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Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
Box 100, 90 Loveys Street
Hickson ON  N0J 1L0
Phone: 519.462.2697
Fax: 519.462.2961
ezt@ezt.ca

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Posted 2 months ago.

For those property owners not on the monthly Pre-authorized Payment Plan for property taxes, your 2019 Interim Tax notice was mailed last Friday February 1st 2019.  

Instalment due dates are February 28th and May 31st.

We accept cash, cheque, or debit at the office during business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays). We are also set up with most major banks to accept payments using internet or telephone banking. You must use your Property Roll # indicated on your tax bill to register.

To setup your property taxes as a bill payment through your online banking, go to “add a bill”, search for “East Zorra-Tavistock” and select.  Enter the Roll Number from your tax bill as your account number. Use your 15-digit roll number, excluding the dashes. Example: If your roll number on your tax bill shows 010-010-00000-0000 then you would enter this as 01001000000. If an error occurs, please add the extra four zeros at the end and try again.

The Township offers a pre-authorized payment plan for the payment of property taxes. This is a free service and payment options include:

  • 4 instalments with payments withdrawn on the regular instalment due dates for the amounts indicated on your tax bill
  • 10 instalments with payments withdrawn from your account on the 15th day of the month from January to October. 
  • 12 instalments with payments being withdrawn from your account on the 15th day of the month January to December.

Please use this link to access the Township’s Pre-Authorized Payment Application form if you are interested in signing up for this service. 

If your taxes are paid by your mortgage company, your receipted tax bill will be mailed to you once the taxes have been paid.

If you have not received a bill, or you have questions about your taxes, please contact the office at 519-462-2697 or email taxes@ezt.ca.  Failure to receive a tax notice does not prevent penalty charges for late payment.


Posted 5 days ago.

Please be advised that the Hickson Municipal Office will be closed on Good Friday - April 19th 2019.

Reminder: all East Zorra-Tavistock Township residents with a Friday garbage collection will have normal garbage and recycling collection on Good Friday. Please set out all items for collection by 7:00 am on Friday.



Posted 16 days ago.

TOWNSHIP OF EAST ZORRA-TAVISTOCK

Tender for the Maplewood Side Road Asphalt

Contract No. 2019-04

The Township will receive SEALED TENDERS, clearly marked as to contents, until 11:00 am local time on:

THURSDAY, APRIL 18th, 2019

The following is a general but not necessarily complete description of the works:

OPTION A:

COLD RECYCLED MIX ASPHALT

1. Supply approximately 1,000 tonnes of RAP

2. Process 4,300 tonnes of RAP. A combination of the 1,000 tonnes supplied and the use of 3,300 tonnes located at the Township yard in Tavistock.

3. Place processed RAP at a 70mm depth on the Maplewood Sderoad from the 16th line to County Road 5 approximately 25,500 sq.m.

4. Supply and place a bonded wearing course on the Maplewood Sideroad from the 16th Line to County Road 5 approximately 25,500 sq.m.

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5. Waterproofing c/w protection board, form and fill grooves in asphalt per OPSS.MUNI 914

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6. Waterproofing c/w protection board, form and fill grooves in asphalt per OPSS.MUNI 914

OPTION B:

HL8 & HL3 ASPHALT

1. Supply and place 50mm of HL8 asphalt for new road paving base course asphalt. Approximately 3100 tonnes

2. Supply and place 40mm of HL3 asphalt for new road paving top course asphalt.  Approximately 2500 tonnes.

3. Hot mix asphalt HL8 shall contain up to 25% of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) as per OPSS 1150 with 4.7% to 5.0% asphalt cement. Contractor to supply location of batch plant prior to starting asphalt work.

4. Hot mix asphalt HL3 shall be virgin asphalt with 4.7% to 5.0% asphalt cement.

5. Supply and place asphalt on the Maplewood Sideroad from the 16th Line to County Road 5 approximately 25,500 sq.m.

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6. Waterproofing c/w protection board, form and fill grooves in asphalt per OPSS.MUNI 914

Culvert 2036

7. Waterproofing c/w protection board, form and fill grooves in asphalt per OPSS.MUNI 914

AN ELECTRONIC COPY OF THE PLANS AND CONTRACT DOCUMENTS are available upon request. The contract documents will be available on Thursday, April 4th, 2019.  Contact Kevin at kdeath@ksmart.ca for an electronic copy.

A CERTIFIED cheque not less than the amount stipulated in the Tender and Bonding Requirements must accompany each tender.

TENDERS will be opened at 11:00 am local time on THURSDAY, APRIL 18th, 2019 at the Township office.

LOWEST or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.

Mr. Tom Lightfoot, Public Works Manager                                                          Mr. Kevin Death, C.E.T.
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock                                                                       K. SMART ASSOCIATES LIMITED
90 Loveys Street, Box 100                                                                                    85 McIntyre Drive
Hickson ON N0J 1L0                                                                                          Kitchener ON N2R 1H6
(519) 462-2697                                                                                                     (519) 748-1199, Ext 235

(519) 462-2698


Posted 19 days ago.

The Government of Ontario is currently undertaking a “Regional Governance Review”. What does this mean for your community or municipality?

Oxford's municipalities-- Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Zorra and Oxford County-- are working together to make sure citizens are aware of how to give their thoughts, opinions and feedback on how they are best served by local government. 

Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup to learn how to submit your feedback directly to the Government of Ontario through email, mail, or an in-person delegation on April 16th, in Woodstock. Find out more about the Regional Governance Review here.


Posted 19 days ago.

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock Council and Staff are pleased to welcome Karen DePrest as our new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Karen joins the Township from the Municipality of Central Elgin, where she served as the Treasurer for several years.  She brings with her a wealth of rural municipal government experience, which will be a strong benefit to the Township.

 

“On behalf of Council and Staff, we are pleased to welcome Karen to EZT!  Her strong financial experience, along with her enthusiasm for local government, will be extremely beneficial assets for our team”, said Mayor Don McKay.

  

Karen is looking forward to exploring the community and meeting the residents and business owners in the Township.  Once she is settled in after her first week, she will be out in the community to visit our municipal facilities with some of her team members. 

 

“Feel free to pop by the municipal office and say ‘Hi’ if you are in or around Hickson”, she said.  “In the meantime, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity that the residents, Staff and Council of East Zorra-Tavistock have given me by selecting me as their CAO.  I think the future is bright in EZT and I’m looking forward to embracing it with the rest of the team.”

 

Karen’s first day at the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock was April 1, 2019.


Posted 27 days ago.

At its meeting of January 16, 2019, Council approved Sunday Gun Hunting in the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock.

The Township has now received word from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) that Sunday Gun Hunting will be permitted in the Township effective April 1, 2019.  Accordingly, the Ministry's Sunday Gun Hunting webpage will be updated as of April 1, 2019 to reflect this change: https://www.ontario.ca/page/sunday-gun-hunting


Posted one month ago.

Time to "Spring Forward" on Sunday March 10th @ 2:00am.  Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour.

Remember to also change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.

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Posted 2 months ago.

Load restrictions on Township roadways take effect March 1st and run until April 30th.

In accordance with By-Law #2005-46, during this time most vehicles are restricted to 5 tonnes for each axle. Fuel and feed trucks are limited to 7.5 tonnes per axle and milk trucks are exempt.

The reason for the load restriction is to minimize the deterioration of the roads during the spring thaw. Equipment exceeding the weight restriction causes extensive damage to the roads, resulting in very high maintenance costs and increased liability. Although farm equipment is not included in this by-law, we request local farmers to consider spring thaw conditions when scheduling movement of commodities, machinery, etc. This will help preserve your Township roads.


Posted 2 months ago.

Summer Student - Public Works Department

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is accepting applications for One Summer Student position in the Public Works Department.

Responsibilities:

  • Painting, cleaning and maintenance of public works equipment
  • Roadside grass cutting
  • Assisting with various public works maintenance activities
  • Traffic control person
  • Assist road employees with construction work

Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a post secondary education program and returning to school in September
  • A Class G drivers license
  • The ability to apply good safe work practices
  • The ability to work in a construction type environment
  • Experience with small equipment would be an asset

This is a temporary full-time position working 40 hrs/week from approximately May 6th to August 30th 2019. This position is covered by CUPE Local 1589.  2018 Pay Rate $17.37/hr.  A detailed job description can be obtained from the Township website.  www.ezt.ca/employment

To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, as a single PDF file, outlining education, qualifications and experience.  Applications will be received until 12:00 noon on Friday, March 15, 2019 and must be sent to hr@ezt.ca

Tom Lightfoot
Public Works Manager
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
90 Loveys Street
Hickson ON  N0J 1L0
Phone: 519-462-2697 Ext 230
Email:  hr@ezt.ca

We thank all applicants for applying and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Personal information is being collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act 1989, as amended, and will be used for employment assessment purposes only.

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process, upon request.


Posted 2 months ago.

REMINDER:  the first instalment of your property taxes is due tomorrow. 

To view the Township's initial notice, please follow this link.



Posted 2 months ago.

Summer Student – Building Department

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is seeking applications for the position of Summer Student – Building Department for a term of approximately 16 weeks. The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is a predominantly rural municipality in the County of Oxford with a population of approximately 7,100. The preferred candidate will provide assistance and support to the Chief Building Official and various department staff.

**please note the Township of East Zorra – Tavistock & Blandford Blenheim share building department services under a service sharing agreement and as a result the successful applicant will be required to spend equal time in both the Drumbo and Hickson Offices.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assists with Building Department operations
  • Undertakes Plans Review and Building Inspections
  • Review and follow-up on open building permits
  • Customer Service related to Building applications and proposals
  • Other duties as assigned within the building departments areas of responsibilities
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Very good knowledge of construction activities and construction industry
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service and communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office and computerized GIS, GPS and CAD applications
  • Valid Class “G” Drivers licence
  • Certification under the Ontario Building Code for Small Building inspections is not required but would be considered a strong asset.

Summer position pay rate for 2019 - $19.06/hr (Grade 6, Base, 2018 Rate Under Review) – 35 hour work week

To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, as a PDF file, outlining education, qualifications, experience of first available start date. Applications will be received until 12:00 noon on Monday, March 11, 2019 and must be sent to jscherer@ezt.ca.

John Scherer
Building, Development and Drainage Manager (CBO)
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Personal information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of candidate selection.

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process, upon request.


Posted 2 months ago.

Snow Lift Tonight - 11 pm to 6 am

The Township Public Works Department is planning a snow lift in downtown Tavistock starting tonight, going into Friday morning. Due to weather variability and the need for the Public Works operators to be available for snow events, the Township cannot provide significant advance warning for snow lifts. They are planned around downtown snow accumulation and the weather forecasts. The snow lift will be from approximately 11pm - 6am.

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