Operations Staff

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Operations Department

(705) 538-2337 / 1-800-567-0187
Fax - (705) 538-1850
General Inquiries - x. 4


Brad Sokach, Director of Operations
bsokach@gbtownship.ca
x. 230


Chris Stewart, Manager of Fleet / Mechanic
cstewart@gbtownship.ca 
x. 247

Vivian Jacques, Operations Technical Assistant
vjacques@gbtownship.ca
x. 225

Additional Staff:
Darren Demera - Operations Lead Hand
Dan Lee - Operations Lead Hand
Michael Douglas
Larry Fallon
Steve Fitchett
Perry Gendron
Ryan Leitch
Kyle Martin
Elvin Schell

The Operations Department is responsible for Roads Maintenance, Fleet Management, Facilities, and Parks and Recreation Programming.

Parks, Recreation and Facilities

This branch provides a wide variety of services to the public including recreation programming opportunities, management of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and special event management and support.

Programs / Services provided by this branch:

  • Provision of direct recreation programming opportunities for residents and non-residents including afterschool programs; summer camps; and general interest and fitness programs for, youth, adults and senior programs..
  • Management of indoor and outdoor facilities including: Baxter Ward Community Centre, MacTier Memorial Arena, MacTier Ball Field, Stewart Lake Beach and Wharf (MacTier), Gibson Lake Ball Field, 6 Mile Lake tennis courts and docking area, Port Severn Park, Schoolhouse Trail, Honey Harbour Park Landing, Bressette House, Community Services Building (including the Port Severn Library), Administration Building, MacTier Fire Hall, Port Severn Fire Hall, Honey Harbour Fire Hall, MacTier Shop, Port Severn Shop, Honey Harbour Library, MacTier Library and the MacTier Cemetery.
  • Management of water access areas including Regatta Beach on Go Home Lake, Minors Bay Wharf and parking area, Wawatausa boat launch/docks and parking, Gibson Lake boat launch/docks and parking, Kilty Bay boat launch/docks, Bloody Bay boat launch/docks and parking, and the 12 Mile Bay boat launch/wharf/docks and parking area.
  • Involvement in a number of community based special events which promote social and physical activity.
  • Plays a supportive role to large events as well as participating in the development of sport tourism.
  • Staff supports a wide variety of rental based events (private functions, hockey tournaments, etc.).
  • The Department often acts as a support organization or partner for various community organizations including sports clubs, health and wellness organizations and not-for-profit charities.

The staffing compliment consists of full-time and seasonal part-time staff along with volunteers.

Public Works

This Department ensures that the 62 kilometres of District roads and the approximate 100 kilometres of Township roads within the Township of Georgian Bay are maintained at least to the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards.

The plowing of roads is generally carried out in accordance with the classifications of roads.  Arterial roads receive preferred services at all times as they are major carriers of traffic and generally connect with other major roads.  Collector roads provide access to arterial roads.  The sanding and salting of roads are carried out to ensure roads are safe and passable. 

The department is structured in such a way that all roads should be plowed in about seven hours, with bus routes being a priority, after the snow event is over. In order to carry out its tasks, the Department maintains a fleet of vehicles as well as other heavy and light equipment including winter clearance equipment and summer maintenance equipment.

Programs / Services provided by this branch:

  • Internal maintenance and repairs of fleet vehicles.
  • Maintaining and following the Roads Needs Capital Improvement Plan (a living document allowing us to confirm priorities and tend to them as budget and grant funding permits; this document is updated regularly as priorities evolve)
  • Maintain and follow the Fleet Replacement Schedule (a living document that allows us to ensure that purchases are spread out to avoid budget spikes and is a guide based on the expected useful lives of each asset class)
  • Long-term planning, aid in preparing and administering departmental budgets, coordinating activities with other Township and governmental agencies, and overseeing divisional purchasing and personnel functions
  • Spot reconstruction of roads, sidewalks, and curbs
  • Spring clean-up, e.g., sand, sweeping, catch basin cleaning
  • Maintenance of Township signs

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