I want to send a huge shout out to the Rideau Vista Public School teachers, staff and students!
Students – Thank you for your “clean up the Village”day on Thursday from everyone in Westport. You did a hard day’s work – as we all can see from the clean sidewalks and grass boulevards. You also brought smiles to many of our faces.
For the teachers and staff – our hats are off to you. These “life lessons” you teach your students through role modelling result in our children growing into responsible civic leaders and members. You are all amazing. Thank you!!!
You will stop seeing the trucks on the highways and parking lots this week. The contract was to haul 30,000 cubic metres of effluent from our lagoons to another municipality’s processing plant and I expect the last truck to make its run today. The hauling has lowered the large lagoon from a height of 178 cm of effluent to 150 cm. I had hoped to get it lower – but lots of rain, inflow and infiltration this spring has worked against us.
We will monitor the situation closely over the next few weeks and are hopeful that we will not need to haul anymore this spring. The only bright side is due to so little processing taking place at the plant this winter, there was very little snow to melt. This optimistically means that the spring summer application can begin earlier than other years. We are waiting for the site to dry out at which time staff can lay out the summer pipes and generator and begin. We are hoping for a mid-May start date.
Will keep you posted on when that occurs. If you have any questions, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me at 613-273-9195.
Saturday, May 14 will be the 2nd Annual Volunteer Town Clean up Day in the ‘Port. Last year we had 35 people show up to rake, pick up and bag leaves and garbage for a few hours. Our Village was sparkling after their efforts.
Let’s put our best foot forward again this year! Please join us at Town Hall at 09:00 on May 14. Wear a brightly coloured top/t-shirt and bring your rake and gloves. Town Hall will supply the coffee and muffins, the post clean-up BBQ at the Spring and the garbage bags. Come with a group of friends and you will be given an assignment where you can all work together or come alone and join some of your neighbours.
Join the clean up crew and enjoy a morning of getting the Village ready for the summer!
It is time to nominate someone for the Province of Ontario Senior of the Year Award for the Village of Westport. The Ontario Senior of the Year Award gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local Ontarian who after the age of 65 has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.
Recipients must be at least 65 years of age and have made their community a better place to live.
Seniors who qualify for this award may have contributed in many different fields, such as the arts, literature, community service, voluntarism, education, fitness and sport or humanitarian activities.
If you know of a deserving senior who you would like to nominate, please contact Niki at Town Hall for the application form or go to our website @ villageofwestport.ca and print, complete and drop off the form to Niki.
Nomination forms are due at Town Hall by Tuesday, April 26. Councillors will select one nomination for the award and submit it to the Ontario Government.
Here is the link :http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/honours/seniorofyear.shtml
Tonight’s agenda for the Committee of the Whole Meeting has a variety of items that will interest you. Ken Rose and PREVENT ANOTHER WESTPORT STRAY (PAWS) is scheduled for a 10 minute delegation to provide an update on what PAWS has accomplished in regard to the Westport stray cat population. A new by-law to allow designated staff to conduct inspection of properties for the purpose of determining compliance with municipal by-laws will be discussed. A new performance management policy and procedures for municipal staff is also on the agenda. 7:00 at Town Hall.
In my last post about grant opportunities for the WWTP, I said I would keep you updated on any announcements from the federal government. No news yet.
The Village of Westport web site is launching its interactive calendar this week. Our goal is to incorporate as many of the activities in the Village as possible – so that everyone is using one calendar. Watch for an announcement and a submission form to get your information on the calendar.