Vimy Memorial Bridge

In recent weeks, there have been some articles written about the impact of the new Vimy Memorial Bridge, formerly the Strandherd/Armstrong Bridge.  Various studies conducted in recent years have shown a consistent presence of 16,000 vehicles per day on Bridge Street.  The study that was completed in late August has shown a reduction in the morning period of 1600 vehicles while the reduction during the afternoon commute was 1350 vehicles.  The intersections that bookend the Vimy Memorial Bridge have seen increases of up to 8000 vehicles over the morning and afternoon peak periods.  Oddly enough, the Vimy Memorial Bridge went up more than the decreases of the Hunt Club Bridge and Manotick bridges combined.

We continue to conduct traffic impact studies and as soon as updated results are available, I’ll be sure to share them with you.  I have certainly been hearing from residents that the decrease in traffic is noticeable.  It appears that even the cut through traffic along the north end of Long Island has decreased as well.

Of course, with all good changes come some negative impacts.  The traffic that used to be in Manotick has found other routes, trucks included.  Some of those routes aren’t truck routes but didn’t have signs indicating such.  At the request of the residents who live on those streets, they have now been signed as non-truck routes.  This isn’t out of the ordinary as we have done the same thing on Century Road East recently.  At this point, there is no data to suggest that these signs will increase truck traffic through Manotick.  As stated earlier, we will continue to monitor the flow of traffic and we’ll know if there is an impact in the coming months.

Ultimately, the City of Ottawa needs to update the Truck Route Mapping for the entire city.  I’ll continue to push for that update to be completed and I imagine I’ll be working with my new colleague from Osgoode Ward to see that update carried out.

Goulbourn Museum’s Old Fashioned Christmas

On Sunday, November 30th from 10:00am to 3:00pm, the Goulbourn Museum will be hosting an Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market. Have an old-fashioned photo taken with Santa and get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at this holiday celebration featuring local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment and festive crafts.

There will be oodles of free activities for all ages. Children can write letters to Santa with expert help from The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, play with old-fashioned games and wooden toys, and watch rope making demonstrations by Tom Stephenson of The Kettle Boys. Each child will get their very own handmade skipping rope to take home.

Families can pose for a photo with Santa in the Village Store, enjoy free hot chocolate and hot apple cider, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy an authentic Neapolitan wood fired pizza from Pizza All’Antica for lunch. The Goulbourn Museum’s list of handmade vendors features something for everyone including jewelry, wood turned pens, pottery, stained glass art, photography, chocolates, baked goodies, natural soaps, and more!

The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit www.goulbournmuseum.ca or call 613-831-2393. Join the Museum’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/GoulbournMuseum and get regular updates.

Energy East Pipeline

In addition to the meeting held by TransCanada earlier this week, Ecology Ottawa is hosting a meeting in Stittsville to discuss the proposed pipeline conversion project that runs through Rideau-Goulbourn.    This meeting will take place on Monday, November 24th beginning at 7:00pm.  There will be a movie and discussion on the project and pizza and drinks will be served.  The event is free for anyone wishing to attend.

Upcoming Meetings

The busy week of public meetings is almost upon us.  As mentioned in recent weeks, we have a meeting at the Manotick Arena on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00pm to discuss the proposed amendment to Minto’s Mahogany Development.  On Thursday, November 27th, , the City of Ottawa is hosting an open house at the Kars Recreation Centre to display plans for Rideau Valley Drive South, through the village of Kars.  The Open House is scheduled to run from 5:30pm until 9:00pm giving residents the opportunity to come when it suits their schedule. 

To cap off the week, on Saturday, November 29th, between 10:00am and 1:00pm, drop-in and speak to City staff and consultants about the 2014 Manotick Secondary Plan Update.  This is your opportunity to discuss what updates and modifications staff are proposing for the 20-year vision for development in the Village, land use, parks and open spaces, water and wastewater servicing as well as the results of the recent connectivity, parking and traffic work. This open house will take place at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority building, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, within Beryl Gaffney Park. 

Rural Community Building Grant Program

Over the last four years, several community groups across Rideau-Goulbourn have successfully applied for funds through the Rural Community Building Grant program.  This program has helped the Manotick Village & Community Association expand the interlock in front of the Cenotaph and is currently assisting the redeployment of the Boat Launch in Manotick.

In North Gower, the work that was completed in the parkette at the corner of Roger Stevens Drive and Fourth Line Road was carried out by the North Gower Community Gardens Association with funding assistance from this program.  The NGCGA has done and continues to do great work in the village thanks to donations from the community and the help of this grant program.

Community groups, such as the two mentioned above, have the ability to improve our community with their dedicated volunteer hours and passion for their community.  The Rural Community Building Grant program just gives them the funds to do so.  I fully expect this program to continue over the next four years. If you belong to a local community organization and want to submit an application, please let me know.  This is your program to help make your community better.

Snow Go Programs

Nothing like a little fresh snow on the ground this week to remind us that the City of Ottawa has two programs aimed at providing assistance to seniors and people with disabilities when it comes to snow clearing.  This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service.

The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.

The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors (60+) or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.  Rural applicants, who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.

For more information about the Snow Go and the Snow Go Assist programs, please visit ottawa.ca/snowgo or call 3-1-1.

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!