June 21st

Your Septic System Health: Dos, Don'ts & Maintenance Tips

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jun 21, 2019

What you put into your septic system greatly affects its ability to function and perform its job as intended. A septic tank and system contains living organisms that breakdown, digest and treat sewage waste. These systems are not designed to treat any garbage or waste other than sewage waste and any solids that shouldn’t enter the tank will simply build up and eventually need to be pumped or removed. The more solids that go in will increase the frequency that the tank needs to be pumped and, can cause damage to the tile field. Tile field failure will cause the complete system to stop functioning.

Educating all members of the household in the operation and care of the system and what should and shouldn’t be put into the system can save a lot of problems and money while prolonging the life of your system. This also protects the health of your property and the surrounding environment.

Septic Installation

If you are planning an addition to your dwelling that involves 15% or more floor area, an increase in the number of bedrooms or, an increase in the number of plumbing fixtures you may need to enlarge or even replace your existing system;

Do

  • Contact your local Municipal Building Department regarding any planned expansion or build,
  • Use a professional licensed contractor or designer.

Don't

  • Expand the size of your residence, add a suite or apartment, or a business such as a Bed & Breakfast or daycare without having your existing system checked,
  • Attempt to repair or install your system without the assistance of a qualified contractor,
  • Make or allow repairs to your system without the proper permits in place.

Septic Waste

Do

  • Dispose of solids appropriately. Only flush sewage wastewater and toilet paper,
  • Dispose of chemicals etc. at approved waste sites,
  • Dispose of grease with regular garbage or compost if applicable,
  • Try to avoid use of household bleach and disinfectants,
  • Return leftover medications to your pharmacy.

Don't 

  • Put cigarette butts, paper towels, tissues, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers etc. into a septic tank,
  • Put food scraps, coffee grounds, and other food items down the drain.
  • Put solvents, oils, or any other chemical into the system. These will poison the system and cause the breakdown of solids to stop, damage the tank and tile field,
  • Put cooking grease down the drain. This can solidify and plug pipes and tile field,
  • Allow water softener backwash drains to be connected to the system.

Tile Bed or Drainfield

Do

  • Watch for settlement on or around the tile field that would allow water to drain on to or pond,
  • Keep the area grassed to avoid erosion and promote evaporation in the bed area,
  • Keep the area protected to prevent vehicles or any kind from travelling over the bed,
  • Keep shrubs and trees a minimum of 3 meters away from the edge of the bed.

Don't

  • Allow vehicles (cars, trailers, snowmobiles etc.) to go over the tile bed,
  • Plant any shrubs, trees or vegetation on the bed whose roots will plug the tile,
  • Alter drainage that will permit water to flow onto the bed area,
  • Build any structures on the bed area. Any building is to be minimum 5 meters away from edge of bed,
  • Install automatic lawn sprinklers in the area.

System Maintenance

Do

  • Learn the location of your septic tank and tile field,
  • If equipped, inspect and clean the effluent filter located at the outlet of the tank annually as a minimum,
  • Keep the tank access lids accessible for pumping, inspection, maintenance etc.,
  • Have your septic tank pumped every 3 to 5 years or as required by an approved contractor,
  • Have your system inspected annually,
  • If equipped, have the sewage ejector pump or effluent pump inspected and maintenance performed annually or as necessary,
  • Call a licensed contractor or professional if you experience problems or require repairs,
  • Keep a record of your system permit, repairs, pumping, inspections and other maintenance activities.

Don't

  • Ignore the system (out of sight, out of mind) and assume that it is working properly. For example, a cracked or leaking tank may not show up in the operation of the plumbing system of your home but, can cause environmental damage and contamination of surface or ground waters.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Needed

Posted to News & Notices on Jun 21, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East is seeking certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructors (WSI). Applications from any and all qualified candidates are requested and will be accepted until June 27th 2019.

Please express your interest by emailing Shannon Hunter, CAO/Treasurer at shunter [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

Notice regarding New Swimming Lesson Dates

Posted to News & Notices on Jun 21, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East regrets to inform the public that due to staffing issues, the swimming lessons at Wilbermere Beach and Gooderham (Pine Lake) Beach have been rescheduled for later dates as follows:

Wilbermere Beach, New Swimming Lesson Dates
Session #1 – July 30th – August 9th (Morning)
Session #2 – August 12th – August 23rd (Morning)

There will be NO rescheduling of the evening dates for swimming lessons taking place at Wilbermere Beach. Those evening lessons have been cancelled.

Gooderham (Pine Lake) Beach, New Swimming Lesson Dates
Session #1 – July 30th – August 9th (Afternoon)
Session #2 – August 12th – August 23rd (Afternoon)

If there are any questions or concerns please contact the Main Office in Wilberforce Monday to Friday between 9AM and 4:30PM or call us at 705-448-2981.

Swimming and Swim Lessons in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Jun 21, 2019

Cardiff Pool

For swim lessons and recreational swimming contact 705-448-2981 for more information or download the 2019 Swim Program Flyer for more details.

Gooderham & Wilberforce Beach

The Pine Lake and Wilbermere beaches are open to the public.

Swim Lessons

The Municipality of Highlands East is offering Red Cross swimming lessons and Preschool lessons for Parents & Tots as follows (Class sizes are limited so register early!):

The Municipality of Highlands East regrets to inform the public that due to staffing issues, the swimming lessons at Wilbermere Beach and Gooderham (Pine Lake) Beach have been rescheduled for later dates as follows:

Cardiff Pool, Swimming Lessons:
Session #1 July 1 – July 12 (Morning)
Session #2 July 15 – July 26 (Morning)
Session #3 July 29 – August 9 (Morning)

Wilbermere Beach, Wilberforce Swimming Lessons:
Rescheduled: Session #1 July 30 – August 9  (Morning)
Rescheduled: Session #2 August 12 – August 23 (Morning)
Cancelled: Session #3 July 15 – July 26 (Evening) 

Pine Lake Beach, Gooderham Swimming Lessons:
Rescheduled: Session #1 July 30 – August 9 (Afternoon)
Rescheduled: Session #2 August 12 – August 23 (Afternoon)

Please download the 2019 Swim Program Flyer for more details and the applicable Swim Lessons Application below if you wish to enrol for lessons. Click here to learn more about the different levels of Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Specific class times are dependent on registration numbers.  This information will be posted at a later date.

New for 2019: Pay with Plastiq

Highlands East is making registration faster, easier and more convenient by offering online payment through Plastiq.

Using Plastiq, pay your registration fee online using your credit card. Plastiq is a third-party payment service provider. Additional charges will apply. Learn how it works.

 

Online registration paperwork must be forwarded by fax, email, or hand delivered to the Main Office in Wilberforce.  Please include your payment ID details on the registration form.  

Other payment options include cash, debit or cheque (made payable to the Municipality of Highlands East). 

In Person Registration Dates will be offered on:

  • Saturday, June 22nd, 9AM - 11AM (Cardiff Municipal Office) 
  • Friday, June 28th, 9AM - 11AM (Cardiff Municipal Office) 
  • Tuesday, July 2nd, 9AM - 11AM (Cardiff Municipal Office)

Payment & registration can also be made at the Main Office in Wilberforce Monday to Friday between 9AM and 4:30PM. Please note, credit card payments cannot be made at the Municipal Offices.

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10 Ways to Improve Recycling in Highlands East

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jun 21, 2019

As you know, the Blue Box recycling program has been in effect in the Municipality of Highlands East for many years. But did you know that Recycling is mandatory for municipalities and is becoming more expensive every year to administer? In 2018 Highlands East paid $80,000 to haul and process 430 tonnes of recycled materials that is generated by our residents and businesses. Each municipality must develop its own waste management and recycling program and must be in compliance with the Environmental Protection Act.

There have been many recent media articles and broadcasts regarding recycling markets becoming less and less profitable which may cause some materials to no longer be accepted as part of our recycling program in the very near future. We all need to be mindful of these developments and attempt to change our purchasing habits to reduce our overall impact on our environment.

The residents of Highlands East are committed to the recycling program, but there are many things that can be done to ensure our program is successful.

Recycling Tips

  1. Take some time to review what is recyclable in Highlands East. It might not be the same in other municipalities. There is a downloadable recycling guide on the municipal website that will help you understand what is, and isn’t, recyclable. 
  2. Make sure you only place acceptable items in your recycling. Otherwise the entire contents can become contaminated and will be rejected by the recycling processor. Posting the Recycling Guide where you store your recyclable materials may help remind you about what should go into each container.
  3. Rinse bottles, jars and other containers. If they are not clean they may contaminate other material that is deposited into blue box for recycling.
  4. Try to buy items with minimal packaging.
  5. Try to use reusable containers/bags when shopping.
  6. Try to choose retailers that reduce packaging.
  7. Use refillable containers for drinks. Plastic bottles and paper cups are a large portion of recycling materials and are getting more difficult to process and sell in the recycling market today.
  8. Share magazines and newspapers with friends.
  9. Consider taking a plastic bag when you go for a walk to pick up garbage and recyclables.
  10. Choose to compost to lessen the impact on the landfill. The added bonus is the composted material goes back in your garden.

The Municipality has invested in the establishment of a new Waste Info App to be added to the website in the near future and this resource should be able to address any questions/concerns you may have regarding recycle and waste programs at our landfills.

June 18th

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jun 18, 2019

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

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Gooderham Transfer Station

Saturday, August 10th from 1:00PM through 4:00PM
1042 McColl's Road just east of Gooderham.

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, October 26th 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 11th, 2019
  • July 6th, 2019
  • September 14th, 2019

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?

Unleash your inner rock hound at Highlands East's mineral collection sites!

Posted to Activities on Jun 18, 2019
Photo of rock-hammer.

The Municipality of Highlands East is proud to be the first Municipality in Ontario to take steps to secure public mineral collecting sites to allow our residents and visitors an opportunity to get outside and appreciate nature in a new and exciting way.

Hobby Mineral Collecting is a fun outdoor recreational pursuit that people of all ages can enjoy, and it makes for a great family outing. Adults and kids alike will delight in the chance to dig for buried treasure, get hands-on with the unique geology that defines the Highlands region, and bring home some colourful gems of your very own!

Highlands East (Cardiff, Wilberforce, Tory Hill) is world famous for fine specimens of gem green apatite, deep purple fluorite, large crystals of collector minerals like mica, tremolite, zircon, titanite, feldspar, and several rare and unusual species like fluororichterite, and stillwellite.

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June 7th

Fraud Alert: Watch out for local Fire Department Phone Scams

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Jun 7, 2019

Be advised, the Municipality of Highlands East Fire Departments, other Fire Departments of Haliburton County and the Firefighters Associations DO NOT solicit funds over the phone. We have received reports of such calls happening throughout the County. Always be vigilant, and never give out personal information or money over the phone.

June 6th

2018 Financial Statements

Posted to Downloads, Financial Reports on Jun 6, 2019

The audited Financial Statements for the year 2018 for the Municipality of Highlands East are now available for download below.

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June 1st

Celebrate Canada Day in Highlands East

Posted to Events on Jun 1, 2019

Celebrate Canada Day by exploring the communities of Highlands East. Enjoy music, food, games, historical displays and so much more. Get your passport stamped at each location to receive a ballot for $100 in gift certificates to be drawn before the fireworks in Gooderham.

At 9:00AM start the day with breakfast at the Cardiff Legion ($5) and check out a display of local history at the Cardiff Country Store. Open house at the Fire Hall

10:00AM at the Highland Grove Community Centre, children can join a scavenger hunt, paint a stone and make a bird feeder. Displays of pine needle baskets, painted paddles, and taxidermy animals and music lessons. Refreshments served. The fire department will be present with equipment.

At 12:00PM join in singing O Canada with the raising of the flag ceremony at the Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost. There will be live entertainment followed by free sandwiches and cake, open house at the Fire Hall and horse drawn wagon rides.

Go to the curling club at 1:00PM for a variety of big games and Rocks & Rings.

Come to Tory Hill at 3:00PM for first hand history with storytelling by colourful local residents.

At 4:00PM finish the day in Gooderham with live entertainment, cake and refreshments, BBQ, face painting, fossil display, children’s program, Irondale display, open house at the Fire Hall and grand finale fireworks!