The big fall cleaning will be completed next week

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND – October 9, 2020 – Due to the high volume of waste, the Fall Clean-Up will continue until early next week.

Residents have surely noticed that Public Works employees our contractors have not yet visited some areas of the municipality and that bulky waste items are still at the curb. We thank the citizens for their patience and collaboration; these sectors will be completed by next Wednesday.

We would also like to express our disappointment for the inappropriate conduct of some residents towards our employees. Public Works employees and our contractors must comply with municipal guidelines which outline the volume of waste as well as the items that cannot be picked up. They deserve a courteous work environment, free of abusive language. You can view the guidelines at the following link https://www.clarence-rockland.com/index.php/en/environmental-activities

Please also note that there will be a free weekend at the municipal landfill site on October 23 and 24, 2020.

Pour information / For information

Julie Chartrand

Agente de communications

Jchartrand@clarence-rockland.com

EOHU Recommends Safer Alternatives to Celebrate Halloween This Year

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recent significant increase in case counts, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is strongly recommending that local residents avoid traditional ways of celebrating Halloween, including not trick-or-treating this year, but rather to choose safer alternatives instead. Going out trick-or-treating or handing out treats increases your family’s risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 because it exposes you to many other people.

“I understand that kids as well as many adults look forward to Halloween at this time of year, but we want everyone to remain safe,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “With COVID-19 cases on the rise, this means finding ways to celebrate that don’t increase the risk of spreading the virus.”

The EOHU is also strongly recommending the cancellation of traditional organized community/municipal Halloween events where many people gather. Gatherings, big or small, put people at higher risk of getting COVID-19. Instead, the EOHU is encouraging Halloween parties or events to be moved online, where residents can participate safely from home.

Below are some recommendations for celebrating Halloween safely this year:

  • Do not host or attend any in-person Halloween parties or gatherings with individuals outside of your immediate household. Instead, celebrate at home with the people you live with, or with your chosen social support person(s) if you live alone.
  • Launch a virtual competition with your neighbors for the best outdoor Halloween decorations.
  • Organize a virtual costume party online with friends.
  • Watch a scary movie with the people you live with or your chosen social support person(s) if you live alone. There are plenty of Halloween movies that will get you in the spirit. If the weather permits, set it up in your backyard.
  • Plan a special evening looking at the full moon. The last time there was one on October 31 was 2001.
  • Set up an at-home candy treasure hunt for your children.
  • Eat a fun and spooky meal you have made with those you live with or that chosen social support person(s) if you live alone.
  • Save the pumpkin carving for Halloween night so you have another activity to look forward to.
  • Enjoy some other fall activities that day and evening, like an outdoor corn maze or apple picking.

This year, it is strongly recommended not to trick-or-treat or hand out treats. If you do choose to trick-or treat, follow the measures below to do it more safely. Note that if the local situation changes, there is the possibility that these Halloween recommendations may change.

  • Choose a costume that allows you/your child to wear a non-medical mask. A costume mask isn’t a substitute for a face covering and shouldn’t be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe.
  • Only trick-or-treat outside. Stay in your own community, away from busy areas.
  • Go only with members of your direct household. Keep at least 2 metres distance from others.
  • Where possible, knock instead of pushing doorbells, or keep 2 metres from the door or porch and call “trick or treat”.
  • Bring hand sanitizer, and use it before handling candy, or after touching high-touch surfaces like doorbells, doors, or railings.

If you’re handing out treats, keep at least 2 metres distance from trick-or-treaters and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. Make candy bundles/bags using prepackaged (not homemade) treats. Space them out on a table or blanket outside for trick-or-treaters to take, or find other creative ways to hand out treats while maintaining a distance.

Finally, if you or your children are sick or self-isolating, don’t go out trick-or-treating and don’t hand out treats. Stay at home and turn off your porch light to discourage trick-or-treaters from coming to the door.

For more tips on how to celebrate safely, visit the EOHU’s website at www.EOHU.ca/coronavirus.

The City Tabled the 2021 Draft Budget

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND – October 20, 2020 – The City of Clarence-Rockland tabled its 2021 Draft Budget and citizens are invited to consult the document and provide comments. The Draft Budget has been uploaded to the municipal website www.clarence-rockland.com at the following link https://bit.ly/2FH4WbY.
Municipal Council will hold their budget discussions during Committee of the Whole meetings on November 3, 4 and 5, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Due to the pandemic, these meetings will be virtual via Zoom and broadcasted on Facebook Live.
 Residents will be able to participate and provide their comments/questions before 3:00 pm on October 30th, 2020:
o By sending an email at budget@clarence-rockland.com;
o By depositing a letter to the attention of Budget 2021 in the drop box located outside Client Service Centre at City Hall; or
o By contacting Client Service Centre at 613-446-6022;
 Please note that your comments/questions will be included in the agenda and will be public. Also, anonymous comments/questions will not be considered.
To make a presentation/delegation, you need to register before 3:00 pm on October 28th, 2020, by contacting the Clerk’s Office by email at administration@clarence-rockland.com or by phone at 613-446-6022 ext. 2300.
You will be able to follow the budget deliberations on Facebook Live on the Cité de / City of Clarence-Rockland page. It is important to note that comments on this platform will not be taken into consideration.
Municipal Council intends to consider the adoption of the 2021 budget on November 16th,2020. For more information, please contact the City of Clarence-Rockland’s Finance Department at budget@clarence-rockland.com.

The City Explains the Budget Process

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND – October 23, 2020 – The City of Clarence-Rockland is aware that the tabling of the draft budget prompted several comments from citizens and would like to clarify the budget process. We would also like to point out that we are proud of the citizens' interest in their municipality's budget.
Last September, Municipal Council mandated the administration to table a budget that included no more than a 2% tax increase. The draft budget proposes a tax increase of 3.99%, but it is a preliminary working document that will be discussed and debated in Committee of the Whole meetings on November 3, 4 and 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Municipal Council will be able to make changes at that time. Due to the pandemic, these meetings will be held virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live.
You are cordially invited to participate in the budget process
 Residents will be able to participate and provide their comments/questions before 3:00 pm on October 30th, 2020:
o By sending an email at budget@clarence-rockland.com;
o By depositing a letter to the attention of Budget 2021 in the drop box located outside Client Service Centre at City Hall; or
o By contacting Client Service Centre at 613-446-6022;
 Please note that your comments/questions will be included in the agenda and will be public. Also, anonymous comments/questions will not be considered.
 The draft budget is available at the following link https://bit.ly/2FH4WbY.
To make a presentation/delegation, you need to register before 3:00 pm on October 28th, 2020, by contacting the Clerk’s Office by email at administration@clarence-rockland.com or by phone at 613-446-6022 ext. 2300.
It is important to note that comments written on social media cannot be taken into consideration.
Municipal Council intends to consider the adoption of the 2021 budget on November 16th, 2020. For more information, please contact the City of Clarence-Rockland’s Finance Department at budget@clarence-rockland.com.

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