Learn to Manage your Pond Naturally with CVC
April 27, 2015 – Ponds add beauty to your property and attract wildlife. They can, however be a challenge to manage. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is hosting a Natural Pond Management workshop on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Watershed Learning Centre at Terra Cotta Conservation Area, located at 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd. in Halton Hills. The workshop is for rural landowners living within the Credit River watershed.
“This workshop is a great way for landowners to learn how to manage their ponds naturally,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “The workshop will provide helpful tips on enhancing private ponds to benefit the local environment.”
Participants will learn how CVC’s Private Landowner Aquatic Planting Program can add more life and colour to their ponds. The program helps landowners select the right plants to use. It can even provide assistance in planting them. CVC’s aquatic specialists will lead a guided walk to the Wolf Lake By-pass project.
The workshop costs $15 per person, which includes the Natural Pond Management handbook. Refreshments will be provided.
Register by May 7 at http://goo.gl/GaIcvA or call 1-800-668-5557 ext. 436. Participants are asked to dress for the weather.
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partner municipalities and stakeholders to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
The Town of Caledon Council approved the 2015 Budget during the meeting of Council on March 3, 2015, setting the stage for Town services and capital projects for 2015 and beyond.
Highlights of the Town of Caledon’s 2015 Budget
- The blended residential tax increase (Town + Region + Education) is 2.0%. This assumes a 0% increase in the Education tax rate.
- This equates to a yearly tax increase of $17.56 per $100,000 property assessment, or an increase of $84.26 on the average home in Caledon with a value of $480,000.
- Included in the 2015 Base budget, staff found $1.5 million in efficiencies to reduce the budget, without impacting service levels.
- The Town continues to take advantage of the budget opportunity being made available by the Province and Region through Provincial uploading, whereby the Region’s property tax increases are offset by Provincial uploading dollars. The Town has used this opportunity to increase our Tax Funded Capital program; sustainable funding to repair, replace, improve the Town’s aging infrastructure as well as fund the Town’s share of growth-related infrastructure.
- The 2015 Budget process included a number of public consultations. All documentation is available via www.caledon.ca/budget .
The 2015 Budget serves the Town of Caledon by:
- Investing in Capital Projects – including: Commitment from Council to build new Mayfield West Community Centre and Library ($40 million over four years); $3.5 million for bridges and $4.1 million for an enhanced roads program; Increased tax funded Capital from $11.5 million to $12.9 million while still maintaining a low tax rate.
- Improving Customer Service – including: creating web-accessible documents for residents; additional programming staff for Parks and Recreation; introducing Public Wifi in Town Hall and Caledon Community Complex; supporting additional staffing at the Caledon Public Library; implementing accessible paperless agendas and workflow for Council processes.
- Planning for Future Anticipated Growth – including: updating the Zoning bylaw and streamlining Application fees and processes in Development Approvals and Planning Policy department; increasing customer service and training to meet the upcoming development needs as Caledon continues to grow.
- Investing in Municipal Leadership – including: increased assistance to Council; Economic Development will target tourism website and wayfinding initiatives.
- Safety and Security of Town/Town Assets – including: Caledon Fire and Emergency Services will create a renewed Master Fire Plan, and will investigate strategies to increase emergency response capability in the northwest; adhere to new standards in the National Safety Code for fleets; introducing three digital LED signs for villages in Caledon for increased communication to all residents.
Check out the entire Budget Process at www.caledon.ca/budget .
Don’t miss this FREE home safety seminar designed to help protect your home and family from fire. The seminar will cover:
- Aluminum Wiring – what you can do to minimize potential hazards
- Arc fault protection – new technology is proven to reduce home fires
- Carbon Monoxide – alarms are mandatory, but you need to do more
- Smoke Alarms – how many, and where do you put them?
Special guest speakers include: Gillian Boyd, Public Education Officer with Caledon Fire & Emergency Services; John Calabrese, Technical Advisor (Central Region) for the Electrical Safety Authority; and John Romanetti, Senior Electrical Solutions Specialist.
The seminar will take place on Tues. April 28, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Albion Bolton Community Centre, 150 Queen Street S. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. or you can register online at ismyhomesafe.ca, or call 1.855.569.1818