Spruce Grove council received a pandemic update from David Wolanski, in one of his final council duties as interim city manager. Dean Screpnek begins his new role as city manager on Jan. 18.
Wolanski shared active case counts in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County and news that Spruce Grove has now recorded two Covid-19 related deaths in the past week.
“As most people are aware, the enhanced public health measures originally put in place in mid-December, have been extended until at least Jan. 21,” said Wolanski, noting a return to class for Alberta students. “In person learning did resume for students across the province today (Jan. 11).”
In addition, Wolanski discussed regular enforcement patrols pertaining to both provincial and municipal restrictions. He noted the high compliance rate among Spruce Grove citizens, with some instances requiring education and discussion. Local citizens that do have complaints regarding violations of public health orders can report them through the Alberta Health Services website or can call 1-833-415-9179 as well as contact Spruce Grove enforcement services.
Wolanski said the Covid-19 vaccination program in Spruce Grove is now underway and is being done in phases, adding more information can be found on the Alberta Health Services website www.albertahealthservices.ca
“The emergency management agency of the city continues to meet regularly, closely monitoring everything. As a reminder the city continues to provide services to our community, even though our facilities and offices are closed to walk-in traffic,” said Wolanski. “More information can be found online at www.sprucegrove.org/covid-19 and lastly, with everything we just want to continue to support each other and to be kind.”
Council had questions regarding the update including coun. Jeff Acker’s inquiry into discussions with the Chamber of Commerce to quantify the number of businesses that have been closing down over the last several months.
Wolanski said the city does have regular discussions with the chamber through economic development staff and the recovery task force committee. They will be providing council with an update in February.
Mayor Houston asked about the number of complaints and feedback the city has received regarding Covid-19 enforcement. Wolanski noted they do have some complaints that are investigated via enforcement services as well as those where the city’s enforcement services are asked to assist with Alberta Health Services.
The mayor thanked city staff for all the work behind the scenes to keep everyone informed and updated on health measures in place.
“We recognize that we’re still in a very tough situation in Spruce Grove and this city council and our administration is working hard on everybody’s behalf to try to minimize the spread of Covid-19,” said Houston. “We’re hopefully starting to see some numbers going in the other direction in Spruce Grove. We want to continue to encourage people to practice all Alberta Health Services restrictions regulations.”