A Message from City CAO Scott Sommerville
On behalf of the staff of the City of Kimberley, I would like to thank our residents for following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s health orders, and for demonstrating our ability to “flatten the curve”. For the most part, our community is abiding by the orders and our combined efforts are starting to show positive results.
For the visitors we usually see on a long weekend, we thank you for staying home and coming to visit us when it is safe to do so. We are looking forward to welcoming you back!
Our business community has been hard hit by the pandemic. Many shops have had to close their doors, many are “open but closed” and providing deliveries, and many are struggling with the pressures of staying open and providing essential goods and services to our community. Let’s support our businesses by shopping local whenever possible and by being patient with the change in how they are operating.
Now we need to double our efforts this Easter long weekend! It’s going to be difficult to be apart from our families and friends, but they are just a phone call or video chat away. We are lucky to live in Kimberley, as there is no better place for a “staycation”. It’s OK to get out for a walk and to enjoy some sunshine (Good Friday looks like your best bet!). Just practice 2m of distancing, a bit more if you are like me and huffing and puffing your way up hills after a long winter.
Keep an eye out for your neighbours, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. The City is working with local programming and volunteers to offer supports to the community. More details will be released soon.
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre is activated at Level 2: planning, communicating, shoring up essential services, and monitoring for the latest information on the pandemic.
Our City staff are dedicated to ensuring that essential City services are continuing to run as normally as possible. Potholes are being filled, streets swept, garbage collected, water flowing, and the sewage is running downhill. Many City Services are still available online, by phone or email, and by appointment. Check out www.kimberley.ca, call 250-427-5311 or email email@example.com. For the latest information and updates, you can also like our Facebook page @CityofKimberley. City Hall staff are off Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th for a much-deserved break. We continue to monitor this situation and will provide necessary updates.
Stay Calm, Stay Kind, Stay Home, and Stay Safe,
Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kimberley