Column: What's going on in Kars?

Over the course of the summer, I’ll be looking to provide updates on what is going on in your community.  I’ll focus on major issues in the community and highlight any events that you may be interested in.  Having done Manotick last week, I’ll turn my focus to the former village of Wellington, now known as Kars.

Roads & Sidewalks
Simply put, this is the single biggest issue across the ward and Kars is no different.  Our crumbling infrastructure in the form of First Line Road and Rideau Valley Drive South reminds us every day that we need to address this issue as soon as possible.  Over the next couple of years, funding for our infrastructure renewal program is at a minimum, meaning our roads don’t get the attention they deserve.  I continue to focus on the need for more money for our roads and did manage to achieve a partial victory recently with the passing of the Term of Council priorities in which more money was added to our roads and sidewalks budget.  The next steps are prioritizing what needs to be done and make sure the money is in place.  This will be an ongoing battle but I am committed to seeing our roads in Kars and elsewhere improve to where we need them to be.

Development
Based on its size and location within the floodplain, Kars has little room to grow.  However, a Zoning Amendment has been approved by Committee and Council at 6622 Rideau Valley Drive South that could see the development of 13 lots.  These 13 lots will be located in the old pit and one new road will be constructed directly across from Blue Rock Avenue.  The next step will come in the form of a Site Plan Application prior to any construction taking place.

Senior’s Luncheons
I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the work of the Kars Community Recreation Association.  The KCRA successfully puts on several Seniors Luncheons a year, each attracting between 150 and 200 local seniors.  Whether it’s Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, or Valentine’s Day, the KCRA has a group of 15 or 20 volunteers that make this event a tremendous success bringing in people from Richmond, Greely, Manotick, and Bells Corners.  It has truly become a destination for these local seniors and all the credit goes to the KCRA for their passion and dedication to community.

For more information about Seniors Luncheons and what else is going on in Kars, visit www.kars.ca or check out www.rideaugoulbourn.ca for events, issues, and more.  You can also contact me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2491.