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Night Time Street Sweeping 11:30 pm to 7:30 am

From May 31 to June 5, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing night time street sweeping

Sunday May 31 Starting 11:30 pm:

Mountjoy: Shirley

Monday June 1 Starting 11:30 pm:

Timmins South: Second, Spruce (Fifth to Moneta)

Tuesday June 2 Starting 11:30 pm:

Timmins South: Pine (Sixth to Kirby), Cedar (Fifth to First), Balsam (Fifth to Frist), Birch (Fifth to Second)

Wednesday June 3 Starting 11:30 pm:

Timmins South: Maple (Fifth to Second), Elm (Fifth to Second), Wilson

Thursday June 4 Starting 11:30 pm:

Timmins South: Mountjoy

Timmins North: Mountjoy, MacLean

Daytime Street Sweeping 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

From May 31 to June 5, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing day time street sweeping

Monday June 1 Starting 7:30 am:

Mountjoy: Power, Clifford, Chestnut, Greeningdon, Royale

South Porcupine: Crawford

Tuesday June 2 Starting 7:30 am:

Mountjoy: Joseph, Park

South Porcupine: Main

Wednesday June 3 Starting 7:30 am:

Timmins North: Berridale, Michelano

Thursday June 4 Starting 7:30 am:

Mountjoy: Bonaventure, Meadow, Pleasant, Castlewood, Diamond, Majestic

Friday June 5 Starting 7:30 am:

No sweeping scheduled

Note on the Plan:

Sweeping Operations will take several weeks to complete. There is a lot of sand to pick up every year, so we ask residents to remain patient. Weather conditions and mechanical issues play a major role in how quickly Public Works can complete the sweeping operations. Heavy rain and subzero temperatures will halt operations.

Posted No Parking Signs Advising Spring Maintenance:

Public Works would like to remind residents that yellow No Parking Signs will be posted to notify that Spring Maintenance will be taking place for daytime operations. Vehicles not complying with these No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed to allow for Street Sweeping crews to advance.

Priority Sequence for Street Sweeping Operations:

Day Operation:

Street Sweeping is never done in the area where Sanitation is taken place.

High density residential areas (Older Section of City: one-ways, narrow streets);

Low density residential areas

Night Operation:

Highway sections;

High density commercial sections;

Main Arterial Routes

Safety:

A reminder to respect safety signage as the safety of workers is very important.  

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Public Works Department
Posted by Alana Monette  On May 29, 2020 at 2:27 PM
  

May 26, 2020 - The City of Timmins recognizes the need to support the downtown cores as vital commercial and community areas intrinsic to the quality of life of the municipality.

On July 23, 2007, Timmins Council approved a Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP). As the plan has been in effect for approximately 14 years, Council indicated that the plan should be reviewed, and staff are looking for stakeholder input.

A committee, comprised of three members of Council and Planning staff, were tasked with reviewing the Downtown CIP focused on improving the appearance and desirability of the downtown cores while promoting the public use of the downtown cores within Timmins, Schumacher and South Porcupine. The group has reviewed various community improvement plans and are proposing various changes to the plan.

For information on how to have your comments presented to Planning staff, CLICK HERE and/or contact Community Development Planner Dave St. Onge at 705-360-2600, x:3347.

For general information regarding Community Improvement Grants, CLICK HERE

For a list of potential community incentive amendments within the Downtown CIP, see below: 

Amend the Downtown CIP area
 Increase the Community Improvement Project Area for increased eligibility for grants to include Algonquin Boulevard West from the Mattagami River in the west to Father Costello Drive in Schumacher;
 Increase the Community Improvement Project Area to include Wilson Avenue from the Mattagami River in the west to Mountjoy Street South in the east;
 Maintain the existing Community Improvement Project Area in Schumacher and South Porcupine; and
 Eliminate the two-tier grant areas where there were previously primary and secondary areas where grant applications in primary areas received priority funding. All areas will now be considered primary areas.

Revise Existing CIP programs
 Amend the Façade Improvement Grant by providing a 50% grant up to $15,000. The grant shall require façade installation on any side of the building and may include windows and doors; however, shall not be limited to windows and doors only. Additionally, the $15,000 grant cap shall be removed after 10 years from the initial grant, provided there is a change in building ownership.
Delete the following grant opportunities:
 Energy Efficiency
 Study Assistance
 Demolition Assistance and Tipping Fee Rebate
 Building Code Compliance
 Upgrade to Building Code
 Accessibility

 Remove the requirement that a building permit be required prior to grant approval. Staff to provide conditional approval to the grant application and inform the applicant to obtain a building permit within 30 days of conditional approval or the grant opportunity shall be rescinded.

Implement New Opportunities to Promote Development
 Create a Building Improvement Grant which provides a 100% grant up to $30,000 towards new commercial space through the construction of a building addition or the construction of new upper storey residential units or conversions.
 Create a Parking Fee and Transit Grant for new businesses and new upper storey residential units. The grant shall result in a 50% reduction in parking fees in municipal parking lots and a 50% reduction in transit fees for one year. Business owners shall provide proof regarding the number of employees and property owners for the new upper storey residential units shall provide proof regarding the number of residents in the new unit.
 Create a Parking Requirement Exemption Program for new upper storey residential units for commercial, industrial or institutional main floor uses within the General Commercial (EA-CG) zone within the CIP area. With exceptions, commercial uses within the General Commercial (EA-CG) zone generally do not require parking, whereas upper storey residential units do require parking spaces. In order to promote upper storey residential development, the parking provision shall be waived in the General Commercial (EA-CG) zone.
 Create a Public Art Grant which provides a 50% grant up to $2,500 for eligible art pieces and displays on public and private property that are clearly visible to the public.
 Create a Sidewalk Patio Grant which provides a 100% grant up to $1,000 for patio construction costs. Patio construction plans shall be provided by the Downtown Timmins BIA.


Posted by Heather Duhn  On May 26, 2020 at 2:31 PM
  
May 22, 2020 - Last week, the Province announced that Municipal Projects are permitted to proceed effective May 19, 2020, and in conjunction with the beautiful weather, crews are working to complete the final work on the Hollinger Park Improvement Project.

“Mobilization of equipment and supplies to complete the final work on the Hollinger Park Improvement Project has commenced this week and construction will ramp up starting next week,” said Gerard Paquette, Supervisor of Projects for the City of Timmins.

The key components that remain to be completed include the central meeting space in the park which includes a headframe and sundial sitting upon a circular elevated concrete platform surrounded by paving stones, as well as the paving of the main entrance and parking lot. This work will be supplemented with additional landscaping, sodding/seeding, and the completion of remaining trail connections.

Director of Community & Development Services Mark Jensen anticipates approximately four weeks will be required to finalize the park. Fencing will remain on site protecting the hydro seed and sod from damage due to public use. Once the grass takes, the fencing will be removed from the site.

A grand opening of the newly renovated Hollinger Park will be announced later this summer.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On May 22, 2020 at 1:43 PM
  
May 22, 2020 - In order for the City of Timmins to ensure public safety, reduce public impact, and protect City infrastructure, a street occupancy permit is required to carry out certain activities.

Examples of activities that require a permit include:
- Construction on a road, boulevard or sidewalk
- Temporary or partial road closures
- Window washing or building maintenance while occupying a sidewalk
- Working from the road or sidewalk to carry out work on private property
- Utility repairs or installations
- Placement of moving containers, dumpsters and storage on the road or the boulevard
- Placement of building or landscaping materials on the road or the boulevard
- Sidewalk obstructions that impact pedestrian traffic
- Road closure without the approval of Council
Bylaw 1984-2174 Obstructing and Encumbering of Streets states: “No persons shall occupy, break, excavate, dig up, tear up, or remove any portion of any highway or boulevard, or any planking, sidewalk, curbing, pavement or road structure of any sort, forming the surface of any City of Timmins highway, or make excavation in or under any City of Timmins highway, boulevard, or sidewalk for the purpose of building or otherwise, unless they obtain a street occupancy permit for the Public Works Department.”

Additional information and permits can be obtained from:
- The city of Timmins website (Under ‘Doing Business’ – ‘Street Occupancy Permits’
- Calling Public Works – 705-360-2600, ext. 5036
- Emailing – streetoccupancy@timmins.ca
Completed permits can be sent to streetoccupancy@timmins.ca for approval.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On May 22, 2020 at 12:26 PM
  

Night Time Street Sweeping 11:30 pm to 7:30 am

From May 24 to May 29, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing night time street sweeping

Sunday May 24 Starting 11:30 pm:

Mountjoy: Riverside (Shirley to Canadian Tire)

Porcupine: King (Gervais to Coott)

Monday May 25 Starting 11:30 pm:

Mountjoy: Shirley

Porcupine: Highway 101 (Coott to Crawford)

Tuesday May 26 Starting 11:30 pm:

Timmins South: Second, Spruce (Fifth to Moneta)

South Porcupine: Harold (Crawford to Legion)

Wednesday May 27 Starting 11:30 pm:

Timmins South: Pine (Sixth to Kirby), Cedar (Fifth to First), Balsam (Fifth to First), Birch (Fifth to Second)

South Porcupine: Bruce, Golden

Thursday May 28 Starting 11:30 pm:

Timmins South: Maple (Fifth to Second), Elm (Fifth to Second), Wilson

South Porcupine: Main (Harold to Strachan)

Daytime Street Sweeping 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

From May 24 to May 29, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing day time street sweeping

Monday May 25 Starting 7:30 am:

Mountjoy: Vanier, Center, Lynwood, Woodland, Forest, Frontenac, Champlain

South Porcupine: Warner, Walter, Evans (Dunn to Dead end), Smith (Walther to Tisdale), Leighton, Allan, Mahon

Tuesday May 26 Starting 7:30 am:

Mountjoy: Hudson, Laval, Theodore, Carlton, Brock, Acres

South Porcupine: Dunn (Warner to Tisdale), Evans (Dunn to Station), Tisdale (Langmuir to Goldrush), Galbraith, McDougall, Glenn

Wednesday May 27 Starting 7:30 am:

Timmins South: Commercial, Cloutier, Fogg, Mattagami  

South Porcupine: Lyall, Goldrush (Tisdale to Lyall), Summers, Smith (Summers to Tisdale), Station

Thursday May 28 Starting 7:30 am:

Mountjoy: Gatineau, Viscount, Timcor, Georgian

Friday May 29 Starting 7:30 am:

Mountjoy: Camille, Laurentian, Christine, Chantal, Chenier, Philip, Marcel

South Porcupine: Shamrock (Crawford to Legion), Bloor (Legion to Lakeview), Lakeview

Note on the Plan:

Sweeping Operations will take several weeks to complete. There is a lot of sand to pick up every year, so we ask residents to remain patient. Weather conditions and mechanical issues play a major role in how quickly Public Works can complete the sweeping operations. Heavy rain and subzero temperatures will halt operations.

Posted No Parking Signs Advising Spring Maintenance:

Public Works would like to remind residents that yellow No Parking Signs will be posted to notify that Spring Maintenance will be taking place for daytime operations. Vehicles not complying with these No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed to allow for Street Sweeping crews to advance.

Priority Sequence for Street Sweeping Operations:

Day Operation:

Street Sweeping is never done in the area where Sanitation is taken place.

High density residential areas (Older Section of City: one-ways, narrow streets);

Low density residential areas

Night Operation:

Highway sections;

High density commercial sections;

Main Arterial Routes

Safety:

A reminder to respect safety signage as the safety of workers is very important.  

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Public Works Department
Posted by Alana Monette  On May 22, 2020 at 12:25 PM
  

Please be advised that the City of Timmins will be holding a public meeting pursuant to Section 28 of the Planning Act on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 220 Algonquin Boulevard East.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Planning Division to hear comments on the proposed new Downtown Community Improvement Plan for the City of Timmins.

Due to public health concerns regarding COVID-19, physical attendance will not be permitted. Several options are available to have your comments presented to Planning staff:

  • Provide and email your comments to dave.st.onge@timmins.ca on or before June 15, 2020;
  • Mail a letter of your comments to the following address:

Planning Division Attn: Dave St.Onge
City of Timmins
220 Algonquin Boulevard East
Timmins, ON
P4N 1B3

  • Place a letter addressed to the Planning Division in the mail depository box located on the front wall of City Hall;
  • Contact Dave St.Onge at (705) 360-2600 Ext. 3347; or
  • Call in to the Public Meeting on June 15, 2020, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (705) 360-2600 Ext. 2471

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Planning Division of the Community & Development Services Department has embarked on a comprehensive project to review the Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP), which was approved by the City of Timmins Council on July 23, 2007. The intent of the Downtown CIP is to target areas in the downtown core that are in transition, need of repair or rehabilitation, and promote redevelopment and revitalization, making the downtown inviting to the public. As the plan has been in effect for approximately 14 years, City of Timmins Council indicated that it should be reviewed. The program provides policies that will enable Council to offer financial incentives to private property owners.

Once adopted by Council, the Downtown Community Improvement Plan will expand the CIP area in addition to enabling the City to grant financial incentives under eight programs:

  1. Building Improvement Grant
  2. Facade Improvement Grant
  3. Municipal Fee Rebate Grant
  4. Parking and Transit Fee Grant
  5. Parking Requirement Exemption Program
  6. Public Art Grant
  7. Sidewalk Patio Grant
  8. Tax Increment Rebate Grant

If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Downtown Community Improvement Plan, you must make a written request to the Clerk of the City of Timmins (see below):

Steph Palmateer, ACMT
City Clerk
City of Timmins
Clerk’s Department
220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, ON
P4N 1B3

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law adopting the revised Community Improvement Plan is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Please view the Community Improvement Grants page for additional information.  The draft version of 2020 Downtown CIP is available here.

For additional information concerning this session, please contact Dave St.Onge, Community Development Planner, at (705) 360-2600 Ext. 3347 or dave.st.onge@timmins.ca.

Dated at the City of Timmins this 22nd Day of May, 2020.

Posted by David St.Onge  On May 22, 2020 at 9:39 AM
  
While Timmins Transit continues to provide an enhanced Sunday Service level at no cost to the public, further service adjustments must be made in light of some passengers choosing to ignore physical distancing requirements on various routes.  For this reason, effective Friday, May 22, 2020, seating on our conventional buses will have selected seating cordoned off from public use.  Ashish Patel, Operations Supervisor, advises that “this will result in limiting passenger capacity to a maximum of 15 on our buses”.  The public is reminded that Transit Services should be used for essential travel only and all passengers must respect the minimum 2 m (6 ft) physical distancing.  Fred Gerrior, Manager of Transit Services, stated that “this means if buses are at capacity, passengers should make adjustments to their travel plans or consider catching the next available bus where safe physical distancing can be maintained.”  Transit staff will continue to monitor operations and may make further service adjustments as needed in order to protect the health and safety of our customers and staff during this ongoing pandemic.  
Posted by Lisa Greer  On May 20, 2020 at 10:09 AM
  
The City of Timmins Facilities Management Department would like to advise the public that the Mattagami River boat launch will be closed from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in order to install the docks.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

For inquires please contact:

Service Timmins
705-264-1331
Service Timmins Portal: https://service.timmins.ca/
Posted by Ashish Puri  On May 19, 2020 at 3:45 PM
  

The previous construction ban, which permitted only essential construction projects, has been lifted by the Province effective May 19, 2020.

While the City has continued to receive and process building permit applications for
both essential and non-essential construction projects throughout the COVID-19
pandemic, the issuance of building permits for non-essential construction was put on
hold based on Provincial direction provided at that time. Mark Jensen, Director of
Community and Development Services advises that “what this means for Timmins is
that building permits may now be issued for all classes of construction.” Despite this,
please note that City Hall remains closed to the public at this time. Building permit
applications will continue to be accepted by email, by mail/courier or can be deposited
in the drop box located at the main entrance of City Hall. Please note that associated
application fees must be paid by way of cheque made out to the “City of Timmins”.

For further information concerning the submission of building permit applications and
associated fees please contact:

Steve Mongeon,
Building Inspector/Plan Examiner
steve.mongeon@timmins.ca
(705)-2600, Ext. 2935

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Media Contact:

Heather Duhn,
Corporate Communications Coordinator
705-360-2600, ext. 2212
heather.duhn@timmins.ca

Posted by Ashish Puri  On May 19, 2020 at 11:36 AM
  

Timmins, ON - At 12:01 a.m. on May 16, 2020, Ontario is lifting the Restricted Fire Zone designation that it put in place.

What this means for Timmins:

If you possess a 2019 fire permit, Timmins Fire Department will honour that permit until July 1, 2020.

If you do not have a 2019 permit and you require a 2020 fire permit please call Timmins Fire Department at 705-360-2626 and we will register your permit information and instructions for billing will follow.

For safety and on line information please visit: https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/emergency_services/fire_department/fire_permits

Please ensure that you continue to practice all of the public health measures put into place.

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Media Contact:

Heather Duhn,
Corporate Communications Coordinator
705-360-2600, ext. 2212
heather.duhn@timmins.ca

Posted by Ashish Puri  On May 15, 2020 at 4:22 PM
  
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