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Retailers propose temporary changes to patio and parking bylaws

Hospitality and retail sectors in the County’s core commercial areas seek council’s approval of ideas to expand physical-distanced service once they’re allowed to re-open in the COVID-19 pandemic.

That sector of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Team is suggesting temporary amendments to the sidewalk patio bylaw that cancel fees, allows additional seating outside, and eliminate select parking spaces to facilitate better curbside pickup.

Physically-distanced picnic tables in select parks would require increased trash collection and open public washrooms. Benson Park in Picton, the Bloomfield Mill Pond and the Wellington Park are suggested.

The hospitality sub-committee also asks to consider allowing alcohol to be consumed at the three parks. (The law has been passed by the province but is not in effect until signed by the Lieutenant Governor).

The Picton Business Improvement Area also seeks to block 52 parking spots on Main Street to help businesses with curbside pick up services. The Mayor’s Economic Recovery Team has asked the municipality to consider a similar need in Wellington, Bloomfield and Consecon.

The BIA has requested the following spaces be cordoned off:
• North side Bowery to Elizabeth (11 parking spaces)
• South side Bean Counter (2 parking spaces)
• North side Elizabeth to Ross (13 parking spaces)
• South side Elizabeth to John’s (13 parking spaces)
• North side Coach’s to Lily’s (13 parking spaces)

Councilor Phil St-Jean consulted with business representatives in Bloomfield who identified eight spaces for curb side pick-up opportunities for
consideration:
Main Street South side:
• 2 dedicated curb side pick-up spaces between Mill & entrance to Town Hall
parking lot.
• 1 at the Corner of Main and Mill in front of Diva.
• 1 in front of County Treasures
Main Street North side:
• 2 dedicated curb side pick-up spaces between Garb and Green Gables
(between the driveways)
• 1 or 2 spaces in front of Saylor House for take-out food pick up.

St. Jean noted that giving up parking spaces for crowd/line up control needs to be figured out.

Councilor Mike Harper provided requests from Wellington:
• Behind the Wellington museum, liquor license, serve guests from restaurants, picnic tables.
• Designated pickup and drop off spots, outside of pharmacy, north side
• West side of the lights, convenience store, curbside pickup.
Councilor Harper’s request includes designating two parking spaces in Wellington for curbside pick-up and the opportunity to consider using the space behind the Wellington museum for dining.

If approved at Commitee of the Whole, council could direct staff to bring forward temporary bylaws to the June 9 council meeting.

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  1. Bruce Nicholson says:

    Now, more than ever before, the community needs to support their local restaurants. A wonderful idea for Fathers Day is the purchase of gift cards from our local restaurants. These are survival times !

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