Construction Updates (and Building Information)

Construction:

May 15, 2020: The Province of Ontario has lifted the essential workplace limits on construction. The Township of Minden Hills Building Department will begin resuming all construction related activities, including the issuance of permits and inspections effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The Building Department can be reached by calling 705-286-1260 ext. 209.

May 8, 2020 - Following the May 4th, 2020 Provincial statement regarding the construction industry and efforts to begin re-opening certain business sectors, the municipalities of Haliburton County will resume issuing permits for On-Site Sewage Systems, effective Monday, May 11th.

At this time, permits for building and/or demolition will continue to be accepted for review but will not be issued until the provincial government removes restrictions for such construction projects.

These municipal changes should be followed in conjunction with the provincial restrictions of limited gatherings, social distancing, etc.

April 4, 2020 - as of 11:59 PM April 4th, 2020 construction sites across Ontario shall be limited to the following parameters:

  1. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be re-purposed for health care space.
  2. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  3. Critical industrial construction activities required for,
    • the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
    • significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
    • industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. Residential construction projects where,
    • a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and town-homes
    • an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or
    • the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
  1. Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.

Under the provincial mandate, construction cannot be started unless the project falls within the essential list above.

For full information regarding these changes, refer to Media Release 20-24 - Joint Letter to the Construction Industry - Essential Services List COVID-19 04.09.20

For more information on Building/Bylaw/Planning matters, please refer to the Building/Bylaw/Planning page of our website. 

For information regarding the Haliburton County Home Builders Association, please visit their website at www.hchba.ca

Media Releases

May 15, 2020:

May 8, 2020:

April 28, 2020:

April 22, 2020:

April 9, 2020:

April 6, 2020:

April 3, 2020:

April 2, 2020:

March 27, 2020:

March 25, 2020:

March 20, 2020:

March 18, 2020:

March 17, 2020:

MNRF Fire Ban Lifted

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has lifted their Fire Restrictions, effective 12:01 AM, Saturday May 16, 2020. Open air burning will be permitted. Individuals must contact the Minden Hills Fire Department at 705-286-1260 or visit www.mindenhills.ca/emergency-fire-services/fire-prevention/ for any restrictions or bylaw information that are in place regarding open air burning.

Tax Due Date Extension and Other Taxation & Financial Information

The due date for the 1st installment of the 2020 Interim Tax billing has been further extended to May 29, 2020;

The due date of the 2nd installment of the 2020 Interim Tax Billing has been extended to June 26, 2020.

For more information on the tax due date extension and other finance information, refer to the
Changes in Tax Due Date and other Financial Information page of our website.

Township Facilities, Operations and Closures

Exclusive of Landfill Operations, ALL Township facilities continue to remain CLOSED to the public, until further notice.

*** THE DUE DATE FOR FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THE 2020 INTERIM TAX BILLING has been extended to April 24, 2020, without penalty or interest. ***

Administrative call answering services remain available during regular business hours, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. Our menu has changed.

Dial 705-286-1260 followed by one of the following options:

  • For the Building, By-law and Planning Departments dial extension 209
  • For the Finance and Tax Department dial extension 201
  • For the Public Works Department (including Landfills, Roads and Water & Sewer) dial extension 212
  • For all other inquiries dial extension 200

Email: admin@mindenhills.ca

Please provide your name, contact information (phone and/or email) and a clear and brief message regarding the reason for your call or email.

If a return call is deemed necessary by Staff, it will be done in a priority sequence. Please be patient.

Please do not submit inquiries though the Minden Hills website “Contact Us” form.

If your call is an Emergency, call 911.

For after-hours Township related emergencies, please call 1-866-856-3247.

Due to reduced staffing levels, calls and emails will be returned, if deemed necessary, on a priority basis.

Visit www.mindenhills.ca to view Media Releases and for a list of township closures and alternative methods of service being offered.

We thank the public for their understanding as we work toward keeping our community safe & healthy.

Fire Services:

  • Services will continue to operate at full capacity with appropriate precautions in place; and
  • We would like to remind everyone to call 911 for all emergency situations.

Burn Permits:

  • Due to the current requirement for social/physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minden Hills Fire Department, along with the other fire departments in Haliburton County, have suspended the issuing of Burn Permits, until further notice. This is in conjunction with the Township’s continuing effort to keep the community safe by implementing community-based measures to limit exposure to risk for the public, Township employees and volunteers.
  • The public is reminded that, as per By-law 19-57: No person shall start a fire, outdoors for burning untreated wood products, leaves and brush, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM without a permit. Any person that sets a fire within the restricted time without a permit shall be responsible for all fees, fines and costs incurred by the fire department.

Building/By-Law and Planning Department

  • Interaction with staff is limited to appointment only;
  • Application forms pertaining to these departments can be found online;
  • Meetings related to planning matters with legislated timelines will occur until or unless other legislative requirements are determined by the Province of Ontario;
  • Staff will continue to field building inspection requests;
  • Septic inspections were suspended December 2019, and will continue to be suspended until further notice;
  • Appropriate distancing and hygiene protocols will be required by staff and all participants; as determined by the Township; and
  • The public is asked to consider the urgency of their request or application.

Construction:

As of 11:59 PM April 4th, 2020 construction sites across Ontario shall be limited to the following parameters:

  1. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be re-purposed for health care space.
  2. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  3. Critical industrial construction activities required for,
    • the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
    • significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
    • industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. Residential construction projects where,
    • a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and town-homes
    • an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or
    • the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
  1. Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.

Under the provincial mandate, construction cannot be started unless the project falls within the essential list above.

For full information regarding these changes, refer to Media Release 20-24 - Joint Letter to the Construction Industry - Essential Services List COVID-19 04.09.20

Finance Department

The Due Date for the 1st installment of the 2020 Interim Tax Billing has been extended to April 24, 2020, without penalty or interest.

Payment of Accounts:

  • Cash and debit payments have been suspended;
  • Please refer to the following table for all other payment methods:

  • The secure (locked) Drop Box (as noted in the above table) is labelled and located on the north wall of the Administration building facing Pritchard Lane and the Municipal parking lot.   It is accessed from the wheelchair entrance and is at the top of the first ramp, please look for the sign with the red arrow in the window - Absolutely no cash is to be deposited in the drop box;
  • Interest and penalties for non-payment of other accounts (see above table) will also be suspended until April 24, 2020 as well. 
  • While due dates have been extended, we encourage account holders to utilize the payment methods noted above, and to submit payments as soon as reasonably possible.

Payment of all Vendor Accounts (Accounts Payable):

  • Will continue according to normal processes;
  • Due to the office closure, invoices must be mailed or placed in the Township Drop Box – see Drop Box details above.
  • Please ensure that invoices include your current mailing address, as the ability to pick-up your cheque at any Township facility has been suspended.
  • Cheques will be mailed. The Township does not have the ability to EFT payments at this time, and courier services will not be utilized.

Property Assessment Values and Assessment Review Board:

  • The Request for Reconsideration (RfR) deadline is usually March 31st of the applicable taxation year. However, given the emergency declared by the Province of Ontario, pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and regulations made thereunder, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, (MPAC) has announced that the RfR deadline for the 2020 taxation year will be 16 days after the emergency is lifted. https://www.mpac.ca/
  • For information regarding Assessment Review Board deferrals and timelines, please refer to the Board’s website under News and Updates: https://elto.gov.on.ca/

Meetings

All Council, Committee of the Whole, Public, Advisory Committee and Local Board regularly scheduled meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Staff are working diligently to find a solution for moving forward the business of Council and to resume meetings as soon as possible; by means that meet legislative requirements, provides transparency to the public, and adheres to all safety measures for Staff, Council and members of the Public.

Parks, Recreation, Community and Cultural Services

  • These facilities are closed, and all Township events and programs have been cancelled or suspended until further notice.

Public Parks, Playgrounds and Boat Launches:

  • In accordance with the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the following Township maintained seasonal public parks, playgrounds and boat launches are CLOSED, effectively immediately, until further notice:
    • Panorama Park
    • Rotary Park
    • Bissett Beach
    • Lutterworth Park
    • Furnace Falls
    • Skateboard Park, Tennis Courts and Shuffle Board Courts
    • Peck Street Boat Launch
    • Downtown Public Dock (located on Water Street, along the Gull River)
  • A reminder that the Minden, Lochlin and Irondale Community Centres remain closed, including the children’s playgrounds at each of these locations.
  • Signage and/or barricades will be placed at all affected locations.
  • All other municipally maintained public boat launches will remain open at this time. When accessing these locations, ensure that you are practicing social/physical distancing with a minimum of 2m (6 feet) between yourself and other members of the public.

Public Washrooms

  • All public washrooms and portable toilets (port-a-potties) are closed for public use.

Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

  • Will remain available at the following locations:

Administration Building – #7 Milne Street - Parking Lot and Minden Hills Library – #174 Bobcaygeon Road – Parking Lot

Public Works

Landfills:

Reduced services at waste sites to the acceptance of bagged garbage and household recycling only was undertaken in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the announcement of these reductions on March 18, 2020, site traffic has not reduced. Residents are attending waste sites in higher volumes than is typical for this time of year, and many are attending with minimal amounts of waste.

The Township of Minden Hills is urging residents to avoid waste sites as much as possible, in order reduce the number of individuals on site at any given time.

Do not attend waste sites unless you have accumulated 3 full bags of garbage

When attending waste sites, please adhere to the following:

  • Do not bring passengers to waste sites unless you need physical assistance unloading your vehicle or have no other arrangements made for watching a dependant (child, elderly, etc.).
  • Do not cross any physical barriers put in place at each site.
  • Do not approach attendants for assistance unless you are in physical distress.
  • Do not attend the site with any materials beyond bagged household waste and recycling.
  • Do not enter the site attendant’s shelter or bring food or beverages for the site attendants.
  • Do not exit your vehicle with the exception of unloading your vehicle at the household waste bin and recycling bins.
  • All communication with site staff shall be completed through the window of your vehicle, and shall be limited to discussions regarding the disposal of your waste.
  • When you have exited your vehicle, ensure that you are practicing social/physical distancing with a minimum of 2m (6 feet) between yourself and members of the public.

Any person verbally harassing or abusing site staff and/or failing to comply with the above requirements or regular waste facility rules/regulations will be suspended from attending the site for the remainder of the Provincial and Municipal declared COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency.

Please remember that these are temporary measures put in place to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and a return to normal operations will require the immediate and full cooperation of the public.

Roads:

  • Service levels will be maintained in accordance with minimum maintenance standards.

Reporting Non-Adherence to Public Event and Social Gathering Guidelines:

The Ontario government has prohibited organized public events and social gatherings of more than five (5) people.
If you are aware of anyone who is not adhering to this order, or to the guidelines related to physical distancing, you are encouraged to contact your local police department or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122; or online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.

Short Term Rentals:

Following the advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

  • Every person who provides short term rentals in rental accommodations shall ensure that any rentals booked after April 4, 2020 are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.
  • The above provision does not apply in respect of hotels, motels and student residences.
  • Failing to comply with this emergency order is an offence under the EMCPA, and parties may be subject to a fine.

Water Testing

Laboratory testing of well water

The Haliburton HKPR District Health Unit is closed to the public, however water bottles can be picked up, and returned samples can be dropped off, outside the office located at 191 Highland Street, Unit 301, Haliburton, Monday to Thursday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. All returned water samples are to be placed in the cooler provided outside of the building. Ensure that you are practicing social/physical distancing.

Please call ahead as pick up/drop off times may change -1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.

Waste/Landfill Operations

Landfills Remain Open. The Hours of Operation Have Not Changed. 

Account Holder Construction and Demolition Disposal

Effective May 4, 2020 the Township of Minden Hills will begin accepting construction and demolition materials at the Scotch Line Landfill from existing account holders only. Please refer to Media Release 20-27 Minden Hills COVID-19 Update Account Holder Construction & Demolition Disposal for complete details. 

For more information on Landfill Operations, including some service reductions, refer to the
Landfill Operations page of our website.


HELPFUL LINKS

Government of Canada:
How to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Government of Ontario:
Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Health Canada

Ministry of Health

Public Health Ontario

County of Haliburton

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) RfR deadline extension

Assessment Review Board
deferrals and timelines

HKPR: How to Wash Your Hands

HKPR: Prevent the Spread of Germs

Prevention and Best Practices

SHARED
COMMUNICATIONS

HCDC COVID-19 Loan
Program Details

HHHS Self Isolation Flyer

HHHS Appeal for Health Care Workers – Mar 24, 2020

HHHS Release – Mar 17 2020

Joint Letter to the Construction Industry – Essential Services List COVID-19

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility – Ontario Community Support

MNRF Memo – Restricted Fire Zone Declaration due to COVID-19

Ontario Energy Board COVID-19 Update on Time of Use Pricing

The Township of Minden is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).

We are collectively working together to put into effect community based measures that will protect the general population in Minden Hills and our surroundings, in order to do our part to slow the spread of the virus.

New information continues to be communicated by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario regarding preventative measures for communities. This information can be accessed by clicking the links provided under the HELPFUL LINKS heading.

We will also share important and useful communications from our community partners. These can be accessed by clicking on the links provided under the SHARED COMMUNICATIONS heading.

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic and that the rates of infection continue to rise. On March 17, 2020 the province of Ontario declared a State of Emergency.

The Township of Minden Hills has declared a state of emergency effective, Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 6:42 PM.

The Minden Hills Emergency Operations Centre has convened and are beginning to meet regularly to monitor the situation and are encouraging the public to check the Township website and local media outlets for updates.

Another way to stay up to date is to subscribe to our website by clicking the Subscribe Here button, located at the bottom of the web page, and by completing the following:

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We will continue to communicate all information by means of media broadcasting and media releases to radio stations, local newspapers and our website.

For Municipal Emergency contact after hours call: 1-866-856-3247

For Emergency Services call: 911