A message from Mayor Todd on North Perth Initiatives to Help Our Business Community
As Mayor, I want to assure you that the Municipality of North Perth is effectively responding to the challenges posed by COVID-19. We are launching specific actions to support our business community during this situation, and planning for the recovery period. We are concerned about the stresses you are facing and will face in this very atypical situation.
I want you to know that we are thinking broadly about the challenges that lie ahead for our business community. I’m a businessman too, and I am experiencing some changes even though I’m technologically well established. I find myself drawn to concerns about cash flow, contingency planning, and organizational sustainability. I believe we all need to be resilient and flexible. Please know that the Municipality of North Perth is striving to be flexible, to respond if we can to needs, and that like so many, our “traditional roles” are less important than doing what is right to help all get through this successfully. I have engaged with staff from the North Perth Chamber of Commerce and the Listowel Business Improvement Association to seek their guidance, and they have assured that their organizations are grateful and willing to be supportive in a range of ways. The changes we’ve made in municipal operations reflect advice received from the Medical Officer of Health for Perth County and the Province of Ontario. We’re looking at this COVID-19 Response period as a time that marries caution with compassion, and hope you have the commitment and flexibility to a similar posture. Our community’s greatness is our connectedness and caring.
MAYOR TODD INVITES YOU to 2 opportunities to help us keep business moving and support your circumstances.
INVITATION 1 – SHARE WITH ME!
INVITATION 2 – TALK TO ME!
Join my business community teleconference (with North Perth CAO Kriss Snell and Community Development Coordinator Kim Kowch) – Friday March 20 –
8:30 am or 1:30 pm – phone 519-418-6338 OR (toll-free) 1-855-727-6338, and when asked for a meeting code, enter 4593285.
We are planning a specific section at our website - www.northperth.ca - devoted to sharing information about business continuity in our community during our COVID-19 response period. By completing our dedicated form, we will leverage the information collected into an online business directory, and use some information for our internal monitoring of business community needs. We also believe that this is one opportunity for you to let your customers know how they can support you in these trying times – and we are likely to use this information in any discussions we have with other levels of government to support an understanding of local business needs.
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Teleconference with the Mayor and CAO
I will be holding teleconferences for businesses in our community to discuss your needs, concerns, and best ideas. While a part of the Municipality’s staff is currently working on initiatives to contain the spread potential, it is the job of the Mayor and the CAO to also watch a further horizon – namely, recovery from this period. I want to be sure to provide you with good updates about where things sit, and start collecting information about best practices, collaboration opportunities, and ideas that will support minimizing impacts of these societal changes on business. We want you all to survive this period of great change!
Please join North Perth CAO Kriss Snell, Community Development Coordinator Kim Kowch, and myself this
Friday, March 20
for up to 60 minutes, at one of the two time slots provided:
Call Option A:
8:30 am by teleconference – call 519-418-6338 OR (toll-free) 1-855-727-6338, and when asked for a meeting code, enter 4593285.
Call Option B:
1:30 pm by teleconference – call 519-418-6338 OR (toll-free) 1-855-727-6338, and when asked for a meeting code, enter 4593285.
We anticipate that some of you may appreciate ongoing teleconference support – just to talk to other business owners and professionals, and have the ear of your Municipality – so depending on response to these calls, we may set up a pattern of them for the duration of the pandemic action period.
We are here for you! These are the moments of character. I encourage kindness. Please – consider actions you might voluntarily take when witnessing hoarding behaviours, for they are quite concerning and, according to provincial officials, very unnecessary. Your availability to our community, and your grace amidst all of the stresses, will speed recovery. We will continue, collectively through our caring and thoughtful responses, to be North Perth Proud! And – in what was a succinct message I took from one wise speaker – “Wash your hands. Call your people.”
Mayor Todd Kasenberg