PETROLIA INSTALLS NEW DOCK AND KAYAK/CANOE LAUNCH IN BRIDGEVIEW PARK
Working with the Finn Marine Group, the Town of Petrolia Parks and Recreation Department has installed a new Jetfloat molded dock and canoe and kayak launch in Bridgeview Park North.
This new dock is made from molded recycled high-grade plastic and will not splinter, disintegrate, or degrade. The dock is easy for staff to install each season and comes with a 10-year warranty.
Users will find the dock and launch to be cool to the touch even on the hottest days and will appreciate the non-skid surface and smooth edges.
Acting Mayor Joel Field said, “This is an amazing addition to our beautiful park, and I am pleased to welcome users to the new “Port of Petrolia”!
As part of the Town of Petrolia’s green initiatives, the dock and launch material are non-polluting and after the thirty-year lifespan, the material can all be recycled.
The launch will allow users of all ages to safely enter and exit the waterway. The Town of Petrolia recommends that a life jacket is worn when participating in water activities.
PETROLIA ANNOUNCES CANADA DAY FESTIVITIES
Petrolia – Canada Day in Petrolia promises fun for the entire family. July 1 will be an all-day celebration starting in Bridgeview Park at 7:00 a.m. with the Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by CUPE Local 2393 and the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club. Kids of all ages are welcome and are asked to bring their own fishing equipment. The Kids Fishing Derby wraps up at 10:00 a.m. Truckin’ Mamas Food Truck will be in the park and will have items available for hungry anglers to purchase.
After fishing, or maybe just to get your day started, families are encouraged to visit the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 216 for their annual Canada Day Breakfast. Food will be available for $6.00 per person from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Legion.
The Petrolia Farmers’ Market welcomes Canada Day with a free draw for several great prizes, and cupcakes too! The Market is located at 396 Fletcher Street (behind the library) and is open from 7:30 a.m. until noon.
Join the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 216 at the flagpole outside the Royal Canadian Legion at 11:00 a.m. for the annual flag raising.
At 1:00 p.m. the Petrolia Raiders Mens hardball team take on the Wyoming Senior Cattlebarons at Morrison Field, Greenwood Park – Diamond 1. Come out and cheer for the home team!
At 2:00 p.m. the Petrolia Canada Day Parade returns to Petrolia’s downtown. It will start at Greenfield Street, with floats gathering in the Victoria Hall parking area, and travel west on Petrolia Line, and down to Greenwood Recreation Centre via Huggard Street. Pre-registration is requested by contacting Thera Wagner at (519)882-2350 Ext. 253 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family fun continues at Greenwood Park starting at 3:00 p.m. with bouncy castles and games.
Canada Day would not be complete without the Bed Races! Re-introduced in 2017 by former Councillor Mary-Pat Gleeson, this event is not only fun to watch but fun to participate in as well. Full rules and information are available on Facebook for the Petrolia Canada Day event or visit www.town.petrolia.on.ca/news/. Bring a team or come to watch at Greenwood Park at 4:00 p.m.!
Visit the Petrolia Lions food truck and the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club food booth from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and bring a lawn chair to listen to the Rock the Park bands starting at 3:00 p.m..
The Petrolia Scouts will be selling ice cream from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. as well, and the beer gardens are available from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A 50/50 raffle supporting The Rotary Club of Petrolia will take place from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The fireworks will take place at dusk at Greenwood Park, with free fireworks shuttles sponsored by Langs Bus Lines starting at 6:00 p.m. For the complete shuttle schedule, look on Facebook for the Petrolia Canada Day event, or visit www.town.petrolia.on.ca/news/ The free fireworks shuttles will return riders directly following the fireworks.
The Town of Petrolia Community Services Department wishes to thank Canadian Heritage for their ongoing support of the event each year, and for the support of Langs Bus Lines, CUPE Local 2393, The Outdoorsman, Holland Cleaning Solutions, Bluewater Power, McDonald’s, Barb & Rick Charlebois, Brokerlink, Riverside Print and Designs, A. Brown Insurance Agency – Lambton Mutual, MIG Engineering, Lambton College Community Employment Services, and Bourque Renovations for their sponsorship of the main events and for the continuous support of our Petrolia Service Clubs including Petrolia Legion Branch 216, Petrolia Scouting, The Rotary Club of Petrolia, The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club, The Petrolia Lions Club, Petrolia and Area Kiwanis Club and our many volunteers.
TENTH ANNUAL PETROLIA PIZZAFEST A CHEESY GOOD DAY!
Petrolia Pizzafest organizers are celebrating a resounding success following Saturday’s event in Victoria Park, Petrolia. Six pizza vendors were in the park and served a staggering amount of pizza. Line ups were stretching across the park, at times, while attendees waited for a slice from the vendor of their choice, and empty pizza boxes could be seen piling up between deliveries.
More than 6,700 slices were sold at the event, that started at noon and wrapped up at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be presented to the Petrolia Community Fund at the June 26, 2023, Town Council meeting. The donation to the fund is estimated to be more than $1600.00 this year. The Petrolia Community Fund awards grants to Petrolia organizations that support the town’s goals and initiatives for a safe and healthy community.
Petrolia is not short on pizza restaurants looking to fill hungry bellies, and event organizers were pleased to host six participants for 2023 – Domino’s Pizza, Bud’s Family Pizza, Johnny G’s Premium Pizza, Petrolia Pizza & Subs, Pizza Hut, Petrolia, and Wise Guys Inc.
Four bands, including Jesse & Brian, Electric Popsicle, The Geoff Masse Band and Painkiller Jane rocked Victoria Park all day as part of the free entertainment; residents enjoyed the music from the comfort of their lawn chairs set down in the shade of the giant maples throughout the park. The First Petrolia Scouts sold cold treats, the Petrolia Lions Club tempted visitors with Pizza Poutine, The Rotary Club of Petrolia sold 50/50 tickets, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee members and Petrolia and Area Kiwanis Club members sold pizza tickets, and the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club offered cold drinks.
Young people were able to bounce and play all day in the bouncy houses, and attendees of all ages were encouraged to try their hand at cornhole – a fun game that was brought to the park by The Santiago Pinto Financial Group – Co-operators Insurance.
David Menzies, Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities estimates that, “More than 2,500 people enjoyed the pizza, family fun and ice cream.” The estimated economic impact in Petrolia for an event such as this is around $118,000.00 for the seven-hour event using the TREIM model.
The event was generously sponsored by The Santiago Pinto Financial Group – Co-Operators, Riverside Print & Signs, Bourque Renovations, MIG Engineering, Rick and Barb Charlebois, Lambton College Employment Services, and Black Gold Brewery. The crowd was well cared for by the Support Operations Response Team (SORT).
“Events like this don’t happen without a very long list of volunteers.” Said Acting Mayor Joel Field, who added that “…Petrolia is rich because of the commitment and selflessness of our volunteers. We are so blessed to have so many passionate people in our community who participate and make the community signature events a huge success!”
2023 GREEN LEADER PROGRAM Recipient Announcement
In partnership with Waste Management of Canada and the Town of Petrolia
The Green Leader Program is part of Waste Management and the Town of Petrolia’s ongoing efforts to encourage the development of local community engagement and environmental solutions that build sustainable communities. The program is centered around a grant opportunity that is available to applicants living, working, and learning in the Town of Petrolia or benefiting Petrolia and its residents.
Waste Management and the Town of Petrolia are pleased with the number of businesses, organizations, and institutions that applied for this funding opportunity in the 2022 intake. The program is designed to support initiatives that highlight the following sustainability goals:
• The Green Leader program supports organizations and initiatives that preserve and/or enhance natural resources and/or help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• The Green Leader program focuses on local initiatives that support employees, enhance our environment, promote education, and improve the safety and livability of our communities.
Each year, a committee of community members look over the applications and grade each application on the above criteria and rank the applications with assigned dollar value recommendations. There is an available funding amount of $15,000 available for the projects. Each applicant may request up to $15,000 in program/project funding. This funding is a one-time, non-repayable, fully funded grant. Applications are due each year on March 30. Waste Management and the Town of Petrolia would like to thank our volunteers for their assistance in the selection of this year’s recipients.
“Earth Day is the perfect day for this annual announcement as it brings community attention to the issues facing the earth and through this program, it is a nice opportunity to do our part. Residents are encouraged to visit earthday.org to learn more about what they can do for our planet. We are very grateful for this partnership with Waste Management for the betterment of our community and for our earth.” Said, Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer Rick Charlebois.
2023 Successful Projects:
KERR PARK PROJECT
Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club
To place soft surface under the small playground equipment using recycled rubber material in the fall area for youth safety at Kerr Park.
EXPANSION OF PRESCHOOL GARDENING PROJECT
Petrolia & Area Kiwanis Club
Our project which started in 2021, provided eight preschool and school-aged summer programs with the necessary materials and tools needed to create hands-on learning opportunities about gardening and composting. We plan to expand to four additional preschool programs.
QUEEN E GOES GREEN
Queen Elizabeth II School, Petrolia
The project is a school composting initiative that will see an outdoor school garden, composting buckets in each classroom, and 2-3 outdoor composters in the garden. This project also includes an indoor Hydroponic Grow Tower near the library, and one that travels from classroom to classroom.
NATIVE SPECIES WELCOME GARDENS
St. Philip Catholic School
The purpose of this project is to plant two welcoming gardens at the front of the school created from plants that are native to south-western Ontario. The students will work with the nursery to choose, plan, create, and maintain the gardens (as a legacy to their school and community).
Previous Successful Applicants:
Hillcrest Public School (School Council) – $5,000.
The Rotary Club of Petrolia – $5,000.
Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee – Special North Street Cemetery Project – $2,500.
IODE Margaret Stokes Chapter – $2,500.
The Petrolia Discovery Foundation Inc. – approved for – $10,000.
The Petrolia and Area Kiwanis Club – approved for – $5000.
Parents For-Parks – approved for – $15,000.
St. Clair Conservation Authority – approved for – $10,000.
The Petrolia and Enniskillen Agricultural Society– approved for – $5,000.
(2020 was a double intake year)
PETROLIA WELCOMES YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE & CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS
At the Regular Meeting of Council in March, Council approved a motion brought forward by Councillor Debb Pitel regarding the development of a Youth Advisory Committee for the Town of Petrolia.
At the Tuesday, April 11, 2023, Regular Meeting of Council, the by-law creating the Youth Advisory Committee was unanimously approved and applications were approved to be circulated.
The idea encompasses the goal of including youth in the Town of Petrolia, and to provide experience and leadership opportunities including the following:
• To provide a platform to gain local insights into needs and resources for youth in our community of all ages; and to provide a community presence and engagement with youth through participation in local events.
• To encourage an opportunity to educate and mentor ages youth 12-18; and to provide opportunities outside the school board curriculum of interest to youth.
• To partner with local businesses for learning and recreation opportunities to support youth in our community.
• To provide a springboard for insight into the potential needs of youth ages in our community
• To connect and engage with local service clubs around opportunities and events they offer to youth of our community.
• To gain local involvement and interest with all members of our community.
One of the key goals of the Youth Advisory Committee is to develop a Youth Summit, where youth will lead a weekend trade show and series of events for youth for Petrolia and surrounding area.
“…The Town of Petrolia is pleased to be offering an opportunity for more youth to be involved with the Municipality, and Council is pleased to support this important initiative that will bridge a gap in our community. Council and staff look forward to working with the youth, and to sharing knowledge and experiences.” Said Acting Mayor, Joel Field.
Applications are now being accepted for participation through the Town of Petrolia, and available at area schools also. Applications can be found at http://town.petrolia.on.ca/residents/community/committees/, or can be picked up at the Municipal Office. Once completed applications can be submitted in person 411 Greenfield Street, Petrolia or by e-mail email@example.com by Friday, May 12, 2023.
C00 – ADM 20 – Committee Application Form 2020-22 – YAC special call
NOTICE Petrolia Youth Advisory Committee Mandate, Objectives & Responsibilities
In 2024, Petrolia will celebrate a major milestone – the Oil Town will celebrate 150 years of incorporation. Known affectionately by volunteer Committee members as a Sesquicentennial Celebration, the 150th, our big birthday and more, a team of community members have been hard at work since 2018 brainstorming, discussing, surveying, planning, and figuring.
Hampered only slightly by some online event applications being closed in late 2020 through to late 2022 or early 2023, the Committee has continued to meet monthly and plan activities, events, and reasons for people to celebrate together. “Our committee has taken a clear approach from the very first meeting, and that is to involve as many people in the planning and execution of our events as we can, and to create events and activities that pull as many residents and former residents together as possible.” Said, Denise Thibeault, Chairperson for the Petrolia 150 Committee.
At the regular meeting of Petrolia Council this evening, the Council heard the Committee’s recommendation for a Legacy project for the community. As some background, the Committee identified their approach, which included that the Petrolia 150 Committee identified the goal of creating a Legacy Project that would benefit the community for many years. The Committee believed that this project should meet the following guidelines:
1. Be available for use for all.
2. Be fully accessible.
3. Be an item that is a low-cost/no-cost option for use, that is not limited to one age group.
4. Take a prominent physical position in the community.
Although many projects were discussed, none of the projects fit all four of the required parameters. However, recently, the Petrolia 150 Committee became aware of a community need and discussed the option at the Sub-Committee level as an item for consideration for the Legacy Project.
Through recommendation to Council, the Committee was delighted to receive approval to replace the existing bandshell in Victoria Park, Petrolia with a new fully accessible one that addresses the following:
• Meets AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians for Disabilities Act) Compliance
• Available for use by all members of the community as an outdoor stage space or for outdoor gathering for music, etc.
• Permanent accessible washrooms
• New sound and lighting for events (Christmas in the Park, Art in the Park)
• Continued use by churches, services clubs, Town of Petrolia events (Pizzafest, Art in the Park, and Christmas in the Park) and many other groups and organizations
The expected project cost is approximately $250K, with $200K in the 2023 Town of Petrolia Capital Budget and the remaining expenses to be fundraised through the Petrolia 150 Committee with Coin Set, clothing, and souvenir sales.
The expected timeline is that the existing unit would be removed in early September 2023, (after the scheduled community use for Art in the Park, Pizzafest, and the non-denominational church activities planned throughout the summer). Work would take place in the fall of 2023, and the bandshell would be open with a celebration in the late spring of 2024.
The Committee was also pleased to bring the first glimpse of the 2024 activity plans to the public and look forward to furnishing a detailed list later in 2023. “…It’s a reminder to “Save the Date” and to reach out to family, friends and other to do the same.” Said, Laurissa Ellsworth, Director of Marketing, Arts and Communications for the Town of Petrolia.
The Committee will look to launch a website and social media presence in the coming months as they prepare for some “…really big announcements! You only turn 150 once!” Added Ellsworth.
SAVE THE DATES
Monday – 1 — Petrolia 150 Event 1-3pm, 730pm-1030pm
Fri-Mon 16, 17, 18 & 19 — Family Fun Days Weekend
Sat & Sun – 25 & 26 — Two Day Petrolia 150 Event – Greenwood Park
Saturday – 25 –Farmers’ Market Grand Opening
Saturday – 1 — Pizzafest
Fri-Sun 14, 15 & 16 — Three Day Petrolia 150 Event – around Petrolia
Monday – 1 – Canada Day Celebrations
Fri & Sat 12 & 13 — Art in the Park
Saturday 13 – Barn Dance
Thurs – Sun 15, 16, 17 & 18 — Four Day 150 Event – Around Petrolia, and Greenwood Park
Saturday – 14 — Harvestfest – Farmers’ Market
Friday – 6 – Christmas in the Park, Chili Cook Off
Saturday – 7 – Christmas Market, 10-3
Saturday – 7 – Santa Claus Parade – 2pm “Celebrating Petrolia 150”
Tuesday – 31 — Petrolia 150 Closing Event
PETROLIA MAYOR TAKES MEDICAL LEAVE – LONGTIME COUNCILLOR JOEL FIELD TO STEP IN TEMPORARILY
Petrolia’s long-serving member of Council, Joel Field will be supporting the community in the coming weeks as appointed Acting Mayor while the currently elected Mayor, R. Brad Loosley takes a leave to focus on a medical issue.
Councillor Field was appointed by his peers, and on the recommendation of Mayor R. Brad Loosley during the closed session meeting held during the regular council meeting tonight.
Traditionally, when the Mayor is not available for an engagement, meeting or other event an acting Mayor will be appointed to take their place. The Town of Petrolia has, through by-law, a schedule of acting Mayor’s that rotate between Councillors in two-month periods.
For this temporary leave, Council approved that there would be an appointed Acting Mayor for a period of three months in the role, thus continuing the tradition of support for the community and Council and providing a clear point of contact.
Acting Mayor Joel Field will attend County Council and many events on behalf of the Municipality, when unavailable to fulfill a commitment, just as they regularly would through the acting mayor by-law, other Councillors will continue to support Acting Mayor Joel Field during these events as required.
We thank residents for contacting Acting Mayor Joel Field with items that would otherwise be directed to Mayor R. Brad Loosley during this approved three-month timeframe.
On behalf of Council and staff, we wish Mayor R. Brad Loosley the very best, and look forward to his return to his seat at the Head of Council for the Town of Petrolia.
PETROLIA TO HOST FIRST TOWN HALL MEETING APRIL 26
Town of Petrolia residents will have a new way to connect with elected officials, starting on April 26. To connect directly with residents and hear ideas, answer questions and be generally available to the community, two Town Hall Meetings are scheduled for 2023.
Residents are invited to meet the Mayor and Council, share in conversations, ask questions, and learn about what projects are taking place in the Town. This relaxed format is to allow for “…open dialogue with out the structure of a Council meeting.” Said Mandi Pearson, Clerk for the Municipality.
The idea is simple, residents are invited to attend Victoria Hall, at 411 Greenfield Street in Petrolia between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. There is no need for residents to register for this opportunity, and all are welcome.
There is a second Town Hall planned for Wednesday, October 25, 2023, and will proceed with the same format and timing.
PETROLIA COMPOST TRANSFER SITE PASSES AND DATES
Petrolia – The Petrolia Compost Transfer Site is located at 546 Maude Street Extension, Petrolia. This Site is available to Petrolia residents only.
Passes are required to access the site. Passes are available in person at the Municipal Office Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market during the season. The passes are $25.00 and are good for the 2023 season.
Please note the 2023 APPROVED COMPOST TRANSFER SITE DATES below.
Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – noon
April 15, 29
May 13, 27
June 10, 24
September 9, 23
October 14, 28
Types of Waste Approved for Receipt at this Facility:
|Annual, Perennial and Vegetable Garden Plants|
|Fruit Tree Waste|
|Pumpkins with no candles, paint, or decorations|
|Tree branches up to 4” in diameter|
Types of Waste NOT ACCEPTED at this Facility:
Residents are advised that depositing items that are not on the accepted list will render the program unavailable as the Municipality will forfeit permissions to dump the collected garden and yard waste. Residents may bring items in paper bags or reusable bins; no plastic bags will be accepted. Residents with unacceptable items will be asked to take them home.
For those that prefer, see below for two excellent resources for backyard composting:
35 Options to Make Your Own Backyard Compost Bin: https://bit.ly/2VbO54N
Learn How to Compost in your Own Backyard Here: https://bit.ly/3aOSxwZ
As a Municipality of more than 5,000 residents, the Town of Petrolia is required to participate in the at-cost backyard composter program.
Through a partnership with Petrolia Home Hardware, residents can purchase an at-home composter for cost each April.
Annually, between the dates of April 1 and 15 residents can visit Town Hall, and register to receive an at-cost backyard composter. Although this price may differ slightly from year to year, the 2023 cost will be $75.00 + HST per composter.
To obtain a voucher, residents must provide: proof of Petrolia address, and payment. At this time, a voucher will be issued to the resident.
After April 15, all composters will be ordered – once the composters are in
stock at Home Hardware all residents with voucher will be contacted by phone. Then residents will go directly to Home Hardware to collect the composter. (Voucher MUST BE provided to pick up the composter.)
A resource that you can download to help you get started is here: http://www.compost.org/backyard_compost/
Curbside Wood Chipping and Brush Chipping Approved Dates for 2023
This service will continue for 2023 and includes: tree limbs, and branches. These items can be placed curbside and the Town chipper will come by and process on site. Brush must be in a tidy and neat pile with cut ends facing the curb.
The 2023 chipping dates will be:
April 17 & 18
May 23 & 24
June 12 & 13
September 11 & 12
October 16 & 17
Curbside wood chipping is not street specific; residents can place their brush at the curb on any of these days and it will be processed. Residents are asked to place the brush no sooner than 4:00 p.m. the night before a collection date, and to have all brush at the curb by 7:00 a.m. the day of collection.
Residents are reminded not to impede sidewalk access. If any brush piles have root bulbs attached, contain waste, or other non-organic items the brush pile will not be processed, and the resident will be responsible for disposal.
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