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Flood Watches, Warnings and Updates

Posted to News & Notices on Apr 18, 2019

MNRF Flood Watch & Flood Warning for Burnt, Irondale and York Rivers

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) - Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect for Bancroft District and a Flood Warning is in effect for specific watercourses; specifically the Burnt, Irondale and York Rivers.

A flood watch means the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

With the onset of the snowmelt, water levels and flows are rising rapidly in northern areas. Snow amounts are above average for this time of the year in the most northern areas of the Gull River system. Most lakes on the Gull River and Burnt River systems remain below average but are rising due to the onset of the melt. Lake levels are monitored daily and assessed in relation to estimated runoff amounts. The flows on Gull River and Burnt remain above average due to the snowmelt and operational activities. Flows on both rivers are anticipated to increase with increased runoff from the forecasted precipitation. The reservoirs on the Gull River system are expected to adequately absorb the precipitation and snowmelt from the forecast event. There is a strong likelihood that typical flood prone areas on the Burnt River and Irondale will experience flooding. The flows on the York River are rising rapidly and will likely start to impact flood susceptible properties tomorrow and through the weekend.  The peak of this event is unlikely to realized until early next week.

Due to mostly frozen conditions, the ground’s ability to absorb runoff and snowmelt is limited. The potential exists for nuisance flooding of roadways, ditches, and low-lying flood-prone areas as the melt progresses. There may be potential for minor ice jam related flooding on some rivers. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.

MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate. 

CVCA Flood Outlook Statement

The Crowe Valley Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Outlook Statement effective immediately and will remain in effect until April 17, 2019.

Water levels and flows continue to rise due to recent significant rainfall amounts in the past 24 hours.  Coupled with ongoing snowmelt in the watershed, especially in the northern reaches, conditions for flooding remain a threat throughout the watershed. The potential for flooding risks will increase as a result of these weather conditions.  As a result, the CVCA flood forecasting and monitoring staff has issued a FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT for the entire Crowe Valley watershed.

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Asset Management Plan

Posted to Asset Management Plan, Downloads on Apr 16, 2019

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.

For more information please contact:

Shannon Hunter, CMO, AMCT, Dipl.M.M.
Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer
shunter [at] highlandseast [dot] ca
705-448-2981 Ext. 431

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Celebrate Earth Day and Clean Up Highlands East

Posted to Events, News & Notices on Apr 12, 2019

Saturday, April 27th is Earth Day and from 10:00AM to 2:00PM the Gooderham Community Action Group will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration and Town Clean Up in Gooderham. Collect garbage from 10 to Noon, then come to the Robert McCausland Community Centre where hot chocolate and hot dogs will be served. Bring your children where they can check out fur traps and fur displays, save the turtles information, fossil displays, recycling and compost information and other items related to Earth Day.

Residents throughout Highlands East are encouraged to collect garbage in their communities. Garbage bags and gloves can be picked up at the Wilberforce, Cardiff and Gooderham municipal offices. Garbage can be dropped off before 1:30PM on Saturday at the following locations:

  • Behind the Wilberforce Fire Hall
  • Beside the Cardiff Fire Hall
  • Behind the Highland Grove Community Centre
  • Under the pavilion at the Robert McCausland Community Centre in Gooderham

After 1:30PM, please take garbage to one of the municipal landfill sites.

Water Sample Service Schedule & Drop-off Information

Posted to Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Apr 10, 2019

Pick-up & Drop-off Locations

Water sample bottles can be picked up at any Municipal Office in Highlands East.

Filled samples must be dropped off at the Wilberforce Municipal Office for shipment to the testing facility.

Summer Schedule

The bi-weekly summer water sample drop-off schedule will begin the week of April 15th with drop-offs being accepted Mondays and Wednesdays before Noon on each of those days.

Note: Due to the Easter Holiday drop-offs will not be accepted on Wednesday, April 17th.

Winter Schedule

Drop-offs will revert to our once-weekly winter schedule in October.

Tender T-08-2019 for Surface Treatment

Posted to News & Notices on Apr 10, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East requests tenders for the provision of supply & application of surface treatment. For details please download the tender document below.

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Highlands East Strategic Plan

Posted to Downloads, Strategic Plan on Apr 10, 2019

Request for Proposal 2019-5-T Website Design & Development

Posted to Downloads, News & Notices on Apr 4, 2019

The County of Haliburton, Municipality of Highlands East and the Township of Minden Hills are seeking proposals on all or some of the following parts: providing all necessary professional development services including specialty consultants for the purposes of developing a municipal website, back end administration for web applications, and a content moderation system, for each of the three aforementioned Municipalities.

For further details and full submission requirements and instructions please download the RFP below.

A sealed proposal package shall be submitted at or before the closing date and time:

Thursday, May 9th, 2019, at 12:00PM, EST

Clearly address the proposal package to the County of Haliburton Administration office as follows:

The County of Haliburton
11 Newcastle St, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
Attention: Mike March
Re: RFP 2019-5-T Website Design & Development

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Tender P-09-2019 for Cardiff Community Centre Steel Roof

Posted to News & Notices on Apr 2, 2019

The work is to commence on Monday, May 13, 2019 and is to be completed no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.

Tenders will be called, received, evaluated, accepted and processed in accordance with the Municipality’s Purchasing and Tendering Procedures.  Tenders will close Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 1:00 PM.  Tenders on the prescribed Tender Form (available for download below) and sealed in an envelope clearly marked as such shall be received by Jim Alden, Property Supervisor at the following address:   
The Municipality of Highlands East, Municipal Office
2249 Loop Road, P.O. Box 295
Wilberforce, ON K0L 3C0
Attention: Jim Alden, Property Supervisor

Tender Forms will be opened Thursday, April 25, 2019 after closing at 1:05 PM at the Municipal Office.

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Kawartha Haliburton Renovates Fund now available to help low-income homeowners with repairs and upgrades!

Posted to Building, News & Notices, Services on Apr 1, 2019

The Kawartha Haliburton Renovates fund is now open! This fund provides forgivable interest-free loans to get repairs and accessibility upgrades completed to your home. This could include addressing issues with water, heating, septic and energy efficiency upgrades. The loans are up to $10,000 plus an additional $5,000 for accessibility upgrades. 

The application is based on your situation -- not everyone who applies will be approved. The application must be submitted by April 30th. 

Download the application here:

If you have any questions, the coordinator for the program is available at (705) 878-9367 ext. 3109.

Fill up on all-you-can-eat Pancakes and Sausages at the Maple Syrup Festival in Wilberforce on Saturday, April 20th

Posted to Events on Apr 1, 2019

The Maple Syrup Festival held at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce will be serving up all you can eat pancakes and sausages with locally made pure Maple Syrup on Saturday, April 20th, Easter Weekend, from 9AM to 2PM. Enjoy the flea market and craft tables as well as a colouring contest and crafts as well as a Turtle Talk with Kelly Wallace at the Wilberforce Library at 11AM where young and old can learn about conservation and how to save at-risk turles.

$3 for children 10 and under.
$6 for adults.

Plus, a Baked Beans Contest! Submit your best Baked Beans and let the votes decide! Contact Nataly for details at 705-448-1690.

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