Street Name Changes and More Rideau-Goulbourn Updates

After amalgamation, streets names across the City were changed or altered to alleviate duplication. While the most obvious duplicates were changed initially, the process to correct every duplication was onerous each one took up a considerable amount of time. As a result, the process was changed in 2015 in order to get through the backlog of addressing anomalies.

In Richmond, many residents will be receiving letters about new street names within the village. The issues being addressed at the moment involve streets that are cut off by the Jock River. As many residents know, most of the streets in Richmond straddle the Jock but don’t cross the Jock. Since this could cause challenges for wayfinding and emergency services, the City will be adding cardinal directions to the ends of each street with the fewest number of addresses. For instance, there are more homes on the north end of Lennox Street than on the south end so only the southern portion will have the cardinal direction added to it.

The new streets names include King Street North, Burke Street East, Cockburn Street South, Lennox Street South, Colonel Murray Street South, Maitland Street South, Ottawa Street West, Royal York Street West, Queen Charlotte Street North, Fowler Street South and Cambrian Road West. Letters to affected homeowners will be sent by the City of Ottawa. In fact, you may have already received these letters.

While these street names present minor conflicts and can be corrected by simply adding a cardinal direction, some other streets still require full changes. Currently, the City is looking at renaming one section of Links Drive in Country Club Village. Those residents have received notification. Further on, the City will be getting in touch with residents on Hamilton Street in Richmond as well due to the conflict with Hamilton Avenue. If you have any questions on any of these, feel free to contact my office.

Construction Updates

Many of you have likely noticed that construction is coming along nicely at Manotick’s newest park located in Dickinson Square. With the grand opening slated for July 2nd, the Remembrance Park is nearing completion having just had a split rail fence installed at the rear of the property. This work was completed by staff from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority as well as community volunteers. The entire park has been a community effort and it is exciting to see it come this far.

On another local construction project, the Manotick Arena expansion is well underway. Scheduled to continue through the fall, the City is working with the community and Arena user groups on finding ways to utilize the ice surface come October while the new space is still under construction. The new dressing rooms and community space on the second floor is scheduled to be available for use in January 2018.

As for road construction, the spring weather hasn’t been incredibly friendly to our road crews and contractors. William McEwen Drive resurfacing is nearing completion with Shea Road just getting underway after several delays due to weather. Similarly, projects on Donnelly Drive, Harnett Road, Mackey Road and Gallagher Road are advancing and will be completed over the next two months. The Gallagher and Mackey projects are both different stages of a gravel road upgrade while Harnett and Donnelly will see microsurfacing.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

 In 2016, 17,962 participants dropped off 646 tonnes of material at the City’s household hazardous waste depots. This represents an 8% increase in participation and a 16% increase in material collected over 2015 rates. This year, the Public Works and Environmental Services department (PWES) will continue to provide collection services for household hazardous waste such as corrosive, flammable or poisonous materials; by offering free one-day mobile depots from April 30, 2017 through to October 28, 2017.

Our next depot will be held at the OC Transpo Park and Ride facility at 3355 Fallowfield Road on June 25th from 8:00am until 4:00pm. Electronic waste will also be accepted.

A Canadian Odyssey

Manotick Brass will be presenting “A Canadian Odyssey” to celebrate Canada 150 on June 24th at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick. This special program will feature all Canadian music including the world premiere performance of a new work titled “Aurora” by Saskatchewan composer Laura Pettigrew. The composition describes the Aurora Borealis which is so visible on the wide expanse of the Canadian prairies in northern Saskatchewan.  “Aurora” was specially commissioned for this program by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and the composer will be attending the premiere performance in Manotick on June 24.

“A Canadian Odyssey” is a musical journey which visits each province in the order they joined confederation. A short narrative introduces each province and sets the scene and a slide presentation created by Manotick resident Brian Cromie which will provide a visual enhancement of the music. 

The program features several new musical arrangements commissioned by Manotick Brass thanks to a generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of Manotick.  These include two pieces by Vancouver composer Robert Buckley, “Cathedral Grove” which describes our heritage old growth forests on Vancouver Island and “Yukon Quest” which captures the excitement of a long-distance dog sled race. 

The program also features “Alberta Cowboy Songs” by Edmonton musician Trent Worthington and several arrangements by Ottawa musician E. F. Lloyd Hiscock.  These include “La Metisse” attributed to Louis Riel and “Sunset on the St. Lawrence” attributed to Frederick Harris founder of the Frederick Harris Music Publishing Company. 

“A Canadian Odyssey” will be presented on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 commencing at 7:00pm at Knox Presbyterian Church in Dickinson Square.  Tickets are $15 and are available at Knox Presbyterian Church, Manotick Office Pro or by calling 613-822-8749.

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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. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Looking back at 2016

With 2017 and Canada’s 150th year-long birthday celebration merely days away, it’s time to look back at 2016 for a year in review. The past twelve months were busy with many issues directly impacting rural Ottawa. It was also a year for progress on several files and increased planning on many more.

2016 was a year of progress. More of Rideau-Goulbourn’s roads saw improvements with varying degrees of upgrades conducted on Bridge Street, Royal York Street, Ottawa Street, Moodie Drive, Mackey Road and Flewellyn Road. The village of Kars finally saw the end of construction on Rideau Valley Drive South and the end result was a main street that actually feels like a village main street. We reached a conclusion in our efforts to protect and promote Dickinson Square as a heritage district with the retention of the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House in City ownership. We also began construction on the new Remembrance Park on Dickinson Street, a beautiful addition to the Square. In North Gower, the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre was the recipient of a new canteen building and new play equipment.

2016 was a year of controversy. City Council had many issues before it that were polarizing. In April, we brought forward a Vehicle-For-Hire By-Law creating a new policy in which ridesharing companies like Uber could legally operate within the City of Ottawa. At the same time, we loosened some of the regulations on the taxi industry recognizing the fact that, over the years, the industry had become over-regulated. In October, Council instituted a new Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Structure creating a system where the water and sewer rate budget can be managed in a more predictable manner with the aim of avoiding large rate hikes in the future. The new structure also balanced cost recovery of stormwater services across the City imposing a new fee on approximately 45,000 properties and lowering the fee on others. Earlier this month, Council approved an update to the Land Evaluation & Area Review which saw several changes to land designations, altering some from General Rural to Agricultural Resource Area and vice versa. Last, but not least this year, the City’s Public Library Board proposed a site for the future home of the Central Library. The new home is proposed to be at 557 Wellington Street, approximately 1.2 km west of the existing home at 120 Metcalfe.

2016 was also a year for community collaboration. The Remembrance Park became a reality thanks to the hard work of local residents and various community organizations, including the Manotick Legion. The preservation of Dickinson Square wouldn’t have been possible without Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc., a group that represents over a dozen local organizations. The Manotick Arena Expansion is inching closer to construction thanks to groups like the Manotick Culture, Parks & Recreation Association. Community groups in Richmond have all come together to start planning the village’s bicentennial celebrations in 2018. Community organizations are what make our communities ever greater. My job would be impossible without them for which I am grateful. Whether it’s Burritt’s Rapids, Ashton, Fallowfield Village or any community in between, the countless local organizations work in partnership with my office, each other and the City to the benefit of all of us and that was never more obvious to me than in these past twelve months.

I hope that everyone had a pleasant Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year. See you in 2017!

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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. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

ARAC Agenda, MPAC Farm Assessments and Community Events

ARAC Agenda

With the merging of the November and December meetings of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee into one meeting on Thursday, November 24th, we have quite the agenda. Taking place at our usual location and time, Ben Franklin Place at 10:00 am, the meeting agenda includes:

  • 2017 Draft Operating & Capital Budget
  • Land Evaluation & Area Review (LEAR)
  • Report on Significant Woodland Policies
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment for 471 Sangeet Place (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment for 6265 Perth Street (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • Official Plan Amendment for a Quarry at 3150 & 3200 Rideau Road (Osgoode)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendments for 4175 Anderson Road (Cumberland), 4000 Canaan Road (Cumberland), 711 Vances Side Road (West Carleton-March), 2469 Forced Road (Cumberland), 6219 & 6317 Dwyer Hill Road (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • Kizell Municipal Drain (Kanata North)
  • McKinnons Creek Petition for Drainage Works (Cumberland)

The big items will be the 2017 Budget and the update to the LEAR. Accompanying the LEAR update, will be a recommendation to make changes to Agricultural Resource Areas across the City.  Some lands may be recommended to be changed from General Rural to Agriculture and vice versa.  More information and maps are available at Ottawa.ca/LEAR. I served as Chair of the LEAR Working Group as we reviewed the mapping for the last four years, working alongside local landowners, the Ottawa branch of the Ottawa Federation of Agriculture and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.

471 Sangeet Place is the second phase of a small development adjacent to the village boundary in Richmond, next to the Legion, off of Ottawa Street.  10 lots are proposed. Also in Richmond, the report on 6265 Perth Street seeks to permit the construction of a new medical facility at the corner of Rochelle Drive and Perth Street. The zoning will also permit future phases, including a mid-rise apartment building and some commercial and office space. The City received much support on this application from the community and I appreciate everyone who took the time to submit comments.

MPAC Farm Assessments

Many property owners across Ontario received their MPAC notices last month. While residential property owners received their letters in the spring, the farmland assessments were only released in mid-October. What property owners will have noticed is a huge increase in assessment. In fact, the average assessment increase in Ottawa is 98%.

The big question for most, though, is how will this affect your taxes? Through any assessment update, the municipality cannot increase revenue. The City doesn’t come into a windfall just because property values have gone up. As a result, taxation needs to be adjusted based on assessment increase. In that case, those around the average increase of 98% will not see any tax impact. If your assessment is below the average, you are likely to see a decrease in your property taxes as a result. Similarly, if your increase is above the average, there will be a corresponding increase in your taxes.

DSHMI Annual General Meeting

Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc. (DSHMI), a coalition of community organizations whose mission has to preserve and promote the unique heritage character of Dickinson Square for the benefit of the community and beyond, is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 2016 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016, starting at 4:00 p.m., in the main meeting room at the North Gower Client Service Centre on Roger Stevens Drive. The public is welcome to attend.

The Hockey Hootenanny

On Saturday, November 19th, the Osgoode-Rideau Minor Hockey Association is hosting a fundraiser for the Manotick Arena Expansion.  As many of you know, the Manotick Arena is being expanded in 2017.  The project is a joint effort between the City, the Federal Government and the community. Your support of this event will help your community’s efforts.

The Hockey Hootenanny will be hosted at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower.  There will be a silent auction, door prizes, live music and more.  The Whiskey River Band and Cougar Bait will be performing.  Tickets are $15 in advance and available by calling or texting 613-862-8436. Tickets will be $20 at the door.

Isle in the River Theatre Company

From November 18th to 20th and from the 25th to the 27th, ITR Theatre Company is presenting a Norm Foster Double-Double. This includes two one-act plays, My Narrator and The Death of Me, at each of the 6 performances at the Osgoode Community Centre. Tickets are available through http://www.itrtheatre.com/ or by calling 613-800-1165 or e-mailing tickets@itrtheatre.com. Tickets for the dinner theatres on November 19 and 26 are selling out quickly.

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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. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Updates on Dickinson Square

As some of you may already know, the Ayres Building in Dickinson Square has officially been sold.  The building had been owned by the City of Ottawa since the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority vacated the space in 2007.  Normally, I would announce the sale myself but I’m quite happy that the new owner was so excited to close the sale and announce it themselves.  After all, it isn’t about me. It was just under two weeks ago that Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) announced that they had purchased the building, allowing them to maintain the place they’ve called home for the better part of a decade.

While the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation, along with ROSSS, finalized the deal a couple of months ago, we were awaiting the official close of the sale, scheduled for August 6th.  As soon as all of the t’s were crossed and the i’s were dotted, ROSSS was free to dispense the good news.  We were a bit more tightly lipped this time around as many of you will recall an announcement I made in December 2013 regarding the initial sale of the Ayres Building to a Christmas store owner.  That, of course, fell through prior to the closing date so I decided to try and learn from my mistake.  In the end, everything worked out and now ROSSS can continue to serve the communities of Osgoode, Rideau and Goulbourn from right here in Manotick.

With the Ayres Building sale wrapped up, the Peppermint Spa transformation of the Weaver House well underway and the development of 1125 Clapp Lane approved, the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation has come a long way in four years.  Of course, the work is not yet done and the City of Ottawa still retains the ownership of the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House.  Community sentiment has spoken strongly in favour of maintaining the current arrangement at these two buildings and I will continue to work toward a solution that can be supported by the community and makes the most sense going forward.  In my mind, that solution needs to make sense as much 50 years from now as it does today.  No easy task but we’ve listened to the community every step of the way and I look forward to continuing that working relationship on the two remaining, and most significant, Dickinson Square properties.

Dickinson House News

Speaking of Dickinson Square, come out and visit on August 15th and 16th as there will be demonstrations of the old time Domestic Skills of Spinning and Weaving at the House. Visitors will also be able to learn about or try their hand at the techniques citizens used to cope with laundry before the advent of the automatic washer and dryer.  The House is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm daily.  This summer’s special exhibition is Tableware in Times Past in the Coral Lindsay Memorial Hall on the third floor.  As always, admission is free, and donations toward the upkeep of the House are welcome.

Further, mark your calendars and plan to come to an old-fashioned, family oriented Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill on September 5th at 7:30 pm.  There will be live folk music featuring the Ever Hopeful String Band; easy instructions on traditional circle, square and line dances; country food and refreshments.  The Heritage Country Fair, with a full lineup of traditional Fall Fair events, will be in full swing on Saturday, September 5th, beginning at 10:00am.  For information about the events, check www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse, call 613-692-2241 or visit the House.

A Taste of Manotick

While Dickinson House is providing a taste of the past on August 15th, the rest of the village will be promoting the present.  The Annual Taste of Manotick is back on Saturday, between 4:00pm and 9:00pm.  This annual showcase will take place along Manotick Main Street and into the Mews. Come out and enjoy live music, delicious samples, draws and demonstrations in the heart of the village.

Also, and you heard it here first, this is a guaranteed rain free event!  That is my guarantee and I know you can trust me on this as a recent Ipsos Reid poll ranked local politicians as the least trustworthy profession.  See you there!!

Manotick Secondary Plan

Back to business, the website for the Secondary Plan review has now been updated.  You can visit Ottawa.ca/manotickplan to look at the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments resulting from the current review update.  Please provide comments by September 5th on the draft proposals.  My office will also be distributing this information via mail to all Manotick residents to ensure that everyone is aware.

Development Updates

There are now two development applications in the Stittsville South expansion area.  Over the last two years, the City of Ottawa has been working on an application from several firms involving the property north of Woodside Acres and south of the Hartsmere subdivision.  That application is in the process of receiving draft approval after a lengthy process that included four public meetings.  The results from that include a restriction to vehicular traffic from the new development onto Poplarwood Road and a monitoring program on structures and wells to ensure there are no negative impacts on existing homes in Woodside Acres.

Directly to the east of that proposal is another application, this one by Tartan Homes, which has just been submitted.  This is, essentially, an extension of the previous application as the road network ties in and is key to traffic management in the area.  The main roads will filter out onto Shea Road and Fernbank Road. This property is addressed as 5970 Fernbank Road and more information on the application can be found at Ottawa.ca/devapps.  As information becomes available, it will be posted at that link.  Further, there will be a public meeting scheduled to discuss this application as well.

Open Air Fire Permits

Residents are reminded that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.

An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.

Definitions for all these terms, and further details about Open Air Fire Permits, can be found on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

While open air burning might seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.

Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.

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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.

Dickinson Square, Manotick Secondary Plan and Goulbourn development updates

As some of you may already know, the Ayres Building in Dickinson Square has officially been sold.  The building had been owned by the City of Ottawa since the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority vacated the space in 2007.  Normally, I would announce the sale myself but I’m quite happy that the new owner was so excited to close the sale and announce it themselves.  After all, it isn’t about me. It was just under two weeks ago that Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) announced that they had purchased the building, allowing them to maintain the place they’ve called home for the better part of a decade.

While the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation, along with ROSSS, finalized the deal a couple of months ago, we were awaiting the official close of the sale, scheduled for August 6th.  As soon as all of the t’s were crossed and the i’s were dotted, ROSSS was free to dispense the good news.  We were a bit more tightly lipped this time around as many of you will recall an announcement I made in December 2013 regarding the initial sale of the Ayres Building to a Christmas store owner.  That, of course, fell through prior to the closing date so I decided to try and learn from my mistake.  In the end, everything worked out and now ROSSS can continue to serve the communities of Osgoode, Rideau and Goulbourn from right here in Manotick.

With the Ayres Building sale wrapped up, the Peppermint Spa transformation of the Weaver House well underway and the development of 1125 Clapp Lane approved, the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation has come a long way in four years.  Of course, the work is not yet done and the City of Ottawa still retains the ownership of the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House.  Community sentiment has spoken strongly in favour of maintaining the current arrangement at these two buildings and I will continue to work toward a solution that can be supported by the community and makes the most sense going forward.  In my mind, that solution needs to make sense as much 50 years from now as it does today.  No easy task but we’ve listened to the community every step of the way and I look forward to continuing that working relationship on the two remaining, and most significant, Dickinson Square properties.

Dickinson House News

Speaking of Dickinson Square, come out and visit on August 15th and 16th as there will be demonstrations of the old time Domestic Skills of Spinning and Weaving at the House. Visitors will also be able to learn about or try their hand at the techniques citizens used to cope with laundry before the advent of the automatic washer and dryer.  The House is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm daily.  This summer’s special exhibition is Tableware in Times Past in the Coral Lindsay Memorial Hall on the third floor.  As always, admission is free, and donations toward the upkeep of the House are welcome.

Further, mark your calendars and plan to come to an old-fashioned, family oriented Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill on September 5th at 7:30 pm.  There will be live folk music featuring the Ever Hopeful String Band; easy instructions on traditional circle, square and line dances; country food and refreshments.  The Heritage Country Fair, with a full lineup of traditional Fall Fair events, will be in full swing on Saturday, September 5th, beginning at 10:00am.  For information about the events, check www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse, call 613-692-2241 or visit the House.

Manotick Secondary Plan Update

Back to business, the website for the Secondary Plan review has now been updated.  You can visit Ottawa.ca/manotickplan to look at the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments resulting from the current review update.  Please provide comments by September 5th on the draft proposals.  My office will also be distributing this information via mail to all Manotick residents to ensure that everyone is aware.

Development Updates in Goulbourn

There are now two development applications in the Stittsville South expansion area.  Over the last two years, the City of Ottawa has been working on an application from several firms involving the property north of Woodside Acres and south of the Hartsmere subdivision.  That application is in the process of receiving draft approval after a lengthy process that included four public meetings.  The results from that include a restriction to vehicular traffic from the new development onto Poplarwood Road and a monitoring program on structures and wells to ensure there are no negative impacts on existing homes in Woodside Acres.

Directly to the east of that proposal is another application, this one by Tartan Homes, which has just been submitted.  This is, essentially, an extension of the previous application as the road network ties in and is key to traffic management in the area.  The main roads will filter out onto Shea Road and Fernbank Road. This property is addressed as 5970 Fernbank Road and more information on the application can be found at Ottawa.ca/devapps.  As information becomes available, it will be posted at that link.  Further, there will be a public meeting scheduled to discuss this application as well.

Open Air Fire Permits

Residents are reminded that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.

An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.

Definitions for all these terms, and further details about Open Air Fire Permits, can be found on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

While open air burning might seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.

Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.

A Taste of Manotick

While Dickinson House is providing a taste of the past on August 15th, the rest of the village will be promoting the present.  The Annual Taste of Manotick is back on Saturday, between 4:00pm and 9:00pm.  This annual showcase will take place along Manotick Main Street and into the Mews. Come out and enjoy live music, delicious samples, draws and demonstrations in the heart of the village.

Also, and you heard it here first, this is a guaranteed rain free event!  That is my guarantee and I know you can trust me on this as a recent Ipsos Reid poll ranked local politicians as the least trustworthy profession.  See you there!!

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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.

Column: Dickinson Square, Richmond Development and more

The most awkward vote an elected official ever has to make is the one that pertains to his/her own salary. Be it municipal, provincial or federal elected officials, we all have to vote at one point or another on what we should make. This issue has been in the news lately with the proposed cost of living allowance to City Councillors, effective January 1, 2013.

During a debate in North Gower in the Fall of 2010, all five Rideau-Goulbourn candidates for Councillor were asked whether or not we would support/accept a pay increase during our term, if elected.  Coming from a job that paid less than half of what I would make if elected, I said no. In my effort to keep my word to the individual who asked the question, I dissented from the proposed increased at Council on February 13.  However, along with Councillor Mark Taylor, I put forward a motion that would allow me to opt out of the pay increase and remain at the same salary for the remainder of this term.  This motion was rejected at Council on a vote of 15-6.  I am now forced to accept the pay increase that I had committed not to accept.  Councillor Taylor has committed to giving the money back to the City, Councillor Peter Clark has already donated the increase to a charity of his choice.  What I want to ask of you is: where should my increase go?  It would be wrong of me to vote against the increase and then turn around and accept it, therefore should I write a cheque for the difference back to the City of Ottawa or should I donate it to a charitable or community organization?  I want to hear your thoughts on this issue.

Dickinson Square: Request for Expressions of Interest

As many of you are aware, the City of Ottawa acquired six properties in Dickinson Square in 2008.  At that time, the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation was formed with a mandate to protect and preserve the heritage nature of Dickinson Square but also to repay the expenditure to the City of Ottawa through sale or lease of any or all of the properties.  The properties included Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House, the Carriage Shed, the Ayres Building, the Weaver’s House as well as the properties to the north, known as the Clapp and Holloway properties.  Shortly after, Watson’s Mill was sold to Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. and further, the Holloway property was deemed unsuitable for construction.

The Requests for Expressions of Interest is the stage in the process where we seek interest in the properties.  No resolution will be determined through this process, nor will any sale.  Its purpose is to gauge interest in any or all of the properties and to make aware to any proponent the objectives of the MMQCDC in preserving the heritage qualities of the Square.  This process will conclude in April and will involve City staff meeting with proponents, providing information concerning the properties and explains the objectives for adaptive reuse and redevelopment.  As with the rezoning, much of the direction has been derived from the Manotick Secondary Plan and the visioning sessions that were conducted by the Manotick Village Community Association and Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc.  This direction helps staff inform the proponents as to what would fit in the Square and respect the village and its history.

This issue will be discussed at the March 7 meeting that I will be hosting to discuss a variety of Manotick issues.  That meeting will take place at the Manotick Arena at 7pm.

Richmond Development

On February 13, the City hosted a meeting to discuss a development application from Caivan Developments at 6335 & 6350 Perth Street.  This meeting was well attended by many residents from Richmond and I want to thank them for their attendance and comments during this meeting.  Many of the comments made were consistent with the comments heard during the Community Design Plan process for Richmond.  Issues such as drainage, communal well systems and sewer services were key issues raised.  These are outstanding concerns from the CDP process and as per Council direction in 2010, must be resolved prior to any development outside the current serviceable area in Richmond. Other comments included transportation issues as well as parks and recreation.  As soon as possible, we’ll make comments heard at the meeting available to the public. More information about this application can be found at www.ottawa.ca/devapps.  Please provide any comments on this proposed development to myself or to Cheryl.McWilliams@ottawa.ca.

North Gower Cooperative Nursery School

Straying from the usual dance and silent auction, this year the NGCNS will present their first ever Casino Royale & Silent Auction at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower on Saturday, February 23.  The evening will include black jack, poker, martinis and some appetizers provided by AJ’s Catering as well as The Whalesbone Oyster House.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be yours truly so come on out and enjoy a great night all the while supporting the Nursery School.  Doors open at 8:00pm and tickets are available at Roxy’s Salon in North Gower, Kit & Kaboodles in Manotick and from any NGCNS parent at a cost of $15.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  For more information, please visit www.ngcns.com.

And now a message from Watson’s Mill…

Watson’s Mill Presents…Manotick Files De-Classified

On Wednesday February 27 at 7:00 pm, local resident and man-about-town, Rich McDonald will open the de-classified files on Manotick’s political past. If there is one thing Rich knows, its politics. He served as a municipal councillor in the Ottawa area for 24 years and was the Chair of a number of municipal committees including: Planning, Recreation, and Transportation. He has seen it all and through first-hand accounts, he will reveal what really went on when Manotick Main Street got its first traffic light. It’s time the public hear the real stories of the village from the construction of the public library to the icy reaction of Manotick’s first Recreation centre.  Rich was there for it all and he is not afraid to tell the back stories behind them all.

Watson’s Mill Presents … is a community lecture series offered to the public as a way of educating, entertaining and creating a conversation. The village of Manotick has large number of interesting and knowledgeable residents with engaging stories to tell and on the last Wednesday of each month we have the opportunity to hear them speak. Admission is $2 for Watson Mill Members and $5 for General Public, in support of Watson’s Mill programming.  Call for more details: 613-692-6455.

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Column: What's going on with Dickinson Square?

As many of you know, there is a Zoning By-law Amendment proposed for the properties in Dickinson Square, which include the Ayres Building, Weaver House, Dickinson House, Carriage Shed, and the property at 1131 Clapp Lane. We have scheduled a meeting to discuss the proposal for August 2 at the Manotick Arena from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
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