Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday October 16, 2020

We are seeing only a small increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, but enough to remind us that we are not out of the woods yet, and the need continues for all of us to adapt and be flexible. Perhaps we aren’t able to do the same things we did before COVID-19, at least not in the same ways, but I’m so impressed to learn about the creative ways folks have found to enjoy your hobbies and spend time with loved ones, while still following the recommendations from the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

The Municipality must be flexible too, as we carry on with business.  And this time of year, an important piece of work is the annual Public Engagement Budget Session coming up at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th. Usually we hold this session at Woodford Hall in the heart of Meaford’s countryside, but this year the session will be at Meaford Hall where we can accommodate the full 50 person capacity while physical distancing. This will also allow us to livestream the session as we do with our regular Council meetings. I want to thank everyone who completed the budget survey. We have received 500 responses this year, and they will be reviewed by Council to help us make our decisions. You can also take part by sending us your questions on the budget to budgets@meaford.ca, where they will be compiled and posted on our website at meaford.ca/budget2021.

Halloween is such a fun time for our youngsters – and our not-so-young as well. Costumes have been imagined since school reconvened, and it is enjoyable to welcome the little ones at the door. It hasn’t been cancelled in our area, but the Grey Bruce Health Unit has provided some recommendations to prevent virus spread while still enjoying the festivities. Consider hosting an outdoor party with spooky treats instead of going door-to-door, or organize a scavenger hunt! A good suggestion is to leave your booty untouched for 24 hours after coming home, and washing your hands or bringing hand sanitizer with you. Choose a costume that incorporates your mask, and if you do put out candy, consider setting up a table in your driveway and portioning treats out beforehand to keep that 2 metre distance.

As long as we stay flexible and open to change, we’ll continue to find creative ways to celebrate, to collaborate, and to move our community forward while staying healthy and safe.

Stay well everyone, and happy Halloween!

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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