NOTICE – December 3, 2021
Permission has been granted under our Transient Trader By-Law for Plan International to be in Petrolia this weekend. They are a registered charitable organization, as approved by the Federal Government. All canvassers will have ID badges visible.
Petrolia Surprise Boxes Return – Don’t Miss Out!
The Town of Petrolia and the Petrolia Volunteer Business Group want you to have the chance to take home a” Petrolia in a Box” Surprise Box this holiday!
The extremely limited number of boxes are on sale now by calling the Municipal Office with a credit card, or by visiting Town Hall in person! The cost for each box is only $50 plus HST and each box is worth more than $150! One lucky buyer will receive an added surprise – 2 tickets to a show at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia for the 2022 season – a $100 value!
All items in the box are from Petrolia merchants. Last year the boxes were a huge success selling out the day they went on sale, so do not delay should you want to take one home or buy one for a gift.
All boxes can be picked up starting December 15, 2021, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Town of Petrolia Municipal Office.
Summary Report Regarding Council/Staff Relations Special Meeting of Council
On Monday, November 22, 2021, the Council of the Town of Petrolia had the opportunity to speak with Mr. John Fleming, Independent Investigator regarding a Council/Staff relations concern. As outlined in the rise and report, and under parameters established by the Municipal Freedom of Information, Privacy and Protection Act, the summary of Mr. Fleming’s report is available here: John Fleming Report – Public Summary.
Mayor R. Brad Loosley has followed the recommendations of the report and has taken appropriate actions with Council. Integrity Commissioner, John Mascarin, of Aird and Berlis will host an Education Session for Council on Monday, December 13, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. electronically via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public, and the link and other details will be available online at https://petrolia.civicweb.net/portal/ 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer, Rick Charlebois has taken the actions identified in the recommendations of the report, and in addition to the annual staff training programs, has led in-depth training sessions with staff that offered a great deal of focus on policies and procedures as they pertain to personnel policies and to workplace safety. A thorough review of job descriptions for key positions is currently underway.
Mayor R. Brad Loosley and Chief Administrative Officer Rick Charlebois have full confidence that, moving forward, Council and staff will continue to work together to ensure the very best for the residents of Petrolia.
Successful Budget Deliberations in Petrolia – 2.0% Municipal Tax Rate Increase Proposed
Petrolia Town Council deliberated the draft 2022 municipal budget today. The proposed budget would see a proposed 2.0% increase to the Municipal tax rate, with a 2.5% increase in sewer costs, and a 2.5% increase to water rates.
This proposed 2.0% increase reflects increased spending of 0.96% by Town of Petrolia administration in 2022. With a majority of this proposed increased spending reflecting increased Ontario Provincial Police costs and higher insurance rates for the municipality.
The session concluded with Council providing direction to staff to amend the 2022 draft budget to reflect the following:
- Council directed the Clerk to send a letter to Enniskillen Township requesting that their support of Hillsdale Cemetery increase from $7500 to $10,000 for 2022.
- That staff use the working capital reserve to reduce the proposed Municipal Tax Rate increase to 2.0% down from the proposed 2.5%.
Following the approval of the draft 2022 Budget, staff plan to proceed with several capital projects including:
- The reconstruction of Derby Street, Mutual Street, Third Street and Valentina Street.
- The installation of a new Town entrance sign South of Petrolia on Oil Heritage Road
- New solar lighting in Bridgeview Park
- Road resurfacing, and partial resurfacing of Pearl Street, England Avenue and Glenview Avenue.
- A splash pad, sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Petrolia and Area that will be financed up front by the Town and repaid by the Club.
- Parents-4-Parks would see the final funds needed to proceed with park equipment installation in Greenwood Park.
Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer, Rick Charlebois said, “Council reviewed the draft 2022 budget with staff, and I am very pleased with the process and what was accomplished for the future of Petrolia. Staff spend many hours preparing their best advice for Council, and I would like to thank them for their expertise.”
Mayor R. Brad Loosley was, “…pleased with the detailed information that staff prepared for Council’s consideration.” Mayor Loosley added, “I would like to thank Rick and his team for this comprehensive draft budget, and I would like to thank Council for their feedback and participation in the review process.”
A Public Budget Meeting is planned for Monday, November 8, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. via electronic meeting, where all are welcome. The Public Meeting will feature a presentation by Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer Rick Charlebois. Staff plan to bring the proposed 2022 budget to Council on December 13, 2021.
The Petrolia Community Fund is pleased to announce that the annual Petrolia Micro Grant Applications are now available! Please note the deadline of November 30.
To apply: 2021-PCF-Grant-Application
PETROLIA SET TO WELCOME SANTA CLAUS TO TOWN WITH CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, A PARADE, AND A CHANCE TO MEET HIM AT THE PETROLIA YMCA!
It’s about to look a lot like Christmas in Petrolia!
After careful consideration and discussions with our community partners, we are pleased to announce the following activities:
Christmas in the Park will take place in Victoria Park, Petrolia on Friday, December 3, 2021. We are excited to welcome our Service Clubs, and Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department as they all prepare to share some sweet treats with attendees! Families are asked to visit each group for a special Christmas treat starting at 5:00 p.m. The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club Angel Tree names, and the Angel Tree will be visible in the Park, and names will be read by Club members. At 6:00 p.m. Mayor R. Brad Loosley will have the important job of lighting up the Park and kicking off Christmas in Petrolia! We are pleased to welcome the New Life Assembly Band for your enjoyment.
For the safety of all participants, families are reminded to please maintain appropriate distance from other families, and to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
The annual Chili Cook Off has been postponed until 2022 in observation of the importance for residents to maintain physical distance, service clubs to maintain physical distance when they would be preparing the chili and to actively encourage residents to enjoy a takeout meal from a Petrolia restaurant to show them support.
In place of the traditional wagon rides and live nativity scene, and roasted marshmallows, residents and business owners are asked to submit their address to be included on the “Magical Tour of Lights” a driving map of Christmas light and decorations throughout Petrolia from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021. To participate, Petrolia residents and business owners simply need to submit their address to email@example.com and ensure that their home or business is decorated and that the lights are on for the tour. The map will be made available in the week leading up to the event.
“…As we move forward from the gathering limits and other restrictions, we felt that it was important to provide a family-friendly option once again that would usher in the Christmas season and bring back the tradition of the lighting of the lights in Victoria Park and see the return of Santa Claus to Petrolia.” Said Dave Menzies, Director of Community Services and Facilities.
Saturday, December 4, will mark Petrolia’s first Outdoor Christmas Market, taking place at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market site from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a variety of vendors and light refreshments available for purchase.
“Following the huge success of the Tuesday Evening Market this Summer it seemed like an obvious addition to our events for 2021.” Said, Marketing and Events Associate, Thera Wagner. “This year has been all about getting people out of their homes, safely, and offering outdoor opportunities to bring the community together as health guidelines have allowed. We have a full roster of vendors already, and have a waiting list as well, so visitors can expect a full Market.”
“Shop Like Santa”, all day Saturday, December 4, Downtown Petrolia welcomes shoppers to participate in a Christmas-themed shopping event and a chance to win Petrolia Bucks! For more details on this event please watch for a detailed announcement, coming soon.
Santa Claus is indeed coming to town! The Petrolia Christmas Parade will return for 2021 in all its colourful, festive, joyful, and whimsical glory! The Community Services Advisory Committee and events team are pleased to announce that Petrolia’s “All the Colours of Christmas” Parade will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. downtown Petrolia.
Parade organizers have developed appropriate safety protocols for parade participants and ask that those attending the parade do their part to help with following the guidelines. Prior to the parade, an online sign in portal will be available for contact tracing attendees. QR codes will be placed around the parade route so that you can check in also. One check-in per family is all that is required. Attendees are asked to stay in their family group, and to wear a mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from other families.
Details of the parade route will be available shortly.
The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club along with the Petrolia Camera Club have confirmed that Santa Claus will be making an appearance at “The Centre” (The Petrolia YMCA). Santa felt that he can easily socially distance with those wishing for a photo this year by offering to greet them, and pose in the same photo, but six feet or more apart. Through the magic of photography, the photo will be well-staged and printed onsite so that families may take home a memory of their visit. Several volunteers will be present to ensure that physical distancing requirements are met and exceeded. Those 12 years or older, entering the Petrolia YMCA must show proof of vaccination per Provincial regulations.
If you are wondering how Santa Claus will get your Christmas Letters and Wish Lists this year, he has advised the Town Hall that he will be responding to e-mails and letters. He has asked that e-mails be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will reply. Alternatively, Letters to Santa can be dropped off in the special mailbox at the Santa at The Centre (Petrolia YMCA) event.
This event will start immediately following the parade. Participants are reminded that masks must be worn while inside the Petrolia YMCA until requested to remove them for the photos.
Should you go:
5:00 p.m. – Victoria Park – Service Club Treats, Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Angel Tree, and Christmas music in the Park
6:00 p.m. – Victoria Park – Lighting of the Lights
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Around Petrolia – Magical Tour of Lights – maps available December 1
Saturday, December 4, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 396 Fletcher Street, Behind the Library – Petrolia’s First Outdoor Christmas Market
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.* – Downtown Petrolia – “Shop Like Santa” Christmas Shopping Event (hours vary based on each business)
2:00 p.m. – Downtown Petrolia – Santa Claus Parade “All the Colours of Christmas”
Following the Parade – Petrolia YMCA – Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club hosts “Santa at The Centre (Petrolia YMCA)”
E-mails and letters to Santa will be accepted until December 15, 2021, and all letters with an e-mail address or return address will receive replies.
PARADE REGISTRATION FORMS: 2021-Fillable Parade registration
Greenwood Recreation Programming Update – Family Skating Opportunities
Petrolia – The Town of Petrolia is pleased to announce the return of Family Skating Opportunities at Greenwood Recreation Centre in Petrolia.
|Learn to Skate (Formerly Moms Pops & Tots) Starts Oct 14||Tots defined as 11 and underNo sticks permitted, skate aids are availableCSA approved helmets are mandatory for all skaters 6 and under and strongly recommended for all skatersStrollers are permittedMaximum participants on ice: 70Masks are mandatory for ages 2 and up||Mondays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|Adult Skate Starts Oct 14||17 years and olderNo SticksCSA approved helmets are strongly recommendedMaximum participants on ice: 70Masks are mandatory||Mondays & Thursdays 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|Learn to Play Starts Oct 15||Children 11 and under with parent or providerSticks and pucks permittedNo aggressive playCSA approved helmet, and gloves are mandatory at a minimumMaximum participants on ice: 70||Fridays 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|Public Skating Starts Oct 10||All participants 11 and under need to be accompanied by a responsible guardianMasks are mandatory for ages 2 and upCSA approved helmets are mandatory for all skaters 11 and under and strongly recommended for all skatersNo sticks permittedStrollers are permittedMaximum participants on ice: 70||Sundays 1:50 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.|
All Greenwood Recreation Centre Covid-19 safety measures will be enforced.
Key Points for participants:
- All patrons 12 years of age and older are required to be fully vaccinated
- All COVID-19 safety protocols are still in place and must be adhered to
- Masks are mandatory for all Town of Petrolia operated arena activities unless otherwise posted in the guidelines
- Children 11 years of age and under must always be under adult supervision
- Carrying an infant on the ice is not permitted
- Use of cell phones and or headphones while on the ice is not permitted
- Skaters are requested to not sit on the boards or in the players benches
- Figure skating is not permitted
- Those displaying unsafe or inappropriate behaviour on or off the ice will be asked to leave
- Skating aids are available for public use
- Sledge skating is permitted
The Greenwood Recreation Centre in Petrolia continues to employ deep cleaning practices and sanitation throughout the day. These changes include more time between groups, a full sanitation and deep cleaning of benches, the lobby, washrooms, and public areas.
The Town of Petrolia is committed to creating safe, healthy, vibrant spaces. In promoting shared positive experiences, we ask all participants to observe the principles of public safety, respect, and courtesy.
We thank you for your continued support as we navigate the changes to the COVID-19 guidelines and work to keep you safe and well.
Petrolia Introduces Christmas Market
For the past eleven years Petrolia has seen tremendous success with the Saturday morning Petrolia Farmers’ Market, and then in 2021, the Petrolia Tuesday Night Market was introduced with resounding success. Organizers are planning to add one more special Market date to round out the 2021 season and ask both vendors and patrons to save the date for Saturday, December 4, 2021, as we introduce our first Christmas Market. The Market will be held downtown Petrolia at the same location as the popular Tuesday, and Saturday Market – 396 Fletcher Street, right behind the library.
The Christmas Market will see different vendors than both the Tuesday and Saturday Market, and organizers promise a variety of arts, crafts, local partnerships, food vendors, breweries, wineries and more. The Christmas Market will run for one day only, December 4, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Director of Facilities and Community Services, Dave Menzies said, “…Following the extremely successful Tuesday Night Market addition, we are excited to offer a Christmas Market this year as well. Vendors will be selected by a lottery as limited spaces are available, and we have some festive surprises in the works too.”
Plan to attend: Petrolia Christmas Market, located at 396 Fletcher Street, (behind the library) Saturday, December 4, 2021, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Street parking is available.
Interested vendors are asked to please visit http://town.petrolia.on.ca/residence/farmers-market/ for the application forms, or to contact Thera at email@example.com or call (519)882-2350, for the application forms. All COVID-19 protocols are in place for the health and safety of the visitors and vendors and volunteers.