A Special Committee of the Whole meeting was held this evening at 6:00 p.m. to discuss reopening scenarios related to COVID-19.
Council received a letter from the Downtown Business Improvement Area dated June 11, 2020, requesting support in a number of areas to assist businesses in the downtown as a result of Covid-19 limitations.
The Committee supported the following requests:
- The Town will communicate through its various communication channels, that biking/skateboarding is not permitted on downtown sidewalks;
- Regular foot patrols by Carleton Place By-law Officers and forwarding a request to OPP for consideration of foot patrols by them to assist in the enforcement of the Town’s sidewalk guidelines;
- Town signage, in a format to be determined by staff, in the downtown to remind pedestrians of physical distancing measures; and
- The BIA be permitted to install two (2) flex spaces at locations to be approved by the Town, with the Town agreeing to fund the rental of one (1) flex space with the responsibility for the flex spaces remaining with the BIA.
- Allocating $1,000 towards signage encouraging motorists to reduce their speed.
- Waiving the requirements of the Development Permit Bylaw to allow for the use of some parking spaces and widened areas of the sidewalk to be used for flex space, additional retail space or extended patio space. This provision will also apply to businesses in areas outside of the downtown.
The recommended motion will be forwarded to Council for approval on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020.
Tracey Freill, Manager of Childcare Services, provided an update on the reopening of municipal childcare facilities and the policies and procedures required to do so. The projected reopening date is July 6th, 2020.
Joanne Henderson, Manager of Recreation and Culture, provided a brief update on the progression of the reopening plans related to departmental facilities including the splash pad, beach and pool.