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Council highlights from the May 3, 2022, meeting

Addressing Sewage Infrastructure Needs
Staff brought forth recommendations to address the Town’s anticipated sewage infrastructure allocation shortfalls expected between approximately 2025/2026 until the Upper York Sewage Solution (or alternative) is approved and operational. Council endorsed the approaches which include investigation of the construction of an interim treatment plant to eliminate the existing lagoons plus further engagement with the province to advocate for the advancement of the Upper York Sewage Solution.

Waste Diversion in EG
A report on 2021 East Gwillimbury Waste Diversion Achievements was presented to Council. Some of the highlights include:

  • There are approximately 140 collections of streamed waste per household per year at a cost of $120 per household
  • 18 tons of textiles were diverted through the textile recycling program
  • Approximately 68 percent of the Town’s waste was diverted from landfill
  • 83% of the Blue Box material is uncontaminated, one of the highest rates in York Region

EG’s 2021 Financial Position
Staff reported on the Town’s 2021 financial position based on the unaudited statements.For 2021 there was a $2.9M operating surplus and a $1.4M water/wastewater surplus. The surplus will be allocated to several reserve funds including emergency services, vehicle replacements, water and wastewater infrastructure, and information technology. Council also moved to establish a Climate Reserve Fund. The year-end balance of all Development Charge Reserve Funds is $54.9 million. DCs are revenues used to fund capital projects that service growth, in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997.

Wildlife Service
Staff provided Council with options to address an increase in injured wildlife removal requests. Council approved a pilot project whereby the Town of Aurora will provide injured wildlife removal services until October 31, 2022. Staff will also enter into an agreement with Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge. The refuge treats and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy animals back into their natural habitats.

Watch past meetings online

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Join our team!

The Town is hiring various full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. We also hire for various ongoing positions.

Learn more or apply

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Idea Consultation

Don’t know where to begin when starting your own business? In partnership with the Town of Georgina and the Town of East Gwillimbury, York University’s YSpace Idea Consultations can help you get started. This program provides entrepreneurs everything they need to launch or refine their business, whether they are established or first-time founders.

The program provides:

  • Free one-on-one consultation with a business professional
  • A defined roadmap aligned to your unique needs
  • Additional support and mentoring

Connect with us today at www.advantageeg.ca/entrepreneurshiphub/

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Nomination Period is Open

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If you are interested in running for office, nomination forms for the 2022 Municipal Election may be filed in person or by an agent with the Returning Officer during regular business hours and by appointment only. Candidates may file a nomination form until 2 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022. For more information visit www.egvotes.ca

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EG Sports Complex COVID-19 Booster Clinic
York Region is opening pop-up vaccination clinics for booster doses on May 13, June 10 and June 24 at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex in the Canada Hall. Learn more: www.eastgwillimbury.ca/VaccineSupport

Public Meeting Woodbine Ave. Rezoning
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 6 p.m. to discuss the zoning by-law amendments to the Woodbine Avenue development. Read more here.

Coyote Sighting and Tips
There have been reports of a coyote sighting near the Beechborough area close to the watershed and trail. We ask residents to be cautious. If you see a coyote, back away slowly while facing it. Prevent coyotes from visiting your property by:

  • keeping pet food and water bowls indoors
  • putting garbage out the morning of collection (not the night before) and keep trash cans covered
  • keeping cats indoors. Letting cats roam can draw coyotes into the area

Learn more at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/coyote

Clean up after your pets
EG is reminding you to clean up after your pets and dispose of the waste properly. Please ensure you travel with a bag to stoop and scoop and dispose of it in public waste bins nearby or bring it home.

Community Mailbox Littering
There have been reports of littering around community mailboxes and we need your support to keep #EG clean. Residents are reminded to dispose of their junk mail properly by placing it in the appropriate waste bins. Littering is a crime.

LDD Burlap Pick-up for caterpillars
Residents can pick-up one piece of free pre-cut burlap wrap per household at various locations across EG while supplies last. Pick-up locations during regular operating hours are:

  • The Civic Centre
  • Holland Landing and Mount Albert Libraries

Learn more at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/LDD

Community Clean Up
EG is organizing community clean-up kits for residents interested in picking up litter and debris. We will provide you with an EG tote bag, biodegradable garbage bags and disposable gloves. If interested, email mhemmingway@eastgwillimbury.ca

No Mow May
The Environmental Advisory Committee asks residents to help support pollinators this spring and avoid mowing lawns until June. It prevents the disturbance of insects and amphibians that may be burrowed or hiding in leaves and lawns and increases food sources for pollinators. Learn more at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/NoMowMay

Vendor Applications Open for 2022 Tapestry of Taste
Tapestry of Taste is back on August 12 and 13 - bigger and better than before. Get your business or organization out there by applying to become a vendor at the ultimate event that connects the community through arts, culture, food and heritage. Learn more at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/TOT

Operations Centre opening invite

Summer of Parks Civic Centre opening

Summer camp registration

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