Douro Dummer Council Meets on ZoomSince the pandemic began and a State of Emergency was declared by the Township, we’ve adapted to how business of the municipality is conducted. A big part of this was moving our Council meetings to video conference while live streaming them on YouTube. Until such time that we can gather in public again, we will continue to hold our meetings in this way. The meetings are not only live streamed but are available on the Township YouTube channel in perpetuity for residents to watch at their leisure.

At our May 5th meeting, Council passed our annual budget and the proposed work is going forward.

Council also made a decision at our May 19th meeting to resume the hiring process of a Public Works Manager to replace Harold Nelson who retired on March 31st. The process was put on hold due to COVID-19. Further, it was Council’s initial intention to hire a Temporary Manager of Public Works (instead of Permanent) so as to allow us to hire an individual with the necessary skills to assist with the ongoing gavel road troubles. For a number of reasons, I did not support hiring a Temporary Manager and my motion to hire a Permanent Manager carried. This allows us to resume previous staffing levels and ensure that we have a qualified candidate who will serve us well in the long term.

Looking ahead to our June 2nd meeting, there are a few items on the agenda including:

  • Service Delivery Review Update – this project is making great progress and will result in many suggestions that will improve the efficiencies within our operations.
  • COVID-19 Taxpayer Relief – Council will be assessing the tax deferral program put in place and evaulate its’ continuance.
  • Ice Allocation Policy – A new policy that prioritizes how ice is allocated to ensure fairness and better equity of use.
  • Temporary CAO Contract Extension – Our Temporary CAO was hired to June 30. A report is requesting the extension of this contract to December 31.

There are a number of other items on the agenda which you can download on the Township Website. Since moving to our new online agenda platform, those agendas are now available also in perpetuity to refer back to.

The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. and is available on YouTube to watch.