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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 5 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 22 hours ago.

Winter Fire Hydrant Safety:

With the winter weather arriving, it is important to remember to keep fire hydrants free from snow and ice. In an emergency, every minute matters.

If you have a hydrant on your property, help by clearing the snow and ice away from it.


Posted 2 days ago.

Please do not push snow or ice onto the road or sidewalk when clearing your driveway; this applies to both our urban and rural residents in the Township.

This practice endangers the safety of the motoring public, as well as snow removal equipment and its operators.

Hazards created by pushing snow onto road allowances can include:

  • Frozen snow piles that can cause extensive damage to snow removal equipment and injury to the operators;
  • An increase to the chance of accidents with traffic traveling on the road;
  • Increased drifting snow in the area;
  • Snow piles that cause drainage obstruction in the spring run off.

We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.  It will assist us greatly in keeping everyone safe this winter. 


Posted 2 days ago.

On November 23, 2020 Southwestern Public Health issued a Revised Letter of Instruction for Businesses. For more information and resources visit:

COVID-19 Resources for Workplaces and Employers - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)


Posted 8 days ago.

On November 25 at 12:55 p.m., there will be a test of the Alert Ready system in Ontario. This includes testing on compatible mobile devices, television and radio. Learn more: https://www.alertready.ca/ #AlertReady


Posted 15 days ago.

Oxford County recently installed new pedestrian crossovers in Drumbo, Innerkip, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and Thamesford (coming soon) to improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Know your role. Pedestrians have the right of way at crossovers. Drivers and cyclists must stop behind the pavement markings and wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road before proceeding. Drivers and cyclists not following the rules may face fines of up to $1,000 and drivers may incur four (4) demerit points.

Look for the new pedestrian crossovers in our Township, located in Innerkip at:

• Blandford Street at Stratford Street and Young Street

• Oxford Road 33 at Stonegate Road


Posted 22 days ago.

Catch Basin Cleaning and Street Sweeping has started across the Township.

Work will be completed over the next couple of weeks.

Please slow down and practice safe driving while passing staff at work.


Posted 22 days ago.

Branch 518 - Tavistock Legion held their annual Remembrance Service this past Sunday, To view the ceremony visit the link below:

https://fb.watch/1GvHgYGr4-/

#CanadaRemembers #wewillrememberthem 


Posted 23 days ago.

Once again, it is that time of year when we remind all residents of East Zorra-Tavistock of our winter parking by-law.

There is no overnight parking within the Township on any roadway from November 1st to April 15th annually.

We ask for your compliance with this by-law to allow for winter control activities.


Posted 26 days ago.

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF EAST ZORRA-TAVISTOCK

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

MUNICIPAL ROADS INVENTORY CONDITION ASSESSMENT AND CAPTIAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

(ROADS NEED STUDY)

EZTRFP-01-20


Proposal submissions must be received by the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock office in a sealed envelope or package clearly marked with the Name and Address of the Proponent, Title of File and File Number. Completed submissions can be Mailed or Hand Delivered (In Person or by Courier) to the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock, 90 Loveys Street, Box 100, Hickson, Ontario, N0J 1L0. Proponents are solely responsible for ensuring Proposal submissions are received prior to the Closing Date and Time. Failure to submit the Proposal submission as requested will result in the Proposal submission being rejected.


Request for Proposal documents are available for pickup from the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock office in-person or via email from ezt@ezt.ca. Only Proposal submissions from Proponents who have obtained the documents directly from the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock office either by mail or e-mail will be considered for this Request for Proposal. Proponents who have not obtained their Request for Proposal documents through either of these two acceptable methods shall have their Proposal submission rejected.

Submissions should be received NO LATER THAN 2:00:00 p.m. EST ON FRIDAY,
NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 to:
TOWNSHIP OF EAST ZORRA-TAVISTOCK
90 LOVEYS STREET, BOX 100
HICKSON, ONTARIO N0J 1L0

Unofficial Bid Results

R.J. Burnside & Associates

Golder Associates Ltd. 

Spriet and Associates

Applied Research Associates Inc. 

K Smart Associates Limited


Posted 28 days ago.

Safe & Well Oxford is an initiative launched by municipalities across Oxford County, including The Townships of Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Norwich, Zorra and Southwest Oxford, together with the Town of Ingersoll, the Town of Tillsonburg, and the City of Woodstock. The project aims to understand the complex issues facing urban and rural communities more than ever, in particular those that put a strain on healthcare and social systems, protective services, and overall community health and well-being.

As part of the Police Services Act, municipalities are required to develop and adopt a Community Safety & Well-being Plan by 2021 that addresses priority community risks with proactive, integrated strategies.

Working in partnership with an advisory committee with representation from police and local service providers in health / mental health, education, community and social services, and children and youth services, the municipalities will create a plan to improve the overall well-being of their communities and enhance the lives of residents.

The unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need to plan for and protect the health, resiliency and vitality of community and economic systems.  The hope for this plan is to help create safer, healthier and more vibrant communities across Oxford, which is more important today than ever before.  That’s why we want to hear from our local community members. It’s important that our residents participate and share their insights so we can understand their concerns and hopes for their local community and the county overall, in particular as we work together to deal with the challenges of COVID-19.

From September to December 2020, residents from Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Zorra and South-West Oxford are invited to participate through a survey.

Residents from municipalities across Oxford can take the short survey and learn more at: safewelloxford.ca.

Safe and Well Oxford is led by a coordinating committee of Clerks in partnership with an advisory committee with representatives from across Oxford municipalities, including police and emergency services, health care, social services and community groups, working together to develop and adopt a Community Safety & Well-being Plan.


Posted 2 months ago.

To mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2020, Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal is encouraging everyone to test their carbon monoxide alarms and ensure all fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and outside vents in their home are inspected annually to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. 

"Carbon Monoxide Week serves as an excellent reminder to test and check the carbon monoxide alarms in our homes to ensure they are working properly," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "With the onset of cooler weather and people spending more time indoors, it's imperative that we take preventative steps to avoid the danger related to carbon monoxide to protect our loved ones."

Here is how you can protect yourself from the dangers of carbon monoxide:

  • Look for signs of exposure which could include flu-like symptoms - headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and in extreme cases, death.
  • If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, get everyone out of the home and into fresh air, and call 9-1-1.
  • Read the manufacturer's instructions for your carbon monoxide alarms to know the difference between the sound of an alarm and the sound of a low battery or end of life warning. Test your alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the sound of each alarm.
  • Never run small engines or operate barbecues indoors as they can produce a lethal amount of carbon monoxide.
  • When using a generator, ensure it is placed outdoors in a well-ventilated area.

In Ontario, the law requires that carbon monoxide alarms be installed outside all sleeping areas of homes with a fuel-burning appliance like a gas furnace, a fireplace or an attached garage. Installing carbon monoxide alarms on every level of a home provides added protection.

"It's essential to have all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor to check for leaks and ensure there is no build-up of carbon monoxide happening," said Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg. "Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly, and only carbon monoxide alarms can detect the presence of this lethal gas. Install alarms in your home and test them monthly."


Quick Facts

  • Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2020 runs from November 1 to 7.
  • In Ontario, more than 65 per cent of injuries and deaths from carbon monoxide occur in the home.
  • Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colourless, tasteless gas that is slightly lighter than air.
  • Open fires, boilers and cookers all produce carbon monoxide.
  • If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in the service room and in each suite or sleeping room adjacent to the service room.

Additional Resources


Posted 2 months ago.

A reminder that clocks change back an hour this Sunday November 1st.

On Sunday November 1st at 2:00 AM clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 1:00 AM instead. 
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 1, 2020 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. 

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



Posted 2 months ago.

As the leaves start falling please remember that leaves are NOT to be placed at the street. There is NO street collection of leaves in the Township of EZT. 

There are Yard Waste Depots where you can take your brush, leaf and yard waste.

Innerkip - Corner of George and Main Streets
Hickson - 158 Loveys Street
Tavistock - 18 Hendershot Street

Here is a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials.
Acceptable material
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Halloween pumpkins
  • House & garden plants
  • Hedge & tree trimmings (less than 7cm in diameter)
Acceptable Brush Waste
  • Brush (Limbs/stumps longer than 6 foot/1.8m)
  • Christmas trees
Unacceptable material
  • Garbage
  • Plastic bags
  • Old fencing
  • Hazardous waste
  • Topsoil
  • Sod
  • Rocks
  • Stumps


Posted 2 months ago.

New school zone on Highway 59 near The Oxford School

Oxford County is encouraging motorists to be aware of a new school zone on Highway 59 north of Woodstock at The Oxford School, which will reduce the speed limit from 80 kilometres to 60 kilometres per hour when flashing. Approved by County Council in July, the new school zone aims to improve safety for students travelling to and from school by requiring motorists to slow down through this area at the start and end of the school day.    

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