As mentioned in a previous column, we have some changes to our Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee meeting schedule in the coming months. Our meeting regularly scheduled for Thursday, July 7th has been bumped up to Wednesday, June 29th. Not only has the date changed, but the location too. In order to accommodate some local graduation ceremonies taking place at Ben Franklin Place on the 29th, we have decided to host our meeting elsewhere. The June 29th ARAC meeting will take place at the Fred Barrett Arena, 3280 Leitrim Road at our normal time of 10:00am.
The Wednesday, June 29th meeting of ARAC will feature the following items:
- Thomas Baxter Municipal Drain – Appointment of Engineer (Rideau-Goulbourn)
- Hawkins Municipal Drain – Appointment of Engineer (Rideau-Goulbourn)
- Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 255 Wall Road (Cumberland)
- Zoning By-Law Amendment – 2605 Stagecoach Road (Osgoode)
The agenda also includes a response to an inquiry on faulty 911 address blades in former Osgoode Township and a report on the work program to complete Official Plan Amendment 150. OPA 150 is the resulting amendment from the 2013 Council-approved Official Plan Review that was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.
For more information on the agenda items, please visit rideaugoulbourn.ca. Following this meeting, our next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016.
North Gower Library Upgrades
With the canteen and play structure at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre nearing completion and the Roger Stevens Drive sidewalk reconstruction about to begin, there is plenty of work going on in North Gower these days. Next up will be the North Gower branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
In anticipation of North Gower’s 125th anniversary in 2016, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) have committed $55,575 for new furniture, shelving, and equipment to completely refresh the branch. This will include the installation of a fully accessible service counter to better assist all branch customers. The City’s Asset Management Department and the Ottawa Public library are also funding physical improvements to the branch including re-painting and re-carpeting. The branch will be closed for 10 business days during which all these improvements will take place. The closure will begin on Monday July 11th, 2016 and the refurbished branch will reopen on Monday July 25th, 2016. North Gower customers will be advised of alternate locations and programs during this closure. Items borrowed from the North Gower branch will not have any due dates occurring during this closure period.
Household Hazardous Waste Depot
Residents can drop off their hazardous waste at a Household Hazardous Waste Depot on Sunday, June 26th, from 8:00am to 4:00pm, at the OC Transpo Park & Ride, 3355 Fallowfield Road. These are some of the acceptable items that can be brought to the household hazardous waste depot:
- Aerosol containers
- Propane cylinders
- Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
- Fire extinguishers
- Fertilizers and pesticides
- Mercury switches/thermometers
- Needles and syringes
- Paints and coatings
- Oven and window cleaners
- Pool chemicals
- Batteries (automotive/household)
Residential electronic waste such as computers, TVs and stereos will also be accepted at this site.
Residents are reminded that this depot is for household waste only (maximum 100 litres). No commercial waste will be accepted. To keep our waste collection operators and our environment safe please do your part by safely disposing of hazardous household waste such as used needles, propane cylinders and pool chemicals.
If you are unable to attend the depot, some hazardous materials can be returned to local retailers involved in the Take it Back program any day of the week during regular operating hours. The City also hosts several hazardous waste depots at locations across the city throughout the year. For information about upcoming dates, visit ottawa.ca/hhw.
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.