Petrolia Business Association could be approved in December

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Petrolia businesses are getting some information in the mail about the proposed Petrolia Business Association.

Town officials met with about 20 business owners Nov. 10 to talk about the plans to create a formal association which would take care of the marketing of Petrolia’s business community and oversee improvements to the downtown area.

Laurissa Ellsworth, director of marketing, arts and communications, told the entrepreneurs under the plan, each business would pay $150 a year and the fees would be used to help market local businesses and create events to draw people to the community, potentially bringing in new business.

Ellsworth says the town will match the tax levy and that will create a pot of about $40,000 to work with each year.

About 127 businesses across the municipality are receiving a letter about the potential association. They’re asked to respond with their concerns. Ellsworth says the project will move ahead if 66 per cent of the businesses have not objected in writing to the plan. Council reviews the idea on Dec. 13.