Organizational changes coming to City of Ottawa

Many of you likely heard about the “shakeup” at City Hall. It is important to note where this direction is coming from and how it would impact residents, if at all. In the coming months, you will more than likely hear of more organizational changes at the City. Rest assured that the focus is far removed from frontline staff and our goals are not to impact service delivery in a negative way.

The City Manager was tasked with reorganizing the top of the City’s bureaucracy and he is doing just that. The intent is to flatten the organization and reduce the layers between frontline services and the City Manager’s office in order to find efficiencies and maintain our budget goals going forward. If you have any specific questions about this, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

Coach Houses

You may recall a discussion on allowing coach houses within the City of Ottawa that I mentioned in my column a few months ago. The discussion, at that time, spoke to only allowing them on properties connected to municipal services. The feedback we received clearly spoke to a desire to see these on privately served lots as well and we have worked on a proposal that seeks just that. Learn how the City is proposing to permit Coach Houses, small accessory dwelling units in the backyards of residential properties by visiting Ottawa.ca.

2017 Civic Events Funding Program

Local not-for-profit organizations such as community groups and recreation associations are invited to apply for funding to provide one to two-day community events with free admission that foster civic pride and develop community cohesion. These events are held in a specific geographic district in Ottawa, and encompass a broad range of activities and family entertainment.

To help grow our 2017 celebrations, events no longer have to take place on a statutory holiday. Also in 2017, the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are collaborating on the Civic Events Funding Program.  As in previous years, the $50,000 from the Civic Events Funding Program will continue to fund community focused events. The additional investment of $150,000 will specifically focus on community events that celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. 

Information Package and Application Forms are available at ottawa.ca or at any Ottawa Client Service Centre. The deadline for applications is Thursday, September 15th at 4:00pm. For more information, contact 613-580-2424 ext.14133 or rec-info@ottawa.ca.

Manotick Public Library

The Manotick branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed from Tuesday, July 26th to Monday, August 1st, inclusive, for improvements, and again in late August (dates to be confirmed). During the closures, the branch will be fully converted to Radio-Frequency Identification technology (RFID) and will receive a new single point of service. New book drops and a new accessible entrance will also be installed during this period.

The book drop will not be available during the closure. Borrowed items can be returned at any other OPL branch. For access to library services during the Manotick branch closures, the nearest branches are: Greely (1448 Meadow Drive), and Ruth E. Dickinson (100 Malvern). With the conversion of the Manotick branch, the OPL will have converted most of its 33 branches to RFID technology, with five remaining to be completed by mid-2017.

Concert on the Lawn at Dickinson House

The folks at Dickinson House invite you to come and join them for a Concert on the Lawn at 2:00pm on Sunday, July 24th at Dickinson House.  Come, bring a lawn chair, and enjoy Rowena Pearl’s renditions of tunes from years gone by.  They also invite you to visit the House and gardens.  This year’s special display features The Trades and Professions of years gone by.  As always, admission is free, and donations are welcome.  The house is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

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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.