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Clean Up Support in Kinmount Continues

In the aftermath of the F2 Tornado that hit Kinmount on Sunday, the Municipality continues to offer support in the clean up efforts.

Trent Lakes Public Works and Emergency Services responded immediately and with their participation, all of the roads were open and passable by Sunday night.

Hydro has been on site replacing hydro poles and ensuring dangerous electrical conditions have been repaired. Our public works crews can now return for additional clean up. Starting on Monday, residents will see heavy equipment and many Municipal staff on site.

At this time, we ask residents to please be aware of our workers and if possible, to stay clear of these areas.

Civic Holiday Hours

The Municipality of Trent Lakes office will be
closed on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 for the Civic Holiday.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020.

All Waste Transfer Stations will be open on the holiday Monday and operate on Sunday hours of noon to 8 p.m.

Council and Staff Wish Everyone
a Safe and Happy Civic Holiday Long Weekend!

Municipality of Trent Lakes Lifts Local State of Emergency

News Release
July 28th, 2020
For immediate release

The Municipality of Trent Lakes Lifts Local State of Emergency in line with the Province

Trent Lakes – Today the Municipality of Trent Lakes lifted the local State of Emergency that has been in place since March 24, 2020.The decision is based on the Ontario Government’s Provincial State of Emergency lapsing July 24th, 2020.
Ontario has extended emergency orders currently in force until July 29. This will ensure the Province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.
The Municipality of Trent Lakes will continue to support, educate and enforce Orders in place from the Province and the Peterborough Health Unit.
Residents are asked to continue following all health precautions and Orders, including wearing a mask or face covering as prescribed by the Peterborough Health Unit, maintaining physical distancing, practicing vigilant hand hygiene and staying home if you’re ill.
Mayor Clarkson offered the following message:
“Trent Lakes feels that the coronavirus is sufficiently under control to discontinue the declared State of Emergency. This is not to be confused with, “we no longer have concerns where this coronavirus is involved”. Far from it!
We strongly suggest everyone continue to take all recommended precautions, hand washing and social distancing as well as the Peterborough Public Heath newly legislated mandatory masks in commercial establishments. We have been very lucky here and we need to not get lazy. New outbreaks happen everywhere. Let’s be the statistic that we can brag about. Be safe and have a happy rest of the summer.
I would remiss if I didn’t compliment our excellent inside and outside staff who kept the ship operating throughout this pandemic.”

Peterborough Public Health Identifies First Lyme Disease-Positive Tick

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Peterborough

Peterborough Public Health Identifies First
Lyme Disease-Positive Tick of the Season

Residents Advised to Take Precautions and Be Tick Smart

The first Lyme disease-positive tick of the season has been identified by Peterborough Public Health.

Copy of First Lyme Disease-Positive Tick Media Release (PDF)

“The National Microbiology Laboratory confirmed that a blacklegged tick found in our area has tested positive for Lyme disease,” said Julie Ingram, Manager of Environmental Health programs. “This serves as a good reminder to be “tick smart” and take precautions when going into any wooded and grassy areas, especially those with known tick populations.”

Ingram noted that the infected tick was discovered as part of Peterborough Public Health’s recent active surveillance work conducted in Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Additional surveillance will be conducted this fall. If blacklegged ticks are identified from the same location, it will inform Public Health Ontario’s Estimated Risk Areas map.

Residents are encouraged to monitor themselves for ticks, and to use the eTick app to identify the species of tick, since only blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. The eTick app can be downloaded from and allows anyone with a smart phone to snap a photo of a tick and upload it directly to the website to receive a species identification. You can also submit a photo of the tick online, without downloading the app. Once successfully submitted, the identification results will be available within 48 hours. Real-time mapping of tick submissions is also shown on the website.

If you are unable to use the online service, you may submit a tick for testing to Peterborough Public Health. When bringing a tick to Peterborough Public Health, please be aware that only ticks found on humans will be submitted for identification and testing. Any ticks found on pets or other animals should be taken to a veterinarian.

What to do if you find a tick:
Ticks can be as small as a sesame seed and their bites are usually painless. If you do locate a tick on your body, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull the tick straight out. Removing the tick within 24 hours is key to preventing Lyme disease infection. The best and quickest way to determine if the tick is the species that carries Lyme disease is to use the eTick app or website.

Lyme disease has gained the attention of health officials because cases in Ontario are increasing. In 2019, residents submitted approximately 280 ticks to Peterborough Public Health for identification and testing. Final analysis of results from submissions later in the year are pending, however, from January to June 2019, of the twenty-three ticks that were confirmed positive for Lyme disease, five of those came from Peterborough County.

Lyme disease is a potentially serious illness and growing health risk across Ontario. It is caused by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. While not all blacklegged ticks carry Lyme disease, populations of infected blacklegged ticks are spreading throughout Ontario. Some southern areas of the geographical area serviced by Peterborough Public Health have been identified as a risk area by Public Health Ontario.

Preventing tick bites:
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid getting bitten by ticks in areas where they live, such as tall grasses and wooded habitats. Before heading out, wear long, light-coloured clothing and tuck pant legs into socks. Spray an insect repellent containing DEET on your clothes. Check for ticks when you return from the outdoors, and it’s a good idea to shower after to wash off any ticks that may be crawling on your body.

The signs of Lyme disease can be categorized in three stages. However, the first sign is usually a circular rash in the shape of a bull’s eye. Other additional symptoms include fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. For more details on precautions and symptoms of Lyme disease, please visit and search for “Lyme disease.”

For more information on tick submission or general inquiries about ticks please contact the Vector Borne Disease Program at Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000, ext. 240.


For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Local Mosquitoes

For Immediate Release
Monday, July 27, 2020, Peterborough

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Local Mosquitoes

Residents Reminded to Get Rid of Standing Water
and Avoid Mosquito Bites

Peterborough Public Health is advising the public that mosquitoes in the City of Peterborough have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The mosquitoes were trapped from July 20 to 23, 2020.

West Nile Virus Confirmed Medial Release (PDF)

This is the first positive mosquito pool found in Peterborough this year. According to Public Health Ontario, as of July 18, 2020 there were no WNV positive mosquito pools identified in the province and no human WNV cases. During the summer months and early fall, PPH sets traps weekly throughout the City and County of Peterborough to gather mosquito specimens for WNV testing.

“Now that we’ve identified mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in our area, it’s especially important that residents take care to prevent mosquito bites,” said Wanda Tonus, Public Health Inspector. “This is a good reminder for residents to get rid of any standing water in their yards and to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.”

Ms. Tonus noted that the majority of WNV cases do not show symptoms. About 20% of infected people may have a mild flu-like illness with fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph nodes or other non-specific symptoms that last several days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, or eye pain. Less than one percent of infected people will develop neuro-invasive disease, with older age groups and males disproportionately affected.

Although the risk of becoming infected is low, prevention against mosquito bites is the best protection. Individuals can protect themselves from bites in several ways:

  • Cover up when going outside between the hours of dusk and dawn. Remember to wear:
    • a long-sleeved shirt or jacket and long pants (tucked into your socks for extra protection)
    • light-coloured clothing
    • if you will be outside for a long time, wear special clothing that is designed to protect you from bugs
  • Use insect repellant containing DEET. (DEET is a powerful chemical. Always read the label directions for use. Or, ask your pharmacist for help when choosing a DEET product.)
  • Clean up:
    • once a week, get rid of standing water around your home (mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, even small amounts)
    • keep bushes and shrubs clear of overgrowth and debris (adult mosquitoes like to rest in dense shrubbery)
    • turn your compost pile often

The City of Peterborough has completed one round of larviciding catch basins within its jurisdiction and a second round is underway.

For additional information on protection measures against West Nile virus such as reducing mosquito breeding sites and the safe use of insect repellents, please visit or


For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

Revised Notice of Construction County Road 507

Revised Notice of Construction
County of Peterborough for the
Resurfacing of County Road 507

Please be advised that the resurfacing of County Road 507 within the Municipality of Trent Lakes, from Salmon Lake Road northerly for approximately 3.09 km to Haliburton Boundary which will commence the week of August 10th, 2020 with a duration of approximately four (4) weeks.

County Road 507 will remain open with temporary day time flagging operations. Please note that the above construction dates may fluctuate due to weather constraints and other factors. Every effort will be made by the County to keep the Municipality of Trent Lakes and residents informed of any significant changes.

Map showing area of proposed construction in red on County Road 507

Please circulate this notice to interested parties within your respective agencies.

We apologize for any inconvenience during the construction period and thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact the following individuals:

Ms. Kendra Reid, P.Eng.
Engineering & Design
County of Peterborough
310 Armour Road
Peterborough, ON K9H 1Y6
Phone: (705) 775-2737 x 3202
Fax: (705) 749-2551

Mr. Doug Saccoccia, P.Eng.
Assistant Manager
Engineering & Design
County of Peterborough
310 Armour Road
Peterborough, ON K9H 1Y6
Phone: (705) 775-2737 x 3201
Fax: (705) 749-2551

Reminder: One Day Only Hazardous Waste Day Drop-off

Just a reminder that Peterborough County is hosting a One Day Only Hazardous Waste collection at the Cavendish Community Centre. This is the last event this year within Trent Lakes.

This event is open to all residents in the County of Peterborough including Trent Lakes.

Saturday, July 25, 2020
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the Cavendish Community Centre.
18 Community Complex Drive, County Road 507

Please note they will be unable to empty and return gas or motor oil containers at these events.

Please follow all directions from onsite staff.

Household Hazardous Waste includes:
• Aerosols cans
• Automotive fluids
• Batteries (all kinds)
• Cleaners (all kinds)
• Fertilizers
• Fluorescent light bulbs/tubes
• Gasoline
• Glues
• Herbicides/Pesticides
• Motor oil
• Paint/Stain
• Pool chemicals
• Propane cylinders (100lb/50kg max)

Unaccepted items include:
• Explosive (including firecrackers and ammunition)
• Bio-medical waste
• Commercial hazardous waste (e.g. mechanics)
• Pharmaceuticals (Please bring all these items to a pharmacy for free safe disposal.)
• Needles (Please bring all these items to a pharmacy for free safe disposal.)

Info graphic of event

Notice: Proposed Road Naming By-law B2020-060

Take Notice that pursuant to Section 48 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, as amended, the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Trent Lakes, at its Regular Council Meeting, held on August 11, 2020 will consider a by-law to provide for the renaming of a private road for the purpose of accommodating the addition/revision of private road names within the Municipality of Trent lakes.

The proposed change is the renaming of a private road from Ossie Traynor Road to Ossie Traynor Way.

A copy of the proposed By-law is available electronically upon request.

Jessie Clark
Director of Corporate Services/Clerk
760 Peterborough County Rd 36
Trent Lakes, ON K0M 1A0
Fax:    705-738-3801

Burn Ban Lifted

The Burn Ban has been lifted for the Municipality of Trent Lakes.

You must have a valid burn permit (available on our website and the Nogies Creek Station 4. (Please see our Burn Permit page for more information.)

Burning is only permitted between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. until October 31st.
Ensure you have adequate water and do not leave your campfire unattended.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Face Coverings To Become Mandatory

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) announced on Monday (July 20) that face coverings will become mandatory for local residents in most indoor settings as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st.

Details are available on the Peterborough Public Health website at:

Mandatory Masks Directive to all Commercial Establishments (pdf)

PPH states it is committed to supporting local businesses and organizations to reopen safely. Please use the resources below available on the PPH website ( to help put these protective measures in place:

Additional workplace resources are also available on the Province’s reopening website.  Should you require further information, please contact PPH at (705) 743-1000 or online