The Town of Georgina will begin holding virtual Council meetings on April 22, followed by meetings on May 6 and 27. The sessions will start at 9 a.m.
Council previously provided a 30-day waive of penalty and interest associated with the April 27 instalment of the interim tax bill. The Mayor and CAO have now decided to extend this to 90 days. There will be no penalty added in May, June or July for an unpaid April 27 instalment. Residents who have an outstanding amount before April 27 will still incur penalty and interest on those amounts.
There is currently no fire ban in place in Georgina. This is being assessed on a daily basis. The Fire Services administrative building at 165 the Queensway South is closed to the public and open-air burn permits and agricultural burn permits are not being issued.
With recent mild temperatures and warmer days ahead, ice on the lake is quickly diminishing and many may be thinking of getting a boat in the water or doing some fishing. In an effort to encourage physical distancing and protect the health of the community, Town boat launches and fishing areas within Town parks are closed until further notice.
This includes the following Town boat launches –
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt throughout the Town of Georgina, changing daily life for residents and businesses. During this time, the Georgina Food Pantry has been particularly hard hit, experiencing record demand and running low on supplies.
In an effort to encourage physical distancing and protect the health of the community, all Town parks are closed to the public.
This includes –
The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority advises that warmer weather accompanied by rainfall is expected to begin to move through the watershed today. This weather system is expected to bring temperatures upwards of +15 to +17C by Monday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of around 25 mm are predicted on Sunday with additional localized rainfall due to potential thunderstorms in the afternoon. Currently, most of the snow pack within the watershed has melted. However, the ground has not yet completely thawed and has a reduced ability to absorb the anticipated rainfall.
In support of the efforts of our public health partners and the Province of Ontario to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, the Town of Georgina has cancelled all spring recreation and culture programs. Those impacted by cancelled programs and third-party rentals will be contacted directly.
The Town will fully refund all user fees charged. All memberships have been put on hold and the length of the membership will be extended.
In response to the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Georgina will be waiving May penalty and interest charges associated with the April 27 installment of the interim tax bill. In addition, the Town will be delaying the transfer of unpaid amounts of the April water/sewer billings to the property tax account providing additional help to lessen the burden on the community. A property tax deferral program of up to 90 days is also being reviewed.
Mayor Margaret Quirk has issued a declaration of emergency in response to COVID-19 in the Town of Georgina.