Welcome to Mayor’s Update Live! We’re here with Joe Preston – Mayor ST.Thomas Ontario right after City Council.
The vacant Council seat has now been filled. Steve Wookie has been appointed Councillor, and was sworn in tonight.
COVID-19 Update. Mayor Preston applauds St. Thomas citizens for following the regulations set out for keeping each other as safe as we can. The City has accrued a bill of $500,000 during this time of COVID-19. Mayor Preston said the City could still explore options to balance this throughout the rest of the year.
Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) are coming to Talbot Street. Mayor Joe states these are intended to keep people safe, and are becoming part of other municipalities’ downtown cores as well. The cameras are intended to monitor public spaces only.
Pop-Up Patios have been approved for the downtown; these will open up as soon as regulations allow.
The City busses will remain free at this time, likely throughout the summer months as well.
Summer blooms in the downtown may not be as big and extensive this year. The hanging baskets in the downtown will not be hung this year, because putting the baskets together cannot be done from a safe distance. The planters in the downtown and most park spaces will, however, still be planted. The extra plants are currently being sold through the phone lines at the St. Thomas Public Library – so contact them to purchase yours today! stthomaslibrary.ca for more info.
The disc golf courses have opened up – ensure you’re maintaining social distance.
The City Council voted against the opening of the The Horton Farmers Market at this time.
The City has received $1.787 million through the Social Services Relief Fund to assist people who are homeless in our community. These funds have been provided to our shelters, the YWCA, and for supporting people who are homeless in the City (ie. through the public portable washrooms in the downtown). Some of the money has also been provided to West Elgin for supports in that region.
A message about our sponsors:
Redding Designs Inc – Custom Website Design Studio – is a creative bunch of guys that are passionate about design and functionality. From start to finish your site will be developed by amazing graphic designers and programmers, ensuring that your site will be awesome! They are located at 555 Talbot Street East, Aylmer.
Streamliners Espresso Bar features world renown Las Chicas Del Café coffee and has the sweetest Baristas in town! Their 767 Talbot Street Is open again! Check out their new drink and food menu – they still have your old favourites along with some new features to dazzle your taste buds!
Hush Hair Boutique is devoted to enhancing your overall well-being through a variety of professional services offered in their unique salon environment at 399 Talbot Street. They are temporarily closed at the moment as well, but we look forward to when they re-open! Until then… Grayden is going to grow his hair out.