Thank you for allowing me to continue serving you!

After a two month hiatus, due to the municipal election, I’m pleased to have my column return to the pages of the Stittsville News.  To begin this week’s column, I just want thank those of you who made it possible for me to continue as the Councillor for Rideau-Goulbourn.  It is an absolute pleasure to serve you and I hope we can continue to make progress on the issues that matter to you.

That brings me to the issue of communication and the reality that it is a two-way street.  Every now and then, during the election campaign, I would discover that someone who has never once contacted me in any way whatsoever was no longer supportive of me.  The reasons were varied and not always entirely accurate.  Over the last four years, we have focused on effective communication through this column, twice a year newsletter, e-newsletters, social media, public meetings and a series of Town Halls in the middle of the term.  These are all effective tools but they, in no way, reach everyone.  While I am going to make more of an effort to connect with residents on an individual basis next term, I encourage you to reach out to me as well.  If there is something you don’t like that I have done, if you feel we haven’t set the right priorities or if it is something as simple as a rumour you have heard, let me know so that we can have a conversation about the issue.  If I don’t know how you feel about an issue, it makes it harder for me to effectively represent you. 

Munster Road Culvert Replacement

As anyone who travels on the south end of Munster Road, south of Jock Trail, knows, the culvert washed out this past spring, requiring the installation of a permanent structure to improve drainage.  Over the summer, temporary culverts were in place in order to maintain safe access along Munster Road.  In the coming days, construction will be starting on the replacement of this culvert.

Goldie Mohr has been awarded the contract and will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of residents in the area.  I’d like to thank residents for their patience since the wash out and over the next few weeks as we make the final repairs.  If you have any specific questions, you can contact the Project Manager, Bin Wang by email at bin.wang@ottawa.ca.

Upcoming Public Meetings

As mentioned last week, we have some important meetings upcoming regarding the Manotick Secondary Plan Review and Minto’s Phase 1B of their Mahogany Development.  On Tuesday, November 25th between 7:00pm and 9:00pm at the Manotick Arena, residents are invited to hear Minto speak about their proposed changes to Phase 1B of their development.  The proposed changes would see an increase in Phase 1 of 14 units, from 197 to 211 and see the addition of 38’ and 47’ lots to their already existing 35’ and 60’ lots.  Important to note, however, that this increase does not change the overall unit count of 1400 units.  At this meeting, residents will see the proposed new models and the proposed gateway feature at the corner of Century Road and Manotick Main Street.

Manotick Secondary Plan Review

Just a few short days later, on Saturday, November 29th, you are invited to come out to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority HQ, located 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, for our next public planning session on the Manotick Secondary Plan Review.  As we had great turnout and engagement with the previous Saturday meeting, this meeting will also take place in the morning, beginning at 10:00am and running until 1:00pm.  Due to the municipal election, we are really only at the halfway point of our review and we’ll be looking to you to make sure we are on the right track.  Areas of focus will include the village core’s land use plans and character area plan, some policy updates, new mapping information, as well as work on connectivity plans and proposed traffic and parking improvements.  Hope to see you there!

Get Involved!  Join a City of Ottawa Board or Committee

The City of Ottawa is currently recruiting for citizen members to serve on various Committees and Boards!  This is a good opportunity to get involved with the City in an area of interest or expertise.  I sat on four Committees/Boards that had public members and very much appreciated their involvement.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of the City of Ottawa and 18 years of age or older. (City employees are not eligible.)

You can get more information by visiting the City of Ottawa website at www.ottawa.ca or by contacting Carole Legault at 613-580-2424, ext. 28934, (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by e-mail at committees@ottawa.ca

You can also learn more about becoming a committee/board member at our public information session on Thursday, November 13th between 6:00pm and 8:00pm at the Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Crescent.

All applications must be submitted by Thursday, November 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Positions are available on the following committees and boards:

  • Board of Health (5 members)
  • Police Services Board (1 member)
  • Library Board (5 to 8 members) *
  • Committee of Adjustment (15 members)
  • Transit Commission (4 members) *
  • Built Heritage Sub-Committee (3 members) *
  • Licence and Property Standards Committee (5 members)
  • Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre) – Board of Directors (2 members) *
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (4 members) *
  • South Nation Conservation (2 members) *
  • Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (3 members) *
  • Mohr’s Landing / Quyon Port Authority (1 member)
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee (9 to 15 members) *
  • Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee (9 to 11 members) *
  • Community Services Advisory Committee (9 to 11 members) *
  • Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (9 to 11 members) *
  • French Language Services Advisory Committee (7 to 11 members) *

* Subject to the Term of Council Governance review and/or Nominating Committee process.

Energy East Pipeline

As some of you may already know, TransCanada has submitted its application to the National Energy Board for approval of the Energy East Pipeline project.  As part of this submission, TransCanada will be holding another open house to discuss the project with the public on November 18th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville.

Carp Road Landfill Community Liaison Committee

As part of Waste Management's commitment to communicating with its neighbours, the Company in 2008 established the Carp Road Landfill Community Liaison Committee (CLCLC) to provide members of the community the opportunity to question, comment and provide suggestions on Waste Management’s landfill facility and operations on Carp Road.

The CLCLC is formed of representatives from neighbouring communities, City Council, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Company. The committee usually meets bi-monthly (every second month). More information on the CLCLC can be found on our website at www.clclc.ca .

The CLCLC is currently recruiting new members to serve as community representatives. If you are interested in participating in the CLCLC, please submit a brief resume that includes a short summary of your interest in being on the committee by December 11th 2014.

Submissions can be emailed to info@clclc.ca or to Ross Wallace landfill Manager, 2301 Carp Rd, Carp ON K0A 1L0 or by fax at 613-831-8928.

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.  Thank you!