SHORT TERM RENTALS SURVEY
The Municipality of Bluewater staff and Council would like to create a short term rental policy that balances the economic benefits of short term rentals with the needs of the neighborhoods. A key part of this process is to work with the community toward this goal. The Municipality would like public feedback to draft a by-law to regulate short term rentals.
As part of the process, the Municipality of Bluewater invites the public across the municipality to provide feedback on short term rentals and the draft by-law. This includes feedback from short term rental operators, neighbors of short term rentals, other residents in the municipality, and visitors who use short term rentals. A variety of perspectives will help to develop a by-law that balances the needs of residents and short term rental operators.
The purpose of the proposed by-law is to ensure safety of all parties in and around all properties. It will include considerations for protection of renters and neighbours. Some items to be included in the by-law are:
- A parking management plan to ensure that people do not park on streets outside of permitted areas and to prohibit parking on private lots where damage to septic systems could happen.
- A maximum occupancy limit that reflects a maximum number of people per bedroom and/or per dwelling.
- A requirement that the owner must be able to attend the property within thirty minutes.
- A demerit point system is proposed to give negative points to rentals that do not comply with the licensing by-law or other municipal by-laws. If a maximum number of demerit points is reached, the license may be revoked. This will ensure that all municipal by-laws and requirements will be followed within the most vulnerable residential areas.
The Municipality welcomes individuals to complete the short term rental consultation survey by Aug. 31. It can be found by clicking here: Survey. This survey has different questions geared towards people’s role as either a neighbor, short term rental operator, visitor, etc. Any information collected may be included in a report to Council, but personal information will not be shared.
In 2019 on the August long weekend, hundreds of people gathered along the shore and in Pioneer Park to watch a fireworks display. This community driven event by a group of individuals known as the “Friends of Bayfield Fireworks Show” were responsible for the event and they are planning to bring it back for 2022. July 30th is the date!
Permissions are now in place with both the Municipality of Bluewater and the federal government to allow the professionally presented display by NorthStar Fireworks to be set off from the south pier and members of the Bayfield Area Fire Department will be on hand to ensure safety.
Organizers are hoping local residents, and businesses, will consider contributing to the cost of the display. Their goal is to have 100 contributors make a $100 donation but any amount would be happily accepted. They are hoping families will come to the beach and enjoy the show that will begin when darkness falls after 9 p.m.
To learn more about the event and how best to donate please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the summer months, the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) will be jamming outdoors in Clan Gregor Square twice a week.
Members of the BUS will be meeting Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m., weather permitting. All are welcome!
Folks are invited to come sing and dance along to songs from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. And if anyone has a ukulele, they can join in on the strumming too!
The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Bayfield Community Centre on Saturday, July 30.
In anticipation of their AGM, the BRA Board is looking for some additional directors to help with the issues facing the village’s ratepayers in the coming years. Anyone interested in volunteering to stand for a position on the Board is asked to please notify Secretary Dave MacLaren by emailing email@example.com.
In addition to the election of directors at the meeting, another topic that may be of interest to those in the community is a discussion regarding Bayfield’s Secondary Plan.
The AGM will commence at 10 a.m. and all in the community are welcome.
PIONEER PARK AGM
Saturday, Aug. 13 is the date set for the Pioneer Park Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2022.
The AGM will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Pioneer Park (rain location Bayfield Lions Community Building, 6 Municipal Road). Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is currently looking for additional members to join their Board of Directors including a Secretary, a “House” director and a “Rental” director.
According to existing members of the Executive, the workload for a Director is not daunting…and it’s fun! Participation includes: attendance at monthly Board meetings;
bringing ideas and participation in an annual Town Hall Planning session for the following year; volunteer time to help at Town Hall Events (there are six this year); and participate in the annual Town Hall spring yard clean up.
The “House” Director position will be available soon. This position involves the maintenance and upkeep of the building working closely with the part time custodian. The person in the “Rental” Director position will work closely with the rental coordinator for weddings and events. The person who fulfils the “Secretary” position will participate in Board decisions, take minutes and help the President set the agenda.
The Bayfield Town Hall was built in 1882, then moved to its present location on Clan Gregor Square in 1920. The Town Hall was the seat of Village government from that date until 1927 and again from 1965 to 1984 at which point, the aging building was closed and in disrepair.
In 1989, a committee was formed to restore and re-energize the Town Hall. The committee was known as the “Friends of the Town Hall” and after years of fundraising, private donations and grants, monies were raised to restore and maintain the historic building.
Today, the BTHHS, a non-profit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors, is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep with a mandate to provide cultural events and activities for the Village. All of this is possible through the many fundraising events run by the Board as well as generous donations from Bayfield residents.
The following is an overview of what these fundraising efforts pay for:
- Repairs and upgrades to the building
- Heat, hydro and operation of the building
- Maintenance and cleaning including a part-time staff custodian
- Renting the hall for weddings and community use including a part-time staff rental coordinator
- Hosting events and performances at the Town Hall
To learn more or to apply for a position please email email@example.com or call 519 565-5788.
On Saturday, July 23, the whole family is invited to a Scavenger Hunt on the Varna Nature Trails hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).
The event will start early at 9 a.m. and participants will be sent off with a list of items to collect along the way. Can you find a snail shell? A feather? Something blue? Bring a bag to collect your treasures and everyone will gather at the end to see how participants did. This event will be great for kids, but people of all ages are welcome. The Varna Complex is 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road and the trailhead is at the north end of the parking lot. A map can be found here: Mavis’ Trail – Taylor Trail .
For more information about any BRVTA hikes, please contact Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 525-3205.
Now is also a great time of year to utilize the BRVTA’s “Hiking Buddy Program”.
“We want to encourage you to use our beautiful trails year round for fitness and fun as much as you desire,” said Blasting, “The Hiking Buddy program is a membership benefit designed to help you meet other members of the BRVTA to organize a hiking time, with at least one other person, outside of the scheduled group hikes our association offers.”
Anyone interested in joining this program, is asked to please contact the coordinator, Laurie, by email at email@example.com.
“She will gladly answer any questions you may have. If you decide to join, Laurie will obtain your contact information to be distributed to the other buddies. Your contact information will be shared only with the other hiking buddies and our hiking coordinators. We do not allow your personal info to be shared for marketing purposes,” concluded Blasting.
On Sunday, July 17, St. Andrew United Church hosted a special event in support of Blessings Community Store in Zurich and they are pleased to report that their “Fill the Truck” for Blessings was a success. They would like to thank everyone who contributed non-perishable items as part of this outreach initiative.
The Tuesday Morning Quilters are happy to be able to gather again for quilting/coffee time on Tuesday mornings at St. Andrew’s. All are welcome to join in quilting at 9 a.m. or just drop in for coffee at 10 a.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.
PIONEER PARK SUMMER EVENTS
Pioneer Park is the place to be in July and August. Yoga, music and art events are all planned for the lazy, hazy days of summer!
“Yoga in the Park” is happening on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer months starting at 9 a.m. The last session is set for Monday, Sept. 5. Please note that there will be no Yoga on Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 1st.
Pre-sunset concerts have begun as part of “ Music in the Park”. The Lakeview Mennonite Choir will perform on two Fridays during the summer: July 29 and Sept. 2. The remaining performers will entertain park goers on Saturday evenings: Phil Cook will provide music on Aug. 27; Dave G. will be the performer on July 30; and Adam David Lang will share his talents on Aug. 13.
A favorite of park goers is returning this summer dates scheduled for “Paint the Sunset” with Robin Ellis. Canvas and water colors are provided for budding artists of all ages to use. The dates for “Paint the Sunset” are: Sunday, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 4.
Rev. Lisa Dolson, of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, is offering people an opportunity to explore the big questions in life virtually!
People are invited to explore faith in Alpha online. Alpha sessions explore the big questions of life. It’s an opportunity to discover more about the Christian faith in a friendly space. Watch an episode on a topic of faith. Ask questions, share thoughts, or simply listen.
Participants will meet online via ZOOM every Thursday at noon. Individuals can access the ZOOM link on the church’s website at: Knox, Bayfield , call/text Rev. Dolson at 519-955-2158, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to be added to the weekly email reminder.
Cellist Danuta Wyant performed a mid-day concert in the serene surroundings of The Village Bookshop garden on Saturday, July 16th. The music wafting out along the street attracted a small crowd of, no doubt, delighted, listeners. (Submitted photos)