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Community Gardens are Essential

Saturday, April 25 the list of essential services was expanded to include community gardens!  I am so glad this decision was made now as it is time for those who use the community gardens to be accessing them.  The community gardens were originally included with  the closure of other outdoor municipal amenities such as sports fields, dog parks, playground structures. But, the community gardens are not a recreational amenity; rather, they are a source of food;  produce from community gardens is both a food source for the individual gardener & his/her family and for food banks.  Like other essential businesses and services operating through the pandemic gardeners in the community gardens will need to maintain social distancing along with implementing procedures re: sanitizing tools etc.  As King has two community gardens, the King City Community Garden and the Schomberg Community Farm, King Township Staff will be providing specific guidelines to ensure safety for both the gardeners and the community.

 

 

 

Virtual Council Meeting

Monday May 4 there will be a virtual council meeting. Agenda will be posted, as is usual, on the preceding Thursday (April 30).  This is the first time for a virtual council meeting in King.  For any council to run their meeting virtually requires new procedures; for those like King with inconsistent internet capacity across the Township there is the additional IT technical challenge.  Public will not be able to attend but can watch it as it will be live streamed. If member of the public wants to express a point of view about any of the agenda items, they can send an email to [email protected] by noon of May 4; clerk will then distribute it to all members of Council prior to the meeting.  For more information see the FAQ (frequently asked questions) prepared by the Clerk; also, feel free to contact me.

Staying Current

Remember to check the King’s COVID-19 info hub regularly for updates about services and links to all the special pages such as SHOPKING , resources for businesses, resources for seniors and for youth.

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Construction During COVID-19

For summary of how the Ontario Emergency Legislation impacts Building construction see this page on impacted services in King and scroll down to Building section.  As reviewed some projects may continue; if you are concerned about a project underway you can contact the Building Division permit administrators; contact details are provided here.

Some road projects are also allowed to continue.  As evident in King City the installation of new sidewalks and curb along north side of King Road/east of Keele is proceeding.  Given that traffic is less right now this is very good timing!

Friday, April 17 7PM till Saturday, April 18 7PM King Road will be closed between Weston Road to Hwy 400 to allow for a culvert replacement.

Green Building Standards

A draft of green development standards has been posted on [email protected].  This follows on a proposal made to Council several months ago; at that meeting Council endorsed the principle of developing the standards and provided comments on the draft presented.  As I have commented earlier I am very supportive of developing these standards.  At this time we do not have legislative authority to demand anything greater that Ontario Building Code; however, this gives us a framework for identifying what we want to see in new developments.  Given that emissions from buildings are the second  highest source we need to have buildings built in a more sustainable manner than previous. I encourage you to review the standards. Just reading it is an education…seeing all the different ways that a development impacts the environment.