2015 Budget

Beginning next week, I will be hosting a series of community town hall meetings in various communities across Rideau-Goulbourn.  The format will be similar to my mid-term town hall series from 2012.  The first meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17th at the Marlborough Community Centre in Pierce’s Corners, followed by another meeting on Thursday, February 19th at the Kars Recreation Centre, both beginning at 7:00pm.  On Saturday, February 21st, I will host a town hall at the Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall, between 10:30am and 12:30pm.  Subsequent meetings will be held in Munster, Fallowfield and Ashton; all in March.  These dates will also be listed in a Newsletter to be mailed this week.

2015 Budget

On February 4th, the 2015 Budget was tabled at City Council.  The budget holds the line on current spending while keeping tax revenue increases to 1.75%, which translates to a 2% increase for a residential property.

While I will highlight some local items shortly, the budget proposes a reduction of full-time equivalent positions for the fourth consecutive budget, without harming front-line services; proposes increased funding for crime prevention and increasing affordable housing.  If approved, residents would see transit fares and recreation fee increases capped at reasonable levels, while the garbage fee will be frozen for a third consecutive year.

Locally, the 2015 Budget lays out some modest road work as well as park improvements.  As people in Kars are already aware, Rideau Valley Drive South will see major work this summer, between Dorack Drive and Lockhead Road.  Other road resurfacing projects include Long Island Road (Bridge Street to Lena Avenue) and Century Road West (Prince of Wales Drive to McCordick Road). The Long Island project will include some additional paving along the shoulders to maximize pedestrian space.  Long-term, we still plan to install sidewalks here but, with the delay of the watermain project, we cannot implement sidewalks at this time.  Pollock Road, between Malakoff Road and Fourth Line Road will see pavement preservation while the City will also carry out design work on several bridges, including McBean Street Bridge, Garvin Road Bridge and Fisher Bridge (on Dwyer Hill Road), to prepare for upcoming repairs to those structures.  In North Gower, residents will be pleased to see long-awaited rehabilitation to the sidewalk that runs along Roger Stevens Drive, between Fourth Line Road and the retirement residence.

From a Parks & Recreation perspective, design work will begin on parks in the Nixon Farm subdivision and in King’s Grant.  While construction is not anticipated until 2016, designs will be carried out this year.  The Richmond Area will see major work completed for the second time in three years.  In 2013, it was the ice slab to the tune of $600K while, in 2015, we will replace the roof at an estimated cost of $771K.

The 2015 Budget also proposes investments in the Munster and Richmond water systems.  Both systems require rehabilitation to ensure that they continue to function properly in the future.  This is in addition to plans to upgrade and repair the Richmond forcemain, between the pumping station and Eagleson Road.

If you’d like you provide input on the 2015 Budget, please feel free to send me an email.  You may also register as a public delegation to take part in all City Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions, which will meet between Tuesday, February 17 and Thursday, March 5 to consider their 2015 budgets. For full information on the Draft 2015 Budget, visit ottawa.ca/budget2015.

Residents can also have their say on Budget 2015 by emailing budget2015@ottawa.ca, or through Twitter by using #ottbudget.

Summer Student Recruitment

Students interested in summer employment with the City of Ottawa are encouraged to apply for available positions through ottawa.ca. The 2015 Summer Student Employment Campaign will be open from February 2 to February 27, 2015. This program offers students great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insight into today’s workforce, discover a career path, showcase skills and enhance academic goals.  For more information including eligibility criteria and other requirements, visit ottawa.ca.

St. John’s Pancake Supper

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church is hosting a Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 17th from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.  The pancake supper includes sausage, French toast, baked beans, homemade pies and desserts.  The cost for adults is $12 while children between the ages of 5 and 10 pay $6 and anyone under the age of five is free.  St. John’s is located at 6699 Rideau Valley Dr. South in the village of Kars.

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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.