1/2 Load Restrictions Now In Effect
Effective today – Monday, March 11, 2019 – 1/2 load restrictions are in effect on ALL Township roadways.
Posted March 11, 2019
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Watershed Conditions Statement
Spring Outlook — With High Snowpack, Be Prepared for Spring Flooding Across the Rideau Valley Watershed
The winter of 2018-19 has been an old-fashioned winter with lots of snow (over 250 cm to-date) and no significant thaw events. As such, the snowpack throughout the Rideau Valley Watershed is well above average. Current conditions at several RVCA snow course sites are indicating near record water content amounts in the snow for this time of year, generally not seen since the late 1970s.
Based solely on the fact we have above average water content, there is a potential for above average flooding this spring across the Rideau Valley Watershed, especially in low lying areas which have flooded in the past. However, the two other key factors influencing actual flood conditions are precipitation and temperatures as we move through March and into April. The current short-term forecast does not indicate any significant precipitation or above-seasonal temperatures; however, we know the daily temperature will begin to increase as we move through March.
Water levels on lakes and flows in the streams are presently at or slightly below normal for this time of year. Parks Canada staff who manage the water levels for the Rideau Canal have indicated that the levels will be maintained or lowered in the coming weeks to allow for water storage in the upper watershed lakes once the snowpack starts to melt.
City of Ottawa crews have begun the annual ice removal program on the Rideau River between Rideau Falls and Bronson Avenue. Crews will work to keep the ice from reforming until the spring freshet occurs (for more information: City of Ottawa information at 311).
With the changing levels that can be expected over the coming weeks, ice cover on lakes, ditches, local streams and rivers will continue to be unstable. Extreme caution should be exercised by everyone when near local waterbodies. Parents should inform their children of the risks and provide appropriate supervision.
As the temperatures start to warm up, there is also a concern for potential ice jams in local streams and rivers, as flows could quickly increase before the ice can melt. Residents are advised to monitor the river closely as spring progresses for signs of ice jams. RVCA staff will be monitoring conditions but we always welcome any unique observations from watershed residents.
There is also a concern for flooding along roadways due to current snow/ice build up on roadside ditches and some roads.
Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
• Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve
• Ensuring easy access to a portable backup generator and pump
• Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 metres from the dwelling
• Securing items that might float away as flows increase
• Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
• Keeping emergency phone numbers handy
• Familiarizing yourself with your municipality’s Emergency Preparedness Plan
RVCA will continue to monitor conditions and will issue further statements when or if there is an indication that the situation can be expected to change significantly.
Posted March 7, 2019
Visit the RVCA website for more information.
Extreme Cold Reminders
Extreme Cold and Snow Impacts Your Health
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk however, the risks are greater for young children, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Adverse health effects can occur as a direct result of exposure to excessive cold such as hypothermia and frostbite.
|Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling/uncoordinated movements, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness.||White/grayish skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, or numbness.|
Consult a healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000 or TTY at 1-877-797-0007) if you experience any of the above symptoms.
Protective measures and best practices:
- If you must go outside, cover up and dress warmly with several layers. The outer layer should be wind resistant. Frostbite can develop within minutes to exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow and take several breaks.
- Check on older family, friends and neighbors.
- Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Impacts to Critical Infrastructure
Accumulating snow and/or extreme cold can damage/disrupt critical infrastructure which could result in power outages, road closures, delay or cancellation of air or other travel means, major traffic accidents, burst pipes, etc. Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Accumulating snow may cause surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots to become difficult to navigate. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times due to heavy or blowing snow.
Protective measures and best practices:
- Carrying an emergency car kit and a mobile phone, as well as keep others informed of travel schedules and destinations.
- Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit in the event that there is a power outage or other impacts to critical infrastructure, as well as consider and prepare alternative means for heat that are safe indoors.
- Continue to monitor local forecasts for public weather alerts and exercise appropriate caution if you must travel.
Posted January 28, 2019
Sources: Provincial HIRA, MOHLTC, Environment Canada
Hydro One Forestry Maintenance
We have been notified by Hydro One that they will be conducting forestry operations in the following areas in Augusta Township.
Work will start in February and finish some time in September.
Affected areas include:
– Cooper Road from Limerick Road south to the junction with Cooper/Ferguson Road.
– Land O’Nod Road from the north township boundary west to County Road 15
– County Road 15 from the south township boundary south to Jellyby Road
– Jellyby Road from the west township boundary east to County Road 15
Work will consist of pruning live branches, removal of dead, diseased or dangerous trees and non-compatible brush in close proximity to our electrical circuits. Trees to be trimmed will be identified with blue paint. Trees to be removed will be identified with orange paint.
A low volume, backpack herbicide application will be utilized to control re-growth from stumps of trees removed. The same application method will be used to control growth of undesirable low level brush. The herbicide which will be used is Gallon RTU (registration # 29334). Where feasible mechanical methods could be used to control brush, this would depend on the amount and whether herbicide is permitted.
The work will be performed by Hydro One staff who are trained and experienced in the latest arboriculture practices. The herbicides used by Hydro One are approved by Federal and Provincial authorities and the applicators are licensed by the Ministry of the Environment.
Hydro One has indicated that it’s policy is to contact each individual property owner before commencing work. Questions regarding this notification should be sent to Hydro One directly.
Posted January 21, 2019
OMAFRA Barn Fire Prevention Information
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released a series of new videos on ways to prevent barn fires. The videos are part of an ongoing effort with farmers and industry to develop different ways to reduce the potential loss of human and animal lives, injury and property damage from barn fires.
Click HERE to learn more about preventing barn fires and to view other resources.
Posted January 10, 2019
Grenville County OPP Winter Vacation & Crime Prevention Tips
With the winter season upon us many people will be travelling for the holidays and planning sunny vacations to the south during the winter months. It is important to take a few moments to think about crime prevention for your home and property before you go.
The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents to consider the following crime prevention tips while away from their residence:
- Do not announce your trip/vacation plans on social media. Advertising your absence could be an invitation to would-be thieves.
- Arrange for someone to maintain your home so it appears occupied – this includes shovelling the walkways and driveway, picking up mail, flyers and newspapers and placing garbage and recycling containers at the curb for normal pickup.
- Ask trusted neighbours to keep an eye on your residence while you are away and leave your vacation address and phone numbers with them so you can be reached in an emergency.
- Use timers for lights, television or radios.
- Make sure all the locks on the windows and doors function properly and use them.
- Leave the shades and blinds on doors and windows in a position that you normally would have them.
- Ask a neighbour to park in your driveway so it will appear as if someone is home
- Make sure smoke and burglary alarms are functioning properly and armed.
- Consider taking valuables to a safety deposit box.
Your vacation should be an enjoyable, relaxing experience. Following these safety tips will reduce the chance of being victimized and allow travellers to return home to a safe and secure residence.
Posted December 21, 2018
Holiday Hours: Township Office/Library/Transfer Sites
Posted December 14, 2018
Website Email Issue – UPDATED 12/18/2018
UPDATE: The issue has been fixed. We are now receiving emails again. Thank you for your patience with this matter.
NOTICE: We have been notified that we are currently having an issue with our Contact Us page. Apparently we are not receiving all of our emails. Our computer experts are working to correct the problem as soon as possible.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call the Township office at (613) 925-4231 should you have any questions or concerns.
Posted December 14, 2018
Inauguration Night for 2018-2022 Council – Monday, December 3, 2018
On Monday, December 3, 2018, MPP Steve Clark oversaw proceedings as Augusta Township’s new Council for the 2018-2022 term read and signed their Declarations of Office. Family, friends and fellow residents looked on as Council was sworn into office followed by photos, refreshments and conversation.
Posted December 4, 2018
Business & Trailblazer of the Year Annual Awards Breakfast – Friday, November 2, 2018
On Friday, November 2, 2018 Augusta Township held it’s annual Awards Breakfast where this years awards were given to:
Business of the Year – MORE THAN JUST BABYSITTING
Trailblazer of the Year – ACCESS IN MOTION
The event itself was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped us celebrate business in Augusta.
The Township would especially like to thank:
– The Honourable Steve Clark for joining us at the event
– Todd Royer for being our Guest Speaker
– Grenville Snowmobile Club for hosting the event and providing a delicious breakfast
– Leeds & Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre for organizing the event
– Burnbrae Farms and the Egg Farmers of Ontario for being our sponsors
Click on the image to enlarge.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of this years recipients and nominees for their outstanding accomplishments this past year!
Posted November 6, 2018
Lending Library Launch Party – Saturday, October 27, 2018
A great thanks goes out to the staff and volunteers of the Augusta Township Public Library, who helped with the launch of our new Recreational Lending Library! We are proud to announce this new program available to the public to promote outdoor recreation. Residents of the township will be able to borrow sport and recreation equipment in the same way they would a book. They have something for every season, come on out and try something new!
Posted October 30, 2018
This year’s nominees for Augusta’s Business of the Year are:
- Hall’s Apple Market
- Ken Miller Excavating
- Northnet Media
- Porter Agricultural Services
- More Than Just Babysitting (MTJB)
This year’s nominees for Trailblazer of the Year are:
- Rycon Electrical
- Access in Motion
Come and celebrate this year’s nominees at the Awards Breakfast on Friday, November 2 from 7:30-9:30 am at the Grenville Snowmobile Club. The cost is $10 each, tickets can be purchased at the door.
Register to attend through this Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre link.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES!
Posted October 18, 2018
The Township Office and Public Library will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 for Remembrance Day.
Posted October 11, 2018
ALERT: Phone Scam
Augusta Fire Rescue received a call from a resident yesterday asking if Augusta Fire Rescue does a phone campaign to raise funds for the Fire Department and their Smoke Alarm Program. They had received a call from a person stating that they were raising funds for such. They tried to ask the caller questions, and the caller just kept asking if they would like to donate. One thing they did notice is that the caller was not specific about the name of the Fire Department, the caller just kept saying they are looking for donations for the Fire Department and their smoke alarm program.
So, to be clear, Augusta Fire Rescue is not calling and asking for donations. We have forwarded this info to Grenville County OPP and they are going to follow up. If you hear of someone with a similar story please explain that it is not the Fire Department asking for donations, it is a scam. If they have given money to the caller they should call the OPP. If they did not give the caller anything the OPP would like them to call the Canadian Anti Fraud Center toll free at 1-888-495-850 PLEASE SHARE SO NO-ONE BECOMES A VICTIM OF THIS SCAM!
Posted September 18, 2018
211 is a helpline and website that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. During times of emergency, 211 Ontario also reinforces important messages emergency officials need to communicate to the public, such as the location of evacuation centers, road closures, safety instructions, social services to assist disaster victims etc. (visit our Emergency Preparedness page for more). They answer the phone 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.
Check out their www.211Ontario.ca for more information.
Posted September 4, 2018
Did you know that the towing industry has a Bill of Rights? To ensure you are receiving safe and responsible service, CAA recommends printing the Bill of Rights and keeping a copy in your glove box so that if you have to get your car towed you can refer to it quickly and easily. Visit CAA’s website for more information.
Posted August 23, 2018
Ticks & Lyme Disease Prevention
Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are having an increasing effect on the lives of Ontarian residents. The number of confirmed and probable Lyme disease cases in Ontario more than tripled in 2017 (987 cases) compared to the previous five year average of 314 per year.
As a rural community, Augusta Township residents are more likely to encounter ticks in their day to day activities, whether working or enjoying the outdoors. Affected individuals experience persistent symptoms and long-term complications that affect their physical, emotional, mental and financial well-being.
The following information is provided to help you and your loved ones avoid this debilitating disease. An excellent video by Dr. Andrew Peregrine on Lyme disease can also be found HERE.
Posted: July 9, 2018
Changes to Recycling in Augusta Township
China (where the bulk of Canada’s recyclables has been shipped to in the past) has begun to limit the quantity and types of materials it accepts for recycling and has added strict quality standards. In response, recycling industries across Canada have made changes to the specific types of recyclables they will accept.
Augusta Township needs your support to ensure years of recycling efforts continue to benefit the municipality and avoid additional waste management costs.
All recyclables including glass, cans and plastic need to be cleaned and sorted at home. If recyclables are not clean when they arrive at the Transfer Station, they must be refused or sorted at the site to avoid contaminating whole recycling bins.
The Township is mailing out letters to each residence in the Township outlining these changes and we will be updating the signs at our Transfer Stations to identify what is accepted in the recycling stream and what is not.
You can access a copy of the letter HERE.
Just a reminder that the Township of Augusta is committed to a safe working environment for all of it’s employees and contractors (including those at the Waste Management sites) and a ZERO TOLERANCE Policy has been established and abusive/aggressive behaviour and/or course language will NOT be tolerated.
Posted: July 4, 2018
Maynard Public School’s Community Involvement Award Winner
Congratulations to Owen Yateman on being chosen as the recipient of the Augusta Township Certificate of Appreciation for his Commitment to Community Engagement. The certificate was presented at the Year End Assembly on June 27, 2018 at Maynard Public School.
On top of being a curler and a Scout, Owen regularly performs at local events as a Highland Dancer and as a snare drummer with the Kemptville Legion Pipes & Drums band. He has also been on duty at events as a Cadet with St. John Ambulance.
Posted: June 27, 2018
Procter & Gamble’s Day of Caring
This year’s Day of Caring took place in North Augusta where our amazing volunteers gave the Community Hall and soccer field some needed TLC.
Thank you again for all your hard work!
Posted: June 25, 2018
Senior of the Year
Congratulations to Dr. James Holmes, this years recipient of Ontario’s Senior of the Year for Augusta Township.
This honour is awarded in each municipality in Ontario to “one outstanding local Ontarian who has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.”
Posted: May 29, 2018