Column: October 8, 2015

Submit feedback now for Budget 2016

Thanks to all that attended my Ward 5 Town Hall & Budget Input Session on September 29. It was an informative evening where I received input from residents for consideration before the draft 2016 budget document is prepared.

You still have the opportunity to take part in pre-budget consultations. If you’re interested in contributing to the conversation and have ideas on cost savings, or suggestions on where money should be spent, send your feedback to budget2016@ottawa.ca (and copy me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca). Any input generated that can be incorporated into the budget will be provided to management prior to the draft operating and capital budgets being tabled on November 12.

Between November 16 and December 4, residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback at the City’s Standing/Advisory Committees, Boards and Commissions (in the coming weeks I will provide a detailed list of the meeting dates, times and locations).

Final tabling and approval of the budget goes to Council on December 9.

Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP) provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas. Landowners completing projects in 2015 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is October 15, 2015. Examples of eligible projects include, buffer strips, livestock restrictions from watercourses, manure storage, land retirement, stream bank stabilization, tile outlet protection, tile drain control structures and well decommissioning.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre. They can be contacted at 613-692-3571, toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132. Visit ottawa.ca/cleanwater for more information, application forms and eligibility requirements.

Thanksgiving Day schedule changes

There will be schedule changes for the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Monday, October 12. There will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day. That day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, October 13 and collection will be delayed by one day for the week. A full listing of all schedule changes will be found on ottawa.ca.