Champlain Township Mayor Normand Riopel recorded video messages — one in French and one in English — for residents yesterday.

A message was sent out to those who have signed up for news alerts on the Champlain Township website.

“As Mayor of Champlain Township, I would like to take this moment to congratulate all the residents of Champlain Township. I am very proud to see the collective sense of responsibility and solidarity in our beautiful community. The streets are empty; a sign that people are following the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s instructions and are staying at home. I invite you to continue to do the right thing and to remain confident.

I would also like to congratulate all those who provide essential services, whether in health care, public security, government services, grocery stores, pharmacies, and take-out restaurants. Your work is essential to the life and health of our community. Rest assured that we appreciate you and will do everything in our power to protect you.

The Regular Council meeting scheduled for April 9 will take place by videoconference and will be broadcast on our social media. We will discuss, among other things, financial measures to be put in place to help our citizens. For the moment we plan to postpone the deadline for payment of the water and sewage tax to May 29, 2020. If the situation persists, Council will look into other future due dates such as property taxes.

Here is the English video:

Due to recent Orders issued under the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Township is postponing all public meetings for planning applications. This includes the public meetings scheduled for April 9. The Township will continue to accept and review new applications; however, we are unable to make decisions on applications requiring public meetings for the time being. More information will be published online shortly in this regard.

I would like to remind you that all municipal offices, facilities and parks are closed to the public. If you have any questions, please call the Township or contact us by email. There will be someone to answer you.

In closing, I invite you to continue to apply the measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. It’s serious! We’re all in the same boat and we’re all going to get through it together.”

Voici le vidéo en français.