Tag Archives: Robin Jones

Loose Rocks on north east side of Main Street Bridge

The Counties posted the below sign last week on the n/e side of Main St bridge.  There are safety concerns for anyone standing on the rocks on the hill beside the bridge due to the loose rocks.  There are no concerns about the safety of the bridge.caution sign.JPG


Line painting for parking spots to begin Wednesday, May 17 @ 4:00 p.m.

The Good news is the company we contracted to repaint the parking lines had a cancellation and are fitting us in before the long week-end.  The challenge is they notified us this afternoon that the work will begin tomorrow – Wednesday, May 17 @ 4:00 p.m. working through the overnight hours.

Village staff will be doing their best to notify businesses to ensure that no vehicles are parked on those streets where parking spots are painted on the road.  This also includes the municipal parking lot on Bedford St and the Community Centre hard top parking lot/firehall at the arena.  The work should be done by Thursday morning.

I am asking for everyone’s assistance.  If you see a neighbour’s vehicle parked on the street in one of these areas, or if that is their habit – please let them know that they need to find another parking spot for Wednesday night.  Again, this is only for those streets where the parking lines are painted on the road.  The accessibility parking spots and the no-P circles are also being repainted.

I apologize for the last minute notification and appreciate any assistance you can provide by watching for neighbours and others who might not read this blog/email.

If you have concerns, please call me at 273-9195 or email at rjones@villageofwestport.ca.

Public meeting held on November 14 to consider proposed 2017 Water and Wastewater Rates

Thank you to those who came to the special Council and public meeting on Monday night.  Your comments were taken to heart.  I hope that the presentation on the proposed 2017 rates was helpful.

When the 2017 water and wastewater budget was being prepared by Staff, we discussed that I did not want another mid-year surprise like we had in 2016.  Consequently, they prepared a balanced budget for Council’s review and for discussion at the public meeting on Monday.

I want to give you some context on the proposed changes. The last water/waste water sewer rate increase was in 2014, which left us with the same rate in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  The 2017 proposed increase for basic water (up to 17m3) is 3.7% (additional $2.09/month).  The 2017 proposed change for basic sewer is -1.3% (decrease of $0.91/month).

Over the past few years, the extensive amount of capital invested in the water/waste water system has been largely funded by long term debt.  Moving forward, this requires an increase in the capital charges portion of the rates.  We need to budget to pay off the principal of these loans.  We cannot continue to pay for our debt by borrowing more money.

The proposed water/waste water capital charges increase from $8.79/month to $19.30 (120%), which means an overall increase of 15.7% on your monthly bill (additional $22.20).  The proposed monthly bills for the majority of users will be $164.04.  Currently they are $141.84.

We all knew that driving the bus through these 4 years would have some bumps in the road and I hope you see this as another example of getting our house in order.

If you have any questions about the proposed rate changes, our budget or our debt – please contact either Scott Bryce or Anne Marie Koiner (both at 613-273-2191) or me (613-273-9195).

Please consider completing the attached “Be Well” survey

Country Roads Community Health Centre has been working hard to get people in Westport and Rideau lakes to complete the “Be Well” survey.  To date, they have over 200 responses but would really like 500 or more.  The survey, funded by Trillium, is time limited and closes November 1st.

As you can see from the Calgary summary attached to the link, results allow for a variety of opportunities to plan and communicate.  High response numbers will make the results much more relevant and useful.  Please help us get stronger data and complete the survey.