February meeting minutes

March Rural Community Association

Meeting Minutes – February 11, 2015

Welcome:   Alex welcomed all attending the meeting with guests Christine Collins , City of Ottawa Environmental Dept. and  Eli El-Chantiry, Ward 5 Councillor.

Alex used the new microphone and sound system available for guest speakers.

Circulation of Correspondence File:  

There were 3 articles in the correspondence file mentioned:

1)  March Central Community Center.  There is now space available at the Community Center on Riddle Drive and suggestions are requested on what the usage could be without much added cost  ie. Scouts or Girl Guides.   It is unknown at this time how much space will be available.

2) Friends of Huntley Highlands – The 2nd Public Meeting will be held Wed March 11th.

3)  Minutes of the January 2015 meeting and subjects for future meetings.

Development File:

There are 3 items of interest in the Development File:

1) 3001 Palladium Drive – application for a 200,000. Sq. ft. Building.

2) 469 Terry Fox – The Rural Newsletter gives notice of a Development Application sent to the OMB  for the area of South March Highlands – Richardson Ridge development.

1st Issue – There is a lack of public information on this application.

2nd Issue is the stormwater management plan shows it sitting on a flood plane. Plain

3) March Road Development  – Old Carp Road update of a meeting held January 7/15. The meeting was held with regard to a new exit road from the new subdivision onto the Old Carp Road, as part of the Kanata North Development Plan.

Green Bin Program:

Presentation given by Christine Collins from the City of Ottawa Environmental Dept., Outreach Unit

The Green Bin is picked up 52 weeks a year and includes compostable material from ashes to kitty litter to wax paper.    DO NOT PUT COMPOSTABLE PLASTIC  CONTAINERS, DIAPERS AND PET FECES IN YOUR GREEN BIN.

The best way to keep it clean is to wrap food waste in paper.  Liquid waste such as bacon grease can be collected in a milk carton or a cardboard /fibre container and disposed of in the green bin.  These are options to expensive bags.

During the summer months wrapping the food and freezing it until ready to discard is the best preventative way to avoid maggots  (fly eggs).

The City Website shows how to wrap food waste.  Anything made of fibre that has food containments can be placed in the green bin.

Website Tool:  There is a tool on the website that has tips and reminders for anyone who registers to receive an email, phone call or tweet.  It will also tell you where to dispose of hazardous waste or batteries.  There are currently over 50,000 people registered on this website.

Foam trays for meat and other similar products should be disposed of in the garbage.

Diapers:  There is a special program to pick up ONLY DIAPERS.  Register with the City.

Recycleable plastic is available in some stores. The packaging industry is gradually changing with less styrofoam and more moulded cardboard.

It was suggested that the City should push for less Styrofoam from corporate companies and stores.  The City does make the municipalities aware of the different acceptable processes however the federal level governs the process.  Toronto does accept plastic in compost.

Negotiations with ORCA world to accept biodegradeable bags are taking place however they have a 20 day turnaround timeframe which is not enough to compost the plastic bags.

Judy suggested residents use paper bags, coffee cups, cereal boxes (minus the plastic insert) to collect liquid waste to dispose of in the green bins.  Another suggestions is to take your own container to restaurants for extra food rather than using the styrofoam provided by most restaurants.

Q:  What is the status for the landfill proposed in the East end before the E.A. within the City?

  1. Eli El-Chantiry answered that the City has to provide 60%. Incineration costs three times as much as landfill. Plasco has not been successful with the program here in Ottawa.  Wet products do not work.  Curbside garbage goes to Trail Road.  The Black and Blue Bins are now working however the Green Bin is only averaging 53%.  $8 million has been made by recycling products.  If people use the green bin the city makes money from the compost.  The residents need to know this and the training needs to start with the children who eventually pass the info to their parents.

Rink Update:  This has been the best rink year ever and has been very busy.  Anyone wishing to reserve ice time should put up a 8×10 sheet of paper with pertinent information.  The issue of a washroom is being discussed.  Eli has spoken with City staff and suggested that MRCA request that city staff come and look at the building to perhaps install a wall or set of firedoors to allow access to the washrooms.  Money has been set aside for renovations.  Todd was asked to order a port-a-potty for use for the next month or two.

City Budget:  The budget for the city has been set at $3.7 Million.  A meeting has been scheduled at the Kinburn  Client Center on Feb 25/15 to provide residents  of the community to speak to concerned issues.  Individuals will be allowed 5 minutes to speak.  More information can be found at the City website under Ottawa Budget 2015.

Treasurer Report:    In John’s absence Alex mentioned that he did receive all the rink.

New Business:   Issues brought up at last meeting are being addressed with Eli except the park and ride at the Richcraft Building.

Picnic:  The Dekok’s would like to host the picnic again this year.

Development File:  The MRCA was not notified of the development plan at Richardson Ridge.

Plasco Issue:   The Plasco Program is not working.  The Plan was not realistic.  Some communities are asking the City to look into the Master Plan.  Companies are inquiring how much leftover waste is being sent to Plasco.  Questions arise on how to change people’s habits.  Wet garbage costs a lot of money to dry and incinerate.  Christine Collins is available to speak to schools, community groups and retailers on recycling.  The Website has “The Waste Explorer” to tell you where to get rid of waste with Tips on the best ways to recycle.

NEXT MEETING:  March  11,2015  TOPIC:    Kanata North Development Plan

April   8, 2015     TOPIC:   311 Information

Judy moved that the Meeting  be closed.  Seconded by Ann.

ONGOING ISSUES:

March Rural Community Center Space, Traffic on Old Second Line,  Heritage sign,  Survey issues and grants. Upcoming meeting location for MRCA meetings,  Trail at Sheila McKee Park,  Washroom at Rink.

Waste Reminder & Explorer!

Hello!

The link for residents to sign up to receive reminders:  email, phone, twitter for their collection day is:

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/garbage-collection/collection-calendar

Residents searching where an item belongs is it the blue box, black box, green bin, Take it Back! Retailer or garbage? By using the Waste Explorer they can find out how to dispose of thousands of different items: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/garbage-collection/waste-explorer

April Meeting

Ever wonder what happens when you call 311? The March Rural Community Association will be hosting an open house on the city of service of 311. On April 8th at 7:30 at the old Town hall at March and Klondike come and learn about what happens when you call in. 311 is the City of Ottawa’s point of contact between its residents and its services.  We will also be talking about possible ideas for the March Central Community Center.  We have been approached by Eli & the City Parks and Recreation department regarding the community center on Riddel Drive. The March Central Community Center  is currently rented out to a private group which uses it as a school. The city has been notified that this group wishes to give up some of the lease. This means some of the space will be returning to be used as community space. We have been asked if there is any particular group or need that this space would serve. The goal is to have a general idea of what is needed out of this community space so renovations can happen to support it this summer. The current idea is to turn it into Multi-use space. Saying that if there is prevalent need in the community it may be used otherwise. The idea of the MRCA assuming more responsibility for the space was raised. Opinions and ideas on this would be appreciated as well. At our last meeting we had the City of Ottawa in to talk about the Greenbin program. Christine came and talked about waste collection in the City of Ottawa.  The City of Ottawa has a reminder system in place for residents who would like a reminder on what type of collection it is that night for their house. The system can let you know through email, phone, and twitter. Christine as well informed us about what types of what goes where. Residents searching where an item belongs is it the blue box, black box, green bin, Take it Back! Retailer or garbage? By using the Waste Explorer they can find out how to dispose of thousands of different items.  Links to both can be found on the March Rural Community Associations website.  The website is www.marchrural.ca. If you have any questions please contact us at mrcapresident@gmail.com.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

March Central Community Center

Hello March Rural Community

We have been approached by  Eli & the City Parks and Recreation department regarding the community center on Riddel Drive. The March Central Community Center  is currently rented out to a private group which uses it as a school. The city has been notified that this group wishes to give up some of the lease. This means some of the space will be returning to be used as community space. We have been asked if there is any particular group or need that this space would serve. The goal is to have a general idea of what is needed out of this community space so renovations can happen to support it this summer. The current idea is to turn it into Multi-use space. Saying that if there is prevalent need in the community it may be used otherwise. The idea of the MRCA assuming more responsibility for the space was raised. Opinions and ideas on this would be appreciated as well.

This item will be on our agenda at April 8th meeting for discussion.

As well you can send your comments & ideas to the MRCA president at mrcapresident@gmail.com

February meeting Agenda

March Rural Community Association

Agenda – February the 11th

  1. Welcome; Introductions
  1. Circulation of Correspondence file:
    1. March Central Community Center
    2. MRCA review
    3. Huntley Highland
  1. Development Applications and Development updates:
    1. March Road Development/Kanata North
    2. 3001 Palladium Drive
    3. 469 Terry Fox
  1. Green Bin – City of Ottawa
  1. Minutes – Business arising
  1. Rink Update
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  1. New Business:
    1. Meeting With Eli
    2. Picnic Update

Radon Gas Meeting

Learning opportunity about Radon Gas.

 

Monday January 26, 6:30-8pm
Beaverbrook Library, 2500 Campeau Drive

 

At this meeting, Health Canada will present information about radon gas, which is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Representatives from the City of Ottawa, Tarion Warranty and local radon companies will be present as well. You will learn how to test your home for radon and how to deal with it in the event that the levels are high.  Radon gas is widely present in the ground throughout much of Canada.  It seeps into houses through tiny openings.  Some high readings have been found in homes in Kanata, so this is your opportunity to ensure that your home is safe.  This session is open to residents from across the City.

Outdoor Rink is open for 2015!

Hello March Rural Community Todd our Rink Manager has informed us that the Rink on Riddell Drive is open! It is free to use and Todd and his Crew will be maintaining the rink till the weather no longer permit’s.

The location is on Riddell Drive behind the fire station and community Center.

1040 Riddell Drive, Ottawa, ON K2K 1X7

To reserve time on the rink, There is a sign up sheet at the rink. Besides that, just drop on in. Hope to see you there!

Energy East Consultations

energy east
Tune in to a Community Discussion Online or in person.

If you want to participate in one of the Ontario Energy Board’s upcoming community discussions but are unable to attend in-person you can view and listen to the presentation, and provide written comments and questions live and online.

You can tune in to any community discussion online starting at 6:20pm. The community discussions will then start at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm.

A link for each online community discussion is provided below. Please note that each link is associated with a specific community discussion location and date.

Kenora – January 13th

Lakeside Inn

470 First Avenue South

Online Community Discussion

Thunder Bay – January 14th

Valhalla Inn

1 Valhalla Inn Road

Online Community Discussion

Kapuskasing – January 19th

Kapuskasing Civic Centre

88 Riverside Drive

Online Community Discussion

Timmins – January 20th

Timmins Inn & Suites

1800 Riverside Drive

Online Community Discussion

North Bay – January 21st  

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23

150 First Avenue

Online Community Discussion

Ottawa (Kanata) – January 22nd

Brookstreet Hotel

525 Legget Drive

Online Community Discussion

Cornwall – January 27th

Ramada Cornwall

805 Brookdale Avenue

Online Community Discussion

Detailed sign-in instructions are available on the Attend a Meeting page at ontarioenergyboard.ca/oebenergyeast

For more information on the OEB Energy East Consultation and Review, including the First Nation and Métis meetings, the stakeholder forum and written submissions, visit www.ontarioenergyboard.ca/oebenergyeast or contact our third-party facilitator at: energyeast@swerhun.com or 416-572-4365.

Please contact AODA@ontarioenergyboard.ca if you require meeting materials in an alternate accessible format, the use of any assistive devices or any other special considerations while attending a community discussion

Old Carp Road Traffic Preferred Options

Meeting minutes from Old Carp Road preferred traffic options.

Purpose of meeting: To address concerns about increased traffic on Old Carp road due to the new Kanata North Development.

Date and Time: January 7th at 7:30

Preferred options:

  • Dead end the road
  • Speed Cushioning/speed bumps
  • Local traffic only signs
  • No truck signs
  • East-west corridor built in new development

None preferred options:

  • Stop signs
  • Expanding the road

City Planner contact: Wendy Tse – Wendy.Tse@ottawa.ca

Minutes from the meeting:

  • John Horowitz lead the meeting by welcoming the residents and introducing the councillors
  • John gave a run down on the development for those who were not aware of the current development. This included expected population (7000-10,000 people) and what stage the development is in (working towards current preferred plan to be presented at a tbd time)
  • John Presented information on the background of the road. This included that in the City’s current Transportation Master Plan, Old Carp Road is viewed as a collector road, not a local road. Because of this the road is expected to support certain amount of traffic.
  • Question from a resident on expected traffic:
  • Marianne Wilkinson informed the crowed stating that the transportation plan for the area is not done yet. This is conducted during the Environmental assessment which will look at several impacts from the new development including traffic.
  • Question from resident if plan would look at expected vehicles per hour on Old Carp Road?
  • John stated that this was unknown
  • It was expressed that people felt Old Carp Road should no longer be considered a collector road
  • It was stated that in the next Transportation Master Plan is in 2018 with planning in 2017. In that time removing Old Carp Road as a collector road from the list should take place if people wanted.
  • It was brought up that there is a push to make Old Carp Road a heritage road. This would be a continuing idea moving forward.
  • It was stated multiple times by the Councillors’ and John that it is important to write in and make your voice heard. The Contact for Wendy Tse, the city planner was requested and is provided at the top of this document and following: Wendy.Tse@ottawa.ca
  • In conclusion each option was put forward to residents asking for a vote on preferred and non-preferred options. The results are at the top of the minutes.

Kanata North Community Design Plan

Please find bellow relevant information on the development of the community design plan. We will be updating this post as more information becomes available.

March 2015 Project Update:

http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/planning-and-infrastructure/project-update-march-2015

 

You can find a summery of information on the Development at the following:  http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/kanata-north-community-design-plan