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Mayor’s breakfast – May 2, 2019 DREAM BIG WESTPORT –  PART TWO!

VOW Dream Big final

 

Please join Mayor Jones and members of Westport Council to hear what planning has occurred since our March meeting.  Everyone is invited – residents, business owners and staff, students.  We all need to work together.

THERE IS LOTS GOING ON! 

BE PART OF DREAM BIG WESTPORT

Venue: The Cove

May 2, 2019 @ 8:00 a.m. for breakfast.  

Coming for the discussion only?  It begins at 8:30 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast available – $10pp Please RSVP by April 30, 2019 to pmueller@villageofwestport.ca

 

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It’s a fact: 705≠186

It’s time to check your sump pump!!

The sewer system in Westport was examined by CCTV in 2018 and found to have no breaks.  Good news!  The majority of the openings into the sewers from the street have been repaired in 2018, only a few remain for 2019.  Also good news!

A sewer system is a closed system – responsible to transport sewage.  The government has licensed the Village for a maximum amount of volume to be processed, which averages 350 m3/day.   The amount of water drawn from the water tower should equal the amount of sewage pumped at the Glen St station.  Earlier this week 186 m3 was drawn from the water tower and 705 m3 was pumped at the Glen St station.  And the flows each day show similar results.  

The cause?  Illegal connections – ie  discharging your sump pump directly into the sewer system.  

This is not a just a concern for the municipal government, it is or should be a serious concern of every resident. Our new waste water system has enough capacity for an additional 350-400 homes, when processing only sewage.  Seriously!!  The future and sustainability of the Village depends on reducing the illegal connections. Simply put, to increase our tax base through development, we need to work together to solve this issue and provide sewage capacity for new construction. 

To that end, the Village has recently increased the fines for illegal connections.  A first offence has been raised to $500 and any subsequent offence is now $2000.  Yes,  Village Council is taking this matter seriously.  The industry standard states the discharge from 1 sump pump is equal to the combined usage of 35 homes.  That is a lot of rain water being sent to through the sewage system.

What can you do?

  • if you are not discharging your sump pump outside on your property, you likely have an illegal connection
  • the Village is offering a $250 grant to help reduce the cost of converting illegal connections
  • ask your neighbours “Where does your sump pump dump?  Getting this matter resolved is important for all of us and who better to influence neighbours to convert illegal connections than you?

Happy to discuss these concerns.   Call anytime – 273-9195

Ms. J Donnelly & Rideau Vista Public School Eco Club students attended Westport Committee of the Whole 16APR

Rideau Vista Public School Eco Club presentation - Ms. J Donnelly and studentsStudents from Rideau Vista Public School Eco Club explained to Westport Council during their delegation yesterday the many ways students at the school have reduced waste and increased the amount recycled.  They finished their delegation with several “asks” for council, including the provision of blue boxes at Lockwood Field this spring and at the arena in the fall.  Council immediately agreed to these requests.

The students were professional, well spoken and very informed.  Thank you to the students from the Rideau Vista Public School Eco Club and their teachers – Ms Carty, Ms Seed, Ms Donnelly and school principal Mr Campbell.

After the delegation,  Council asked staff to arrange an information briefing on the current recycling options in Westport to determine if there are other potential ways to reduce waste.

 

Contract awarded for rehabilitation of County Road 10 between Grady Road and the Lanark Boundary – April 9, 2019

The work to rehabilitate a 10 km stretch of County Road 10 is expected to commence soon and shall be in effect for a period of 7 months.  A full lane closure will occur from June 10 – July 15, 2019.  Some of the work impacts water species and, by provincial statute, cannot begin until July 1.  Daily single lane closures will be in effect for the remaining duration of the work.

The contract also includes fully paved 1.5 m shoulders.  There are many benefits to paved shoulders relative to lifecycle cost.  Staff recommended the paved shoulders as the existing slope on the shoulders and the steep gradient of the road results in ongoing operational issues and maintenance costs due to water run off during rainstorms.  Paving the shoulders will improve the stability of the shoulders and provide a safer environment for all users.

I will keep you updated if there are changes to the schedule.