Douglas Bridge Construction Notice

Please be advised that Rock Road at the Douglas Bridge was re-opened Friday, July 6, 2018 and will remain open for the a period of approximately 5 weeks. Following that the bridge will be closed for 2 weeks to facilitate the installation of expansion joints. Alternative detour routes will be posted  during lane closures.

For more information see the Notice of Construction (pdf – 2MB) or contact:

Ms. Kendra Reid, C.E.T.
Sr. Engineering Technologist
Engineering & Design
County of Peterborough
310 Armour Road
Peterborough, ON K9H 1Y6
Phone: (705) 775-2737 x 3202
Fax: (705) 749-2551
Email: Kendra Reid

Mr. Tashi Dwivedi, P.Eng.
HP Engineering
400-2039 Robertson Road
Ottawa, ON K2H 8R2
Phone: (613) 695-3737
Fax: (613) 680-2626
Email: Tashi Dwivedi

Vacant Unit Rebate Stakeholder & Public Input Survey

The County of Peterborough, in conjunction with its constituent Local Area Municipalities, is seeking feedback related to the reform of the property tax reduction and rebate program that currently exists for vacant commercial and industrial properties. Those wishing to provide input on these matters may complete an online survey.

Under the current program, owners of commercial and industrial building have been able to apply for a partial property tax rebate if all or part of the property was vacant for at least 90 consecutive days. This rebate program was introduced in the late 1990’s.

While conceived as a program to address temporary and sporadic conditions, many properties remain eligible for years at a time or indefinitely, thereby receiving ongoing vacancy rebates while also realizing assessment based reductions that reflect persistently low occupancy rates.

Within the County and across the province, municipalities have found the program to be difficult to manage, budget for and administer. While this is a business benefit, the cost of the program is being subsidized by all property classes in the County and is not available to other types of properties.

County and area municipal staff have recommended that the program be eliminated based on the limited benefit it conveys as well as the high administrative costs ultimately carried by all taxpayers. Input regarding the potential implications of this change is being sought from landlords, business owners and members of the general public and will be used (among other sources) to inform the final decision making process.

The County of Peterborough and its local area municipalities are seeking public input in regards to the potential elimination, by December 31, 2020, of a property tax rebate program for vacant commercial and industrial properties.

Survey Submission:
Completed surveys may be submitted in one of the following ways:
(1) Complete the on-line survey
(2) Print, scan and fax to (705) 743-5382

For those wishing to complete a paper based survey, please contact Trena DeBruijn at (705) 743-0380 x 2200 from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday September 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council chambers of the County of Peterborough at 470 Water Street, Peterborough, Ontario.  County staff will hear in-person or by Counsel, solicitor or agent, any person who applies to be heard.   Those applying to be heard shall advise Trena DeBruijn, Director of Finance/Treasurer prior to 1:00 p.m. on Monday September 10, 2018, by calling (705) 743-0380 x 2200.

Trena DeBruijn, CPA, CGA
Director of Finance/Treasurer, Peterborough County
E-mail T. DeBruiyn
Tel: (705) 743-0380 x 2200 or (800) 710-9586
Fax: (705) 743-5382

Are you a Gold Star Recycler?

County recycling staff will be in your area this summer rewarding excellent recyclers with a Gold Star Blue Box sticker.

Gold Star Recyclers will be able to enter into the grand prize draw, prizes include:

Adventure pack at Escape Maze (2×2 person entrance) – Escape Maze
Escape Maze is a fun, live, interactive game facility that helps you connect with friends, family and co-workers in an exciting group activity. Escape Maze has 5 different escape rooms, 1 haunted adventure maze and 4 Outdoor Adventure Trail Games. Games are fun for birthday parties, stag & doe parties, co-worker team building, family get togethers, friends hang outs, school trips and date night.

Pumpkin Festival Family Pass – McLean & Buckhorn Berry Farms
The McLean’s philosophy is fairly simple: provide healthy farm fresh delicious produce to local communities. With an emphasis on quality, freshness and friendly customer service, they work tirelessly to ensure that the food they grow is the best it can possibly be. They welcome the public to their farm whenever possible to create connections between you and your food so that you can see where and how it’s grown, while enjoying the best tasting local produce this region has to offer.

Family Season Pass (2019) to Lang Pioneer Village Museum
Nestled along the banks of the historic Indian River, Lang Pioneer Village Museum features over twenty-five restored and furnished buildings constructed between 1825 and 1899. Many of the buildings were donated by townships within the County of Peterborough and moved to their present site when the Museum was founded.

Peterborough Pete’s tickets (4) – Waste Connections of Canada
Waste Connections of Canada is Peterborough County’s contracted blue box collector. Collecting blue box recycling from both single family homes and appartments as well as from transfers stations across the County.

To enter all you need to do is:
-Have your containers and papers (fibres) blue boxes at the road by 7:30 a.m.
-Ensure only items accepted in the County’s Blue Box program are in your blue boxes

If you would like to increase the chances that County staff will visit your road this summer fill out the on-line form and they will do their best to get there.

For more information contact the County of Peterborough

Canada Day Weekend 2018 Waste Collection

Recycling Collection
No changes, collection as usual.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Waste Connections of Canada at 705-742-4268.

Garbage Collection
Monday, July 2nd collection will move to Tuesday and Tuesday, July 3rd collection will move to Wednesday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact M&M Disposals at 705-652-3505.

The Township of Douro-Dummer wishes everyone a safe and happy Canada Day long weekend!

Canada Day 2018 Waste Collection (pdf – 206KB)

No Hot Pets, No Excuses

Hot cars kill pets; even with the widow down and parked in the shade your pet can overheat in a matter of minutes.

After reaching a body temperature of 41C (106F) it doesn’t take long for a pet to begin suffering irreparable brain damage or death.

If you see a pet unattended in a hot vehicle, act fast and call 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police department.

For more information visit


2018 Benefit Cruise Night in Warsaw

The 2018 Benefit Release (pdf – 208KB) will be held on Wednesday, August 1st with the gates to the Lions Park opening at 3pm. Rain dates if needed, will be on succeeding Wednesday nights.

This year, all proceeds will be divided between The Mollohan Family and the Meade Family.

Roxanne Mollohan has been battling Leukemia for the past number of months and has caused a challenge for the family travelling and living in Kingston during her treatment.

The Meade Family have been hugely affected by a tragic motor vehicle accident in December of 2017 on Highway Seven. Eight year old Madison is now confined to a wheelchair.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire community to lend a helping hand to two families who are going through a very difficult time.

The evening features prize draws & raffles, great food on the BBQ, music and live entertainment by Victoria Pearce and her Patsy Cline Show.

Last year saw a huge turnout of classic cars and people who generated more than $38,000 for Chad Pearson.

Cash and Prize donations are gratefully received. If you or your business can help in anyway, please contact the Douro-Dummer Township office at 705-652-8392 or Elsie Tedford at 705-652-8348.

Prize donations are gratefully received and should be dropped off at the Douro-Dummer Township Office in Warsaw by July 27th.

Please spread the word to everyone and help us lend a helping hand.

This annual fundraising event is spearhead by the Warsaw Lions Club and supported by the Township of Douro-Dummer, all local service groups and many, many community volunteers and businesses.


J. Murray Jones: E-mail J.Murray Jones
Elsie Tedford: (705) 652-8348
Township Office: (705) 652-8392
Les Bryan (705) 652-7018

County Road 29 Closed Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:00 – Noon for Triathlon

County Road 29 will be closed to all traffic from Stewart Drive to Highway 28 from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 24, 2018 for the Lakefield Youth Triathlon.

Athletes and the race will have the right of way on Stewart Drive (8:00 a.m. to noon), but the roads of Winfield Shores will be open to local traffic.

Peterborough Police Service officers will be situated at the intersections of Queen Street and Stewart Drive (in Lakefield), to direct through traffic from the South to turn around; at the intersection of County Road 29 and Highway 28, to direct through traffic from the North to detour via Strickland Street to access the village and at the intersection of Queen Street and Strickland Street (in Lakefield) to ensure only local traffic heads North up Queen Street.

There will be barriers and signs in place for the road closures, and volunteers ready to move barriers out of the way in the event of an emergency.

For more information on the event, please visit

Public Information Centres for the County Waste Management Master Plan – CANCELLED

**The July 6th & July 7th Public Information Centres have been cancelled, they will be re-scheduled to a later date as soon as possible.**

The County Waste Management Master Plan provides direction in managing all waste until 2030. The current plan, completed in 2013, will be updated this year (2018).

The updating process began in 2017 with County staff developing a survey for residents to provide feedback. This initial survey produced over 500 respondents and all townships were represented in the responses, including seasonal residents. County staff have been busy this spring collating the results of this initial survey, forming the Waste Management Master Plan Steering Committee and planning the activities for the next few months.

A second survey has been launched, which closes April 30. This short survey is only 2 questions: we want to know what people want for waste management services and how much they are willing to pay to have these services implemented.

The Waste Management Master Plan Steering Committee will be reviewing actions (developed by the committee and from the results of survey 2) to be included in the updated Waste Management Master Plan. Once these actions have been identified and researched, the final survey and public consultation phase including Public Information Centres will be begin. This survey will open at the beginning of July and close at the end of August.

Public Information Centres have been booked for the following:

Friday July 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Keene Community Centre, 24 Fourth Street, Keene, K0L 2G0
Saturday July 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Buckhorn Community Centre, 1782 Lakehurst Road, Buckhorn, K0L 1J0

We look forward to meeting residents at the Public Information Centres. The survey will be available at the Public Information Centres as well.

The final survey and Public Information Centres will provide input to the Waste Management Master Plan Steering Committee recommendations for actions to be included in the final updated Waste Management Master Plan.

Dinner and Improv Comedy at the Douro Community Centre – Ticket Sales Extended to June 18th!


The Citiots Improv Group land in Douro June 23rd, 2018 at the Douro Community Centre!

Join your friends and neighbours for this interactive, fast-paced night of comedy, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Tickets are $35 each and include a buffet dinner and the show. A portion of the proceeds to support the Douro and District Optimist Club.

Doors open at 5:50 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.
Show starts at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets are available from:

  • The Township office in the Hamlet of Warsaw, call Jess 705-652-8392 x 212
  • The Douro and District Optimist Club, call Harold 705-761-0589
  • The Township of Douro-Dummer Parks and Recreation manager, Brian 705-749-7247

Sponsored by:

Osborne Auto Body – find them in their Douro and Bridgenorth locations

412 Douro 4th Line, Douro, ON and 839 Ward Street, Bridgenorth, ON

Please thank our sponsor with your patronage!