Budget 2013 Consultations Begin

Wednesday, October 24 marks the final Mid-Term Town Hall prior to the break for budget meetings.  The City of Ottawa’s 2013 Budget will be tabled the same day as my Town Hall in North Gower.  There will be public consultation on the budget in four different locations.  The closest two will be at the Nepean Sportsplex on Monday, October 29th and at the John G. Mlacak Community Centre at 2500 Campeau Drive in Kanata on Wednesday, November 7th. Both consultations will feature local Councillors and the Mayor and will go from 7-9pm.  Following these consultations, the budget will then pass through ten committees and boards of Council before full consideration of City Council on November 28.  To comment on Budget 2013, e-mail budget2013@ottawa.ca, use the Twitter hashtag, #ottbudget, call 3-1-1 (613-580-2400), or fax 613-560-2126.

Mid-Term Town Halls will resume in mid-November with meetings in Fallowfield, Country Club Village and Stittsville.

Richmond Library Temporary Closure

The Ottawa Public Library’s Richmond branch will be closed from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 and all day from 1:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 to receive improvements.  The book drop will be available during the closure. The nearest alternate service locations are the Hazeldean (50 Castlefrank), Munster (7749 Bleeks) and Stittsville (1637 Stittsville Main) branches. For more information contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or visit BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.

Munster Hydrant Testing

The City of Ottawa will be testing fire hydrants throughout the village of Munster on October 25, 2012 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Testing ensures that hydrants are working well and verifies their flow capacity, facilitating future upgrades to the Munster-Hamlet drinking water pumping station.

Following the completion of this testing, after 3:00 pm and before you use the water from your tap for drinking, cooking or laundry purposes, turn on one COLD tap for a few minutes nearest the water meter to flush your own pipes.

Please be advised that if you use your water system during the period of testing, rusty or discoloured water from the hydrant testing may be drawn into your internal piping system and hot water tank. If this occurs, you should thoroughly flush your internal plumbing system from each tap to remove any accumulated deposits and avoid the possibility of staining.  Red or discoloured water is not harmful to your health, but it can stain your laundry and bathroom fixtures.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.