Column: January 7, 2019

Public Budget Meeting & Meet Your City Services Night – West Carleton-March residents are invited to attend my 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night on Thursday, January 24, 2019. It is being held at the Kinburn Community Centre at 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. The evening starts at 6pm when residents can stop by tables displaying information on various important services provided by the City of Ottawa. At 7pm, the City Budget portion of the evening begins. This is the time for you, the residents and taxpayers of Ottawa, to have your say by providing feedback and suggestions that will be used in assisting with the drafting of the budget document before it’s tabled at City Council on Wednesday, February 6. The final 2019 Budget will be approved at the City Council meeting on March 6, 2019. Light refreshments will be served. If you cannot attend my budget consultation meeting, you can still provide your input by:

- Submitting your ideas to me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca
- Emailing budget@ottawa.ca
- Attending other Councillor-led budget meetings over the coming weeks (visit ottawa.ca for details)
- Tweeting @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
- Calling in your commends to 3-1-1
- Attending and/or registering as a public delegation at Standing Committee, Board and Commission meetings where the 2019 Budget will be reviewed (meetings are being held between February 12 and March 4). Meeting dates and how to register as a delegation is found on the City’s website.

Snow clearing maintenance standards – As we will be contending with snow for the next few months, I’d like to remind you of the City’s snow clearing maintenance standards. When a snowstorm begins, crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors first and then move to residential roads. The City has developed maintenance standards and they are used to prioritize how frequently roads are plowed, how ice is controlled and how snow is removed. City crews plow residential roads to a snow-packed surface. When necessary, materials will be applied to keep roads safe. High priority roads and arterials (like Carp, Dunrobin and March Roads) will start being cleared as accumulation begins to the treatment standard of bare pavement within 2 to 3 hours. The time to clear snow from residential roads (like Charlie’s Lane where I live) starts when there is accumulation of 7 cm or more and will be cleared within 10 hours from the end of snow accumulation to a treatment standard of snow packed.

During a snow event, residents can inquire about snow clearing on their road by submitting an online service request via ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1 directly.

With approximately 882 km of roads in West Carleton-March, City crews cannot possibly plow all our roads at the same time. The maintenance standards in place work well and keep residents and vehicles moving in the most efficient way possible. More information on snow clearing standards is posted the City’s website.

Elgin Street closure – Any residents that work downtown or travel frequently into the downtown core should be aware that Elgin Street is now closed to traffic from Somerset St. to Catherine St. This will have an impact on traffic, including vehicles, transit and cycling. The closure is expected to remain in place for the next year. Visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet for detour routes and more information relating to the closure.