Back to School and Traffic Safety

One of the top concerns of residents in Rideau-Goulbourn is speeding on our roadways. Every week my office receives requests for an increase in police presence and complaints about speeding throughout our ward. While it is always important that we all feel safe while living and driving around our communities, September is a good time to remind ourselves as children head back to school.

To help combat speeding across Rideau-Goulbourn, my office purchased four Speed Boards that are deployed at different hot spots around the ward. The information collected from these units is reviewed by our Traffic Department and the Ottawa Police Service and used to determine enforcement levels. It is important to note that you can help achieve increased police presence as well.  The Ottawa Police Service operates on a complaint basis when it comes to speeding. We need you to let the Police know when you witness aggressive speeding. You can report speeding through the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222 Ext. 7300. Call Centre agents are available seven days a week from 6:00am until 2:00am. You can also report infractions online at http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp. This link can be found on my website www.rideaugoulbourn.ca.

If you would like to review data from past speed board reports, they are available on our website. If you think there is an area near you that would benefit from the deployment speed board, contact my office to let us know. Remember, to help keep our streets safe, speeding prevention begins with you.

Bridge Street Improvements

In keeping with traffic safety, the updates to Bridge Street have been completed following the resurfacing project this summer.  You will notice that some improvements were made to better highlight the previously existing cycling lanes.  In areas where there is no lane, drivers and cyclists are to share the road. The new signage reflects this.

While the presence of cyclists in Manotick pales in comparison to what we see downtown, last week’s events have reminded us that we all play a role in achieving safety on our streets.  Cyclists and drivers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times and both need to follow the rules of the road.  The kinds of tragedies we have seen are 100% avoidable.  Regardless of what type of user you are on our roads, be aware and be safe.

Remembrance Park

On Tuesday, September 20th, the Remembrance Park Organizing Committee will be holding a sod turning event on site to help launch this exciting project. You are invited to join various community leaders at 11:00am next to the Cenotaph in Manotick.  A joint project between a number of Manotick organizations, the Remembrance Park project is a jointly funded project between the City of Ottawa, the Manotick Community and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Manotick Library Closure

The Manotick branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed from Monday, September 19th to Thursday, September 29th, inclusive, for improvements. It will reopen on Friday, September 30th. 

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 after Saturday, September 17th, and throughout 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).

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.

The event does not need to be held on a statutory holiday. Your community event can now be celebrated anytime during 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.  

The deadline of 4:00pm on Thursday, September 15th is fast approaching. For more information, contact rec-info@ottawa.ca or 613.580.2424 extension 14133.

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.

Garvin Road Construction Update

This update is just to provide notice that the road closure on Garvin Road has been extended to Monday, September 19th.  The closure is necessary to permit the replacement of a culvert.

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.

The event does not need to be held on a statutory holiday. Your community event can now be celebrated anytime during 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.  

The deadline of 4:00pm on Thursday, September 15th is fast approaching. For more information, contact rec-info@ottawa.ca or 613.580.2424 extension 14133.

Richmond Fair

The 172nd Richmond Fair is almost upon us.  As usual, you can visit me at the Fair in my booth near the main gate.  I will be at the Fair for the majority of the weekend so feel free to stop by and chat about anything on your mind.  The Richmond Fair runs from Thursday, September 15th until Sunday, September 18th.  See you there!

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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.