Open-Air Fire Ban Effective April 3rd

Chief Fire Officials from the Townships of Douro-Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha and Trent Lakes Declare an Open-Air Fire Ban Effective April 3rd at 19:00 (pdf – 115KB)

In support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) implementing a Restricted Fire Zone Declaration across the entire province, where these zones are applicable, the Townships of Douro-Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha and Trent Lakes have also implemented an open-air burning ban effective April 3rd at 1900 hours (7:00 p.m.) A total open-air burning ban will be in effect.

The MNRF has declared these restrictions due to impacts related to COVID-19. These measures will reduce the number of preventable human-caused wildfires therefore minimizing necessary contact among their staff and between staff and the public, while ensuring that emergency response capacity is maintained.

The Forest Fire Prevention Act (FFPA) allows municipalities to pass by-laws pertaining to open-air burning. All of the municipalities mentioned above have such by-laws and the most restrictive rules from FFPA or local municipalities would apply.

All open-air burning permits are suspended during this time and no campfires are allowed, with the exception of organized campgrounds that meet certain requirements. When organized campgrounds are re-opened and looking for exemptions, please contact your local municipality.

We thank you for your cooperation and support, we will all get through this together if we all do our part!

Douro-Dummer Fire Chief
Chuck Pedersen
(705) 652-8392 x 207
E-mail C. Pedersen

Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Fire Chief
Ray Haines
(705) 778-3183
E-mail R. Haines

North Kawartha Fire Chief
Jessie Lamb
(705) 656-4445 x 221
E-mail J. Lamb

Trent Lakes Fire Chief
Steve Brockbank
(705) 738-3800 x 242
E-mail S. Brockbank

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection – Donwood

The leaf and yard waste collection schedule has been released from the County of Peterborough.

Residents in Donwood (Week B) can expect leaf and yard waste collection during the weeks of May 11th, May 25th, June 8th 2020.

Instructions from Peterborough County’s website:

  1. Collect leaves, plants, brush and tree clippings in paper bags or reusable containers
  2. Bundle branches no larger than 1 m x 30 cm (3′ x 1′)
  3. Place at the roadside before 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.
    Collection may occur any day from Monday to Friday, not necessarily on garbage or recycling day.
  4. There are no limits and no tags required for leaf and yard materials.
Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Schedule 2020

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Schedule 2020

Questions regarding curbside leaf and yard waste collection can be directed to the County of Peterborough at (705) 775-2737 x 0.

Outdoor Amenities – Closed until Further Notice

By Provincial Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Township of Douro-Dummer has closed all of our parks including the Back Dam Park, Clintonia Park, Daleview Road Park, Douro North and South Park, Maryvale Park, Millennium Garden, Warsaw Fire Hall Park and the Robert Johnston Eco-Forest Trail. Further, all play structures and play grounds, including swings, sport fields, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, picnic shelters and bleachers are also closed. Fishing is not allowed at Crowe’s Landing and McCracken’s Landing Wharfs at this time.

Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves are closed at this time under the same Provincial Order.

The Ontario Provincial Police, who are the local police service for the Township of Douro-Dummer will be enforcing Provincial directives, including misuse of outdoor amenities and physical distancing requirements. The public can report issues to the following non-emergency numbers:
Peterborough County OPP non-emergency contact 705-742-0401 or 1-888-310-1122.

o Important – 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; reports of non-compliance related to the above are to be reported to the non-emergency numbers, not 9-1-1.

Effective Wednesday, March 24th, the Township Municipal Office will remain closed to the public and will be operating with limited staff. Emails can be sent directly to individual staff members or to info@dourodummer.on.ca. Emails and voicemails will be checked regularly and will be returned in a priority sequence. The Township had also suspended operations at the Hall’s Glen Transfer station effective March 24, 2020. There will not be any public access to this facility until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use curbside collection for curbside waste and recycling collection services, which continue to be offered.

We will continue to keep the community informed regarding the suspension of services. Please monitor www.dourodummer.on.ca for updates and follow our Twitter account @Douro_Dummer.

For information regarding Covid-19 and how to keep your family, friends and neighbours safe, please visit Peterborough Public Health for up to date information on the situation, https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

Media Release – April 2 2020 – Play Structures and Parks (pdf- 75kB)

For more information please contact:

Mayor J. Murray Jones
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392
E-mail:J. Murray Jones

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 210
E-mail: Martina Chait-Hartwig

Important Public Statement from the Mayors Within Peterborough County

The Mayors of the municipalities within Peterborough County today issued a statement about the current health and economic challenges being experienced by the residents of their townships.

Residents of our communities, like those across Canada, are facing serious health risks as a result of COVID 19. Each of us has an obligation to lessen the impact on our family, friends and neighbours. Collectively we have the opportunity to flatten the curve of new infections and limit the stress put on our health care system.

The most important thing each of us can do is to practice physical distancing. This means keeping six feet (2 meters) between yourself and someone else. This simple act will help protect those we care about.

In addition residents should follow the advice of the Federal and Provincial governments, as well as Peterborough Public Health:

• Stay home.
• Where possible, seek service over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbors with essential errands.
• If you are an essential service and must go out for work, or you live with an essential service worker, please follow the guidelines for physical distancing and contact Peterborough Public Health for special instructions on how to monitor your own health.
• If you must go out for an essential errand, stay at least two metres apart from other people and designate one person to do the errand.
• Wash your hands frequently using soap and 15 to 20 seconds each time.
• Cough or sneeze into your arm.
• If you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.

Also, if you have returned from outside the country you are required to self-isolate for 14 days. This can be a hardship on individuals but it is critical to successfully combating the virus. Ask neighbors and family to deliver anything you need to your home – do not go out before the 14 days are over and only if you are well.

As Mayors, we want to assure residents of our commitment to continue providing essential public services and to meet your needs. We truly appreciate the understanding, cooperation and patience of all residents. We also want to acknowledge and thank staff, who are working very hard responding to requests by phone and other electronic processes.

To everyone – stay safe, help where you can, be kind. We are all in this together even if we need to stay apart.

Important Public Statement from Mayors regarding COVID-19 (PDF – 336)

Douro-Dummer Declares State of Emergency

Township of Douro-Dummer – At 11:00 a.m. on March 25, 2020, a state of emergency was declared in the Township of Douro-Dummer in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. This State of Emergency has been declared under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Notice of Emergency was executed by Mayor, J. Murray Jones.

At this time, the Township of Douro-Dummer is requesting that residents stay home, practice social distancing and all other necessary safety measures.

“We join the country, the Province and the City and County of Peterborough in this statement of urgency. Douro-Dummer is now in a State of Emergency for what I believe is the first time in our history. Please, let’s take this situation seriously, for yourself, your family and your community.” – Mayor J. Murray Jones

In addition to the postponement of Council meetings and the closures announced last week of all municipal facilities to the public, the Township has suspended operations at the Hall’s Glen Transfer station effective March 24, 2020. There will not be any public access to this facility until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use curbside collection for curbside waste and recycling collection services, which continue to be offered.

Effective Wednesday, March 24th, the Township Municipal Office will remain closed to the public and will be operating with limited staff. Emails can be sent directly to individual staff members or to info@dourodummer.on.ca. Emails and voicemails will be checked regularly and will be returned in a priority sequence.

We will continue to keep the community informed regarding the suspension of services. Please monitor the website for updates and follow our Twitter account @Douro_Dummer.

For information regarding Covid-19 and how to keep your family, friends and neighbours safe, please visit Peterborough Public Health for up to date information on the situation. https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

MEDIA RELEASE – March 25, 2020 – Declaration of Emergency (pdf – 52kB)

For more information please contact:

Mayor J. Murray Jones
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392
Email: J. Murray Jones
www.dourodummer.on.ca

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 210
Email: Martina Chait-Hartwig
www.dourodummer.on.ca

Community Care is an Essential Service

Community Care is Still Open and Still Functioning.

In light of recent announcements made by the Premier of Ontario, Warden of Peterborough County and Mayor of Peterborough, all declaring a state of emergency and requiring non-essential services and business to close, Community Care remains open as is deemed an essential service under the health care, seniors care and social services classification, as defined on the provincial list today, organizations and providers that deliver home care services. Community Care also qualify under the not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in-home and provide transportation services necessary for activities of daily living.

Community Care staff are in daily conversations with Peterborough Public Health and we are committed to their part in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Community Care has adapted their services, maintaining minimum staff in their offices with the majority of staff working remotely.  Community Care continues to practice social distancing and have lessened traffic into their offices for the safety of the most vulnerable. Staff continue to monitor all in-coming phone calls and we are able to respond to service requests.

For more information on what services that are being offered with Community Care click here.

Update on Closures of Douro-Dummer Municipal Facilities

Yesterday, the City and County of Peterborough declared a State of Emergency and the Province of Ontario released a list of non-essential businesses that must stop public business for the next 14 days. In light of these measures and to continue to urge people to stay home and to social distance, the Township of Douro-Dummer wants to remind residents that all regular meetings of Council have been suspended until further notice.

In addition to the closures announced last week of all Municipal facilities to the public, the Township is immediately suspending operations at the Hall’s Glen Transfer station. There will not be any public access to this facility until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use curbside collection for curbside waste and recycling collection services, which continue to be offered.

Effective Wednesday, March 24th, the Township Municipal Office will remain closed to the public and will be operating with limited staff. Email can be sent directly to individual staff members or to the general e-mail address. Email and voicemail will be checked regularly and will be returned in a priority sequence.

“We all find ourselves in a terrible situation. We must take every step possible to stay apart. Unfortunately, some people just don’t get it. Measures we take are for everyone’s safety. Please, realize how serious this is,” stated Mayor, J. Murray Jones.

We will continue to keep the community informed regarding the suspension of services. Please monitor www.dourodummer.on.ca for updates.

For information regarding COVID-19 and how to keep your family, friends and neighbours safe, please visit Peterborough Public Health for up to date information on the situation www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca

For more information please contact:

Mayor J. Murray Jones
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392
E-mail: J. Murray Jones
www.dourodummer.on.ca

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 210
E-mail: Martina Chait-Hartwig
www.dourodummer.on.ca

Service Suspended at the Halls Glen Transfer Station

To help protect the health and safety of our staff and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township of Douro-Dummer is suspending operations at the Halls Glen Transfer Station effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until further notice.

Residents are encouraged to use curbside waste & recycling collection services, which continue to be offered.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Harold Nelson
Manager of Public Works
E-mail H. Nelson
(705) 652-8392

Unattached Patients and Access to Care During COVID-19

From the Peterborough Family Health Team:

We are happy to share that we have received funding for the continuation of our unattached patient clinics beyond March 31, 2020. Although a formal announcement has yet to be made, this means that the Peterborough Virtual Care Clinic (PVCC) in Peterborough City and the PFHT Clinic located in Lakefield will continue to provide care to our unattached population.
I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on current care options for our unattached in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. These plans will remain nimble as our local situation evolves.

PFHT Clinic
The PFHT Clinic in Lakefield will be closed for the next two weeks minimum. Patients seeking care during this closure will be cared for by the PVCC. Calls will be taken and forwarded on accordingly to PVCC or a voice message will be left directing patients to contact the Peterborough office.

Peterborough Virtual Care Clinic (PVCC)
The PVCC is open and available on a restricted basis for unattached patients. Patients seeking care are asked to call the clinic at 705-536-0882 to book an appointment, walk-ins will NOT be accepted. The hours of the clinic will flex day to day dependent on COVID-19 precautions as well as demand. Where possible, appointments will take place virtually (either via phone or OTN video conference) in an effort to limit in-person contact. This clinic is available to any residents of Peterborough City or County who do not have access to a local primary care provider. Lastly, as per PVCC policy, narcotic prescriptions are not available to any patients who seek care at this clinic.

For further information please contact Lori Richey – e-mail L. Richey or (705) 772-1777.

Media Release – Suspension of all Council and Committee Meetings and Closing of Front Counter at Municipal Office

MEDIA RELEASE March 16, 2020 – For Immediate Release

Suspension of all Council and Committee Meetings and Closing of Front Counter at Municipal Office

Township of Douro-Dummer – The health and safety of our residents, visitors and staff is a top priority. The Township of Douro-Dummer is working closely with Peterborough Public Health to monitor COVID-19.

On March 13, 2020, the Township of Douro-Dummer suspended services at the Douro Community Centre, the Douro Rec Centre, the Warsaw Community Centre, the Township of Douro-Dummer Public Library and the Town Hall. This suspension of services remains in effect.

In light of recent announcements from the Provincial and Federal government, the Township is also:
– Closing the public service counter at the Municipal Office located at 894 South Street
– Postponing all upcoming Council Meetings
– Postponing all upcoming Committee Meetings

“We are taking every possible measure to protect our staff, council members and our ratepayers during this unprecedented event. By working together in a responsible way, we can do our part to find the road to recovery.” – Mayor, J. Murray Jones

To access municipal services, please contact our main phone line at 705-652-8392 and our staff will direct your call to the appropriate person or send an email to info@dourodummer.on.ca and we will provide alternative service delivery. Customers can pay bills through various on-line methods or can use the drop box at the Municipal Office.

We will continue to keep the community informed regarding the suspension of services and the postponement of meetings and we hope that we can resume our normal level of service shortly.

For information regarding Covid-19 and how to keep your family, friends and neighbours safe, please visit Peterborough Public Health for up to date information on the situation. https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

For more information please contact:

Mayor J. Murray Jones
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392
E-mail: jjones@dourodummer.on.ca
www.dourodummer.on.ca

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 210
E-mail: martinac@dourodummer.on.ca
www.dourodummer.on.ca