ARAC in April and Walter Baker Client Services expanding

The next meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is coming up on Thursday, April 2nd at 10:00am at our new home, Ben Franklin Place.  Agenda items that impact Rideau-Goulbourn include the zoning amendment for 1125 and 1129 Clapp Lane, which is the proposed independent living centre; a zoning amendment for 7315 Fernbank Road, permitting a mineral extraction operation; a zoning amendment for 3275 Donnelly Drive; and a modification to the Development Charge By-Law that would alter the application of a special sewer surcharge in Manotick and Richmond to ensure that only future development is assessed this charge.  The way it stands today, any property owner in either village would be assessed an additional charge of approximately $10,000 (Manotick) or $15,000 (Richmond) when they pull their building permit for a new home.  In Manotick, the charge is currently being assessed on every single property, regardless of whether or not they have access to these services.  It’s simply a matter of fairness and the item before ARAC seeks to correct the issue.

Important to note, on the Clapp Lane application, that 1125 Clapp Lane is already zoned to permit the independent living centre.  1129 Clapp Lane is the single dwelling next door that is also owned by Mr. Joe Princiotta and will form part of the independent living centre’s lands.  It requires the same zoning as 1125, hence this application.

Other agenda items include a commemorative naming of a new rest area along the Prescott-Russell Multi-Use Pathway in honour of Harold H. Dent (Cumberland Ward); a zoning amendment for 8153 Springhill Road (Osgoode Ward); and an Official Plan Amendment to permit new connections to the Carlsbad Trickle System (Cumberland Ward).  More information on these reports will be available on Ottawa.ca as of Thursday, March 26th.

Expanded Client Services at Walter Baker Centre

As you may recall, in May 2014, the client service counter at Walter Baker Sports Centre (WBSC) began offering a set of City of Ottawa services during expanded hours. This pilot project was a collaborative initiative of ServiceOttawa and Parks, Recreation and Culture Services and was built on a smaller pilot at Ruth E. Dickinson Library.

The intent of the new client service counter at WBSC was to provide residents and businesses in the southern part of the City with better access to municipal services, and to allow the City to examine more efficient and effective utilization of our in-person client service workforce.

Following the trial period, a review of the program indicates support for continuing to offer the most popular services (Bus ticket/pass purchases, parking ticket payments, animal licenses) which together represent approximately 73% of the various services accessed over the duration of the pilot. All services will be provided by trained Parks & Recreation agents; as such the cost for the provision of these services is no greater than that which would be accrued during regular business processes.

These services will be available from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.  For other city services please visit us online at ottawa.ca, call 3-1-1 or visit a ServiceOttawa Client Service Centre.

North Gower Farmers’ Market

The North Gower Farmers' Market Easter Market is back! On Saturday, April 4th from 9:00am until 2:00pm, at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre (2300 Community Way), come visit the over 30 local vendors that will have everything for all of your Easter needs.  The annual Easter Market features local meats, homemade foods, all kinds of baking and there is even a wine vendor this year.  As always, the market has many local artisans with handcrafted creations as well.

Breakfast and lunch is available. Once again, there will be a free draw for a gift basket and the NGFM will be accepting both food and cash donations for the North Gower Food Bank.  For more information go to www.ngfarmersmarket.com

Kars on the Rideau Public School Annual Community Used Book Sale

The Annual Kars on the Rideau Community Used Book Sale is coming up soon and the organizing team is looking for donations. They are looking for good quality used children and adult books etc. for the sale. If you would like the chance to clear out your home collection to make room for more, please drop off your books at Kars on the Rideau Public School, 6680 Dorack Drive, Kars during school hours (8:30am – 2:30pm).  Donations can be made until April 14th.  If you have questions, please call Megan Dodge at 613-489-0631.

Zumba MS Fundraiser

Looking to get active, have some fun and help out a great cause?  Kirsten Mooney is hosting her 4th Annual Multiple Sclerosis ZUMBA Fundraiser on Friday April 17th from 7:00-8:00pm at the Kars Recreation Centre.   Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the MS Society. Donations of $20 or more will get a tax receipt. For more information, you can contact Kirsten at mkmooney17@live.com or 613-857-4589.

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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.