How Munster residents should handle upcoming fire hydrant testing

Munster Fire Hydrant Testing: Important information for Munster residents!

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that the City of Ottawa would be testing fire hydrants throughout the village of Munster.  That work was rescheduled and will now occur on November 16, 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.

Prince of Wales and Bankfield Road Intersection Improvement

Over the past two weeks, I have received some concerns over a potential reconfiguration of the intersection at Prince of Wales and Bankfield Road.  The design in question was a concept drawing of a roundabout but this drawing was not from the City or from my office.  While roundabouts are to be studied whenever the City looks at improving intersections, nothing has been decided for this intersection.  As I mentioned in my October 5th column, Prince of Wales, Bankfield Road and First Line Road will all be included in the upcoming Greenbank Road Re-alignment Environmental Assessment.  There will be opportunity for the community to comment on this process.

Related to this issue, the 2013 Draft Budget includes design money for a potential new intersection at First Line Road and Bankfield Road.  This intersection is also included in the Greenbank EA as an extension of First Line Road connecting into Greenbank Road will be further evaluated.  Historically, Greenbank Road and First Line Road used to connect prior to the construction of Old Highway 16 (Prince of Wales).

I am also pleased to confirm that the City’s portion of funding for a future signalized pedestrian crosswalk at Bridge Street and Dickinson Street is also included in the 2013 Budget.  This crosswalk will be a 50/50 cost shared project with Orchard View on the Rideau.  Timelines for implementation have not yet been confirmed.

Budget 2013

Last week, I gave a quick overview on the draft budget that was tabled on October 24.  The budget will come before Council on the 28th of November.  Locally, the budget includes previously announced road resurfacing projects such as portions of Ottawa Street, King Street and Flewellyn Road.  It also includes the replacement of the slab at the Richmond Arena, pedestrian countdown timers for Perth & Fowler, and also identifies money for future budgets on repairs to the Jock Trail Bridge and the McBean Bridge.

For more information on the budget, please visit  To comment on Budget 2013, e-mail, use the Twitter hashtag, #ottbudget, call 3-1-1 (613-580-2400), or fax 613-560-2126.

Snow Go Program

The Snow Go Program helps seniors and persons with disabilities find reliable contractors and/or individuals to clear snow from their private driveways and/or walkways. Once matched up with snow removal help, residents are responsible for making payments directly to the individual or contractor.

Eligible seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply to the Snow Go Assist Program, which provides financial assistance and pays for a portion of their snow removal costs. Approved participants may be reimbursed up to 50 per cent of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.

This is the sixth year the City of Ottawa is partnering with the Seniors Citizens Council and local home support agencies to deliver these two winter programs.

For more information about the Snow Go Program matching service and the Snow Go Assist Program, including eligibility criteria and application process, visit or call 3-1-1 to request the name of the home support agency that services your neighbourhood.

Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind will host their 3rd annual Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 from 9am to 2pm.  Stop by to purchase some homemade baked treats and other unique items. Indulge on the day or stock up on baked goods to serve guests over the holidays. Other items include Christmas Cards, TY Beanie Babies, doggy bone Christmas wreaths, 2013 dog calendars, 2013 Entertainment Books, and exclusive Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind apparel. You can also order your fresh holly for the holidays, delivered direct to your door from the grower in British Columbia.

Stop by the National Training Centre for free coffee and to support a great cause. 100% of the proceeds support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is located at 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick.  For further information about the Bazaar & Bake Sale, or to donate items, please contact (613) 692-7777 or email

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