Message from the Mayor - May 5, 2021 (Click to view PDF)
While the warmer weather is here, and we are all looking forward to getting out and enjoying this time with family and friends, the Province COVID numbers are not currently allowing us to do this. The Municipality has unfortunately had to take steps within our community to move forward according to the regulations placed upon us. After receiving recommendations from the Community Control Group (CCG) at the April 28th, 2021 Council meeting, Council decided to cancel our annual FunFest and Sirens in the Park for the 2021 year. This recommendation stems from the unknown status of our District in the coming months, and the significant amount of planning that goes into each event. Although we are disappointed to not be able to host these events for a second consecutive year, the safety of our residents is of utmost importance to us. We are hopeful that if gathering limits are increased, we may still be able to organize the fireworks later in the summer or early fall.
On another note, we want to express our gratitude to the Sports, Recreation, Festivals and Events Community Group (commonly referred to as the Recreation Committee) and the participation of the youth, the schools and various community groups, in identifying their vision for Centennial Park. Council has decided to move forward with this project, and we are grateful to see our residents come together with Council to build a community we all want to be part of and live in.
We want to remind our residents that the annual Spring Clean-up curbside collection is set for the week of May 10-14, 2021. Details are included in the following link: https://www.mycallander.ca/en/news-alerts/show/spring-cleanup-days. Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic, large, bulky curbside pick-up will not be occurring again this year. Arrangements have been made for a drop-off on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 8:00am to 3:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 705-752-1410 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we approach Mother’s Day, we would like to remind our residents that the Callander Union Cemetery will be open. We anticipate increased attendance on holidays and want to encourage our residents to practice social distancing while on the property, and refrain from social gatherings. Please respect others that may be waiting nearby to visit their loved ones.
As a reminder, the municipal building remains open with restrictions, the public library is open via curbside pick-up/drop-off only and the Museum remains closed for the duration of the shutdown. 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-. For more information on the “Stay-at-Home Order”, including what is open and closed during this time, please click the following link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions.
Vaccines continue to be distributed in our area, and appointments can be made online. The following link details where we are at with the vaccine rollout: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.asp#Rollout.
Please continue to take part in the Recreation Committee’s weekly activity challenges for families. We are enjoying seeing the photos of our Callander families taking part in this initiative. More information can be found on the Municipality’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MunicipalityOfCallander/
On a final note, our Community Control Group continues to meet weekly to go over provincial and federal directives and their effect on the Municipality. We will continue to keep you posted as more information is provided by our local Health Unit and/or the Province.
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