Tax Sale

TAKE NOTICE that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Township Office, 894 South Street, P.O. Box 92, Warsaw, Ontario, K0L 3A0. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day at 3:15 p.m. at the Township Office, 894 South Street, Warsaw, Ontario, K0L 3A0.

According to the provisions of the Municipal Tax Sales Act, the Municipality is authorized to proceed with Tax Registration on properties if taxes remain unpaid for three or more years.

For further information, please contact: Darlene Heffernan, Treasurer at 705-652-8392 Ext. 203

Sale of Land by Public Tender Package (pdf – 563KB)

Employment Opportunity: Temporary Treasurer

The Township is seeking a Temporary Treasurer for a 6-month contract with possibility for extension who will, as part of the Management Team, be responsible for the statutory duties of the Treasurer as defined in the Municipal Act and other Acts of Legislation. In addition, this position is accountable for the financial aspects of Human Resource management and benefit issues; the efficient operation of Municipal computer equipment and software; provides leadership and direction to the staff of the Finance Unit and provides financial and budget advice and expertise to Council and staff.

Qualified applicants will possess the following:
– Post-secondary degree in Business Administration, or equivalency, with specialization in accounting. An accounting designation is an asset.
– Three years related experience in a municipal setting with an additional two years of senior level experience.
– Thorough knowledge of statutory duties as established by Provincial legislation.

The ideal candidate will be a strong performer who can hit the ground running to manage and oversee the work of others, while using initiative and good judgment in carrying out the duties of the position. The person must be flexible and possess excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal. A proven ability to manage several projects simultaneously is a must. The person requires superior interpersonal and leadership skills and must act professionally and ethically in providing service to the public and as a representative of the municipality.

The salary for this position is competitive and will reflect the level of experience of the candidate. This position is 34.5 hours a week for a 6-month contract with the opportunity for a potential extension.

Job Description for Temporary Treasurer (pdf – 92KB)  
Job Advertisement for Temporary Treasurer (pdf – 49KB)

Qualified candidates are invited to apply in confidence via cover letter and resume by 12 noon, Monday October 19th, 2020:

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

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.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation for accessibility purposes is available upon request during the recruitment process. Applicants submitting a resume containing references are thereby granting the Township of Douro-Dummer permission to check these references.

Douro-Dummer Public Library Re-Opening October 1, 2020

The Douro-Dummer Public Library is re-opening to the public on October 1, 2020. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • New hours are Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Book drops are open and due dates have been extended, but you can now return your items sooner through our book drops
  • Overdue fines have been waived
  • Occupancy in the library will be limited to maintain physical distancing – please follow the signs and floor markings
  • Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart, please reserve a 30 minute session at the front desk
  • Place items on hold and pick them up when they are ready

If you have questions please e-mail the library!


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 October 12th, October 26th, November 9th and November 23rd 2020.

Instructions from Peterborough County’s website:

Maintain physical distancing and do not approach the drivers.

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

Residents of Douro-Dummer outside of Donwood may use the leaf and yard waste bin located at the Warsaw Public Works garage, 1422 County Road 4 (just north of the Hamlet of Warsaw.) This bin is provided free of charge during the fall. To ensure this service continues please ensure only leaf and yard waste is deposited in this bin (no lumber or construction waste.)

Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020

Received August 31, 2020 from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman:

“Over the past 2 years, our government has heard from farmers, municipalities and the broader agriculture community about the threat of on-farm trespass activities. We have heard that farmers are worried for their own safety, the safety of their families, their employees as well as the safety of their animals.

We listened to your concerns, and back in December 2019, I was honoured to introduce the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 and to act on our government’s commitment to protect farmers, agri-food businesses, farm animals and our food supply from the risks of trespass activities. The Act received Royal Assent on June 18, 2020.

I appreciate the strong support that I have received from our stakeholder partners, like you, on such an important piece of legislation. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown us now more than ever, how important it is to have a steady, reliable food supply and to protect the health and safety of the agri-food workers who help feed us.

As you may be aware, we have recently seen a public safety situation grow more urgent. Earlier this summer a demonstrator tragically died outside a meat processing plant. Since then, we have seen heightened tensions leading to greater risks for everyone involved. This has created a significant public safety concern that must be addressed to ensure everyone’s safety.

As a result, I am announcing today a partial proclamation of the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 that will come into effect on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 12:01AM to address these immediate public safety concerns.

We are proclaiming sections 6(1), 7, 14(1)[3] and 15(1) of the Act, making it an offence to stop, hinder, obstruct or otherwise interfere with a motor vehicle transporting farm animals.

Regulation 950 under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) is also being amended so that tickets can be issued under Part I of the POA for a contravention of section 6(1) of the Act. This approach will allow for more immediate use of the relevant provisions to address the obstruction of motor vehicles transporting farm animals.

I am also pleased to inform you that a Discussion Paper has been posted on the regulatory registry, outlining the ministry’s proposed approach for the regulatory items that are needed to make the rest of the Act come into force. It will be posted for public comment for 45 days, closing on October 15, 2020. Comments can also be sent directly to the Security From Trespass e-mail.

I understand the importance and urgency of this Act to many across the sector. However, before the remaining sections can be proclaimed into force, a number of items must be prescribed via a regulation to operationalize the Act. These regulations are needed to ensure the act is clear, easily interpreted and fulfils its intended purposes. It is important that we take the time to hear from those impacted so we can take those comments into consideration in finalizing the regulation.

The remaining sections of the Act come into force upon proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Once fully proclaimed into force, the Act will recognize the unique risks associated with trespassing on farms and at processing facilities.

I strongly encourage you to provide feedback and comments on this discussion paper. Your insights are valuable as we work to ensure the Minister’s Regulation and the Act are fair and reasonable while also meeting the needs of industry. Your input is an important contribution to help shape the content and design of the Minister’s Regulation.

Again, thank you for your support. I look forward to working with you to create a safe and healthy Ontario for all.”

Letter from Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Regarding Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 (pdf – 114KB)

Back Dam Park Temporarily Closed for Event September 25, 2020

Back Dam Park will be temporarily closed to the general public during the SUN Warsaw planting event to help maintain physical distancing.

If you have any questions please contact Vicki Hallam, Manager of Recreational Facilities.

If you would like to join the event please visit Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods Warsaw – Back Dam Park Planting and Water Action Plan Release for details!



Ontario Rural Residential Broadband Program Survey

Peterborough County has been identified as a participant in CENGN’s Ontario Rural Residential Broadband Program.

Under the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP), CENGN is looking to fund innovative projects across Rural Ontario that demonstrate technology solutions that offer flexible, lower cost, higher performance residential broadband access for Rural Ontario communities. These live technology projects are funded for 3-6 months and designed to test new technologies and validate business case solutions as part of a commercial service offering to improve high-speed internet access to residences within Rural Ontario communities.

The County will be making application to this fund, which targets pockets/groups of residential areas for coverage. The County has created the following survey to enable you to map your residence/business so that we can identify what areas we can target. This is not a guarantee of funding, but is application and approval based.

To participate in the survey, please follow the link Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program.

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Contact information regarding this application can be found at the bottom of the survey.

Douro-Dummer Municipal Office Re-Opening to Public

Starting September 8th, 2020 in-person services will resume at the Municipal Office in the hamlet of Warsaw.

Visitors to the office will be greeted with new safety protocols when accessing the Municipal Office. A limit of 2 visitors will be allowed at the front desk at any time. To facilitate this limit, an intercom system has been installed so that visitors arriving in the foyer are able to communicate their arrival with front desk staff. Visitors will be directed to exit the office through the Town Hall.

Face coverings which cover the mouth and nose are mandatory to enter the Municipal Office. Guests are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer dispensers as they enter and exit the office.

Complex matters and meetings will require appointments and may continue to take place virtually. Residents can also continue to access less-complex services remotely. Please call or e-mail to set-up arrangements and appointments.

At this time the State of Emergency will remain in effect to allow staff and Council to quickly respond to changes brought about by COVID-19.

Guests visiting the Municipal Office should expect some delays due to the new safety protocols. The Township of Douro-Dummer thanks residents for their patience and co-operation through-out these challenging months.

Media Release – Douro-Dummer Municipal Office Re-Opening to Public (pdf – 66KB)


UPDATED Daleview Road Reconstruction: September 8, 2020 to October 30, 2020

From the Drain Brothers Notice to Residents and Property Owners dated September 8, 2020 (pdf – 437KB):

Drain Bros Excavating Limited has been awarded, by the Township of Douro-Dummer the above noted contract to Reconstruct Daleview Road. Work on the project is scheduled to commence on or around September 8, 2020 with the completion on October 30, 2020. Find below information for specific issues that may arise in the course of construction.

Road Closure(s):
Traffic on the lower road section of Daleview Road will be closed allowing Local Traffic only. The upper section of Daleview Road (House # 768 to House # 807) will be reduced to one lane traffic by using Yield to Oncoming Traffic Signage. There will be no on-street parking available.

Garbage and Recycling Collection:
Garbage and recycling will be collected as per normal schedule. Please ensure that your garbage and recycling is at the street prior to 7:00am on your scheduled day of collection and that your garbage and recycling bins have your address marked on them. If the trucks are unable to access your driveway our forces will move them to a collection point and return them after collection.

Driveway Access:
Access to driveways will typically be maintained, however, access may be restricted when operations are directly in front of your property. We will notify residents as work approaches to ensure all vehicles are removed prior to driveways being blocked. Vehicles may need to be parked overnight in an adjacent location until temporary access can be restored to your driveway. Any vehicles parked overnight on the street, within the construction area, will need to be relocated prior to construction start (weekdays 7:00am to 7:00pm).

Safety Concerns:
Please be aware that the nature of the work involves deep excavations, operation of large heavy equipment, etc. Although areas will be fenced and full safety measures installed for the project, please ensure that children, etc. are kept at a safe distance from all work area.

The Township of Douro-Dummer has retained D.M. Wills Associates Limited as the Project Consultant. Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Naomi Farough, Manager of Construction Administration 705-742-2297 Ext. 253.

If you have any other special needs, accessibility issues or general inquiries about the project please contact the following:

Wayne Johnston, Project Manager

Brian Crowder, Site Foreman