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Corporation of the Township of Black River - Matheson 
429 Park Lane

 P.O. Box 601
Matheson, Ontario
P0K 1N0
Telephone : (705) 273-2313
Facsimile   : (705) 273-2140




The Regular Council Meeting scheduled for

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Will be held at the


Vern Miller Community Centre



At 6:30p.m.


Thank you




Township of Black River-Matheson




Mayor & Council for the Township of Black River-Matheson is offering residents the opportunity to submit an expression of interest to possibly be appointed to the Senior Advisory Committee of the municipal council.   


This committee shall act as a liaison for senior residents within the Township of Black River-Matheson, and advise on ways to enhance the health and well-being of seniors within the community.


For more information about the various committees, please contact the undersigned.  Deadline for submission of applications to the undersigned is Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.


Katie Browne, Deputy Clerk

Township of Black River-Matheson

P.O. Box 601, 429 Park Lane

Matheson, Ontario P0K 1N0

Tel:  705-273-2313 ext. 316

Fax:  705-273-2140




Thelma Miles Historical Museum

Strategic Plan Community Meeting

Thursday July 18th

6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Museum


How can we improve our Museum?

Your thoughts and opinions matter!


Please join us or submit your thoughts and opinions through

the online survey


You can also pick up a paper copy

at the Township Office or the BRM Library.


Contact Kevin Nguyen if you have any questions

705-273-2313 ext. 319




July 5, 2019




Holtyre High Manganese:


The Town of Holtyre is experiencing discoloured water in parts of the distribution system. This is caused by Manganese present in the wells that supply water to the community. The Manganese present in the wells is causing the discolouration as it reacts to chlorine, used as part of the water treatment process. Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that is widely distributed in air, water, and soil.


Although unpleasant aesthetically, the water discolouration does not pose a health risk. The water is tested regularly as per Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) regulations and by the system operator, Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA). The water supplied to Holtyre is in full compliance with provincial drinking water standards.

Like many water treatments facilities-built decades ago, the Holtyre facility was not originally designed to take into consideration removal of naturally-occurring minerals, like Manganese. The system has been equipped with additional technology to try to separate the Manganese, but unfortunately this is not providing a comprehensive solution.

To help with the discolouration, OCWA has taken measures this week to increase the flow of treated water through the distribution system. The purpose of this first step is to try and reduce the amount of time the treated water sits in the distribution system.  A weekly flushing program will commence Tuesday, July 9th. Although flushing will not solve the issue, most residents should notice an improvement.

Additional flushing through the automatic bleeders will take place during the night – usually between 2am and 4am. The duration of flushing through bleeders is to be increased, and we are also increasing flow from the plant itself. It is anticipated that this should reduce retention time for water in the distribution system. Residents do not need to take any action. However, it is noted that they should always run their tap until clear, and we would appreciate consumer feed-back so we can determine if significant progress is being made for the improvement of water quality. Feedback may be directed to Anthony Danis, Ontario Clean Water Agency -Senior Operations Manager  or 705-568-7392.


“The Township Staff and Council has been working with OCWA to determine the most cost-effective way of tackling the discolouration issue.” stated Mayor Gilles Laderoute.


OCWA’s proposed solution will be discussed during Council on July 9th.


To reiterate, this discolouration is not a health concern – the water is safe for drinking and everyday use. It is recommended to run water until clear before use.


If you would like more information, please contact:

John Regan EcD(F), CEcD
Chief Administrative Officer
Director of Economic Development
Township of Black River-Matheson
705-273-2313 Ext 315

Brian Peever
Director of Public Works
Township of Black River-Matheson
(705)273-2313 Ext 310


July 5, 2019


A ground breaking ceremony for the new Fire Station in Ramore will occur on July 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Black River – Matheson Mayor Gilles Laderoute. The project is estimanted at $554,000 and should be completed this fall.
On January 16, 2019 The Township of Black River-Matheson (BRM) and Black River–Matheson Fire Department announced their Ramore Fire Station will be moving to a new home as the current Ramore Fire Station located on Ferguson is 100+ years old and is beyond feasibile repair and no longer provides a safe working environment for the Firefighters.
After reviewing numerous options, the decision was made to relocate to the Pioneer Hall property at 1370 Highway 572 in Ramore. A new two-bay garage is being built to house the emergency vehicles and equipment. The Pioneer Hall will be utilized by the Firefighters for regular meetings and training. The Pioneer Hall is also the Townships alternate Emergency Operations Centre. “The partnering with the Pioneer Hall has saved the Township significant dollars by not building a separate stand alone structure that would require meeting and training space, The Township has likely saved over $600,000 and retained service levels.” stated Mayor Gilles Laderoute.
The Knights of Columbus will share the Pioneer Hall with the Firefighters, and the Pioneer Hall will still be available for rent by the residents of the community.
Black River-Matheson Fire Department consists of three stations, Ramore, Matheson and Val Gagne, with a total of 50 volunteer Firefighters.

If you would like more information, please contact:
Guy Lamb
Fire Chief
Township of Black River-Matheson

John Regan EcD(F), CEcD
Chief Administrative Officer
Director of Economic Development
Township of Black River-Matheson
705-273-2313 Ext 315



Black River-Matheson Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to the following recipients for their hard work and dedication throughout their academic year. It is with great pleasure that Mayor and Council announce the following winners of the Black River-Matheson Scholarship Award;

Fayth Moffatt is the recipient of the “Academic and Community Involvement Scholarship.” This award is valued at $2,500.000.

Chloe Lacoursiere is the recipient of the “Academic and Community Involvement Scholarship.” This award is valued at $1,500.000.

Jaycee Comeau is the recipient of the “Community Involvement Scholarship.” This award is valued at $500.00

Vivianna Corkill is the recipient of the “Community Involvement Scholarship.” This award is valued at $500.00

We wish you all the luck in your future academics goals and aspirations.


Mayor and Council of Black River-Matheson




Township of Black River-Matheson




The Council of the Township of Black River-Matheson has chosen an application process to fill the above noted vacancy.  Accompanied by a letter of interest, please specify why you would be the best candidate to represent Ward 1. Please submit your application and letter to the undersigned on or before Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.


Based on the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, S. 17(2), the following qualifications are required to run for municipal councillor:

  • Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • resides or is a property owner in the Township of Black River-Matheson
  • is not prohibited from voting under subsection (3) or otherwise by law


For further information, please contact the undersigned.


Cassandra Child, Clerk/Treasurer

Township of Black River-Matheson

P.O. Box 601, 429 Park Lane

Matheson, Ontario P0K 1N0

Tel:  705-273-2313 ext. 311

Fax: 705-273-2140





New Complaint Handling Policy


Effective January 7th,2019, Mayor and Council approved a new Complaint Handing Policy.

The municipality of the Township of Black River-Matheson is committed to a consistent, uniform, prompt and courteous process to respond to formal complaints within a reasonable amount of time. This policy is intended for the municipality to promptly address concerns raised by the public regarding, which shall include but not be limited to, by-law infractions, road conditions, programs, facilities, municipal services, staff or operational procedures.

If you have a formal complaint please fill out a complaint form at the township officer of contact the Deputy Clerk, Katie Browne, at 705-273-2313 ext. 316.

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Position filled for Councillor of Ward 6

Mayor Garry Edwards and the Council of the Township of Black River-Matheson are pleased to announce the appointment of Kyla Riach as Councillor of Ward 6.  Council made the appointment at a Special Council meeting that was held on October 12, 2017.

Kyla will offically become a member of Council at the regular council meeting to be held on October 16, 2017 where she will sign her declaration of oath.

Council would like to thank the other applicants that applied for the position and looks forward to working with Kyla and welcomes her to the Municipal team.