Image of Stratford Mayor Steve OgdenMayor’s Message
September 2020

What a difference a few months can make! Since the last edition of this newsletter, our world has dramatically changed, requiring a sudden refocus of our work in response to the COVID-19 reality. I want to thank everyone for doing their part by adhering to the direction of our public health officials during this time. I also want to assure you that Council and Town staff continue to work hard on your behalf every day to ensure your safety while maintaining access to Town services.

While COVID-19 efforts will remain a priority for the foreseeable future; staff, Council and I have been pressing ahead on Town projects and initiatives:

• The project to pipe wastewater to the Charlottetown Treatment Plant is on schedule and on budget. It is expected that work will be completed by early fall.
• Negotiations are underway to procure the land for the new Stratford High School and Community Campus. We hope to have news to share on this soon.
• Our new state-of-the-art Stratford Emergency Services Centre is now fully operational. Although it isn’t possible at this time to have an official opening and tour for residents, a Virtual Tour has been developed so everyone can explore the Centre using a smartphone or computer.
• We are thrilled to learn that the active transportation lane on the Hillsborough Bridge has been moved up by three years and will be completed by the Province in 2020.This will make crossing the bridge much safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
• A new access (MacKinnon Drive extension) to Glen Stewart and Stratford Elementary Schools has been constructed by the Provincial Government. This has been a very high priority of mine since I began on Council 10 years ago. It will provide better and safer access to the schools, and will stimulate development in that area of the town.

Stratford continues to grow, with many new homes being built and businesses opening. Over the longer term, we are following the Town’s Strategic Plan and the results of the latest resident survey to guide decision-making. Both documents are available on the Town website or from the Town Centre office.

As we continue to reopen cautiously and safely, I encourage everyone to Think Stratford! and support our local businesses that contribute in so many ways to our economy and community. It has been a difficult spring and summer for many enterprises and anything we can do to support them is very important.

The crisp fall air is a perfect time to get out, enjoy and explore everything our Town has to offer – the seashore, trail networks and parks – and to do so safely whether as a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian. Please remember to slow down, move over and think of others.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy autumn!

Mayor Steve Ogden