Petawawa council briefs

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016

INFORMATION CENTRE ON THE MOVE? - Moving the Visitor Information Centre from inside the Civic Centre to the Petawawa Heritage Village could substantially increase the number of people using the service, said councillor Treena Lemay.

In 2015, 699 people visited the centre while 9,644 visited the Heritage Village.

“It seems to me that if we have people that are coming to Petawawa, why don’t we take advantage that they are going to an area and give them some information?” said Lemay. “We may be missing a whole lot of people, and may be missing a whole lot of exposure for Petawawa.”

She wants the issue on council’s agenda so the decision can be made before next year’s tourism season.

A student hired by the town to staff the information booth would still be employed if the centre changed location.

MUNICIPAL SIGNAGE PROGRAM - Council has given staff the go ahead to begin the Municipal Signage Program.

The program is a collaboration between the town’s Parks and Recreation and Economic Development Departments. A previous presentation highlighted the pros and cons of the program, and the prices for different construction materials. During that May 9 meeting, council showed a preference for powder coated aluminium sign posts and Dibond sign boards.

Estimates were received for two styles; one with the sign mounted in front of the post and the other behind it. The price difference was $140.

Council has chosen the slightly costlier option, citing the design’s higher attractiveness. It will cost $1,965 per sign for the largest signs.

The budget for this year’s sign program is a $30,500, $28,000 under Parks and Recreation and $2,500 under Economic Development.