Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday September 04, 2020

Fall is such a beautiful time here in our municipality. As summer comes to an end, bringing the brisk air and the reds and oranges of autumn across our rolling countryside, Meaford comes alive. Although we won’t be seeing the traditional creative scarecrows hanging from lamp posts or welcoming visitors on Station Hill park this year, you may find the odd one popping up on front lawns anxiously waiting for the party to resume next year.  The first of the apple harvests together with farmer’s fresh produce and markets abound and that fresh cooler air encourages us to get out to enjoy all our community has to offer. There are so many ways to enjoy the season while continuing to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. With school starting, many are worried that we may see another spike in cases, so it is more important than ever to continue to wash our hands frequently, practice social distancing, and wear masks inside buildings and when keeping our distance is a challenge.  Even though we have seen relatively few cases in our community, these protocols are what have kept us safe so far.

The start of September also means that traffic will be picking up along our streets in the mornings and afternoons as children make their way to and from school. Keeping our children safe is everyone’s responsibility, and we encourage drivers to obey the rules of the road. Crossing Guards will be at their posts and will be wearing masks this year. Please give them a wave to thank them and follow their directions as they work to protect our young people. It’s important that all drivers follow the speed limit, keep an eye out for student walkers, make complete stops at intersections, and follow no parking and no stopping signs that keep traffic flowing. Just like we have been doing throughout the pandemic, following the rules and working together will help keep our community safe.

As we enter the fall season, take time to visit the farmer’s markets, go for a hike to see the fall colours, and enjoy the bounty our corner of the world has to offer.

Stay well everyone.

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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