Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday September 18, 2020

As the summer season slips away displaying more brilliant colours, with the scent of apples in the air and a cool, crisp hint of what’s to come, this was the time to think about the family and community traditions that have always been such a part of the excitement of Fall. There are so many questions still in the air, and with another spike in Covid cases across the province we wonder if we will be trick-or-treating this Halloween, or bringing the extended family together for Thanksgiving. While many things are still unknown, what we do know is that our best chances of getting back to the pre-COVID normal and keeping our community safe, is to wash our hands, wear masks, and practice physical distancing. We must be ready to adapt to changing conditions, and to follow the directions of the Public Health Unit as they adjust to our community’s needs.

This also is the time for your Council and staff to begin the 2021 Municipal budget process. Staff in each department have already begun the painstaking job of determining how the annual increase to fixed costs could be met, and now Council must decide how your property tax dollars are spent. At our meeting on September 14th, we provided direction to staff through the Budget Framework to include in the draft budget a 1% increase each for roads, bridges, and a staff cost of living adjustment, as well as a .5% increase for facilities. No enhancements to the budget from staff are proposed, except to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, and we will consider using any new revenue from assessment growth to offset property tax increases. Your feedback is essential to this budget process, so that the tough decisions Council must make will be based on the priorities of our community. You can take our online survey to share your thoughts by visiting, and joining us at a public engagement session at Woodford Hall at 6:30 p.m. on October 28th. I encourage you to get involved - have your say on how your tax dollars are spent.

It is safe to say that our pandemic experience is not over yet; but we have learned how to adapt, how to stay in touch with loved ones, how to make the best of this situation!  Armed with the resiliency, the adaptability and perserverance this experience has produced I know that together, we can weather whatever the future brings. In the meantime, I urge you to take the time to enjoy the present, to take good care of your physical and mental health, and each other. A brisk walk or hike in the crisp air and sunshine, a visit to local shops, the museum, the Farmer’s market – all beckon us to enjoy this season of plenty. Remember your masks, handwashing, keeping your distance while you offer a friendly wave to neighbours, and to our so important front-line workers. 

Stay well, everyone.

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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