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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 TTY: 705-424-5302 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Township of Essa
  • Come one come all to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Angus on Friday December 2, 2016.
  • Christmas In the Village takes place in Thornton on Sunday December 4, 2016 at the Thornton Gazebo between the hours of 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Be sure come out to celebrate with your Thornton neighbours!
  • The Township of Essa was successful in obtaining a grant through the New Horizons for Seniors Program for the installation of adult exercise equipment at Community Park.
  • Be sure to purchase your 2017 Dog Tags for your pooch, as 2016 Dog Tags expire on December 31st of each calendar year.
  • Be sure to tie your skates up when you visit one of our Arenas for Public Skating. For a full listing of dates/times for Public Skating, Shinny Hockey and Outdoor Pads, visit the Recreation page.
  • Reminder to residents that winter parking restrictions come in to effect on November 1st each calendar year.

  • Please be advised that Special Meetings of Council for 2017 Budget Deliberations will occur on the following dates:

    • Wednesday December 7, 2016 - commences at 3:00 pm; and
    • Wednesday December 21, 2016 - commences at 1:00 pm

    These meetings will take place in Council Chambers at  the Administration Centre, located at 5786 County Road 21, Utopia.

  • ​The County of Simcoe hereby advises and notifies all affected parties of the pending Bear Creek Bridge Replacement Work. The structure is located over the Bear Creek on County Road 56, approximately 700 m south of Sideroad 30, at Lot 29, Concession 6/7 in the Township of Essa, County of Simcoe.  

    The Work includes the removal and replacement of the Bear Creek Bridge, as well as approximately 600 m of associated reconstruction.   As a result, County Road 56 will be Closed for Bridge Replacement beginning July 4, 2016, and is expected to reopen December 23, 2016.

    The northern limit of the Road Closure will be immediately south of the entrance to Bear Creek
    Golf Course. with the southern limit approximately 200 m south of the existing structure.

    Motorists are encouraged to utilize County Roads 90, 27 and 21 to bypass the Closure.

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held on December 7, 2016.
  • The Township of Essa has a new burning by-law that allows for recreational/camp fire, open air burning and open air burning with an inspection.

    No person(s) or owners(s) of land shall set a fire or permit the setting of a fire without first having obtained an authorized burn permit.  Burning must be in accordance with the Open Air Burning By-law 2015-92 or subsequent by law.   A permit shall not be issued in a settlement area with clearance of less than 15 feet/5 metre from any structure.

    Permit is valid until the end of each calendar year at a cost of $25.00.  Burn Permits (except for those that require an inspection) can be obtained on-line by going to on-line registration.   Permits can also be obtained from the Township Administration Centre, upstairs, during regular business hours and the Economic Development Centre, located at the Angus Arena.

    For more information or inquiries please contact the Fire Department at 705-424-5828.
  • Smoke alarms are always a major push for the fire service.  In over 60% of the calls we respond to we find out of date, missing or no smoke alarms.  We found that we were hearing the same reasons over and over again as to why the owners did not have smoke alarms, so we decided to start this campaign as a ‘fun’ way of raising awareness and addressing the excuses that we hear far too often.
    Our goal is to raise awareness and drive home the message that smoke alarms are not only a legal requirement.  They are the early warning system that gives you the time you need to escape a fire.
    While it is an adult responsibility to maintain smoke alarms, we know from experience that they don’t always do it.  We thought that if the excuses that we most commonly hear from adults are coming from children, it will drive home the point that there is absolutely no excuse for not having and maintaining a working smoke alarm.  These excuses are REAL.  We did not hire a marketing company or make them up!
    If the PSA’s make you smile. Laugh or even get you angry, please share with your friends and family.  Let’s make sure everybody has working Smoke alarms.  #ExcusesAreChildish! 
    This is the first of five PSAs, we will be releasing a new one every Friday for the next five weeks.