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Posted 8 months ago.


Oxford County is upgrading one of the lagoon cells at the Tavistock Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Regular maintenance is needed to ensure the lagoon system is operating efficiently and protects the local ecosystem.

What we’ve done since our last update

In response to community feedback about odour, we paused construction in the spring to look for additional measures we could take to address this concern.

  • We temporarily returned Cell 1 to its normal operating capacity to manage odours to the degree possible. We used Bioxide (calcium nitrate) and hydrogen peroxide to more quickly restore the natural microbial biological action that is needed in the lagoon cell to most effectively break down sewage.
  • In July, we expanded our odour control system to include a new vapour pipeline system along the lagoon property line that blows a dry mist odour neutralizer through pipelines and into the air to bind with odourous materials. This expanded system is intended to provide a more effective and longer lasting odor neutralizer that can cover a wider area around the lagoon cells.
  • All sewage flows to the Tavistock WWTP are now being diverted into Cell 2. We have relocated surface aerators from Lagoon Cell 1 to Cell 2 to boost performance of this cell to prepare to restart construction on Cell 1. We’ve also set up an automated dosing system for Bioxide for Cell 2 to enhance its biological performance (and odour management capacity) during peak times.
  • We have left extra aeration time for sewage to break down in Lagoon Cell 1 before resuming construction.

Managing odour as we restart construction

Later this month, we will begin transferring treated sewage in Lagoon Cell 1 into Lagoon Cell 2. Once Cell 1 is emptied, active work can then begin to dry and remove the remaining biosolids over the latter part of the summer and early fall. The biosolids will need some time to naturally dry out and odours can be present when biosolids are first exposed to air.

In addition to the expanded vapour pipeline system, we are using chemical treatment enhancers to boost operational performance of the lagoon (Bioxide additions to Cell 2) to manage odour to the degree possible. We have also made preparations to apply thickening agents or other materials directly to the biosolids to help speed up the drying process as appropriate. We are also exploring other processes for removing biosolids that may allow a shorter drying time so that we can move them offsite sooner.

Moving forward

Oxford County is committed to the health and safety of residents and the environment. As we have explained, all operational practices during construction were reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks before undertaking these essential capital upgrades, which are required to ensure the lagoon’s continued safe and effective operation.

We thank the community for its patience as we continue our work at the Tavistock WWTP while working to address your concerns. For more information on this project:

Visit our project information page at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup

Contact:
Jesse Keith, P.Eng., Project Engineer
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3194
jkeith@oxfordcounty.ca

Alex Brown, C. Tech, Construction Coordinator
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3138
abrown@oxfordcounty.ca

(For map with Cell 1 Vapour System Location see attached PDF file)


Posted 5 days ago.

Effective Monday March 1, 2021 the Tavistock Arena will be open for ice time rentals. 

All rentals will be in accordance with the Provincial Response Framework under the Orange (Restrict) Colour Zone. 

To book ice rentals or inquire about booking ice time please contact kwettlaufer@ezt.ca 

 Please include with your request for ice time:

  1. Name and Contact Information (including email and phone number)
  2. Requested Time Frame
  3. Confirmation of Ice Activity 
  4. Number of Participants, including Coaches, and Guardians
  5. Region of Where the Group is Travelling From
  6. Confirmation that the below COVID-19 Protocol has been read
  7. Confirmation that the below COVID-19 Protocol will be adhered to by all Participants and Guardians. 

COVID-19 Ice Time Rental Protocol for Facility Renters 

  1. Ice rentals are limited to a maximum of 20 participants on the ice (including coaches).
  2. All users require COVID-19 screening. Anyone exhibiting symptoms or feeling unwell is not permitted to enter the facility.
  3. Contract Tracing and Attendance Sheets are required for all participants for each hour the ice is rented. Contract tracing must include the name and phone number for each participant (including coaches, parents and guardians). Copies must be submitted to staff at the time of the rental.
  4. No food or drink can be brought into or consumed in the facility. 
  5. Players must stay in leagues or groups of 50 people or less.
  6. Payment can only be made by cash or cheque. Payment must be received prior to the ice time.
  7. We ask that if you have multiple bookings, they are paid for together to minimize any contact with staff.

COVID-19 Ice Time Rental Protocol for Usergroups and Participants

  1. Any users exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell will not be permitted to enter the facility.
  2. Access to the Arena will be granted 15 minutes prior to the ice rental.
  3. Physical distancing is to be maintained throughout the facility. Arrows and direction from staff will be provided when entering and exiting the facility.  
  4. Properly fitting face masks are mandatory for all users inside of the arena. Face masks must be worn into the area and provided by the user.
  5. Masks may be removed immediately before putting helmets on and going directly to the ice surface. Once the helmet is removed, a mask is required.
  6. It is recommended that all coaches and instructors wear a mask at all times, including on the ice.
  7. Each participant should have their own clearly labelled water bottle. Sharing of water bottles is not permitted.
  8. Each user group will be assigned a dressing room(s). Users are required to remain in the assigned dressing room(s) prior to their ice time.
  9. A maximum of ten users (including coaches) will be permitted per dressing room.
  10. When possible, users should come to the arena with equipment already on.
  11. Users will be required to go directly from the dressing room to the ice.
  12. Dressing rooms will be available for 15 minutes following the end of the ice rental.
  13. No food or drinks are permitted inside of the arena, with the exception of personal water bottles while on the ice surface.
  14. Only one parent/guardian is permitted per participant to assist the on-ice participant if necessary. No other family members or spectators are permitted to attend at this time.
  15. Lobby washrooms are available to parents and guardians.
  16. On ice activity should avoid or minimize any physical contact.
  17. Prolonged or planned physical contact is not permitted.
  18. All personal property left behind or in rooms that are not assigned, will be disposed of.
  19. Chairs are available for coaches if need in the north east corner of the ice surface area. Skate guards may be necessary to access this area.
  20. Common touch points in the dressing room are cleaned and sanitized after each use.
  21. It is strongly recommended against any use of showers. Warm moist air migrates into the change room area.

Everyone entering the facility will be doing so at their own risk. Signage will be present to notify users entering the facility of the cleaning protocols and social distancing requirements.


Posted 5 days ago.

Half Load Season Now In Effect 

Load Restrictions on Township roadways are now in effect (as of March 1st) and effective until April 30.

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 road 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 our Township roads.


Posted 6 days ago.

We're hiring!

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is accepting applications for the position of Public Works Equipment Operator.

Additional information about the position, responsibilities and qualifications required are available from the Township’s website at www.ezt.ca/employment or by contacting the Township Office.

To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, as a single PDF file, by 12:00 pm on Friday March 12, 2021 to hr@ezt.ca

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 10 days ago.

Stay Safe, Stay Off the Ice!

With the winter warm-up, temperatures are above freezing and fluctuating daily. Ice conditions can change quickly and are susceptible to the daily changes in temperature, underwater current, wind and precipitation.

The public is asked to please stay off all bodies of water. The ice could fall or break through and you could be in immediate danger.

Accessing frozen bodies of water puts both you and first responders at risk. Hypothermia can set in very quickly. In which case, it would be very, very difficult to attempt to rescue yourself when exposed to not only the cold water, but the cold air.


Posted 11 days ago.

The Township Public Works Department is planning a snow lift in downtown Tavistock, starting late Thursday evening (February 25th, 2021).

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 11:00 p.m on Thursday February 25, 2021 to 6:00 a.m. on Friday February 26th, 2021.

If weather permits, additional side streets will be completed.


Posted 12 days ago.

Have your say! Oxford County is gearing up for the second phase in the development of a county-wide Cycling Master Plan and we want your input.

You can have your say by attending a virtual public open house on Thursday, February 25 from 7-8:30 p.m., as well as through a survey and interactive mapping tool. Learn more and complete the survey and mapping tool at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup


Posted 18 days ago.

Not sure where to put your garbage and recycling when the curb is covered in snow? The best place for your waste is at the end of your cleared driveway—*not* on or behind a snow bank. Garbage set-out that is further back than 1 metre from the curb may not get collected and for safety reasons, collectors can’t climb over snowbanks to pick up your bins and bags.

For more info about setting out your waste visit https://www.oxfordcounty.ca/.../waste.../curbside-collection


Posted 18 days ago.

The Township Public Works Department is planning a snow lift in downtown Tavistock, starting early Thursday morning (February 18th, 2021).

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 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

If weather permits, additional side streets will be completed from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Posted 19 days ago.

2021 Interim Tax Bills:

As a reminder, the 2021 Interim Tax Bill due dates are Friday February 26th, 2021 and Monday May 31st, 2021.

Residents are strongly encouraged to use the following non-contact options in an effort to reduce the need for attending the Township office:

1. Online and Telephone Banking – the account number required is the ROLL NUMBER on your tax bill

2. Pre-authorized Payment Plans – either 4 payments on the due date, 10 monthly payments from January to October or 12 monthly payments from January to December. Enrollment forms and additional information is available online at: Microsoft Word - PAP_Information-Authorization_form-2020.docx (ezt.ca)

3. Cheque - deposited in the drop box at the main entrance of the building at the Township Office in Hickson.

For those who do wish to attend the Township Office in person, the Township Office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Payment can be made in person with debit, cheque or cash.


Posted 19 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health region has moved into the Red-Control zone on February 16 at 12:01 a.m. More: https://bit.ly/3ahjUSk

The Municipal office in Hickson has reopened to the public but at reduced staffing levels. During this time we strongly encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/ to access online services and contact information for each department.

Public Health is strongly recommending that people stay at home and only go out for essential needs. We advise all residents to regularly check for Public Health updates from at www.swpublichealth.ca


Posted 27 days ago.

Ready. Set. Bid. The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is improving its procurement processes with bids&tenders.

bids&tenders is an online system used by a number of Ontario municipalities that makes it easy to review and register bids anytime and from anywhere.

East Zorra-Tavistock will be transitioning its procurement opportunities to the bids&tenders eProcurement platform. East Zorra-Tavistock will post its solicitations online to a wide supplier network, eliminating email and paper submissions. Suppliers will enjoy the convenience of online submissions, addenda and questions, and the safety of a no-contact business model.

Suppliers interested in doing business with the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock should visit the supplier portal at https://ezt.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en for more information.


Posted one month ago.

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Please be advised that at the present time the Township office remains closed to the public, however, Township staff are available through phone or email in all departments.

Appointments can be made for those who are required to meet in-person with staff. To schedule an appointment, please call the office and leave a message with the person you are wishing to meet with or email our general mailbox at ezt@ezt.ca.

Payments may be made by online through electronic banking or, at your financial institution. Please note etransfer is not an accepted payment method at this time. Payments can also be dropped off at our secure drop box located beside the front door of the office.

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding at this time.


Posted 2 months ago.

We're hiring!

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is accepting applications for the position of Summer Student Co-op - Asset Management Field Technician.

Additional information about the position, responsibilities and qualifications required are available from the Township’s website at www.ezt.ca/employment or by contacting the Township Office.

To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, as a single PDF file, by 4:00 pm Friday February 19, 2021 to hr@ezt.ca

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.

The 2021 Development Charges Update Study is now available online at: http://ezt.ca/Portals/EastZorraTavistock/Documents/EZT%202021%20DC%20Update%20Study%20Report_1.pdf

The Development Charges Study provides the basis and background required to update the Township’s development charges to accurately reflect the future servicing needs of new development. The analysis assesses the development-related costs associated with Township services.

For more information regarding Development Charges visit:                                             http://ezt.ca/Business/Building-Development/Development-Charges

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