June is going to be a busy month!

Dickinson Days weekend is here!  There is always plenty to do at Manotick’s annual celebration in honour of the village’s founder, and former City of Ottawa Mayor, Moss Kent Dickinson.  On Friday, June 5th, come out for the parade at 7:00pm followed by Junkyard Symphony and fireworks at the Manotick Arena.  On Saturday, June 6th, start the day off with a pancake breakfast, prepared by our very own Manotick Kiwanis Club, and then spend the day enjoying all of the festivities around Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House and all along Mill Street, Dickinson Street and Clapp Lane.  You can find the full Dickinson Days schedule at www.manotickvillage.com.

Rural Expo and Food Aid Day

Before the week wraps up, and Dickinson Days begins, don’t forget that our annual Rural Expo and Food Aid Day are taking place on Thursday, June 4th at City Hall celebrating Ottawa’s rural communities and area food producers. All proceeds from the day will go to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Because you can never have too many pancakes, the Rural Expo kicks off with a complementary pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00am, supplied by Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm. Cash donations are welcome. The Food Aid Day lunch, as always, will be hosted by The Works, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. A $10-ticket gets you a burger, chips and a drink.  Throughout the lunch hour, there will be entertainment provided by country music sensations Jordan McIntosh and Brea Lawrenson.  The celebrity cow milking competitions will take place at 10:30am and 12:30pm and you can also check out the various displays and information about business, festivals and artisans in Ottawa’s rural communities.

Individuals who cannot attend the event but wish to make a $10 donation to the Ottawa Food Bank can do so on their mobile device by texting “BEEF” at 45678. See more details at mobilegiving.ca.  Money raised goes directly towards the purchase of beef from out local farmers. For more information on the Mayor’s Rural Expo, visit ottawa.ca. To learn more about the Ottawa Food Bank, visit ottawafoodbank.ca.

The rest of June promises to be a busy month, in terms of City Hall goings on.  The Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation will be meeting early in the month to discuss bids for the Ayres Building.  I should have an announcement on that by the end of the month.  The June Ottawa Public Library Board will be a busy one as we focus on the development of a new Central Library.  On June 27th, we will be hosting another open house on the Manotick Secondary Plan Review.  This open house will again be located at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority building on Rideau Valley Drive and will run between 9:00am and Noon.  Also, don’t forget that the FIFA Women’s World Cup is ongoing throughout the month at TD Place in Lansdowne Park.

Munster Development

This past Monday evening, the Munster Community Association hosted a meeting on the potential for growth within the village.  At this time, no growth can be accommodated as a result of the 2012 Village Review that the City conducted in which the sentiment in Munster was to remain the community they are today.  The pending closure of Munster Elementary School reignited conversations surrounding growth which led to the meeting on Monday.

There is a developer, Talos Homes, which does own 142 acres adjacent to the village boundary.  Talos is interested in building but wants to know what Munster wants.  Ideally, Talos would like to continue building what Munster is today; therefore you would see similar lot sizes in the future as what you see today. However, City policy does not currently accommodate this development and no opportunity to do so would come before 2018/19.

With all of that said, I’m interested in knowing what Munster residents think of growth and the potential expansion of the village boundary to accommodate it.  Whether you would support it or not, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca.  I look forward to your input.

Road Construction

Expect to see some construction crews around in the coming weeks as resurfacing projects begin on Century Road West and Long Island Road.  Pollock Road will also see work shortly through a pavement preservation project.  Projects just outside of Rideau-Goulbourn that may also impact your commute include the resurfacing of Cedarview Road, north of Cambrian Road; the widening of Greenbank Road, north of Strandherd Road; and various stretches of the Western Transitway.

Dickinson House

On Sunday, June 14th, come enjoy a performance by the students of Musical Thoughts Studio on the lawn of Dickinson House at 2:00pm. Bring a lawn chair, and prepare to enjoy hearing the young students play their pieces.  You are also invited to have a look at our special summer exhibit, “Tableware in times Past”.  Admission is free, donations are always welcome.

Mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast

Tickets are now available for the Mayor’s Canada Day Celebration for Seniors, which will take place on Wednesday, July 1 from 8:30am to 11:00am. Returning to the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park for the first time since 2012, this popular event has not been held for the past two years due to construction at Lansdowne. This sponsored event includes breakfast, served until 10:30am, as well as door prizes and live entertainment.

Please note there is no reserved seating, and tickets are required for entry. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and can be picked up free of charge at select Ottawa Public Library locations, including the Manotick, Greely, Carp and Stittsville branches. Call for hours of operation, or visit biblioottawalibrary.ca.  I also have tickets available so you can also contact me and I’ll make sure to get them to you.

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.