Column: August 8, 2019

Garbage collection issues in Ward 5

Over the past couple of weeks, since the Waste Management facility on Westbrook Road experienced a small fire which affected some of the fleet of collection vehicles, there have been some ongoing issues with garbage pickup in Ward 5. The City is working with the contractor to meet our service standards and will continue to be following the City’s Contract Administration Policy to continue to keep Waste Management accountable. In the meantime, the contractor is bringing in additional trucks, mechanics, drivers, and logistics people to help meet the current demand. Please call 3-1-1 if your garbage is not collected on schedule.

Culvert replacement - Rochon Way

Rochon Way, from Dunrobin Rd. to O’Hara Dr. will be closed from August 12 to 16 (weather permitting) to complete a culvert replacement. Notification signs will be posted and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Culvert replacement - Kilmaurs Side Rd.

Kilmaurs Side Road will be closed between Woodkilton Rd. and Dunrobin Rd., beginning August 6 for a period of three weeks (weather permitting). The closure is required for the replacement of an existing bridge culvert. Detours will be in place and only local traffic access will be available.

Speeding on our roads

My office receives frequent calls from residents regarding speeding on our roads. Residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked, allowing them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

Calls for service

I am frequently ‘tagged’ in Facebook posts on my personal Facebook page, from residents who are posting various concerns relating city services (road maintenance, potholes, by-law, garbage collection, etc.). I need to reiterate that just because a resident has tagged me in their post, does not mean it will be seen right away or actioned. My Facebook account is personal account. It is not monitored 24-7 and my staff do not access this account, so any city related concerns posted may not be addressed in a timely manner. Instead, resident should do one of the following:

• Call 3-1-1

• Complete an online service request via ServiceOttawa on ottawa.ca

• Contact me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca

Column: July 25, 2019

Rural Economic Development Strategy and Official Plan

On July 24, 2019, City of Ottawa staff had the opportunity come out to our rural community to discuss rural economic development and to take a look at examples of successful rural businesses. This relates to the Official Plan review that’s now ongoing. The City staff that attended are the key staff that are working on the policies that will encompass our new Official Plan.

During this session, staff attended two businesses in Carp (KIN Vineyards and Ridge Rock Brewing Co.) to witness first-hand the kind of potential there is for economic development in the rural areas of Ottawa. Ridge Rock Brewing Co. is an exceptional example of how the owners took an abandoned building that was an eyesore in the community, and turned it into a successful business. KIN Vineyards is another shining example of using rural land to create a unique business that adds so much to the rural community.

During this tour and visit, I had an opportunity to address staff. I pushed the importance of rural economic development, especially as over 80% of the City of Ottawa is rural in nature. With this in mind, I also made it clear that while we have an eye on increasing rural economic development, we also need to continue to protect and preserve farmers, farms and farmland. (In February 2019, I met with members of the Ward 5 farming community to discuss their wants and needs as it relates to the Official Plan review).

This Official Plan review is now being done as required by the Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement, 2014, and will run in coordination with the review of the Infrastructure Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Development Charges By-Law. The City of Ottawa Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of our City and a policy framework to guide the City’s development to the year 2031. This is the strategic document that guides our City’s growth and development. It impacts how and where the City will grow, now and for years to come. It establishes a policy framework that will inform the shape of the communities where you live, work and play. Its scope may reach as far as the middle of this century and will affect generations to come. I encourage residents to learn more about the Official Plan review by going to ottawa.ca/officialplan. Stay tuned to future columns as this process continues. There will more opportunities for Ward 5 residents to have their say.

Crack sealing work on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

Beginning the week of July 29, crack sealing work will begin on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway between Sixth Line Road and Barlow Crescent. The work will require lane reductions and traffic will be controlled by flagging personnel.

Garbage collection issues in Ward 5

Over the past couple of weeks, since the Waste Management facility on Westbrook Road experienced a small fire which affected some of the fleet of collection vehicles, there have been some ongoing issues with the garbage pickup schedule from some homes in Ward 5. The City is aware of the issues and are working with the contractor to meet our service standards. The City will continue to be following the City’s Contract Administration Policy to continue to keep Waste Management accountable. In the meantime, the contractor is bringing in additional trucks, mechanics, drivers, and logistics people to help meet the current demand. Please call 3-1-1 immediately if your garbage is not collected on schedule. Make sure to note the "SR Reference Number" given to you when you call. If you do not get timely action from 3-1-1, call our office (we will want this SR number, so we can follow up appropriately).

Column: June 20, 2019

Ottawa Public Health Community Information Session

I am hosting a Community Information Session where Ottawa Public Health will present information well water testing, ticks/Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. Ward 5 residents are invited to attend the session on Tuesday, June 25, 7pm-8:30pm, at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd.

Sandbag processing site on Kinburn Side Road

I’ve received inquiries about the ‘sandbag mountain’ at the Public Works site at 1444 Kinburn Side Rd. This location is being used as a sandbag processing site. Staff have begun work here and are separating the sand from the bags with the appropriate shredding and screening equipment with this process taking about two to three weeks. The separated sand will then be stored in neat piles on site and within the next 4 weeks will be put through a final separation process preparing it for future winter material use. Residents should see a gradual reduction in the pile of used sandbags soon. Any likelihood of critters or bugs is quite low as staff will be constantly working on the piles.

Garbage collection for flood affected properties

The City clearly understands that some residents are continuing with their clean up efforts from the spring flood event. Even though the City has returned to regular waste pick-up operations in these flood affected neighbourhoods, staff will continue to monitor the areas and will arrange special pick-up of flood related materials as needed.

Well water testing returns to normal schedule

Now that the state of emergency has been lifted, Ottawa Public Health has updated it’s well water testing webpage to reflect regular weekly operations. Residents can drop off their water samples on Tuesdays at the usual frequency prior to the flood. The courier will pick the samples up on Wednesdays only. Water testing bottles can be picked up during normal business hours. Please see below for the current Tuesday drop off locations:

• Carp Library, 3911 Carp Rd., 10am-8pm

• Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Rd., 7am-8pm

• Nicholls General Store, 3798 Dunrobin Rd., 6am-10pm

• MacEwen Gas, 1794 Dunrobin Rd, 5:30am-11pm

• Kinburn Client Service Center, 5670 Carp Rd., 8:30am-4:30pm

• Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Dr., 7am-9:30pm

• Constance Bay Pharmacy, 131 Constance Bay Rd., 10am-7pm