Column: August 18, 2016

MVCA issues severe drought warning
Late last week, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) issued a severe drought warning for several sub watersheds of the Mississippi River. This includes the Carp River, Fall River, Clyde River and Indian River watersheds.
Residents on private well systems and those drawing from open surface water sources are being asked by the MVCA to voluntarily reduce their water use. (Properties in the City of Ottawa that are connected to any of the City’s drinking water systems are not impacted).  Visit MVCA’s website at for more information.
Traffic calming measures for Ward 5
In an ongoing effort to reduce speeding on our roads, my office is purchasing two additional speed display boards. They will be installed at strategic locations in the ward, and moved around to areas where we receive frequent complaints about speeding. The boards will be up and running soon.
I would like to remind residents that if you witness speeding on our roads it’s important that you connect with the Ottawa Police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. Police can only be aware of a problem area when they receive calls. All complaints received are entered into their system and tracked. This allows the police to monitor and identify problem areas so that enforcement may be assessed.
Another way to remind motorists to slow down is by installing a "Slow Down for Us" sign on your lawn. This will let drivers know there are kids playing in the area and to proceed with caution and to obey the speed limit. I have supply of signs at my ward office at 5670 Carp Road. Stop by anytime to pick one up.
The Safer Roads Ottawa Program and is a partnership between the City of Ottawa, Fire Services, Paramedic Service, Public Health, Public Works and the Ottawa Police Service. It aims to reduce collisions on Ottawa's roads, help make roads safer for pedestrians, raise public awareness of road safety issues and to integrate the work of City departments responsible for road safety. In addition to the initiatives mentioned above, I’ve implemented traffic safety enhancements throughout West Carleton-March over the last couple of years, including traffic calming measures on Langstaff Drive at Huntley Centennial School in Carp, and cross walks/signage at a number busy intersections.