As of January 5, Russell Township has closed town hall and its satellite offices until further notice. Appointments can still be made for in-person services, and staff are available by phone and email. Any fees can be paid online, through the bank, or by outdoor dropbox at the Town Hall at 717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun.
Indoor recreation facilities including the sports dome, arenas, and community centres, are closed to the public until further notice. Registration for recreational programs will open as usual at the end of January, and participants will be contacted by email about any changes to their program. The recreational trail and dog park remain open, but the Township asks visitors to continue respecting all applicable COVID-19 health measures. Parks and play structures are still closed for the winter until proper inspections can be completed.
St-Jean/La Croisée daycare services are closed, although the full-time preschool daycare at St-Jean remains open. Details have been sent by email to parents. The township continues to provide essential services such as water and sewer, garbage and recycling collection and road maintenance and clearing.
The St-Isidore Arena is closed for the duration as The Nation Municipality also follows the provincial government’s partial lockdown order. The closure order also applies to other indoor recreational facilities
Other municipal facilities, including the two municipal offices, are closed to public access. Residents with questions about bill payments, services, or programs can phone 613-754-5444 or email the municipal office. The municipal offices have secure lockboxes outside of their doors for dropping off bill or tax payments.
Residents are advised to check the municipal website at www.nationmun.ca for more information and updates.
Finally, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) have reinstated the Emergency Child Care program for school-aged children whose parents are healthcare and front-line workers. This decision comes in the face of schools returning to remote learning until at least January 17, barring any extensions.