Richmond Forcemain Project & Street Naming

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Over the last couple of years, I have used this column in the Stittsville News to provide updates on the Richmond Forcemain project and the proposed street naming changes throughout Goulbourn. Allow me to take this opportunity to provide further updates on each item.

Richmond Forcemain Project

The following provides an overview of anticipated construction activities that will be taking place in December:

  • Crews to install dry hydrant at the end of King Street and pave the section of roadway
  • Add opening to cedar rail fence at King Street park entry location
  • Small section of fence to be installed at 34 Dallaire Crescent
  • Excavation and work in valve chambers near Eagleson Road close to the former Richmond Nursery  
  • Minor remaining work inside valve chambers on the 300mmm and 600mm forcemains along the Jock River from the Condominium building on King Street to the lagoon area is on-going.

Unrelated to the ongoing work in the village, I did also want to mention that there was a break in the forcemain on Thursday, November 30th. The break occurred near Eagleson Road and Michael Cowpland Drive intersection in Kanata. As you might be aware, the sanitary forcemain runs from Richmond, along Eagleson Road into Kanata. Repairs were undertaken immediately and the forcemain was back in operation by the end of the next day. Munster waste was diverted to the Munster lagoon system and Richmond waste was diverted to the Richmond lagoon system, as per normal emergency practices.

Looking more long-term, it is anticipated that a full pumping station upgrade and forcemain twinning will be complete by 2022. Much of the future development in Richmond is contingent on the upgrade of the forcemain and pumping station. That growth will contribute significantly to the costs of the work to be completed.

Richmond Street Naming

As you will likely recall, the City has been working on renaming several streets in Richmond to avoid duplication since these streets are disconnected.  Previously, I had also mentioned that there was a delay in getting these streets renamed because of a delay in having Google update their maps. Yes, we live in a world where Google now dictates timelines.

With the Google issue resolved, the following street names will come into effect on January 15th. Letters are being sent to all impacted residents.

  • Queen Charlotte North
  • King Street North
  • Royal York West
  • Ottawa West
  • Maitland South
  • Burke East
  • Cockburn South
  • Colonel Murray South
  • Lennox South
  • Fowler South

I continue to work with staff on potential changes to Huntley Road, Cambrian Road, Hamilton Street, Douglas Drive and Alma Court.

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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.