MORRIS-TURNBERRY – Councillors from Morris-Turnberry decided to hold off on reopening the municipal office for another month.
Morris-Turnberry CAO Trevor Hallam provided an update to council at their regular meeting on July 20, saying, “a lot of the restrictions that were affecting us, including, you know, two metre spacing, masking, that kind of thing are still in place.”
“We’ve been able to meet service demands quite easily accepting people by appointment,” Hallam added.
In his report to council, Hallam recommended that no changes be made at this time and that the office remain open on an appointment-only basis.
Staff are still being encouraged to work from home, when possible, to minimize contact. Active screening and attendance tracking for staff and visitors are in place.
Under phase three regulations in the province’s reopening plan, masks are still required indoors, maintaining a physical distance of two metres. If open, capacity for the office is limited to 50 per cent, which would be approximately 16 people (including staff).
Being open by appointment has served to meet the needs of ratepayers and allow for services to be offered without interruption, so there is no pressure to change how business is being conducted from a service delivery standpoint.
Discussions with other municipalities and Huron County suggest that most are not considering bringing all work back into the office and opening it to the public until the fall, which remains the recommendation.
The Bluevale Hall remains closed. While more occupants would be allowed in the facility under phase three, masking, social distancing, and increased cleaning measures would still be in place. In addition, the Bluevale Community Committee was consulted and confirmed there was no desire to open the facility to rentals at this time.
Hallam recommended that council continue with the electronic meeting format and revisit the decision later. Due to the size of council chambers, in-person meetings are unable to resume with the restrictions under phase three.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times