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Are You Interested InEmployment Opportunitieswith the City of Barrie?Visit barrie.caFor information on news, events, and more visit us online at www.barrie.caUpcoming EventsBids & TendersNovember 11thContact Us Phone: (705) 726-4242 TTY: (705) 792-7910 E-mail: cityinfo@barrie.ca November 11eAudiobooks and Ebooks 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.eAudiobooks and ebooks are now available from the library website, and you can checkout, download, read and enjoy them from the comfort of your home or car. Find out whats available, how to download or transfer, and what devices are compatible. No registration required.November 15Estate Planning: Building Your Legacy 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.Your family and friends hold a special place in your heart so its important to develop your estate plan to help shape the future and ensure that your wishes remain intact.Please join Barrie lawyer Sonja Hodis and Greg Damas, a Financial Advisor. November 20Christmas Craft Show & Bake SaleAllandale Recreation Centre - Main Hall,Corner of Bayview Drive & Little Avenue,190 Bayview Drive. (705) 728-6332, E-mail: hkenehan@barrie.ca9:00 am 3:00 pm The large venue will offer lots of terrific Christmas gift ideas for the family and a tea room for refreshments.November 20 - February 6Barrie Festival of TreesCentennial Parkwww.barriefestivaloftrees.comWaterfront light display to celebrate the winter season.SESSIONS ARE DROP-IN AND FREE October 5 December 1 Circle of Readers6:30 7:30 p.m., Angus Ross Room ORWednesdays: 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m., Oro District Lions Programme RoomThis programme is aimed at building reading skills of 6 - 9 year old. Parents are reminded that they are to stay in the library while their child(ren) enjoy the programme. Please call or drop by the Childrens Information Desk at (705) 728-1010 ext. 7019 November 17 & 24Beginner Internet 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.This 2 part workshop will cover the basics of the World Wide Web and searching techniques. You must attend part 1 to attend part 2. This drop-in workshop is geared to people who do not have Internet experience. November 18Recently Separated Information Session 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.This session focuses on the initial stages of separation, including choosing a lawyer, mediator or other professional and understanding agreements, disclosure, communicating and parenting.Come hear from Barrie lawyer Katie Lloyd, Claudette Reimer from the Mediation Centre and Sharon Alderson, a Financial Divorce Specialist. November 11 - TODAYRemembrance DayMemorial Square, 10:30 am (705) 728-1412Annual parade and ceremony held to honour the sacrifices made by those in military service.November 1935th Annual Tree Lighting CeremonyMemorial Square, 5:00 - 9:00 pmSanta arrives at 6:00 pm Trees lighting and fireworks at 6:30 pm (705) 734-1414, www.downtownbarrie.caStart the holiday season with this annual tradition. Visit Santa, sing carols, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy the lighting of the tree followed by fireworks.November 2015th Annual Santa Claus ParadeCity streets (705) 721-5000,Depart from Lakeshore/Tiffinintersection at 5:00 pm sharp. www.barriechamber.com (route map)PURCHASING BRANCHBID OPPORTUNITIESDOCUMENTS are available on-line at Biddingo.com/Barrie or from the Purchasing Branch, 56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie ON during business hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. For further information please visit www.barrie.ca or by telephone (705) 739-4220 Ext 4538 or Ext 5163 or by Email at purchasing@barrie.caElectronic copies are only available through Biddingo.com/barrie. The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through Bidding.com/barrie, however a Biddingo.com fee may be applicable.REQUEST FOR QUOTATION# FIN 2010-134QFOR DESIGN-BUILD SERVICESFOR GROUNDING SYSTEM UPGRADES TO FIVE (5) SEWAGE PUMPING STATIONS AND IRRIGATION PUMPING STATIONThe City of Barrie Engineering Department, Design and Construction Branch is inviting quotations from qualified Engineering firms to evaluate existing grounding systems for five (5) City of Barrie Sewage Pumping Stations and the Irrigation Pumping Station at the Barrie Sports Complex in Midhurst and to design-build enhanced grounding systems to reduce the risk of damage to equipment and personnel from lightning surges, and transient voltages. The work includes, but is not limited to the following: evaluation and measurement of existing grounding, computer analysis of ground grid system, design and installation of new grounding electrodes, grounding bars, surge protectors and wiring as necessary, evaluation of soil resistivity, preparation of study reports and as-built reports.A non-refundable Document Fee of $100.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday November 25, 2010.PURCHASING BRANCH Electronic copies are only available through Biddingo.com/barrie. The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through Bidding.com/barrie, however a Biddingo.com fee may be applicable.THE CORPORATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY OR ALL SUBMISSIONS.REQUEST FOR QUOTATION# FIN 2010-133QSERVICE PROVIDERS FOR A TIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICESTO HANDLE THE FLEET FOR THE CITY OF BARRIE FLEET SERVICESThe intent of this Request for Quotation is to solicit information from qualified companies outlining their capabilities, qualifications, and their relevant experience for Tire Management Services to be performed for City of Barrie Fleet Services Department. A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday December 2, 2010.REQUEST FOR PRE -QUALIFICATION# FIN 2010-118PQSERVICE PROVIDERS FOR WELDING / MACHINING / MILLWRIGHT SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF BARRIEThe intent of this Request for Pre-qualification is to solicit information from qualified companies outlining their capabilities, qualifications, and their relevant experience for welding / machining / millwright services to be performed and / or provided at City of Barrie facility and site locations. The City of Barrie requires a number of qualified companies on an as required basis. The successful pre-qualified contractors will be placed on a registry, which corporate staff will use to solicit competitive quotations for specific projects and emergency services.A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday December 9. 2010 For many, the colder weather signals the time for Fall clean-up and other winter preparations. Unfortunately, raking leaves, storing outside furniture, cleaning, and renovation projects can leave you with some extra garbage and odd items. Barrie has several programs in place that will assist you with clearing out your unwanted waste while minimizing the impact on our natural environment. In addition to regular garbage and recycling collections, Barrie also offers many programs that will help take the garbage out of your fall projects and minimize the negative impact on our natural environment.Leaf and Yard WasteWith the leaves falling and the cold settling in, you'll probably have several bags of leaf and yard waste. During the fall months until the end of November, Barrie will collect leaf and yard waste at your curbside weekly. Leaves, brush, pumpkins, grass clippings, garden waste, bales of straw, tree trimmings, and Christmas trees will all be accepted. With proof of residency in Barrie, you can also bring your leaf and yard waste to Barrie's Landfill Site at no charge for loads under 100Kg (220lbs). Weightier loads are still disposable but at an extra fee. The City turns collected leaf and yard waste into compost that meets the Ministry of the Environment Standards, which is available for purchase at the Barrie Landfill Site. OrganicsDid you know you can throw in wax paper, sawdust, dryer lint, paper towels and pet hair along with your kitchen scraps in the organics bin when you are cleaning up this fall? On the other hand, leaf and yard waste, kitty litter, animal waste, diapers, baby wipes, soil, and rocks are not accepted. Household organics are taken to a specially designed processing facility where microscopic bacteria digest the blended material, resulting in rich and valuable compost. Blue And Grey Box RecyclingThis program recycles certain items into new products. Each resident should use two boxes to separate materials properly, with container products in one box and paper products in the other. Container products include spiral cardboard cans, all plastic bottles, jugs, tubs, lids, styrene trays (meat trays), aluminum trays and pie plates, and rinsed foil. Paper products include all household paper, telephone books, catalogues, magazines, boxboard, egg cartons, and cardboard. Household Hazardous or Special WasteYou can dispose of old paint, cleaners, and other hazardous products at our Household Hazardous Waste Depot located at the Barrie Landfill Site, open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program is free and covers the disposal of solvents, oils, batteries, drain and oven cleaners, pharmaceuticals, glues, and other items listed on the Barrie website. Collected residential hazardous waste is carefully packed and sent to proper facilities for recycling. Last year Barrie collected over 263,000 litres of hazardous waste for proper disposal. Bulk Item CollectionThe City of Barrie and Habitat for Humanity-Huronia ReStore have partnered to provide a bulky item collection program that picks up and disposes of larger pieces such as furniture and non-CFC appliances. This program is extended to Barrie residents only and costs $25.00 per item. You must follow the steps listed on the Barrie website to arrange for pick-up. Appliances containing CFCs such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and water coolers are not processed through the Bulk Item Program but must be decommissioned and certified CFC-free before acceptance at the landfill. Vehicle Recycling Program Residents anywhere in the Simcoe County can donate their old vehicles causing a cash donation to be directed back to their own municipality towards new trail development. Huronia Trails and Greenways is a Simcoe County volunteer organization that seeks to support trail development by arranging the disposal and recycling of parts from old vehicles. This program allows you all at once to have your old vehicle towed away for free, contribute to the development of local trails, and help the environment. You also receive a $50.00 tax receipt. The Barrie Landfill Site is located at 272 Ferndale Drive North, Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Find more details in the Waste Management section of www.barrie.ca. Helping You Clean Up This FallThe Doors Open Barrie organizing committee is looking for new sites within Barrie to be featured in 2011. The event showcases a wide variety of buildings that celebrate our heritage and culture and may not generally be open to the public. Potential sites could include private homes or businesses in heritage or significant buildings, but may also include buildings of cultural significance or of general public interest. Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide event held annually to celebrate heritage and culture and encourage tourism by allowing free access to hundreds of fascinating sites in over 40 communities across the province. Barrie will be participating for the fourth time in the Fall of 2011. Past sites have included the MacLaren Art Centre, Grey & Simcoe Foresters Museum, AIM Realty, Rogers TV, Trinity Anglican Church, Meridian Planning, and many more. The event also features historic walking tours. If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please contact the Department of Culture at (705) 739-4299 or culture@barrie.ca; or visit www.doorsopenbarrie.ca, www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.Committee Looking for New Sites to Feature in 2011 It is our honour to recognize your valour.Veterans ride Transit free of charge, with one companion, all day on Remembrance Day.November 11Just show our bus drivers anything that proves you are a veteranand you ride free. It is our small gesture of thanks for theoverwhelming sacrifice veterans made on behalf ofall Canadians.Remembrance Day Schedulefor Curbside Waste CollectionCollection will occur as usual on REMEMBRANCE DAY, Thursday, November 11, 2010 and will remain on the regular schedule throughout the week. The Landfill Site is normally closed on Sundays and Mondays and will be open regular hours on Remembrance Day. Barrie residents are reminded to have their materials at curbside by 7:00 a.m.The City of Barries leaf and yard waste collection is collected every week on your regular collection day for the month of November.For information on how to place leaf and yard waste at the curb, to ensure collection, please refer to the 2010 Community Information and Waste Reduction Calendar or visit www.barrie.ca.Materials must be placed curbside by 7 a.m on their collection day. Want More info? Please call (705) 739-4219.Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste CollectionNOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road / Highway 400Transportation Improvements Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)The Corporation of the City of Barrie hereby notifies all interested individuals and parties, that a Public Information Centre will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the City of Barrie in the Sir Robert Barrie Room located on the 2nd Floor, City Hall, 70 Collier Street, to receive comments regarding proposed alternative solutions (including the potential for a new highway crossing or highway interchange). These comments will be used to develop a Preferred Alternative Solution. The purpose of this Class EA is to: Assess the existing transportation system in and adjacent to the study area; Identify deficiencies to the existing transportation system; Identify the location, extent, and sensitivity of the existing natural, social, heritage and economic environment within the study area; Establish appropriate measures required to mitigate any adverse impacts to property and the natural, social, heritage and economic environment resulting from proposed transportation improvements; and Provide a conceptual design, cost estimates, and sequencing requirements associated with the proposed alternative design solutions.The City of Barrie is updating Phase 2 of the Schedule C project in the Municipal Class EA (October, 2000, as amended in 2007). The Corporation has retained the consulting firm Morrison Hershfield to develop/evaluate alternative solutions, recommend a Preferred Alternative Solution and document the entire Class EA planning process in a report.A copy of the draft ESR document outlining the planning, approval, problem identification, and preliminary impact assessments of the various alternatives, will also be available for review at the following locations and on line at www.barrie.ca:City of Barrie City of Barrie Barrie Public LibraryClerks Office Engineering Dept. Information Desk1st Floor City Hall 6th Floor City Hall 60 Worsley Street 70 Collier Street 70 Collier Street Copies of the Comment Sheet will also be available at the above locations and on line at www.barrie.ca to interested individuals and parties unable to attend the Public Information Centre. Comment Sheets are to be returned to the City of Barrie, Engineering Department, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 400, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4T5, to the attention of Mr. Ralph Scheunemann by Friday, December 3, 2010. Subsequent to the comments received, a recommendation of a Preferred Alternative Solution will be made to City Council.Should additional information be required, please contact Mr. Ralph Scheunemann at (705) 739-4220, Ext. 4782, E-mail: rscheunemann@barrie.ca. D. McAlpine R. W. McArthur, P. Eng.City Clerk Director of EngineeringThis Notice issued Thursday, November 11, 2010, Friday, November 12, 2010, and Saturday, November 13, 2010.Residents are reminded that from November 1 to April 15 each year, parking of a vehicle on any street or part of a street within the City of Barrie between the hours of 12 midnight and 7 a.m. is prohibited and subject to a $20.00 fine. Within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, on street parking is prohibited between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.Any vehicle found parked in contravention of By-law 2007-209 may be ticketed and/or towed.By keeping the City streets clear of vehicles during this period, you allow the City crews access to help ensure that your roadways are maintained and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street. Parking is prohibited over sidewalks and the City boulevards.NoticeOvernight ParkingRestrictionsBy-law 2007-209 This year the event is being held at Southshore Centre, located at 205 Lakeshore Drive. The evening will highlight some amazing local talent such as Hip Hop Artist LS and local band Brett Caswell and The Marquee Rose. This year will honour five outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the Barrie arts scene as well as announcing Barries first Poet Laureate! Appetizers will be served between 7 - 7:30 pm and the presentations will take place between 7:30 - 8:30 pm. All are welcome to attend and there is no cost! Want more info? Contact the Department of Culture at (705) 739-4299 or email culture@barrie.ca. Don't Miss It!Thursday, November 18th