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June 12, 2020 Update from Mayor Burrow
Township preparing to open to the Public
Media Release #9

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again today to monitor the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and to adjust municipal responses and messaging where needed. 

While the Township’s waste site is open, Township municipal buildings, libraries and playground structures continue to be closed to the public until further noticeVarious operational plans are currently being prepared to ensure the safe re-opening of municipal facilities.  These plans are being developed, and will require updating, based on provincial and Health Unit safety directives.  Although offices are closed to the public, staff are attending the offices and working remotely to serve you. Council continues to meet virtually via zoom meetings which are streamed live via YouTube and Township Committees are resuming their regular meeting schedules in the same manner.

Bellamy Park will open for seasonal camping sites on June 19, 2020, with a new operational plan in place.  Anyone interested in inquiring about seasonal site availability should contact Bellamy Park directly at (613)275-2361 or by email to bellamypark@ektwp.ca.

As a reminder, tax bills will be mailed out at the end of June, with the two final tax due dates being July 20th and September 21st.  Included in the upcoming tax bill mailing will be a newsletter offering further information and updates on Township services.

Please stay committed to practicing physical distancing (stay 2 m apart) or wear a mask where this is not possible, frequent hand washing, and all of the other health official directives to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Township’s website www.ektwp.ca continues to be updated to offer COVID-19 information and links to reliable sources of information for residents and businesses.  As a reminder, anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 (such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing), should reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or call Telehealth at 1-800-797-0000.  The Brockville Memorial Centre assessment facility is also open to anyone who feels they should be tested, regardless of symptoms.

As a reminder, please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.


May 8, 2020 Update from Mayor Burrow
A Reminder to Cottagers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

​​​​​​​Media Release #8

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again today to monitor the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and discuss adjusting any municipal responses and messaging where needed. 

All Township municipal buildings, libraries and playgrounds/sports fields remain closed to the public until further notice. Bellamy Park also remains closed to any seasonal camping at this time.

As the weather warms, it’s recognized that Cottagers will be soon be reattending their cottages properties to open them up for the season.  Cottages offer an enjoyable get away and retreat.  During this pandemic, the Provincial government has provided some directives to cottagers that the Township wishes to echo. The Township is encouraging cottagers to be respectful in doing the following:

-Have only one household attend the cottage (avoid co-mingling of households);
-Bring your own groceries and supplies with you to the cottage so you will be self-sufficient there, without needing to venture out;
-When enjoying any common areas and talking with your neighbour, continue to respect the 2 m (6 ft.) physical distancing practice and;
-Avoid gatherings of more than 5 persons;  
-Seek approval for any open burning/campfires by applying for a Burn Permit. 

The burn ban has just been lifted today and Burn Permits must be obtained prior  to having any open burning.  Burn Permits can be obtained immediately by applying at ek.burnpermits.com.  If you do not have internet access, you must apply for a Burn Permit by contacting the Fire Department at 613-498-2460 during office hours Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and you must speak with a staff member in order to gain permit approval (leaving a message does not constitute approval).  Fines will be levied for open burning without a permit.

As a reminder, although Township offices are closed to the public, staff are attending the offices on a rotating basis and continue to work remotely to serve you. The tax due date (that was extended for the first installment) is May 22, 2020.  Council continues to meet virtually and further meeting information is available at the Township’s website. 

It is imperative whether we are at home, at the cottage, or at work, that we all stay committed to practicing physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and all of the other health official directives to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19.  

The Township’s website www.ektwp.ca continues to be updated to offer COVID-19 information and links to reliable sources of information.  As a reminder, anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 (such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing), should reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or call Telehealth at 1-800-797-0000.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.


May 1, 2020 Update from Mayor Burrow regarding COVID-19
Continued Impacts on Municipal Operations
​​​​​​​Media Release #7 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay committed to physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and all of the other health official directives to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The required timeline for these efforts is still largely unknown and I appreciate that the uncertainty can be quite stressful, but we must remain vigilant.  We are strongest when we are united, and I am proud of the dedication that everyone has demonstrated throughout this historical event.  

Complacency is the emerging enemy, so let's double down against reverting to old habits.  We cannot afford to squander the significant investment we have already made in planking the curve in our community.

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again today to monitor the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and discuss adjusting any municipal responses where needed. 

All Township municipal buildings, libraries and playgrounds/sports fields remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff are attending the offices on a rotating basis and continue to work remotely to serve the community. As a reminder, the tax due date for the first instalment was extended to May 22, 2020.  Council held their first virtual Council meeting on April 27th, 2020 and the meeting can be viewed via a link on the Township’s website, www.ektwp.ca. Members of the public are asked to check our website for future upcoming meeting dates.

The Township is preparing a “Special Edition” newsletter for the business community to offer business related resources in one place.  This newsletter will be released early next week and Notice will posted on the Township’s website www.ektwp.ca  The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Department also offers updated business related resources on their website link https://invest.leedsgrenville.com/en/contacts-news-events/covid-19.aspx. Here businesses can subscribe to receive notification of when this page is updated as new announcements and developments continue to be made by agencies and the different levels of government.

The Township’s Waste Site continues to operate under modified conditions, accepting only recyclables, bagged household garbage/small unbagged items and yard waste.  The site will now also be accepting “tires” (as usual, free of charge for Township residents and ratepayers).  These modifications are done with achieving physical distancing in mind. 

As an Open Air BURN BAN remains in effect for the entire County, the accepting of yard waste at the Township’s waste site provides a ready alternative to dispose of leaves and brush from properties.

Anyone experiencing challenges in having your essential needs met during this time, due to self-quarantining or aged/compromised health, are reminded that they can call the Township office (613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175, extension 10) so that we can better understand your needs and do our best to coordinate a solution for you.

The Township’s website www.ektwp.ca continues to be updated to offer a COVID-19 information and links to reliable sources of information.  As a reminder, anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 (such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing), should reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or call Telehealth at 1-800-797-0000.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.


April 17, 2020 Update from Mayor Burrow regarding COVID-19
Tax Due Date Extended to May 22nd as Municipal Buildings Remain Closed
​​​​​​​Media Release #6

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again today to monitor the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and to adjust municipal responses where needed. 

To comply with recent Provincial directives, all Township municipal buildings, libraries and playgrounds/sports fields remain closed to the public until further notice.   As such, the first instalment of the Township’s tax due date has been further extended to May 22nd, 2020.  The Township has also paused pre-authorized tax payments at this time until June 1st.  Monthly payments from July 1st onward would be recalculated to include the April 1st  and May 1st payments.

The Township’s Waste Site which continues to operate under modified conditions, accepting  only recyclables and bagged household garbage/small unbagged items, as of Monday, April 20th, will be accepting ‘yard waste’.  The public is reminded that a total Open Air Burn Ban is in effect for the entire County.

The public is advised that Council meetings will soon be operating virtually and members of the public are asked to check our website for upcoming dates and further information.

Property owners should soon be receiving a Mayor’s letter related to the COVID-19 response. Those experiencing challenges in having your essential needs met during this time, due to self-quarantining or aged/compromised health, are reminded that they can call the Township office (613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175, extension 10) so that we can better understand your needs and do our best to coordinate a solution for you.

The Township’s website www.ektwp.ca continues to be updated to offer a COVID-19 information and links to reliable sources of information.

Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 (such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing), are reminded to reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or call Telehealth at 1-800-797-0000.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.


April 7, 2020 Update from Mayor Burrow regarding COVID-19
Community Outreach Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Ontario
​​​​​​​Media Release #5

The Township will soon be posting signage around the municipality to remind people to keep a physical distance. The signage conveys the 2 metre physical separation distance being recommended by health authorities when outside your home. The signage is in keeping with the messaging issued by the Province of Ontario.

The signage will be added to the Township’s municipal identification signage along roadways and posted at other prominent locations throughout the Township, including the Waste Site as a reminder of the necessity to physically distance to avoid the COVID-19 virus and it’s spread.

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again today to monitor this ongoing health event and continues to meet regularly to adjust municipal responses where deemed necessary. A Mayor’s letter will be mailed out to all property owners to update everyone on the actions taken to date. This mailed outreach was deemed desirable in an effort to reach everyone with this information, including those whom may not use internet or television services.

For those of you who are self-quarantined due to age or health concerns/ compromised immunity, or who are experiencing challenges in having your essential needs met, you are invited to call the Township office (613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175, extension 10) so that we can better understand your needs and do our best to coordinate a solution for you.

Residents are reminded that a County wide open air burn ban is in effect.

Residents are also reminded of the current added provincial directives that no more than 5 persons assemble and to stay at home as much as possible.  To respect these directives:
- please do not host a garage or yard sale (these are not an essential service);
- enjoy the upcoming weekend celebration within your own household;
- respect physical distancing when out for walks and remember to not use playground equipment or sports fields as they remain closed.

Also, many community donation clothing collection boxes are full and overflowing and it is understood that these donations are not being picked up at this time. Do not leave items outside these boxes. Items left out in the open are exposed to bad weather conditions and such items cannot be useful to these agencies when damaged. Residents are being asked to hold on to these useful items until life returns to normal.

As a reminder, our Township offices, buildings and libraries remain closed to the public until April 20, 2020. The Waste Site remains operational, accepting only recyclables and bagged garbage/small household items at this time. This date may be revisited as this pandemic continues to unfold.

The Township’s website at www.ektwp.ca continues to be updated to offer COVID-19 (coronavirus) health and protection information and links to reliable sources of information.

Anyone exhibiting health symptoms of concern related to COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing) are again reminded to reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5683 or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000. Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

Again, if you are self-quarantined due to age, health concerns or compromised immunity, or are experiencing challenges in having your essential needs met, you are invited to call the Township office (613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175, extension 10) so that we can better understand your needs and do our best to coordinate a solution for you.


March 31, 2020 (4:00 p.m.) Update from Mayor Burrow regarding COVID-19
​​​​​​​Media Release #4

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again today regarding this on-going health event. In accordance with Provincial directives, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 playgrounds and sports fields through the Township are closed to discuss this on-going health event.  To support the recent clear directives from both the Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario, to stay at home and mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19, effective tomorrow March 25th, where possible Township staff have been directed to stay at home and work remotely until Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

The public is reminded that all municipal buildings, including libraries, remain closed to the public and that playground equipment in Township parks is not disinfected and should not be used. 

The following essential Township services will remain in effect during this period:

  • core Fire and Emergency Services;
  • essential road maintenance;
  • waste site operations (modified to accept recyclables and bagged garbage only);
  • regular curb side pick-up throughout geographic Kitley;
  • building permit application receipt and issuance, with a modified acceptance/issuance process, and limited site inspections.  

The Township’s website at www.ektwp.ca continues to offer updated COVID-19 (coronavirus) information and links to reliable sources of information. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of concern related to COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing) are again reminded to reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5683 or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

Let’s all do our part and stay at home where possible. It is only with such collective action that we can protect our communities from this virus.

Please show your thanks and appreciation to our frontline emergency service and health care workers and to those workers keeping essential supply and service outlets  open by simply staying at home and staying 2 m (6 feet) apart when you must go out.


March 24, 2020 (12:00 p.m.) Update from Mayor Burrow regarding COVID-19
​​​​​​​Media Release #3

We are doing our part and staying home until April 14th, 2020.

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again this morning to discuss this on-going health event.  To support the recent clear directives from both the Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario, to stay at home and mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19, effective tomorrow March 25th, where possible Township staff have been directed to stay at home and work remotely until Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

The public is reminded that all municipal buildings, including libraries, remain closed to the public and that playground equipment in Township parks is not disinfected and should not be used. 

The following essential Township services will remain in effect during this period:

  • core Fire and Emergency Services;
  • essential road maintenance;
  • waste site operations (modified to accept recyclables and bagged garbage only);
  • regular curb side pick-up throughout geographic Kitley;
  • building permit application receipt and issuance, with a modified acceptance/issuance process, and limited site inspections.  

The Township’s website at www.ektwp.ca continues to offer updated COVID-19 (coronavirus) information and links to reliable sources of information. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of concern related to COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing) are again reminded to reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5683 or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

Let’s all do our part and stay at home where possible. It is only with such collective action that we can protect our communities from this virus.

Please show your thanks and appreciation to our frontline emergency service and health care workers and to those workers keeping essential supply and service outlets open by simply staying at home and staying 2 m (6 feet) apart when you must go out.


March 20, 2020 (4:00 p.m.) Update from Mayor Burrow regarding COVID-19
​​​​​​​Media Release #2

The Township’s Emergency Control Group met again today to discuss the COVID-19 (coronavirus) health event, the Township’s implemented responses to date and any further actions needed in our efforts to keep the community and staff safe. In addition to response measures announced on March 17, 2020, the Township has since:

  • posted warning signage recommending that playground equipment not be used to avoid the spread of COVID-19 (as play structures are not cleaned or disinfected) and;
  • updated the Township’s telephone message system and the Township’s COVID-19 website page (www.ektwp.ca) to offer added/updated information, including mental health resource information.

While all municipal buildings and libraries remain closed to the public, emails and telephone calls are still being accepted by staff.  Staff are working with the public to provide necessary services.   The public is advised that as staff are focused on addressing the growing COVID-19 concern, this may impact their ability to respond in a timely manner to other inquiries.

The Township is appreciative of the noticed understanding and cooperation from members of the public to the Township’s responses and measures taken to date.  The Township also acknowledges the efforts of health and emergency responders, and local businesses, during this unprecedented time.

To summarize, the following Township responses remain in place at this time:

  1. All municipal buildings are closed to the public. Email and telephone inquiries are still being accepted;
  2. All Council and Committee meetings are cancelled;
  3. The tax due date for the first installment is postponed to April 24, 2020;
  4. Waste Site Operations are modified, in that only recyclables and bagged garbage is being accepted (curb side pick-up throughout the north end of the Township, geographic Kitley, remains operational);
  5. Signage has been posted at parks with playground equipment warning that equipment is not cleaned or disinfected;
  6. The Township’s website at www.ektwp.ca offers updated COVID-19 information and links to reliable sources of information.

The public is also reminded that Township road maintenance and Fire and Emergency Services also remain operational. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of concern related to COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing) are again reminded to reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5683 or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

To reiterate the latest directives of health officials, please reduce the spread of germs by:

  • washing your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer;
  • not touching your face with your hands;
  • covering any your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your arm (not into your hands);
  • practicing social distancing (now at a distance of 2 m) and staying home as much as possible.

Our Emergency Control Group will continue to meet as needed to review and adjust the various measures we are putting in place to respond to COVID-19.  As always, our aim is to take a cautious but level-headed approach. 

Residents should look to trusted sources for accurate information and guidance, and should resist the urge to circulate unsubstantiated opinions.  Please limit your exposure to COVID-19 by vigilantly practicing social distancing, so that our region may capitalize on its fleeting opportunity to mitigate the impacts of this unprecedented pandemic event.


March 17, 2020 (1:00 p.m.)
Statement from Mayor Burrow regarding COVID-19
Media Release #1

This morning I met with the Township’s Emergency Control Group to assess the ever-evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to discuss an appropriate municipal response to this health event in an effort to keep our community and staff as safe as possible.  Given the directives expressed to date, including Premier Doug Ford’s Declaration of an Emergency for Ontario as of this morning, the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley will implement the following responses:

  1. Municipal Buildings closed to the public - Effective immediately, all municipal buildings (including municipal offices, libraries, fire halls, public works buildings) are closed to the public until April 20, 2020.  Emails and telephone calls are still being accepted.   
  2. Council and Committee meetings are cancelled - Effective immediately all Council/Advisory/Board/Committee meetings are cancelled until April 20, 2020.
  3. Tax due date extended – The tax due date for the 1st tax payment installment is postponed from March 27, 2020 to April 24, 2020 and this date may be subject to a further extension if necessary. Various options for payment during the municipal building closure timeframe are available (please call the office or visit the Township’s website at www.ektwp.ca).
  4. Waste Site Operations to be modified - Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 only recyclables and bagged garbage will be accepted.  This will remain in effect until April 20, 2020.

All end dates noted above are subject to further review and reconsideration.

The Township will continue to monitor developments, directives and reliable sources of information as it becomes available.  In turn, the Township may further adjust responses when deemed appropriate.                                                                                                  

Reliable sources of local, provincial and federal information can be viewed on the Township’s website www.ektwp.ca.  The Township’s website also offers a link to the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.  If you are experiencing symptoms of concern that may be related to COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing) reach out to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

To reiterate the directives of health officials, please remember that the best way to reduce the spread of any germs are simple measures you can take:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer;
  • avoid touching your face with your hands;
  • cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your arm (not into your hands);
  • practice social distancing (1 m separation or a 2 m distance if you are sick).

The current situation we find ourselves in is new for all of us.  If you are feeling overwhelmed reach out for help.  The Health Unit website at www.healthunit.org offers tips and resources available.

Be assured that we will continue to monitor this health event and we will take any further actions that may be deemed warranted based on the best information available from the local health unit and upper levels of government. 

In these unusual times, it is important for residents to know that the Township's primary concern rests with everyone's safety and well-being. We are taking steps, both public-facing and internally, that we believe are prudent and responsible while also being mindful of over-reaction.  Although the local Health Unit tells us that we are currently in a relatively low risk area, we feel strongly that such an opportunity should not be squandered and that is why we will always err on the side of caution.


March 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Statement

As of this morning, there are no reported cases of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, in the Leeds and Grenville area.  The Township, its surrounding Leeds and Grenville municipalities, and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit are all following the developments of the virus which was recently confirmed to be in the City of Ottawa.

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley continues to operate as normal and has not suspended any of the services of programs it provides.  Hand sanitizers are readily available and staff are cleaning counters with greater frequency.

Residents are encouraged to to practice preventative measures such as frequently washing hands and shared surfaces, keeping social distance, covering coughs and refraining from touching your face.  Additional tips can be viewed from https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

The public is also encouraged to verify the information they hear about Coronavirus as there has been an increase in misconceptions circulating on platforms, such as social media.  Reliable sources for current information can be viewed at:

For general information about Emergency Planning, visit http://ektwp.ca/content/emergency-planning.

Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, 6544 New Dublin Rd, RR 2  Addison, ON, K0E 1A0
Tel. 613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175, Fax. 613-345-7235, Email: mail@ektwp.ca
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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