Kavanagh Green Commemorative Naming Ceremony

 

The Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence and the community welcome a new recreational space called the Kavanagh Green. Residents are invited to join Mayor Watson and I along with other special guests for the commemorative naming ceremony on Saturday, August 18th at 11:00.

This Green was named in recognition of the Kavanagh family’s historical significance to the community of Stittsville at the southwest corner intersection of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street. For nearly a century, Kavanagh family members have made important contributions to the community of Stittsville and surrounding areas which include owning and operating the popular Stittsville Flea Market for 25 years and volunteering with the Food Bank, Holy Spirit Church and the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice.

The commemorative name was open for public comments and approved by City Council on December 13, 2017 and the Green was supported through the cash-in-lieu-of-parkland funds for Ward 6.

I would like to thank the owners of the Hazeldean Gardens for working with me and the City on this project, which will help to commemorate another valuable contributor to Stittsville’s rich heritage.

This corner will be open to serve everyone in the community as well as residents of the Hazeldean Gardens. The space includes some great features including a bocce court, a shade structure, a games table (chess and checkers), a putting green, and a fitness station.

A short reception will follow the ceremony, hosted by the Hazeldean Gardens. I highly encourage friends and family of the Kavanaghs and any interested residents of Stittsville to stop by and join this ceremony.

Gateway Speed Limit Signs

At the Transportation Committee on Wednesday August 15th committee members approved the use of Gateway speed-limit signs. This signage marks the start and end of areas with lower speed limits. New provincial legislation allows municipalities to use the signs wherever speed limits are less than 50 kilometres per hour. The City would install signs on local roads in residential areas and on collector roads with speed limits of 40 kilometres per hour. Staff would work with Councillors to prioritize areas within their respective wards, with signs coming to one area per ward by the end of 2019.

Dedicated Eastbound Left-turn Traffic Signal Carp and Hazeldean considered at Transportation Committee

On Wednesday August 15th Transportation Committee considered my request to recommend to Council that a dedicated eastbound left-turn traffic signal be implemented at the intersection of Carp and Hazeldean Road. I am pleased to tell you that this item was carried and will be presented to Ottawa City council at its meeting on August 29th for final consideration.

Residents have been expressing their concerns regarding the safety of the intersection since 2014. In December 2017 I initiated a poll for the residents, through my newsletter, on options that might be feasible to pursue further with City traffic department. The purpose of this survey was to revisit the matter with Traffic staff who expressed that the intersection did not meet the designated traffic warrants to implement the turn signal. I wanted to provide a better understanding of residents’ views on the intersection. The survey enable me to communicate with real numbers and comments in an approachable manner.

Results:

In total, 747 votes were collected over a period of three and a half weeks. As can be seen through these results, an impressive 78.85 % of residents voted in support of a Northbound Carp Advance Left to run simultaneous with the Existing Southbound Advance Left, with 61.85% of residents in support of an Eastbound Hazeldean Advance Left. 5.89% of residents did not support either option.

In Spring, 2018, I advised residents that traffic staff did not recommend changes to the intersection as doing so could result in potentially longer wait delays or create new unforeseen problems and increased collisions. I am happy to see that this is finally moving forward. Thank you to all of the residents who participated in the survey and to City’s Traffic Department for working with me on this file.

STITTSVILLE DIVERSION TRUNK SEWER – PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

My office in collaboration with the City of Ottawa Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department invite you to a Public Information Session being held on Tuesday, August 21st from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Hall A at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex. This meeting will give residents the opportunity to view information with respect to the Stittsville Diversion Trunk Sewer project that is planned to begin fall 2018, subject to approvals, with completion in Spring 2020. Design drawings will be on display for your viewing. Staff will also be on hand to provide information and receive comments.

The West Urban Community- Wastewater Collection System Master Servicing Plan Study completed in July 2012 recommended construction of the “Stittsville/Fernbank Diversion Trunk Sewer” to send wastewater flows to the Kanata West Pumping Station (KWPS) and reduce flows to the existing Hazeldean Pumping Station (HPS), eliminating the need for further HPS expansion for this growing development area.

 The 900mm diameter Stittsville Diversion Trunk Sewer (SDTS) will divert wastewater from the existing Stittsville trunk sewer on Abbott Street and will convey the flow to the Kanata West Pumping Station (KWPS).

The design is nearing completion. Construction of the SDTS is expected to start in the fall of 2018 and will be substantially complete late in 2019, with surface restoration complete in the spring of 2020.

From the existing Roundabout on Abbott Street, the proposed alignment extends north through the Fernbank Community lands along the North-South Arterial/Transitway corridor (future Robert Grant Avenue).  Crossing under Hazeldean Road and Poole Creek, the diversion sewer will turn east on Maple Grove Road and tie into an existing sewer stub for KWPS.

Drainage area plans for the HPS and KWPS will be on display for information purposes.

City staff and the project consultant will be on hand to discuss the project, construction impacts and to respond to questions.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and or would like additional information, you can direct your comments to the City of Ottawa Senior Project Manager Craig Anderson Craig.Anderson@ottawa.ca  or 613-580-2424, x 20126

Meetings at Ottawa City Hall for the week of August 13, 2018

All public meetings are held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, August 15, 9:30 am, Champlain Room

  • Parking Spaces to Accommodate Car/Cyclists
  • Gateway Speed Limit Signage in Residential Areas
  • Interactive Mapping Tools: Identifying Opportunities to Improve Cycling Infrastructure Connectivity
  • Dedicated Eastbound Left-turn Traffic Signal at the Intersection of Hazeldean Road and Carp Road

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

City of Ottawa – 2019 Civic Events Funding Program

The application process for the 2019 Civic Events Funding Program is now open.

The City invites local not-for-profit organizations, such as community groups and recreation associations to apply for up to $3,000 in funding to deliver community events that take place in local, geographic communities and neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. These family-friendly events must include family entertainment and activities that appeal to members of the geographic community where the event is being held.

Please review the online information package carefully for additional eligibility criteria.

Hard copies of the Information Package and Application Forms are available at any Ottawa Client Service Centre.

Civic Events Funding Program Deadline is Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by 4 pm.

If you are unsure of your eligibility or have questions, please contact the Funding, Partnerships & Agreements Unit to discuss eligibility criteria and the application process: rec-info@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424 ext. 14133.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) is currently looking to add to their team of foster parents in the Ottawa area. I am sharing this message on their behalf to increase awareness of this important issue.

Fostering is a commitment to provide safety, security and stability in the lives of children and youth who require temporary out-of-home care. In short, foster parents open their hearts and homes to children and youth in need. Currently, there is a need to expand Ottawa’s foster parent community in order to best match children and youth based on their age, culture, religion, or individual circumstances.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, contact CASO’s foster care intake line at 613-742-1620 ext 1 or visit their website at www.casott.on.ca/en/fostering.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot Sunday August 19

A Household hazardous waste Depot is being held on Sunday August 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 411 Legget Drive, in the Kanata Research Park. Residential electronic waste material is accepted at this site.

What is household hazardous waste?

If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.

To help you dispose of these products safely, the City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots for City of Ottawa residents only.

Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources is not accepted.  The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only.

Drop off the following at household hazardous waste depots include:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Gasoline

Sharing Your Stittsville

Every week, I do my best to keep you informed and to share information to help you get the most from your neighbourhood. In an upcoming newsletter, I would like to give you the opportunity to share your good news stories. Please send me your memories, anecdotes and reasons why Stittsville is special to you.