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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
  • Have Your Say! Is the 400-404 Connecting Link important to you? Send your feedback on the "Growth Plan for the Greater Horseshoe" before October 31, 2016.
  • Open Air Burn Permits Open Air Burn Permits
  • For more information on the Township of Essa's Fishing Access Pass, click on the picture, or contact the Economic Development Office at 705-424-4054.

  • Notice of Special Meetings of Council, re: 2017 Budget Deliberation

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

    • Wednesday November 16, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesday December 7, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm; and
    • Wednesday December 21, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    These meetings will take place in Council Chambers at  the Administration Centre, located at5786 County Road 21, Utopia.

  • ​Municipal water users are advised that the flushing of water lines will take place during the following time periods:

    Angus – October 3 to 14
    Baxter and Thornton – October 17 to 21
    Users should be aware that during this flushing, they may experience low water pressure and discoloration (brown) of water and maybe no water for short periods of time. To eliminate the discolored water, run the taps in your home until the water runs clear. It is recommended that during this time period, you run your water prior to doing laundry to ensure your water is not discolored.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Ontario Clean Water Agency at 1-866-775-7712.
    Dan Perreault
    Manager of Public Works

  • ​UPDATED 16-09-21-Please be advised that the Township of Essa will commence reconstruction works on the 25th Sideroad from County Road 27 to west of the 11th Line. The reconstruction work will begin August 15th, 2016. Due to the road reconstruction, 25th Sideroad will be fully closed to traffic August 15th, 2016 until November 2016. A detour route has been setup around the closure.
    Garbage collection and mail delivery will not be interrupted. Emergency services will be notified of the road closure.
    If your phone service does not work, it usually is a result of the service line to your house being cut. Bell installs these service lines just under the sod and they usually get cut during the construction stages. Please notify a staff member on site if your phone is not working and we will contact Bell for repairs.
    With your assistance we will strive to make this time as inconvenient as possible. If you have concerns or need more information or just wish to discuss this project, please contact the Public Works Department at 705 424 9770 ext. 135 and someone will be in touch with you. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • ​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 November 2, 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.