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Spring Run Off Notice & Flood Updates for April 22, 2014

As a result of the accumulation of heavy snow from the winter months rapidly melting from warm weather temperatures, and heavy rainfall, the spring run-off from the snow and rain has resulted in an increase in the water levels in lakes, streams and creeks.  

In Highlands East this is most noticeable in Gooderham where the Irondale River's rising waters resulted in the temporary closure of Contau Lake Road and has forced the evacuation of the Fire Hall in Gooderham with equipment being temporarily relocated to the Roads Dept. Garage.

There are currently no road closures in Highlands East.

We ask that all residents be aware of the possibility of higher water levels in areas that may impact their residences and take the necessary precautions to prevent their homes from water damage. 

As more information becomes available we will update our website to assist our residents in being better prepared.


As of 8:00AM April 22, 2014 the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Warning Update stating that all water levels have continued to recede over the past 24 hours and current trends are expected to continue even as rain is in the forecast for the next 24 hour period. As always, people are urged to be safe and to avoid high and fast flowing waters.

Click here to download/view the CVCA Flood Warning Update

As of 9:00AM April 21, 2014 the Ministry of Natural Resources - Bancroft District has downgraded its Flood Warning issued  April 17, 2014 to a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook advising residents to keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams.

Click here to download/view the MNR Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook

Highlands East Community Pitch-In and Clean-Up for Earth Week

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Garbage Cleanup

In celebration of Earth Day, the Municipality of Highlands East is planning a community Pitch-In and Clean-Up for Earth Week.

The Municipality will be handing out garbage bags for community clean-ups and arranging drop off locations for the collected garbage. Residents are encouraged during this week to collect garbage and recycling in their communities. Then, on Saturday April 26th, residents can bring that garbage to their local community centre for collection, or take it to the landfill themselves.

People will be able to pick up garbage bags at the Municipal Offices throughout the week and the four Libraries in Highlands East during their regular hours.

People may drop off the garbage they collect the following locations:

  • Highland Grove Firehall
  • ​Highland Grove Community Centre
  • Cardiff Community Centre
  • Lloyd Watson Community Centre, Wilberforce
  • Robert McCausland Community Centre, Gooderham

Help us keep Highlands East clean and beautiful!

For More information, please contact Steve at 613-334-6991 or the Municipal office at 705-448-2981

Reeve's Letter to Residents re: Proposed OPP Billing Model

The Municipality of Highlands East needs your help!

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proposing to significantly change the way in which it bills for policing services in communities served by the OPP. Currently, the OPP bill is based on a deployment model that reflects a municipality’s actual crime rate. This is a user pay system that we believe is fair. 

The proposed model calls for a per-household cost as well as a cost per call for service. The local implications of this model could result in County-wide policing costs climbing from $3.3 million to $8.5 million, and tax increases as high as 36% in Algonquin Highlands, 33% in Dysart, 25% in Highlands East and 20% in Minden Hills. 

We believe the proposed Billing Model is fundamentally flawed for the following reasons: 

  • Using households to allocate costs is wrong because households are not cost drivers of all crime in a community;
  • This proposal excludes the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional sectors of communities - where crime happens, and places the burden on household-heavy communities like ours;
  • The ratio of fixed and variable costs contained in the proposed billing model has not been validated.

All four municipalities in Haliburton County have been working together on this important issue since November 2013. We have been calling on the OPP and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to reconsider or modify the proposed funding model. Our continued collective efforts through letters to the Premier, various MPPs, a face-to-face discussion with OPP representatives, and a delegation with the Minister and senior OPP officials at a recent conference have been to no avail. 

To help strengthen our arguments, please consider writing a letter or sending an email to explain how this will impact you and/or your business to the Premier and to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  Contact information can be found below. If you are a seasonal resident, you may also wish to CC your letter to the MPP in the riding in which you vote provincially. 

Please visit the Proposed OPP Billing page at haliburtoncounty.ca/proposed-opp-billing-model/ for further information and see samples of letters that can help you craft your personal message.

We also ask that you join us on our Day of Action on May 1, 2014 to phone, email, fax or tweet your concerns using #OPPMayDay. For further details on our Day of Action, please go to www.haliburtoncounty.ca.    

Yours truly,

Dave Burton

#OPPMayDay Day of Action Contact Information

You may write to Premier Kathleen Wynne:

By online form at: https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/default.aspx

By email at: [email protected]

By letter:
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
RE: OPP Billing Reform

Phone: 416-325-1941
TTY: 800-387-5559

You may write to Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services:

By email at: [email protected]

By letter:
The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
George Drew Building
18th Floor
25 Grosvenor St.
Toronto ON M7A1Y6
RE: OPP Billing Reform

General Inquiry: 416-326-5000
Toll Free: 866-517-0571
TTY: 416-326-5511
TTY Toll Free: 866-517-0572
Fax: 416-325-6067

You can use this website to find your local MPP's contact information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/member_addresses.do?locale=en

The County of Haliburton has assembled some highlight documents on this issue, which you can read here: http://www.haliburtoncounty.ca/proposed-opp-billing-model/

You can see a video message about Billing Reform from OPP Superintendent Rick Philbin here: http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index

Remember our Day of Action

Thursday May 1, 2014
Phone, email, fax or tweet

Minutes for Council Meeting on April 8, 2014

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Download file: 2014.04.08_minutes.pdf

Notice regarding the adoption of the 2014 Budget

Council for the Municipality of Highlands East proposes to enact a by-law to adopt the 2014 Municipal Budget. Notice is hereby provided that a public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 9:00AM in the Council Chambers in Wilberforce, Ontario.

Minutes for Council Meeting on March 25, 2014

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Download file: 2014.03.25_minutes.pdf

2014 Municipal Election: Unofficial List of Nominations Filed

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The following candidates have filed nominations as of March 26, 2014.

Ward 1 Candidate:  Steven Kauffeldt - Cardiff, ON
[email protected]

Ward 2 Candidate: Suzanne Partridge - Bancroft, ON
[email protected]

Ward 3 Candidate:  Cecil Ryall - Gooderham, ON
[email protected]

Ward 4 Candidate:  Joan Barton - Tory Hill, ON
[email protected] | www.joanbarton.ca

French Public School Board Trustee Candidate: Mike Ross - Ajax, ON
[email protected]

Tender for 2014 Rubber Tired Loader

The Corporation of the Municipality of Highlands East is tendering for a 2014 Rubber Tired Loader. For further information call Earl Covert at 705-448-2934 or the Municipality directly at 705-448-2981.

Minutes for March 2014 Committee Meetings

Asset Management Plan

Posted to Downloads on Mar 17, 2014 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The Municipality of Highlands East has prepared an Asset Management Plan for its core infrastructure services including roads, bridges, water and wastewater. The Plan is intended to provide a comprehensive reference for renewing, operating, maintaining, building, replacing and disposing of the municipality’s core Infrastructure Assets. The plan is based on the guidelines provided in the Province of Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure’s Building Together Guide for Municipal Asset Management Plans. The Plan is based on currently available data and information on the core services of the municipality. The plan is a living document and will require continuous updates and improvements over time with the municipality’s ongoing data collection programs.

Infrastructure investment is an important component of municipal government responsibility. It helps facilitate economic development, promotes quality of life improvement for residents and can even create jobs.

Click here to download the Highlands East Asset Management Plan and for more information please contact:

Sharon Stoughton-Craig
[email protected]