Please check out the Riverside South Community Association (RSCA) August newsletter! Lots of events coming up for the remainder of the month. Read more
Littlerock splash pad repairs are currently underway. Contractors have been able to inspect the piping and identify the source of the leaks. There was a cracked pipe that resulted from an inability to properly remove the water for winter maintenance due to a lack of drain on the equipment by the specific company who supplied the splash pad elements.
The City can replace the equipment with a different brand that is used at other sites. The delivery date for these parts is the end of August at the earliest therefore, construction completion is estimated at mid September. The site will be secured for the duration of the work as it is an active construction area.
My office has received concerns from residents and families in the community about the inability to use the splash pad during the summer months. I have been in close communication with City staff and have advocated for the expedition of this repair. Before the repairs could begin, the process to choose a contractor to complete the work first had to take place. This process takes some time, as contractors must go through the bidding process.
The initial quoted date for completion was August 2, however due to the need for specific parts and their delivery, this splash pad won't be available until mid September. I've asked that the delivery be expedited, if possible.
I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for the residents and families in this community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
The Barrhaven East Community Association is alive! The first meeting of volunteers was held this week. We are asking for anyone interested in helping with community events to join us! This association includes Chapman Mills and Havenlea. Learn more
Thank you to everybody who attended my Community BBQ to discuss recent crime and thefts in Riverside South. A huge thank you to Ottawa Police and Crime Prevention Ottawa for taking the time to attend and chat with residents, and a thanks to Riverside South Community Association for all their help.
It was a successful evening with over 200 people in attendance. We enjoyed some hot dogs, the beautiful weather, but most importantly were able to speak to local police officers directly on how to maintain a safe community. I am happy with how the event turned out and hope we can continue to work together as a community to keep our community safe. A friendly reminder to always report any suspicious activity, thefts, crime, etc., to Ottawa Police directly as this is the most efficient and effective way to get enforcement in the community.
Ward 22 is a step closer to getting a public school built in Riverside South. The Ontario Ministry of Education today issued a call for Capital funding, inviting School Boards around the province to submit applications for priority projects.
In the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, eight schools are on the list, including a much needed public high school in the rapidly growing community of Riverside South. A study has shown if that school were to open today it would already be over capacity. The Board also needs funding for new elementary schools in Riverside South and Findlay Creek.
This is welcomed news and I look forward to advocating alongside our School Board and MPP Ghamari for the necessary funding.
BASICS with Karen August courses:
All courses are held at the Prince Of Wales Manor in Barrhaven. Register at www.basicswithkaren.ca
My office has been advised that the Diamond Jubilee Park is progressing, and the construction company is ready to start the grading work on the north side of the park, at the current location of the mini soccer field. In order to do the work, a portion of the existing path on the south side of the field will need to be shut down. The intention is to shut down the pathway on Monday, July 22. The pathway connection will be rebuilt as the construction progresses.
If you live in the Stonebridge community or take Longfields on your daily commute, you will have noticed the start of the Longfields resurfacing project. This is a total resurfacing of Longfields Drive between Cambrian and Prince of Wales. While this has provided some disruption to traffic, I am very happy to know the road conditions here will improve greatly.
UPDATE: I am working with Deputy Chief Steve Bell to get more enforcement to the Riverside South Community. He advised he will deploy more resources immediately. I reassure you I am aware of this issue and completely share your concerns, as this is my top priority at this time. I encourage you to continue to report these incidents directly to the Ottawa Police.
In addition, I have arranged a public meeting with members of the Ottawa Police and Crime Prevention, so residents can have a direct opportunity to discuss their concerns and so we can hear directly what OPS is doing in Riverside South. This meeting will be on Wednesday July 24, at the Rideauview Community Center, located at 4310 Shoreline Drive, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
A reminder to please report these incidents directly to the Ottawa Police as they are report driven and require these reports to provide increased enforcement. You may do so by reporting online at https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.aspx. Please remember to lock your car doors, as a majority of break-ins are from unlocked vehicles.
Please find some tips, released by the Ottawa Police pertaining to vehicle break-ins:
Important tips to protect your vehicle from car thieves
From Ottawa to the GTA we continue to see thefts of high-end Lexus/Toyota vehicles, particularly larger SUVs and 4Runners. We found that an additional technique using signal amplifiers has been used in Eastern Ontario.
We recommend you consider an additional line of defense to protect your asset: consider keeping any vehicle with a proximity key fob inside a radio frequency shield device (RSF device). This will prevent the key fob’s signal from being amplified to the vehicle from inside the house protecting it from being driven away.
We remind car owners of the following tips to protect their vehicle:
City Crews have started construction on Bank Street, at Findlay Creek Drive and Dun Skipper Drive. This work is expected to be completed by the end of September. Expect traffic impacts and lane reductions.
Bank Street at Findlay Creek – Road Modification:
Bank Street at Dun Skipper Drive – Road Modification:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
The Riverside South Community Association is seeking volunteers from Riverside South to help throughout the community. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbors and work to making the community a better place to live. To learn more, and to keep to date on community updates, please visit the Riverside South Community Association website.
On April 15, 2019, work is expected to begin at the Dusty Miller Stormwater Management Pond. This is aimed to prevent the pond from emitting a “rotten egg” odour. The City of Ottawa is now implementing the pilot project. It involves the installation of aeration units (bubblers) on the base of the pond. The bubblers will mix the water, increasing the oxygen content during the winter. This will reduce the growth of the smelly bacteria.
What to expect:
Once the system is installed and in operation, residents may notice some changes:
Thank you to our community associations who work hard and are dedicated to making our neighborhoods such great places to live.
Heart’s Desire Community Association
Barrhaven East Community Association
After hearing from many residents, I understand the growing concern for inefficient transit in our communities. This issue is existent in Riverside South, Barrhaven, and Findlay Creek.
On April 16, 2019, I met with City staff of OC Transpo to go over your concerns and to discuss solutions. At this time, City staff are reviewing the routes of concern.
I reassure you that I am working with City staff on this issue and hope to find the best and most feasible solution.
Speeding is a huge issue in our community, particularly in school zones. To tackle this, we must work collectively as a community. For more information on what you can do, check out this video.
With warm weather just around the corner, the City's Temporary Traffic Calming Measures Program will begin. This program includes the installation of flex-stakes (the metal posts in the middle of the road), new speed boards, pavement marking (slow, 40km/h), etc. For more information, on this program and how you can get measures on your street, please feel free to contact me.
Should you bother to report a minor incident to Police? The Police understand that for some residents, using their online system can seem daunting. They have taken steps to simplify the process, and have significantly expanded the scope of the types of incident(s) that can be reported online.
With the recent crimes including thefts, break-ins, etc, the key messages we've taken is to report all incidents, big or small, directly the Police as they are report based and evidence driven.
Deputy Chief Steve Bell explains in this video why reporting is so important.
Report online or by calling 613-236-1222