Brockton mayor pleased with epidemiology in Grey-Bruce

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BROCKTON – Four weeks after the return to in-person schooling, and a week after the reopening of businesses, Mayor Chris Peabody said he’s pleased.

“It’s good news,” he said.

The area has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the province. At the end of the lockdown, Kingston had a lower rate and was in the green zone. Grey-Bruce has similar or lower numbers but remains in yellow.

Peabody said local numbers would justify green. However, there are still fears that that might attract people from red zone areas.

A related piece of good news is everyone involved in long-term care – residents, front-line workers and essential caregivers – has been vaccinated.

Peabody said he’s awaiting news about people in the area who are over 80 years old getting vaccinated. Where will they go, doctors’ offices, pharmacies or vaccination hubs?

He made note of the upcoming media event (Friday) at the Hanover hub. Located in the P&H Centre, it’s capable of vaccinating 4,500 people per day. Peabody recently attended the recording of a video clip for the county at the hub that involved staff portraying people getting vaccinated.

“I hope we’ve turned the corner (with COVID-19),” he said.

The pandemic is far from the only thing on the Brockton council agenda, as the municipality moves forward with the new strategic plan. Peabody explained it will involve the key task of setting goals for the municipality.

Unlike some municipalities in neighbouring Grey County, Brockton is in good shape regarding landfills. The mayor noted there’s a study coming out next month.

Water is another matter. Some preliminary work on test wells was done in 2000-2003, said Peabody, but Walkerton’s water supply needs to be looked at. “With 500 new houses coming down the pipeline” and at the current rate of growth, that would take only about 10 years, the mayor said.

It’s a matter that will have to to be a priority for the next council, or the one after that.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times