By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
If 2020 showed the Village of Barons anything, it was residents would do anything to keep each other safe.
“2020 was challenging, but no more than any other community. The hardest part I think would have been the lockdowns and the community having stayed inside for so long,” said Ed Weistra, mayor of Barons.
Weistra said some of the challenges they faced from the pandemic were having to run the Town Office from home and having to close facilities such as parks, playgrounds and public buildings. They also had to figure out how to carry out certain calls with the public health restrictions.
“The way we do things now has changed us all having respect and understanding each other and how we do business, simple things like buying groceries and paying bills,” said Weistra. “I believe the future looks bright now that there is a vaccine and it looks like shortly we’ll all be able to get it.”
Weistra said the pandemic showed diversity and a willingness for everyone to make necessary changes to keep everyone safe. Currently, the village is going ahead with a new project at their sewer lagoon, to install a new power generator to help protect the village from power outrages. Details on further projects planned for 2021 will be announced at a later date.