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CGYHA Drainage Update from Councillor Moffatt

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The following letter was sent by Councillor Scott Moffatt as an update to the meeting held in January to address water drainage issues within our community:

Apologies for the delay in providing this update. Obviously, with the meeting being held in January, staff haven’t been able to action any items over the last two months. However, I have been in contact with a local surveying company about conducting a proper survey of the entire development to get accurate information on grading. Coupled with the input provided by residents, this should give us a good picture of where the source of the issues are.

With the spring freshet around the corner, I plan to come out and have a first-hand look throughout the spring to get an up close look at some of the issues. Staff will be doing the same. Therefore, over the next two months, as the snow melts, we’ll be monitoring the issues that were raised at the community meeting. We have approximately 20 different addresses where concerns were raised. In that time, I’ll also reach out to the golf club regarding the concerns raised with their property. I will also arrange a time for Forestry staff to come out and look at the issues regarding drainage along the rear of the Clingin Lane properties that back onto Aston Woods.

I’ll keep you posted on updates as we move forward.

Thanks,

Scott Moffatt
City Councillor
Rideau-Goulbourn Ward 21
Office: 613-580-2491
Fax: 613-580-2531
Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca
Twitter: @RideauGoulbourn

 

Update – City of Ottawa Addresses CGYHA Water Drainage

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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

  1.  About 30 residents from the CGYHA attended the meeting.
  2. There were 6 staff members from the city and Councillor Moffatt
  3. The main purpose of the meeting was to outline the numerous problems with ditches and drainage within the community.
  4. Councillor Moffatt opened the meeting and introduced the staff members.
  5. Marv Sywyk introduced the overall problem by stating
    1. we were interested in an overall solution as well as addressing individual concerns
    2. we all recognize that the area is flat and the water table is high
    3. Any solution must also address the culverts that are suppose to drain water from the community into the river (mainly from Marina Dr)
    4. Not looking for an expensive solution that might increase taxes
    5. Not looking for a solution that would involve digging up existing culverts on some properties
  6. Some individual from the community had already emailed their concerns to Councillor Moffatt
  7. Those at the meeting outlined their individual problem. The city took notes and will follow up.
  8. 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.
  9. The City will not approve filling of ditches or installation of culverts.
  10. 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 msywyk@rogers.com so that we have a consolidated view of all of the issues.

NEW DATE!! – CITY OF OTTAWA ADDRESSES CGYHA WATER DRAINAGE

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The postponed CGYHA Water Drainage Meeting has been rescheduled.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Board Room
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 msywyk@rogers.com or call him at 613-491-1390.

POSTPONED – City of Ottawa Addresses CGYHA Water Drainage

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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.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Marv Sywyk msywyk@rogers.com or call him at 613-491-1390.

CITY OF OTTAWA ADDRESSES CGYHA WATER DRAINAGE

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Wednesday, December 10th at 7 p.m.
North Gower Client Service Centre Boardroom
2155 Roger Stevens Drive, North Gower.

Councillor Scott Moffatt and City of Ottawa Staff will hold a community meeting on drainage. It will address ditches in the community and the issues surrounding them.

This Meeting is open to all CGYHA Members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Marv Sywyk msywyk@rogers.com or call him at 613-491-1390.

Test Your Household Water by Lisa Geraghty

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As residents of a rural community, household water comes from private wells. The safety of that water is the responsibility of individual homeowners. To protect the members of your household, ensure that  “well water is tested for bacteria three times a year and after major plumbing work.”*City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa offers free well water testing with rural drop-off locations close to our community. For more information on maintaining healthy well water and the rural drop-off schedule, use the following link:

Water ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/wells