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Five month pandemic update provided to Council including services available this fall

COVID-19 updates

Kawartha Lakes – At the September 15 Council meeting, CAO Ron Taylor provided an update on how the municipality is managing the pandemic, noting the three stages of responding, recovering and resetting as the situation evolves.

Response: Kawartha Lakes continues to follow provincial direction for health and safety while steadily re-opening facilities and services

The Province has extended Emergency Orders until September 22. The municipality is in close contact with the Health Unit for guidance. Currently all COVID-19 cases in Kawartha Lakes are resolved and health partners are taking steps to be prepared in the event of a second wave.

child swim in poolServices resumed

  • All landfill and transit services
  • Lindsay Recreation Centre pool access
  • Lindsay Recreation Complex weight room and cardio suite
  • Arena Ice pads (Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Emily/Omemee and Little Britian)
  • Arena Halls (Fenelon Falls, Emily/Omemee, Little Britain and Lindsay)
  • Coboconk Service Centre
  • Library curb side pick-up service at all branches with the exception of Little Britain and Dunsford
  • Lindsay and Fenelon Falls Library branches open to limited public access

 

 

woman being served at counterServices resuming in September and October

  • Preparing for Woodville and Manvers Arenas to open in October, subject to demand
  • Most Community Halls remain closed, some with very limited access in September, pending ongoing review with volunteer management boards, staff and Health Unit
  • Logie Street Park and washrooms to open Sept 21 and ice trail later in 2020 (weather permitting)
  • Fall aquatic programming open for registration September 21
  • Omemee Service Centre targeted opening September 28
  • Library service will be operating “fine-free” effective October 1 and all branches will be offering curbside pickup
  • Provincial Offences in-person court matters remain closed until at least October 19

Administration buildings such as City Hall remain closed to the public.

Recovery: Financial recovery is being supported through cost containment, funding from other levels of government and economic stimulus.

The City is on track for a year-end “break even” budget, after facing a $5 million deficit earlier in the year. Pandemic relief through Federal-Provincial funding has been announced for more than $6.5 million. Of this funding, $1.7 million is allocated toward social services agencies and may include funding for the rebuild of the local shelter under the direction of A Place Called Home.

Mayor Letham commented, “The fact that we are looking at a balanced budget after five months of intense pandemic response is very encouraging. We need to recognize that it wasn’t easy getting to this position, and required all staff to deliver service differently with reduced resources in order to keep themselves and the public safe. Because of this, Council can discuss options for the 2021 budget to help our community recover while minimizing the strain on taxpayers.”

faces inside arrow pointing upThe Economic Recovery and Community Recovery Task Forces continue to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure recovery efforts meet the needs of the community. Follow along at www.jumpinkawarthalakes.ca.

Reset: The municipality is taking a longer term look at how services are delivered with an within the new norms.

Principles for resetting services will include innovations using technology, process improvements and synergies with other service providers. The shared service agreement for Paramedics Chief announced this week with Peterborough County is an example of such collaborations in the name of efficiency.

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