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Peabody wants to see community ‘knock down’ COVID-19 numbers

·1 min read

BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody, like his counterparts throughout Bruce County, is concerned about rising COVID-19 numbers.

“The number one cause is social gatherings with family and friends,” he said. “No one’s to blame. The virus is highly contagious, and is most contagious just before people develop symptoms.”

Peabody said it’s essential we “knock it down” in order to avoid other measures – the kind of measures we’re seeing in Toronto.

Once again, the big box stores are remaining open, while small retailers are locked down, something he, as mayor of a community with a lively downtown filled with small businesses, finds disturbing. While he doesn’t anticipate this area getting to the point where a similar lockdown is needed, people can’t let their guard down.

“I hope we get it knocked down,” he said.

There’s a lot happening at council that isn’t related to COVID-19 right now. The focus is on planning – the county’s memorandum of agreement (MOA) and Brockton’s own planning review.

The latter recommends additional staff, and he’s interested in seeing where that goes. He’d prefer to see redeployment of existing staff from areas such as tourism, which doesn’t generate a lot of money for Brockton, unlike subdivisions, which do.

Peabody noted planning is a key issue in a municipality that’s seeing millions of dollars in subdivisions being developed.

Another area of interest that’s on the council agenda is a change in provincial legislation that would require municipal officials serving on other boards to be responsible to the electorate, not the board. An example is the conservation authority.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times