I received this email last week and checked that I could post it. Thank you to everyone who works so hard and makes our village the friendliest place to visit (and live!). Job well done!!
p.s. The bike repair kit Ruth mentions was donated by Rick Bonner and is on the Information Centre.
On Sep 6, 2016, at 1:40 PM, Ruth Bonk <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
My name is Ruth Bonk and I am the touring events director for the Ottawa Bicycle Club.
We held our very first club touring event in Westport in May this year. We stayed at the Cove Inn. The feedback we have received from that event has been very positive and I want to share it with you.
Our riders found the area roads and drivers lovely and bicycle friendly. We have received comments on how nice it was that you visited and welcomed the group in person. There were remarks about how clean the tourist office and public washrooms are. We have even received a picture of the bicycle maintenance tool kit at your municipal office.
Thank you for your welcome and bicycle friendly environment.
We hope to add the Westport tour to our roster of annual touring events.
OBC Touring Events Director
Just finished Day 2 of the AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) conference in Windsor. Have had several meetings with different Ministries including Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Ministry of Infrastructure.
The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services listened to concerns about the skyrocketing cost of policing and agreed that there was a need to look at providing the service in a different way that would allow sustainability for the municipality. More to follow in the fall or spring session of legislature. I am looking forward to seeing what changes are proposed.
Early this morning I met with MPP Peter Milczyn, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, Bob Chiarelli. With the recent Cabinet shuffle, I felt it was important to establish contact with the Minister who replaced Brad Duguid. It was immediately clear that MPP Milczyn was fully informed about our waste water treatment plant deficiencies and that we have been working hard with MOECC to resolve the issues. I left the meeting with a feeling of confidence that the provincial government DOES understand our challenges.
We will be preparing our application for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Grant – intake 3 (OCIF) in the next few weeks. Premier Wynn announced on Monday at AMO that an agreement had been reached between the Federal and Provincial governments for the Federal Green Infrastructure and Water and Waste Water Grants and that intake will open for this new funding in the fall – and we will be poised to apply for it as well.
A BBQ tonight was a nice way to do some networking. Here is a photo of some of the Leeds Grenville Mayors – Ron Holman, Joe Baptista, Doug Malanka and Pat Sayeau.
Dr Zulfar Moledina opened his doors today and began seeing patients. I toured the refurbished office with him and took in the new design, new equipment and spent time talking to some our residents.
For now, the office is open Mondays and Wednesdays. He wanted to open in August so that the kids could get their check ups before heading back to school. His office door still opens off the spring – the “opening soon” sign in the Main St window was to announce his arrival and some folks have wondered if you access the office from there.
WELCOME DR MOLEDINA – It was a pleasure to meet you and your staff today.
With the dry, hot weather expected to continue for the next several weeks, a Level 1 Burn Ban has been put into place in Westport.
Level 1 means:
- No Burn Permits may be activated and Open Air Burning or use of Burn Barrels at any time is prohibited.
- Campfires and cooking fires are restricted in use. They must be .6m x.6m x .6m (2’ x2’ x 2’) and built according to the by-law, with proper clearances and can only be used between the hours of 8pm. To 11pm. They must be fully extinguished after use, allowing a fire to smoulder out is not acceptable.
Let’s work together to ensure there are no open air burnings or anyone using a burn barrel. People with a campfire or cooking fire needs to pay special attention to the size of the fire and ensure that it is fully extinguished by 11:00 p.m.
Stay safe everyone.
Attached is a photo of a new bike, stolen today when the owner went home for lunch and left it beside his house. The Owner of the bike lives on Concession near Spring St. If you see this bike abandoned, please contact Greg or Dale Lyons. If you see it being ridden by someone you don’t know, think about calling the police before you approach.