Richmond project updates

Road Closed

Richmond Area Projects

This week, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide updates on several projects in the Richmond area.  As you have likely noticed, Shea Road has reopened following the culvert replacement project, north of Hemphill Street.  As previously promised, the Shea Road project and the Eagleson Road project were aligned so as not to create closures on both roads at the same time.  Beginning this week, Karson Konstruction will start working on the Eagleson Road culvert replacement will also result in a closure.  Eagleson Road is expected to be closed from October 13 until November 2 and the project is expected to wrap up by the end of November.  Detours will be in place.

Richmond Forcemain Upgrades

Over the last 18 months, this column has featured updates on the planned repairs and modifications to the Richmond Forcemain that the City will be undertaking. Over that time, the City has been conducting field investigation works.  These investigations are necessary to complete the detailed design for the repairs and modifications. To refresh your memory, the construction project will involve repairing the existing 500mm forcemain, the installation of a new temporary 300mm forcemain to facilitate the repairs, and the installation of a new section of 600mm forcemain for the proposed future development within the Village of Richmond.

This latest round of investigative works will include additional hydrovac excavations, installation of groundwater monitoring wells, groundwater level monitoring and hydraulic testing within the proposed and existing monitoring wells, and pre-construction private water well surveys and water quality sampling. You may have noticed that some of this work wasn’t mentioned in previous notices.  As a result of the investigations to date, it became apparent that dewatering of the excavation site will be necessary which has led to the need to monitor water levels before and during construction.

A total of seven multi-level groundwater monitoring wells will be installed at the following locations: two monitoring wells along King Street; three monitoring wells along Cockburn Street (one north of the Jock River and two on the south side); and two monitoring wells along Colonel Murray Street. Door-to-door surveys of residences serviced by private drinking water wells within 100 metres of the construction alignment will also be conducted by Houle Chevrier Engineering Ltd.

Drinking Water Survey

The purpose of the Drinking Water Well Survey is to obtain general background information regarding the water well construction and water quality. Participation in the Drinking Water Well Survey is completely voluntary and will be completed free of charge. The confidentiality of all participants will be respected. The following activities will be carried out as part of the drinking water well survey:

  • A water sample will be collected from one of your taps (preferably a non-treated location such as a cold water bypass for drinking, a pressure tank or outdoor tap);
  • A brief interview will be conducted regarding the construction of your well and groundwater quality and quantity;
  • The water sample will be submitted to an accredited laboratory for analysis of a range of bacteriological, chemical and physical parameters;
  • The results of the laboratory analysis will be compared to the Ontario Drinking Water Standards; and,
  • A letter will be sent to you along with a copy of the laboratory analysis.

For any questions or to participate in the drinking water well survey program, please contact Ms. Katherine Rispoli (613-836-1422 ext. 261 or krispoli@hceng.ca).

Decision on Manotick Sanitary Sewer Charge at ARAC

You may recall that last year I had some concerns with how a Special Sanitary Sewer Charge was being assessed in Manotick.  Essentially, what was happening was that every single property in the village was being assessed a $10,000 charge for servicing.  The challenge in that is that not every single property has access to services.  If those properties wanted to obtain access, they would have to go through the Local Improvement process in which they would be charged.  Therefore, it was evident that we were charging property owners twice in the long run.  All that to say we resolved this issue last week at Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee with the approval of a report that redraws the lines to show who is assessed and who is not.  Since last June, three property owners were assessed that shouldn’t have been and they are being refunded.

2016 Budget Consultation - thank you!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out to the budget meeting that I hosted last week alongside Councillors Michael Qaqish and George Darouze.  As we move forward in the budget process, I’ll be sure to highlight further opportunities to comment on the budget after it has been tabled at Council.

Alfred Taylor Recreation Facility

Just a heads up to North Gower residents that I will be hosting an open house in the coming weeks to get feedback on plans to upgrade the play structure at Alfred Taylor Community Centre.  The City of Ottawa is planning to replace the structure in 2016 and is seeking community input on what is installed.  A preliminary concept has been developed and we will bring this forward shortly for discussion.  As soon as I have the date of the open house, I will inform the community.

Women’s Day in Manotick

On Saturday, November 7th, from 10:00am until 5:00pm, come and spend the day in Manotick and enjoy all that the Village has to offer on this special day devoted to women. There will be seminars, in store specials, refreshments, entertainment and free gifts. Bring your friends, mothers and daughters to browse, shop, learn and unwind.

Don’t forget to get your passport and collect stamps at participating businesses to enter to win fantastic prizes. Passports are available at participating businesses and from our Firefighters. Firefighters will be strolling the streets handing out gifts to the ladies and passports.

New Ottawa Archives Exhibit: Taverns and Troublemakers

Taverns and Troublemakers, the newest exhibit at the City of Ottawa Central Archives, is now open. 

Taverns and Troublemakers gives you a seat at the bar to drink in the history of Ottawa’s taverns, and a front-row view of the battle with the Temperance Movement, the troublemakers who had a different plan for society.

The Temperance Movement called for moderation or abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Its goal was social reform, but the movement not only created a complicated road to regulating the sale and consumption of alcohol, it also created opportunities for bootleggers and the sale of illegal moonshine. 

Taverns and Troublemakers runs until March 19th, 2016 in Gallery 112 at the City of Ottawa Central Archives, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive. Admission is free. 

Gallery 112 is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm and closed Sundays and statutory holidays.  For more information about the City of Ottawa Archives, visit 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.