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Gorrie Mill

Mill in Gorrie

Welcome to the Township of Howick

Notice of Public Meeting - Building Permit & Inspection Fees

Under Section 7.(1)(c) of the Ontario Building Code Act, 1992, Chapter 23 as amended, a Public Meeting will be held during the Council meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7 pm in the Howick Council chambers to review and consider proposed changes to Schedule “D” of By-law No. 19-2005, being the fee by-law related to building permit and inspection fees, as amended by Schedule “A” of By-law 11-2011. 

Any person in attendance will have an opportunity to make representations with respect to the matter. Information regarding the proposed changes to the existing fees and the rationale for changing the fees will be available. For further information, please contact Chief Building Official Wray Wilson wray@town.howick.on.ca or call 519 335-3208.

Budget Information Meeting

Please be advised that a Budget Information Meeting will be held at the Howick Community Centre on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to inform tax payers of Howick’s financial situation and budget forecasts for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The meeting will also gather feedback and input from residents on how to deal with the funding shortfall. Specific questions concerning the budget must be submitted prior to the meeting to allow staff to respond with accurate information. Questions can be addressed to Treasurer Reinhart at treasurer@town.howick.on.ca or by mail to PO Box 89, Gorrie On N0G 1X0 or dropped off at the municipal office, 44816 Harriston Road. Council will provide answers to questions submitted prior to the meeting.

This meeting as well as all Council and budget meetings are open to the public.

The current budget document does require a 27.8% increase in the municipal tax levy and the Treasurer's report can be found on Howick’s website under Council agenda February 10, 2015. The 2015 proposed budget [February 10th 3rd revision council package] has not been approved by Council.  Link to message to ratepayers.

2015 Volunteer Appreciation Nominations

 Council of the Township of Howick is calling for nominations for the 2015 “Citizen of the Year” Award. The purpose of this award is to honour a Howick Township resident that has made an outstanding contribution to the community. Please send a letter describing why your nominee deserves the recognition to the Clerk, in a sealed envelope marked “confidential”, in person or by mail, PO Box 89, Gorrie Ontario N0G 1X0 or email at clerk@town.howick.on.ca. The deadline for nominations is 4 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Municipal Budget 2015 Meeting Schedule


 The Township of Howick Council has approved the following schedule to review the 2015 Municipal Budget. 

All members of the public are welcome to attend
January 13th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
February 10th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
March 10th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
March 24th, 2015 at 5:00 pm 

Kendra J Reinhart
Treasurer, Township of Howick

Education and Training

 Tree Planting Workshop - If you are interested in plantin trees this sprin, now is the time to attend the free Grey Bruce Forestry Service Tree Planting Workshop.  For more information follow this link.

 Please note that the Huron Business Development Corporation (HBDC) will be running their Business By Design workshop that helps people  investigate and prepare for starting a small business or assist them in arriving at the conclusion that running a small business may not be the right choice!  The workshops takes place January 29th at the Huron Business Centre starting at 10:00am. As usual, there is absolutely no charge for attending as this event is provided as a service to Huron County residents - although space is limited so registration is required.  Call the office at 519-527-0305 to register!  For more information please follow this link to the HBDC flyer.

Note: as this workshop is repeated on the last Friday every 2 months, there is no ‘snow day’. If it is cancelled due to weather, we simply stick to the bi-monthly schedule.

Huron County Ag Ambitions Program is an opportunity to “be your own boss” and is the dream for many youth in rural Ontario. That is the vision of the AG-Ambitions Program and the focus of the AG-entrepreneurship training program based in Huron County. The workshops, events and field trips are free for youth ages 15-29 years of age, and open to members of 4-H, Junior Farmers, Ag-graduates, and high school youth from Huron, Perth and surrounding counties and runs from January through to the end of March 2015.  Follow this link for more information.

Lake Huron Learing logo Lake Huron Learning Collaborative is a non-profit organization that promoted post-secondary education in Huron County.  Register now for programs by following this link for more information and a full listing of courses:  http://www.lakehuronlearning.ca/

Special Announcements

The Gorrie Community Hall is pleased to announce that they received funding under the Community infrastructure improvement Fund for upgrading the Kitchen Facilities as well as Enabling Accessibility to the Hall.

Welcome to the Township of Howick

On behalf of Council and the residents of the Township of Howick, welcome to our community.  The rural area of the Township is ideal for farming and other agricultural based operations. Our three villages, Fordwich, Wroxeter and Gorrie and two hamlets, Belmore and Lakelet  offer a setting for commercial and residential applications. We would like to extend an invitation for you to visit, relocate or establish a business in our friendly community.

Calendar of Events in Howick

February 2015

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Upcoming Events

Dog Tags - Discounted until February 28th

Dog with tag  2015 Dog Tags are available at the Township office and prior to February 28th will be sold at a discount at $20.00 for your first dog and $30.00 for your 2nd & 3rd dog.  

Please remember that all dogs in Howick Township must be tagged! 

Winter Parking Notice

  Overnight parking is not permitted on any street or road allowance within the Township of Howick.  Follow this link for a copy of Traffic & Parking By-Law.

Employment Opportunity

Howick Logo Volunteer Firefighters Wanted – Howick (Gorrie Station)

Interested in helping your community? Looking to join a team of dedicated professionals helping neighbours in emergency situations? The Howick Township Fire Dept has openings for firefighters, responding from the Gorrie station.  Interested applicants will apply in writing to the Fire Chief by: March 6 2015.  Follow this link for more information.

Recreation News

Snow FlakeThe 2014 - 2015 ice season is in full swing, if anyone is looking for ice time, get a hold of Joe at the Howick Community Centre at 519-335-3883 or e-mail Joe at recreation@town.howick.on.ca.  Link  here for the ice usage calendar -  *New - March Break Skating schedule is on the calendar!

Change in Youth Shinny and Public Skate weekend of February 21 & 22 - see ice usage calendar for details.

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