Municipality of Middlesex Centre
COVID-19 Update, April 7, 2020
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Message from the Mayor

Last week, the Provincial government held a special news conference on the current state of the COVID-19 virus and stressed the very significant impact that physical distancing and isolating behaviours have on stopping its spread. The message, that we are at a “critical” point in this journey, was clear. The announcements that followed about next steps reinforced all that we’ve been hearing about maintaining physical distance, staying home and avoiding outings unless absolutely necessary.

Among the announcements last week were stricter definitions of essential business and updates to physical distancing guidelines and enforcement options. For the municipality, one of the big impacts for residents is the closure of all recreational facilities – including all parks, playgrounds, sports fields & courts.

Over the past month we’ve all had to absorb a lot of new information. There truly is change at every level and on a scale we’ve not experienced before. We’re dealing with changes at work, with family and friends. Our regular activities and routines are anything but normal! 

I also know many of you are, or have family members who work in health care settings, seniors’ facilities or as first responders, and are worried about the health and safety of your loved ones.

Having said all this, I hear every day how people in Middlesex Centre are taking steps to stop the spread of the virus. There continue to be amazing stories of how our community is coming together to help one another at this time – but we’re not there yet! 

New cases of COVID-19 are “community” spread – and that means we have the power to stop the spread. Yes, the weather continues to get better outside and we want to get out there to do things and enjoy the sunshine but please, be part of the solution – stay home to save lives

Stay safe and be healthy,

Mayor Aina DeViet, Middlesex Centre
Updates for Middlesex Centre Residents

Please visit our website for up-to-date information on municipal services. You'll find links to social services and funding supports for residents, farmers and local businesses. You'll also find reliable COVID-19 information sources.

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Financial Relief Measures

Middlesex Centre Council and staff understand that some residents and local businesses may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you need support due to financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, please visit our website or contact the municipal office at 519-666-0190 or
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Municipal Parks Closed

All Middlesex Centre parks are closed until further notice. Playgrounds, skate parks, and sports fields and courts remain closed at this time.

This difficult decision was made in response to a number of complaints about park visitors not respecting the closure of park amenities (like tennis courts and playgrounds), letting their dogs run off leash, and ignoring the Provincial emergency directive to practice physical distancing and avoid gathering in large groups. 

Staff will be posting signs at the parks, closing parking areas where possible, and monitoring the parks regularly.
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Outdoor Fires

Currently, outdoor fires are still allowed in Middlesex Centre. However, you MUST follow the Open Air Burning rules as they apply to either recreational or agricultural fires.

To reduce the risk to our fire fighters, there will be zero tolerance for those not following the rules.
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Staying in Touch

Although the municipal office is closed, staff are working to provide as many services as possible at this time. If you have any questions about municipal services, please visit the COVID-19 page on our website or reach out to staff are available by telephone or email.
COVID-19: Farm & Business Resources & Supports

We continue to add new resources for farms & businesses affected by COVID-19, including a link to Invest in Middlesex's detailed resource guide to help businesses navigate the many supports available to them and their employees.

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2020 Property Tax Assessments On Hold

Properties were to be re-assessed by MPAC in 2020, but due to COVID-19 the Government of Ontario has put this on hold. Your assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as for 2020, unless there have been changes to your property.

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Road Closures coming to Komoka in April

Please be advised of the following road closures in Komoka, as Canadian National Rail will be repairing bridge sites: Springer Street, April 8 -15, and Delaware Street North, April 22 - 29. Work will be conducted between 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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Don't Flush It!
A reminder from our water and wastewater staff:

Don't flush personal use wipes, paper towels, or any hygiene products down your toilet. These need to be placed in the garbage.

Anything other than No. 1, No. 2 and toilet paper can lead to sewer backups and flooded basements, may damage wastewater facilities, and pollute rivers and lakes.
Easter Holiday Closure

The Middlesex Centre "office" will be closed Friday, April 10, and Monday, April 13, 2020, for the Easter holiday weekend. Waste and recycling will be collected on your regular collection day. There is no change because of the holiday.

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Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Phone: 519-666-0190