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Emergency Management Training

The Village recently put a call out to the community for volunteers to bolster their ranks during an emergency.  To assist the Westport Emergency Operations Centre, support is needed in three areas – note taking (scribe), canvassing residences and setting up reception centres.  Several people responded to the call, including all members of Council.  Training was provided in the morning of October 28 by Mayor Robin Jones, Councillor Barry Card and Alison Tutak, Director of Social Services for the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.   A full scenario exercise involving all of the students occurred in the afternoon, which gave the students an opportunity to apply what they had learned.  Many thanks from all members of Council to those who stepped up.  Your commitment will provide much needed support during an emergency.

EM training Oct 28-19Paul Snider, Jackalyn Brady, Danielle Tapin, Rob Roberts, Delvalle Lewis, Patti Mueller, Ann Bellefeuille, Karen Earl, Kim Bonner, Melissa Sullivan, Elaine Bill, Alison Tutak, Mayor Robin Jones, Barry Card

CRF Pavement Preservation on George and Spring Streets

Reasons for pavement preservation

The maintenance of the top coat of asphalt is a fundamental aspect of long term pavement life. This is because water is the main element that causes damage to a roadway by seeping into the roadbed through cracks and expansion/contraction during freeze thaw cycles. Inevitably, new asphalt deteriorates due to the oxidization of the asphalt cement, which leads to brittle roads that crack over time.

Options for pavement preservation

Reclamite is an emulsion that is applied to the top course of the asphalt and rejuvenates the existing asphalt cement and slows down the oxidization process. This helps to extend the life of the top course of asphalt and reduces the cracking that typically appears within five to six years after a new application. As a result, this treatment is applied to roads that are in relatively good condition and before significant cracking develops.

Typical crack sealing involves clearing out existing cracks and filling it in with a rubberized product. It is used to seal the top layer and prevent water seepage into the granular bed. CRF is an alternative treatment to typical crack sealing treatment. CRF applies an emulsion and sand product that treats the entire road as opposed to just the cracks. In addition to filling in the cracks, CRF also provides asphalt rejuvenation similar to Reclamite.

The Counties has worked with Superior Road Products in the past. Given this past experience, and recent local test results,  the Counties is trying this product again. Other adjacent municipalities and counties are already working with Superior Road Products. 

The Counties negotiation with the supplier also provides test locations for the townships and Westport.  George and Spring Streets were chosen by Westport Public Works and the product was applied on Tuesday.  There is no cost to the Village.  

Many thanks to the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.

Canadian Flags planted on every lawn in the Village for July 1st – Thank you!

Members of the Mayor’s Sesquicentennial Task Force were out late June 30 and early July 1 “planting” Canadian flags throughout the Village.  The Village looked ready for its 150th Birthday Party when everyone woke up and visitors arrived.

Special thanks to our “gardeners”: Carmel McCartney & grandson Jack, Father Thomas, Harrison Pringle, Paul Millar & Sons Ltd, Heather Huth, Jacky Brady, Mary Anne Bishop and Kim Bonner.

Update on meeting with Minister Chiarelli – April 13, 2017

First, thank you to everyone who sent emails or left phone messages of encouragement for our meeting with the Minister.  They were appreciated.
Mr Paul Snider, CAO and I met with Robert Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure for 45 minutes yesterday afternoon at Queen’s Park.  Mr Steve Clarke, our MPP, joined us as well as senior staff from the Minister’s office and one from Minister Leal’s (OMAFRA) office.
The meeting with Minister Chiarelli was very positive.  He was well briefed and his own memory went back to the time when Snowfluent was installed.  He even recalled the design engineer’s name.  He listened and quickly discerned the significance of our situation with regard to the criticality of the project and the impact funding it without provincial government help will have on our Village.
The Minister has made the commitment to find a solution “sooner than later”.  We left the meeting feeling that progress had been made and are moderately optimistic.  Paul and the Minister’s staff will be communicating further over the next few weeks.
We also had the opportunity to encourage the OMAFRA staff to fulfill its commitment to a spring launch date of OCIF4.
We owe our gratitude to MPP Steve Clarke, who continued to work on our behalf with the Ministers, and was the key to arranging this meeting.  Thank you, Steve.

Update on water pipe leak

Good Morning.  Just spoke to the crew and they located the leak over night.  They should be doing the repair in the next hour or so.  When the pipe broke on Concession St a couple of months ago, our Engineer bought extra couplings and pipe, which are here in the Village.  As long as there are no unexpected complications, the repair should be made soon.

Should anyone with water feel like taking a pot of hot coffee to the crew, they worked through the night.  Here on Rideau, we are without water.

Thank you for your patience everyone.