Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday September 11, 2020

For many – including me – Labour Day has marked the start of a new year – full of the energy the cooler temperatures bring and the excitement of perhaps starting something new.  This has been a short but hectic week with students of all ages heading back to the classroom, some in person and some online. It has certainly been a first week of school like no other, as we adjust to the changes and work out the kinks that come with them. But I hope all parents did feel some of their students’ excitement of reconnecting with friends, teachers and staff who are determined to do everything they can to keep our children safe and to provide a smooth return to the next chapter of our new normal.

Your Council is getting back into the swing of things as well – after our usual August shutdown, Council meetings are restarting on Monday, September 14th and will now be held in person once again. We’ve changed locations though from the Council chambers on 7th Line to Meaford Hall, which will allow for the necessary physical distancing while still meeting our technological requirements. Members of the public are welcome to attend our Council meetings in person, with a few procedural changes for contact tracing, and health and safety. We encourage you to engage in the business of the Municipality. To see agendas and minutes of upcoming meetings and for more information on how to take part, please visit Meaford.civicweb.net.

Although the number of cases locally remains low, across Ontario there has been an uptick in confirmed cases of COVID-19. As we head further into the fall season and the school year, we are once again entering uncertain territory and it is more important than ever to maintain the protocols that have kept us safe so far.  The Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arra, has extended the order recommending masks in indoor public places. Please continue to wash hands frequently, keep the 2m distance from those outside your social circle and wear masks when this is a challenge.  And let’s not forget a friendly wave, a message of thanks, a smile of gratitude behind our masks to all the front-line workers, including teachers, who play such an important role in our health and safety. 

Be kind and stay well, everyone.

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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