Budget Meeting and Last-minute Ice Rentals

In last week’s column, I mentioned our upcoming Mid-Term Town Hall meetings.  With our Burritt’s Rapids meeting having been held earlier this week, our next meeting is coming up on Wednesday, September 28th at the Pierce’s Corners Hall. This is the second of eleven regional town hall meetings with this one focused mainly on former Marlborough Township.  Each meeting will have a local flavour although residents from other communities are open to attend any meeting they wish.  As always, there will be opportunities to ask questions on any topic whatsoever.  The Pierce’s Corners Hall is located at 3048 Pierce Road and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm.

2017 Budget Meeting

While I will discuss the budget throughout the fall meetings, I am involved in another upcoming meeting that will deal specifically with the 2017 Budget. In fact, Ottawa residents will have several opportunities in the coming weeks to take part in pre-budget consultations, as part of the City of Ottawa’s 2017 budget development process.  As was the case last year, I will be co-hosting a meeting with Councillors Michael Qaqish and George Darouze. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 5th at the Rideauview Community Centre in Riverside South, beginning at 7:30pm.

These meetings, held prior to the tabling of the budget, will see City Councillors work together in groups, inviting residents from their wards to share their comments on the 2017 budget, including suggested priorities and potential areas for savings. To assist residents in preparing for these meetings, background information and budget resource materials are available at ottawa.ca, including an interactive consultation tool which allows residents to plan a simulated municipal budget.

Other nearby meetings include one at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre on Walkley Road on Thursday, October 6th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.  That meeting is being co-hosted by Councillors Riley Brockington, Jean Cloutier and Diane Deans. Another will be held at the Nepean Sportsplex, also between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, on Tuesday, October 18th co-hosted by Councillors Rick Chiarelli, Keith Egli and Jan Harder.

Residents may also offer budget input by sending an email directly to budget@ottawa.ca, by contacting their City Councillor or by tweeting @ottawacity using the hashtag #ottbudget. Learn more about the City’s budget process with the resources at ottawa.ca.

Last-minute Ice Rentals

Last-minute ice rental is now available for booking 15 days in advanced at a reduced rate. Anyone can find, book and pay for last-minute ice time in City arenas online at ottawa.ca. Take advantage of a reduced arena rental rate by booking last-minute ice; perfect for a practice or game with your friends, family or team. Go online to view arenas with last-minute rental availability in the next 15 days. Availability is updated daily.

To book a last-minute ice rental:

  1. Log in to ottawa.ca using your Family PIN
  2. Search for available last-minute ice rental in the next 15 days
  3. Submit a Rental Request Form
  4. A staff person will contact you within two business days to confirm your rental request

Last-minute ice is booked in one-hour increments.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Community Dancing in Manotick

On Friday, September 30th, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, at the Manotick United Church, join the Ever Hopeful Stringband and caller Pippa Hall for a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening of community dancing, including circles, squares and contras. Each dance is taught and the whole family is invited. The evening begins with simple dances, followed by dances that build on skills as the evening progresses. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for those between ages 12-18 and anyone under 12 is free. There is a family maximum of $20. For more information, call 613-692-4576 or visit http://dance.manotick.net.

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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.