Learn to Manage your Pond Naturally with CVC

Learn to Manage your Pond Naturally with CVC

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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.

 

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Do You Know About Our Budget?

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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.

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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 .

IMG_20150422_124016 IMG_20150422_124027 IMG_20150422_124120 IMG_20150422_124048The 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 .

A special invitation from Caledon Fire & Emergency Services

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

Imagine. Plan. Play!

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Imagine. Plan. Play!

Caledon launches town-wide consultation for parks and recreation

At the halfway point in its parks and recreation master plan, Caledon’s Parks and Recreation department has launched the Imagine. Plan. Play! campaign – a visioning exercise to check the state of municipal recreation services, both today and into the future. The visioning exercise will also seek community input on ways to fund increased services, and develop a planning strategy to meet the wishes identified by the community.

“Parks and recreation services contribute to the very fabric of any community,” said Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson. “I encourage everyone to be involved in this visioning exercise. We want to hear your answers to some tough questions including: how are we doing; what do we need to start doing, or stop doing; and how do we pay for increased and enhanced services?”

Over the next two months, there are a number of ways for the public to participate. Town-wide public workshops have been scheduled, online surveys, paper surveys, a telephone survey and social media campaigns will be used to collect input and generate conversations. Visit http://www.caledon.ca/imagineplanplay to learn more or follow #imagineplanplay and join the conversations.

“The recreation and parks master plan, a 10-year planning document, was adopted in 2010 with the recommendation that a mid-way check-in be conducted to assess the relevance of the recommendations,” said Laura Johnston, Director, Parks and Recreation. “Given some of the recent significant developments, such as the closure of the Caledon Central Pool, the addition of the Palgrave Community Hall at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park, and the need to start planning for a facility for Mayfield West, the timing of this consultation couldn’t be more perfect.”

Caledon maintains 71 parks, 47 playgrounds, 43 sports fields and over 40 km of trails that were visited by over 30,000 people last year. The town operates 12 recreation centres, provides year-round programs and hosts over 1.2 million visitors each year. Caledon’s parks and recreation department delivers key community events including the Walk of Fame, Caledon Community Recognition Night, Caledon Day, and this year is leading the community towards the Pan Am Games in Caledon.

The Imagine. Plan. Play! campaign runs until mid-June, with the final report and presentation to council in July.

 Can’t make an Open House?  You can still have your say!  Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/caledonparksandrec