Column: June 27, 2019

Culvert replacement work

Several culverts in Ward 5 are scheduled for replacement and work will beginning soon. Be mindful when travelling of lane reductions and follow posted detour signage in the areas of work:

- Upper Dwyer Hill Road approximately 0.49 km north of Grainger Park Road
- Upper Dwyer Hill Road approximately 1.41 km north of Vaughan Side Road
- Kinburn Side Road approximately 0.31 km east of Dominium Side Road
- March Road approximately 0.25 km west of Huntmar Drive
- Creek Drive approximately 0.05 km east of Frome Street
- Ivy Acres Road approximately 0.33 km south of Ritchie Side Road
- Pinhey Point Road approximately 0.70 km east of Sixth Line Road
- Panmure Road approximately 0.49 km east of Breezy Heights Road

Road closure - Ritchie Side Rd.

In early July, Ritchie Side Rd. from Ivy Acres Rd. to Walter Bradley Rd., will close to undertake rehabilitation work on the Ritchie Side Rd. bridge. A signed detour will be place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained. Work will be done by the end of August.

Carp Rd. slope stablization & culvert renewal

In early July work will begin between 4203 and 4185 Carp Rd. on slope stabilization and culvert renewal. This work will provide stabilization to the slope along the south side of Carp Rd. The culvert is being replaced at the same time due to its current condition. Throughout the construction, there will be single lane closures as required to facilitate the work. When construction is not active, the roadway will be fully open. Work will be done by fall 2019.

Sandbag processing site on Kinburn Side Rd.

I’ve received inquiries about the ‘sandbag mountain’ at the Public Works site at 1444 Kinburn Side Rd. This location is being used as a sandbag processing site. Staff have begun work here and are separating the sand from the bags with the appropriate shredding and screening equipment with this process taking about two to three weeks. The separated sand will then be stored in neat piles on site and within the next 4 weeks will be put through a final separation process preparing it for future winter material use. Residents should see a gradual reduction in the pile of used sandbags soon. Any likelihood of critters or bugs is quite low as staff will be constantly working on the piles.

Column: June 20, 2019

Ottawa Public Health Community Information Session

I am hosting a Community Information Session where Ottawa Public Health will present information well water testing, ticks/Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. Ward 5 residents are invited to attend the session on Tuesday, June 25, 7pm-8:30pm, at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd.

Sandbag processing site on Kinburn Side Road

I’ve received inquiries about the ‘sandbag mountain’ at the Public Works site at 1444 Kinburn Side Rd. This location is being used as a sandbag processing site. Staff have begun work here and are separating the sand from the bags with the appropriate shredding and screening equipment with this process taking about two to three weeks. The separated sand will then be stored in neat piles on site and within the next 4 weeks will be put through a final separation process preparing it for future winter material use. Residents should see a gradual reduction in the pile of used sandbags soon. Any likelihood of critters or bugs is quite low as staff will be constantly working on the piles.

Garbage collection for flood affected properties

The City clearly understands that some residents are continuing with their clean up efforts from the spring flood event. Even though the City has returned to regular waste pick-up operations in these flood affected neighbourhoods, staff will continue to monitor the areas and will arrange special pick-up of flood related materials as needed.

Well water testing returns to normal schedule

Now that the state of emergency has been lifted, Ottawa Public Health has updated it’s well water testing webpage to reflect regular weekly operations. Residents can drop off their water samples on Tuesdays at the usual frequency prior to the flood. The courier will pick the samples up on Wednesdays only. Water testing bottles can be picked up during normal business hours. Please see below for the current Tuesday drop off locations:

• Carp Library, 3911 Carp Rd., 10am-8pm

• Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Rd., 7am-8pm

• Nicholls General Store, 3798 Dunrobin Rd., 6am-10pm

• MacEwen Gas, 1794 Dunrobin Rd, 5:30am-11pm

• Kinburn Client Service Center, 5670 Carp Rd., 8:30am-4:30pm

• Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Dr., 7am-9:30pm

• Constance Bay Pharmacy, 131 Constance Bay Rd., 10am-7pm

Column: June 13, 2019

State of emergency lifted

As of June 12, Mayor Watson terminated the state of emergency, which was declared on April 25 in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. The City’s emergency operations centre remains in operation while the flood response and recovery are ongoing. The City of Ottawa continues to assist residents and businesses return to a state of normalcy following the flooding. The City has implemented a demobilization guide to oversee ongoing work in the following areas:

• Debris Management
• Infrastructure services
• Building Code services
• Well water testing

Keep up-to-date with latest flood information through www.ottawa.ca and the City’s “2019 Spring Flood” Facebook group page.

Ward 5 resident receives City Builder Award

At the City Council meeting on June 12, Ward 5 resident Janet Mason was presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award. While working over 30 years in management positions within the defence and technology industries, Janet Mason has always found time for the environment. In the last several years, she has volunteered for several environmental groups and initiatives. She helped co-found the Friends of the Carp Hill and led the development of the recreation trail system. She still chairs the volunteer organization, as she does with the Friends of the Carp River. Her commitment to the environment does not end there. For the past five years, Ms. Mason has sat on the board of directors for the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. She has spent the last five months as chair, representing the City of Ottawa. She has served as the Chair of the Ottawa Stewardship Council and sat on the boards of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club. She remains a champion for environmental issues facing Ottawa’s west end. Congratulations to Janet!

West Carleton Garden Club - Garden Tour

The West Carleton Garden Club is hosting a Garden Tour of nine local gardens on Saturday, June 15 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will go towards the purchase of a garden bench for Carp Memorial Hall. The tour will include a diverse variety of gardens in and around the Carp area: large and a small suburban properties, some larger acreages, a community garden, the garden of a commercial business and also, KIN Vineyards. A Victorian tea will be served at the Huntley Mess Hall. More information including where to buy tickets can be found on the Garden Club’s website at www.wcgc.ca.

Column: June 6, 2019

Urgent call for volunteers

On Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, volunteers of all abilities, age 12 and over, are urgently needed for sandbag and debris removal at flood-affected properties in West Carleton-March. Work will take place between 9am and 7pm both days. If you are able to help, please report to the Volunteer Registration Centre located at the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive. Registration is from 9am to 4:30pm. There will be a shuttle bus option from the Innovation Park & Ride (1321-3043 Innovation Drive). The first bus departs at 8:30am and the last bus leaves at 4pm.Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and may be required to lift up to 22kg/50lbs. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing with long sleeves, pants and boots is recommended. Clothing may get dirty, wet or damaged. Volunteers may bring food. Water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers under 18 need a parent or legal guardian to sign their registration forms and must be supervised by an adult on site. Updates about the daily need for volunteers will be made through www.ottawa.ca and the City’s social media channels. During the weekdays there is no City-led volunteer management on site. Anyone wanting to volunteer on weekdays before this coming weekend should register directly with Samaritan’s Purse online at www.samaritanspurse.ca or by calling 1-844-547-2664.2019

Wild Parsnip Strategy

Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The City's Wild Parsnip Program for this season has begun and will end in October. Similar to past years, the goal is to reduce the growth of wild parsnip in areas city-wide along rural and suburban roadsides. The 2019 Strategy consists of using Clearview Herbicide (PCP #29752, containing aminopyralid and metsulfuron-methyl) and Gateway adjuvant (PCP# 31470, containing mineral oil – paraffin base [adjuvants], surfactant blend) under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada). The City's Public Works and Environmental Services Department has been proactively mapping out wild parsnip infestation levels across the city along roadsides, parkland and pathways. The strategy includes monitoring, mapping, the use of herbicides, mowing and evaluation. To notify the public of the herbicide application, “Notice of Herbicide Use” advertisements appeared in local newspapers on May 13. Also, given the large number of public access points for parks, signs will continue to be posted every 100 m. Similar to last year, rural residents who do not wish to have the roadside adjacent to their property sprayed have been given the option to “OPT OUT” of the Wild Parsnip program. The best way to avoid contact with Wild Parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like. Visit ottawa.ca for more information on this plant.

Carp stormwater pond maintenance

A dry pond stormwater facility located on Juanita Avenue in Carp requires landscaping maintenance. The City plans to go in and grub out some willows that are growing in the bottom of the facility. They have coordinated with the Forestry Department to confirm that this planned maintenance would not conflict with their reforestation activities. Once the work is completed, staff will be able to repair a concrete headwall that has been damaged. The work is estimated commence in coming few weeks.

Column: May 30, 2019

Special collection of waste & hazardous waste

As of the writing of this column, the City of Ottawa began a special garbage collection schedule in flood-affected areas. Some collection will take place daily, seven days a week. To help with collection and disposal, flood-related debris should be separated by residents into five categories:

  • Household Trash and bagged debris, including material from demolition and construction, will be collected daily. Blue, black and green bins will be collected according to the regular schedule.

  • Appliances such as air conditioners, water heaters, washers/dryers, stoves, freezers and refrigerators will be collected Monday to Friday. Food should be removed and the doors should be removed or secured shut.

  • Electronics such as computers, stereos, TVs and any other device with a cord will be collected Monday to Friday.

  • Vegetative debris, such as logs, large tree limbs and pressure treated wood, will be collected regularly from the roadside.

  • Household hazardous waste collection will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Household hazardous waste must not be included with your garbage. Any leaking containers should be placed in a secure container or be double-bagged and labeled with the contents.

Please note: given that I write this column a full week before it’s published in the paper, I strongly suggest residents always check www.ottawa.ca for the latest and most up-to-date information regarding flooding matters and the services the City of Ottawa is providing.

Temporary Road Closure - Upper Dwyer Hill Rd.

In my last column in the May 16 edition of Your Community Voice, I noted that Upper Dwyer Hill Road, between Vaughan Side Road and Carroll Side Road, was closed due to an emergency culvert replacement, and that the closure would remain in effect for at least a few weeks until the new culvert can be installed. As an update, the road still remains closed. The new culvert has been ordered and is scheduled to be delivered by the end of this month. This is a large culvert with an unusual size and unique dimensions. A new culvert has been ordered and is being fabricated. Upper Dwyer Hill Road is expected to reopen by the end of the first week of June, barring any unforeseen delays including weather.