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Posted 11 months ago.


Oxford County is upgrading one of the lagoon cells at the Tavistock Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Regular maintenance is needed to ensure the lagoon system is operating efficiently and protects the local ecosystem.

What we’ve done since our last update

In response to community feedback about odour, we paused construction in the spring to look for additional measures we could take to address this concern.

  • We temporarily returned Cell 1 to its normal operating capacity to manage odours to the degree possible. We used Bioxide (calcium nitrate) and hydrogen peroxide to more quickly restore the natural microbial biological action that is needed in the lagoon cell to most effectively break down sewage.
  • In July, we expanded our odour control system to include a new vapour pipeline system along the lagoon property line that blows a dry mist odour neutralizer through pipelines and into the air to bind with odourous materials. This expanded system is intended to provide a more effective and longer lasting odor neutralizer that can cover a wider area around the lagoon cells.
  • All sewage flows to the Tavistock WWTP are now being diverted into Cell 2. We have relocated surface aerators from Lagoon Cell 1 to Cell 2 to boost performance of this cell to prepare to restart construction on Cell 1. We’ve also set up an automated dosing system for Bioxide for Cell 2 to enhance its biological performance (and odour management capacity) during peak times.
  • We have left extra aeration time for sewage to break down in Lagoon Cell 1 before resuming construction.

Managing odour as we restart construction

Later this month, we will begin transferring treated sewage in Lagoon Cell 1 into Lagoon Cell 2. Once Cell 1 is emptied, active work can then begin to dry and remove the remaining biosolids over the latter part of the summer and early fall. The biosolids will need some time to naturally dry out and odours can be present when biosolids are first exposed to air.

In addition to the expanded vapour pipeline system, we are using chemical treatment enhancers to boost operational performance of the lagoon (Bioxide additions to Cell 2) to manage odour to the degree possible. We have also made preparations to apply thickening agents or other materials directly to the biosolids to help speed up the drying process as appropriate. We are also exploring other processes for removing biosolids that may allow a shorter drying time so that we can move them offsite sooner.

Moving forward

Oxford County is committed to the health and safety of residents and the environment. As we have explained, all operational practices during construction were reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks before undertaking these essential capital upgrades, which are required to ensure the lagoon’s continued safe and effective operation.

We thank the community for its patience as we continue our work at the Tavistock WWTP while working to address your concerns. For more information on this project:

Visit our project information page at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup

Contact:
Jesse Keith, P.Eng., Project Engineer
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3194
jkeith@oxfordcounty.ca

Alex Brown, C. Tech, Construction Coordinator
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3138
abrown@oxfordcounty.ca

(For map with Cell 1 Vapour System Location see attached PDF file)


Posted 3 days ago.

Oxford County is looking for three engaged citizens to support cycling in Oxford County. If you think life is better on a bike, join the Cycling Advisory Committee and promote cycling for recreation and transportation. Submit your resume by June 25. Learn more: Oxford County > Your Government > Newsroom > News Details


Posted 6 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health has annouced that as of tomororw, June 16 at 8 a.m., those vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9, 2021 are eligible for an earlier second dose. You can reschedule your earlier second dose online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca. If rescheduling online, please go to Section #4: “I need to re-book my scheduled second dose.”

Adults 18+ may book an appointment at any of the clinics in the region as the two vaccines offered (Moderna and Pfizer) can be used interchangeably. Youth ages 12 – 17 most book into a clinic offering Pfizer, as Moderna is not yet authorized for use for that age group.

Many appointments are available at their Tillsonburg location this month, but other SWPH locations are booking into July.

If you have any problems rebooking, please call their COVID-19 Response Centre at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9. Limited lines are open Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30 pm.

Full announcement here: Eligibility expands for second doses - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)


Posted 10 days ago.

The Township Office in Hickson will be reopening to the public on Monday June 14 at 8:30 am, with reduced staffing levels and following all COVID-19 protocols.

During this time we strongly encourage all residents to go to our staff contact information page to access online, email and phone services.

Appointments are also encouraged for in person services to ensure that the appropriate staff are available to assist you.

The Township Office will continue to be open daily Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm.


Posted 12 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health has announced that beginning June 10, individuals aged 70 and older & those who had a first dose on or before April 18th, are eligible for an earlier second dose.

✔ Reschedule online at www.covidvaccineLM.ca

OR

✔ Call 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9 if you need assistance

They have also made changes to our vaccine clinics to meet the demand in our region.

Full details: https://bit.ly/2RDoOmf


Posted 12 days ago.

East Zorra-Tavistock is participating as part of an Oxford County wide 2022 Budget Survey.

The survey is available online. No matter where you live in Oxford County, this is your chance to have a say on which services should be a priority in the coming budget year! Take the survey before August 31, 2021 at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup


Posted 14 days ago.

Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is an invasive species that is severely weakening trees across North America.

Gypsy moth outbreaks occur every 7 to 10 years. Gypsy moth caterpillars (“larvae”) will chew holes in leaves, and may partially or totally strip a host tree of its leaves.

During outbreak years, nearly all broadleaf (hardwood) trees may be completely defoliated. This can harm and even kill otherwise healthy trees.

The first hatches of this year’s Gypsy Moth larvae were observed in London on April 29.

The Invasive Species Center and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority have put together some resources on how to deal with Gypsy Moths on your property.

Gypsy Moth Prediction for 2021 - Early Detection & Rapid Response Network of Ontario (thamesriver.on.ca)

UTRCA FYI May 2021 (thamesriver.on.ca)


Posted 14 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health has announced that beginning June 7 at 8 a.m., people aged 80 and older in the Elgin-St. Thomas and Oxford region can re-book an earlier second dose.

Here’s how:

✔️Doses must be a minimum of 28 days apart.

✔️Reschedule yourself at www.covidvaccineLM.ca. You must have a phone that accepts text messages OR an email address – these cannot be associated with anyone else’s appointment (such as a family member).

✔️Or call our Response Centre at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9 to have a member of our team reschedule it for you. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

These services are only for people born in 1941 or earlier. We will open it to ages 70+ on or before June 14.

Consider keeping your appointment if it is in June, as we may not have earlier options available.

Full Details: https://bit.ly/2S2rOcj


Posted 19 days ago.

While our Township Office currently remains closed to the public, staff will be providing curbside drop off and pick up of all municipal services at the Township Office by appointment.

Township staff are also available to our residents through phone and email. During this time we encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/Contact-us/Staff to access online services and contact information for each department.

To book an appointment please contact our municipal office by telephone at 519-462-2697 or email ezt@ezt.ca


Posted 30 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health has announced that starting May 23 at 8 a.m., youth aged 12+ are eligible to book a Pfizer #CovidVaccine.

✔️You must be 12 by the date of your appointment

✔️Ages 12 to under 18 are only eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech

✔️If under 18, do not book at our Tillsonburg clinic as they only have Moderna currently

Details: swpublichealth.ca/eligibility

Read the Ministry's announcement for more information: https://bit.ly/3f8DLWD


Posted 31 days ago.

As a reminder, fireworks are permitted on Victoria Day between the hours of 8:00pm to 11:59pm.

If you are choosing to have fireworks this year, remember the following 10 safety tips:

1. Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
2. Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
3. Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
4. Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
5. Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
6. Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
7. Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
8. Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns.
9. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
10. If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.


Posted one month ago.

As a reminder, the second installment of the 2021 Interim Tax Bill is due on Monday May 31, 2021.

Residents are strongly encouraged to use the following contactless payment options during this time.

1. Online and Telephone Banking – the account number required is the ROLL NUMBER on your tax bill

2. Pre-authorized Payment Plans – either 4 payments on the due date, 10 monthly payments from January to October or 12 monthly payments from January to December. Enrollment forms and additional information is available online

3. Cheque - deposited in the drop box at the main entrance of the building at the Township Office in Hickson.

For those who cannot use a contactless payment method, curbside payment can be made with debit, cheque or cash from May 25th to May 31st at the Township Office.


Posted one month ago.

UPDATE: Southwestern Public Helath has announced that on Tuesday May 18 at 8 a.m., adults aged 18+ (including those turning 18 in 2021) are eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine.

Not yet 18 by date of your appointment? You can only book Pfizer-BioNTech at this time. Please stay patient when booking. New appointments open often at http://covidvaccinelm.ca


Posted one month ago.

Oxford County has provided the Township with an update on large article collection. 

Large article collection is running behind schedule. Any areas not completed today will be picked up on Monday, May 17. We apologize for any inconvenience. For updates, visit www.wasteline.ca or download the Wasteline app.


Posted one month ago.

SIGN UP: Southwestern Public Health is hosting a Pfizer Pop-Up Clinic with limited spots avialable on May 19.  

This clinic is for eligible individuals only.

Hurry! Registration closes on May 14!

Sign up here: https://app.swpublichealth.ca/.../Vaccination-Appointment...

Location details will be shared when your vaccination appointment is confirmed. Thank you!

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