PETROLIA MUNICIPAL OFFICE RE-OPENS BY APPOINTMENT, OTHER SERVICE UPDATES
The Town of Petrolia will continue to work alongside the Province of Ontario to assist with the reopening plans for the province.
As of Monday, June 14, 2021, per the updated Provincial guidelines, the municipal office will re-open to residents, however, appointments are preferred. At this time, only two visitors will be permitted at a time. Staff will also remain available by telephone and e-mail. Regular hours will continue from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Staff will be available to respond to resident requests or provide answers to questions by telephone to (519) 882-2350 or by e-mail to the specific staff member you require, or to our general inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org. To arrange an appointment, please call (519)882-2350 and staff will aid in booking a time that works best for you.
Parks, including tennis/pickleball courts, and playground equipment are open. Sports fields will re-open as weather permits, and following provincial guidelines, with the understanding that participants will continue to observe physical distancing.
All essential services will continue to be maintained including water, wastewater, park maintenance, curbside waste collection and recycling collection and cemetery services. The staff of the Town of Petrolia are dedicated to maintaining the level of service that is expected from residents.
Chief Administrative Officer, Rick Charlebois said, “We are seeing the result of months of staying home, keeping apart, wearing masks, and the power of vaccinations and we are looking forward to slowly resuming our full services as it is appropriate and permitted for us to do so.”
A Quick List for Resident Information:
Tax Payments can be made by any of the following options:
• In-Person at your financial institution – If paying by cash, cheque or debit please visit your financial institution during their business hours and be sure to bring a copy of your tax bill or statement or provide the 19-digit roll number of the property to apply payment.
• Municipal Office mail slot – Cheques can be dropped at the Municipal Office entrance to the right of the door into a secured mail slot and receipts will be provided upon request.• Municipal Office in Person – Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Internet Banking – online payments can be made via internet through your banking institution account by adding us as a Bill Payee – note when adding you must search “Petrolia” then look through the list for the payee that contains “taxes” – your 19-digit roll number on your tax bill or statement will be the account number.• Automatic Withdrawal – tax installment payments, or monthly payments can be set up by our finance team through automatic withdrawal from your bank account. Please contact email@example.com for the enrollment form for this option.
• Mail – cheques can be mailed to our office at 411 Greenfield Street, Petrolia, ON, N0N 1R0
- Petrolia Farmers’ Market is open each Saturday through October 9, 2021, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Physical distancing protocols are in place. Currently, the Kerr Café remains closed.
- Cemetery Services remain available by appointment only.
- Marriage Licenses remain available by appointment only.
- Petrolia Town Council Meetings and Advisory Committee Meetings will proceed as scheduled online via video conferencing at this time.
- The Public Washrooms at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market will be available for use Monday – Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and each Saturday during the Petrolia Farmers’ Market.
- Town of Petrolia Planner, Rob Nesbitt, will not be working out of the Petrolia Municipal Office until further notice. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (519)918-9347.
- The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia Box Office will remain closed to foot traffic until further notice. Ticket sales for future performances will still be available by telephone to (519) 882-1221 or 1-800-717-7694. Any outstanding use of Victoria Hall planned for June and July have been cancelled or postponed. All tickets on patron’s accounts from 2020/2021 will remain a credit that will not expire. Patrons are asked to please e-mail email@example.com with any concerns or questions.
- Please note that the Petrolia YMCA will remain closed at this time. Please check https://www.ymcaswo.ca/locations/petrolia-ymca for more information about virtual fitness classes.
- The Greenwood Recreation Centre will remain available for use by the Central Lambton Family Health Team for a vaccination site. Future dates will be announced as information is available.
- Temporary Curbside Compost Collection will continue Wednesday, June 9. Please note that no branches, shrubs, twigs, or vines will be collected at the curb. Please save these items for the Transfer site or keep the branches and twigs for the next Curbside Wood Chipping Dates on June 14 & 15. Please use paper bags only and please separate compost items, for example: one bag of only grass clippings, another bag of only leaves.
- The Compost Transfer Site will open for the season on June 12. Passes are available by calling (519)882-2350 or emailing Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org. Passes can be picked up at the Transfer Site during your first visit or by visiting the Municipal Office after June 14, 2021.
- As of Monday, June 14, 2021, per the updated Provincial guidelines, the municipal office will re-open to residents with appointments preferred. At this time, only two visitors will be permitted at a time. Staff will remain available by telephone and e-mail. Regular hours will continue from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Staff will be available to respond to resident requests or provide answers to questions by telephone to (519) 882-2350 or by e-mail to the specific staff member you require, or to our general inbox at email@example.com. To arrange an appointment, please call (519)882-2350 and staff will aid in booking a time that works best for you. Please also follow the Town of Petrolia on Facebook, Twitter and check our website (www.town.petrolia.on.ca) for regular updates. We have a mail slot available for anyone that wishes to drop any correspondence or payments off at the Municipal Office to be processed by staff. At this time, the Municipal Office closure will proceed until further notice.
Staff are continuously monitoring developments around coronavirus (COVID-19), and we continue to look to the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario, and our various municipal health experts for recommendations, guidance, and direction.
Guidelines and Timelines Announced by the Province of Ontario, Include:
The Road Map to Reopen is a three-step plan to reopen the province safely and cautiously and gradually lift public health measures.
The plan is based on:
• the provincewide vaccination rate• improvements in key public health and health care indicators
Step 1 (June 11, 2021):An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower and permitting retail with restrictions.
What can reopen in Step 1:Step 1 will allow more outdoor activities to resume with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized, and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place.
This includes but is not limited to:• outdoor gatherings up to 10 people• outdoor dining up to 4 people per table• outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 patrons. No games or practices permitted.• essential retail at 25% capacity and discount and big box stores can sell all goods.• non-essential retail at 15% capacity and can sell all goods.• retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance.• indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals at 15% capacity of the room.• outdoors religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals are permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.• horse racing, motor speedways without spectators• outdoor pools and wading pools with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres• outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limited to 15% for ticketed areas.• day camps• overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks.
Step 1 of the roadmap can proceed because:
• 60% of Ontario’s adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.• public health indicators, such as hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and new admissions and case rates indicate the province can safely move to this step of the road map.Looking ahead:
Step 2 (date TBA):Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people and with face coverings being worn.
• outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people• outdoor sports and leagues• overnight camps• personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits.• indoor religious services, rites, or ceremony gatherings at 15% capacity
Ontario will remain in step one for at least 21 days. We will then move to Step 2 if:
• the province has vaccinated 70% of adults with one dose and 20% of adults with two doses.• there are positive trends in public health and health system indicators.
Step 3 (date TBA):Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings cannot always be worn.
• indoor sports and recreational fitness• indoor dining• museums, art galleries and libraries• casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
Ontario will remain in step two for at least 21 days. We will then move to Step 3 if:
• the province has vaccinated 70 to 80% of adults with one dose and 25% of adults with two doses.• positive trends in public health and health system indicators continue.
Moving through the steps:
The province will remain at each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.
At the end of the 21 days, we will evaluate vaccination rates and look for positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators.
If trends in key public health and health system indicators are positive, the province will move to the next step two weeks after the following vaccination thresholds have been met:
Step 1: 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose.Step 2: 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20% vaccinated with two doses.Step 3: 70 to 80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25% vaccinated with two doses…”