COVID-19 and Pike Lake
Province announces free fishing period extended to 2 weeks to July 4 - 19, 2020
According to a news release from the Ontario government, the period that Canadian residents of all ages can enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card has been extended by a week this year to the first two full weeks of July, from July 4, 2020 to July 19, 2020.
Normally the free fishing period is only one week but the news release notes this is an opportunity for Ontarians to spend time outdoors in a low-risk way after several weeks of self-isolation due to COVID-19 outbreak.
The public is encouraged to continue to follow all the public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
You can read the news release here.
Perth & District Union Public Library
Your Library is Still There for You during COVID-19 Pandemic
With the province's Stage 2 openings many facilities of the Library are now available including curbside pickup, drop box and computer access.
To find information on the current status of the library re-opening, please check the Library website by clicking here.
Some great info from Friends of the Tay Watershed
Posted with permission from Friends of the Tay Watershed:
Local Fresh Food & Farm Gate Products
With the uncertainty of when our farmers' markets will be able to open, our association is pleased to suggest:
Lanark Local Flavour - see the 2020 list of area producers, many of whom sell from farm gate, and some can even deliver, at http://taywatershed.ca/new.php
Seasonal availability calendar - https://lanarklocalflavour.ca/about
Perth Farmers' Market - will operate as an online marketplace. Customers will be able to order at the market website, online or by phone, and pick up the pre-packaged order when it is ready. Will be available when the season starts in May (date TBA), at www.perthfarmersmarket.ca.
and, of course, your community grocers.
The Table, Perth, is continuing The Good Food Bank and Community Meals, welcomes fresh product donations, and are hopeful community gardens access restrictions will be lifted for planting at Last Duel Park and Rogers Road Community Allotment Centre. https://www.thetablecfc.org/sitenav/table
Your Board of Directors
Friends of the Tay Watershed Association
Lanark County Total Open-Air Burn Ban in Effect April 2
The Fire Departments of Lanark County will be implementing a TOTAL OPEN-AIR BURN BAN as of Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 until further notice.
The ban applies to all open-air fires including agricultural burns, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimeneas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning, but does not include cooking appliances with a mechanical shutoff, i.e. propane or natural gas cooking equipment.
Due to the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the need for social distancing and to assist in the health, safety and well-being of our firefighters we placed an open-air burn ban as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain on our fire services at this time.
We are committed to providing and maintaining emergency response within our communities and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we cope with this uncertain and unprecedented situation.
If you have any questions please contact your local fire department.
Tay Valley Township Resident Services and COVID-19
Tay Valley Township has put together a page on their website with information regarding the Township's resident services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers: closures of township owned facilities; cancellations of programming; and modifications to council meetings, waste sites, building permits, property tax payments, etc.
The Stanleyville Waste site remains unchanged, but at Glen Tay Waste Site only household garbage and recyclables will be accepted.
As Waste Site amenities are not sanitized the public is asked to ensure they are adhering to:
strict social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart),
staying home if they are not feeling well,
washing their hands frequently,
avoiding touching their face and
no hugging or handshakes. (The website actually does say "hugging")
The webpage can be found here.
Property Assessment Update postponed during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Ontario government has announced that the 2020 Assessment Update has been postponed. They have indicated that property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property.
In 2016, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) mailed a Property Assessment Notice to every property owner in the province – assessing more than five million properties in Ontario. Your 2016 Notice reflects the assessed value and classification of your property as of January 1, 2016 and this will be used as the basis for calculating your 2021 property taxes.
You can read more about it here.
2020 Canadian Loon Survey Cancelled
Birds Canada has let the Pike Lake Community Association know that the 2020 Canadian Loon Survey has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the safety of volunteers and staff doing data collection and reporting. It's unfortunate but Dr. Doug Tozer, the Birds Canada Director of Waterbirds and Welands, has advised that "one year of missing data in a long-term dataset does not have much of an impact on our ability to calculate trends over many years." You can read the letter to our PLCA President here.
Message to cottagers from Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
The Lake Networking Group has asked us to forward a message regarding COVID–19 from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit to members of our lake community. The message can be found here.
It expresses the concern of local municipalities that an influx of seasonal cottagers will strain the local health care system and resources, and possibly bring new cases of COVID-19 to the area from communities that may have higher numbers of cases. It notes that many hospitals that serve cottage country are smaller and do not have the capacity to handle cases from outside their area, and have limited intensive care beds and ventilators.
Any comments or concerns related to the linked attachment should be sent to email@example.com
Tay Valley Township Reeve's Message
We have been asked to pass along this plea from the Tay Valley Township Reeve. In a message to cottage associations he asked that we relay the following:
Cottagers should resist the urge to head to the cottage at this very difficult and stressful time. While we would normally welcome cottagers to our communities, at this time our primary focus must be to ensure that our local heath care resources are not overloaded and, as well, that our local grocery store demands are not put under even more pressure.
We want to ensure that we are doing our best to keep everyone safe and the more we do to follow the rules we WILL beat this.
I would like to thank everyone for their co-operation.
Tay Valley Township Reeve