Column: September 15, 2016

Ward 5 Town Hall

I am holding a Ward 5 Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at the Kinburn Community Centre (3045 Kinburn Side Rd.).

At 6pm, residents can stop by tables displaying information on services provided by the City of Ottawa. The departments featured will be Revenue, Rural Affairs, Infrastructure Services, Roads Services, Ottawa Fire, Ottawa Police, Para Transpo, Park & Recreation and Public Health.

At 7:15pm, the City’s Deputy City Treasurer and I will do a brief presentation on the City of Ottawa’s Budget 2017 timeline. We are looking for constructive feedback and suggestions from residents that can be used in the drafting of the 2017 Budget, before it’s tabled at Council on November 9. Make sure to learn about how the City budget works ahead of my Town Hall by visiting ottawa.ca/en/learn-about-budget. If you cannot attend, but still want to provide your input, you can:

•    Email budget@ottawa.ca
•    Participate in the online consultation at ottawa.citizenbudget.com
•    Tweet @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
•    Call 3-1-1

After the draft is tabled on November 9, there will be additional opportunities to provide input before it goes to Council for final approval on December 14. Residents can make a five-minute presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget. Consult the meeting schedule on the eAgenda on ottawa.ca and inquire with the listed contact person to register.

New pedestrian crossover on Carp Rd.

The Highway Traffic Act was recently revised so that municipalities can install pedestrian crossovers on low speed, low and medium volume roads. One such crossover is now installed on Carp Road at the Carp Fairgrounds. This crossover allows pedestrians to safely cross Carp Road, and vehicles must yield while they’re crossing. The Carp Road crossover is identified with signs, pavement markings and flashing beacons.

It is the responsibility of all road users (drivers, cyclists and pedestrians) to understand and follow the rules at pedestrian crossovers. Ottawa.ca has extensive information on the regulations and I highly recommend it be reviewed – especially as there will be 180 crossovers installed over the next three years throughout Ottawa and we will be encountering them more frequently.