Township Implements Proactive Measures as Precaution to Limit Further Transmission of COVID-19

Guelph/Eramosa implements proactive measures as a precaution to limit further transmission of the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

ROCKWOOD, Ontario, March 23, 2020 –  Mayor Chris White, along with the County of Wellington and all lower-tier municipalities,  has declared a State of Emergency for Guelph/Eramosa Township in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MEDIA RELEASE- THE COUNTY AND ALL SEVEN MEMBER MUNICIPALITIES DECLARE EMERGENCIES
 
Township of Guelph/Eramosa’s first priority is the safety of our residents and staff.

The Township is making significant changes to services and programming in response to new and ongoing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATES REGARDING SERVICES, CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:

Information is changing rapidly. Please check back often for new information and updates.

  • The Township’s Municipal Office (8348 Wellington Road 124) will be closed to the public until further notice, however, please be advised that:

    • A minimal amount of staff are present in the building and are available via phone and e-mail to assist members of the public. However,  there will be no staff-public interactions.

  • By Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, all communal or shared, public or private outdoor recreational amenities are closed. This includes all sports fields, skate parks, play grounds, basketball and tennis courts, picnic shelters, public gardens and community gardens. Green spaces, parks and trails will remain open for walkthrough access only, but individuals must maintain a safe physical distance of two metres apart.
  • All recreational facilities, including the Royal Distributing Athletic Centre are closed and all associated programming has been cancelled until further notice. To contact RDAPC staff directly about cancellations or refunds, please contact 519-265-7905 ext. 2.
  • The Marden Community Centre and the Rockmosa Community Centre are closed and all associated programming and rentals have been cancelled until further notice. To contact our community services staff directly about cancellations or refunds, please call 519-856-9596 ext. 113.
  • The Rockmosa Older Adult Centre is closed and all Active 55+ programming has been cancelled until further notice. To contact our community services staff directly about cancellations or refunds, please call 519-856-9596 ext. 139.
  • All Township play structures are closed until further notice. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Media Release.
  • Grand River Conservation Authority has closed all parks. https://www.grandriver.ca/en/who-we-are/covid-19.aspx

Open Air Burn Permits

  • The Township of Guelph/Eramosa is not under a burn ban at this time. Currently, Guelph/Eramosa is not in the restricted fire zones, which apply to cottage country and everything north, as set by the Province of Ontario. Please ensure you have a burn permit before conducting an open air burn.
  • All open air burn permits held by current property owners that were issued in 2019 and are set to expire or that have expired will now be valid until June 1, 2020. The Township encourages property owners to delay applying for a new open air burn permit at this time however, in urgent situations residents can email their application to general@get.on.ca or send it by regular mail. Staff will create and send out an invoice to collect payment and your permit will be returned via regular mail. Should you have any questions, please contact 519-856-9596 ext. 101

Building Permits

  • The Township is not be accepting any new building permit applications.
  • The Township of Guelph/Eramosa's Building Department has provided this memo regarding the building department's current services.

Dog Tag Licences

  • The municipal drinking water and sanitary system will continue to be maintained.
  • In-home service requests and water meter services are cancelled until further notice.
  • Water and wastewater staff continue to maintain the township systems to ensure that safe efficient delivery of drinking water and collection of wastewater.  Emergency and non-emergency enquiries continue to be received during regular business hours through regular phone and email methods.  Afterhours emergencies also continue to be reported through the after-hours 519-856-9596 ext. 150 for distribution to the appropriate on-call staff.
  • Residents are reminded to not flush disinfectant wipes, baby wipes or even paper towels.  Toilet paper is the only item which should be flushed.  Items such as wipes do not break down and will cause blockages in sewer mains and may clog pumps and treatment processes.

  • On March 24, 2020 the County of Wellington  circulated a media release regarding financial relief to residents and businesses from COVID-19.
  • There is a secure 24/7 mail drop box at the Township Municipal Office, located at 8348 Wellington Road 124 and during regular business hours, the vestibule will be open for members of the public to drop off tax or water bill payments but there will be no interactions between staff and the public at this time.
  • The Water Billing  and Tax Departments would like to remind residents that the Township does offer the option of receiving your bills through email billing.  
    • If you wish to receive your water bill through email,  please click here for more information. 
    • If you wish to receive your tax bill through email, please click here for more information.
  • We would also like to remind residents that the Township offers online banking and pre-authorized payment as additional options for water bill and tax payments:
    • 1)      Online Banking - please go to your financial institution’s online banking app or website and sign in.  In the search bar you will enter Guelph/Eramosa and proceed with set up.
    • 2)      Pre-authorized Payment Plan – click here and complete the PAP Enrollment Form for and forward to: 
      • Water Department: kskinnerosmond@get.on.ca. You will be advised through email when your PAP set up has been completed.
      • Tax Department: lvanalstine@get.on.ca. You will be advised through email when your PAP set up has been completed.
  • A Special Meeting of Council has been called for April 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. - more information will be posted here in the coming days
  • All Council and Committee meetings for the month of April have been cancelled.
  • All Public Meetings under the Planning Act have been postponed until further notice.
  • The Township will not be accepting any new planning applications until further notice. All current planning applications will be put on hold until further notice. The Committee of Adjustment meetings scheduled in April and May have been cancelled.
  • The Planning Department will continue to provide service, but please note that processing and response times may be affected during this time.
  • All Public Meetings under the Planning Act have been postponed until further notice.
  • The County of Wellington issued the media release on March 25, 2020 regarding Waste Disposal During COVID-19.
  • The County of Wellington issued this media release on March 20, 2020 regarding Waste Disposal During COVID-19.
  • Public works continues to maintain the road and drainage networks.  Emergency and non-emergency public works inquires can be made through regular phone and email methods.  Staff are available to respond as needed.  Afterhours emergencies also continue to be reported through the after-hours at 519-856-9596 ext. 150 for distribution to the appropriate on-call staff.
  • The Township will be responding only to emergency by-law enforcement and property standards complaints as they relate directly to the immediate health and safety of our community. No inspections within a dwelling unit will take place at this time.

For additional information on COVID-19 please visit Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

Additional Resources
As we collectively work through this challenging period together, the Township would also like to share helpful resources that are available. We encourage you to visit the County of Wellington's COVID-19 Support and Resources page for government resources, and business, agriculture, and economic development supports.
 
For more information, please contact:
Ian Roger, P.Eng.
Chief Administrative Officer
519-856-9596 ext. 105
iroger@get.on.ca

*Last updated April 3, 2020

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