Kings Creek Floodplain Mapping

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Kings Creek Floodplain Mapping

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed a hazard mapping study for Kings Creek, a tributary of the Jock River, from the Brunton Side Road to the Jock River.  Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review regulations and hazard maps. 

This study provides new mapping that show areas that are prone to natural hazards such as flooding and erosion and have natural environmental features such as wetlands. The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa and the Townships of Beckwith and Montague when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff welcome historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping.

For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca/kings-creek-mapping-study and comments sent to Ferdous Ahmed, RVCA Senior Water Resources Engineer at ferdous.ahmed@rvca.ca.

To understand how mapping may affect your property, you can contact an RVCA Resource Specialist at development@rvca.ca or complete an online property inquiry form at www.rvca.ca/regulations-planning/general-property-inquiries.

The Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th from 4:30pm until 7:30pm at St. Clare Mission Hall, 4001 Dwyer Hill Road.

Rural Ontario Leaders Award

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs has just introduced a new awards program that recognizes leaders among rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations, and their work in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario.

The awards will also help to raise the awareness of rural Ontario’s ability to foster a competitive and innovative business environment, and help recognize the essential contribution of rural Ontario to the provincial economy.

One award will be provided in each of the following streams:

  • Individual Award (25 years of age and older)
  • Individual - Youth (24 years of age and younger)
  • Community (Municipality or Indigenous community)
  • Business
  • Not-for-profit/non-government organization

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, will recognize award winners at a special presentation during the next Rural Ontario Summit in February of next year.

Nominations will be accepted until November 15, 2017. If you have any questions on the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards program, please contact the Agricultural information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300, or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca, or visit the following site: https://ontario.ca/ruralleaders.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Carp Snow Disposal Facility

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By mid-October, the City of Ottawa will have completed Phase 1 of the Carp Snow Disposal Facility, which included primarily the clearing of vegetation. Work for Phase 2 will then begin at 200 Westbrook Road, just off of Carp Road. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts.

A new snow disposal site is needed to accommodate a capacity shortage servicing the west end of the City of Ottawa. This project has been in the works for several years but just received some funding assistance in recent months from upper levels of Government that has allowed the project to move forward. The Contractor, Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd., will perform the work for the City of Ottawa.

Phase 2 will include installing environmental measures, excavation, earth moving and stormwater piping. The new Snow Disposal Facility will include an entrance road, perimeter fencing, lighting, a snow stockpiling area, a snow meltwater pond and a stormwater management pond. The construction will also include berms, landscaping, tree planting and a turtle pond. Westbrook Road will be widened at the entrance of the Snow Disposal Facility to accommodate trucks turning into the site.

Construction is anticipated to commence mid-October 2017, with construction completion by December 2018. For additional information regarding the project please refer to the project website: Ottawa.ca.

If you have any questions on this project, you can contact the City of Ottawa’s Project Manager on this file, Jeff DeLoyde at Jeff.Deloyde@ottawa.ca. The contact for Cavanagh is Marten Doornekamp and he is available by email as well as: mdoornekamp@cavanaghconstruction.ca.

ITR Theatre Company

It’s the seventh game of the finals. Twenty years after a crushing defeat, the ladies have one opportunity for redemption. Will being shorthanded destroy their last chance of a comeback? This hilarious and touching comedy explores the roots of friendship, loyalty, and community. Join the ladies as they share their joys and woes… and drink beer… and eat chocolate...

Shorthanded – a Ladies’ Game highlights not only the “good old hockey game” but also the advances that women have made in traditionally male sports. This play has been rewritten especially for ITR by playwright Michael Grant as an all-female version of the hilarious, award-winning, original all-male Shorthanded. ITR is honoured to debut this new version. 

There are five performances to choose from.  Dinner shows are on October 21st & 28th at 6:00pm and are selling out quickly. There are still good seats available for October 20th & 27th at 7:30pm and the October 29th matinée at 2pm still has availability too.  All performances are at the Osgoode Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main Street, and doors open half an hour before show-time.  Tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $55 for the delicious dinner theatre.  As a special bonus, the playwright will be there on opening night and will host an optional Q&A after that show as well as after the first dinner show.  

For more information, please e-mail info@itrtheatre.com  or call 613-800-1165.  To order tickets on-line, go to http://itrtheatre.com/tickets.html and follow the prompts.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Backyard Fires in Munster & Update on the Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

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Over the last seven years, I have received questions about backyard campfires in Munster. It is something that has always puzzled me when looking at the Open Air Fire By-Law. Every single village in the City of Ottawa’s rural area permits backyard fires except for Munster. I realize that has not always stopped residents from enjoying a backyard fire in Munster but, sadly, they were restricted and the City would not issue burn permits to Munster residents.

A few months ago, Ottawa Fire Services informed me that they were updating their maps and this begun a conversation about Munster once again. Through the efforts of Ottawa Fire Services and looking at villages with similar lot fabric, it was determined that Munster’s designation could be changed from “Restricted” to “Outdoor Fireplaces and Campfires Permitted.” The information online and the maps appended to the Open Air Fire By-Law have now been updated to include this new designation for Munster. As a result, while the good people of Richmond and Ashton are enjoying their backyard fireplace, Munster residents can now do so as well (legally).

Open Air Fire Permits are available at the Stittsville Fire Station on Stittsville Main Street between 8:30am and 4:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are feeling adventurous, you may also pick one up at the North Gower Client Service Centre on Thursdays between those same hours.

Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

The public consultation component of the Draft Site Alteration By-Law has now closed. I would like to thank residents of Rideau-Goulbourn for submitting their comments to the City over the last month. Of all the submissions that the City received, the overwhelming majority came in from our ward, which speaks volumes about our engagement on city-wide issues.

In the coming weeks and months, staff will be working on the final report and doing their best to address the comments received. I have met with staff and reviewed these comments as well. My office remains committed to ensuring this proposed by-law meets the original intent and does not create undue burden on farmers and landowners alike.

While this report was originally scheduled to come to Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee this fall, I now understand that the target date for the report is in the first quarter of 2018. The report will also go to Planning Committee at that time. If you have any questions on this proposed by-law, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

October’s ARAC Agenda, 2018 Budget Consultation & More

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The next meeting of Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is coming up on Thursday, October 5th. Agenda items at this upcoming meeting include the following:

  • Zoning By-Law Amendments for:
    • 3719 Dunrobin Road (West Carleton)
    • 1156 Jinkinson Road (Rideau-Goulbourn)
    • 5721, 5731, 5741 Manotick Main Street (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • Boundary Road Agreement Report
  • Rural Coach Houses on Private Services
  • Carp Airport Development
  • Thomas Gamble Municipal Drain (Osgoode)
  • Kilroe Municipal Drain (Barrhaven)

The Zoning By-Law Amendment for 1156 Jinkinson Road is an expansion of Cavanagh’s Henderson Quarry. Already approved through the Province’s Aggregate Resources Act, the amendment changes the zoning from Mineral Reserve (MR) to Mineral Extraction (ME). A portion of the MR zone will also change to Environmental Protection (EP3) as a buffer between the quarry and the neighbouring wetland.

The Zoning By-Law Amendment for Manotick Main Street is the Regional Group/eqHomes development on the southern edge of Manotick, along the Rideau River. This property is in between Island View Road and Kelly Marie Drive. The Draft Plan of Subdivision was already approved by the City of Ottawa and this report deals specifically with the zoning of the property. That approval has been appealed and I am working with the appellant and the developer to resolve those issues. The appellant is well within their rights to have appealed, I agree with the basis of that appeal and I am confident we can resolve the matter.
 
The current zoning for 5721, 5731 and 5741 Manotick Main Street allows for detached dwellings. The proposed zoning, which aligns itself with the Manotick Secondary Plan, will allow the development of detached dwellings as well as townhome dwellings. Another element of the zoning amendment is to reduce required setbacks and increase the maximum lot coverage. The reason for this is because of the development being entirely bungalows. Bungalows require a larger footprint.
 
The report on coach houses deals specifically with coach houses being developed in the rural area on private services, i.e.: well and septic. The report attempts to soften some of the requirements imposed last year for those wishing to build a coach house on their property. For properties on municipal services, one just requires a building permit. The development on private services is a little more complex because well and septic capacity have to be considered.

The Boundary Road Agreement report deals with all of the roads that the City of Ottawa shares with our neighbouring municipalities, including North Grenville, Montague Township, Beckwith Township and Lanark County. It sets out maintenance responsibility agreements between the various partners. One such road that has caused concern is Ashton Station Road. This report is aimed at addressing maintenance issues between the City and Beckwith. As of right now, Beckwith has not agreed but the City of Ottawa continues to work with them on the agreement.

The agenda and all reports are available at Ottawa.ca.  

RCVA Tree Planing Program 

Money is available to landowners interested in planting trees. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority offers private landowners tree planting programs that help them get technical advice, planting plans and funding for trees.
 
To be eligible, landowners need at least one acre of land and are willing to plant a minimum of 500 trees. If you have the space, RVCA can help get trees growing on your land for 15 cents a tree. Since 1983, RVCA has planted over 5.25 million trees on private property for landowners. For more information please visit the RVCA’s website.

Richmond Forcemain Project Update

As many of you are aware, the Richmond Forcemain Project has been ongoing for much of 2017. Over the next few weeks, City Staff will be preparing for the abandonment of the old 200mm forcemain that runs from the Richmond Sewage Pumping Station along Royal York Street, Chanonhouse Drive and goes through Chanonhouse Park and connects to the lagoons. This abandonment will be completed by excavating a series of approximately nine pits between the Pumping Station and the Lagoons and filling the old forcemain with grout.
 
The City of Ottawa inspector for the forcemain will go door-to-door to briefly discuss the work, timelines and reinstatement work with residents that are in direct proximity of a pit. Placement of topsoil and seeding is ongoing between King Street and Eagleson Road. Chain link fence installation along the rear of the properties on Dallaire Crescent and installation of the granular access road from Eagleson Road to the west limit of lagoon cell ‘C’ is ongoing. Deficient work inside valve chambers on the 300mm and 600mm forcemains along the Jock River from the Condominium building at 68 King Street to the lagoons is ongoing.
 
The Parking lot on Eagleson Road near Barnsdale Road is now open. Trails remain closed within the project limits and fencing and signage are being maintained in the construction zone.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

RVCA Tree Planting Program & Other Updates

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The next Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting is coming up on October 4th. The agenda for that meeting will not be available for another week but there are a few items that are tentatively set for that agenda. The items include a report on Coach Houses, a report on the City of Ottawa's Boundary Road Agreements with our neighbouring municipalities, and the zoning bylaw amendment for the Regional project at 5721, 5731, 5741 Manotick Main Street. Please visit our website to sign up for our e-Newsletter to receive more information on our upcoming ARAC meeting. The newsletter will include the full agenda and links to the reports.

RVCA Tree Planting Program

Money is available to landowners interested in planting trees. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority offers private landowners tree planting programs that help them get technical advice, planting plans and funding for trees.

To be eligible, landowners need at least one acre of land and are willing to plant a minimum of 500 trees. If you have the space, RVCA can help get trees growing on your land for 15 cents a tree. Since 1983, RVCA has planted over 5.25 million trees on private property for landowners. For more information please visit the RVCA’s website.

Rideau River Floodplain Mapping Open House

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed two hazard mapping studies for the Rideau River: Hogs Back to Kars and Kars to Burritt’s Rapids. These studies update existing mapping in some areas and new mapping in others. Both Rideau River studies look at identifying two main types of hazards along these stretches of the watercourse: flooding and slope stability.

The goal of this mapping is to help ensure that sound planning decisions are made – keeping people and property safe. Accurate engineered hazard mapping is the foundation of effective floodplain and resource management.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff welcome historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping. For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca and comments sent to Ferdous Ahmed, RVCA Senior Water Resources Engineer at Ferdous.Ahmed@rvca.ca.

Public Open House
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Rideau Valley Conservation Centre
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Have your Say on Richmond Parks & Other Updates!

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Richmond Parks Open House

On Tuesday, September 12th, I will be hosting an Open House meeting alongside our City of Ottawa Parks Planner, Jennifer Hemmings. The purpose of this open house is to outline plans for various park projects across the village. The parks included are King’s Grant Park, Richmond Lions Park and Sarah McCarthy Park. The latter is a new park being developed in the Richmond Gate community off of Nixon Farm Drive.

The proposals will introduce a new mini soccer field and pathways at King’s Grant, a new lighted outdoor rink at Richmond Lions Park, and a basketball court, puddle rink and two new play structures, including an accessible structure at Sarah McCarthy Park. Ms. Hemmings and I have also heard many of the comments from Richmond residents on what they’d like to see in our parks. As a result of those comments, future planning has also begun on a new regional park in the Western Development Lands. That park has been identified for both a splash pad and a skate park.

While the park planned in the Western Development Lands is a few years away, the plans for our other three parks are more imminent with much of the work taking place in 2018. The Open House will focus on these three parks and will be hosted at the Richmond Arena hall upstairs between the hours of 7:00pm and 9:00pm. As this is an open house, you can come at any time during those two hours. If you are unable to attend, I will also have the display boards with me at my Richmond Fair booth, just inside the main gate, all weekend from Friday, September 15th until close on Sunday, September 17th.

Rideau River Floodplain Mapping Open House

Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review hazard maps. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed two hazard mapping studies for the Rideau River: Hogs Back to Kars and Kars to Burritt’s Rapids. These studies update existing mapping in some areas and new mapping in others. Both Rideau River studies look at identifying two main types of hazards along these stretches of the watercourse: flooding and slope stability.

The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa and the Municipality of North Grenville when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

The goal of this mapping is to help ensure that sound planning decisions are made — keeping people and property safe. Accurate engineered hazard mapping is the foundation of effective floodplain and resource management.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff are also open to receiving historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping. For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca and comments sent to Ferdous Ahmed, RVCA Senior Water Resources Engineer at ferdous.ahmed@rvca.ca.

The Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 27th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON.

Community Dancing in Manotick

On Friday, September 29th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, join the Ever Hopeful Stringband and caller Pippa Hall for a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening of community dancing, including circles, squares and contras at the Manotick United Church. If you are interested in a fun, interactive session of dance, laughter & music then this is for you. Each dance is taught and the whole family is invited. The evening begins with simple dances, followed by dances that build on skills as the evening progresses. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 12-18 and children under 12 are free. For more information, please call 613-692-4576 or visit http://dance.manotick.net.

ORMHA Wants You!

Hockey season is upon us and the Osgoode-Rideau Minor Hockey Association is looking for volunteers. ORMHA depends on your support to ensure that a fun and safe program can be offered to our children. When YOU get involved, you help make a difference. If you happen to be thinking about being a volunteer for this coming season, they want to hear from you.

There are many ways to participate, with many different levels of time commitment. You can visit ormha.goalline.ca to find out more information. If you have any questions, contact volunteer@ormha.ca. I’ve filled a number of various roles at ORMHA from team Manager to Board Member to Convenor/Coach for their Learn to Skate Program. I can definitely attest to the fact that there are various roles based on your ability to commit time.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

September's ARAC Meeting & Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

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With the return of the school year comes the return of our regular committee schedule. During the summer months, Council will place all of the regular July meetings in the first two weeks of the month and place all of the August meetings toward the end of the month, thus creating somewhat of a break from Committee work. September 7th will be our next Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee following our last meeting in early July.

Agenda items for this meeting include:

  • Zoning Amendment – 3926 Milton Road (Cumberland)
  • Zoning Amendment – 3455 Milton Road (Cumberland)
  • Zoning Amendment – 6690 Mitch Owens (Osgoode)
  • Zoning Amendment – 1430 Dunning Road (Cumberland) 
  • Appointment of a Drainage Engineer for Wilson-Cowan Municipal Drain

Also included is a report that includes some zoning by-law amendments to accommodate reconstruction efforts in parts of the city that were impacted by the severe flooding in May of this year. Another report is a quarterly Omnibus Zoning By-Law Amendment report, which we will receive a brief presentation on with regard to any impacts in the rural area.

As always, ARAC meetings are held at Ben Franklin Place in Centrepointe in the former Nepean Council Chambers. Our meetings begin at 10:00am. All of the items listed above are available for review at Ottawa.ca or through our monthly e-Newsletter, which you can sign up for at RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

Last year, the City of Ottawa began a review of the current City By-Laws that regulate site alteration activities. Over the last several months, City staff have engaged with local residents, farming organizations and environmental groups to create a new Site Alteration By-Law for the City of Ottawa. The City’s goal with this new by-law is to prevent drainage problems, protect the productivity of soils in designated Agricultural Resource Areas, protect designated natural areas and other identified natural heritage features (such as significant woodlands and valleylands) from negative impacts, reduce the risk of root damage to City-owned trees or other trees protected under the City’s tree by-laws and to establish basic rules for how site alteration is done, to avoid impacts to neighbours and the environment. Ultimately, the driving force behind this proposal is the impacts on agricultural lands by those wishing to development. In some cases, we have seen land manipulation in an effort to downgrade land from agricultural to a use more compatible with development. One thing I would like to see in this by-law is an outright exemption for normal agricultural activities. That exemption doesn’t yet exist.

I would encourage any landowner or resident who has an interest in site alteration activities to review the draft by-law which is available on Ottawa.ca and to provide your feedback to City staff. As always, you can contact my office to receive a copy of the draft by-law, or to provide your comments. It is very important that the City received a variety of feedback on this matter from all parties impacted.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

OCPA Plowing Match set for Twin Elm

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As summer, or whatever you want to call the last couple of months, winds down, the Committee schedule for Council gets back into the full swing of things. The first week of every month is usually a busy one for me as I sit on Finance & Economic Development Committee, Transportation Committee and Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. Those three committees meet respectively on the first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the month. As a result, our next meeting of ARAC falls on Thursday, September 7th. At the time of print for this edition of the Messenger, I do not have the final agenda but it will likely be light. If you are interested in seeing the details of the upcoming ARAC meeting, please subscribe to our Rideau-Goulbourn e-Newsletter on our RideauGoulbourn.ca website or you can also find the agenda at Ottawa.ca as soon as it goes live.

OCPA Plowing Match set for Twin Elm

The Ottawa Carleton Plowmen’s Association (OCPA) Plowing Match is set for August 25th and 26th near Twin Elm, at the corner of Brophy Drive and Moodie Drive.

On Friday, August 25th, there will be a brief opening ceremony at 11:00am followed by a VIP Plowing Competition and a light lunch and awards ceremony. From 1:00pm until 3:00pm, a “Plowing Workshop” will take place with coaches and equipment provided to encourage everyone, including the public, to learn more about the art of plowing.

Rain or shine, the OCPA Plowing Match starts at 10:00am on Saturday, August 26th, with competitors from across the county vying for a spot to move on to the next level of plowing perfection using both modern and vintage tractors. The day will also showcase displays, vendors and farm equipment to examine and enjoy. All are welcome, and the $3 admission includes parking.

Winners will be announced at a banquet that evening. All are welcome to it as well. Banquet tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance by calling 613-913-0721.

Plowers must plow at local matches to be eligible to plow at the International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo in Walton (Huron County), Ontario, September 19th to 23rd, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the IPM.

Line Painting Program Update

In recent weeks and months, some of you may have noticed City crews out painting lines on our roads. Since the City’s line painting crews normally work at night, this might have been surprising to some and frustrating for others who were caught behind a crew while it was painting. They would normally work at night to avoid these types of traffic conflicts. Unfortunately, this summer hasn’t been like the ones before it.

Due to the high incidence of rain during the months of May and June (the City’s weather forecaster reported that it rained 37 of 61 days during these two months), City staff lost 25 out of 70 pavement marking work shifts due to rain. Furthermore, this past winter was particularly harsh resulting in an unusually high amount of wear on the existing pavement markings and leaving many pavement markings more faded than usual. As a result, this significantly delayed their production schedule. To compensate, Staff are working additional shifts (as weather permits) to ensure that the completion of this program is done before the end of the season. As mentioned, this work would have ideally been done at night as it has been done in the past.

ROSSS Walk of Care

As many of you know, each year Rural Ottawa South Support Services hosts its annual Walk of Care along the beautiful Doug Thompson Multi-Use Pathway. This year’s walk is scheduled for September 9th with the funds raised from the walk going to support ROSSS’ transportation and caregivers programs.

Last year ROSSS provided over 15,000 drives to seniors and adults with disabilities and offered over 6,000 hours of respite for caregivers. Current data shows that 15.4% of Ottawa’s population are seniors.  This number is expected to double by 2031 to 250,000 seniors.  As a result of this services and programs like transportation and caregiver support are critical to helping seniors age in the communities they have called home for their whole lives.

In Ontario, 65% of seniors over the age of 65 who receive care identify transportation as their number one need. 29% of Ontarians act as unpaid caregivers for family members, neighbours, or a friend. If you would like to help ROSSS continue to offer these needed programs in rural Ottawa, consider joining the Walk of Care.

Registration and pledge forms are available online at www.walkofcare.ca.

Barrhaven Seniors' Council

The Fall 2017 Newsletter and calendars of activities for September to December are now available at https://barrhavenseniors.com/. There are plenty of activities Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons, and more new programs are being added throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please contact Don at 613-440-3620.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Community Meeting: Samara (Hyde Park) Official Plan and Zoning Amendment

In this very column a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that the City of Ottawa had received an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-law Amendment to amend the Official Plan, Richmond Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law to allow 3 storey residential apartment buildings, 3 and 5 storey 124 unit retirement residence and 205 square metres of commercial uses all on a small private water works. The need for the amendments is due to the private water works, rather than the actual buildings.

Over the last two weeks, I have been discussing this application with staff and the applicant and we have organized a public meeting on Tuesday, September 26th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the Richmond Agricultural Society’s Dining Hall. The City will be putting out a formal notice of this meeting in early September but I wanted to give a heads up well in advance.

For more information on this application, please visit Ottawa.ca/devapps.

Flewellyn Road Pole Replacement

Hydro Ottawa will be undertaking electrical system improvements in the coming months. The project involves replacing aging hydro poles on Flewellyn Road (between Munster Road and Conley Road). This work will improve the reliability of the electrical distribution system in the area.

Work is scheduled to commence August 21, 2017, and continue until December 15, 2017. Residents will notice an increased construction presence throughout the duration of the project, including excavation activities. In order to minimize noise concerns, Hydro Ottawa will ensure that work is completed weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Traffic control will be implemented when required to ensure that roads and driveways remain accessible and safe to residents.

Be assured that all residents and businesses in the affected area will receive advanced notice of the project and will be provided with a point of contact. Customers will also receive advance notification prior to any planned power interruptions affecting their premises.

Hydro Ottawa is committed to delivering safe, reliable electricity service and keeping you informed of upgrades and emergency work taking pace in your community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Eagleson Road Closure

Please note that, due to the replacement of a culvert, Eagleson Road will be closed, between Barnsdale Road and Ottawa Street, from August 21st to August 30th.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Phase 2 of Mahogany Development in Manotick

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In April, residents of Manotick were invited to a workshop hosted by Minto to discuss their upcoming phases of their Mahogany development. On July 10th, they submitted the application for the next step in their project. The draft proposal for Phases 2, 3 and 4 is for a total of 926 residential units and will include open space, parks and a school. The unit count for these phases is consistent with the initial overall development unit count of 1400. In my estimation, the construction start for Phase 2 is still likely two years away.

One substantial change over recent demonstrations of this development is that the school will move from Phase 3 into Phase 2. The school is proposed to be located on Bridgeport Avenue and adjacent to one of the new parks. This set of phasing will bring the development up to the forested area to the west. As a reminder, that forested area was recently acquired by the City of Ottawa and will be preserved as is.

For more information on this application, please visit www.ottawa.ca/devapps. The Planning Rational and Draft Plan of Subdivision are available to view and will help answer any questions you may have. However, you are more than welcome to contact myself or Jeff Ostafichuk on this proposal as well. He can be reached at Jeffrey.Ostafichuk@ottawa.ca.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

 

Speeding, Libraries and Farmers' Markets in Rideau-Goulbourn

In this column two weeks ago, I highlighted some upcoming budget changes with regard to infrastructure renewal. However, I also mentioned that, in the short term, the City was looking at doing what they could to address some current infrastructure needs in Richmond. In recent weeks, Council approved additional funding and some of that has been allocated to Strachan Street, from McBean to the dead end beyond Cockburn. This project is currently out to tender.

Reporting Speeding in your Community

My office receives many emails/calls about speeding in different communities. Although we are always happy to investigate traffic calming measures, the most effective action that residents can take is to report speeding to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), which you can do online at OttawaPolice.ca. This is the only way the incident is formally reported and helps OPS plan accordingly. This small step could make a bigger difference in your neighbourhood.

Ottawa Public Library

The North Gower and Richmond libraries have multiple events planned this summer. The North Gower branch is hosting a weekly “Summer Family Storytime” on Tuesdays from 10:30-11 am until August 15th. In Richmond, catch a “Family Reading Adventure” every Wednesday from 10:15-11 am until August 23rd. The Richmond branch is also hosting “Get Crafty” weekly on Fridays, 1:30-5 pm until August 25th. You can also visit the Manotick and Munster libraries to check out books for the whole family!

Our Local Farmers’ Markets

Rideau-Goulbourn is home to two great Farmers’ Markets! The North Gower Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1 pm and The Manotick Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Both run until October 7th. For more information, visit: www.ngfarmersmarket.com or www.ManotickFarmersMarket.com.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Proposed Development near Hyde Park & Richmond Lions Park

Many in Richmond, and many others who have passed through over the years, have asked the obvious question about what will happen to the unfinished five storey building near Hyde Park and Richmond Lions Park. The original plan for the Immanuel House failed, unfortunately, and the initial developer went bankrupt. Since then, though, the property has transferred to a new owner, Silver Maple Developments. The City is now in receipt of an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment to allow multiple 3 storey residential apartment buildings, a 3 and 5 storey retirement residence and 205 square metres of commercial uses on a private water system.

The site was previously approved as Hyde Park with Phase 1 completed as 92 residential townhouses on private roads off of Perth Street and with a private water system. Phase 2A construction is nearly completed and was approved as a three storey 35-unit retirement residence off of Talos Circle and Cedarstone Street. The proposal would see the use change to a 35-unit apartment building. Phase 2B is the partially built 5 storey building with the 3 storey wing. It is proposed to remain a retirement residence. Phase 2 would be serviced with an extension of the private well system and would be accessed off of Cedarstone Street and Talos Circle. Phase 3 would also be serviced with municipal sewer and the private water system and accessing of Talos Circle. It would consist of 8, 3-storey, 14-unit apartment buildings.

The amendment to the Official Plan is required as small drinking water systems are only contemplated for institutional uses, such as schools and retirement homes not for residential uses. The amendment to the Richmond Secondary Plan would recognize a land use change from the institutional to residential to permit Phases 2A and 3 to proceed as residential apartments. It would also permit a 5 storey retirement residence and permit the commercial uses.

The zoning by-law amendment would rezone Phases 2 and 3 from a Rural Institutional zone to a Village residential density 3 Subzone E exception to permit commercial and amend some of the zone provisions. Specifically, the front yard is proposed to be reduced from 9 to 3 metres, the rear yard from 11 to 10.6 metres, increase the height from 15 to 16 metres, reduce the drive aisles from 6.7 to 6 metres and consider Phases 2 and 3 one lot for zoning purposes.

At this time, nothing is being imposed that would impact the existing 92 units in Hyde Park. I will be working with the applicant on hosting a public information session in the fall before this item comes to Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. If you would like to submit comments on this application, please contact Cheryl.McWilliams@ottawa.ca.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

The State of Our Roads: Good News for Infrastructure Renewal

One of the most significant issues that any Councillor deals with on a daily basis, and certainly every rural Councillor, is the state of our roads. Since 2012, Council has continuously worked to close the funding gap when it comes to infrastructure renewal. This would include buildings, parks, sidewalks, roads, etc. In 2012, Council approved a one-time funding program called Ottawa on the Move that saw $340M invested directly into renewal between then and 2014. Additionally, over the last six years, Council has set aside annual increases to our renewal budget to help close that gap in our annual budget. It has helped but it hasn’t been nearly enough.

The commitment that has been made in recent years has seen vast improvements in our rural road network throughout Ottawa. Over 30% of all annual road renewal funding is spent in the rural area. This year, for instance, the City is resurfacing Shea Road, Bleeks Road and William McEwen Drive. In recent years, we’ve seen renewal of Moodie Drive, Century Road West, Donnelly Drive, Bridge Street, Church Street, Ottawa Street and so on. Every time the City resurfaces a road, though, there is really no time to rest on our laurels as we have an abundance of other roads that require attention.

The last time that the City did a Long Range Financial Plan and updated its Asset Management Plan was in 2012 and the result was that increased commitment to renewal and the Ottawa on the Move program. In recent weeks, Council approved our next Long Range Financial Plan with a major focus on infrastructure renewal. Even though we had been adding more money in every budget, our annual funding gap toward renewal is $70M. We are spending $125M on infrastructure renewal when we should be spending $195M.

In June, Council approved our most recent update to the Long Range Financial Plan with the following key recommendations:

  • That the contribution from taxation for the renewal of existing assets be increased by inflation (Construction Price Index) and an additional $10.5 million in the 2018 budget, as a priority within Council’s approved tax targets.
  • That the annual contribution from taxation for the renewal of existing assets be increased annually by inflation and an additional $7.8 million per year starting in the 2019 budget for 9 years as outlined in this report.
  • That staff continue to pursue permanent stable funding from the federal and provincial governments for the renewal of existing assets.

This significant increase in funding will help advance more roads, parks and building renewal projects in the coming years. Further to that, we have also improved some additional funding for this year and I have been working with staff to try and secure some improvements in Richmond on Strachan, Martin and Colonel Murray. It likely won’t be full resurfacing but something better than the patch work that was done previously.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

5514 Manotick Main, 1353 Scharfgate And Other Ward Updates

5514 Manotick Main Street

Last week, we held the last meeting of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee until September. While there were only two items on the agenda items from Rideau-Goulbourn, they were both zoning applications within the village of Manotick. 5514 Manotick Main Street, also known as the Falls House property, has been featured prominently in this column for over two years. The proposal, as many of you know, is for a new three storey office/commercial building at the corner of Bridge Street and Manotick Main Street. This replaces the former Falls House that was demolished last fall. The zoning application seeks to realign the zoning of the existing property with a parcel of land that was added to it so that the entire property has a uniform zoning and can meet the parking requirements for development. There are also some minor changes to setbacks and height but the building retains the three storey limit as set out in the Manotick Secondary Plan. In recent months, community leaders have assisted me in refining the design and developing a softer look to the building. While there are still some modifications to be made, the most recent design and background on the property can be found at rideaugoulbourn.ca/fallshouse. I encourage you to visit the site and see the updated design.

The owner and the architect are still making refinements in collaboration with various community leaders that have been instrumental in softening the design of the original proposal and creating something that is more in tune with the community’s vision for the village core. Further refinements will include two chamfered corners as well as a hanging clock/sign on the southeast corner of the property.

The wall proposed at the edge of the southeast corner is planned to be built using the existing foundation stones from the Falls House. This will allow the property to front the intersection nicely and will also provide a buffer between the road and proposed patio. It will also provide some uniformity with the two other gateway features at this intersection. Removal of the guard rail will also take away some of the industrial feel of the intersection.

While the zoning application was approved last week, the design will be finalized in the weeks that follow. I want to take this opportunity to thank representatives from the Manotick Village & Community Association, the Manotick Culture, Parks & Recreation Association, the Manotick BIA and the Rideau Township Historical Society for their input throughout this process. We also had two other community leaders assist and I owe a debt of gratitude to them as well. Thanks as well to the community for their input in recent months on this proposal.

The other local item is the 1353 Scharfgate report. This is a development application from Cavanagh and John Gerard Homes in the pre-existing development off of First Line Road. The address is misleading as the current property does not, and will not, have access onto Scharfgate Drive. The development will see McManus Avenue extended through it with the creation of 16 new lots and a park. One of the main issues that came up during consultation was the proposal to build the development with open ditches. Nearby residents were concerned about this lack of conformity with the rest of development. Following this, we were able to work with the developer on achieving that conformity. Therefore, all 16 lots will feature closed ditches.

McLean Bridge Renewal

Work continues to progress on the McLean Bridge Rehabilitation project on the Barnsdale Road in Manotick. Over the last two weeks, the portable temporary traffic control signals (PTTS) were set up and vehicular traffic, pedestrians and cyclists are moving well. The temporary sidewalk on the north side was also installed.

The existing asphalt surface on the south side of the bridge deck was removed and had its surface prepared for new asphalt. The turbidity curtain was placed in the Rideau River. The installation of the turbidity curtain is an environmental protection measure that is required on bridge rehabilitation projects over water.  The re-facing of the pier caps below the bridge deck also started. The old bridge railings on the south side of the bridge have been removed and the suspended platform that allows for worker access has been installed.

Over the next two weeks, the re-facing of the pier caps below the bridge deck will continue and the removal of the old sidewalk on the south side of the bridge will be started.  Next week, work will commence on the removal and replacement of the bridge expansion joints.  

Richmond Forcemain Project

Construction is continuing on the Richmond Forcemain project. Bypass pumping of the Richmond Sewage Pumping Station into lagoon cell ‘C’ has started and will continue until the week of July 24th. This allows for the repairs to the existing forcemain to be carried out. In the coming weeks, there will be localized works along the property line behind the Dallaire Street properties.

The contractor will continue to bring in construction materials to site such as granulars, pipes and fitting materials and they will continue the installation of a granular access road from Eagleson to the west limit of lagoon cell ‘C’. Streets in the construction zone will be monitored daily for construction debris and clean as required.  

If you would like to receive regular updates about this activity, please contact David Brown at David.Brown2@ottawa.ca.

Lyme Disease Kits

Ottawa Public Health has been advising Ottawa physicians and the public since April 2017 that all parts of Ottawa should be considered risk areas for Lyme disease. The prevalence of Lyme disease in blacklegged ticks will fluctuate in time and geographically throughout the Ottawa region. However, as mentioned, all of Ottawa is considered a risk area for Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. In Ontario, Lyme disease is spread by the bite of a black-legged tick, commonly known as the deer tick. Most humans are infected through the bite of an immature tick called a nymph, which is very small and are most active in the spring. Adult ticks are larger and active during the late summer and fall.

Ottawa Public Health has put together Lyme disease “kits”, which are available for pickup free of charge at the North Gower Client Service Centre for your information, use and distribution. Each “kit” includes a Lyme disease factsheet, which offers details related to the symptoms of Lyme Disease, tick removal processes, testing protocols and ways to prevent tick bites. The kits also include a tick key, which is designed to help remove any tick that may have attached themselves to a person, a family member, friend or pet. The Client Service Centre is only open on Thursdays. If you are interested in receiving a kit, you can also contact Wendy Eberwein at Wendy.Eberwein@ottawa.ca.

For more information on how to protect yourself and your family, please visit www.ottawa.ca/lymedisease.

Blue Rock Park Renewal

The City is currently working on the design of Blue Rock Park in Kars with the intent on renewing the park in the spring. Unfortunately, due to printing timelines, I wasn’t able to provide as much notice via this column as I would have liked. However, comments are still being accepted until July 14th. You can find out more about the proposed options at www.rideaugoulbourn.ca/blue-rock-park.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

ARAC Agenda & RVCA Conducting Hazard Mapping Studies

Our next meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is on Thursday, July 6th. It will be the last meeting of the Committee until the first week of September. As usual, we meet at Ben Franklin Place in the old Nepean Council Chambers and the meeting begins at 10:00am. Agenda items include:

Zoning Amendment: 5514 Manotick Main Street
Zoning Amendment: 4711 Rockdale Road
Zoning Amendment: 1260 Loeper Street
Zoning Amendment: 9391 Parkway Road
Zoning Amendment: 1353 Scharfgate Drive
Road Allowance Closure between 1792 & 1818 Old Prescott Road
Appointment of Engineer: Tompkins Diversion Municipal Drain

There is an additional item on the agenda that is sensitive in nature and will be discussed In Camera. It involves a litigious matter dealing with a property in Osgoode Ward.

Only two of the agenda items emanate from Rideau-Goulbourn and they are both zoning applications within the village of Manotick. 5514 Manotick Main Street is a new three storey office/commercial building at the corner of Bridge Street and Manotick Main Street. 1353 Scharfgate is a development application from Cavanagh and John Gerard Homes in the pre-existing development off of First Line Road. The address is misleading as the current property does not, and will not, have access onto Scharfgate Drive.

The agenda and associated reports can be found online at Ottawa.ca.

RVCA Conducting Hazard Mapping Studies

During the last five years, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has been conducting several hazard mapping studies on watercourses within the City of Ottawa and the RVCA area of jurisdiction. For some watercourses, old mapping will be updated; and for others, hazards maps will be created for the first time. Studies look at identifying two main types of hazards along the watercourses: flood risk and slope stability risk.

These studies are being done through a collaboration involving the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Valley, Mississippi Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities. The City recognized a need to update its zoning schedules based on up-to-date flood risk mapping, and has provided contributions enabling the Conservation Authorities to move ahead with these studies sooner than would otherwise be possible.

Slope stability studies make use of new, highly detailed topographic data to identify toe and top of slope. This information is used to create an allowance area that serve as a flag of potentially unstable slope areas.

Currently, the RVCA is focusing its efforts on the following streams:

  • Flowing Creek (Flewellyn Road to Jock River)
  • Hobbs Drain (Fallowfield Road to Jock River)
  • Kings Creek (Brunton Side Road to Jock River)
  • Nichols Creek (Montague Boundary Road to Jock River)
  • Rideau River (Hogs Back to Kars)
  • Rideau River (Kars to Burritts Rapids)

Historical records, news clippings, photographs and local anecdotal stories and memories of past flood events can be useful in confirming the reasonableness of the calculations and resulting floodplain mapping. Local residents with this kind of information are encouraged to share their information and knowledge with RVCA’s Ferdous Ahmed (613-692-3571 ext. 1170 or ferdous.ahmed@rvca.ca).

Those interested in learning more about the project or being included on our contact list are also encouraged to contact the RVCA. Once the technical work for individual study areas is complete and hazard mapping has been prepared, a public information session will be held to collect public feedback.  Any new information or comments will be taken into consideration in further refinement of the mapped hazard limits. 

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Street Name Changes and More Rideau-Goulbourn Updates

After amalgamation, streets names across the City were changed or altered to alleviate duplication. While the most obvious duplicates were changed initially, the process to correct every duplication was onerous each one took up a considerable amount of time. As a result, the process was changed in 2015 in order to get through the backlog of addressing anomalies.

In Richmond, many residents will be receiving letters about new street names within the village. The issues being addressed at the moment involve streets that are cut off by the Jock River. As many residents know, most of the streets in Richmond straddle the Jock but don’t cross the Jock. Since this could cause challenges for wayfinding and emergency services, the City will be adding cardinal directions to the ends of each street with the fewest number of addresses. For instance, there are more homes on the north end of Lennox Street than on the south end so only the southern portion will have the cardinal direction added to it.

The new streets names include King Street North, Burke Street East, Cockburn Street South, Lennox Street South, Colonel Murray Street South, Maitland Street South, Ottawa Street West, Royal York Street West, Queen Charlotte Street North, Fowler Street South and Cambrian Road West. Letters to affected homeowners will be sent by the City of Ottawa. In fact, you may have already received these letters.

While these street names present minor conflicts and can be corrected by simply adding a cardinal direction, some other streets still require full changes. Currently, the City is looking at renaming one section of Links Drive in Country Club Village. Those residents have received notification. Further on, the City will be getting in touch with residents on Hamilton Street in Richmond as well due to the conflict with Hamilton Avenue. If you have any questions on any of these, feel free to contact my office.

Construction Updates

Many of you have likely noticed that construction is coming along nicely at Manotick’s newest park located in Dickinson Square. With the grand opening slated for July 2nd, the Remembrance Park is nearing completion having just had a split rail fence installed at the rear of the property. This work was completed by staff from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority as well as community volunteers. The entire park has been a community effort and it is exciting to see it come this far.

On another local construction project, the Manotick Arena expansion is well underway. Scheduled to continue through the fall, the City is working with the community and Arena user groups on finding ways to utilize the ice surface come October while the new space is still under construction. The new dressing rooms and community space on the second floor is scheduled to be available for use in January 2018.

As for road construction, the spring weather hasn’t been incredibly friendly to our road crews and contractors. William McEwen Drive resurfacing is nearing completion with Shea Road just getting underway after several delays due to weather. Similarly, projects on Donnelly Drive, Harnett Road, Mackey Road and Gallagher Road are advancing and will be completed over the next two months. The Gallagher and Mackey projects are both different stages of a gravel road upgrade while Harnett and Donnelly will see microsurfacing.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

 In 2016, 17,962 participants dropped off 646 tonnes of material at the City’s household hazardous waste depots. This represents an 8% increase in participation and a 16% increase in material collected over 2015 rates. This year, the Public Works and Environmental Services department (PWES) will continue to provide collection services for household hazardous waste such as corrosive, flammable or poisonous materials; by offering free one-day mobile depots from April 30, 2017 through to October 28, 2017.

Our next depot will be held at the OC Transpo Park and Ride facility at 3355 Fallowfield Road on June 25th from 8:00am until 4:00pm. Electronic waste will also be accepted.

A Canadian Odyssey

Manotick Brass will be presenting “A Canadian Odyssey” to celebrate Canada 150 on June 24th at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick. This special program will feature all Canadian music including the world premiere performance of a new work titled “Aurora” by Saskatchewan composer Laura Pettigrew. The composition describes the Aurora Borealis which is so visible on the wide expanse of the Canadian prairies in northern Saskatchewan.  “Aurora” was specially commissioned for this program by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and the composer will be attending the premiere performance in Manotick on June 24.

“A Canadian Odyssey” is a musical journey which visits each province in the order they joined confederation. A short narrative introduces each province and sets the scene and a slide presentation created by Manotick resident Brian Cromie which will provide a visual enhancement of the music. 

The program features several new musical arrangements commissioned by Manotick Brass thanks to a generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of Manotick.  These include two pieces by Vancouver composer Robert Buckley, “Cathedral Grove” which describes our heritage old growth forests on Vancouver Island and “Yukon Quest” which captures the excitement of a long-distance dog sled race. 

The program also features “Alberta Cowboy Songs” by Edmonton musician Trent Worthington and several arrangements by Ottawa musician E. F. Lloyd Hiscock.  These include “La Metisse” attributed to Louis Riel and “Sunset on the St. Lawrence” attributed to Frederick Harris founder of the Frederick Harris Music Publishing Company. 

“A Canadian Odyssey” will be presented on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 commencing at 7:00pm at Knox Presbyterian Church in Dickinson Square.  Tickets are $15 and are available at Knox Presbyterian Church, Manotick Office Pro or by calling 613-822-8749.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Wild Parsnip, Farm Grant Program and Property Tax Deferral Programs

With June comes Wild Parsnip. If you have been driving around rural Ottawa over the last week, you will have likely noticed small signs with red dots and green dots along roadsides. These signs are part of the City of Ottawa’s wild parsnip spraying program. Since 2015, we have taken a more aggressive approach with managing wild parsnip in the most affected areas. Through increased ditch cutting and spraying of a specific broad leaf herbicide, our efforts have proven effective.

The red dot signs indicate to the contractor that a resident has opted out of the spraying program. The green dot tells the contractor when they can restart. However, property owners who have opted out of the spraying program should still consider their role in managing wild parsnip. As soon as the invasive weed goes to seed, it spreads. By keeping the ditches mowed in areas that aren’t being sprayed, it will prevent the plant from growing and spreading. Therefore, even if you’ve requested that there be no spraying in front of your property, I would strongly encourage you to help control the spread of wild parsnip by keeping those areas mowed.

For more information on wild parsnip, please visit www.rideaugoulbourn.ca/wildparsnip.

Farm Grant Program

The City of Ottawa Farm Grant Program provides financial relief to working farmers. The grant program will assist eligible farm property owners by allowing the June final tax installment to be paid in December.

To qualify for the grant, the following conditions must be met:

  • The property must be defined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in the farmlands property class
  • The property must not be owned by a commercial enterprise
  • Taxes have been paid up to date before the June instalment
  • The final tax instalment billed (mailed May) is paid in full in early December

How the program will work:

  • Penalty charges will continue
  • Notification of the amount to be paid will be communicated to you in the fall
  • The grant amount will be the equivalent of the penalty charges and fees added to your account during the deferral
  • The City will automatically calculate and apply a credit for the grant amount to your tax account; there is no application to fill out

Should you have any questions, please contact Revenue Branch from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm at 613-580-2444. TTY: 613-580-2401.

Property Tax Deferral Programs

The City of Ottawa offers two property tax deferral programs for low-income seniors and low-income people with disabilities. Eligible homeowners may apply for a full or partial deferral of annual property taxes. Application for tax deferral must be made annually to the City of Ottawa to establish eligibility or confirm continued eligibility.

You may apply for one of the following programs: Full Property Tax Deferral Program or Partial Property Tax Deferral Program. For more information, visit ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2740.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Prince of Wales Drive Construction Plans, North Gower Recreation Association AGM and the Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic

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While local resurfacing projects on William McEwen Drive, Shea Road and Bleeks Road are slated to commence shortly, another resurfacing project will likely have a significant impact this summer on Rideau-Goulbourn residents. A Commence Work Order has been issued for the resurfacing of Prince of Wales Drive. Construction along Prince of Wales Drive, between Strandherd Drive and Hunt Club Road, is scheduled to begin June 5th.

The Contractor will maintain a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction along Prince of Wales during daytime hours (5:00am‐7:00pm).  The staging and sequencing of construction will on occasion require sections of Prince of Wales to be left as compacted granular material, but the distances for these granular surface areas will be limited, and the length of time which these areas have a granular surface will be restricted to 1-2 days, weather-permitting, before the asphalt can be placed.

A nightly detour of Prince of Wales northbound traffic, from Strandherd Drive to Fallowfield Road, was permitted under the Contract in order to complete the project this construction season while minimizing impacts to commuting motorists. The proposed nightly closures of northbound Prince of Wales Drive, from Strandherd Drive to Fallowfield Road, are currently scheduled to begin the evening of Sunday, June 11th. The nightly closures of northbound traffic, between 7:00pm and 5:00am, will last approximately two months.  Overnight works are scheduled from Sunday night to Friday morning of each week. There are no proposed weekend closures of Prince of Wales scheduled at this time.

The signed detour route for the northbound closure will be to direct traffic west along Strandherd Drive to Woodroffe Avenue, north along Woodroffe to Fallowfield Road, and east along Fallowfield to Prince of Wales Drive. The City will be installing digital messaging signs along Prince of Wales Drive to notify commuters in advance of the nightly closures. Cyclists will be encouraged to use alternate routes during construction and a cycling detour route will be signed.

North Gower Recreation Association

The Annual General Meeting for the North Gower Recreation Association takes place on June 19th at 7:00pm at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre. The NGRA has oversight for the Alfred Taylor Centre and the Gerry Lines Bowling Alley. They also run events such as Christmas in the Gower and Canada Day in the Gower. All are welcome to attend the AGM.

Richmond Heritage Mural RFP

Artists are invited to submit a bid to enter into a contract with The Richmond Village Association (RVA) to commission the 7th mural in the Richmond Heritage Mural Gallery. Richmond was founded in 1818 as a British Settlement and is the oldest village within the current City of Ottawa. In 2018, Richmond, Ontario will celebrate its 200th anniversary. A variety of events will happen throughout 2017 and 2018 to honour Richmond’s past, celebrate its’ vibrant present and look forward toward the future. To commemorate Richmond’s Bicentennial, the Richmond Village Association is undertaking to add the 7th mural to The Richmond Heritage Mural Gallery on the Richmond Memorial Community Centre. The mural is to be completed and installed so that the unveiling of the mural can take place on Friday, June 25th, 2018. 

The mural should:

  • Evoke a sense of neighborhood
  • Historical reference is key
  • Promote excitement and interest for the community as a whole
  • Celebrate the identity and rich heritage of the neighborhood
  • The design concept shall be compatible with the design of the existing murals

Bid evaluation will be carried out by the RVA and will be based on a combination of artistic merit, quality of previous work as provided in your portfolio, quality of material offered and price. To obtain the complete RFP Package, email David Proulx, President RVA at davidproulx@richmondvillage.ca.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities

Join me on July 7th for the Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities at the Canadian Golf & Country Club. It promises to be a fun day for the whole family with all proceeds going directly to the Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) and the Richmond Youth Centre (RYC). I would love for you to participate!

We are also acquiring sponsorships and silent auction donations. If you are a local business and want to be involved in this event, please contact me and we’ll find an exciting way to get you involved.

For more details or to register, visit www.golf4youth.ca. Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit kids and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

 

June's ARAC Meeting Agenda and Other Updates

June is always a busy month in Rideau-Goubourn and across the City of Ottawa, with events such as Food Aid Day and the Mayor’s Rural Expo as well as Dickinson Days. Of course, there are Ottawa 2017 events and it all leads up to July 1st where Canada Day events will be taking place in North Gower and Munster.

To kick off the month, there is nothing more exciting than a rousing meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee! Our upcoming June 1st meeting agenda includes the following items:

  • Surplus Farm Severance Zoning Amendments for:
    • 2638 Mackey Road
    • 4779 Carp Road
    • 6462 First Line Road
  • Report on Coach Houses in the Rural area on private services
  • Manotick Mahogany Harbour Dock Project
  • Rural Residential Land Survey: 2015-16 Update
  • Hobbs Municipal Drain
  • All-Way Stop Control at Van Vliet Road & South River Drive
  • 1229 Dwyer Hill Road Development Charge Report

The report on coach houses in the rural area is the response to a direction that had been given by ARAC in the fall. Staff were asked to look at ways of reducing costs and process on building a coach house on private services in the rural area. The proposal before ARAC on June 1st does that. However, I feel more could be done and Committee will explore those options at the meeting.

The report on the Mahogany Harbour Dock will provide an update on the status of this project and speak to the temporary Parks Canada facility being installed this season. It will also lay out the City’s role going forward from an ongoing maintenance perspective.

The report on 1229 Dwyer Hill Road relates to the Dwyer Hill RV Park and the potential sale of the property. This report looks at waiving a portion of the Development Charges owed to the City of Ottawa by the current park owners. The waiver is only available to a potential purchaser and not the current owner.

As usual, the monthly ARAC meeting is held at 10:00am at Ben Franklin Place in Centrepointe.

UPDATE: Munster Sewer Backup

On April 7th, 2017, amidst heavy rainfall and runoff occurring during the spring freshet, the City of Ottawa received eight calls from Munster residents who were experience sewage backups in their basement. Seven of these calls came from the southeast portion of Munster, on Middlewood Court and nearby Dogwood Drive homeowners. At that time, the pumping station became surcharged with stormwater and crews were quick to respond to alleviate the surcharge. Unfortunately, during this time, several homeowners closest to the pumping station saw backups.

After some investigation, it was determined that the pumping station reached capacity due to the existence of sump pumps connected to the system. Since the backup occurred in early April, bypass pumping into the overflow lagoon at the Munster pumping station was activated earlier during rainy periods in early May to reduce the risk of basement flooding. The connection of sump pumps to sanitary sewers also caused capacity issues in Richmond during that same time in April. As a result, I will be working with City staff on developing a program that will seek to encourage the disconnection of sump pumps from the sanitary system. In the meantime, the City will continue to initiate the bypass measures earlier than done previously.

As homeowners, there are options to protect your home against flooding as well. There is information on the City of Ottawa’s website regarding the Residential Protective Plumbing Program. If you did experience flooding as a result of the pumping station backup, you can also file a claim with the City of Ottawa. For more information on the protection program or on how to file a claim, please feel free to contact me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca.

McLean Bridge Renewal

Beginning the week of the May 15, 2017th, the City of Ottawa commenced construction on the McLean Bridge Rehabilitation on Barnsdale Road. The City of Ottawa has retained the firm, RW Tomlinson Ltd., to complete the work. The McLean Bridge must undergo rehabilitation in order to extend its service life. Work will involve repairing the deck, widening the north sidewalk, removing and replacing the bridge railings, repairing the guard rails, concrete and steel repairs as well as some painting of steel members. The work is planned to begin in mid-May 2017 and continue until late October 2017.

There will be an impact to traffic on the McLean Bridge. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the duration of construction. With the assistance of portable temporary traffic signals, motorists will be able to safely pass over the bridge during construction. One direction of traffic will proceed at a time. OC Transpo will be impacted by the rehabilitation to the McLean Bridge and will experience a minor delay to the route. Pedestrians will have access to the McLean Bridge at all times.

RW Tomlinson Ltd. will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the normal life of your family, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the operation of the work including noise and delays. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at

3-1-1. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Manager, Elizabeth Murphy at Elizabeth.Murphy@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 15397.

Dickinson Days & Gathering in the Square

Dickinson Days is happening in Manotick between Friday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 4th. The weekend events celebrate the birthday of Manotick's founder Moss Kent Dickinson with a parade, fireworks, street market, and so much more. You won’t want to miss the Gathering in the Square on Sunday, which be filled with live entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, guided tours, a flour grinding demonstration, crafts for children, and lots of fun! The Dickinson House will also be open and will be doing a cake cutting and housewarming to celebrate the house being built 150 years ago. 

On Sunday the meal will be a ticketed mechoui barbeque with a choice of meat, salads, and fries. The cost of the meal is $12 for children 11 years old and under and $15 for adults aged 12 and over. We encourage people to reserve a table of 6 or 8. Tickets can be purchased by calling Watson's Mill at 613-692-6455. For a detailed schedule of events, visit watsonsmill.com.

At the same time, you are welcome to visit the good folks at Dickinson House, as they too celebrate Moss Kent Dickinson.  Not only are they honouring Dickinson and his achievements, but they are also part of Doors Open Ottawa.  June 4th will be extra special, not just because of the aforementioned Gathering in the Square, but also the 150th anniversary of the construction of Dickinson House.  To celebrate this milestone, special guests from the past will be in attendance.  Please come and join them for a re-enactment of the Dickinson House housewarming for a piece of birthday cake at 1:30pm.

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If you have any other comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me on those as well or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Rural Clean Water Program & Eat Your Way Through Rideau-Goulbourn

As many of you know, the City of Ottawa is celebrating Canada’s 150th in grand fashion. As part of these celebrations, we also have an Agri150 series where we showcase all the best rural Ottawa has to offer. It kicked off in February with the Fire & Ice event at Suntech Greenhouses and it will continue with nearly twenty additional events.

One such event will take place on Sunday, June 25th in Rideau-Goulbourn. Our Secret Eats event invites guests to eat their way through the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward. As host of this event, I have the pleasure of guiding participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Rideau-Goulbourn.

Foodies will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local cuisine that awaits in rural Ottawa. The event runs from 11:30am until 5:30pm. Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Transitway Station, at the Park & Ride level. Tickets for Secret Eats are $45.20 + fees. A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route and the O-Train Trillium Line, to and from Greenboro Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

For more information on Ottawa 2017 and Agri150, please visit Ottawa2017.ca.

Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Landowners completing projects in 2017 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is May 1, 2017. Grants are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa.  Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities

Join me on July 7th for the Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities at the Canadian Golf & Country Club. It promises to be a fun day for the whole family with all proceeds going directly to the Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) and the Richmond Youth Centre (RYC). I would love for you to participate!

We are also acquiring sponsorships and silent auction donations. If you are a local business and want to be involved in this event, please contact me and we’ll find an exciting way to get you involved.

For more details or to register, visit www.golf4youth.ca. Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit kids and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.