Message from the Mayor – July 16, 2021
Today, we entered Stage 3 of the Reopening Plan, which means we are well on our way to normalcy. We ask that you please continue to stay tuned on provincial announcements and restrictions here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions
While we love to see the sun and warmer weather, we want to remind our residents that while out walking your pets, be aware of the temperature of the pavement, and please don’t leave them unattended in vehicles.
Vaccination clinics are ongoing, including the recent introduction of walk-in clinics. For information on availability, please visit: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-vaccine-appointments.asp#ClinicSchedule We are excited to see that nearly 60% of our adult population, within the district of Nipissing and Parry Sound, is fully vaccinated.
As for municipal buildings, the Community Centre and Bill Barber Arena continue to be booked with limited capacity, and the Callander Public Library has also opened its doors. The library begins hosting their summer programming at the picnic shelter on July 19th, from 9:30 to 12:30 from Monday to Thursday, until August 26. All are welcome to participate.
The Museum has also announced its reopening today. For those of you are looking for a local opportunity to get out of the house, the Art Gallery is introducing a new show entitled “Journeys to a Conversation with Nature” featuring the works of Carole Davidson and Sarah Carlin-Ball, beginning July 24. If interested, the Museum is encouraging visitors to book a time slot for their visits by using their online system here: https://callander-museum-alex-dufresne-gallery.square.site/ or you call them at 705-752-2282.
We heard some troubling news this week, after finding out about the death of Carol Pretty, who worked as our Museum Curator for over 19 years before retiring in 2016. She was a staple to the museum’s success, and we recognize that artists and museum guests are very much saddened by the news. We would like to send our thoughts and sympathies to her family and friends.
The Municipality has recently been informed that we were successful in our funding applications with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Municipal Modernization fund at a total of $140,000. Council will be undertaking a Service Delivery Review for our Operations Department and will be moving forward with a facilities assessment. A secondary application was also approved for operational efficiency improvements which include electronic purchase order and timecard software, along with GPS and inventory software/equipment for Operations. We are appreciative of all the support we receive from our local MPP Vic Fideli.
At a Special Meeting of Council this week, Council also gave direction to staff to apply to Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and FedNor for $1 million for infrastructure and road improvements, and streetscape and beautification elements along Lansdowne, from Main Street to the pier. It will also include some enhancements to Centennial Park, including the installation of a gazebo and boardwalk and enhancements to the splash park. As Mayor, I am very excited to see Council as a whole supporting the implementation of our Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Strategy, and staff’s participation and ongoing efforts to make these plans a reality. We should have more information regarding approvals of funding applications later this year.
As a reminder, we continue to 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- Please also note that the municipal office will be closed at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays for the duration of summer to acknowledge staff’s hard work and dedication throughout this Pandemic.
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.