Manotick Arena Expansion and the Manotick Secondary Plan review

In May of this year, the City of Ottawa was invited to submit projects to the Government of Canada for the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150 Fund). This Federal program supports the rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing public infrastructure assets. This program is linked to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017.

Subsequent to this invitation, City Council endorsed a list of 23 projects for application under the CIP 150 Fund.  The renovation and expansion of the Manotick Arena was on the list.  This project was first identified several years ago by community members looking for expanded change rooms and more community meeting/activity space.  Through the work of the community, the project was adopted by the City of Ottawa as a future infrastructure project allowing it to be considered for the CIP 150 Fund.

This brings us to Friday, July 31st and the announcement at the Manotick Arena.  After discussing the project with myself and meeting with community leaders, MP Pierre Poilievre was in town to announce that the Manotick Arena Expansion Project had secured $880,000 to expand and upgrade the facility with the addition of four new accessible dressing rooms and a community hall.

I want to thank MP Poilievre as well as representatives from the Osgoode-Rideau Minor Hockey Association, Rural Ottawa South Support Services, Youth of Manotick Association, Manotick Village & Community Association, Manotick Culture, Parks & Recreation Association as well as representatives from the various adult hockey leagues for their work on this collaborative community effort to improve the arena facilities.  With this funding, it is expected that construction will begin in 2016.

Manotick Secondary Plan: Traffic Issues

Throughout the public meetings for the Secondary Plan review, concerns were continuously raised regarding traffic issues in the village.  You may have also read about some of these issues in recent letters to the editor in this very paper.  The challenges we continue to have in addressing these issues are directly related to the City of Ottawa’s warrant system, supported by the Ontario Traffic Manual.  In essence, new intersection signage and reduced speed limits need to meet specific criteria prior to implementation.  This has been the stumbling block for addressing community concerns.

With this in mind, I’d like to suggest hosting a public meeting this fall leading up to the Secondary Plan Review approval.  The purpose of this meeting would be to explain the warrant system as it applies to local issues, discuss the local issues in question and seek feedback from the community on a way forward for these various issues.  Some of these issues include speed limit reductions on Bankfield Road and Manotick Main Street and the implementation of a Community Safety Zone on Bridge Street and on Long Island Road.  We will also look at a variety of examples where warrants were met and why versus some intersections where warrants aren’t met.  A perfect example would be the new four way stop at Barsndale Road & Greenbank Road, which did meet warrants, and the intersection of Rideau Valley Drive & Barnsdale Road, where we have received a couple of requests for all way stop controls but that intersection does not meet warrants.

We’ll also discuss the years old issue of trucks in the village and some of things we have been working on to help reduce the pressure in the village and spread the traffic load over other nearby bridges.  It is my intention to host this meeting jointly with the Manotick Village & Community Association in late September or early October.  As soon as I coordinate with City of Ottawa staff on their schedules, I will set a date and let you know.  I will endeavour to bring forward any potential resolutions to the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee alongside the Secondary Plan review.

In the coming weeks, feel free to contact me with issues you would like to discuss and have highlighted at this meeting.  I’m not going to pretend that we can solve all issues raised but a healthy discussion of such never hurts.

Open Air Fire Permits

Residents are reminded that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.

An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.

Definitions for all these terms, and further details about Open Air Fire Permits, can be found on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

While open air burning might seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.

Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.

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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.