Home | Accessibility | Staff Directory  
Print this page click to make the content text on the page larger click to make the content text on the page larger click to make the content text on the page smaller

Office of the Mayor

 

Landline Number: 519-599-3131 x.400

Cell Phone Number: 519-375-1775

Email Address: mayor@thebluemountains.ca

 

Dear Citizens,

Our Town is faced with an unprecedented challenge as we face down the coronavirus disease 2019 “COVID-19” pandemic.  To date, we have seen very few cases in our area with 40 cases in Grey and Bruce Counties, 10 of whom have recovered, and 9 in Collingwood/Clearview Township, 5 of whom have recovered.  Given the extremely limited amount of testing (only slightly more than 500 tests in all of Grey Bruce), this does not mean it isn’t here.  It likely is.  COVID-19 is an extremely secretive, very contagious disease.  A person can have COVID-19 and be contagious while not having any symptoms.  The consequences when it spreads through a community are catastrophic. One only needs to look at what is happening in New York, Italy and Spain.

Therefore, even though we have very few identified cases in our area, we must be vigilant and not allow it to spread throughout our Town. The COVID -19 virus cannot spread unless we spread it ourselves by carrying it from person to person. It is extremely important that everyone follows the physical  distancing and self-isolation guidelines, as well as the orders issued by the provincial and federal government.  The battle to keep COVID-19 from spreading through our community is one we must all contribute too. If we all do our part, we can stop this thing.

We have a truly exceptional community, which has come together like never before in fighting COVID-19. People are volunteering with food delivery, sanitizing shopping carts at Foodland and respecting Foodland’s request to limit the number of shoppers to one per family. Most people are also observing the social distancing and other advice and orders issued by the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Unfortunately, very few people have decided to ignore these orders. This is reckless and irresponsible behaviour, which puts the safety of our community at risk. One person acting irresponsibly could spread COVID-19 throughout our community.

Provincial offences officers and municipal law enforcement officers are now authorized to enforce all emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

Any residents who are aware of a violation of any Emergency Orders should contact The Town By-Law Department by calling 1-519-599-3131 ext. 249. We all have a duty to protect our Town from the spread of COVID-19.

Details of the provincial orders can be found at: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-emergency-declaration-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

The Town has taken a number of steps to sustain its essential operations and mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on our citizens and businesses. 

  • The Town declared a State of Emergency which provides the Town with all options available to protect the health and safety of individuals and families living in the Town, facilitates access to supplies and services and may provide access to Provincial and Federal funding should it become available.
  • A comprehensive review of all essential Town services has been completed to ensure the continued and safe operation of services.

Continuity and redundancy plans for Town services have been reviewed and completed

  • All municipal facilities have been closed to the public to encourage social distancing
  • Town staff are working and ready to help through email through the Towns Website  at www.thebluemountains.ca or by phone at 519-599-3131
  • Council continues to operate by having virtual meetings, which are live-streamed to the Town website.
  • Public participation remains available by submitting your comments to the Town Clerk prior to Council meetings.
  • Residential and commercial property taxes and utility payments have been deferred until June 30, 2020. This is an interim measure, and additional deferrals may be considered by Council.
  • Established a Community Recovery Task Force to lead the recovery efforts related to COVID-19
  • Allocated available staff resources to assist local businesses with deliveries at Goldsmiths Orchard Market

Further details on the above initiatives and other COVID-19 information can be found on COVID-19 page on the Town’s website: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

I recognize that battle against COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and is difficult, both emotionally and financially. So far, we have all pulled together and succeeded, and I have every confidence we will continue to do so.  A big thank you to all of our First Responders, Volunteers, and all who have done their part in the fight to keep COVID-19 from spreading in our community. Success will require a diligent effort from all of us working together. We have a truly exceptional community. Let’s keep pulling together and stay safe.

If you require assistance or for more information please contact the Town at 519-599-3131 or by visiting www.thebluemountains.ca

Mayor Alar Soever

The Mayor, on behalf of Council, offers letters of congratulations to residents celebrating milestone birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

If you would like the Mayor to provide a congratulatory letter, please fill out this Form - Receive a Letter or Certificate from the Mayor and contact the Clerk's Office.

The Mayor, on behalf of Council, offers letters of congratulations to businesses celebrating milestones in the community. 

If you would like the Mayor to provide a congratulatory letter, please fill out this Form - Celebrate a Business Milestone and contact the Clerk's Office.