We have had another week of changes in our community due to COVID-19. Most notable is the provincial order to close our outdoor recreation facilities, which include the off-leash dog park, tennis courts, Skateboard Park, beaches, and more. With the beautiful weather that is coming our way and cabin fever starting to set in, I know we will all want to be getting outdoors. These closures are in place for a reason, to keep our community healthy and safe, and I urge everyone to avoid these facilities and keep proper social distancing as you get out to enjoy the sunshine. If you see activity that concerns you, you can notify the non-emergency police line at 1-888-310-1122, or email the Municipality at bylaw@meaford.ca and they will patrol the area. 

We all must play our part! Critical staff are working hard at the frontlines in this battle to keep the shelves stocked, the hospital open, and the essential services functioning. We must make their jobs safer by maintaining a safe distance, washing our hands, staying home except for essential outings, and showing them our heartfelt appreciation. Let’s all take the time to thank those who are working to keep the wheels turning, and let’s keep the positive stories of kindness and compassion top-of-mind. Please feel free to share your stories and shout outs by visiting meaford.ca/meafordcares, and we can all help lift each other up as we face this together. 

This week I would like to give a special shout out to the first responders in our community, who spend all year keeping us safe, but who are now putting themselves and their families more at risk to help those in need. The Meaford Fire Department of volunteer firefighters continue to provide frontline response in our community that includes hours of training and preparation so that they can be there when we need them. Thank you once again to our firefighters, paramedics, and police officers; we greatly appreciate all you do to keep us safe and well. 

As we head into this beautiful weekend, I hope we can all get some fresh air and find a quiet moment of appreciation for the friendly, responsive community we live in. This is a point in time that will end and the harder all of us work now to comply with the precautions of social distancing, and hand washing, the sooner that time will come. 

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

Mayor's Message - March 27, 2020

We made the decision this week to declare a state of emergency in the Municipality of Meaford. While there is no need to panic, this situation is serious and unprecedented, and it is having a significant impact on our residents and businesses. We are committed to taking proactive measures to limit the spread of the virus and its effect on our community’s wellbeing.

We all have noted how rapidly changes are happening. We’re updated regularly by Public Health, and by the provincial and federal levels of  government. Our Emergency Control group meets several times a week and we’re staying in close contact with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Grey County, and our neighbouring municipalities as the situation progresses.

We want to help you to stay informed as well. You can find the latest news, frequently asked questions, and information on Municipal services on our website at meaford.ca/covid19.  You can also call 2-1-1, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for up-to-date information on our services, and how to access any other available community supports.

Once again I want to thank the volunteers and staff who are providing essential service to our community.  Whether they are healthcare workers, operating the water plant, stocking the grocery store, manning the food bank, or they are dealing with roads and infrastructure, they are on the front line putting their own health and that of their families at risk.  We all owe them a huge virtual hug.  A lot has changed rapidly in our community, and that can be frustrating, but I urge everyone to show these dedicated workers kindness, patience, and of course proper social distancing as they continue to offer these essential services.

If you are looking to make a difference, our Golden Town Outreach Foodbank is accepting monetary donations at canadahelps.org to help support their efforts.  If you would like to provide other assistance, please visit thedo.ca. This is a wonderful program run by the United Way of Bruce Grey, using their resources to connect willing volunteers with community members in need of assistance.

Our community is strong, resilient, and caring. We’ve seen amazing acts of kindness between friends and neighbours, and it reminds me – yet again – why I’m so proud to be a member of this wonderful community.

With the hope of Spring bringing sunshine and warm weather, I urge you all to stay concerned about this situation, but don’t be afraid.  We are all in this together, supporting each other and focusing on the health and wellbeing of our community as we continue to practice social distancing, washing our hands frequently, and staying home while connecting remotely with family, friends, and neighbours.  Stay well, physically and emotionally and know that by working  through this together, we will emerge a stronger and more united community.

 Mayor's Message - March 17, 2020
The Municipality of Meaford’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our staff. In order to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus, public health experts and the Province have emphasized the importance of practicing social distancing. We have taken the proactive measure of closing all non-essential municipal services and programs to help slow virus transmission and protect the vulnerable members of our community.

Essential services such as water and wastewater services, garbage and recycling pickup, fire services, and road services will continue to operate as usual. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we focus on supporting these critical areas, and would like to give special thanks to the staff who will be working hard to continue these operations.

This is an exceptional situation, and we have exceptional people in our community who are doing everything they can to help, including our staff and community groups. I know that our community will continue to take care of eachother – keeping the required social distancing, people will check in on vulnerable friends and neighbours, and those who have extra will share with those in need. I have already seen local businesses and community groups stepping up to help, and I know these connections will continue to build to make sure that no one is left behind.

The Municipal Emergency Control Group which includes senior staff and myself, is continuing to operate and communicate with Council, Public Health, Grey County, and upper levels of government as this situation progresses. Let me assure you that your Council is engaged and doing everything we can to keep you informed, and we’ll be ready to reconvene when possible.

We’ll be monitoring the situation closely and providing regular updates to our community, and urge everyone to stay informed and follow the best practices recommended by health agencies. We will continue to communicate openly and provide regular updates over the coming weeks. Please check our website, Meaford.ca, and social media pages for up-to-date information, and subscribe to our news feed to receive updates directly to your inbox.

Our community is strong, inclusive and resilient. We know that in this time of crisis, we will all work together to overcome this challenge, and will emerge as a more connected and caring community.

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