Traffic Flow Changes at the Recycle Depot

Public Notice

Please be advised changes have been made at the Transfer Station Recycle Depot to streamline traffic control and ensure physical distancing.

You now access the Recycle Depot through one entry/exit at the south entrance on Mellick Avenue.

There is a three (3) vehicle limit at one time in the area. You must wait for one of the three spaces to open up before approaching any of the bins. Delays and waiting periods can be expected.

You must follow physical distancing instructions to remain two (2) metres or six (6) feet away from others at all times.

Please consider using curbside recycle and waste collection service to eliminate going out to the Transfer Station.

We thank you for your continued cooperation as we continue to make changes to protect the public.

Reuse Area Temporarily Closed

Public Notice

The Re-use area at the Transfer Station is temporarily closed.  No re-use items will be accepted until further notice. This is to reduce congestion in the public areas at the Transfer Station.

The City thanks the public for their understanding during this time.


Restricted Fire Zone – Total Fire Ban Effective April 2, 2020

Public Notice

Effective Immediately (April 2, 2020) (4:00 p.m. – CST), the Chief Fire Official has declared a Restricted Fire Zone – Total Fire Ban for the City of Kenora. This ban applies to all open-air fires including, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimeneas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning that use solid fuels such as wood or charcoal.

Cooking appliances such as propane or natural gas cooking equipment and outdoor appliances with a mechanical shutoff are permitted.

Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the need for social distancing and to assist the health, safety and well-being of our firefighters, this open-air burn ban is being implemented as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain or exposure risk on our fire services at this time.

We are committed to providing and maintaining emergency response within our communities and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we cope with this uncertain and unprecedented situation.

If you have any questions, please contact Kenora Fire and Emergency Services at 807-467-2090.

“Keep Kenora Clean” Bags Available at The Transfer Station

Public Notice

Please be advised the “Keep Kenora Clean” clear bags are now available at the Transfer Station for those interested and able to clean up roadside litter. The bags can be found on the north side of the summer kiosk. There is no charge for the bags.

The clear bags are for roadside litter and debris clean up only. They cannot be used for household or personal garbage.

The bags are “City Branded” so our staff can recognize them at a glance, as well as verify the contents. City crews will collect the clear bags from the roadside and no bag tag is required. You may also call the Transfer Station to alert them that you have left the bags in a particular area.

We thank all the volunteers who take time to keep Kenora clean each year. We recognize that this year could be much different, with many in self-isolation, and there may not be the same number of volunteers picking up litter.

Please only go to the Transfer Station to pick up the clear bags if you are going out for other essential items. Remember to keep 2 metres physical distance from others when picking garbage and at the Transfer Station.



Cemetery Spring Clean-up

Public Notice
To Family and Friends of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery

Please be advised the cemetery staff have started spring clean-up of the cemetery grounds in preparation for seasonal maintenance.

Personal items will remain on graves until May 1, 2020. After May 1st, all remaining items will be removed and stored for collection until July 1st. All items not collected prior to July 1st will be discarded.

Family and friends are reminded of the following cemetery rules and regulations:

• Glass and/or ceramics are prohibited
• A maximum of three (3) solar lights are allowed per plot (this includes lights hanging from shepherds hooks)
• Artificial/silk flowers/wreaths are acceptable until May 1st. Anything collected and deemed in good condition will be stored by Cemetery Staff until July 1st.
• Saddle wreaths must follow the season ( i.e. no Christmas decorations in the summer)
• No wreaths other than the allowable saddle wreaths will be fastened to a monument after May 31st
• A maximum of two (2) shepherds hooks for hanging of contents are allowable as long as they are not greater than the monument

The City of Kenora thanks the public for their cooperation and understanding as cemetery groundskeeping begins.

City of Kenora Closes All Outdoor Recreation Facilities

City of Kenora Media Release

On March 23rd, the City of Kenora was proactive in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by closing all playgrounds.

On March 31st, the Ontario Government ordered the closure of all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario. The following recreational facilities within the City of Kenora will be closed until further notice:

• ALL playgrounds, including schools
• sports fields, including all baseball diamonds
• basketball and tennis courts
• off-leash dog parks
• beaches and beach volleyball courts
• both Kenora & Keewatin skateboard parks
• picnic areas
• outdoor community gardens
• park and beach shelters
• outdoor exercise equipment (Garrow Park outdoor fitness equipment)
• condo parks and gardens
• pickleball courts
• other outdoor recreational amenities

While local trails and greenspaces are not included in the closures and will remain open, people must keep a safe physical distance of 2 metres apart from each other. When you meet someone else on a trail, or public space area, please ensure you position yourself at least 2 metres from that person to exercise the safe required distances.

“We recognize that this decision affects residents deeply as spring is upon us and everyone wants to get outside and be active. It is a critical time and we need to recognize the importance of these measures to keep people safe. Gathering in public spaces where there potentially could be more than five people at a time, is simply irresponsible during this critical time. Being active in your own yard or other outdoor space where you may not encounter others is the safest practice” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.

As the City continues to take actions to minimize the spread of COVID-19, by closing municipal public buildings and declaring a state of emergency, residents must take responsibility to follow the advice of health experts on the best ways to stop the virus. We know that staying home as much as possible and maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres from others are important behaviours as we fight to keep our community healthy.

Transfer Station Extends Sunday Hours Effective April 5, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that the Transfer Station will be open extended hours from 8:30  a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays beginning April 5, 2020 to reduce congestion at the site.

The public is reminded that while at the facility, you must respect others by keeping the 2 metres physical distance at all times.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation and patience during this challenging time.

Matheson Street Bridge Closure March 31 – April 1, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised the Matheson Street Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st and reopening on Wednesday, April 1st at 10 p.m.

Bus Stops #2, 3, 4, 5 on the Pinecrest Route will be unavailable during this time also.

One sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.

The bridge works are weather dependent and may change if necessary.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Playgrounds Close Due to COVID-19 March 23, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all playgrounds will be closed until further notice.

As circumstances change, these closures will be reviewed and amended accordingly.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Load Restriction on Local Roads Effective March 20, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm (noon), reduced load restrictions will be in effect as per the City of Kenora By-law 155-2008 and the Highway Traffic Act R.S.O. 1990, c. H. 8, Section 122. This restriction is necessary to protect highways, streets, and roads from damage during mild, wet spring conditions. Signs are posted on each of the impacted roads to notify motorists of the restriction.

The following roads are subject to the spring load restriction:

Anderson Road East Melick Road Mark’s Lane Snow Drive
Ascough Road Essex Road Matheson Bay Road Strecker Road
Austin Lake Road Gauthier Road Miller Rapids Road Sunnyside Road
Beauty Bay Road Gay Street Mt. Evergreen Road Tallieu Road
Beggs Road Gerald Street McKenzie Portage Road Tetroe Road
Beryl Winder Road Golf Course Road Ninth Street North

(from 19th Ave N. to Airport Road)

Transmitter Road
Bodgen Road Gould Road Parmeter Road Treadway Drive
Bruckenburger Road Haney Drive Peterson Road Valley Drive

(from Rabbit Lake

Road to Airport Road)

Carlton Road Hilly Lake Road Rabbit Lake Road Villeneuve Road
Clarence Street Homestake Road Radcliffe Drive Villeneuve Road North
Coker Road James Road Rat Portage Road Villeneuve Road South
Darlington Drive Johnson Road Ricky Street West Bay Road
Dennis Street Jones Road

(from Hwy 17E

To Homestake Road)

Ritchie Road Whitehead Road
Devlin Drive Kinger Road Schnarr Lake Road Worona Road
Donbrock Drive Kitt Road School Road Zimmerman Road
Duffus Road Lawton Drive Sinclair Road

Water Dispensing Stations March 16

Public Notice

Please be advised while City Hall is closed to the public, adjustments have been made at both Crawford Road and Brinkman Road Water Dispensing Stations to allow customers to access water without interruption.

The water rate has been adjusted to $0.01 per cubic meter to allow customers to continue using current water cards without having to attend City Hall to reload.

If you experience troubles at the water stations, please contact Biman Paudel, Water and Wastewater Division Lead, at 807-467-2296.

If your water card balance reaches zero during this time, please contact Customer Service at 807-467-2000.

Thank you for your patience.

Water Dispensing Stations