Fall construction projects coming up

While summer may be slowly winding to a close, the fun sure isn’t!  Not only is next weekend the Richmond Fair, this weekend is the 19th Annual North Gower Discovery Tour.  Between 10:00am and 5:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, take a drive around North Gower, Kars and Manotick, enjoy the beautiful countryside, check out the many local restaurants, and discover the diverse art scene in our community.

Stops in this year’s Discovery Tour include Manotick Tree Movers, the Rideau Township Archives along with many opportunities to see and purchase beautiful art, incredible pottery and an assortment of jewelry and crafts.  Admission at every tour stop is free and you can enter a draw to win a gift certificate.  Donations to the North Gower Food Bank will be accepted.  For more information, please visit discovery-tour.ca.

Fall Construction Projects

Over the next few months, as we head into autumn, the City will be involved in construction at more than 120 sites across Ottawa. While 45 projects will start up this fall, the majority of the construction activity is now underway with traffic impacts already in place.

Heading into the fall, construction of the O-Train Confederation Line will continue to be the major focus. As a result, the shift of buses from the Transitway in the east onto the new bus-only lanes on Highway 417 and Ottawa Road 174 will still be among the biggest ongoing traffic and mobility impacts for residents.

LRT construction will also continue to impact motorists on Nicholas Street between Highway 417 and Laurier Avenue. Traffic restrictions will remain on Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street, related to construction of the Rideau Confederation Line station.

In late September, the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) will also replace the Kent Street overpass on Highway 417, which will result in lane reductions and a weekend highway closure.

You can visit ottawa.ca for traffic tools to help you stay on top of construction changes coming throughout the fall.

Rideau Valley Drive South

Onto more local construction projects and as a further update to last week’s column, I can now tell you that a Commence Work Order has been issued as the project received final approval from the Ministry of the Environment.  The authorized start date was September 4th and the contract is to be completed by August 12th, 2016.  While there will be construction impacts, Rideau Valley Drive South will remain open at all times.  Infrastructure Services staff will be hand delivering construction notices shortly.

Opening a New Food Establishment?

Are you planning on opening up a café, bakery, butcher shop or another type of food establishment in Ottawa?  The City of Ottawa, through the assistance of a designated City of Ottawa Business Information Officer (BIO), can help new entrepreneurs understand everything you need to know before starting your food establishment.

The BIO will be your single point of contact to help you navigate all the information you need including:

  • How to apply for all licences and permits pertaining to your new food establishment
  • Outlining estimated time and costs
  • Creation of a personalized roadmap for your startup, and;
  • Connecting you with the right departments throughout the process

Entrepreneurs have the convenience of:

  • Meeting the BIO at one of four Client Service Centre locations
  • Accessing information or initiating a request at any time (24/7) to meet with the BIO
  • Having a single point of contact to request followup on a specific licence and permit

Getting started is easy. Go to ottawa.ca, fill out the online questionnaire (available 24 hours a day) and the BIO will follow up with you.

In closing this week, just wanted to let you know that we have booked the Manotick Arena for the October 5th public meeting on traffic issues in and around Manotick.  As mentioned before, this is a joint meeting with the Manotick Village & Community Association and we’ll have representatives present from Ottawa Police Services and the City of Ottawa’s Traffic Services department.  I’ll have more details in the coming weeks.

Goulbourn Museum’s Christmas Artisan Market

Goulbourn Museum is accepting applications for its Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market. The Market will be held on Sunday, November 22nd from 10:00am until 3:00pm at 2064 Huntley Road. The Museum is seeking talented vendors selling original handcrafted items to fill 15+ positions in a variety of specialties such as: clothing & accessories (for kids, adults & pets!), bath & body, jewelry, home décor, Christmas greenery, art, textiles, treats, and baked goods. The deadline for applications is September 27, 2015.

Currently in its third year, the event attracts over 400 local visitors annually and also offers festive old-fashioned Christmas activities and photos with Santa. As the name suggests, the Outdoor Artisan Market is held outdoors under a large tent that has some heating, but vendors must still dress for the weather.

To apply, send an email to marketing@goulbournmuseum.ca with: your name, your business name, contact information and business sites (web/blog/facebook/etsy), and three quality photographs (Jpeg only, please) of your product(s) including one photo of your booth setup. Space rental is $45 and includes one 6’ table and two chairs. Vendors will be required to provide one item valued at a minimum of $10 for a fundraising raffle and each vendor must provide their own table covering to fit the table provided.

This is a juried event and vendors will be chosen carefully to ensure a balanced representation of each category. For further details about the Museum or how to become a vendor please visit goulbournmuseum.ca.

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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.