A message from Mayor Struthers

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I would like to particularly acknowledge and thank all of the residents of Merrickville-Wolford. As a result of your commitment to self-isolating, social distancing, and washing your hands often and properly, there is no evidence of community spread in our municipality. Let’s not undo your hard work. Let’s continue to follow the advice of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and the Province of Ontario. Council and Village staff continue to monitor the pandemic and respond as necessary.

In this Notice, you will see that Council is implementing immediate financial relief to our local businesses and taking steps to support economic recovery. Council met on April 29 and approved changes to water and wastewater billing classes, late fees and penalties. Council directed staff to apply residential rates for our commercial users, reducing utility costs for our businesses. Council also extended the waiving of late fees and penalties for all Water and Wastewater System customers until July 31, 2020, however, if you are able to pay your bill, please continue to do so. This will allow us to preserve our resources for those who most need assistance.

On April 9, 2020, Council revisited the budget and reduced the 2020 tax increase to 0.44%, from the previously approved 3.13% recognizing the financial burden that is being realized as a result of COVID-19.

Reminder that audio recordings of our Council meetings are available on our website at www. merrickville-wolford.ca, to ensure our commitment to transparency during this unprecedented time. Also, should you wish to be added to our email list to be provided with Council Agendas or other public notices, please send an email request to deputyclerk@merrickville-wolford.ca.

Most importantly, please continue to stay safe and healthy!

Mayor J. Douglas Struthers

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