Headwaters Health Care Centre – Kim Delahunt, President and CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre provided an overview of the response the hospital has made to COVID-19 as well as anticipated next steps. Ms. Delahunt also provided some key hospital updates to Council.

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey – Ruth Phillips, Manager of Economic Development, shared some of the results of the COVID Recovery Business Survey including operating capacity during the pandemic, revenue, workforce and government support. Ms. Phillips also outlined the top concerns that were cited including fear of recession, financial impact of COVID-19 and decreased consumer confidence and spending.

New Business Information Report – Council received a report on new businesses registered or established in Orangeville between May 1 and September 30, 2020. A total of 11 new businesses and two new home-based businesses were reported.

Orangeville Transit transfer point Delegations from Joe Sammut, Orangeville BIA, Terry Carter of Carter & Associates, Greg Burd, Traffic Hawk, Michael Beattie, Jesika Hughes and Sylvia Bradley were heard by Council. Questions were raised by many of the delegates about the safety of the proposed downtown location for a transit transfer point. Council voted to put the location of the transit transfer terminal on hold until a safety study is presented to Council. In April of this year, based on a recommendation by the Orangeville Transit Task Force, Council had voted to establish a transfer point for Orangeville Transit buses on both sides of Broadway between First Street and John Street.

2020 Santa Claus Parade alternative Due to Public Health restrictions around gatherings of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Holiday Lights Extravaganza is planned in lieu of the Santa Claus parade, Moonlight Magic, the Tractor Parade of Lights and the annual Town Hall Christmas tree lighting. Council approved $20,000 in funding -- a sum matched by the BIA -- and the Optimist Club also committed to contribute lights, displays and volunteers to assist in lighting up the Town, in addition to the lighting of the trees in KayCee Gardens. The downtown core will see a variety of light displays at Town Hall, Alexandra Park, the Orangeville Public Library and the Broadway medians. Additional locations will include the Alder Recreation Centre, Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre and the Visitor Information Centre. A digital (GIS) map of all locations will be available to residents and visitors to view the displays from the comfort of their own vehicles. A drive-by visit by Santa, riding on a fire truck, is also planned, with an unpublished route. When residents hear the sirens and music, they can come out and catch a glimpse of Santa as he drives by on the fire truck.

Hen Registration By-law trial program -- Council voted to bring forth a by-law to regulate the keeping of hens in the Town of Orangeville, amended by increasing the number of hens that can be kept from two to three. A public consultation process was conducted, consisting of a public meeting held on September 30, 2020 and an online survey that was available on the Town’s website from September 10-30, 2020. The three-year Hen Registration Trial Program will run until December 31, 2023.