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Quinte West businesses may have option to open on holidays



Businesses in Quinte West could soon have the option of opening on holidays if council follows a recommendation by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce.

The city will hold a public meeting during its council meeting Monday to hear input on a proposal to allow retail businesses to decide if they want to be open on holidays.

A report from city clerk Kevin Heath notes council may pass a by-law to permit retail businesses to be open on holidays “for the maintenance or development of tourism,” and such a bylaw must be in compliance with regulation.

In a letter to council, the chamber notes 60 per cent of the 50 business that completed a survey supported having the choice of whether to open or not.

The chamber noted that with the attraction of the Trent Severn, the Bay, trails and parks, and other attractions such as the National Air Force Museum of Canada, the city and businesses are “seeing the potential … to become a destination of choice.”

The letter adds that because most of the attractions in Quinte West are natural attractions and run throughout the municipality the chamber feels it would be best of the city to grant an exemption to the entire city.

The report from council notes that should the city pass the bylaw it would come into force on the 31st day after being passed, potentially April 20.

Anyone who wishes to speak at the public meeting on this issue will be permitted to speak in relation to the proposed bylaw.

The notice of the meeting was advertised in local newsprint on Feb. 16 and March 2 and was posted on the city’s website Feb. 17.

As well as the holiday bylaw, council is expected to finish its discussions on its capital budget and pass the budget Monday.

City council’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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