A Letter to Residents from Mayor R. Brad Loosley

Posted: April 17, 2020

Dear Residents,

We are experiencing something that we have not experienced before.  This uncertainty has led to the Town of Petrolia hosting our very first electronic Council Meeting this past Tuesday evening.  This type of meeting has recently been permitted by the Province of Ontario, and for our first meeting it went extremely well.  At this time, we have three more meetings scheduled in the same manner.  Please visit our website (town.petrolia.on.ca) and you will find the telephone or internet options there.  If you missed the meeting, please keep reading for the statement that I started our historic first electronic meeting with on Tuesday evening.

Maintaining services during a time of pandemic and subsequent changes to resident lifestyles is very important.  Making sure the toilet flushes, that residents can safely drink the tap water, that, in an emergency there are people to answer your call, that waste and recycling are collected, that we have been able to adapt quickly to meet this way instead of in person, that you are kept informed and that the health and safety of our residents is held in high regard is no simple task.

On behalf of Council, I would like to thank staff for their dedication and service to the residents of Petrolia during this challenging time.  We are fortunate to have a team of thoughtful, committed and experienced people working behind the scenes to help.  We are grateful.

I would also like to reiterate our sincere gratitude for our doctors, our front line health care workers, Long Term Care/Retirement Home/Nursing Home care teams and staff, Lambton County Developmental Services, Lambton EMS, Petrolia and North Enniskillen Fire Department, Ontario Provincial Police, the team at The Central Lambton Family Health Team, Bluewater Health, Lambton Public Health, the Support Operations Response Team (SORT), the team at Heidi’s Your Independent, the Rotary Club of Petrolia, the team at M and M Food Markets and the Petrolia Food Bank

We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude to those driving trucks and making deliveries, to the staff at Waste Management, to Ontario Clean Water Association at our water treatment plant, to Jacobs at our wastewater treatment plant, to our pharmacies, our gas stations and to our restaurants providing takeout and delivery of food items. 

To our merchants, restaurants, and our industrial partners; we see what you are faced with and want you to know that we are here for you.  We will continue to support you and will work together to maintain our strong and healthy community. 

How can our residents help during this uncertainty?  Stay home.  Please do your part to fully commit to physical distancing and maintain a full 2 metre distance from people if you must go out.   Leave home only for food or medicine or work.  Stay home if you are feeling ill.  Take extra care to wash your hands.  We must act together for the sake of our health and safety.


                                                                                                                                                                                                R. Brad Loosley

                                                                                                                                                                                              Mayor R. Brad Loosley