I do get
questions. Questions will be posted as
I get them. Here are some usual
questions and answers that I hope will
asked Petrolia questions that I field
on a regular basis. They are presented
here as asked. Obviously at the time I
answer the person or persons but there
are probably others with the same
are there so many vacant buildings uptown
These buildings are
privately owned and have nothing to do with
issues are a concern but the reason has
mostly to do with the cost of rent.
What is up with the big mansion on the
hill called the Fairbank Mansion.
Isn’t Heritage or the Town involved
with it? Why isn’t the Mansion
·The mansion is
owned privately by a family who intend to
restore the home at some point. It is
theirs and has nothing to do with the Town
or Heritage. All attempts to establish
some sort of relationship with the family
and Heritage or the Town have always been
Why are some Downtown
buildings in such rough condition? What
can be done to get these buildings in a
better state of repair?
·There are some buildings
in Petrolia’s Downtown that do require
some repair and maintenance. In some cases
owners are local and in others they are
out of town. In all cases these are
privately owned buildings and unless a
hazard to citizens or environment there is
little to be done. For about 16 years
Petrolia has had a Façade Grant Program
that many Downtown owners have
participated in. However to garner this
grant one has to come forward with the
initial capital and desire to actually do
the work. In the last few years we have
had little participation in this program
so that part of the budget was cut and
sadly a few applications for the Façade
Grant Program were not successful. However
solutions to this problem are currently
being looked at.
What is the
Designated Property Tax ReliefProgram?
If a Designated property
owner applies for the Tax Incentive they
will receive a 10% property tax grant.
Most Designated Property owners enjoy this
program and a printable form resides on
Why is the Town
so stiff on signs in the Downtown?
It only takes a short
search on the internet of other Ontario
towns and cities and you will see that
Petrolia did not invent the sign bylaw.
Especially towns that promote a vital
tourist agenda. Actually Petrolia's sign
bylaws are quite tame by other town's
standards. Don't take my word for it look