Tag Archives: Mayor Robin Jones

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

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!!!

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Hauling from the lagoons ends this week

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.

 

Town Clean Up Day – Mark your calendar

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!

Province of Ontario Senior of the Year Award

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

 

SPRING in the ‘Port

If you are wondering when spring will arrive, head out any morning before 7:00 and listen to the choirs – of the birds – calling to each other and singing the songs of spring!  It is wonderful.  The weather will catch up eventually as will the spring flowers.

We are waiting for details of the Federal government’s announcement concerning grants for infrastructure and, specifically, for waste water treatment plants (WWTP).  In order to be eligible, we continue down the path to be “shovel ready” for this construction season.  The Request For Proposal for the detailed drawings for the new approved waste water treatment system closed a couple of weeks ago and a technical team has been reviewing the offers.  Their recommendation is on the Agenda for Monday night’s Council meeting. I am hopeful that by early May all MOECC and Council approvals will be in place.  We will keep you informed as we learn more from the government of Canada.

Recently, Councillors and I spent time going door to door in some areas of the Village, speaking to community members about the high volume of clean water that is still being sent to the WWTP due to illegal sump pumps.  An information package was provided to help people understand the profound expense to the rate payers of even one illegal sump pump.  Additionally, Council was offering a grant of up to $500 to convert to a legal sump pump.  As I walk my girls, I have noted that several houses are now pumping their sump pump externally into their yards.  Thank you to everyone who has made their sump pump compliant with the by-law and eased some of the pressure at the lagoons.  And yes, we did have one resident take advantage of the grant.

Some interesting items on the Agenda for Monday’s Council meeting were discussed at the last Committee of the Whole (CoW). Municipal by-law enforcement and changing the from garbage bags to tags for the large bags are two of them.  You may wonder why items get discussed twice.  The intention of CoW is for Councillors to discuss issues for the first time & that they are satisfied that they have enough information and to provide on-going updates from Committees of Council.  On several occasions, more information is required from staff before the matter is ready to be considered and passed at a Council meeting.  When no other information is required, the CoW passes a resolution recommending the item  be approved at the next Council meeting.  Depending on the item, it may be dealt with as part of the “Consent Agenda” portion of Council where several items are lumped together with one motion or it may be dealt with separately – either due to the nature of the issue or at the request of a member of Council.  Both Council and CoW meetings are open to the public.  Council meetings are held on the first Monday night of the first full week of the month and Committee of the Whole meetings follow two weeks later on the Monday night.

And still on the topic of spring, the 2nd Annual Town Spring Clean Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th – so circle the date on your calendar.  We will meet at Town Hall at 09:00 where there will be coffee and snacks.  You can come with a team of people or alone and join some other volunteers.  Please bring your rakes and brooms and wear a bright coloured shirt.  Garbage bags will be provided and assignments given to the work teams. A noon Bar-B-Q at the spring will finish the day off – with much appreciation from myself and Council, and of course from those who live, work and play in the ‘Port.  Reminders will be coming closer to the day.

Since I began this update talking about choirs, I am going to end it on the same note.  Westport has its own, new Community Choir.  Some Kind of Choir will be giving its first concert on Saturday, April 30 @ 7:00 p.m. at the North Crosby Hall.  The quality and experience of many of the singers who have joined this new initiative of the Westport Arts Council has ensured that the music is beautiful, the four-part harmonies are on pitch and those involved are having a great deal of fun.  The Rideau District High School Jazz Band is joining the choir on the 30th and all proceeds at the door and for refreshments are going to the band to help repair/replace instruments.  That might be another date to circle on your calendar.

If you have any questions about the ongoing issues at Town Hall or something that is a concern of yours, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me.