Douro-Dummer Implements New Burn Permit System

At the special meeting of Council, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Douro-Dummer Council voted to implement a new burn permit system as presented by Fire Chief Pedersen.

“This is a great educational tool that we simply do not have in our current system. This will allow us to educate our users and inform them of the fire risk and reduce confusion when a fire ban is implemented” says Chief Pedersen

The two biggest changes are, all open-air fires must have a permit (including campfire and burn barrels) and the permits come at a cost. This cost will cover the expense of the system and any surplus at the end of the year will be moved to our Wildland Firefighting reserve for equipment or to help pay for third party response such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry firefighting response.

Online permitting is very convenient for the average user. For those uncomfortable with online systems, the Municipal Office in Warsaw and the Library in Douro will continue to offer in person permits (once they are re-open to the public). Anyone can visit to see the current fire risk rating, a list of frequently asked questions and the Open-Air Burning By-law. More information including available permit types, clearances and fees is available once you register for an account at or by visiting

As of July 2nd, 2020 all new permits will be issued using the new system. Special Occurrence permits and Conventional permits obtained prior to that (from January 1 to July 1st, 2020) will be valid until December 31, 2020, using the phone number on that permit.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.

Any questions can be directed to Fire Chief Pedersen.

Chuck Pedersen
Douro-Dummer Fire Chief
705 652-8392, 207
E-mail C. Pedersen

Burn Ban in Effect Immediately in Douro-Dummer

Due to the hot, dry conditions the Township of Douro-Dummer has implemented a burn ban effective as of 12 noon July 6, 2020.

All open-air burning permits are suspended during this time. The fire ban prohibits all open-air fires including campfires, burn barrels and fireworks. Certified gas appliances such as CSA approved fire tables, bowls, pits and BBQs are not considered an open-air fire and can be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions during the fire ban.

The fire risk rating, including a total burn ban, can be seen at any time by visiting

We thank you for your cooperation and support.

If you have any questions please contact Fire Chief Pedersen.

Douro-Dummer Fire Chief
Chuck Pedersen
705 652-8392,207
E-mail C. Pedersen

Employment Opportunity: Manager of Public Works

The Manager, Public Works, provides leadership and management to the Public Works Department. The position oversees the operation and maintenance of the municipality’s Public Works infrastructure and services. The role ensures the Township’s compliance with municipal, provincial and federal statutes and regulations, pertaining to Public Works operations and maintenance.

The position provides information, support and expertise to Departments, CAO and Council. In addition, this position is accountable for the maintenance of Public Works Department buildings and municipal gravel pits; the maintenance and operation of the transfer station and closed municipal waste sites; provides leadership and direction to Public Works employees; and as a member of the Senior Management Team assists with management issues and provides leadership, advice and consultation to staff, council and the public as required.

Job Specifications:

  • Post-Secondary Degree/Diploma in Civil Engineering or an equivalent field.
  • Certified Engineering Technologist with O.A.C.E.T.T. registration preferred.
  • Ontario Association of Roads Supervisors certification (senior level) preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a management role preferably within a municipal public works department overseeing roads operations, infrastructure maintenance and construction.
  • Minimum 2 years experience overseeing Environmental Compliance Certificates and service contracts for waste management.
  • Requires a Class “D” driver’s licence with “Z” endorsement.
  • Knowledge of road construction, maintenance activities and safety procedures required.
  • Knowledge of Municipal/Provincial/Federal legislation pertaining to a Public Works Department and Waste Management Department.
  • Supervisory and managerial knowledge, skills, experience and ability.
  • Demonstrated superior public relations, public speaking, report writing and communication skills.
  • Good organizational and leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to deal with the public, politicians and senior level staff in regards to issues that may be sensitive, contentious and difficult.
  • Ability to cope with several different requests and subjects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office suite of software. (Experience with Central Square (Great Plains) software, work management and asset management systems, GIS and GPS software would be an asset).

Manager of Public Works Job Description for the Township of Douro-Dummer (pdf – 163KB)

Qualified applicants can apply through the Peterborough County’s Careers web page.

CANCELLED! – Douro-Dummer Business Advisory Group: Economic Recovery

Please note this event has been CANCELLED.
For more information on this event please contact Melissa (705) 652-8392 x 223. Updates for Douro-Dummer businesses can be found on our Local Businesses page.

Attention Business Owners operating in Douro-Dummer!

Mayor Jones and Councillor Watson are heading up a task force to assist in the economic recovery of businesses that operate in Douro-Dummer and have been affected by the pandemic. On Tuesday, July 7th at 5:00 p.m. they will host a virtual meeting, in conjunction with Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development, where they will provide an update of the County/City Recovery Task Force and advise of programs available to area businesses. In addition, they will be seeking feedback from business owners to help identify areas of support that are needed to help local businesses.

To join the meeting, register by e-mail with M. Hewitt or leave a voicemail at (705) 652-8392 x 223 and include:

  • your name,
  • your business name,
  • e-mail address and
  • phone number.

The agenda and a Zoom link will be e-mailed to you once you register.

Updates for Douro-Dummer businesses can be found on our Local Businesses page.

We hope that you can attend as we work to move beyond the pandemic into a new, sustainable way of doing business.

Municipal Office Will be Closed & Staff Unavailable Canada Day

The Douro-Dummer Municipal Office is closed Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 for Canada Day. Office services will resume Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. though the Municipal Office will remain closed to the public.

The Halls Glen transfer Station will be open 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Canada Day.

After Hours Emergency Public Works Number: (705) 926-0214

Please have a safe and happy Canada Day!

PR-01-2020: Painting Services of selected areas of the Municipal Office, Douro Community Centre & Warsaw Community Centre + Addendum

PR-01-2020: Painting Services of selected areas of the Municipal Office, Douro Community Centre & Warsaw Community Centre

The Township of Douro-Dummer has released a tender package for painting services of selected areas of the Municipal Office, Douro Community Centre & Warsaw Community Centre. Please complete each section of the tender package. For more information, the bid package and submission requirements please visit PR-01-2020: Painting Services of selected areas of the Municipal Office, Douro Community Centre & Warsaw Community Centre Package (pdf – 256KB)

Addendum #1 for the Tender for Painting Services of selected areas of the Municipal Office, Douro Community Centre & Warsaw Community Centre – July 7, 2020 (pdf – 486KB)

All quotations must be submitted prior to the submission deadline of 12:00 noon local time, Friday, July 17, 2020. Any questions can be directed to:

Vicki Hallam
Manager of Recreation Facilities
(705) 749-7247
E-mail V. Hallam


Request for Quotation FD-2020-01: 2020 Crew Cab 4X4 Pick-up Truck – Addendum 1 Released

The Township of Douro-Dummer Fire Department is requesting that qualified businesses submit a Request For Quotation (RFQ) for a new 4×4 vehicle. For more information, the bid package and submission requirements please visit RFQ – FD-2020-01: 2020 Crew Cab 4×4 Pick-up Truck (pdf – 540KB).

Addendum 1 (pdf – 91KB) – All quotations must be submitted prior to the submission deadline of 12:00 noon local time, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Any questions can be directed to:

Chuck Pedersen, Fire Chief
Phone: 705-652-8392 x 207
E-mail C. Pedersen

Employment Opportunity: Legislative Services Administrative Assistant – Contract Position

12 – 18 Month Contract Position
Immediate Start

Full Job Description (pdf – 109KB)

The Township of Douro-Dummer is located in the heart of Peterborough County, with a permanent population of 6900. The Township currently has a contract position available for the role of Legislative Services Administrative Assistant. This position is part of the Municipal Office Team and reports directly to the Clerk/Planning Coordinator.

Job Summary:
Provides reception duties for the Municipal Office and clerical duties for Clerk/Planning Coordinator and other members of the Management Team. This is a 12-month contract with a possible extension of up to 18-months. The work week is 34.5 hours, Monday to Friday and may require additional hours outside of the normal work day. Please view the full job description available on the website

Job Knowledge:
Post-secondary education or equivalent in a related field with three years related secretarial, business, or municipal experience. Successful completion of the Municipal Administration Program is preferred.

Excellent knowledge of personal computers and associated software, with word processing experience. Proven ability to work with Microsoft Word, Publisher, Outlook, Internet, Excel, and Adobe.

Experience with working with GIS software would be an asset.

Excellent organizational and communication skills. Proven ability to interact with the public in a positive manner.

All applicants must possess a valid Driver’s License (minimum “G” level) and have their own transportation to and from work. Hours of work will vary depending on the nature of the work assigned. The successful proponent will be required to provide a Criminal Records Check. For further information, please call the Municipal Office at 705-652-8392 ext. 210 or e-mail Martina Chait – Hartwig

Qualified candidates are invited to submit an application including a resume and references by 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary CAO
894 South Street
P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, Ontario K0L 3A0
Email the Townships Info Account

We thank all applicants, but only those invited for an interview will be contacted.  Personal information is collected and will be administered in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O., 1990, and will be used for employment purposes only. Applicants submitting a resume containing references are thereby granting the Township of Douro-Dummer permission to check these references.

Legislative Services Administrative Assistant (pdf – 54KB)

Protocol for the Submission of Planning Applications During COVID-19 Emergency

June 19, 2020 – The Township of Douro-Dummer Municipal Office remains closed to the public due to COVID-19. During this situation, planning applications are being accepted and processed, however in a slightly different manner.

Pre-consultation is a mandatory requirement prior to the Township accepting a formal planning application. Please complete the Pre-Consultation Application Form (pdf – 131KB). To sign this form digitally, please open it in Adobe Reader.

Once the Township receives the completed form staff will be in contact to arrange for the virtual pre-consultation by telephone or video conference.

Submitting Application
Given the circumstances and the requirement for maintaining social distancing, completed applications will be required to be commissioned prior to being submitted to the Township (most lawyers do this by appointment and for a fee). Completed applications will be required to be submitted by email to C. McMillan and a hard copy, along with the Township fee and Otonabee Conservation fee (if applicable) to the Township Office by mail or by dropping off in the Township Drop Box.

Until further notice, all Public Meetings will be held by virtual meeting. The public can participate by watching on an electronic device and, if so desired, make statements and/or ask questions. Details of how the public can participate will be described in the Notice that is sent to various agencies and property owners within the prescribed area of the subject property.

Meetings will be recorded and live-streamed on the Township’s YouTube Channel. If a member of the public is not able to participate in the virtual public meeting, but still wish to make a written statement, their comments can be submitted by email to the Township Clerk.

Zoning By-law Amendment or Minor Variance Applications are available on the Township’s website.

Additional information relating to submitting a planning application may be obtained by contacting the undersigned.

Crystal McMillan, CMO
Clerk/Planning Coordinator
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, PO Box 92
Warsaw ON K0L 3A0
705-652-8392 Ext. 205
E-mail C. McMillan

Protocol for the Submission of Planning Applications during COVID-19 Emergency (pdf – 49KB)

Roadside Grass Cutting in Douro-Dummer

Grass cutting on Township road sides started this week. The Public Works Department anticipates this process will take approximately four weeks to complete, as the weather permits.  Peterborough County road crews are also out cutting grass along County roads.

Please proceed with caution when you encounter the tractor performing this task as it is a slow moving vehicle.

Thank you in advance for your patience.

Jake Condon
Temporary Manager of Public Works
P: (705) 652-8392
E-mail J. Condon