4, Edition 4
The Monthly Report
November update
Welcome to our latest edition of The Monthly Report.

It is hard to believe we are nearly at the end of the year.

We remind readers to support local as much as they can this holiday season. Wasaga Beach businesses and the people they employ depend on our patronage.

And, if you are in a position to do so, please consider helping those less fortunate in our community.

As always, you will find an array of information in this e-newsletter. Get the details about the latest council decisions, learn about upcoming programs and services, plus much more.

The Monthly Report is a great way to stay in touch with the town.

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In November, we announced a COVID-19 outbreak involving town staff.

Since then we have issued three updates about the outbreak.

The town took all the proper steps to deal with the situation, as confirmed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Ministry of Labour. 

The town wishes to thank the health unit and the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre for its assistance.

We also wish to thank the many people in our community who expressed concern and support during the outbreak.

Thank you for your telephone calls and e-mails. We appreciate your kind words and thoughtful actions.

MURAL UNVEILING On Nov. 12, members of council met with artists from Future Day, the company that created our new mural at 140 Main St., the home of the Wasaga Beach Archives. The mural features images significant to Wasaga Beach. Learn more on our website.
FACADE IMPROVEMENT On Nov. 12, the Town of Wasaga Beach presented a $2,000 cheque to Make Great Wine and Cheese to offset the cost of the business's new sign. The funding is through the town's Facade Improvement Program. Learn more about the program on our website.
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE On Nov. 16, members of the Wasaga Beach Fire Department are an important and valued part of our Town of Wasaga Beach team. Last night, four members were recognized with service awards: Chief Mike McWilliam (25 years), Kevin Pike (20 years), Rob Thorne (15 years), and Jeremy Bell (10 years). Mayor Nina Bifolchi and CAO George Vadeboncoeur were on hand for the presentations.
REMEMBERING STARR SCOTT We celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Wasaga Beach Youth Centre on Nov. 17. We created this space to ensure young people in our community have a safe place to gather – a space where they can learn, have fun, and make memories. Throughout the years, we have met our objectives and touched the lives of literally thousands of young people in Wasaga Beach. Each year we see the centre pursue new programs and opportunities – keeping the operations fun and relevant to youth. On behalf of council, Mayor Nina Bifolchi commended staff and volunteers for their efforts. Also at the anniversary event, we recognized former town recreation coordinator Starr Scott, who passed away recently, for her efforts to establish the centre and the many years she worked with local youth. A plaque recognizing her contributions has been placed in the centre, which she continued to volunteer at during her retirement. Members of Starr's family were on hand for the plaque presentation. Learn more about the youth centre on our website.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The Municipal Law Enforcement Department is reminding residents that as of November 1st, 2021 until April 1st, 2022, Winter Parking Restrictions will be in effect for all of Wasaga Beach. Under these restrictions:

• No person shall park a vehicle between the hours of 01:00 AM and
07:00 AM
• No person shall park a vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with
the clearing of snow

Staff will be on shift to enforce these restrictions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Department at (705) 429-2511 or by emailing [email protected]
FOCUS ON WASAGA BEACH Our latest edition showcasing the great things happening in our community was recently sent with the Toronto Star to subscribers in parts of the GTA. See the PDF version of the publication on our website.
Budget public meeting Dec. 14
Council is hosting a budget public meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

This is your opportunity to learn about the proposed 2022 budget and to share your views with members of council.

Upgrades approved for council chamber and
change in meeting schedule
ME Audio and Visual will make equipment upgrades to the council chamber at a cost of $72,259, plus HST in preparation for the return of the public at meetings.

Council, at its Nov. 23 meeting, approved the work with 75 percent funded through the COVID provincial grant and 25 percent through the Capital Asset Replacement Reserve.

They also approved a return to in-person meetings, with no public attendance, following the completion of the audio/visual upgrades to the council chamber.

Once the province has lifted all restrictions on physical distancing, face coverings, COVID-19 screening protocols, and proof of vaccination, and following the recommendations of the health unit, Council will open the Council Chamber to the public.
Lastly, they approved moving the day and time of council meetings from the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. to the fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., starting January 2022.

This will allow the public more opportunity to review the agenda prior to the meeting – the town publishes agendas on the Monday before the meeting – and it will reduce the potential of conflicts with other meetings.

Building numbers remain strong
The town issued 75 building permits in October with an estimated construction value of $36-million.

Of the permits issued, 50 were for single-detached homes and seven were for town homes.

This is shaping up to be a record year for building activity on a number of fronts.

A full report will come forward at the end of the year.

ERRONEOUS TOWN FINANCIAL INFORMATION CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA Our latest Truth Corner looks at false incorrect financial information that is making the rounds on local social media regarding the twin-pad arena and library. Get the facts on our website.
Online resources to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic
Government of Ontario COVID-19 updates
Wasaga Beach Council Highlights
Wasaga Beach Town Council met on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

For an overview of what took place, see our highlights package here.

Watch the meeting below:
Find a meeting in our calendar
Looking for information on when town meetings take place?

Check out our website for dates and times. You can see the whole month at a glance.

Learn more here:

Town of Wasaga Beach Quick Fact

Did you know that if you own a dog in the Town of Wasaga Beach it must have a license?

Our website contains all the information you need to know about licensing your quadruped. Learn more here.
Waste collection information
The County of Simcoe is responsible for waste collection in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

You can learn more about waste services by visiting the county's website.

The site includes a variety of information, including waste collection schedules and landfill locations.
Water conservation rebates are available!
The Town of Wasaga Beach has a water conservation rebate program.
When you install a low flow or dual flush toilet you are eligible for a $70 rebate.
Residents who install a rain barrel can get a $30 rebate.
Please note that only property owners on municipal water are eligible for the rebate.
You can find rebate forms at here or pick one up at town hall, 30 Lewis St. Applicants must include copies of receipts indicating that they purchased the particular item.
Completed forms and supporting documentation can be presented at town hall. The rebate will be applied to your next water bill.
You've got payment options
through Plastiq
Through the town's website using Plastiq (third party), you can pay your property tax and/or water/wastewater bill by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
There will be a service fee of 2.5 percent applied by the service provider, Plastiq.
Please note that there are several low or no-cost means of paying your bill with the town. These include equal payment plan, telephone banking, mailing a cheque, or placing a payment in our drop box.
Check out Let's Talk Wasaga Beach here: Click
Pocket dialing can tie up resources
When inadvertently dialing 911 on your cell phone, please remember you are activating an emergency service.

In doing so, emergency personnel are committed to determining the origin and extent of the emergency that may be happening.

This means they have to locate the individual who inadvertently dialed 911.

This response can draw needed resources away from actual emergencies. To prevent this please, when not using your phone, lock it so that unintentional calls do not happen.

If you do dial 911 by mistake, please do not hang up on the operator. Explain the call is in fact not an emergency, tell the operator where you are and stay there. This is because an officer must attend your location to determine an emergency is not taking place.

By hanging up or leaving your current location, you create a situation where emergency services must try to locate you, and in the process tie up precious resources.

Only you can stop 911 misdials.
Medic Alert Connect
Are you familiar with MedicAlert Connect?

MedicAlert Connect provides Ontario Provincial Police with 24/7 direct access to a person's medical information including conditions, anxiety triggers, and de-escalation techniques, to assist with reuniting you and your loved ones.

Did you know the OPP has an online crime reporting site?

The site lets you report a crime without visiting an OPP detachment. Learn more.
The way we were...
GENERAL STORE From the Historical Advisory Committee. Charlie Eberhardt opened the original Eberhardt Store around 1911. The general store was a small, wooden building with a good-sized front porch. Inside it held all the items that members of the small but growing community of Wasaga Beach required. Charlie would travel in his boat, the Russell E, to Collingwood and bring back supplies for the store. Locals and tourists could purchase groceries, stove and lamp oil, boots, shoes, clothing, yard goods, thread, items for their households, such as lamps, dishes, utensils. Eberhardt’s sold fresh fish and you could purchase ice from their ice hut, built on River Road West. As the population grew so did the need for space in the store. The store became a two-storey building, with rooms to rent upstairs for tourists in the summer and other travellers over the year. During the fall, winter and early spring one of the upstairs rooms became a school for the children of Wasaga Beach’s year-round residents. The store was located on the northeast bank of the Nottawasaga River.
There's always something to do through the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Message from Mayor Nina Bifolchi
As we head into the holiday season, on behalf of council and staff, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
My hope is you safely enjoy the season with loved ones and friends. But remember to find some quiet time for yourself too - because that's just as important.
As you will have seen in our newsletter, we encourage you to shop local this holiday season. Wasaga Beach businesses offer fantastic products and services. Please consider them when looking for gift ideas.
Many organizations in Wasaga Beach use this time of year to help those who are less fortunate. If you can donate food or money to one of the local charitable projects taking place, please consider doing so. 
Keep an eye on our website and social media for our digital Christmas Through Town tour map. This self-guided tour will feature a collection of beautifully decorated yards and home exteriors that you can view from your vehicle or on foot. Please be respectful of people's property.
Our newsletter highlights several other fun town programs you can access. Public skating, snowshoeing, and indoor walking at the YMCA are just some of the things you can explore.
Please note that at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 we are hosting our annual public meeting on the draft budget for the year ahead. This is a chance to learn about our plans for 2022 and an opportunity to share your views with council and staff.
In the weeks ahead, watch your mailbox for our special publication updating you on council's priorities for this term. As you will see, council and staff have accomplished a great deal since the fall of 2018 and we look forward to working on your behalf in 2022.
In closing, stay safe and I look forward to updating you again soon.
Wasaga Beach Town Council
Mayor Nina Bifolchi
705-429-3844, ext. 2225
Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray
Councillor Joe Belanger
Councillor David Foster
Councillor Mark Kinney
Councillor George Watson
Councillor Stan Wells
Your town council...
Members of Wasaga Beach town council are elected to represent the people of Wasaga Beach.

You can discuss town matters with a member of council by calling or e-mailing them.

If you would like a member of council to attend a special event please contact Pam Kenwell at 705-429-3844, ext. 2246 or e-mail [email protected]
Chief Administrative Officer
705-429-3844, ext. 2222
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