Councillors with the City of Kenora say despite a tough year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, municipal staff and the community as a whole still have many accomplishments to celebrate.

Councillor Mort Goss cites additional housing starts and initiatives with community partners and social supports as a few of his highlights for a tumultuous 2020.

“As we are nearing the end of a very difficult year with COVID-19, I think despite all of that, the City of Kenora has a lot to celebrate. We’ve made a lot of accomplishments this year,” said Goss, during his comments at this week’s virtual council meeting.

“Housing starts and proposed housing starts are the best in decades. We’re making great progress there. We’re chipping away at homelessness with all of our community partners.”

Housing projects in the community include 54 supportive units for seniors at the Howard Property, 30 units of supportive housing in the Evergreen area and 28 supportive units off of Highway 17, in addition to private developments in Rideout Bay and Woods Drive.

“Road and highway construction in town has been utterly fantastic. Despite a very tough year, we’ve made a lot of progress. Going forward, there’s a lot more good work in the works.”

Completed road projects in Kenora this summer include Park Street, Sixth Street North, Maple Street and Thistle Drive, with plans to continue work from the new roundabout down Park Street and onto Railway Street next summer.

“We should celebrate some of our wins this year. We had many, considering the times we’re in,” agreed Councillor Andrew Poirier, who also reminded residents to shop local over the holiday season.

“Want to remind people with the upcoming Christmas season, that we hope people will continue to support our local, small businesses, like they have throughout the year. Winnipeg’s not an option. I hope that merchants in the City of Kenora have a banner year at Christmas.”

Councillors are now over halfway though their terms after being elected back in 2018. The next municipal election is set for October of 2022.

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