MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Mayor Bobbie Drew, Township of Scugog
On September 22nd, Ontario’s proof of vaccination requirement came into effect for select public settings such as restaurants, meeting and event spaces and facilities used for sports and recreation. In Scugog, all patrons 12 years and older must provide proof of vaccination along with identification on each visit. Proof of vaccination does not apply to youth 12 to 17 years old who are actively participating in organized sport (training, practices, games and competitions). Staff have worked diligently throughout the pandemic to adhere to provincial regulations and to keep our community safe. Thank you to those who are following the rules and continue to wear masks when attending our facilities, maintaining physical distance, and having your vaccination receipt and ID ready upon arrival. Thank you to those who are following the rules and treating staff with respect and kindness.
I am happy to share that on Monday, October 18th, our municipal office re-opened for in-person services. Walk-ins are welcome for services such as paying an invoice or purchasing transit passes. For other services that require meeting with staff, such as planning or a marriage license, it is preferred that you make an appointment. Please visit scugog.ca/contact or call 905-985-7346 to make an appointment. When visiting the municipal office, please use the main entrance, self-screen for symptoms, don’t attend if you are feeling unwell. Directional and health information signage are posted at our main entrance to guide you.
Council and staff are undertaking many projects and initiatives this fall that are focused on gaining your feedback and input. Thank you to those that provided comments on the 2022 budget survey as well as design ideas for new parks.
On October 18th, the Township’s Planning and Community Affairs Committee received a Port Perry Downtown Community Improvement Plan draft and invited landowners and residents to provide their comments. This Plan provides financial incentives to support heritage-sensitive property enhancements and upgrades; intensification of retail, development of mixed-use buildings; and opportunities for private sector redevelopment in the commercial corridor along Highway 7A and along Water Street. Visit the October 18th council agenda on Scugog.ca to view a copy of the plan. Comments may be submitted to staff by the first week of November.
Input from the public is very important and helps guide the way we offer services. There are many opportunities to get involved.
On Monday, October 25th, we launched a public consultation for the Scugog Corporate IT Strategy. The pandemic has highlighted the importance and convenience of technology and municipal services. Please let us know your thoughts on how we can improve our services using IT. Join the conversation, visit my.scugog.ca/IT for details.
Join us on Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual public information session regarding the Perryview Stormwater Management Pond. This pond is located on the west side of Simcoe Street between Earl Cuddie Boulevard and Greenway Boulevard. It is being cleaned out and redesigned to bring the current pond up to today’s standards and accommodate new subdivisions in the area. Should you wish to attend and participate electronically or by telephone, please contact Robin Prentice, Manager of Planning, before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27th.
On November 8th at 6:30 p.m., please join in the Draft Capital Budget Virtual Open House. Visit my.scugog.ca/budget for a link to participate and submit a question.
I wish you all a wonderful start to fall. Remember to watch for Trick-or-treaters on October 31st, and remember to turn your clocks back on November 7th to mark the end of daylight savings.