The Township of Huron-Kinloss will be providing updates on the COVID-19 virus through this page.
Huron-Kinloss Mayor Addressees the Public with the Township of Huron-Kinloss Response to COVID-19 To Date.
Mayor Mitch Twolan addressed the public via Social Media on the Township’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Twolan strongly discouraged people from travelling to and from the cottage. He explained, Township Staff is monitoring and enforcing the current Provincial Orders, the Municipal Fire Burn Ban and Municipal Order to not permit the Operation of any valves for the purposes of supplying water to Seasonal Dwellings during the Emergency Pandemic Situation
To view the Public Address, please follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/HuronKinloss/videos/1318920111640168/
Huron-Kinloss Mayor Imposes Order to Not Permit the Operation of Any Valves for the Purposes of Supplying Water to Seasonal Dwellings during Emergency Pandemic.
Mayor Mitch Twolan addressed the public via Social Media, strongly discouraging all Seasonal Residents from travelling to the Township of Huron-Kinloss while the pandemic situation exists. As a result of seasonal residents not adhering to the Township's pleas, Mayor Twolan has issued an Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, subsection 4(1) to Not Permit the Operation of any Valves for the Purposes of Supplying Water to Seasonal Dwellings During the Emergency Pandemic Situation. Please see the Mayor's message on social media.
Township of Huron-Kinloss Order Not to Permit the Operation of Any Valve for the Purpose of Supplying Water to Seasonal Dwellings during Emergency Pandemic
The Township of Huron-Kinloss has Declared a State of Emergency. For more information please read the emergency bulletin from March 23rd 2020.
For the most recent information regarding cases on COVID-19 in Ontario please visit the Ontario Government's COVID-19 webpage.
As of March 17th 2020, the Province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19. To read the press release; including all measures the Ontario Government is taking to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the province, please visit the Ontario Government's COVID-19 webpage.
Burn Ban In Effect
Effective April 3, 2020, The Chief Fire Officials for The Ripley-Huron and Lucknow District Fire Departments have issued a Total Burn Ban for the Township of Huron-Kinloss.
This ban applies to all open air burns, beach fires and recreational fires (campfires) in accordance with the Township of Huron-Kinloss Open Air Burning By-Law No.2016-139 (as amended).
In addition, all Fire Permits that have been issued are suspended
This Ban is in effect until further notice.
For full details, visit the Township of Huron-Kinloss News Page
What you can do to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
- Follow Public Health’s direction to use infection control practices such as hand washing, covering your cough and sneeze and staying home when you’re sick to reduce the spread of the virus.
- Know the symptoms: fever, cough & difficulty breathing
- Self-assess; if you have travelled internationally, been in contact with someone that has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or if you are feeling unwell; visit the Ontario Government's self-assessment webpage
- Call Telehealth Ontario toll-free at: 1-866-797-0000 or visit the GBHU website for information on how to care for the ill, infection prevention and control, self-treatment and when and where to seek medical attention.
- Self-isolate; where possible, stay home, limit the number of visitors in your home, avoid physical contact with others, keep your distance (at least two metres). For more information about self-isolation and helpful fact sheets visit the Public Heath Organization Website.
Municipal Office: The Municipal Office, located at 21 Queen St. Ripley, will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be available by phone and e-mail during normal business hours (8:30AM-4:30PM, Monday to Friday) to ensure continuity of municipal business operations.
Huron Landfill: The Huron Landfill will be closed to the public until further notice. Contractors and business owners hauling construction waste that have a landfill account will be permitted to access the site until further notice. Residents are URGED to please use curbside garbage pick-up for residential waste.
Curbside Garbage Pick-up: Curbside garbage pick-up will continue and residents are urged to please utilize this service. To keep up-to-date with regards to curbside garbage pick-up please visit the Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling website. Residents can sign up for garbage curbside pick-up email reminders by visiting the Subscribe Now webpage.
Curbside Recycling Pick-up: The recycling program for the Township of Huron-Kinloss provided by Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling (BASWR) will resume affect Friday, April 6.
Ripley-Huron Fire Hall: The Ripley-Huron Fire Hall is closed to the public until further notice. The Ripley-Huron Fire Department will continue to provide Emergency Response services to the community without delay or interruption.
Recreation Facilities: The Ripley-Huron Community Centre, Point Clark Community Centre and Lucknow Town Hall are closed until further notice. The Community Services Department will be removing the ice surface from the Ripley-Huron Community Centre immediately.
Parks and Playgrounds: Due to ongoing public health and safety concerns, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has closed all municipally owned park amenities are closed until further notice, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, and other outdoor recreational amenities. (This closure aligns with Ontario's extended emergency declaration).
Impact on Township Services
Township of Huron-Kinloss staff are closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in Ontario. Staff will continue to reassess the situation and will keep the public informed. Updates will be provided on the Township of Huron-Kinloss website through the News and on this webspage, on the Township of Huron-Kinloss Facebook Page and on the Township of Huron-Kinloss Twitter account: @Huron_Kinloss.
Taxes and Municipal Payments: Taxes and other Municipal payments can be paid by mail (PO Box 130, Ripley, ON, N0G 2R0), through the drop-box at the Municipal Office (21 Queen St. Ripley), or by telephone or online banking. Payments will continue to be processed. For all tax inquiries, questions about payments, or concerns, please contact the Treasury Department at 519-395-3735.
Council and Committee Meetings: All public meetings, open houses, Council meetings and Committee meetings are postponed until further notice. This includes the Police Services Board meeting on March 30th, the Property Standards Committee meeting on April 6th and the Committee of the Whole meeting on April 6th.
Bids and Tenders: All bids and tender opportunities have been suspended until further notice.
Ripley Cemetery: For all inquiries related to the Ripley Cemetery, please call 519-395-3735.
Licenses and Commissioner of Oaths: Issuance of lottery licenses are currently suspended. Marriage licenses and Commissioner of Oaths services are postponed, but will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Building Permits, Building & Planning Services: The Building & Planning Department will continue to operate. Residents wishing to obtain building permits can drop off documentation in the Municipal Office Drop Box, or contact the Municipal Office to obtain our Building Department's contact information to arrange details via telephone or email.
By-Law Enforcement: By-Law Enforcement will continue in the Township of Huron-Kinloss will continue. To report By-Law complaints please contact 519-395-3735 or for emergencies contact 519-395-3844; response time will vary based on the nature of the complaint.
Recreation Program Registration: Registration for Ripley Minor Baseball and Ripley Minor Soccer is continuing online April 5 at www.ripleyminorball.ca. If you have any questions about Ripley recreation programs and events or the Wolf Cub Adventure Camp please contact the Community Services Department at 519-395-2909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enforcement of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) the Township of Huron-Kinloss has the authority to enforce emergency orders made under the Act in response to COVID-19.
These orders include:
- Attending or hosting public events or social gatherings of more than five people.
- Operating a Non-Essential Business
- Not to Permit the Operation of any Valves for the Purposes of Supplying Water to Seasonal Dwellings During the Emergency Pandemic Situation.
To make inquiries or to file a report during regular business hours please contact the Municipal Office (519) 395-3735 or email@example.com.
After hours, please contact the South Bruce OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
If you wish to file a report regarding non-compliance under the Quarantine Act, contact Public Health Agency of Canada. For emergencies please call 9-1-1.
Press and Media Releases
March 25 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Township of Huron-Kinloss Closes Huron Landfill; Recycling Collection Suspended
March 24th 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Township of Huron-Kinloss Closes Playground Structures
March 23rd 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Township of Huron-Kinloss Declares State of Emergency
March 23rd 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Bruce County Declares State of Emergency
March 19th 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Township of Huron-Kinloss Facility Closure
March 17th 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Business Continuity and Municipal Facilities Information Bulletin
March 13th 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Township Recreational Programming and Facility Rentals Cancelled.