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2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Posted to Environmental, Services on May 12, 2017

The following events are being held for residents of the Municipality of Highlands East:

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, June 24th from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Gooderham Transfer Station

Saturday, August 19th from 1:00PM through 4:00PM
1042 McColl's Road just east of Gooderham.

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, October 28th from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Faraday Public Works Yard

Residents of Highlands East can also attend the following HHW events being held at the Faraday Public Works Yard at 29860 Hwy. 28 South (across from the intersection of Monck Road and Hwy. 28) from 9:30AM through 2:30PM:

  • May 13th, 2017
  • June 10th, 2017
  • July 8th, 2017
  • August 12th, 2017
  • September 16th, 2017

Be sure to bring your landfill disposal card with you to these events.

Contact the Environmental Department at 613-339-2442 for more information or download our helpful flyer: What can I bring to HHW Events?

Protect Your Lake

Posted to Environmental, Services on May 8, 2017

The Coalition of Haliburton County Property Owners Associations and the Municipality of Highlands East would like to emphasize to waterfront property owners the importance of having healthy and natural shorelines and to not overburden your septic system with too many guests or renters.

The two pages available for download below provide more information on these topics and more information is avaiable at www.cohpoa.org

Photo of a healthy shoreline.

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Steps Well Owners Need to Take After a Flood

Posted to Environmental, Services on May 8, 2017

After flooding, well owners should take actions to:

  • make their water supplies safe for consumption; and
  • protect the groundwater resource used as a source of drinking water.

When a water supply well has been affected by flood waters, the water within a well may be contaminated with waterborne pathogens (germs) that can cause serious illness in humans and pets.  The water in the well can also be contaminated by debris, fuel oil or other chemical products released during the flood.

During flooding, the ground around the well may also erode, possibly creating unsafe conditions or a pathway for surface water and contaminants to enter the well.  In other cases, the electrical wires attached to the pump in a well may be damaged risking electrocution.  Therefore, well owners should exercise extreme caution approaching their wells, especially older, large diameter dug wells after a flood.

If a well owner believes that the well has been contaminated by flood water, the well owner should discontinue using the water in the well for drinking and cooking purposes and use potable water from another source.

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May 7th through 13th is Emergency Preparedness Week

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 6, 2017

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May and this year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This year's theme highlights the importance of having these measures in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you. With the Flood Warnings and Watches that are currently affecting Highlands East, this is more important than ever.

Visit Emergency Management Ontario's Be Prepared website to follow the steps and get more information on how to be prepared for an emergency and download the Pocket Guide below.

Banner for Emergency Preparedness Week that says Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.

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Property Taxes in Highlands East

Posted to Services, Taxes on Mar 2, 2017

Property Taxes are due three times per year. The first interim billing issued in February has two instalments which represent 50% of the year taxes. The due dates are always the last banking day in March and May. The final billing is issued in July and has one installment that is due the last banking day in September. This final installment represents the balance of the current year total.

If you did not receive a Tax Bill for the periods mentioned, please contact the Tax Department directly 705-448-2981 EXT 224.

Late payments are penalized at the rate of 1.25% per month on the principal amount outstanding. Taxes may be paid at the Municipal Office by cash, money order, cheque or Interac. Payments may also be mailed with current date or postdated cheques. Taxes may also be paid by Telephone Banking Services, Direct Deposit at your bank branch or through your online banking site. Use the roll number for the account number. If you require a receipt, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Pre-Authorized Payments

A pre-authorized payment option is now available to have your taxes withdrawn from your bank on the installment due date or over ten months. If you are interested in signing up for this program please print the Pre-Authorized Payment Form and forward it to our office along with a copy of a void cheque. Please contact our office for further information.

e-Billing

You now have the option to receive your tax bill by email instead of postal mail. Sign up through the green link at the side of this page to cancel mail delivery of your bill and start digital delivery beginning with your next tax bill.

You will first be required to create and verify your account and then, using your Roll number (including dashes) and provided PIN code, add your property to the system. In future, PIN codes will be listed on your tax bills, however they are not included on already mailed Q1 2017 tax bills so please contact the tax office and one will be provided for you.

Once you are successfully signed up you will receive an email notification when your next tax bill is available and you can then log into your account on the e-Bill site to view and print your bill.

Please note that after you sign up for e-Billing, you can still pay your tax bill with any of our available methods. The e-Bill site allows you to pay your bill via Credit Card or PayPal, however it is cheaper to do so via Plastiq, read more below.

Online Credit Card Payments

Payments may now also be made by Credit Card (Online Only) thru Plastiq, an online third party payment service provider. For a small convenience fee, Plastiq provides you the option to pay your property taxes using your credit card. Making payments with the Plastiq system is similar to making any other online credit card payment. The Municipality of Highlands East does not accept credit card payments made in person.  

To make a payment using Plastiq, use the blue Pay Now button to the right.

Supplemental Tax Bills

A supplementary tax bill is a bill issued reflecting any additions or improvements made to a property. Owners of a new construction, residential or commercial, will receive a land only tax bill until such time as the property is assessed with the new construction. Following an assessment change, the supplementary tax bill will be issued and is effective from the date of occupancy. It can take up to three years for a property to be assessed. Supplementary billings can occur at any time during the year and taxes for three years could be billed all within the same year and come due at the same time. For this reason, you are encouraged to start setting aside funds immediately following the issuance of a building permit for the future supplementary tax bills. Supplementary Tax billing is in addition to the current tax bill already issued.

Change of Address

If you change your mailing address, please notify the Tax Department with your updated information by downloading the Change of Address Form and submitting it to the Tax Department. Penalty charges will still apply on late payments regardless of any change of mailing address.

Please be aware, failure to receive your tax bill does not relieve you from payment of taxes or from liability of penalty for late payment.

Canada Post no longer delivers mail using an RR# address and now requires a 911 Number for the municipal address. The Municipality has received a large volume of returned tax bills due to incorrect mailing addresses. If you have not received your tax bill, please contact the Municipal Office at 705-448-2981 ext 224 to confirm that we have your correct civic mailing address on file.

Property Tax Impact of your 2016 Assessment

Any questions about your Assessment Notice, the assessed value, or how to appeal your assessment should be directed to MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296 6722 or you can visit their website at www.mpac.ca.

  • MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Province of Ontario.
  • MPAC is solely responsible for your assessment value.

Any questions about your Assessment Notice, the assessed value, or how to appeal your assessment should be directed to MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296 6722 or you can visit their website at www.mpac.ca.

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Fire Department Application Forms

Posted to Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jan 12, 2017

2017 Ontario Public Service Student Summer Jobs Posted January 3, 2017

Posted to Services on Dec 15, 2016
Collage of Summer Students

Gain valuable skills, earn money and habe fun this summer by applying for summer student jobs with the Ontario Public Service. Jobs are offerred across Ontario in a variety of fields like: business, sciences, environment, engineering, technology, research, customer service and parks.

All jobs will be posted on January 3, 2017 with varying application deadlines.

To apply, visit ontario.ca/Careers and select 'Student' for the Career Level and then submit your application form with a cover letter and resume tailored to each job type.

Learm more at ontario.ca/SummerStudents

Cardiff & Dyno Estates Drinking Water Systems Operational Plan

Posted to Environmental, Services on Dec 5, 2016

The Operational Plan can be viewed at our main office located at 2249 Loop Road Wilberforce, ON or at our Environmental Office located at 2778 Monck Road, Cardiff, ON.

Cardiff & Dyno Estate Drinking Water Systems Financial Report 2016

Posted to Downloads, Environmental, Financial Reports, Services on Dec 5, 2016

Fire Prevention Week 2016

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Oct 13, 2016
2016 Fire Prevention Week Banner

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016 and the Highlands East Fire Department wants you to join the Don’t Wait, Check the Date! selfie challenge.

“The theme of Fire Prevention Week this year is Don’t Wait, Check the Date of your smoke alarms,” says Fire Chief Bill Wingrove. “Smoke alarms don’t last forever. So we challenge everyone to take a selfie of their family checking the expiry date of their smoke alarms and post it on social media, to show everyone your alarm’s up to date.”

Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, usually 10 years. The date of manufacture is indicated on the back of the smoke alarm and the expiry date is taken from that date. While smoke alarms typically last 10 years, some have different expiry time frames. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the expiry time frame of your smoke alarms.

The Highlands East Fire Department also reminds you that smoke alarms are required on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test all of your smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries at least once a year or when the alarm’s low battery signal begins to chirp.

For more information about smoke alarms, visit Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website at www.ontario.ca/firemarshal.