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Pandemic update provided to Council

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Council chambers - distancingKawartha Lakes – At the June 23 Regular Council meeting, CAO Ron Taylor provided an update on the municipality’s response to the pandemic.

Kawartha Lakes continuing to follow provincial direction

The Province has extended emergency orders and its State of Emergency until July 15. Kawartha Lakes has been mirroring the Province and remains under a State of Emergency until at least June 30, with an extension to July 15 to be considered.

Kawartha Lakes was included among the areas permitted for Stage 2 reopening announced by the Province on June 12. The municipality is in close contact with the local Health Unit for guidance on reopening the following municipal services.

Open sign - services openServices resumed and facilities reopened:

  • Lindsay Transit services have resumed
  • All landfills are open, with the exception of the Somerville (Burnt River) landfill, set to open July 3
  • Splash pads at Garnet Graham Park (Fenelon Falls), Tommy Anderson Park (Bobcaygeon) and Elgin Park (Lindsay) and associated washrooms are opening June 26 with restrictions
  • Washroom facilities in parks and high demand areas will reopen by the end of June, with the remaining washrooms in team sport facilities by the end of July if sports teams resume
  • Lindsay Recreation Complex pools – targeting July 20 opening
  • Library Pickup Service: currently available at Lindsay and Fenelon Falls branches and will start at Kinmount and Kirkfield branches on June 25. Targeting early July for Bobcaygeon and Omemee branches to offer pickup service.
  • Expanded call centre service to the public
  • Centennial Trailer Park open with full access
  • Child care services permitted to open with restrictions. The municipality does not directly operate child care facilities, but it is the service manager for licensed child care facilities and administers subsidies to families for child care. We continue to support service providers as they work through all the requirements for reopening.

The following facilities and services remain closed/cancelled:exclamation mark - closed facilities

  • Playground and outdoor fitness equipment
  • Summer camps
  • Summer community events and gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Libraries, museums
  • Community centres
  • Arenas
  • Municipal Service Centres and administrative buildings

CAO Taylor fielded Council’s questions on future service expansions, such as when arenas might open. The most recent provincial announcement did not allow for team sports within arenas over the summer; however, fall openings are being discussed.

“We are recalling certain staff to manage the services coming online, such as splash pads, to ensure new health and safety procedures are in place. Weekly as things change, we’re monitoring health advice, watching finances, taking into account the lead time needed to recall staff and mobilize for new services. We’ve had to take a slow and steady approach, focusing on public safety first. We don’t have summer students this year and so we’re attempting to maintain facilities while limiting costs,” commented Taylor.

The municipality is actively working via its memberships in organizations such as the Association of Municipalities in Ontario (AMO) and the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC) to advocate for reliable and predictable funding for the balance of 2020 and 2021. All provinces are awaiting details on Federal government funding of $14 billion, some of which is designated to assist municipalities in core service delivery and recovery.

Staying Connected
The municipality continues to post updates to www.kawarthalakes.ca/COVID-19. Visit the webpage for the latest updates on closures, meeting cancellations and changes to services.

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