Township Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Township Services: Updated August 10th, 2020

Municipal Office

Our municipal office at 18 Centre Street is open by appointment.
Please phone (613-658-3055) or email our office before visiting as we may be able to help you remotely. All visitors will be asked to sign a waiver and leave their phone number to be used for contact tracing in case of a covid-19 event.

Your 2020 dog tags and waste transfer station payment cards can be purchased through our online store www.twpec.ca/shop and burn permits can be obtained (at no cost) online here: www.ec.burnpermits.com/. For a list of retailers that sell township garbage bags, visit our waste collection page.

Property Taxes

Final Tax Bills are due on August 31st.
Residents are encouraged to pay tax bills through online banking where possible by setting up “Edwardsburgh/Cardinal” as a payee with their online banking provider, using your property roll number as your account number. Cheques can be dropped in the dropbox on the front door of our municipal building at 18 Centre St. or mailed to PO Box 129, Spencerville ON K0E 1X0. Staff can also help you to set up interest-free pre-authorized monthly payments if you would prefer to pay in installments. If paying remotely is not an option for you, our office is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Payments can be made by debit, cheque or cash. Credit card payments are not accepted.

Clerk Services

Marriage licenses are available by appointment only. Please contact the Clerk to discuss options for weddings and civil ceremonies.

Recreation

Some outdoor recreation facilities are now open.
Effective Friday, July 17th, the Walking Track at the Ingredion Centre will be open Monday-Friday from 8am-Noon. Visitors will be asked to answer screening questions and sign a contact form to assist with tracing in case of a covid event. Social distancing and mask wearing policies are in place.
Dive sites are now open, but the associated washrooms will remain closed. The Riverfront Canteen is open for the summer on weekdays from 4-7:30pm and weekends from 11:30am-7:30pm.
Tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball diamonds are now open in Edwardsburgh Cardinal for residents to play non-team sports or low-contact racquet sports. Our public boat launch, parks, benches, picnic tables and shelters are also open for use. Please enjoy our newly opened amenities responsibly. Avoid crowded spaces, use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t an option and stay home if you are ill.
Play structures throughout the Township are now open as part of Ontario’s Stage 3 of re-opening.

Some recreation facilities remain closed.
Our community pools, the Spencerville Arena, Johnstown Community Centre and the Upstairs Community Room in our Townhall remain closed. We will continue to monitor information from health care professionals to determine when these recreation facilities will reopen.

Public Libraries

For updates on The Spencerville and Cardinal Libraries, visit their website at http://www.edcarlibrary.ca/.

Waste Collection & Disposal

Curbside waste and recycling is being collected as scheduled.
All garbage for curbside collection must still be placed in a township bag. Many of the retailers that sell these bags are open with extra precautions in place to enforce social distancing. If you are self-isolating or quarantined and unable to purchase these bags, we encourage you to contact the township office.

Waste Collections Canada reminds residents to make sure their township bags are tied tightly to prevent spills. Please protect your collector. Do NOT place used tissues and napkins in the Green Bin – these items often become wind-blown when the collector opens the lid or when emptying the bin into the truck. As a precautionary measure to protect the health of collectors who each handle thousands of receptacles a week:

  • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Use liners for food waste placed in the Green Bin. Make sure your township bags are tied tightly to prevent spills.
  • Do not place waste loosely in garbage containers.
  • If you’re sick: place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage – even items that you normally place into your Blue or Grey box (eg. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, milk/juice cartons, etc.).

The Waste Transfer Station at 1225 Scott Rd continues to be open to residents as scheduled on Saturdays from 8am-12pm. Pre-paid punch cards can be purchased in person at Burchell’s Home Hardware in Cardinal or at the Township office. Cards are required to be purchased prior to depositing accepted waste at the Transfer Station. Cards may also be purchased through our online store: www.twpec.ca/shop and will be mailed by Canada Post.

For details on pricing and accepted items, visit https://www.twpec.ca/living-here/waste-disposal/.

Fire Department

The Fire Chief would like to remind residents of the importance of complying with the open burning bylaw. Do not burn unless you are in compliance with ALL conditions of the permit and wind conditions are favorable. If the fire department is required to attend an unapproved burning complaint or an out of control open burn, the owner will be responsible for all associated costs as set in bylaw 2016-05. There will be zero tolerance for those who choose not to follow the rules. Burn Permits can be obtained online at no cost by visiting www.ec.burnpermits.com.

Our Fire Department is taking extra precautions to protect our Fire Fighters. All public events have been cancelled. We are working closely with our neighbouring departments, and are committed to supporting each other. If you phone 9-1-1, and you require emergency support, you will receive it. For non-emergencies related to the COVID-19 virus, we encourage you to reach out to the Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000.

Public Works

All Public Works activities are operating as scheduled.

Environmental Services

Our Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants are operating regularly. We do not anticipate any disruption to services. We recognize that residents are using more disposable wipes around the house lately as we all take extra precautions. Please be aware that no wipes, whether they say flushable or not, should be disposed of by flushing down the toilet. They may go down the drain with ease but have the capacity to bind with fats, grease and oils and wreak havoc on Waste Water infrastructure, clog sewer mains, Residential Sewer laterals and private septic systems. Unlike toilet paper, wipes are designed and fabricated to be durable and resilient. Toilet paper on the other hand is fabricated to disintegrate quickly. All manner of wipes should be properly disposed of with regular household garbage. Considering the additional stress of somewhat uncertain times, the last thing anyone needs to deal with is the additional stress of backed up sewers.