In a letter distributed last week, Leroux said bylaw officers had been “verbally attacked and degraded” as they enforced provincial rules related to the pandemic. He urged residents not to take their frustrations with the pandemic out on workers.
“Please, keep in mind, they are simply doing the job they are required to do,” he said. “Attacking the township, staff, and council does not help the situation we are all dealing with.”
Russell entered the year with the second-highest number of active COVID-19 cases in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell. At the time of writing, 45 cases were active in the township, behind the 73 cases in Clarence-Rockland. Since the pandemic began, 192 cases had been confirmed in Russell.
The township closed Town Hall to the public, as well as indoor recreation facilities until further notice as the province introduced stricter measures after Christmas. The recreational trail remained open for exercise. In-person services were available by appointment only, while payments could be made at Town Hall’s dropbox or online.
Over the duration of this pandemic, some people have looked for ‘loopholes’ as to why the rules don’t apply to them, or any reason to put themselves ahead of their neighbours,” Leroux said. “To those individuals I say this: Russell Township has the honour of being a community that cares and now, more than ever, is the time to show it.”