March 22 is World Water Day
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In honor of World Water Day, let’s all take a moment to remember how important it is to protect our water sources. All water is part of the critical system that protects the environment, our health, the economy and our way of life.

The Municipality of Marmora & Lake encourages you to participate in World Water Day by sampling your well water and doing your part to protect drinking water supplies.

Around the world many people struggle to have access to clean safe water. We all play a role in protecting valuable water resources so we can have a sufficient supply for our daily needs. In Ontario there are many checks and balances to ensure our municipal supplies of drinking water are safe for drinking. However if you get your drinking water from a well it is your responsibility to ensure you protect your water supply and test it to ensure it is safe to drink.

The Health Unit recommends that you take preventative measures to protect your water supply and that you sample your well water seasonally to ensure it is safe to drink. It’s a free test and water sample bottles are available at health unit offices and at Town Hall.

What you can do to protect water sources:

  • Maintain your well: check that surface water is diverted away from the casing, the cap is a properly fitted vermin proof cap

  • Keep chemicals away from your well and surface bodies of water especially in flood prone areas

  • Don’t flush medications and chemicals down your toilet as these may make their way into water sources

  • Take advantage of household hazardous waste days in your community to properly dispose of chemicals and harmful products that may contaminate water sources

  • Ensure you maintain your septic system so that it does not contaminate surface or ground water supplies

  • Support nature’s water filters by not destroying natural wetlands

  • Dispose of animal waste in a manner that does not pollute water supplies

  • CONSERVE water as it is a precious resource

For more information on Well Water please visit: http://hpepublichealth.ca/home/drinking-water

For more information and tips on Water Conservation please visit: http://quinteconservation.ca/site/images/stories/water/docs/water_conservation.pd

Roads Update

We have begun grading gravel roads starting with the worst roads first.

AND, we are only able to grade if:

  • the temperature has been above zero degrees Celsius for several hours

  • the road is reasonable dry; as putting a grader on a road saturated with water will make it worse than it is now.

Jennifer BennettComment
Public Health Alert: Drugs in HPE Region Have Tested Positive for Carfentanil

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Warning

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/March 20, 2019 – The presence of carfentanil in the Hastings Prince Edward region has been reported by Belleville Police Services. Two drug seizures made in Belleville have tested positive for carfentanil, and there have been at least two confirmed overdoses related to the substance. There has also been an increase in hospital visits related to opioid overdoses over the last few weeks.

Carfentanil is a very potent and dangerous drug, and has the potential to significantly increase the risk and rate of fatal overdoses. It has been identified locally in cocaine and heroin, but can be cut into any substance. Carfentanil can be fatal in a very small amount, less than the size of a grain of salt. The drug is commonly white and powdery, with an appearance similar to cocaine or heroin, although it can have a variety of forms. As it has no smell or taste, it is difficult to detect by people using drugs. It may be purposefully or accidentally added to many different street drugs.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health continues to monitor overdose rates in the region. Residents are advised to be aware of the presence of carfentanil and fentanyl contaminated drugs in the region, be aware of the risks of drug use, and be prepared to respond to an overdose situation:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose

  • Call 9-1-1

  • Administer Naloxone/Narcan (Lifesaver Kits)

  • Stay with individual while you wait for paramedics to arrive

  • Be aware that if an overdose is the result of carfentanil, more Naloxone may be required to reverse the overdose

Signs of an overdose may include:

  • Won’t wake up easily or at all

  • Breathing is very slow, erratic or not at all

  • Fingernails and/or lips turn blue

  • Body is limp

  • Deep snoring or gurgling

  • Pin point pupils

  • Vomiting

“Using drugs that could be contaminated with even a very small amount of carfentanil can be fatal,” says Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at HPEPH. “If you use, don’t use alone and ensure you have a Lifesaver Kit. If you have kids, talk to them about the dangers of drug use and the risk of overdose.”

All residents are advised that Under Canada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, if an individual seeks help for themselves or for someone else who has overdosed, they will not be charged for possessing or using drugs for their own use.

Additional information about carfentanil is available in the attached Fact Sheet.

For a list of locations where you can access a free Naloxone kit, visit our website.

Notice of Special Closed Session Council Meeting

Take notice that the Council of the Municipality of Marmora and Lake will hold a Special Closed Session Council Meeting on MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

This Special Closed Session Council Meeting is held under authority of Section 239 (3.1) of the Municipal Act for the purposes of Educational or Training Sessions.

The meeting will commence at 9:00 a.m. and will consist of a tour of the infrastructure located in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake.

This meeting is closed to the public.

Dated at the Municipality of Marmora and Lake this 19th day of March, 2019.

Tonia Bennett, CMO, Dipl. M.A
Municipal Clerk
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
P.O. Box 459, Marmora, ON, K0K 2M0
Phone: 613-472-2629 ext. 2221
Fax: 613-472-5330
Email: t.bennett@marmoraandlake.ca

New Garbage Bag Tags
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The Municipality would like to inform you of the new bag tags that will be coming into rotation in the coming months.

The new tags are printed on a metallic stock that is tear-resistant and more cost-effective. The price of $2 per tag and application for residents will not change. The old bag tags are still valid and should be used prior to any new tags if possible.

If you have any questions regarding the new garbage bag tags please contact the municipal office.

Victor Reid, Manager of Environmental Services
613-472-6285

Alexander Kelly, Municipal Treasurer
613-472-2629 ext 2224


Jennifer BennettComment
Two properties in municipality approved for secondary dwellings

Marmora and Lake - The secondary dwelling By-law passed in November 2018, is already proving to be a success in the municipality. 
Chief Building Official Matt deJong says there have already been permits issued for the construction of a secondary dwelling on two properties in the municipality. 
Both projects - one in the urban area and one in the rural - are 1,000 square foot garages with living space on the second floor. 
With limited building lots available for sale in the urban area, the By-law paves the way for additional housing to be built on lots that already have a residential unit on them. This could be in the form of a basement apartment, attached or detached unit, providing it meets all the criteria set out in the By-law. 
“This shows that the secondary dwelling By-law is creating affordable housing in both the urban and rural areas for the residents of Marmora and Lake,” deJong said. “Under the right circumstances it’s really feasible to add a secondary dwelling to your property and generate additional income.” 
For more information on the secondary dwelling By-law, contact deJong at 613-472-2629.

Megan AbrahamComment
Marketing with Motivation - a great way to enjoy International Women's Day
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Marmora and Lake would like to thank all the business women who came out to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Iron Grille on March 8. The event was organized through the municipality and sponsored by Community Futures of North and Central Hastings & South Algonquin. Guest speaker Michelle Ferreri had the packed room of about 40 women listening to her every word. Her humorous real-life stories of how she began her vlogging career were inspiring, relatable, and informative. She even took questions from the group, passing along advice on negotiating, social media, the various ways of capitalizing on the things you love, and more.

Overall the night was a motivating event for local businesses that were able to join us. A special thanks to Stephanie Wannamaker from the Iron Grille for the great food, friendly service and the room!

If you are a local business make sure you add your name to our local business directory, visit our business resources page, join our Marmora in Business Facebook group, and sign-up for emails so that you don't miss out on any future announcements.

2018 Drinking Water Quality Annual Reports

The environmental services department is pleased to report that in 2018, the Marmora Drinking Water System received an Inspection Summary Rating Record of 100% following a focused unannounced Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MECP) inspection in January 2019.

 

Also, the Municipality of Marmora and Lake has released its 2018 Drinking Water Quality Annual Reports. These reports detail the water quality results from January 1 to December 31, 2018, in accordance with the Ontario Drinking Water System Regulation (O.Reg. 170/03) under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2002. The reports contain valuable information pertaining to the treatment and sampling of the municipal drinking water system. Water Quality is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These reports and inspections confirm the continued delivery of high-quality safe drinking water. Residents are encouraged to read the reports to learn how the municipalities drinking water is tested, monitored and delivered to your home.

 

Digital copies available online. Print copies of the reports are available by request at the Environmental Services Department.

Notice Of Construction

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

Marmora and Lake Water Storage

 The water standpipe on Hayes Street serving the Village of Marmora is at the end of its useful life and requires replacement. A new standpipe will be erected at the present site and the existing standpipe removed. The new standpipe will include a new adjacent building and underground chamber. In addition, a new watermain will be installed along Hayes Street, complete with new service lines to the property line.  

Construction on Hayes Street is expected to begin in late March and conclude in November. The construction work will primarily consist of rock breaking, road reconstruction, the construction of the new standpipe, new building construction and the replacement of the watermain piping along Hayes Street. While the watermain replacement is taking place, temporary water services will be provided to the homes on Hayes Street. Residents will be contacted prior to the connections being made.

A preconstruction survey is to be conducted by the Peto MacCullum Limited (PML) on houses with the affected area. PML will contact affected residents to set up an appointment. We recommend that you schedule a time for inspection directly with PML. 

For any further inquiries, please contact:

Victor Reid
Manager, Environmental Services
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
12 Bursthall Street, PO Box 459,
Marmora, ON K0K 2M0
T: 613-472-2629
F: 613-472-5330 
Email: v.reid@marmoraandlake.ca

Tony Guerrera, P.Eng.
The Greer Galloway Group Inc.
1620 Wallbridge Loyalist Road
Belleville, ON K8N 4Z5
T: (613) 966-3068
F: (613) 966-3087
Email: tguerrera@greergalloway.com

Marmora & Lake is pleased to introduce a new service club to the area: Perfectly Stable Farms
Hierarch, bred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2

Hierarch, bred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2

Julie Parsons B.A. B.Sc. created Perfectly Stable Farm as a “safe environment filled with friends who don’t judge, don’t pry, and most of all expect nothing more than for you to remember the treats.” The Farm was previously located in King City serving York Region and Simcoe County and has recently relocated to Twin Sister Lake Road, here in Marmora.

Perfectly Stable Farm Mission Statement:

To provide a safe and secure environment, filled with exciting new experiences for children who have lost the ability to trust, believe in themselves, look forward to the future, and build toward a dream. These abilities we hold to be fundamentals of childhood. Through the mysterious bond between man and horse, we give back the wonder of childhood.

Affordable March Break Camp

  • Location: The barn is located at 104 Twin Sister Lake Road, in Marmora

  • Date: March 11 - 15, 2019 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm each day

  • Price: $150.00 for the week

  • Ages: 8 years old and up

What to bring

  • rubber boots or any kind of boots

  • 3 pairs of socks

  • extra gloves not mittens

  • extra clothes & sweater

  • warm hat

  • warm jacket

  • 2 snacks & lunch each day

  • please no valuables

  • if you have any large plastic jugs like laundry soap, vegetable oil, or bleach bring them for a craft project

Other Details

  • Registration is the weekend prior

  • Contact Julie for more information at 613-472-6715

  • Perfectly Stable Farms recently received their not-for-profit status and is fully insured

Jennifer Bennett Comments
Marmora Service Ontario clerks are now commissioners for taking affidavits

Our clerks are commissioners for taking affidavits for transactions specific to Service Ontario. They can take affidavits or declarations by asking you to swear or affirm that what is in a document is true. In Ontario, they’re regulated under the Commissioners for taking Affidavits Act.

COMMON TRANSACTIONS INCLUDE:

  1. Family gift vehicle transfer

  2. Homemade Trailers over 900 kg

  3. Declaration of ownership

For more information go to Ontario.ca

Jennifer BennettComment
Notice of public meeting to receive comments on 2019 proposed budget

Municipality of Marmora and Lake Ratepayers

PUBLIC MEETING

The Council of the Municipality of Marmora and Lake will be holding a Public Meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd , 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at 12 Bursthall Street, to receive comments and input from the public on the 2019 proposed municipal budget and fees. The 2019 municipal budget is available for viewing on the Municipal Website; hard copies are available for sign out at the Library and Municipal Office. The public are welcome and encouraged to attend to express their views on the budget.

Alexander Kelly, CPA, Municipal Treasurer
akelly@marmoraandlake.ca
(613) 472-2629 Ex 2224

Typhany Choinard, CMO, Chief Administrative Officer
tchoinard@marmoraandlake.ca
(613) 472-2629 Ex 2227

Notice of the end of the significant weather event in Marmora and Lake

After reviewing weather reports and observing the current weather, sidewalk conditions and road conditions, the Municipality of Marmora and Lake wishes to declare the end of the significant weather event in accordance with the Minimum Maintenance Standards, Ont Reg. 239/02.

Contact Roads Department at 613-472-6940 if you have any issues or concerns during this significant weather event.

Thanks,

Kevin Hart, C.E.T., CRS-S
Manager of Transportation
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
613-472-6940