KANATA NORTH NEWS Marianne Wilkinson Councillor, Kanata North WARD COUNCIL, Monday Sept.

21st, 7-9 pm, Program Room, Kanata Seniors Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive
Next Monday is the first Ward Council Meeting since June and a great deal has happened since then. You can view a detailed agenda on my website. At the meeting I will brief you on the impact of the July 24th flooding on Kanata North residents and what needs to be done to correct the situation that led to these floods. Once I can confirm a place and date there will be a meeting for all homeowners and tenants who were impacted by the flooding. This will include general information and specific discussions on the causes and potential solutions for each area affected. Those who have registered by contacting 311 will receive information about the meeting directly. If you were impacted and have not registered please contact my office and I’ll see that you get the information. At the Ward Council Meeting I will also provide details about the settlement with Siemens on the light rail cancellation and provide information on the latest proposal for Lansdowne Park and how you can participate in the public discussion on that plan. There will also be updates on the start of construction of Terry Fox (including having the Goulbourn Forced Road end at Innovation Drive), Kanata Ave., Goulbourn Forced Road and widening of March Road as well as Keyrock, Brookshire and Sandhill Parks. Development issues include approval of the zoning for 475 Terry Fox, changes to the Broughton and Richardson zoning, issues with Kanata West, a revised plan for a business building on March Road and the pathway along the hydro corridor in Morgan’s Grant. Constable Strotmann will provide a report on policing in our area and I will give an overview of issues presently before Council. Questions are encouraged as well as feedback on all agenda items. Ward Council is an open meeting and all residents of the community are welcome.

LIGHT RAIL SETTLEMENT
City Council has agreed to a settlement with Siemens and other companies over the N-S light rail project that was cancelled in December 2006. The settlement, amounting to $36.7 million, primarily covers costs that had been incurred by the companies prior to the cancellation. The project had been approved by the previous Council a few months prior to the election, despite requests from many,

including myself, to postpone the decision until after the election. Work continued even after John Baird told the City that the federal contribution of $200 million would not be available unless the project was approved by the new Council. The public, during the election campaign, came out very strongly in favour of cancelling the project as it did not solve the City’s transit problems of congestion in the downtown nor the need to serve the existing population that is concentrated in an E-W direction. Council heard the public and voted to cancel the project and to create a master plan (approved last November) that included a downtown tunnel to address downtown congestion and a start on an E-W light rail system. Although I was out of town on City Business (a Board meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities) and could not get back for the Friday meeting I did attend the Wednesday Council meeting and supported approving the settlement that was given final approval on Friday. This is a small price to pay for getting out of a deal that would have cost the City about $600 million to build (plus $200 million each from the federal and provincial governments) and led to an annual operating deficit of $20 million to start and a surface system mixing buses and trains that would have led to more congestion and the need for a tunnel within 810 years – writing off the money spent to put it in. This is a clear example of a situation that would not have happened if the last Council had listened to the public. Working with the community is the best way to build a City so I hope that Council will listen as we move forward with other projects.

YOUR WATER AND SEWER BILL
How should the City recover the cost of providing drinking water and sanitary and storm water drainage? Under consideration is having a base charge that would include funding needed to maintain fire hydrants, costs based on water usage, and a fee to cover the maintenance of storm water systems, including ditches, culverts and cleaning of ponds and stream beds. Rural areas would not pay for services that they did not receive. A public meeting will be held at the Kanata Recreation Complex (off Terry Fox in Walter Baker Park) Sept. 22 from 5-8 pm to discuss the options and receive comments. More info is at Ottawa.ca/ratestudy.

COMING EVENTS
Sept 21, 7-9 pm, Ward Council, Program Room, Kanata Seniors Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr. Sept 22, 5-8 pm, Review of Water & Sewer Rates, Kanata Rec Centre, Walter Baker Park Sept 25, 1-3 pm, Expo 55+ at the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr.

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