Mayors Update – July 13th, 2020
Canada Day 2020 and Memorial Day 2020 has passed and it was truly unlike any other. Ordinarily, we would be in the final preparations for our annual Clarenville Days celebrations – a time to celebrate the wonderful town we have built to live, work and play in with our families.
But, for the past four months we have all faced challenges unlike any in our lifetime. Social isolation due to physical distancing has put a strain on our physical and mental well-being and has prevented us from enjoying our normal activities and our Town amenities. Needless to say, this has been a turbulent and chaotic time for our Town.
During this time of uncertainty, we endeavored to do everything we could to minimize impacts to our employees and disruptions to our residents. Our Council recognized the need early on for a proactive and flexible management action plan. We provided updates regularly on the latest information and safety protocols. All of our decisions, policies and procedures were based on regular consultations with public health officials.
As a Town, we are enormously grateful for the dedication and caring of our Town employees. I wish, on behalf of my fellow Councillors and the residents to Clarenville, to thank our CAO, Mr. David Harris, for his leadership and sound advice to Council during the Covid-19 upheaval. To our senior managers and all our employees, I thank you for going beyond your normal duties to ensure the continuation of all essential services to our residents.
Finally, to all our residents, I thank you for your understanding and co-operation during these uncertain times. Things are beginning to change as restrictions are slowly lifting. However, I urge you to continue to follow recommended safety practices.
As we resume our new normal, lets not forget our business community. Please help with their recovery by shopping local.
I am so proud of the way our Town has responded to this highly unusual situation we find ourselves in and especially of the care and support shown to our front-line workers. I am confident that as we move forward we will emerge even stronger and more resilient than ever.
Stay safe everyone,
Mayor Frazer Russell
Last modified: July 13, 2020