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NOTICE OF CHANGE OF SERVICE – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 14, 2021

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 the Township of Augusta will be implementing the following changes due to the recent “Stay at Home” protocols announced by the Province:

  • The Township Office will be closed to the public.
  • Township staff will be working from home and will have access to their emails and voicemails. Should you require assistance, you can either email staff or call and leave a message on their phone extension and they will reply as soon as possible.
  • Both Transfer Stations will remain OPEN and there will be no change to their hours of operation. Face coverings/masks will now be REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES at both stations.
  • When the weather permits, the ice rinks will reopen for use. Face coverings and physical distancing from those outside your household are required at all times. A maximum of 10 people are allowed on the ice at one time. Team sports such as hockey are NOT permitted.
  • The MERC trails will also remain open. Physical distancing from those outside your household are required at all times.
  • The purchase of dog tags and kennel licenses and the in-person payment of taxes will be unavailable until the office reopens. Licenses are not due until February 26, 2021.  If the lockdown is lifted on February 11th, residents will still have 2 weeks to purchase licenses.
  • The Library will remain open for curbside pickup only. Email or call the Library for more information.
  • Other Township essential services such as Fire & Rescue and Public Works will continue to operate as per usual with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Township Council and staff would like to thank residents for their continuous efforts in doing their part to keep our community safe and remind everyone to please STAY AT HOME, SAVE LIVES!

For a complete list of staff email addresses and phone extensions, please visit our Contact Us page.

For contact information for the Library, please visit their website.

Posted January 13, 2021


Augusta Township Media Release #8

Monday December 21, 2020

Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held another meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Monday to review our COVID-19 action plan.

With the Ontario Government announcing a province wide lockdown today, as of 12:01am December 26, 2020 we are asking our residents to observe government regulations for the good of our community and to get through this difficult time.

All recreational facility rentals will cease operations for the immediate future. Playgrounds, ski trails, and outdoor rinks remain OPEN. Outdoor rinks will have a maximum of 10 persons allowed at a time and team sports such as hockey are NOT permitted.

The Township Office will remain open by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 613-925-4231 to book an appointment with staff.

The Waste Management Sites remain status quo with a 6-vehicle site maximum, physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) and/or facial coverings.

The Township’s COVID-19 assistance hotline is active and available for residents. The number for the hotline is: 613-348-3455 ext. 222. The hotline allows residents to reach out for information on services in our community, including grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health, how to access federal and provincial services etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

“We know this is not how we imagined the Holiday Season this year, but by staying home and following the regulations we will come out stronger as a community. The government has cancelled big family dinners and get togethers but has NOT cancelled the Christmas season and the true meaning behind it.” said Mayor Doug Malanka “We are all in this together as neighbours, friends, or family. We will get through this!”

We would like to remind our residents to only go out if necessary, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devastating effects and endanger lives. Protect yourself and others. Stay home.

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca

Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Public Health:  https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus–disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted December 21, 2020


Augusta Township Media Release #7

Tuesday December 15, 2020

Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held another meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Tuesday to review our COVID-19 action plan.

With the Ontario Government announcing that the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark Health Unit has moved to the Yellow-Protect Level we are urging residents to be vigilant and follow the guidelines.

Our Recreation Centres and outdoor rinks will remain open with additional measures in place.

The Township’s COVID-19 assistance hotline is still active and available for residents. The number for the hotline is: 613-348-3455 ext. 222. The hotline allows residents to reach out for services in our community, including grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

“With the Holiday season upon us, residents must be attentive to the regulations in place. Christmas will be different this year, but the health and safety of our residents is the most important” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “Residents need to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 by staying home as it’s the best way to protect yourself and others.”

We would like to remind our residents to only go out if necessary, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devastating effects and endanger lives. Protect yourself and others. Stay home.

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca

Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Public Health:  https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus–disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted December 15, 2020


UPDATE 5/26/2020 TRANSFER STATION CHANGES

Both the Maynard and North Augusta Transfer Stations will remain open their regular operating hours however there will be a limit of six (6) cars inside at a time.  As of May 30, 2020, the sites will once again be accepting construction/bulky fee-based materials.  There will be a limit of ONE load ONLY per household per day.  Normal fees will apply.  Cash only will be accepted.  We anticipate high traffic volumes and for the safety of everyone, children are to remain in the vehicle at all times, NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please follow attendants directions.  Abusive, harassing or threatening comments and/or behavior will NOT be tolerated – possible measures include temporary suspension, permanent suspension or possible Law Enforcement removal of individual(s) from Transfer Stations.

We thank residents and ask that they continue to be patient as we work with our Contractor to provide this service during these uncertain times.

Posted May 26, 2020


Augusta Township Library Announcement 

May 19, 2020

Re-opening:

We will be re-opening to a modified version of service on May 25th. We will remain unable to allow patrons into the library but will be able to loan and collect materials. Patrons must submit a request list through email (augusta@augustalibrary.com), Facebook messenger, or by phone (613-926-2449). Please make sure to include on the request list your name and phone number, as well as the title and author of any requested book.

Returns:

We will only be accepting returns through our return box during regular hours. No fines will be applied to loaned materials before June 30th, so there is no need to rush to return items.

Interlibrary loans, museum passes, and recreation equipment loans will not be available.

Staff will be present in the library during our regular hours:

Monday 1:00 to 5:00
Tuesday 1:00 to 8:00
Wednesday 9:00 to 1:00
Thursday 1:00 to 8:00
Saturday 9:00 to 1:00

Thank you all for your understanding and patience as we continue to navigate through the challenges of Covid-19.

Posted May 20, 2020


Augusta Township Media Release #6

Wednesday May 13th, 2020
Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held another meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Friday to review our COVID-19 action plan.

The Township of Augusta reminds residents that all public amenities and facilities are closed to the general public until further notice. Limerick Forest, Maitland Trails and Rothsay Dive Site are available for residents to walk around, however public washrooms, change rooms and other amenities will not be open.

Augusta Fire Rescue has lifted the Open-Air Burn Ban. Property owners MUST obtain a permit and call the Open Burning Hotline prior to burning. Residents are reminded that there will be zero tolerance for those not following Open Air Burning By-Law 3160-2015 and there can be significant financial fines. Burn Permits are available for FREE for property owners at: augusta.burnpermits.com. Please call 613-348-3455 ext. 202 for any assistance with receiving your burn permit.

The Township’s COVID-19 assistance hotline is active and available for residents. The number for the hotline is: 613-348-3455 ext. 222. The hotline allows residents to reach out for services in our community, including grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

Waste Transfer Sites remain open, with a limit of 6-vehicles at a time. In line with Provincial orders cautiously reopening public spaces and businesses, along with resident and employee safety concerns, the bulky waste will remain closed at this time. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. A 2metre (6feet) space must be observed between residents and attendants.

“I would like to THANK residents for their continued efforts in limiting gatherings to five (5) or less and helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “The government is starting to slowly reopen our province and if residents can continue to follow the regulations in place, we will soon be able to return to a new normal. I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those working the frontlines during these times, we are so grateful for your work”

We would like to remind our residents to only go out if necessary, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devastating effects and endanger lives. Protect yourself and others. Stay home.

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health: https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/
Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus–disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted May 13, 2020


Augusta Township Media Release #5

Friday, May 1st, 2020
(For Immediate Release)

Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held another meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Thursday to review our COVID-19 action plan.

The Township of Augusta reminds residents that all public amenities and facilities are closed to the general public until further notice.

The Township’s COVID-19 assistance hotline is active and available for residents. The number for the hotline is: 613-348-3455 ext. 222. The hotline allows residents to reach out for services in our community, including grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

Waste Transfer Sites remain open, with a limit of 6-vehicles at a time accepting waste in clear bags, recycling and garden/yard waste ONLY at this time. We continue to work with our contractor and Provincial guidelines on the timing of reopening the bulky/construction waste bin. We remind residents to limit trips to the transfer stations to once per week, to sort recyclables prior to attending, continue to observe a 2metre (6feet) space and restrict the number of people attending. To keep in practice with physical distancing, staff will no longer support individuals with unloading items from customers’ vehicles.

The Township extended the interim tax due date and waived interest for the month of April. This interest waiving period will not be extended into May. Contact Treasurer Ray Morrison with any questions regarding your tax bill.

“I would like to remind residents to continue to be responsible with the measures put in place and to limit gatherings to five (5) or less to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “Now that the weather is starting to get nicer, following the government recommendations is more important than ever. We will get through this and come out stronger as a community. I would like to thank our residents for helping to flatten the curve and look forward to the reopening of our great community, Province and Country.”

Stop the spread. COVID-19 can be deadly. The time to act is NOW. Everyone but essential workers need to stay home. Only go out if necessary, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devastating effects and endanger lives. Protect yourself and others. Stay home.

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health:  https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus–disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted May 1, 2020


Posted April 17, 2020


Augusta Township Media Release #4

Tuesday April 7th, 2020
(For Immediate Release)

Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(MAYNARD)  The Township of Augusta held another meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Friday morning to review our COVID-19 action plan.

The Township of Augusta reminds residents that all public amenities and facilities are closed to the general public until further notice.

The Waste Transfer Sites remain open, with a limit of 6-vehicles at a time. We are asking residents to limit trips to the transfer stations to once per week, to sort recyclables prior to attending, continue to observe a 2metre (6feet) space and restrict the number of people attending. To keep in practise with physical distancing, staff will no longer support individuals with unloading items from customers’ vehicles.

The Township is activating a new Augusta Township COVID-19 hotline with the expectation to be live on Thursday April 9th, 2020. The number for the hotline is: 613-348-3455 ext. 222. This hotline is to assist residents, with the goal of allowing residents to reach out for services in our community, including grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

“I want to thank the residents of Augusta Township for cooperating with measures put in place for protecting everyone from the spread of COVID-19. The Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) established to deal with emergencies in the Township is working effectively to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for flooding this spring along the St. Lawrence River.” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “I would like to remind residents to strengthen your efforts for protecting everyone against the spread of COVID-19 by limiting travel outside of your residence to what is truly essential. Consider alternatives for obtaining essential services and stay in contact with your friends and neighbours via telephone or social media to ensure they remain safe and healthy.”

Stop the spread. COVID 19 can be deadly. The time to act is NOW. Everyone but essential workers need to stay home. Only go out if necessary, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devasting effects and endanger lives. Protect yourself and others. Stay home.

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health: https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus–disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted April 7, 2020


Augusta Township Media Release # 3

Friday March 27th, 2020
(For Immediate Release)

Township of Augusta – Declares State of Emergency under COVID-19 Pandemic

(MAYNARD)
After careful consideration and in consultation with the Municipal Emergency Control Group, Mayor Doug Malanka has declared a municipal state of emergency in accordance with The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act at 10:15 hours on Friday March 27, 2020. The declaration of an emergency, under Section 4 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, allows the Township to use all available options to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents and aligns with the Government of Ontario’s Declaration of Emergency made March 17, 2020. The state of emergency is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Declaring an emergency is not an indication that the crisis has escalated in our community. It means that, as a Township, our priority is to be proactive and prepared. It will ensure that Augusta Township’s municipal government can continue to respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise from it in the weeks ahead. We are declaring an emergency, in order to protect everyone in our Township. We need residents who feel they are not at risk personally to recognize how serious (and potentially deadly) this pandemic can be to all, especially our elderly and those with a compromised immune system. The formal Declaration also provides the Township of Augusta with additional powers and tools to protect the health and safety of residents. It streamlines the decision-making process through the Municipality’s Emergency Control Group so they can act as quickly as possible when they need to. “Let’s continue to do our part to flatten the curve by acting on the advice of our public health officials by staying home, leaving only if necessary, and practicing physical distancing and protecting our at-risk population.” said Mayor Doug Malanka. We will update residents as the situation develops.

Posted March 27, 2020


AUGUSTA NOTICE re: WASTE TRANSFER SITEShas both transfer stations and no children sign in the middle

To ensure public safety and to respect physical distancing recommendations, we are requiring that children REMAIN INSIDE THE VEHICLE at all times at both Transfer Stations.

We thank everyone for their cooperation.

– Augusta Township Public Works Department

 

 

 

Posted March 27, 2020


County Wide Burn Ban Now in Effect

has augusta fire rescue & augusta township logos and photo of augusta township road sign with burn ban sign flipped

ALL municipalities within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville have implemented a TOTAL OPEN-AIR BURN BAN as of Wednesday March 25th at 11:59pm until further notice.

The ban applies to all open-air fires including agricultural burns, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimeneas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning, but does not include cooking appliances with a mechanical shutoff, i.e. propane or natural gas cooking equipment.

Due to the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the need for social distancing and to assist in the health, safety and well-being of our firefighters we placed an open-air burn ban as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain on our fire services at this time.

We are committed to providing and maintaining emergency response within our communities and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we cope with this uncertain and unprecedented situation.

Posted March 25, 2020


Augusta Township Media Release # 2

Tuesday March 24th, 2020
(For Immediate Release)

Township of Augusta – Action Plan- Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held a second meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Monday morning to review our COVID-19 action plan.

The Township of Augusta advises residents that all Township buildings, including the municipal office, recreational facilities, library, fire department, and public works buildings will continue to be closed to the general public until further notice. Municipal staff are available by phone or email to assist you.

Pitch-In Day, Amnesty Day and Treasure Day have been postponed until further notice.

The Waste Transfer Sites remain open, with a limit of 6-vehicles at a time. Effective immediately bulky/construction waste will not be accepted. Alternative options are currently being reviewed. Please continue to observe a 2metre (6feet) space while attending the transfer stations.

“The Township of Augusta would like to remind residents to self isolate for 14 days when they are returning from vacation. Call a friend for groceries or use grocery pick up to assist with your self isolating.” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “I reiterate that we need to flatten the curve to prevent our health care facilities in Leeds and Grenville from becoming overwhelmed.”

Help reduce the spread of germs including the flu and COVID-19:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, and or use hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Cover your cough and or sneeze into your elbow
• If possible, stay home if you are sick
• Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care facilities

In order to keep up to date with official information, please refer to the following sources:

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health: https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted March 24, 2020


AUGUSTA NOTICE re: WASTE TRANSFER SITES

background photos of maynard & north augusta transfer sites, public works logo

After discussions with our Waste Transfer Site Contractor, it has been decided that EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY our transfer sites will no longer be accepting construction/bulky fee-based materials. Alternative options are being reviewed.  The contractor has also requested that vehicles be limited to 6 (six) at a time in the transfer stations.

We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

– Augusta Township Public Works Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted March 23, 2020


Augusta Public Library Notice re: Library Closure Update

Further to our announcement about the library closing until April 6th, we have received new information and will no longer be able to lend materials, or accept returned items. The library drop box will be locked for the duration. No late fees will be charged. Staff will still be at the library and will be monitoring phone, e-mail, and Facebook messages. If you need assistance accessing our free e-books or any of our other online resources, please contact us.  We truly regret this action, but our greatest concern is for the well-being of our patrons and our community at large.

Posted March 17, 2020


Augusta Public Library Notice

Posted March 16, 2020


Augusta Township Media Release #1

Tuesday March 16, 2020
(For Immediate Release) 

Township of Augusta – Action Plan- Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held a special meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Monday morning, followed by an emergency Council Meeting to review precautions regarding the developing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of Tuesday March 17th, 2020, The Council of the Township of Augusta advises residents that all Township buildings, including the municipal office and recreational facilities and library will be closed to the general public. Municipal staff will continue regular services and be available by phone or email during this closure.

All recreational programming and facility rentals will cease operations for the immediate future. Township of Augusta Council and committee meetings will be postponed until further notice.

The Waste Management Sites will remain open. Please observe a 2 metre (6 feet) space between you and the attendant.

The closure will be in effect until Monday April 6th, 2020. At that time, we will re-evaluate the situation.

The Township will extend the interim tax bill payment deadline to April 30th, 2020 to help residents with this closure. No interest will be incurred during the extension period.

“The Township of Augusta will do everything possible to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our residents during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Mayor Doug Malanka.  “We need to flatten the curve to try and prevent our health care facilities in Leeds and Grenville from becoming overwhelmed. We will take every action necessary to protect our most vulnerable, our seniors. We ask all residents to restrict travel when possible and do everything they can to minimize the spread of this virus.”

At this time, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit states the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 continues to be low in this region. In order to reduce the spread of germs including the flu and COVID-19 it is recommended that you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and or sneeze
  • If possible, stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care facilities

In order to keep up to date with official information, please refer to the following sources:

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health:  https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Updates will be provided on the Townships website and social media platforms.

Posted March 16, 2020