Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and staff. We are taking precautionary steps to protect our staff and community from COVID-19, and have changed some of our operations to flatten the curve.

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Provincial Emergency and

Provincewide Shutdown

The Province of Ontario has issued a Provincial Emergency and new measures as part of the current provincewide shutdown that came into effect on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. 

For more information on the Province's public health measures and restrictions, visit:

Province of Ontario Website


Municipal Services

Our staff are taking precautions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, our Administration Office and facilities are closed to the public, however we are continuing to work, providing services and responding to inquiries. We ask that you use online services where possible.

See the service listing below for detailed information on any changes or disruptions to our services.

 Animal Services

Please complete a Dog Tag Application at https://forms.meaford.ca/Dog-Tag-Application. Your registration will be tracked and staff will contact you to arrange payment.

Staff will continue to respond to pick-up stray dogs and other domesticated animals where necessary.

 By-law Services

By-law Enforcement staff are completing  patrols of outdoor recreation facilities to ensure social distancing and resident safety. If there are regular issues at a particular location, please e-mail bylaw@meaford.ca or call 519-538-2121.

All by-law related calls are being assessed for immediate risk to resident health and safety, and prioritized accordingly. By-law officers are continuing to respond to urgent complaints. Non-urgent complaints will be logged and investigated when possible.

If there is an emergency - Call 911.

 Council Meetings

Meaford Council meetings will be held virtually due to the provincewide shutdown.

If a member of the public wishes to make a deputation on items on the Council agenda or ask a public question of Council, they may do so remotely via phone or internet. To make a deputation or ask a public question, please register with Legislative Services in advance by 10:00 a.m. on the date of the meeting by contacting mwiltonsiegel@meaford.ca.

You can find the meeting agenda at Meaford.civicweb.net, and watch the meeting livestream online on the Municipality of Meaford’s Youtube channel.

Committee Meetings

The Emergency Control Group will continue to re-assess the current situation to determine when meetings can once again be scheduled. 

Financial Services Processes

The Administrative Office is currently to the public during the provincewide shutdown however staff are still working onsite and remotely. Staff will continue to process property tax inquiries, property sales data, owner changes and address changes.

Accounts Payable are continuing to be processed to ensure vendors accounts are kept up to date.

Tax and Utility payments may be made online, through financial institutions, by pre-authorized payment, by mailing a cheque or using the drop box and will be processed weekly.

 Fire Services

The Municipality remains prepared to respond to emergencies. Emergency response by the Meaford Fire Department and the Inter-Township Fire Department is not impacted.

Public education and fire prevention activities have been suspended. 

 Garbage, Recycling and Organics Pickup

Collection of garbage, Blue Bin (recycling), and Green Bin (organics), is not impacted and will continue as scheduled.

Bag tags can be purchased and are continuing to be stocked at the following service vendors.

  • Rockford Service Centre
  • Owen Sound Food Basics
  • Annan Post Office
  • Meaford Ultramar
  • Meaford Public Library (curbside pickup only)
  • Masse' Your Independent Grocer (formerly Bill's Valu Mart)
  • Circle K
  • Foodland Thornbury
  • Meaford Rexall
  • Jet Variety
  • IDA Pharmacy Meaford
  • Home Hardware (Both Locations - Rice's and Knights)
  • Meaford Convenience Plus
  • Meaford Convenience and Pet Stop
  • Meaford Esso

We ask everyone to keep following our standard guidelines for garbage pickup, and continue to put out a maximum of 3 bags weighing under 40 lbs each, and to have them to the curb by 7:00 a.m.

The Miller Waste Transfer Station at 2085 20th Avenue East, Owen Sound is continuing to operate as usual.

Please ensure that all material placed in garbage bins and green bins are properly bagged, specifically cleaning products such as wipes, tissues/napkins and other sanitary/hygiene products.

Electronic waste drop-off dates have been cancelled for the following 2021 dates: January 23rd, February 13th and 27th. For more information on these cancellations click on the following link: news update

Jobs

The Municipality will continue to accept resumes for all posted job vacancies appearing on our Job Opportunities page. Only those applicants that have applied for positions who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  

Leaf and Yard Waste

The Leaf and Yard Waste Depot is now closed for the season. It will reopen in mid-April of 2021, weather permitting.

Lottery Licences

During the provincewide shutdown, we have paused the processing of new Lottery Licences because of the in-person coordination that is required to complete the necessary paperwork.

If you have an existing licence that needs to either be extended or renewed, please contact please contact 519-538-1060 ext. 1602 or email bylaw@meaford.ca  for more information and assistance. 

Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall is closed to the public during the provincewide shutdown. All live performance shows at Meaford Hall have been rescheduled or cancelled. Please contact the Box Office to arrange for refunds at 519-538-0463. Rescheduled shows will be listed on the Meaford Hall website at www.meafordhall.ca.  Any performance dates listed on our website may change. For ticket information, contact Meaford Hall at ticket@meaford.ca or 519-538-0463.

Meaford Harbour

For more information on changes to Harbour operations due to COVID-19, see the Meaford Harbour page.

Meaford Moves+

The Meaford Moves+ accessible transit service is operating with new safety protocols in place. During the current provincewide shutdown and Stay-at-Home Order, Meaford Moves+ should only be booked for essential travel purposes.

Call 519-538-5577 to book your trip. 

Meaford Museum

The Meaford Museum is currently closed during the provincewide shutdown. Check-out our Meaford Museum webpage for more information on the museum.

Meaford Museum 

 Meaford Public Library

Meaford Public Library is offering curbside pick up during regular hours, including Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturdays.

The library is pleased to offer Wifi hotspots, laptops, and tablets for loan to help keep you connected. In addition, copying, scanning and faxing services will be provided at curbside pick up.

As well, new memberships will continue to be processed during the provincewide shutdown.

Municipal Construction Projects

Active Municipal capital projects are being completed in accordance with applicable legislation. These projects include roads and bridge projects, Water and Wastewater treatment facility projects, and other indoor projects. Public Information Centres (PIC’s) - Meetings for 2021 Capital Projects and Studies will be scheduled throughout the year and will be subject to Public Health guidelines. Virtual meetings have been proposed when -in-person meetings are not possible.

Parks and Facilities

The Meaford and St Vincent Arena and Community Centre, as well as Riverside, Bognor, and Woodford Community Halls will be closed during the provincewide shutdown. Space booking will be unavailable during this time.

The arena ice has been removed from the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season. For more information please click on the following link: news update. Staff will continue to monitor the Province's COVID-19 restrictions in planning for the 2021-2022 arena season.

Please be aware that even when provincial limitations are lifted, Municipal limitations may continue for the safety of our community until we have the proper procedures in place.

Visit our Parks and Facilities Directory

Please remember that in any open facilities, the following protocols always apply:

  • Practice physical distancing from those outside your household or social circle
  • Dogs must ALWAYS be leashed, unless posted otherwise
  • Follow all other facility rules posted at each site.

Areas are being patrolled to ensure the safety of our community. If you see activity that concerns you, please report it to the non-emergency OPP line at 1-888-310-1122.

Payment and Inquiry Locations

Payment and Inquiry counters for property taxes, utilities, dog tags and parking tickets are closed to the public.

Property tax and utility bills can still be paid via online banking, at your financial institution, or by mailing a cheque. Tax and utility payments can also be made by credit card at ipn.paymentus.com/otp/stde/mmfd.

 

If you need additional information for paying Municipal bills online, please call 519-835-1060 and press 'O' to speak with a customer services representative or email info@meaford.ca.

 Planning and Building

Building Services

Are Building Services staff are continuing to support building applications and processes following the restrictions in place by the Province of Ontario.

Applicants are advised that starting some constructions projects continue to be limited based upon the Provincial requirements for non-essential versus essential construction. Please confirm how the most up-to-date Provincial requirements apply to your project before starting work, following building permit issuance. 

Due to limitations associated with staff working alternate and remote-working arrangements, usual timelines will not apply, though we will do our very best to issue permits in a timely manner.

Applications are to be made in hardcopy to the Administration office by mail, or using the mail drop slot. Payments must be submitted by cheque. Please connect with our staff before submitting your applications, to confirm applicable fees and any other complete application requirements.  

Rick Carefoot, Chief Building Official(CBO) (rcarefoot@meaford.ca) and Tammy Dobie, Deputy CBO (tdobie@meaford.ca ) can be reached directly by email for ongoing files and inspection requests. General inquiries or inspection requests can be directed to building@meaford.ca.

At the time of scheduling of inspections, staff will discuss safety measures and social distancing/site protocols that meet with current Provincial and local Health Unit requirements. An inspection will only be carried out where the safety of staff can be ensured. For occupied buildings, this may require submitting alternate supporting materials such as photos or videos if a physical inspection cannot be safely carried out.

Planning Services

We are accepting and processing new Planning Applications.

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 149/20, the usual timelines under the Planning Act will not generally apply to acceptance and processing of applications during the emergency, though we are doing our best to review and process applications in a timely manner.

Applications are to be made in hardcopy by mail or using the mail drop slot at the Administration Office located at 21 Trowbridge Street West. Payments must be submitted by cheque. Please connect with staff before submitting your applications, to confirm applicable fees and any other complete application requirements. Digital copies of forms and supporting documents are usually required, in addition to the hardcopy submission. Staff can provide guidance regarding digital submissions on a case-by-case basis.

If you would like to speak with planning staff about a planning application that is under way or your project, please call 519-538-1060 ext. 1119 or email

planning@meaford.ca.

Policing

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to provide police services for the Municipality.

The Chatsworth Detachment continues to process criminal record checks for employment purposes.

Callers to the OPP are screened for COVID-19 to protect the frontline officer who responds. Members of the public are encouraged to use the online reporting tool where possible. 

 Property Tax and Utility Billing

Property tax and utility bill payments remain in effect. Water meter readings are being done. If a meter cannot be read it will be estimated at this time.

Payments can be made by online banking, at your financial institution, by pre-authorized payment, or by mailing a cheque or using the drop box located at the Administrative Office at 21 Trowbridge Street.

If you have any questions please email info@meaford.ca.

Public Consultation

Online consultation related to specific projects is continuing. You can still get involved by visiting our Get Involved webpage, Planning and Development - Current Developments web page and our Capital Projects page for a list of current projects and initiatives with opportunities to provide public engagement.

 Recreation Programs

In-person recreation programs are postponed during the provincewide shutdown. 

As restrictions lift more programs will be offered. For more information please visit www.meaford.ca/recreation.  

 Road and Sidewalk Maintenance

Critical road and sidewalk operations and maintenance, winter maintenance and emergency road, pot hole and sidewalk repairs and maintenance, are continuing, as well as routine operations including street cleaning, and routine repairs and maintenance to roads, sidewalks and bridges.

 

Issuance and/or review of Municipal entrance permits has resumed.

 

To report an issue on a municipal road, please complete a Roads Inquiry Form.

If you would like to speak to staff about a road or sidewalk please call 519-538-1060 ext. 1302 or email roads@meaford.ca.

Special Events

In-person special events on Municipal property are postponed during the provincewide shutdown. Special event requirements as wet out by the Province will continue to be monitored and followed throughout the pandemic. 

 Water, Wastewater and Stormwater

Critical Municipal water, wastewater and stormwater operations continue and include:

  • Providing safe drinking water
  • Safe collection and treatment of wastewater
  • Stormwater management.

The Infrastructure Service department is an essential service for our residents and businesses. Our drinking water is safe to use and drink directly from the tap. It is continuously tested, monitored and analyzed to ensure it meets the strict standards of the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada.

All emergency repairs and response will continue, including emergency watermain break repairs. Critical construction projects related to water and wastewater treatment facilities will continue. Regular and preventative maintenance activities are suspended.

Water meter reading is still occurring, allowing water use information to be obtained and used for billing however any meters that cannot be read due to meter errors will be estimated at this time until staff can safely enter residents premises to complete repairs at a later date. 

If you have an inquiry about your water or water billing, please contact 519-538-1060 ext. 1116 or email water@meaford.ca.

 Weddings or Commissioning

We are not offering marriage licence or commissioning services during the provincewide shutdown because of the in-person coordination that is required to complete the necessary paperwork.

If you have an inquiry about applying for a marriage licence or arranging for a commissioning at a future date, please contact 519-538-1060 ext.1100 or email clerk@meaford.ca for more information and assistance. 

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