Wow! I think we can all come up for air now. Schools are open today. Sun is shining and the temperature is “February cold”. Thanks to Mr Charby and Mr Jackson for working so hard to get the streets open Tuesday night and working on widening them on Wednesday. Still lots of work to do on the roads. I spoke to the gents yesterday and the sidewalks are going to be a challenge. We will see how what progress they make later today. Perhaps the warm weather on Saturday will help. In the meantime, please be careful when walking on the roads.
I also noted, like many of you, huge piles of snow moved onto the streets from private property. I will be hosting a meeting in the next couple of weeks with business owners and snow plow operators to discuss options of how we can work together to manage large snowfalls in the future.
Final word on this snow event is FUN! The children (of all ages) hadn’t had any snow related activities yet this winter, so 2 “snow days” helped make up for that!
It may feel closer to July 1 than February 1 today. Received this wonderful YOUTUBE video by the Chris Hadfield & family that just might make you stand a little taller as a proud Canadian.
>> This makes you proud to be Canadian
>> Chris Hadfield, you’ve done it again…..
>> The retired astronaut created a music video about our country that’s sweeter than a double-double from Timmie’s.
>> Titled “In Canada,” the song was a collaborative effort between Hadfield and his brother Dave in a mission to create “the most
>> Canadian music video ever.” And you know what? They succeeded.
>> Hadfield uploaded the “polite song” to YouTube, saying it came from “two brothers who are just hoping your day is going okay.”
>> And thanks to this song, it’ll be a lot better than just “okay.” The rapid montage of Canadian culture reminds us of everything we love
>> about this great country. Because at the end of the day, we’re just a bunch of exceedingly polite, Timbit-eating winter-lovers.
>> And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Check out the video.
>> HADFIELD GIFT TOCANADA < http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/zuVsHt3rBnc?rel=0>
I want to congratulate the Chamber of Commerce on their successful first meeting of the new Board of Directors held last night and am looking forward to working with you on future endeavours that benefit those who visit, work and play in Westport and Rideau Lakes.
I have been asked by many people over the past couple of weeks what is happening with the Snowfluent system as they haven’t seen any evidence of snowmaking yet this year. Although yesterday and today are perfect snow making conditions, the plant has yet to process this year. Warm weather in December meant that the plant was not turned on. In order to operate the Snowfluent system, the temperature needs to be -5 C and wind at least 4 km/hr.
On December 31, when the system was being started up, a broken pipe in one of the effluent lines prevented its operation. The repairs to the pipe are expected to be made by the end of the day Tuesday. Adjustments were made to the plant today and I am hopeful that two towers will be operational tonight. The weather forecast indicates that the unseasonably warm weather returns on Wednesday.
The levels of the lagoons are monitored daily as well as the daily flows from the Village to the lagoons. The average flows in November were 220 m3, however alarmingly jumped to over 300 m3 in the latter part of December. Sump pumps that are connected to the waste water system are contributing to this increase. Please check to see where your sump pump dumps and ensure that it does not add to the lagoon levels. Council is introducing a water conservation programme this week in the Review Mirror by providing advice on how to reduce the amount of clean water flowing to the waste water system. Let’s work together to reduce the amount of unnecessary clean water being processed at the waste water plant by 10% this year.
Council met this afternoon to review the current situation. Our Councillors bring a wealth of experience to the discussions and each of them is committed to asking the right questions to ensure they get all of the information they need to make decisions. At the end of the meeting, Council is satisfied that monitoring the levels, flows and weather forecasts is sufficient at this point in time,. Just as a reminder, should it be necessary to haul effluent, there is a solid contingency plan that can be in place with 24 hours notice.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Councillor of your choice or me.