The Main Street Renewal project has started, and local residents are grappling with speeding commuters, aggressive drivers and other traffic concerns that we are trying to address. This issue of Capital Ward News includes updates on Infill 2, the City's Term of Council Priorities, and the Facility Allocation Policy review. Also, we'd like to remind seniors living in Capital Ward about our free lunch on June 17, and more.
Councillor for Capital Ward
With construction on Main Street in full swing, we have begun hearing from residents about speeding, aggressive driving, bus detours, signage, the closure of Colonel By for special events, and a number of other concerns that we are currently trying to address.
Although this may not be of comfort to residents living in the area, what we know from previous construction projects is that many motorists start seeking shortcuts immediately following a road closure and major detour. Within two or three weeks, they learn that this does not gain them any advantage and soon start avoiding the area.
The City is monitoring the situation very closely and will act as it can to to deal with speeding and other illegal behaviour. However, some increased volume will be an unfortunate aspect of this major reconstruction project.
The Ottawa Police ask that residents report such incidents directly to them (instead of to the Councillor's office), so they can track all requests and follow up with you directly. They prefer to receive firsthand witness statements as opposed to secondhand reports from us.
Thank you for your continued patience during the construction period.
Wednesday, June 17, 11 a.m.
Seniors living in Capital Ward are invited to a free lunch hosted by Councillor David Chernushenko on Wednesday, June 17. Special guests include Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa-Centre MP Paul Dewar.
Listen to a presentation on how to stay active and engaged from Sherry Nigro, RN, from Ottawa Public Health, and learn about the many services provided by the City of Ottawa.
Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch served at 11:30 a.m., and presentation starts at 1 p.m.
On May 26, Planning Committee approved the Infill 2 study to guide low-rise infill residential development within the Greenbelt.
Infill 2, more formally known as the Low-Rise Infill Housing Study – Phase 2, would ensure that rear yards are retained and limit the size of houses on large lots. The proposed rules would limit projections built on houses and rooftop patios, as well as the size of accessory buildings, to protect neighbours' privacy.
Dozens of residents and community associations expressed their views at the Planning Committee meeting, and their submissions, along with motions from Planning Committee, were referred to staff for analysis and review. By June 19, staff will send City Council a memorandum clearly outlining which motions and submissions do and do not have staff support, and why. This memorandum will be published along with the Council agenda for the June 24 meeting.
Residents may make written submissions up until the Council meeting, but staff have not been directed to include these in their memorandum as there would not be adequate time to have staff respond to additional submissions.
The proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities were presented to the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) on June 2, and will be considered for approval by City Council on July 8.
The Term of Council Priorities report proposes a strategic roadmap for what the City will accomplish during this term. It outlines seven strategic priorities, 21 strategic objectives, and 63 related strategic initiatives to advance Council's priorities.
The Community and Protective Services Committee is conducting a comprehensive review of the Facility Allocation Policy to make access to the City of Ottawa's 45 indoor ice surfaces, 550 sports fields and 350 ball diamonds more equitable.
There are more than 1,000 seasonal groups and more than 200,000 annual participants using these facilities. As a result of the review, some groups may see their allocated time increased, decreased or shifted, and locations changed.
The City will host three stakeholder sessions for current seasonal permit holders comment on the proposed changes. The general public is invited to provide comments on the policy at a meeting on June 23, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Rd.
The allocation of halls, gymnasiums and pools will be reviewed at a later date.
Doors Open Ottawa 2015 is coming up this weekend and organizers have issued a call for volunteers to help staff some of this year's participating buildings located across the city.
The popular annual event takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some 75,000 visitors are expected to take advantage of free access to 129 of the most interesting buildings from Carp to Cumberland. Volunteers will play a critical role, helping participating buildings by greeting guests, providing information and directing the flow of visitors on site.
Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) firefighters will be out in the community until June 8, knocking on doors and encouraging residents to install and test smoke alarms in their homes. The blitz is part of the OFS's Wake Up! campaign.
The Ontario Fire Code requires a working smoke alarm on each floor as well as one working carbon monoxide alarm in each home. Homeowners who need new or additional alarms will be given information on how to acquire one. Homeowners who do not have any working alarms may have one immediately installed for them, or be provided with new batteries.
Visits will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. on weekdays, and between 2 and 4 p.m. on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and residents are not obliged to give them access to their homes. This is a courtesy call only. If no one is home when OFS calls, they will leave fire safety information in the mailbox.
Don't put your unwanted stuff in the garbage. Set it out at the curb on Giveaway Weekend for others to find. Tour your neighbourhood, community and City to find hidden treasures of your own this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7.
Giveaway items could include:
Please consider safety when deciding which items to set out to the curb.
The Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that used children's items such as baby walkers, yo-yo balls, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds, toys and other child-related items should not be placed at the curb for Giveaway Weekend.
For more information on rules for setting out items and Giveaway Weekend etiquette, please visit ottawa.ca.