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.
From July 17 to July 24, Spratt Road will be closed between Earl Armstrong Road and Cambie Road to accommodate a road repair. There will be detour signs in place along with other traffic control devises to properly close the road and protect worker safety.
For the month of July, please come see me at my ward office at the Rideauview Community Centre, 4310 Shoreline Drive, during my open office hours.
Come by with your community and city concerns.
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 www.ottawapolice.com/onlinereporting. 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:
The splash pad in Littlerock Park is currently under repair. There have been issues with water pressure. City staff are embarking on a project to repair the splash pad and make it operational for as much as 2019 as possible. While under repair, the splash pad will not be available for use. Other park amenities will not be impacted and will be available to use.
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.
Do you know an individual, group or organization in our community that have, through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future?
If so, nominate them today if you believe they have had a positive impact in our community. To learn more or make your nomination, visit the City of Ottawa Page.
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:
Ottawa Police are investigating 3 recent swarmings in Riverside South in the area of Spratt Road and Canyon Walk. Police say in each incident a young person was jumped by a group who demanded cash and electronics. No physical injuries were reported.
Ottawa Police want to assure residents they are taking the attacks seriously and are working with businesses in the area to monitor activity. They have also increased police presence in the area and an investigation is ongoing. For safety tips, visit www.ottawapolice.ca.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext.5166. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.
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.
Deputy Chief Steve Bell explains in this video why reporting is so important.
Report online or by calling 613-236-1222
There have been voiced concerns about the recent break ins in Barrhaven and Riverside South. On March 27, a public meeting was held at Minto Rec Centre to discuss this further with our Community Police Officers and Deputy Chief Steve Bell. We must work together as a community with the Police to prevent this from happening. This video points out what you can do in your community to help.