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Message from the Mayor - June 18, 2021

Message from the Mayor - June 18, 2021

Message from the Mayor – June 18, 2021   (click to view PDF) 

We have now been lifted out of lockdown and moved into Stage 1 of the Reopening Plan. It has been so nice to see and hear of families and friends reuniting after such a long winter/spring. If all goes well, we should be reaching Stage 2 by early July. Please continue to stay tuned on provincial announcements and restrictions here: 

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions

We received some great news from the province this week; the Municipality was successful in obtaining $100,000 to put towards playground infrastructure at Centennial Park. The Request for Proposal is currently out, and options will be presented to Council in the coming weeks. You may have also noticed some additions to the playground, including a sun canopy and some accessible swings. It is great to see that these new items are being used heavily by our residents. We ask that you continue to abide by the social gathering restrictions imposed by the province and local health unit, and to respect others while passing by.

We have also witnessed some visual improvements throughout the Municipality with our planters out and gardens refreshed. Veteran’s Ridge specifically, is looking very nice and we are sending a big thank you to our Ops Crew, who worked tirelessly through the last heat wave to make this happen. We are so grateful for the hard-working staff.

At a special meeting on June 14, 2021, Council reviewed Callander’s Vision based on several plans and strategies that have been endorsed by Council over the last twenty years. We are excited that staff will now be taking the information to put together an Implementation Plan, to bring the Vision into fruition. If you would like more information on this, please reach out to me or any of the Councillors, or you can contact our staff at the municipal office at 705-752-1410.

I would like to thank Deputy Mayor Carr for being part of the official flag raising for Rotary Day on June 10th, to bring awareness to the Radiothon that was held to raise donations for local and area families of children with special needs. We are grateful to all of those who were able to make donations. Thank you.

As a reminder, the municipal building remains open, library is open via curbside pick-up/drop-off only and the Museum remains closed. The Art Gallery and the Gift Shop, however, are open, respecting the 15% capacity limit within the building. We request that patrons, instead of coming into the office, try to use alternative methods for municipal services as much as possible, to reduce the community exposure and non-essential visits. Some examples are provided by visiting the following link: 

https://www.mycallander.ca/en/news-alerts/show/municipal-services-update-following-stay-at-home-order-

Vaccines continue to be distributed in our area, and appointments can be made online. We are currently at a 70% vaccination rate (1st dose only). The following link details where we are at with the vaccine rollout: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.asp#Rollout.

As always, and I cannot stress this enough, continue to support our local businesses where you can and please continue to follow all safety protocols, as recommended. Stay safe.

Mayor Robb Noon

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