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Posted 9 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.

Southwestern Public Helath has announced that adults aged 60 and older (incl. those turning 60 in 2021) are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in our region. Learn more: Eligibility Expands to those 60+ - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)

They have also updated their COVID-19 Vaccine Help List to invite those aged 75+ to sign up if they need help booking an appointment. Visit forms.swpublichealth.ca/COVID-19-Help-List.

Please share this message with loved ones, too.


Posted 8 days ago.

Notice of Watermain Flushing 

Hickson
The water system will be flushed on Friday, April 16, 2021, during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Tavistock
The water system will be flushed starting on Sunday, April 25, 2021, during the day, between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and from Monday, April 26, 2021 to Friday, April 30, 2021, during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Innerkip
The water system will be flushed on Monday, May 17, 2021 to Thursday, May 20, 2021, during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

When water mains are flushed customers may experience discoloured water or sediment in the areas being flushed.

If you avoid water use during the flushing, it will help prevent dirty water being drawn into household lines. The iron in the water is an aesthetic problem and is not a health concern.

If you experience discoloured water, an outside tap or a laundry faucet not connected to a water softener or filter should be turned on after the work is completed, in order to flush the household lines. Please allow sufficient time for the water to clear.

If you continue to have problems with the water please notify Oxford County Public Works at 1-866-537-7778. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the flushing program.


Posted 10 days ago.

COVID-19 Update – Office Closure

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a third provincial emergency this afternoon under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), effective April 7, 2021.

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario government is also issuing a stay-at-home order for 28 days requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, or for essential work.

To read more: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order | Ontario Newsroom

Please be advised that in accordance with the Provincial Stay Home Order, the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock's municipal office will be closed as of Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Township staff are available to our residents through phone and email. During this time we encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/Contact-us/Staff to access online services and contact information for each department.

During this time all Controlled Burns will be allowed, however they must be confirmed by speaking with a staff member or receiving a confirmation email from staff to ensure that dispatch has been properly notified.

We are not aware of any interruption in the Waste Management schedules at this time but should this situation change we will post updates through the Township social media. If you need to purchase bag tags, they can be purchased online at: Oxford County > Services for You > Waste Management > Garbage Program

Accessing accurate and timely information will be very important over the next few weeks and so we advise all residents to regularly check for Public Health updates from Southwestern Public Health at: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)

These next few weeks are very important in keeping our communities healthy and we all need to do our part.


Posted 11 days ago.

Southwestern Public Helath has announced that adults aged 65 and older (incl. those turning 65 in 2021) are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in our region. Learn more: https://bit.ly/31U1n9X

They have also updated their COVID-19 Vaccine Help List to invite those aged 75+ to sign up if they need help booking an appointment. Visit forms.swpublichealth.ca/COVID-19-Help-List.

Please share this message with loved ones, too.


Posted 16 days ago.

Today, the Ontario government announced a Provincewide Emergency Brake or Shutdown effective Saturday April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for all 34 public health units in the province. For more information on restrictions, please visit: Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake | Ontario Newsroom or the Southwestern Public Health site: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)

The Township office in Hickson will remain open 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.


Posted 16 days ago.

Starting April 3, 2021 the Oxford County Waste Management Facility (384060 Salford Rd) will be temporarily closed to the public (residential customers) for 28 days, or longer if the provincial emergency order is extended.

The facility will remain open Monday to Friday only to serve essential businesses and services.

Questions can be directed to Oxford County at 519-539-9800.


Posted 18 days ago.

The Hickson Municipal Office will be closed on Friday April 2nd for Good Friday and Monday April 5th for Easter Monday. The Office will reopen on Tuesday April 6th at 8:30am.

Waste collection schedules will not be effected, and continue as normal.

Roads Maintenance Operation and Emergency Services will continue as normal throughout the Holiday Hours.

Upon reopening on April 6th , the Municipal office in Hickson will remain 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.


Posted 19 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health announced today that they have expanded CovidVaccine eligibility to those aged 70+, including those turning 70 in 2021.

Older adults are most susceptible to severe illness and hospitalization as a result of COVID-19. With the rise of cases and variants of concern, it is important that we expand access to all those over the age of 70.

Learn More: https://bit.ly/3fwljrc

You can book these appointments online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca OR by calling 226-289-3560 DAILY from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The phone lines are very busy between 8am and 10am.

If you don't get through right away, please try later in the day. For more tips on booking your appointment go to: https://bit.ly/2Pdbkfl


Posted 24 days ago.

2021 Large Article Collection for East Zorra-Tavistock will be held on Monday May 10, 2021.

For more information visit: Oxford County > Services for You > Waste Management > Large Article Collection


Posted 25 days ago.

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock passed By-law #2021-15, on the 17th day of March, 2021, under Section 2(1) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended;

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) under section 14 of the Act, in respect of the development charge by-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock on or before the 27th day of April, 2021 a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law, the reasons supporting the objection and must be accompanied by the prescribed fee under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act. Only certified cheques, money orders or solicitors’ firm cheques are acceptable and are to be made payable to the Minister of Finance.

For the complete Notice of Passing and More Information Visit the Township's Development Charges


Posted 29 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health has announced that vaccine appointments for those born in 1946 or earlier (75+) will become available on Monday March 22.

You can book these appointments online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca OR by calling 226-289-3560 DAILY from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The phone lines are very busy between 8am and 10am.

If you don't get through right away, please try later in the day. For more tips on booking your appointment go to: https://bit.ly/2Pdbkfl


Posted 31 days ago.

The Township requires all controlled burns to be called into the Township Office and approved by speaking with a staff member.

This helps ensure that fires are being performed in a safe way, dispatch is properly notified, and emergency services are not unnecessarily sent to your property. It also ensures that resources are available for others in the event of a real emergency.

Failure to call in a controlled burn could mean that you'll be faced with the cost of sending firefighters out to your property.

The Township does not require you to call before having a campfire in a proper firepit.

For more information on controlled burns and proper firepit requirements visit our page on Open Air Burning.


Posted one month ago.

Southwestern Public Health has shared that starting March 9 at 8 am eligible residents of Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas can book an appointment in either Woodstock or St. Thomas for their COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments will start on March 15.

These appointments can be booked online or by phone. Adults 80 years of age and older (80+), and Indigenous adults ages 55 and older (55+), are invited to book at this time.

Appointments are available at the new Southwestern Public Health region sites - Goff Hall in Woodstock (381 Finkle Street) and St. Thomas Memorial Hospital in St. Thomas (80 Wilson Ave), as well as available locations in London and Middlesex. 

Beginning Tuesday March 9:
• To book an appointment online go to www.covidvaccinelm.ca. Locate the City of St. Thomas Memorial Arena option or the City of Woodstock Goff Hall option from the location dropdown menu.
• To book an appointment by phone call 226-289-3560 (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday)

For more information: https://bit.ly/2OazzL2


Posted one month 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.

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