New Website – WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

Help the Township of Douro-Dummer build a great, new website through this quick and easy navigation exercise!

Join us in completing a few real-world web tasks to help find any problem areas in Township’s new website structure (also known as navigation tree testing). Have you ever felt frustrated by not being able to find what you are looking for when browsing a website? You can help to solve this problem! Your answers will improve the new main menu and sitemap on the Township’s upcoming website. We’ll measure if you found the correct answer, how you got that answer, and how long it took to get there. This will make a real difference in the Township’s web presence!

Please click this link to access the Site Map testing platform.

Navigation tree testing asks users to complete real-world tasks and measures their success in order to find any problem areas in the site structure. Tree testing helps to determine if our category labels and language align effectively with a user’s understanding and their real-world tasks. This evaluates the menu hierarchy to see how it performs before the design of the website and its navigation, which allows for easy refinement of our menu categories and semantics. Major changes to a website’s overall information architecture are much easier earlier on the project process.

Each task tests a category label by asking the user to find something contained within that category. With Treejack, we’ll be able to find how many participants found the correct answer, how they got to their answer, and how long they took to get there.

Tree testing helps us understand:

  • Can a visitor find what they’re looking for?
  • Is my website structured well and in a user-centric manner?
  • Is navigation labelling suitable for our audience?
  • Do categories accurately convey meaning?

Thank you for taking a few minutes of out your day to participate in this important step as the Township works to design a new more customer focused website. For more information regarding this project please contact Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary CAO or Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official.

Animal Control and Dog Licensing

The Township of Douro-Dummer has been reviewing its Animal Control and Dog Licensing By-laws with its partner agency, Peterborough Humane Society.

In June 2019 there were changes to the enforcement landscape when the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was no longer designated as the police authority for animal control issues. The responsibility for enforcement of these issues is now the responsibility of the Ontario Provincial Police and local municipal law enforcement.

As a municipality, it is our role to ensure that our enforcement teams have the adequate tools and resources to ensure efficient and effective administration of our By-laws. The animal control aspects range from household pets, to exotic animals, to large animals such as farm livestock. Wildlife control remains the responsibility of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

Currently we have two By-laws for different types of animals (exotic/domestic). It is time that we reflect on the current environment and determine the suitability of these by-laws and whether they can be strengthened to promote better public health and safety. We continue to work with key stakeholders, such as Peterborough Humane Society and Ontario Provincial Police to ensure these By-laws are effective tools for administration and enforcement.

“We certainly don’t want a repeat of a recent incident in our Township. It’s an absolute must that our By-laws and enforcement team have the power to protect everyone from future incidents. We must all be responsible pet owners and not put our friends and neighbours in any kind of dangerous situation.” says Mayor of Douro-Dummer J. Murray Jones.

The By-law review process does take some time, but we are hopeful to bring revisions to a future Council meeting as soon as is feasible, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

For more information please contact:

Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official / By-law Enforcement Officer
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 208
E-mail B. Fawcett

Media Release – December 3, 2020 – Animal Control and Dog Licensing (pdf – 48KB)

Using Your Seasonal Residence During COVID-19

Residents who own seasonal properties in the Township of Douro-Dummer are an important part of our community and like everyone, have an important role to play to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The provincially recommended, and safest, option is to stay at home in your primary residence, and avoid all nonessential travel, especially to other zones. Frequent day trips to your seasonal property carry more risk. However, if your cottage is winterized, transitioning over for a longer stay, can also be a safer choice. The safest way to do this is to self-isolate, or drastically reduce close contact with others for first 14 days.

To read more on how you can help us keep our residents in Douro-Dummer safe, click here.

25th Annual Warsaw Santa Claus Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 25th Annual Warsaw Santa Claus Parade is approaching, and this year we are taking it virtual!

Join us on Tuesday, December 1st for our virtual presentation of Parades of the Past. This year the parade will be held at the start of our 5:00pm Council Meeting. Join in on this virtual countdown to help staff light the Christmas Tree in the Township yard.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, regular meetings of Council are held electronically. Meetings are recorded and live-streamed on the Township YouTube channel.

Thank you to Douro-Dummer Councilor Shelagh Landsmann and Councilor Tom Watt, for putting together this slideshow presentation. A special thank you to those who shared their personal photos, and fun they have had with us over the years. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Click here to join the virtual ride.

Advanced Services & Advisory Project (ASAP)

ASAP is a collaborative community-based project designed to connect entrepreneurs operating within the City and County of Peterborough and First Nations to local professionals for advice, training, and counselling critical to helping entrepreneurs navigate through the pandemic.

The following service areas will be eligible:

  • Financial & Debt Management – Training, advice or counselling on planning, organizing, directing and controlling any financial activities
  • Customer Attraction & Retention – Strategies for creating new markets & sales channels, and creating a culture of innovation & becoming customer centric
  • Digital & Technical Services– Digital needs assessment, advice & training on digital platforms
  • Business Advisory & Coaching– Human Resources and overall strategies, as well as other training, counselling and advice activities.

*Ineligible expenses include capital expenses and marketing.

For more information, or if you know someone who may be interested, click here.

Notice of Intention to Change Building Permit Fees charged in accordance with the Building Code Act 7(6) – 2021

Take Notice that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Douro-Dummer intends to pass a by-law pursuant to Section 7(1)(c) of the Building Code Act to increase the fees charged for Building Permits and related services.

Explanation

The direct costs of administering and enforcing the Act by the Township for 2021 is anticipated to be approximately $314,393.12 while the indirect costs are anticipated to be $50,000, for a total of $364,393.12. Meanwhile the revenue for 2021 is not expected to exceed $364,393.12. It has been determined, based on the permit volume and the costs of operating the department, that a rate of $13.18 / $1000 of construction value is a reasonable rate for cost recovery, plus a 10% allowance of $1.32 for a total of $14.50 / $1000 of construction value for adequate contributions to reserve funds.

The calculation method for fees is intended to be updated to a value-based approach, as opposed to a cost per square foot method. A minimum value calculation will be included in the by-law schedules. The costs for the sewage system permits will remain the same as 2020 rates. The rationale for changing the fee is to match the increased costs of services for 2021.

This meeting will be held electronically starting at 5pm on December 15, 2020.

To participate in this electronic meeting in real time, please contact the Deputy Clerk/Temporary CAO by email no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled meeting and you will be provided with an invitation to join the meeting using your computer or telephone. Although it is possible for members of the public to “attend” a meeting electronically, and provide verbal submissions, we encourage you to communicate with staff by forwarding written comments.

If you wish to view the public meeting in real time, but do not wish to speak to the application, the meeting will be hosted on the Township’s YouTube Channel. The meeting will also be recorded and available after the meeting for public viewing on the same platform.

Any questions or comments should be directed to:

Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, Ontario K0L 3A0
(705) 652-8392 Ext. 208
E-mail B. Fawcett

Public Notice re: Building Permit Fees 2021 (pdf – 78KB)

Brush, Leaf and Yard Waste Bin Removed for the Season

The leaf, brush and yard waste bin has been removed from the Warsaw Public Works Depot yard for the year.

Brush, leaf and yard waste should now be taken to either:

  • Waste Connection of Canada
    • 348 County Road 6
    • Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Tipping fees will apply.

 

 

Auction of Surplus Fire Services Equipment 2020

Douro-Dummer Fire Services is auctioning off surplus equipment via sealed envelope bidding. Please read the links below carefully for instructions and item descriptions.

Information on the bidding process and the Bid Form can be found in the Auction Notice and Appendix A (pdf – 110KB) Details regarding these items can be found in Appendix B (PDF – 8MB). All items are used and sold in as-is condition.

Questions or requests to view items can be directed to:

Jessyka McArthur
Administrative Assistant – Municipal Services
Township of Douro-Dummer
E-mail J. McArthur
(705) 652-8392 x 212

Douro-Dummer 2020 Remembrance Day Ceremony Online Link

Due to pandemic restrictions the 2020 Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Warsaw Cenotaph has moved online. No in-person gathering will occur at the Warsaw Cenotaph in 2020.

To view the ceremony, please visit the Township of Douro-Dummer YouTube Channel. The video will be available starting at 10:45 am on November 11, 2020.