Letter to Residents from Mayor R. Brad Loosley – May 22, 2020

Posted: May 22, 2020

Dear Residents,

This week we have seen the beginning of the first phase of re-opening in Ontario. This tentative step forward is a very important one for small businesses in Petrolia. I challenge residents to buy items from Petrolia businesses and to think local first. The businesses in Petrolia that have opened, or that are in the process of it, will need our full support to help them with the new safety guidelines and to buy items from their shops. Soon, you will see some shopping events and downtown promotional activities and it would be nice to see everyone participate where they are able.

A very successful bottle and can drive was held this week as a fundraiser for Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Foundation and we are very excited to find out what that total donation will add up to! I would like to thank our volunteer firefighters and Special Operations Response Team (SORT) volunteers for their two-day collection efforts and for bringing the fire trucks out for the children to see and hear.

I am continuously so proud of Petrolia and our residents.  Our community is a very thoughtful and considerate one, and it is nice to see us all working together. I acknowledge that this has been a long period of time to stay home and stay safe, but I am pleased at how well our community has been following the safety guidelines and physical distancing requirements.  

Some of you have been raising questions about how to make your tax payments, when the compost depot will open, when the Farmers’ Market will open and if we plan to re-schedule the large item collection, and right now I can tell you that the most up-to-date information about these subjects can be found on the Town’s website (www.town.petrolia.on.ca) or by calling our staff at (519)882-2350.  We are here to help you and thank you for your continued patience as we work through some of the more complicated items to provide new start dates and new ways of accepting payments.  

As COVID-19 continues to change the things that we consider to be normal and routine, I want to thank our staff for working to stay within budget, looking for savings, changing programs and activities, providing community spirit initiatives and for their efforts to try to stay ahead of this mostly unknown adversary.  Council is pleased to have a team of hard-working, committed, and passionate people working for you to keep our residents safe, healthy and to maintain our excellent services.



                                                                                                                                                Mayor R. Brad Loosley