UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Impacts on Municipal Services

Posted on Friday August 14, 2020
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The Town of Penetanguishene continues to monitor news and updates concerning COVID-19 in order to ensure we work to keep our community members safe.  The following update provided on September 11th, 2020 is in addition to the updates provided from previous weeks visible below.

Arena Reopening Plan: On September 9th, Town Council approved a phased reopening plan of the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre (PMCC).

  • Phase 1 includes ice bookings to priority groups with guiding bodies including the Penetang Minor Hockey Association (PMHA), North Simcoe Girls Hockey Association (NSGHA), Penetanguishene Skating Club (PSC) and Penetang Kings. Additional PMCC space will be used for Town sanctioned recreation programs. Phase 1 reopening is scheduled for October 5th. 

By starting with more controlled operations and plans, staff and the public will gain greater confidence and comfort with the procedures and can make the necessary modifications before further opening up the facility to more users.

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Update September 4th, 2020:

Town Council: Penetanguishene Council has had the opportunity to meet for regular council meetings through an online video conferencing system. The next meeting will be September 9th, 2020 at 7PM. Agendas and Minutes continue to be available on our website. The public is welcome to join these meetings virtually. If you are interested in taking part at the next meeting or if you have any questions or concerns please contact the Town Clerk, Stacey Cooper at705-549-7453 or scooper@penetanguishene.ca

North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation - Regional Relief: Businesses in Penetanguishene unable to access other federal support are invited to apply for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. NSCFDC is providing interest-free loans up to $40,000.00, including a possible 25% forgivable contribution, to help support fixed operating costs of local businesses, where revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please visit www.nscfdc.on.ca for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Swim Advisory – Rotary Champlain Wendat Park: The #SMDHU has issued a swimming advisory for Rotary Champlain Wendat Beach as of Thursday, September 3rd, 2020.
The beach is not closed, but those who choose to swim are advised to avoid swallowing the water and dunking their heads underwater. For more information about swim advisories in our area please visit: ow.ly/UDRY50Bhk5z

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Update August 28th:

Arena Public Open House:

The Town of Penetanguishene is preparing an Arena & Recreation Centre Study to guide decision-making with respect to the future of the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre. Community members are invited to participate in a Public Open House, Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Rotary Champlain Wendat Park Pavilion (Splash Pad) from 10am – 12pm. Click here for more information.

Don’t feel comfortable attending in person?  No problem! Compelte the online survey here. 

Connect Penetanguishene: The Town of Penetanguishene has launched its new online community engagement site, Connect Penetanguishene, where community members are able to share their ideas and opinions on municipal projects. The full news release is available here . Visit connectpenetanguishene.ca to register.

New Business Resources:

HeyLocal: HeyLocal is asimple and easy way to find local products and services. Small businesses already set up online can get started on HeyLocal by linking their current Shopify account with the integration. The platform has no hidden processing or storage fees to ensure small businesses can reach, connect, amplify and promote their offerings with a sustainable solution. For more information on HeyLocal, including sign up information for local merchants, please visit www.heylocal.ca.

Skills at Work Program – Georgian College: The Skills@Work program provides manufacturing companies in Simcoe County the opportunity to assist in developing and addressing skills and training gaps within the industry and will identify solutions to assist in finding, maintaining and developing skilled employees. They are currently looking for input on competencies and skills required for entry level positions in developing training package(s) to jobseekers. Interested employers can contact Alison.Brett@GeorgianCollege.ca

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Update August 21st:

Mid-Pen Transit Service: With safety protocols in place and options for fare payments now available, on Monday, August 24, Mid-Pen Transit Service will resume its regular schedule and begin collecting fares from transit riders. Please refer to the full update provided on August 18th, for more information.

Swim Advisory Lifted: The SMDHU has lifted the swimming advisory for Rotary Champlain Wendat Beach as of Thursday August 20th, 2020. For more information on swimming advisories please visit SMDHU.

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Update August 14th:

The Town of Penetanguishene continues to monitor news and updates concerning COVID-19 in order to ensure we work to keep our community members safe. To make sure you as community members can stay involved and up to date we encourage you to subscribe to our website email subscription service. For the most up-to-date local COVID-19 information, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website.

TOWN FACILITIES

The following chart is available on our webpage and will be updated regularly. 

Indoor Facilities

Open/Closed

 Adjusted Hours

Town Hall

OPEN 8:30AM -4:30PM (Closed 12PM – 1PM) 

 Closed Daily 12PM – 1PM

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Achieves

OPEN

 View here for hours of operation and other information.

Penetanguishene Library

OPEN – Adjusted hours.

 View here for hours of operation and other information.

Public Works Building

 

OPEN 8:00AM -4:00PM (Closed 12PM – 1PM) 

 Closed Daily 12PM – 1PM

Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre

Opening October 5th

 TBD. The development of a safe reopening plan is currently underway. 

Penetanguishene Fire Hall

OPEN 8:00AM -4:00PM (Closed 12PM – 1PM) 

 Closed Daily 12PM – 1PM


RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Parks and Amenities: Parks and amenities are open to the public. Please visit our website to view the regulations and safety measures in place at each location.

Recreation Programs: Staff are currently working on a plan for Fall recreation programs. Further updates will be released as a public notice and visible on Town social media channels.

Swimming Lessons:  The Waypoint pool is currently unavailable for the Town to operate an aquatics program.  The Town will continue to liaise with Waypoint staff and provide further communications when the availability of the pool becomes known. 

Recreation Facebook: @PenetangRecreationEvents

Town Facebook: @Penetanguishene

Town Twitter: @Penetanguishene

FINANCE UPDATES

CURRENT COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF MEASURES:

1.      Fire Permit and Dog Licence fee waivers have been extended until December 31;

2.      Penalties on the 3rd and 4th tax installments due on July 31 and September 30 have been

         waived for 2 months;

3.      Penalties on utility bills that fall due between August 1 and November 30 have been

         waived for 2 months; and

4.      NSF charges have been waived until December 31.

Payments can be made in our 24 hour drop-box at the main entrance to Townhall (indicate on the outside of the envelope if you would like a receipt mailed or emailed to you).  Other payment options include online banking, telephone banking using TelPay, Town Pre-authorized Payment Program, in person at your bank, or in person at Townhall M-F 8:30am-4:30pm (closed daily 12-1pm).  For further information you can contact the Finance Department by email finance@penetanguishene.ca , by phone 705-549-7453 or go to www.penetanguishene.ca


TOWN OF PENETANGUISHENE – 2021 BUDGET - We Want To Hear From You!

The Town of Penetanguishene 2021 Budget process is underway, and a public survey is being conducted to encourage dialogue with our residents. As part of our customer service strategy, our team works hard to provide opportunities for residents to provide their input on various Town topics. We hope that this survey enables you to share your thoughts with us on financial matters and budget priorities for the Town of Penetanguishene.

For questions about this survey, please contact Carrie Robillard, CPA, CGA, Director of Finance/Treasurer at 705-549-7453 ext 210, or crobillard@penetanguishene.ca .

This Survey will close on Thursday August 30, 2020 and a summary of the results will be provided to Council on September 9, 2020 and at our Public Budget Consultation on December 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

The Budget Survey link is available on the Town’s web site www.penetanguishene.ca, hard copies are available at Townhall and Penetanguishene Public Library and the direct link is:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/28RWXWK

PLANNING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

RTO7 PPE Funding: If you’re a tourism operator in the counties of Bruce, Grey and Simcoe and have incurred business expenses for PPE (personal protective equipment) during COVID-19, RTO7 can help! With $150,000 in funding available, funds will be allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis to 150 tourism businesses in our region, 50 per county.  Each business may be reimbursed a maximum of $1000 to cover these expenses, retroactive to April 1, 2020. Visit their website for more information.

Work in Simcoe County: Explore jobs in Simcoe Country, Barrie and Orillia on one site. This website combines job listings from over 20 websites that represent multiple sectors and communities within the County of Simcoe. 

EDCNS Recovery Plan: EDCNS is committed to supporting North Simcoe businesses during this difficult and uncertain time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses in North Simcoe are experiencing unique changes to their everyday operations, employee retention and requirement needs, and restrictions to cash flow availability. For information and resources that can assist your businesses in navigating these difficult times and build a recovery plan please visit their website.

FIRE AND OPP UPDATES

OPP Reporting Tool: We remind residents that OPP ask that you report allegations of non-compliance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act by phoning 1-888-310-1122 or utilizing the online reporting tool at opp.ca/reporting.

Fire Safety: Fire permits are not required at this time. Please remember that fires are for recreational purposes and are only permitted between 4:00 pm to midnight.