Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Municipal Update, August 21 2020
To help keep you informed of what is happening at Middlesex Centre, we send out regular updates on our website and Facebook and Twitter accounts, and through our e-newsletter.
Mayor's Message:
Meetings with Provincial Ministers at AMO Conference
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Hello everyone,

This past week, I attended the 2020 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference, which brings together municipal leaders, the province and a large number of public sector vendors. It was the largest virtual gathering of government leaders since the COVID-19 pandemic began!

As part of the conference, our municipality met with a number of Provincial ministers including Ministers Clark, Crawford, Hardeman, Jones, and Yurek. (We’ll be speaking with our local MPP, the Hon. Monte McNaughton, in the coming weeks.)

In our meetings, we reinforced priority issues, informed the Ministers of our accomplishments and thanked them for support of large projects.

  • The pandemic has highlighted the variability in broadband access and we were able to reinforce the gaps in our local service and the impacts of poor connectivity on access to online learning, services like health care and the ability to work remotely. 

  • We discussed infrastructure projects like ‘Old River Road’ and collaboration between the municipality and conservation authorities.

  • We also discussed the importance of strong and stable municipal services and the relationship with economic growth in the context of COVID-19.

A virtual conference is certainly different than meeting face-to-face with colleagues and ministers. On the down side, the opportunities to speak with exhibitors, make new acquaintances and re-connect with peers across the province is limited. Having said this, it also has its advantages. I’ve already listened to a number of sessions I missed while in delegation meetings, there was no time lost in getting to and from the conference, and the cost certainly is minimized!

It takes all levels of government to work together to address the challenges we as residents of Middlesex Centre and Ontario face, and I appreciate the opportunity to attend the AMO Conference to advocate for change, to inform our leaders about the issues and challenges we have, and to let others know about the great place we live in here in Middlesex Centre.

Stay well,
Aina
Mayor Aina DeViet


What’s AMO?
AMO is the association of Ontario’s 444 municipalities. As part of the association, municipalities work together to achieve shared goals and meet common challenges. Through policy development, cost-saving programs, conferences and training opportunities, AMO provides municipal officials with tools to succeed, and programs to help maximize taxpayer dollars.
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Municipal Facilities and Services Update
We have a few updates on municipal facility re-opening and news on funding to cover pandemic-related municipal costs.

  • On August 21, the YMCA re-opens their health and fitness facility at the Middlesex Centre Wellness Centre in Komoka.

  • The Municipality of Middlesex Centre will be receiving close to $400,000 from the Ontario and Federal governments' Safe Restart Agreement to offset costs experienced by the pandemic. 

  • We are accepting bookings for the Delaware Community Centre for September, with special protocols in place with respect to COVID-19. If you are interested, please contact our Facility Booking team for information. Note that other community centres remain closed at this time.

  • The municipal office remains closed for walk-in visitors, but is now open by appointment for services such as building, planning, municipal clerk (weddings, lottery licensing, etc.) and tax payments. To book an appointment, contact customer service.

Please remember to take care when out and about in our community: practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a mask in all indoor spaces that are publicly accessible.

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Middlesex Centre - Next tax instalment due August 31st

Reminder that Middlesex Centre tax bills were sent out in early August. If you didn't receive your bill, or you have questions about your bill or how to pay, please visit our website or contact the office.

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"Looking Ahead" Survey - Have your say!

Thanks to everyone who has completed the "Looking Ahead" Survey, which will help inform our new Strategic Plan, Official Plan Review and the 2021 Municipal Budget. The survey will be open for a little longer for those still wishing to provide input!

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Inter-Community Transit Service Stops in Middlesex Centre

A new, fully accessible Inter-Community Transit service connecting residents of Middlesex Centre (Komoka area) to Strathroy, Sarnia and London started August 4. Routes, pricing, and other information is available on the website.

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County of Middlesex Community Safety and Well-Being Survey
Building a Community Safety & Well-being Plan
Middlesex County is creating a community safety and well-being plan, and wants to hear from you! To learn more about the plan and how you can provide your thoughts and ideas, visit the County website.

middlesex.ca/cswb
Ticks in Middlesex County

The Middlesex-London Health Unit are reminding people to be "Tick Aware" when heading out into the great outdoors. For tips on how to protect against ticks, and what to do if you find one, please visit our website.

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To Market we Go!
Middlesex Centre's community farmers' markets are open Saturdays throughout the summer!
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Komoka Community Market

Open Saturdays 9 am to 12 noon

Location: 1 Tunks Lane, Komoka (Komoka Wellness Centre Parking Lot)

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Ilderton Farmers Market

Open Saturdays 8 am to 12 noon

Location: 13230 Ilderton Rd., Ilderton (Municipal Parking Lot on the Main Street)

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Share your Ideas, Questions & Comments

Do you have ideas, questions or comments about how Middlesex Centre is responding to the COVID-19 emergency?

You can share your thoughts on that and other municipal programs and services using our online feedback form or by contacting us by telephone or email.
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Phone: 519-666-0190