BACKGROUND / DISCUSSION
On January 10, 2005, Council endorsed By-law 001-2005, which By-law is to authorize civil marriage solemnization services in the City of Cornwall.
Since the implementation of this By-law, many requests have been received by the City Clerk's office to provide this service beyond the boundaries of the City of Cornwall. These requests are usually requested by persons wishing to be married in their homes, back yards, parks, etc., in the surrounding areas. It is therefore desirous to expand the territory in which we provide this service in order to accomodate special requests. Any additional revenues will increase the Clerk's Department's 2009 Budget submissions.
The City Clerk's Office also receives requests from clients who may be new Cornwall residents or out-of-City or out-of-Province clients and cannot provide for two witnesses. At those times, the Clerk's office is called upon to provide the witnesses for the ceremony. In addition, we are asked to assist some clients with the coordination of their wedding rehearsals prior to the ceremony.
When asked to provide witnesses, we must rely on the assistance of two municipal staff members and it is therefore recommended that, when this service is requested, a $30.00 fee be imposed. As for the Rehearsal Fee, it is also recommended that a $30.00 fee be imposed.