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Blue Green Algae: How to identify it and what to do about it.

Posted to Downloads, Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Sep 19, 2018

There has been a dramatic increase in blue green algae blooms in Ontario in recent years. As a result many lakefront property owners are very concerned when they see blooms or floating masses which they think could be a bloom. To alleviate unnecessary concerns and to share important information the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations is providing a fact sheet (available for download below) on how to identify blue green algae blooms and what to do if you do spot one

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Fire Ban Lifted: Burn with Caution

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Jul 26, 2018

The total fire ban in Haliburton County (including the Municipality of Highlands East) has been lifted as of July 26th.

Please be advised that ground cover is still very dry, so caution should be exercised with any fires. Please burn responsibly and according to the Burning By-Law as standard burning regulations are still in effect and the following rules need to be adhered to:

  • No day time burning is allowed;
  • All fires must be attended by a competent person at all times;
  • You must have a means of extinguishment readily available;
  • Fires must be completely extinguished before going to bed or leaving the fire.

Highlands East residents can contact Acting Fire Cheif Baughman with any questions or concerns at 705-448-2981 Ext. 428 or cbaughman [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jul 22, 2018

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

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Gooderham Transfer Station

Saturday, August 11th from 1:00PM through 4:00PM
1042 McColl's Road just east of Gooderham.

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, October 27th 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 12th, 2018
  • July 7th, 2018
  • September 15th, 2018

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?

2016 Municipal Energy Usage Report

Posted to Administrative, Downloads, Property, Services on Jul 3, 2018

The Municipality of Highlands East has collated the 2016 electricity, heating oil and propane consumption data for all the required buildings and facilities and listed the energy usage on a building by building, fuel type by fuel type, basis as required by the Green Energy Act. The document is available (in Microsoft Excel format) for download below.

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Building Permit Requirements & Application Form

Posted to Applications, Building, Downloads, Services on Jun 28, 2018

Before you start any construction on your property contact the Building Department and obtain any necessary permits!

Building Permit Application, Application Requirements and Guides are available for download below:

The following items shall accompany an application for a building permit.

Site Plan

  • Site Plan showing location of building and septic system on lot, and also showing distances to the property lines, Front Yard Setback, Side Yard (both sides) and Rear Yard.
  • Location to other buildings on the lot.
  • Location to Hydro Lines or any other hazards on the lot.
  • Entrance to the Lot.
  • When difference in Municipal records, Ownership of property is required.

Building Plans

  • Two sets of Scaled drawings
  • Foundation Plan: example showing footing sizes, pier footings, locations, laminated beam sizes and floor joist size and spacing etc.
  • Floor Plan: example showing room sizes, locations, exterior, interior wall thickness, door sizes, window sizes, chimneys and ventilation system etc.
  • Cross Section: example showing foundation depth, foundation type (block or solid concrete etc.), foundation damproofing, foundation drainage, foundation slab, footing sizes, sill gasket, anchor bolts (spacing), joist size, subfloor size stud sizes and spacing, insulation, vapour barrier, interior, exterior finishes, roof type, sheeting, shingles and venting etc.
  • Copy of TRUSS DRAWINGS from manufacturer.

Other Requirements

  • Municipality of Highlands East copy of the Site Inspection Report for a Sewage System, when required.
  • Entrance Permit from the Municipality of Highlands East Roads Department, County of Haliburton or the Ministry of Transportation when required.
  • Any Permit required by any other authority.
  • Payment of Fees

Please note that any application which is not signed by the owner, and is signed by another authorized person, it shall be accompanied by a letter of authorization signed by the owner.

Any difference found in the Front, Side, or Rear setbacks by the Chief Building Official may result in an Application for a Building Permit being refused or revoked, until the Plot Plan is corrected.

How to Obtain a Building Permit - A Guide to the Homeowner

Posted to Building, Downloads, Services on May 30, 2018

The PDF available for download below outlines everything homeowners need to know about the building permit process.

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Water Sample Service Schedule & Drop-off Information

Posted to Environmental, News & Notices, Services on May 17, 2018

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 16th with drop-offs being accepted Mondays and Wednesdays before Noon on each of those days.

Winter Schedule

Drop-offs will revert to our once-weekly winter schedule on October 2nd 2018.

Spring Load Restrictions End Monday, May 14th

Posted to News & Notices, Roads, Services on May 11, 2018

Spring load restrictions on all Highlands East roads will end as of May 14, 2018.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2018: Be Emergency Ready - Stay Connected

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 3, 2018

Emergency Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility but not everyone has the means or capacity to deal with emergencies. We encourage you to check on your neighbours to make sure they’re okay – knock on their door if you have to – and reach out to family and friends who may need you help during an emergency.

Make a Plan

Create your emergency family plan and practice it. In an emergency, your family may not be together, or you may be asked to evacuate your home. Thinking about what you would do in different situations and preparing a plan with every member of your family is the first step to being prepared.

Build a Kit

Get together with your family and put together an emergency kit with enough supplies to last 72 hours (three days).

Be Informed

Wireless Emergency Alerts are here. But only for LTE-enabled (4G) cell phones and mobile devices in Canada. The geo-targeted alerts will warn Canadians about dangers and imminent threats to life and property so they can take appropriate action.

Click here to check your phone’s compatibility and see if it can receive wireless emergency alerts.

A province-wide test of the system will take place on Monday, May 7th at 1:55PM and again on September 19th. The OFMEM website includes FAQs and other information.

If you’ve got an older model phone you can still get emergency alerts from Ontario’s Emergency Public Warning System. The system allows subscribers to receive tornado warnings and emergency alerts.

Still want more?

Get information about current provincial emergencies.

Activities & Training

Emergency Preparedness Survivor – This activity encourages youth to prepare themselves and their families prior to an emergency. Students learn practical survival skills to help them take care of themselves and their families after a disaster strikes.

CAN-WARN Training – Interested in learning about severe weather and helping your community? Then consider attending a free CAN-WARN Weather Spotter Training session sponsored by Environment Canada.

Sessions take place throughout Ontario, training normally lasts about 2.5 hours and there is no cost to attend.

Training covers the basics of thunderstorm formation, what differentiates a severe from a non-severe thunderstorm, the types of damage severe thunderstorms can produce, what to watch for in the sky, what to report to the Storm Prediction Centre and a series of safety tips.

CAN-WARN Training in Highlands East

A CAN-WARN Training Session is taking place at the Bark Lake Leadership & Conference Centre on May 12th at 9:30AM.

Visit the Bark Lake Event Page for more information or contact geoff [dot] coulson [at] canada [dot] ca

Property Taxes in Highlands East

Posted to Services, Taxes on Apr 12, 2018

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 424.

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 424 to confirm that we have your correct civic mailing address on file.

Tax Certificates

Tax Certificates are $35. Please contact the Tax Department directly at the Municipal Office at 705-448-2981 ext 424 to acquire a tax certificate.

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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