At the Dec. 13, 2016 council meeting, Carleton Place council approved a bylaw change that will allow businesses to be open on statutory holidays, a decision that Stalwart Brewing Co. has been hoping for since it first requested an amendment to the current bylaw back in August.
After about six months of in-depth discussion on whether or not the bylaw should be approved, residents of Carleton Place and tourists to the area will soon be able to enjoy flavourful Stalwart brews and shopping on holidays like Canada Day and Victoria Day. The Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA) and Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce both expressed support for the approval of the bylaw after many months of discussion with their respective memberships.
“From our point of view, we definitely support it,” said Mark Lovell, chair of the Carleton Place BIA board.
“I support this, I think it’s reasonable, and I think everyone can be accommodated,” said Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos. “I feel that the process we went through was a good one, I think we learned a lot,” he told council
The bylaw will be passed at the next council meeting.