Penetanguishene - Updated: Impacts on Municipal Services

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March 19, 2020

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

UPDATE: Mid-Pen Transit Service will be temporarily shut down for the next 48 hours out extreme precaution

March 19, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. 

A message from the Town of Midland regarding Transit operations (which include the Penetanguishene Transit Bus)

“Please note that Mid-Pen Transit Service will be temporarily shut down for the next 48 hours out extreme precaution. An employee working out of our Operations Centre reported that they have been in contact with someone (not a Town employee) who was directed to self isolate today, though it’s important to note that neither person has tested positive for COVID-19. Since the buses are stored at the Operations Centre, steps are being taken to disinfect them over the next two days. Operations staff will not be reporting to the Ops Centre for the next 48 hours as further precaution. Transit is expected to resume on Saturday morning as scheduled.” - Town of Midland.

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March 17, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

Status of the Municipal Administration Offices: Closed to the public

The Town of Penetanguishene holds the health and safety of our residents, visitors and staff as a top priority. To protect our stakeholders, all Town of Penetanguishene facilities are closed to the public until further notice as a precaution to help against the spread of COVID-19. This includes Townhall (10 Robert Street West – drop box available), the Public Works complex (22 & 24 Centennial Drive) and our Fire Hall (2 Robillard Drive). The Municipal facilities remain staffed on a reduced schedule and will continue with the provision of reduced municipal services through alternate means until further notice.

Please see the chart below for additional updated details.

Municipal Service           

Impact

Action

Advisory Committees of Council Meetings

Cancelled until further notice

Notice will be issued when the meetings resume.

Committee of Adjustment

Cancelled until further notice

Notice will be issued when the meetings resume.

Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre (Arena)

Closed – All programming and rentals are cancelled until further notice.

Notice will be issued when programming and rentals resume.

Council Meetings
(including Committee of the Whole and Regular meetings of Council)

March 25 meeting is cancelled

Agenda items will be deferred to the April 8 meeting, pending further evaluation.

Fire Station

Closed to the public

Fire and emergency services will remain functional; however, access to the fire stations will not be permitted to members of the public.

Flag Raising – Daffodil Month
March 19, 2020)

Cancelled

 

March Break Day Camp
(March 16-20, 2020)

Cancelled

Full refunds will be issued.

Municipal Administration Office (Townhall)

Closed to the public

Municipal services will remain functional; however, access will not be permitted to members of the public.

*see below for details

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives

Closed.

All programming and rentals are cancelled until further notice

Notice will be issued when programming and rentals resume.

Public Works Building

Closed to the public

Public Works services will remain functional; however, access will not be permitted to members of the public.

All Recreation Programs
(including swimming)

Cancelled until further notice

Notice will be issued when programming resumes.

Accessing Municipal Services

We strongly encourage members of the public to rely on alternative options for applications or payment of municipal services. Below are alternative options for common municipal services:

Service

Alternative Options

Additional Details

Building Permit Applications

Drop-box

Applicants will be contacted with fees due after the application has been reviewed. Payment for all Planning & Development applications must be submitted by cheque.

Building Inspections

Mandatory inspections only

Call the Building Department at 705-549-2673 for options.

Dog Tags

Cheque, (drop-box or by mail) or Credit Card by phone

Applicants will be notified when their application has been processed.

Fire Permits

Cheque or Credit Card by phone (drop-box or by mail)

Applicants will be notified when their application has been processed.

Planning Applications

Drop-box

Applicants will be contacted with fees due after the application has been reviewed. Payment for all Planning & Development applications must be submitted by cheque.

Property Tax and Utility Payments

Online, cheque (drop-box or by mail), or pay at your bank

Receipts will be mailed for any payments received in drop box or by mail.  At this time the 2nd tax installment remains due April 30, 2020.

Road Occupancy, Driveway Entrance and Oversize Load Permits

Online

Digital copies of all forms are available on the Town website and can be submitted via email.

Lottery Licenses

New License:

Cheque, (drop-box or by mail) or Credit Card by phone

Reports:

Drop box

Applicants may be contacted to clarify applications and licenses will be issued through the mail requiring a minimum 10 day application period

Wharf Slip Rentals

Cheque, (drop-box or by mail) or credit card by phone

 

Where to find more information: 

Additional information about COVID-19 is available online at:  

Public Health 
(www.publichealthontario.ca)  

Government of Canada
(www.canada.ca/coronavirus)  

Government of Ontario
(www.ontario.ca/coronavirus)  

World Health Organization
(www.who.int/coronavirus

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
(www.smdhu.org/coronavirus

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact the office via telephone at (705) 549-7453. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.  For any Roads, Water and Wastewater After Hours Emergencies please call: 705-527-8210

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March 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

UPDATE: The Town of Penetanguishene is taking precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents. Following a meeting of the Senior Management Team the Town has made the difficult decision to cancel all programming and close some facilities, effective Friday, March 13 at 5:00 pm. The closures and cancellations will remain in effect until further notice. 

This is a fluid situation and the Town will continue to communicate with our residents and visitors regarding COVID-19.  Please continue to visit our Town website at www.penetanguishene.ca.  If you would like to recieve email updates directly in your inbox sign up here: https://www.penetanguishene.ca/en/news/subscribe.aspx?feedId=332cb99c-6528-48f3-98c1-4393b13712a8

Refunds will be issued to all program and rental registrants and will NOT be charged the admin fee.  Programs already underway will be issued a PRO RATED refund.  Refund Cheques will be sent through Canada Post.

Spring Programming – Further correspondence will be sent to program registrations through contact information provided during the registration process.  

Town staff are ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touch points and public spaces at all Town facilities. Public education focusing on hand washing and cough etiquette has been increased in high traffic locations and residents who do not feel well are being reminded to stay home.

We continue to encourage those with any of the identified symptoms to contact our office at 705-549-7453 for our staff to assist with any town services you may require.

For County of Simcoe related communications related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx 

For public health related resources, visit http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/ or call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520

For up-to-date information and resources pertaining to COVID-19, please regularly check the Ontario webpage:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

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March 13, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. 

In light of the COVID-19 preparations, we wanted to communicate to our residents and visitors to let you know that we are continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19.  The federal government has warned the situation could quickly change, therefore this Public Notice webpage / email subscription will be updated as required.

You will see when visiting any of our Town facilities that we have posted information (poster attached) on the entry door encouraging those with any of the identified symptoms to not enter and to contact our office at 705-549-7453 for our staff to assist with any town services you may require.

We are staying in constant communication with our staff and partners on this and will be updating on our website and social media channels as required related to any impacted Town services.

For County of Simcoe related communications related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx 

For public health related resources, visit http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/

For up-to-date information and resources pertaining to COVID-19, please regularly check the Ontario webpage:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

 

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