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.

Column: November 30, 2017

Snow clearing maintenance standards

As winter will soon be upon us, I want to remind residents of the City’s snow clearing maintenance standards. Roads Services is responsible for the City’s snow and ice control program. An effective winter maintenance program is essential to allow the City to function under normal winter weather conditions.

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.

All 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.

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 are posted on ottawa.ca.

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.

Christmas spirit alive & well in Ward 5

December is going to be busy month in West Carleton with many holiday events scheduled. From bake sales and craft fairs, to parades and Christmas concerts, there is something for everyone’s taste this holiday season. Visit the “Ward Events” section of my website frequently (eliel-chantiry.ca) as I’ve listed some of the upcoming events taking place.

Reminder: West Carleton-March Food Drive

My Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is now ongoing! Drop off non-perishable food items to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection continues until December 22. Please, no expired products.

Column: November 24, 2016

Transportation service available from WOCRC
 
The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) has changed the cost of their trips over 31kms to match Para Transpo! The costing for rural clients with a postal code starting with K0A will be $10.00 for 0-30km, and $18 for 31+km.
 
WOCRC provides transportation service for seniors and adults with physical disabilities who can transfer safely and independently into a vehicle. Clients living in the rural area requiring the use of a wheelchair, travelling to a rural destination, can call to schedule a drive. For more information visit wocrc.ca.
 
Santa Claus is coming to Ward 5
 
Santa will be in West Carleton as he attends two Christmas parades:

  • The Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association is hosting their annual parade on Saturday, December 3. Floats will gather on Baillie Avenue for a 1pm start and ends at the Community Centre around 3pm where there will be hots dogs, Santa, and hot chocolate at the Community Centre. Be sure to bring your non-perishable food item for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. For route details and more visit cbbca.ca.
  • On Saturday, December 10 the Huntley Community Association hosts their 8th Annual Christmas Parade in the Village of Carp. Carp Road will close at 11:45am and the parade will begin at noon. The parade will enter onto Carp Road at the Diefenbunker and will finish up there as well.

Snow clearing maintenance standards
 
With winter weather just around the corner, now is a good time to provide information on the City’s snow clearing maintenance standards. When a snowstorm begins, City crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors as follows:

  • As accumulation begins, crews will clear Hwy 174, Transitway, most arterials and most major collector roads. These roads should be clear within 2-4 hours of the end of accumulation
  • After 5 cm of accumulation, crews begin clearing most minor collector roads and they should be clear within 6 hours of the end of accumulation
  • After 7 cm of accumulation, crews will begin clearing most residential roads and they should be clear within 10 hours of the end of accumulation
  • City crews will plow residential roads to a snow-packed surface. When necessary, materials will be applied to keep roads safe

Column: November 24, 2016

Transportation service available from WOCRC

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) has changed the cost of their trips over 31kms to match Para Transpo! The costing for rural clients with a postal code starting with K0A will be $10.00 for 0-30km, and $18 for 31+km.

WOCRC provides transportation service for seniors and adults with physical disabilities who can transfer safely and independently into a vehicle. Clients living in the rural area requiring the use of a wheelchair, travelling to a rural destination, can call to schedule a drive. For more information visit wocrc.ca.

Santa Claus is coming to Ward 5

Santa will be in West Carleton as he attends two Christmas parades:

  • The Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association is hosting their annual parade on Saturday, December 3. Floats will gather on Baillie Avenue for a 1pm start and ends at the Community Centre around 3pm where there will be hots dogs, Santa, and hot chocolate at the Community Centre. Be sure to bring your non-perishable food item for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. For route details and more visit cbbca.ca.
  • On Saturday, December 10 the Huntley Community Association hosts their 8th Annual Christmas Parade in the Village of Carp. Carp Road will close at 11:45am and the parade will begin at noon. The parade will enter onto Carp Road at the Diefenbunker and will finish up there as well.

Snow clearing maintenance standards

With winter weather just around the corner, now is a good time to provide information on the City’s snow clearing maintenance standards.

When a snowstorm begins, City crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors as follows:

  • As accumulation begins, crews will clear Hwy 174, Transitway, most arterials and most major collector roads. These roads should be clear within 2-4 hours of the end of accumulation
  • After 5 cm of accumulation, crews begin clearing most minor collector roads and they should be clear within 6 hours of the end of accumulation
  • After 7 cm of accumulation, crews will begin clearing most residential roads and they should be clear within 10 hours of the end of accumulation
  • City crews will plow residential roads to a snow-packed surface. When necessary, materials will be applied to keep roads safe

Column: January 7, 2016

Snow clearing maintenance standards

When a snowstorm begins, City crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors first and then move to the 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.

All 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 snow 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.

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 are posted on ottawa.ca.

Stay safe on the Snowmobile Trails

Every year we hear stories of snowmobile accidents and mishaps that could have been prevented. The Ottawa Police note that snowmobiling fatalities often involve alcohol, unsafe ice, excessive speed and riding outside trails and rider abilities.

Accidents are preventable if safety precautions are followed. Machines should be carefully checked before heading out and riders should have the required permits and insurance. Proper gear should be worn, including an approved helmet. Snowmobilers should stay on approved trails and keep within the speed limits posted. Make sure to carry a cell phone if possible. Riders travelling across ice should also wear a floatation device or a floatation suit.

Pedestrians and snowmobilers alike need to be respectful of each other. Snowmobilers should slow down when passing pedestrians. Pedestrians should move off to the side of the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass by safely. As well, dogs must be leashed at all times while on the trails.

Thanks to the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association (www.wcstai.com) for maintaining our trails for everyone’s enjoyment.