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Road, Water and Sewer Project As part of the Carling Avenue and Merivale Road reconstruction project, you may have noticed the temporary closure of several Highway 417 on- and off-ramps. These closures are designed to facilitate the reconstruction of the ramps, as well as the abandonment of the existing large diameter watermain. The Westbound Carling Avenue – Westbound Highway 417 on-ramp is currently closed, and will reopen following completion of the work. The Eastbound Carling Avenue – Eastbound Highway 417 on-ramp is scheduled for a one-day closure on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Admiral Avenue Integrated Road, Water & Wastewater Project Preliminary work on the Admiral Avenue integrated road, water and wastewater project is proceeding on schedule. Tender for the project recently closed and the contract will be awarded shortly. Residents may have already received a letter detailing options for replacement of your private sanitary and water services. Some minor construction work, including tree trimming, is expected to begin at the end of this month. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the road closure and OC Transpo bus detour will begin in early July. Lady Ellen Place Integrated Road, Sewer & Water Project Thank you to residents who attended the Open House for the upcoming Lady Ellen Place integrated road, sewer and water project. The project is expected to take place in the late summer and fall of 2012, however final timelines will be established following selection of a contractor. As part of this project, watermains will be replaced along a route from Lady Ellen Place, Laperriere Avenue, McBride Street, Caldwell Avenue and Morissett Avenue to the Carlington Heights Reservoir. Additional infrastructure improvements, such as new sidewalks and storm sewers, are also planned for select locations. Interplanting in Carlington Forestry staff are scheduled to complete interplanting in the Carlington community during the second and third weeks of June. As part of the City’s strategy to address the Emerald Ash Borer, new trees will be planted next to existing Ash trees. Interplanting does not mean that Ash trees are scheduled for removal – those timelines are based on the health of the existing tree. Residents on Kingston Avenue can expect to see interplanting taking place this month.
2 Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel Project – Ottawa to Gatineau The City of Ottawa is conducting an Environmental Assessment and Functional Design to identify and develop a preferred solution that will provide additional storage facilities in the combine sewer area and thereby reduce combined sewer overflows to the Ottawa River. This project forms parts of the City’s Ottawa River Action Plan. A third and final Public Open House will take place on June 26, 2012 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall. A presentation at 7:00 p.m. will present the design alternatives for the recommended preferred solution. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss the study with the study team and provide input and comments. Final Property Tax Bills Residents are reminded that all final 2012 property tax bills have been mailed to property owners and are due on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Please contact the City’s Revenue Branch at 613-5802444 or email@example.com if you have not yet received your bill. Options for bill payment are as follows:
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Mail a cheque, pay at your financial institution, teller service or at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. Pay your current bill and then sign up for the City’s Pre-authorized Tax Payment Plan to spread the 2013 payments over 10 months. Sign up for electronic billing and payment with epost™ or through most financial institutions’ Internet banking sites.
More information can be found online at ottawa.ca/taxes. Splash Pads Now Open Most City of Ottawa splash pads opened on May 19, 2012 and will operate between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. for the summer season. Wading pools will open on June 22, 2012. Schedules including pool hours and special event dates will be released soon at ottawa.ca. Splash pads located near school yards will open once school activities conclude for the summer. June OC Transpo Service Changes Beginning on Sunday, June 24, annual summer adjustments will be made to the OC Transpo schedule. As a result of ridership declines across the system during the summer months, the frequency of service will be reduced on some routes, including Routes 14, 85, 101 and 176 in Carlington. New transit services will be introduced for visitors to the Canada Agriculture Museum and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. New Route 185 and an extension of Route 129 will operate every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. OC Transpo will also offer service during several events taking place in Ottawa this summer. Extra trips will be made on Canada Day, with free service offered after 10:00 p.m. Additional late evening service will also be provided on Transitway routes during the Ottawa Bluesfest. Once the new service begins, up-to-date schedules can be found using octranspo.mobi or the MyTransit iPhone app, by calling 613-560-1000 or by texting 560560.
PRESTO Implementation Delay OC Transpo has made the decision to delay the launch of the PRESTO system, following feedback from the Family and Friends pilot project. The pilot will be extended to ensure that all problems with the new system are identified and addressed before the full roll-out. For the month of July, OC Transpo customers will continue to use regular paper bus passes, tickets or cash as they have in the past. The distribution of 200,000 free PRESTO cards will occur at a later date. Half-Price Parking for Motorcycles and Scooters On May 19, 2012, they ByWard Market parking garage at 70 Clarence Street reopened for the summer season. The opening of this lot adds to the list of locations offering half-price parking for motorcycles and scooters, which also includes the City Hall parking garage (110 Laurier Avenue West) and all Pay and Display machines throughout the city. To activate the half-price feature on the Pay and Display machines, motorcycle and scooter customers are reminded to press the designated grey motorcycle button. The half-price charge is automatically applied to motorcycle and scooter customers who register and use the new PayByPhone service. Safer Roads Ottawa Program June Initiatives During the month of June, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program will focus on cycling safety and speeding. In 2010, six cyclists lost their lives and 243 were injured on Ottawa roads. Speeding was attributed to 2,833 reportable collisions – claiming 20 lives and injuring 863 people in 2010. May Results In May, 303 motorists were charged for running red lights under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. Tickets were also issued to 236 drivers for disobeying stop signs. Leave the Phone Alone Campaign Between 2006 and 2010, 17 percent of all reported collisions in Ottawa were a result of distracted driving. This month, drivers are encouraged to sign up for the online Leave the Phone Alone pledge to avoid distractions caused by talking, texting or using a hand-held electronic device while behind the wheel. While completing the form, you will also have the option of receiving a sticker and a bookmark featuring Leave the Phone Alone information. The online awareness campaign will run until June 30, 2012. Take the pledge at www.leavethephonealone.ca.
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