College Street Reconstruction

Gordon Barr Ltd. is the successful bidding contractor for the College St project. The work to be completed includes the replacement of the Storm Sewer, the Water main and associated services. Also included is the construction of a new Sidewalk and Curbs, the Paving of College Street and the associated Landscaping as required to return the grassed areas to original condition.

The planned start date of the construction is July 22, 2019 and it is anticipated that this work will take approximately seven (7) weeks to complete. Crews will be starting the temporary water setup on Wednesday July 17th. This will include the use of a backhoe and little to no traffic disruption. Please be aware that during the construction phase the road will only be open to local traffic at times. Temporary storage of the aggregate that is to be reused will be stored at the arctic gardens site while the project is going on. We apologize for the disruption and any inconvenience.

Deseronto Public Roller Skate - Summer 2019

Lace up the roller skates and come on out for fun!

Lace up the roller skates and come on out for fun!

The Town of Deseronto is pleased to announce public Roller Blading/Skating Tuesday’s, 6:00 pm to 7:000 pm, starting Tuesday July 16, ending Tuesday August 27th, 2019. Scooters and hover boards not allowed. Regular arena rules regarding conduct apply and participants will be asked to leave if they are not following the arena rules of behaviour. The arena  and the activities will be monitored by staff during this event. This recreational activity is intended for years 8-13. Children younger than 10 must have parental supervision. As with all recreational activities this is a use/play at your own risk activity.

Weekly

Tuesday 6-7 pm

Location: Arena, Deseronto Community Centre

51 Mechanic St. Deseronto.

Cost: Free

More information?: email arena@deseronto.ca

Paddle Boarding on Deseronto Waterfront

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The Deseronto Waterfront is a place of enjoyment for all types of people. This week there were many stand up paddlers out enjoying our beautiful weather. The Centennial Park boat launch and canoe put in on the west side of Town was being used by the Tyendinaga Good Minds Program. It is great to see young adults enjoying the park and the water! For more information on how to access or use our waterfront, email Town Hall – admin@deseronto.ca

Deseronto Pick Up Ball Hockey - Summer 2019

Ball hockey takes place inside. Come on out!

Ball hockey takes place inside. Come on out!

The Town of Deseronto is pleased to announce drop-in, pick-up Ball Hockey Tuesday’s, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, starting Tuesday July 16, ending Tuesday August 27th, 2019. Players must provide all sticks and equipment, CSA helmets are required. Nets will be provided. Regular arena rules regarding conduct apply and participants will be asked to leave if they are not following the arena rules of behaviour. The arena and the activities will be monitored by staff during this event. This recreational activity is intended for years 8-13. Children younger than 10 must have parental supervision. As with all recreational activities this is a use/play at your own risk activity.

Weekly

Tuesday: 330 pm - 430 pm

Location: Arena, Deseronto Community Centre

51 Mechanic St. Deseronto.

Cost: Free

More Information?: email arena@deseronto.ca

Canada Day Celebrations A Big Hit In Deseronto

The event included banners, flags, face painting a magician, a BBQ, cake and treats, for kids of all ages.

The afternoon was kicked off with a respectful acknowledgment to our wonderful Country, with a flag raising and colour guard salute by members of the Deseronto Legion Branch 280. The Town thanks the Branch for their support and their honourable salute during the raising.

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The flag was raised by our Mayor Dan Johnston, and O Canada was sung by Chantel Johnston who did a great job with her heartfelt rendition of our National Anthem.

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Mayor Johnston then provided inspiring words about our community, the residents and the beauty of the town. He thanked his fellow councillors for attending and he mentioned that he looks forward to more community events such as this.  The mayor hopes that it will make the residents as proud of the Town as the people that work and volunteer their time to local causes and local government. The Mayor also read remarks from MP Mike Bossio congratulating all Canadians on the celebration of our country.

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At 5:15pm the fun activities started for the kids, Randy the Magicman held kids and parents spellbound with magic to amaze, the balloon artist and face painting went from 5-7, non-stop. We thank Randy and his performers for a great job. If you liked Randy on Canada Day, you can see him again at the Deseronto Library July 31!

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What a great day! Cooling breezes off the water, 100’s of people, all this entertainment AND a BBQ! The Pentecostal Church cooked up 100’s of hot dogs, with all the fixings, water and kind smiles! We thank the BBQ volunteers and Pastor Dan for this generous donation from the Church making our Canada Day event special.

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At around 6:30 “Pickett Fences”, a well known band and regional favourite, kicked off the musical entertainment. Balloons, magician, face painting, 100’s of people AND music! What a party “Pickett Fences” were great and we thank them for music that was family friendly and enjoyed by all!

They played until dusk, at which time the Deseronto Fire Department went into action. The fireworks ran from about 9:40 to 10:20 with hundreds of additional people showing up from all over the region. We are glad everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time!

In closing we encourage you to follow all of our events at Deseronto.ca or on our Facebook page. We will be posting advance information about events and news you’ll want to know in both places. We want to sum up by thanking the Staff of the Town who did a great job getting the park ready, and to the Waterfront Market for suppling our Canada Day cake. Thanks Mayor Johnston and Council who helped with set-up and clean up volunteering  their time to transport chairs tables and booths.

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Hope to see you July 1, 2020 – Centennial Park “On the Waters Edge”!

Become a Member of The Deseronto Culture & Recreation Committee

The Town is currently accepting expressions of interest to become a member of The Deseronto Culture and Recreation Committee.

Are you?

  • Interested in making a difference in the future success of your community

  • Committed to being an active participant in board/committee meetings and come prepared to contribute to discussions and decisions

  • Prepared to represent the interests, concerns, and attitudes of your community

  • Open to learning about programs and services that enhance your community

  • Co-organize events that the people of Deseronto can enjoy, while contributing to the health and well-being of our town.

To be eligible you must be:

  • At least 18 years old

  • A Canadian citizen

  • A resident of the Town of Deseronto or a representative of a partnering agency

Apply by July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall by submitting an expression of interest outlining skills and experience and/or explaining why you wish to participate on the Deseronto Culture and Recreation Committee to:

Patrick Connor CAE, SSA
Communications and Community Program Coordinator
Town of Deseronto
331 Main Street P.O. Box 310
Deseronto, Ontario K0K 1X0
pconnor@deseronto.ca

What's Happening

Baseball is in Full Swing!

Deseronto Minor Ball is up and running. A big shout out to all the dedicated volunteers for their efforts in getting this program off the ground this season. Thank you!

Enrolment is as follows:

2 T-ball teams (3-5yrs)
1 Grasshopper (2011-2013) 1 Mite (2009-2010)
1 Squirt (2007-2008)

With the exception of T- Ball, all teams play until, and including, the week of Aug 5th, with tournaments on Aug 10th.


Deseronto Public Library

The Deseronto Library is a great contributor to our Municipal Health and Wellbeing & our Recreation programming.

With an active summer schedule there’s something for everyone. Please reach out to the Library for details on programming and activities.

Phone: 613-396-2744
Email: info@deserontopubliclibrary.ca
http://www.deserontopubliclibrary.ca/


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Interested in making a difference in your community?

The Town is currently accepting expressions of interest to become a member of a Committee or Board in Deseronto.

To be eligible you must be: 

  • At least 18 years old

  • A Canadian citizen

  • A resident of the Town of Deseronto or a representative of a partnering agency

Committees/Boards

  1. Deseronto Transit 

  2. Deseronto Cemetery Board

  3. Deseronto Culture and Recreation Committee



Apply by June 19 at 4:30 p.m. by submitting an expression of interest outlining skills and experience and/or explaining why you wish to participate on that Committee/Board to: 

Christine Martin – CAO/Clerk-Treasurer Town of Deseronto 
331 Main Street, P.O. Box 310 Deseronto, Ontario


The Next Issue – October 2019

By-Law Enforcement and Complaints

  • The Town operates primarily on a complaint driven process for our municipal by-law enforcement with the exception of a violation that is an immediate threat to health or safety or of greater public concern. We are currently reviewing delivery models to ensure adequate coverage for our Community is achieved.

  • By law enforcement will respond to complaints received from a complainant who provides their full name, telephone number, address and nature of the complaint in writing. Anonymous, incomplete or vexatious complaints will not be investigated. Complaint forms can be found at www.deseronto.ca or can be picked up at the Town Hall.

  • Names and any personal information provided by the complainant will remain in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and shall not be intentionally divulged to any member of Council, non-essential municipal staff, the public or media unless so ordered by a Court or other tribunal or body of competent jurisdiction.

  • The Ontario Provincial Police are responsible for emergency situations and should be contacted to deal with issues, including but not limited to loitering, trespassing, noise related neighbor or domestic disputes, traffic related, vandalism or other possible criminal activity.

  • Public concerns about programs, services or operations will be forwarded to the appropriate department head. Individuals will be required to provide as much information as possible about the issue as well as their name and contact information. An acknowledgement of your complaint and a resolution or update can be expected within 20 days.


Reminder: Be Courteous to your Friends and Neighbours.

Please pick up after your animals.


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Help Keep Deseronto Looking Beautiful

The Town of Deseronto has a Property Standards By-Law.

Lawns, hedges and bushes shall be kept trimmed to a suitable height and shall not be overgrown or unsightly.

All yards and vacant lots shall be kept clear of derelict vehicles and free from rubbish, garbage or other debris that may attract pests or create a health, fire or accident hazard.


Burn Permits

To obtain a burn permit, please contact the Town Hall or visit our website deseronto.ca for details.

Water & Sewer Rate Restructuring

Council is exploring the possibility of revamping the Town’s water and sewer rate structure to better reflectneighbouring municipalities. Look for Public meeting notices and surveys for completion in the latter part of 2019.

CURRENT STRUCTURE

Flat-rate structure with all users paying for a minimum of 40 m3

The 2019 minimum bill on a regular 20mm meter is $162.27 The base rate $43.62 + water charge $43.62 + sewer charge $75.03.

Summary
A household using 10 m3 /per billing pays $4.36/m based on the water charge.

Whereas
A household using 40 m3 /per billing pays $1.09/m based on the water charge.
Multi-residential properties – each unit pays for 40 m3

PROPOSED STRUCTURE

Proposed new bill will consist a of base rate reflecting fixed costs + volume charge reflecting variable costs + capital surcharge to maintain a reserve for the future

Revised structure for multi-residential properties will be based on the number and size of service connections

Objective: User-pay system

Three-year gradual phase-out of mandatory volume charge is proposed

BENEFITS OF CHANGE

Equitable, user-pay system

• Incentive to conserve, reducing demand on the treatment, collection and distribution systems

• Better reflects true costs of service provision to the user

• Aligns with practices of other area municipalities while remaining cost competitive

DID YOU KNOW?

Water and Wastewater Facilities Upgrades

Complete renewal and upgrade of the Town Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants has been completed over the past 5 years. Upgrades were also completed at the First Street Pumping Station. The facilities, originally constructed in the mid-1970s, had reached the end of their useful service life and lacked sufficient capacity to accommodate future community growth.

Highlights of the upgrades include:

  • All treatment process equipment and controls have been replaced and modernized to meet current Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Standards.

  • New, more stringent effluent standards were established for the upgraded wastewater treatment process to better preserve water quality in the Bay of Quinte. The new process has consistently demonstrated compliance with the prescribed limits.

  • The new water treatment process utilizes dissolved air flotation (DAF) technology. DAF is highly effective in the removal of blue-green algae which has become a health concern in the Bay of Quinte over the past several years.

  • New lighting, motor controls, and upgraded insulation were incorporated into the construction to improve efficiency.

Build Deseronto Highlights

✓  Water and Sewer Plant Upgrades have been completed – The new facilitity has a state-of-the-art system capable of handling the development needs of our community

✓  College Street Rehabilitation – This includes replacement of old water mains, installation of proper storm drainage and resurfacing of the road. The call for tenders is due June 19th and we will have further information about when construction will start after the contractor is selected.

✓  Main Street Revitalization – Improvements to include a digital communication sign, Town Hall façade improvements, a pedestrian crossing, hanging flower baskets, a bike rack, Gazebo lighting and benches and new trees.

✓  Update from Hospital Foundation New Medical Centre - The site has been excavated; footings and foundations poured; floor and exterior walls constructed, and interior walls framed. Roof will be completed and the interior space sheltered from the elements. Shingling of the roof and installing siding, windows and doors will be the next priority. Plumbing and electrical will be carried out concurrently with the finish carpentry. Ground leveling, landscaping and paving will be done as the final phase of the project. They expect that the site will be completed by mid-August at the latest.

✓  Communications and Community Events Coordinator – Hiring a Part-time person to plan and promote events and recreation programs for the Community in conjunction with a proposed new Culture and Recreation Committee.

Effective Contact with the OPP

In an Emergency Please Call 911

Engaging the OPP

Residents can log a complaint online at https://www.opp.ca/ or call 1-888- 310-1122 to advise the OPP of what they have seen. An occurrence will be generated within their Reporting Management System and an officer will be assigned to investigate the call.

Reporting an incident will greatly assist as it allows the OPP to analyse trends to help better determine our needs and appropriate Service levels for our community.

The Town recognizes there is an issue with some inconsiderate ATV/Dirt Bike drivers causing damage to property and driving recklessly. We are working to resolve this and need your help. Please contact the OPP if you have specific concerns or knowledge about these incidents.

The police do not always need to see the offending behaviours themselves. If evidence and witness statements are submitted that identifies the operator and an infraction, the OPP may be able to lay charges.


Reporting an Incident

Non-emergency calls

Please call: 1 888 310-1122 / 1 888 310-1133 (TTY)
Anywhere in Ontario, 24-hour toll free

  • Lost/missing property under $5,000

  • Stolen license plates or validation stickers

  • Theft from a vehicle under $5,000

  • Mischief to a vehicle under $5,000

  • Mischief (damage to property other than a vehicle) under $5,000

  • Theft under $5,000 Driving Complaints/ ATV

Letter from the Mayor

Summer Issue 2019

Greetings everyone.

Summer is fast approaching and I’m sure we're all looking forward to the warmer weather andthe joys it can bring. On behalf of Council, I’m very happy to be addressing our Community in the first of our 2019 communique. As part of our commitment to better communication, we will be focusing on continual improvement in this area.

We are pleased to announce we’ve renewed the “Deseronto Minute” with radio station 88.7 MYFM to promotevaluable community information. We will also be purchasing a digital communication board to be placed outside Town Hall to help further communicate with you.

Improvements to our online presence and communication have been an immediate focus of this Council and these efforts will continue. Please “like” our official Town Facebook page for updates on meetings and important Town news. In addition, upgrades to our website are forthcoming; so please check in often as we roll out these useful new changes.

Since forming our Council in December, I’ve made it a priority to meet with many service partners such as the
OPP, Community Housing, Government Representatives and various Hastings County resources to discuss ourcommunity’s needs and Councils’ direction. Working with staff, Council has been busy finalizing the 2019 budget, while working on and reviewing many Municipal policies and procedures to help improve our overall service delivery to you.

Recognizing the need to keep tax increases low, we are excited about the 2019 budget. It addresses many of our immediate needs while preparing the Municipality for future discussions.

Investments into safety & accessibility, increased recreational funding for the Deseronto Library, summer student employment, sidewalk and road repairs, upgrades to Municipal buildings, parks, Main street and waterfront enhancement, communication, and recreation & community programming are all part of this year's budget.

Starting this month, Council will shift its focus to longer term planning and 2020 budget talks. Discussions will deal with future land use, Waterfront investment, a Community needs assessment, attraction of development and business services and our overall Municipal strategic direction. We will advertise these meetings and we look forward to sharing the results of these discussions with you.

In closing, have a safe and happy summer and I look forward to seeing you around town as we all enjoy the nice weather.

Sincerely, Mayor Dan Johnston

Download the full copy of the Summer 2019 Newsletter here.

Become a Member of a Committee or Board in Deseronto

 The Town is currently accepting expressions of interest to become a member of a Committee or Board in Deseronto 

Are you?

  • Interested in making a difference in the future success of your community

  • Committed to being an active participant in board/committee meetings and come prepared to contribute to discussions and decisions

  • Prepared to represent the interests, concerns, and attitudes of your community

  • Open to learning about programs and services that enhance your community  

Committees/Boards

  1. Deseronto Transit Committee

  2. Deseronto Cemetery Board

  3. Deseronto Culture and Recreation Committee

To be eligible you must be: 

  • At least 18 years old

  • A Canadian citizen

  • A resident of the Town of Deseronto or a representative of a partnering agency

Apply by June 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall by submitting an expression of interest outlining skills and experience and/or explaining why you wish to participate on that Committee to:

Christine Martin – CAO/Clerk-Treasurer

Town of Deseronto

331 Main Street

P.O. Box 310

Deseronto, Ontario

K0K 1X0

cmartin@deseronto.ca