The return of Councillor for Hire!

Originally announced at the end of 2011, the Ottawa on the Move program has seen the advancement of many rural road resurfacing projects that were all originally scheduled to be resurfaced post-2014.  These roads included Donnelly Drive, Ottawa Street, Flewellyn Road and King Street.  That program now enters its final year.  Last week, a Commence Work Order was issued for First Line Road (Bankfield Road to Roger Stevens Drive), Rideau Valley Drive South (Roger Stevens Drive to Dorack Drive), Church Street (McCordick Road to Lenida Street) and Mansfield Road (Conley Road to Munster Road).

The work on Rideau Valley Drive South, between Roger Stevens Drive to Dorack Drive will include pedestrian facilities on both sides of the road.  I am still working with staff on the timeline for the resurfacing and sidewalk renewal along Rideau Valley Drive South, from Dorack Drive to Lockhead Road.  This work will involve a full reconstruction of the road and an upgrade of the storm sewers.  Apparently, we have had some difficulty with the approval of the storm outlet as it falls under federal jurisdiction.  I will continue to push for this project to begin as soon as possible.

May 5 - Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Meeting

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will, once again, host its meeting in the rural area, this time at 6:00pm on Monday, May 5 at the West Carleton Community Complex at 5660 Carp Road.  Agenda items will include an update on the Western Development Lands in Richmond and the Ontario Municipal Board hearing scheduled for May 26. Also included is a zoning application that will allow the Richmond Home Hardware the ability to expand their lot further north, the Arbuckle Municipal Drain petition and the Carp Road Corridor Zoning Study.

Carp Landfill Expansion Information Meeting

A Community Information & Comment Session has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 6 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at NeXT Restaurant, 6400 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville. Waste Management is hosting the meeting and presenting their proposed zoning. City planning staff will be in attendance in order to outline the process for zoning and public input, as well as to listen to comments and questions and to obtain names and contact information from those wishing further information on the application, or to be notified of further action in relation to the file.

The proposed use will serve as an extension to the adjacent existing landfill located at 2301 Carp Road. It will allow for the facility to accommodate industrial and commercial waste. The proposed zoning will see an additional use permitted under the existing zonings to include ‘waste processing and transfer facility’ and "solid waste disposal facility"

The ultimate use would include a waste disposal facility, new vehicular entrance via Carp Road, a landscape buffer along Carp Road, infiltration basins, stormwater ponds, attendant booth, and weigh area, and public drop-off area. Existing buildings and parking are proposed to be retained.

Councillor for Hire - MK Pit Stop

After a six month hiatus from my Councillor for Hire initiative, I was back out in the workforce on April 15, spending an afternoon working with MK Pit Stop.  For those of you unfamiliar with Councillor for Hire, it is something I try to do once a month where I spend a day with a local business or service provider in order to learn more about what they do and how they contribute to our communities.  It is also an opportunity to walk in the shoes of the people I represent and learn any challenges they may have on a day to day basis. I began doing this in August of 2011.

MK Pit Stop is a local business out of North Gower, owned and operated by Mark & Kirsten Mooney.  They operate a mobile tire shop that can come to your home or business and, not only change your tires, but repair them, fill them, mount and balance them as well. They will also change your oil, replace your battery and even install your wiper blades. All of this takes place from the convenience of your laneway.

They also happen to have contracts will several large businesses and the day I spent with them was at one of their larger clients, Dymon Self Storage.  We were set up at the Dymon location on Walkley Road as one Dymon car after another drove up, had their winter tires removed, their summer tires installed, and drove off.  In the few hours I was there, we easily serviced a dozen vehicles.  I am, by no means, on my way to working for a NASCAR pit crew, but it was very interesting to work in this environment and see what Mark & Kirsten do every day.  It was learning about great local businesses like MK Pit Stop that led to the Councillor for Hire initiative in the first place.

I’d like to thank Mark & Kirsten for inviting me to spend time as their employee and learning about their exciting, new business in Rideau-Goulbourn.  If you’d like to learn more about MK Pit Stop, please visit

Expanded Client Services in Barrhaven

The client service desk at Walter Baker Sports Centre is conducting a pilot project to offer expanded services from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday. Residents can now go to the Walter Baker Centre and pay their tax and water bills, obtain/renew animal licences and burn permits, apply for parking permits, pay parking tickets, among other thing.  A complete list of services is available at

This pilot project is good news for Rideau-Goulbourn residents whose current options include the North Gower Client Service Centre on Thursdays or the Client Service Centres in Kanata and Centrepointe.  However, those locations are only open until 4:00pm.  This should help rural residents obtain the services they need more conveniently. 

‘Why we Sing’

Goulbourn Jubilee Singers and the Junior Jubilees will present ‘Why we Sing’  on Saturday May 3rd, 7:30pm and Sunday May 4th, 2:00pm at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Rd. Directed by Linda Crawford and accompanied by Erna Poettcker, the choirs will also be launching their first CD ‘Why we Sing’, as well as holding a Silent Auction. Tickets in advance are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children, 12 and under.  All tickets at the door are $20. For further information or tickets call 613-825-3357 or

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

North Gower United Church Supper

Wednesday, May 7 is the date of North Gower United Church’s Annual Roast Beef Supper.  Come on out to the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower from 4:30pm until 6:30pm for a great meal and even better community spirit.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $6.50 for children under the age of 12 and free for children under the age of 5.  For more information, or the purchase tickets, please call Mary at 613-489-2697.

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