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TOWNSHIP OF McMURRICH / MONTEITH
District of Parry Sound
P.O. Box 70 31 William Street
Sprucedale, Ont. P0A 1Y0
Phone 705-685-7901 Fax 705-685-7393
www.mcmurrichmonteith.com E-Mail: clerk@mcmurrichmonteith.com
Reeve: Glynn Robinson Clerk/Treasurer: Cheryl Marshall
 
General Information: Final 2 installments for the 2014 tax bills will now be: first installment - due on August 25, 2014 and the second installment on October 31, 2014. Council adopted a policy to recognize municipal citizens who achieve milestone birthdays or anniversaries. Upon request, citizens will receive a certificate acknowledging their 90th, 95th, and all birthdays of 100 years or more, as well as 50th and 60th anniversaries.
 
Election: Monday, October 27, 2014 is municipal Election Day in Ontario. If you are interested in becoming a member on Council, nomination forms are available at the office or from our website and must be filed with us by September 12, 2014 by 2:00 p.m. The 2014 Election will be conducted by vote by mail. For further and ongoing updates, please refer to our website. Residents with accessibility requirements that require assistance, please contact our office.

Please check to ensure that you are on the list to vote by going to www.voterlookup.ca

Trailer By-Law: By-Law 03-2014 states that all trailer owners must apply annually for a $600 trailer license. The licenses are valid from May 1 – November 30th. Trailers must be used for storage only from December to April. No permanent additions may be made to any trailer (eg: deck or permanent roof)

Crisis Assistance: East & West Parry Sound Victim Services is a community-based service, which provides short-term emotional support and practical assistance to people affected by crime, trauma & tragic circumstances. Victim services has established a centralized, secure, electronic database designed to provide seniors, persons with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities; victims of crime or harm; and those with a mental illness with timely and appropriate assistance in the event of an emergency such as a hydro outage, evacuation, or if an individual with dementia, Alzheimer’s or autism has wandered from home. This service is free. For more information, please call (705) 746-0508 (reverse charge calls accepted.)

Police Services: For non-emergency matters or to speak to a particular officer, please call 1-888-310-1122.

Civic Address Signs: If you have existing solar or wind turbine power on your property, please contact our office to arrange for a new alternative energy sign. Fires on solar properties create different obstacles than other fires.
Please be reminded that it is your responsibility to maintain your civic address sign and to keep it clearly visible during summer and winter so that if an emergency arises the responding agency will be able to find you.
 
Community Center Rentals: Our facility has a fully equipped kitchen and is completely wheelchair accessible. This is the perfect place to celebrate your next social event. Please contact the office at (705) 685-7901 to book your event.

Fire Department: Knowing what to do should a fire occur is very important. Have a fire safety plan for your home, cottage and your work place; and practice it. The whole family can take part. If everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire, they will be calmer and will be able to move to a safe place more quickly, this includes children. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. It is recommended to change the batteries when we change our clocks in the spring and fall. Time is everything, when the smoke alarm activates. Get out, stay out and call 911.

The Fire Code states that every owner is responsible to provide and maintain a working smoke alarm on every level and outside every sleeping area.
 
By-Law 21-2013 requires that all occupied residences install and maintain a working carbon monoxide detector on the same floor as their fuel burning source.

Reminder: No scavenging at the scrap metal pile at the Landfill Site.

By-Law Enforcement Officer: Our By-Law Enforcement Officer is Mr. Calvin Middlebrook and he can be reached by calling (705) 571-4102 or (705) 571-3286. Dog tags are required for all dogs in the Township. 2014 tags are available from the Township office.
 
Tax Department: Final taxes are due on August 25th and October 31st, 2014. Tax payments may be made in person at the Township Office by either cash or cheque or through the internet by accessing your bank and entering: McMurrich followed by your 19 digit roll number.

Please note that if paying by telephone or online please include the last 4 zero’s from your roll number. 4912 xxx xxx xxxxx 0000.
Your payment must be received in this office by the due date. Receipts will be mailed to those that include with their payment a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The Township of McMurrich/Monteith Council and staff do not have the authority to waive or alter a penalty and/or interest charge for any reason. Failure to receive a tax bill does not excuse a taxpayer from the
responsibility for payment of taxes nor relieve the liability for penalty due to late payment. Interest of 1.25% is
added on the 1st day of every month. Amounts shown on tax billing statements may not show all applicable
charges for current month.

Public Access computers: MMCAP offers free community access to computers and to the internet. Stop
by and check us out!! Open Tuesday 1-7 p.m. Wednesday - Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-2 p.m.
Open Air Burning: A fire permit is required for any open air burning from April 1st – October 31st. During
this time, you may burn between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. only.

Winter Parking & Depositing Snow on Roadways: No person shall park a vehicle on any maintained road
in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic or the clearing of snow. These vehicles will be
removed at the owner’s expense.

No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway. Every person who contravenes this provision is guilty of an
offense and liable, upon conviction, to a fine.

Building Department: Paul Schaefer, Chief Building Official is available Tuesday and Friday afternoons
from 1:00 – 4:30 and Tuesday’s from 8:30 – noon. All structural additions, improvements or demolitions
require a building and/or demolition permit. Applications are available on our website or at the municipal office.
Contact Paul early in your planning process to receive specific information about the requirements for your
property.

Almaguin Health Centre:

Did you know: The Almaguin Health Centre located at 150 Huston Street in Burk’s Falls has many services
available; we need to use them more frequently so we don’t lose them.

Services: X-Ray : Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lab Service : Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Physiotherapy: Provided by Muskoka Algonquin Health Care
 
Other Services: Registered Massage; Addiction Outreach; The Friends; Community Care Access Center and
Ontario Telemedicine. Take advantage of shorter wait times, the services are here. For more information call
(705) 382-2900. Web Site: www.almaguin-health.org

Burk’s Falls Food Bank: We understand that many seasonal residents make food donations of nonperishable
items to the local food bank at the end of the season when cleaning up the kitchen cupboards,
rather than taking everything back home. What a great idea!!! Burks Falls Food Bank hours are Tuesdays 1-3
p.m. and Fridays 9:30-11:30 a.m., or you may drop off non-perishable items at the municipal office and we will
take them to the Food Bank.

Landfill Site: Residents may now drop off their used tires, without rims, free of charge, at the Landfill Site.
Please see the attendant for more information.

Also, electronic e-waste, such as obsolete computers, printers, scanners, monitors, home electronics,
stereos, VCR’s, T’V’s and telephones, may be dropped off free of charge. Leaves may also be dropped off.

Landfill Hours:

Summer Hours ( April 1 – November 30th): Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(CLOSED WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS)
Winter Hours (Dec. 1 – March 31): Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays 1p.m. – 5 p.m. (CLOSED
WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS)
Township Office Closed: July 1, August 4, September 1, October 13, November 11, and December 22-
26th.

Meetings of Council: The Township of McMurrich/Monteith Council meetings are held on the 1st
Monday of each month except for holiday Mondays, where meetings are held the following Tuesday.
Meetings are called to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Township Office located at
31 William Street, Sprucedale.

Anyone wishing to speak to Council at one of the meetings must indicate in writing with all supporting
material to the Municipal office no later than noon on the Tuesday before the scheduled meeting.
You may be scheduled for a 15 minute delegation before Council.

Summer Spectacular Event: Come and join us for our big event that will be held on
Saturday, August 16th!! (New Date). We’ll have horse shoes, water slide, balloon game, BBQ, music
from the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra and Muskoka Dixie Band as well as an antique car show. A
flyer will be sent out closer to the date with additional details.

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