Message from CAO Rob Armstrong

Posted On Friday February 19, 2021

Happy Friday everyone! Rob Armstrong, CAO of the Municipality of Meaford here to give you another update on our Municipal operations as we work through the impacts of COVID-19 on our community. Through the Provincewide shutdown, our staff have continued working hard in the office and remotely to maintain Municipal services, and I would like to thank them for their hard work over this time. I would also like to say a special thank you to the snowplow operators, who were out in the cold and the snow before dawn earlier this week to get the roads and sidewalks cleared from Mother Nature’s onslaught. Also, to our fire personnel who were out the evening of Valentine’s Day battling a structure fire. Your hard work and dedication is very much appreciated.

As many of you know, The Grey Bruce region returned to the Yellow – Protect Zone of the Provincial Framework on Tuesday. With the end of the Provincial Shutdown order, we will be reopening the Municipal Offices to the public as of Monday, February 22. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are continuing to ask visitors to the office to wear masks and use the hand sanitizer provided. We will also be limiting the number of people in the front door to ensure physical distancing. Also a reminder that we continue to offer many online options for accessing our services or making payments, so please consider these when you consider coming to the office. The Meaford Public Library has reopened the doors to it’s new location at 11 Sykes Street, once again allowing you to browse the stacks. We will be looking at all of our other services going forward, and we will be bringing a report to council to consider those. At the moment, our Council is continuing to meet remotely, and advisory committees have been cleared to begin meeting virtually as well. Visit www.meaford.ca/openandclosed regularly for up-to-date information on municipal services and facilities.

Regarding our Municipal operations, we are proceeding as usual with the Capital projects outlined in the 2021 budget. Major projects include the rehabilitation of Sykes Street from Lombard to Collingwood Street, as well as construction of the Nelson Street Booster Pumping Station near the water tower where we will be able to provide better water pressure to the Western portion of the Municipality. We also have a number of major developments underway. Construction will be starting shortly with the long term care home, the second phase of development of the golf course, 11 townhomes behind the dairy queen, and the expansion of the Frauxmagerie. Also a number of applications are in process. You can visit our website and checkout our development status map to get up-to-date information with regard to development.

Overall it is looking like a very exciting and productive year for our community, and I look forward to continuing to work with you, our residents, as our community grows.

Stay well, stay safe, and have a great weekend.

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