Change Your Clocks and Batteries this Weekend

March 6th, 2015 Comment button No Comments »

Oakville fire departmentThe Oakville Fire department is reminding residents to change their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries when they change their clocks for daylight savings time this Sunday, March 8.

“Nearly half of all fatal fires in Ontario occur because there are no working smoke alarms in the home,” said Deputy Fire Chief George Birtig. “Switching the batteries in your alarms twice a year – when the clocks change – is a simple and effective way to prevent house fires and keep your family safe.”

Ontario law requires working smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside each sleeping area. As of October 15, 2014, all homes are also required to have carbon monoxide alarms. For added protection, the Oakville Fire department recommends installing a smoke alarm inside all bedrooms.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Replacement times for carbon monoxide alarms vary from five to 10 years. Always follow the replacement schedule posted on each alarm.

Tampering with or permanently removing batteries from a smoke alarm is illegal. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

All residents should have a home fire safety and escape plan that includes the following steps:

  • Ensure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed properly and working.
  • Keep all exits unobstructed and easy to access.
  • Practice two ways out of each room, when possible.
  • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, the elderly, or others requiring assistance.
  • Identify a meeting place outside, where all household members can gather.
  • In case of fire, get low and move under the smoke to the closest safe exit.
  • Call 9-1-1 once outside the home using a cellphone or neighbour’s telephone.
  • Stay outside where it is safe; never re-enter a burning building.

To learn more about the maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and home fire safety, visit oakville.ca.

Nominations now open for Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards

March 4th, 2015 Comment button No Comments »

Community voluneersThe Town of Oakville is once again honouring community champions who positively contribute to the life and spirit of the town. Nominations are now open for the 14th Annual Community Spirit Awards recognizing outstanding individuals, groups and businesses in eight categories.

“The Community Spirit Awards provides us with an opportunity to recognize a few of the many Oakville residents that contribute to Oakville’s livability,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to nominate and share the stories of those community champions who are truly making a difference in the community.”

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in the following award categories:

  • Access Award, sponsored by MEDIchair Halton
  • Arts Award, sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
  • Environmental Award, sponsored by Tim Hortons
  • Group Volunteer Award, sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Heritage Award, sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
  • Individual Volunteer Award, sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
  • Senior Award, sponsored by Amica
  • Youth Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

This year’s annual Community Spirit Awards presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at Oakville’s Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). The 2015 Community Spirit Awards will be designed by local ceramic artist and QEPCCC instructor Thomas J. Suh.

Nomination forms are available at all town recreation facilities, Town Hall and Oakville Public Library branches, or can be completed online. For more information about Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards categories and nomination requirements, please visit oakville.ca.

Property taxes on the rise in Oakville

February 19th, 2015 Comment button 1 Comment »

Oakville home Town staff presented Oakville’s proposed 2015 operating and capital budgets to the Budget Committee achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation. Town staff recommended a 2.35 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill for an overall property tax increase of 1.53 per cent including the approved region increase and estimated education tax rates. The proposed increase would see residential property taxes increase by $13.35 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that a home assessed at $400,000 would pay an additional $53.40 per year or $1.03 per week.

“The recommended budget is about responsible management of taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Our goal is to offer valued programs to the community, make strategic investments in infrastructure, while keeping property taxes in line with inflation. This proposed budget delivers on that promise.”

Staff is recommending a $459.1 million combined budget for operating and capital requirements to provide over 60 wide ranging programs and services including winter road maintenance, parks and trails, harbours, transit, emergency services, recreation and culture, senior services, libraries, and to keep the town’s 1,900 kilometres of roads and 1.9 million square feet of community facilities in a state of good repair.

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Hundreds of free family-friendly activities across Oakville

February 13th, 2015 Comment button No Comments »

Family skatingThe best thing about memories is making them! Build your Family Day tradition with the Town of Oakville on Monday, February 16. The town’s seventh annual Family Day celebration promises tons of free family-friendly activities and events for all ages and abilities.

Participants can take part in a variety of classes including family-style Boot Camp, Basketball and Yoga, or discover Oakville fossils at the Oakville Museum. Families can also enjoy Storytime at select Oakville Public Library branches; get their picture taken on a Zamboni at River Oaks and Glen Abbey community centres; or watch The Last Polar Bears performed by Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). With the support of Tim Hortons, the town will also offer free swimming and ice time at participating pools and arenas.

“Our Family Day activities focus on the many benefits of leading healthy and active lifestyles and encouraging residents to take part in sports and recreational activities all year-round,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Oakville. “There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.”

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Public Consultation Needed – Rates and Fees for 2015

February 2nd, 2015 Comment button No Comments »

Town of OakvilleCouncil has approved the 2015 rates and fees recommended by the Budget Committee. On average, rates and fees will increase between two and three per cent which will generate close to $1.1 million in revenue to help fund valued programs and services. Council also approved the Budget Committee’s recommendations that student transit fees be frozen and that the province be called upon to provide greater financial support for specialized accessible transit services mandated by the Ontario government.

“Council is committed to providing the best possible programs and services,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “These modest increases reflect the guidance from 75 per cent of surveyed residents that the cost to maintain and improve programs and services should come from user rates rather than property taxes.”

Council also pre-approved funding for capital projects that are scheduled to get underway during the first quarter of this year including the town’s Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, the rehabilitation of Rebecca Street bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek, renovations to pool equipment and fitness change rooms at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and repairs at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

Staff will present the 2015 budget discussion document to the Budget Committee on Thursday, February 19. The Budget Committee will then hold both formal and informal public consultation meetings before the budget is brought forward to Council for approval on March 30.

The public is encouraged to get involved in the process through the following opportunities:

  • Release of the 2015 Budget Book to the Budget Committee on February 19 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Budget Open House on Wednesday, February 25 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Budget Open House on Tuesday, March 3 at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Commission presentations at Budget Committee meeting on March 5 at 9:30 a.m. and March 9 at 9:30 a.m. as required
  • Public delegations presented at Budget Committee meeting on March 11 at 9:30 a .m. and 7 p.m.
  • Budget Committee deliberations on March 23 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Final Budget approval by Town Council on March 30 at 7 p.m.

“We are committed to long-term financial stability for Oakville,” said Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the 2015 Budget Committee. “We will be focusing on building and maintaining infrastructure, continuing to provide high quality programs and services, while keeping overall property tax increases in-line with inflation.”

All Budget Committee and Council meetings will be held in Council Chamber at Town Hall, located at 1225 Trafalgar Road and are open to the public. For those who cannot attend the meetings, they are streamed live at TownTV.ca. Residents can also email their comments to budget@oakville.ca. All submissions whether in person, writing, email or social media, will be considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations.

If you would like to attend a meeting and have any accessibility needs, please contact Kathy Patrick at 905-845-6601, ext. 4235.