Column: August 25, 2016

Warning: phoney sales pitches
 
The City is warning residents to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about the quality of City drinking water. The City has received complaints from residents who have been contacted by salespeople of water filtration or treatment systems who are providing incorrect information about water quality. Residents are also reminded that: 

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services
  • Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff are scheduled in advance
  • Residents are provided with advance notice of projects that may impact them
  • All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards

 Residents should check identification before allowing anyone access to their home and, if concerns remain, call 3-1-1 or report it to the Ottawa Police, 613-236-1222.
 
Traffic calming measures for Ward 5
 
In an ongoing effort to reducing speeding on our roads, my office is purchasing two additional speed display boards. They will be installed at strategic locations in the ward where we have received frequent complaints about speeding. The boards will be installed in the near future.
 
As a reminder, if you witness speeding on our roads please call Ottawa Police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. 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 let drivers know there are kids playing and to proceed with caution. I have supply of signs at my ward office at 5670 Carp Road. Stop by anytime to pick one up.
 
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.
 
Cleaning the Capital
 
The City of Ottawa’s annual Fall Cleaning the Capital campaign is taking place from September 15 to October 15, and early-bird registration is now available! Go to ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 to register your cleanup location. Let's all work together to keep Ottawa clean, green and litter free!