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Mayor's Message - December 2021

Winter is definitely here. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and the holiday season is around the corner. It’s a time to think about those in our community who are vulnerable and less fortunate. There are many local organizations/charities looking for donations so they can provide clothing, toys and food to those in need. Please, for those of you who can, please donate to these organizations that may give hope and a smile to a family or individual in need during the holiday season.

At a recent council meeting we had a staff report on sidewalk snow clearing. We clear about 160 km of sidewalks in Town. We clear the sidewalks in commercial and school areas, but we can’t do them all as that would be too costly to you, the taxpayers, to pick up the tab. So, to borrow a phrase from the City of Toronto, “be nice and clear you ice”, your neighbours who may be elderly will be grateful.

Speaking of ice, skating is a great form of exercise. The Town will once again (weather permitting) be making outdoor rinks. Last year we had more outdoor rinks than in previous years. Including additional neighbourhood locations where volunteers partnered with the Town. These outdoor rinks typically don’t start until January.

A special reminder to all parents, do not and I repeat, DO NOT allow your children to skate or play shinny on storm water ponds. The ice on these ponds don’t freeze to a safe thickness. Last year at this time a youngster in Milton fell through the ice on a storm water pond and drowned. We don’t want the same tragedy here.

I am very happy that our four-legged friends have an early Christmas gift. Our new leash free park (on Trafalgar Road) is now open. Judging by the wagging tails our new bark park is a resounding success!

Lastly, on behalf of Town Council and staff, I want to wish you a very happy holiday season (Merry Christmas). Please shop local and support our businesses.


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