ARAC returns and Long Island Road

September 3, 2015 - 10:00am in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place

September 3, 2015 - 10:00am in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place

After having no meeting in August, the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is back to work on Thursday, September 3rd.  As always, this meeting will take place at Ben Franklin Place in Nepean, beginning at 10:00am.

Agenda items include a presentation from the Carleton 4-H Club titled “The Real Dirt on Farming”; the commemorative naming of the Doug Thompson Pathway (Osgoode); the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program Review and Renewal; a street closure application for 3128 Moodie Drive (Rideau-Goulbourn); Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-Law Amendment applications for 1705 Old Prescott Road (Osgoode); as well as two housekeeping items. As per the norm, there will be an “Open Mic” session at the end of committee so if there is anything you’d like the committee to hear, feel free to come out and speak.

Long Island Road

As many of you are now aware, Long Island Road has been resurfaced this summer.  However, since I have recently become the recipient of a form email campaign, I thought I would provide some history on why Long Island was done the way it was and what we can expect going forward.

As far back as 2012, I became aware of two separate projects that impacted Long Island Road.  One was a simple resurfacing, which was scheduled for 2014 and the other was a watermain project scheduled for 2016, approximately.  Long Island Road was a potential route, at that time, for a future backup watermain which would provide a secondary supply to those in Manotick who are currently served by City water.  Not wanting to have Long Island Road torn up twice in less than three years, I worked with staff to twin these projects and potentially expand the scope to include a sidewalk between West Avenue and Bridge Street.

The immediate need for the watermain project was based on future growth in the new Mahogany development, therefore the costs were being front ended by Minto.  Unfortunately, slow growth has pushed back Mahogany Phase 2, thus pushing back the need for the backup watermain.  We became aware of this change in the fall and I immediately began to push for the resurfacing as Long Island Road just couldn’t wait any longer.  However, we were still left with the reality that the watermain would have to be installed at some point, just not in the next five years. 

In January 2015, the Infrastructure Services Department contacted me with their proposed plan for Long Island.  While the Planning & Growth Management Department has targeted Long Island for improved cycling and pedestrian facilities, not much could be accommodated within the 7m existing width.  The solution to that was to do a 5-10 year resurfacing job without fully reconstructing the road as that full reconstruction will occur with the watermain installation.  To obtain the necessary width now to install the proper pedestrian facility would require ditch filling, drainage accommodations, among other things.  These are all issues that will be addressed when the road is reconstructed with the watermain.  We will be able to install a sidewalk at that time.

In the meantime, staff have been able to widen the paved surface out to 7.5m by paving the previously existing gravel shoulder.  What I am working on right now is determining the lane width which is why you haven’t seen any painted lines yet.  The intent is to have white edge markings which should provide some paved surface on either side of the road for pedestrians and cyclists.  If we can narrow the travelled lane, we can create more width on the edges.  I am continuing to have this discussion with staff.  The current lane width guidelines are somewhat outdated so we are working through some ideas in order to come out with the best result in the end.

Obviously, and City staff will agree, the best result would have been sidewalks but the right circumstances didn’t come together at this time for that to happen.  What we’re focused on right now is to achieve the best compromise to get us from now until such time that a sidewalk is constructed.

Photo Credit: Mayor Jim Watson on Flickr

Photo Credit: Mayor Jim Watson on Flickr

Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award

The deadline is quickly approaching to submit nominations for the 2015 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 11 at 11:59pm.

The prestigious Order of Ottawa award is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions through their professional endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online at ottawa.ca, or by filling out a nomination form available at your local community centre, public library, or any client service centre.

The awards will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2015.

5th Annual Manotick Soapbox Derby and BBQ Picnic in the Park

Come out to Centennial Park in Manotick this Sunday, August 5th and celebrate the end-of-summer with a wonderful day for the entire family. There will be races, music, a craft table for children, face painting, balloon figures from Dr. Kaboom,  and of course, a BBQ lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers to purchase and fresh FREE corn on the cob. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and spend some relaxing time in the park. It’s not just a day for racing, but also a day for families to come out and enjoy the festivities.

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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.