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Heritage Week marked by Historical Photography Exhibit February 18-21

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2020 12:00 AM

Mayor Sandy Brown has proclaimed February 17-23, 2020 as Heritage Week in Orangeville. The 2020 theme is “2020 Vision: Bringing the Past into the Future”

Everyone is invited to view and enjoy Orangeville’s Heritage Week Photography Exhibition. The Historical Photography Exhibition will be in the Town Hall Atrium and available for viewing from February 18-21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 20.

During Heritage Week 2020, communities across Canada are...

Family Day event offers fun activities at Alder Recreation Centre

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2020 12:00 AM

This year’s Family Day, Monday, February 17, offers lots of fun activities at Alder Recreation Centre, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the family for free skating and swimming, Family Zumba, face painting, crafts and costumed characters at the library.

Complimentary 50-minute skates will run on the half-hour on both rinks, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Two free one-hour swims are planned for 12:15-1:15 p.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m. Please note that swim admission standards apply.

Face painting and crafts will be...

Library awarded Angus Mowat Award of Excellence

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2020 12:00 AM

The Orangeville Public Library has been awarded the 2019 Angus Mowat Award of Excellence from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries. The award was presented on January 30, during the Ontario Library Association’s annual conference in Toronto.

The Ontario Public Library Service Awards recognize and promote creativity and a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library services. There are two awards: The Minister’s Award for Innovation and the Angus Mowat Award...

Council approves 2019 budget with minimal tax impact

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:00 AM

There is some good news for Orangeville taxpayers in the 2019 municipal budget. Members of Orangeville Council adjusted the draft budget during budget deliberations. The final budget will result in a tax increase of 0.82 percent for the average home in the current year.

“Residents of Orangeville are tired of being the leaders in residential taxation in Ontario,” said Mayor Sandy Brown. “A Town budget increase of only 0.82 percent is a significant achievement. Helping us to achieve this result is the...

New stairs allow for easier access to Tony Rose pool

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:00 AM

The pool at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre is now more accessible for those with mobility challenges, thanks to the installation of the new Aqua-Step Elite stair system.

The previous stair system was installed in 2002 and was funded by the Orangeville Lions Club. Having reached the end of its life cycle, staff noticed that pool patrons were experiencing some difficulties with the five-step configuration and recommended a six-step system with a shallower rise per step.

The project was initiated...

OPP transition work underway in Orangeville

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:00 AM

Orangeville Council voted on December 2, 2019 to transition to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and disband the Orangeville Police Service (OPS). Since that date, the Town has been working with the OPP and OPS on the transition of police services and has created a transition team to oversee the work.

Currently, the tentative transition date is October 1, 2020. In an update to Orangeville Council on January 13, Orangeville CAO Ed Brennan said the Town is committed to supporting members of the OPS...

Town launches plowing app

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:00 AM

Orangeville residents are about to get a real good look at when their neighbourhood streets were last cleared of snow by municipal crews. The Town has launched an online tool that will show residents the status of Town roads and sidewalks by using the fleet’s location technology.

The Snow Removal Tracker will show the public when the snowplows, loaders, and sidewalk plows are out and how recently they visited an area on a map. In fact, you can see the icons moving around the map when they are active...

New hours in the new year for the Mill Street Library

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 12:00 AM

Starting in January, Orangeville Public Library will be adjusting the hours at the Mill Street Library. The library will be open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The library will also close an hour earlier at 8 p.m. on Monday to Thursday.

“The Library Board is excited to provide two additional hours of operation on Sunday to better serve our customers,” said Library Board Chair Bill Rea. “Feedback from the community indicates the need for additional Sunday service. This change will give busy families...

Transition date to OPP expected to be October 1, 2020

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 12:00 AM

Orangeville Council voted on December 2, 2019 to transition to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and disband the Orangeville Police Service (OPS).

Since that date, the Town has been working with the OPP on the transition of police services. Currently, the anticipated transition date is October 1, 2020.

As more information becomes available during the process, the Town will continue to share it with the community.



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Orangeville Council approves 2020 budget

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM

The Town of Orangeville’s 2020 budget was approved at the December 16 meeting of Orangeville Council, with a 1.5 percent increase to the net tax levy.

The consolidated budget of approximately $60 million requires $36.6 million in net tax levy before assessment growth. This represents a $1.01 million (2.85 percent) increase from the 2019 levy requirement. Factoring in real assessment growth from 2019 of 1.35 percent (or $480,000), the net levy requirement for the 2020 consolidated budget is $36,137,361...

Mayor Brown’s Statement on Orangeville Council’s OPP decision

Posted on Tuesday, December 03, 2019 12:00 AM

Mayor Brown issued the following statement on last night’s decision to transition to Ontario Provincial Police:


“Council’s decision last night was decisive - based on facts as presented over many months. Town Council thanks the Orangeville Police Service for their excellent service to the community.

During this process we have determined that the OPP will also deliver an excellent level of service and allow the Town to develop long term fiscal sustainability.

Special thanks to Deputy Mayor Macintosh,...

Historical Photography Project launched by Heritage Orangeville

Posted on Sunday, December 01, 2019 12:00 AM

The Historical Photography Project’s purpose is the documentation of Orangeville’s rich inheritance, natural environment, culture and people, and historically and architecturally significant properties, all of which are irreplaceable assets of the community of Orangeville.

Heritage Orangeville is seeking your assistance in helping to collect and preserve historical photographs of people, places, buildings, events and your special memories.

If you or a family member have a special historical photograph...