Following are notes prepared by Marv Sywyk summarizing the details of the meeting:
Notes from Meeting with Councillor Moffatt and City Staff re Ditches & Drainage in CGYHA
7 PM 14 January 2015
- About 30 residents from the CGYHA attended the meeting.
- There were 6 staff members from the city and Councillor Moffatt
- The main purpose of the meeting was to outline the numerous problems with ditches and drainage within the community.
- Councillor Moffatt opened the meeting and introduced the staff members.
- Marv Sywyk introduced the overall problem by stating
- we were interested in an overall solution as well as addressing individual concerns
- we all recognize that the area is flat and the water table is high
- Any solution must also address the culverts that are suppose to drain water from the community into the river (mainly from Marina Dr)
- Not looking for an expensive solution that might increase taxes
- Not looking for a solution that would involve digging up existing culverts on some properties
- Some individual from the community had already emailed their concerns to Councillor Moffatt
- Those at the meeting outlined their individual problem. The city took notes and will follow up.
- A discussion was held re the culverts under driveways. The City considers these to be a homeowner problem as they are considered ” private access to residences”. There is no permit requirement to replace these culverts and thus no oversight by the City to ensure that the replacement culverts are properly installed so as not to exacerbate any drainage problems.
- The City will not approve filling of ditches or installation of culverts.
- Some issues were raised that concerned action by the Golf Club (e.g. filling in ditches on Golf Club property which causes water drainage problems on home owners’ properties). Councillor Moffatt stated that these are issues between private owners (e.g. home owner and the Golf Club) and not issues for the City.
Decision:The City staff will look at all of the problems noted and come back to us with some “solutions”. While no timeframe was agreed upon, Marv asked that the City provide timely updates to keep all informed of any progress.
NOTE: Individuals who were not able to attend the meeting may want to email Councillor Moffatt (Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca) with their particular concerns. If possible, copies of the email should also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we have a consolidated view of all of the issues.
HELP CELEBRATE CAREGIVERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards.
These awards are presented to family members, friends, volunteers and health care professionals whose kindness and commitment allow people to live full lives in their communities, despite the limitations of age, illness or disability.
HOW TO NOMINATE A CAREGIVER
Say ‘thank you’ to a caregiver you know by nominating them for a Heroes in the Home award. The deadline for nominations is February 27, 2015.
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Afternoon Tea with Santa
CGYHA staged another successful neighbourhood Christmas party at Carleton Golf & Yacht Club on Sunday, December 7th. Children and adults alike enjoyed a hot chocolate bar with a visit. Lots of food and good cheer with many new faces joining us this year!
Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides & Holiday Decorating Contest
On the evening of Sunday, December 14th, CGYHA hosted horse-drawn trolley rides through our community. Many neighbours came out to enjoy the spirit of the season and good weather with gently falling snow. The neighbourhood looked magical with so many beautifully decorated homes. Spirits were bright. Hot chocolate and coffee enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Grace and Cody (who did all the work!) from Hollybrooke Farms.
Congratulations to the following 2014 Holiday Decorating Contest winners!
- 1st Prize: Neil & Carole Pickles 6415 Aston Rd won top prize, a festive wine basket and gift certificate for the Black Dog Bistro.
- 2nd Prize: Ken & Jane Kroeker, 1304 Fairway Drive &
- 3rd Prize: Justin, Cheryl & Cassandra Calow, 6531 Marina Drive won festive wine baskets and gift certificates for the Red Dot Cafe.
- Honourable Mention: Andre Deschamps & Josette Bjorkes, 6608 Marina Drive
The Carleton Golf & Yacht Homeowners Association would like to acknowledge all residents who decorated their homes in the spirit of the season. Thank you for brightening our community!
North Gower Client Service Centre
2155 Roger Stevens Drive, North Gower
Councillor Scott Moffatt and City of Ottawa Staff will meet with CGYHA Homeowners to address water drainage issues within our community. If you have an issue you would like addressed, please bring photos for reference.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Marv Sywyk email@example.com or call him at 613-491-1390.
It’s time to trim that Christmas tree, and if you’re using a real tree, buy a fresh tree and keep the base of the trunk in water at all times. If purchasing a real tree, consider buying one through a local member of the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario (www.christmastrees.on.ca).
Water fresh trees daily. Keep your tree away from any ignition source such as the fireplace, heaters or candles. Check all sets of lights before decorating. Before you put those lights on the tree or around the front window check the cords closely. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged.
Christmas trees will be picked up as part of the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule in January. Trees must be free of decorations and not wrapped in plastic bags.
The meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening (Wednesday, December 10th) has been cancelled due to the impending snow storm.
Some of the staff who should be at our meeting will likely be working overtime addressing the road conditions. There is also the concern that anyone attending might encounter dangerous driving situations. Scott Moffatt & City of Ottawa staff plan to reschedule in January.
The City of Ottawa offers two programs that can help:
The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors (60+) or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.
For more information about the Snow Go and the Snow Go Assist programs, please visit ottawa.ca/snowgo or call 3-1-1.
Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition?
A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway.
If you know of a resident of Ottawa who is a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!
Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo.
To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, please give the City the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how) by one of the following methods:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: Attention: Paul McCann, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent, 5th floor, K2G 6J8
- Fax: 613-580-9605 Attention: Paul McCann