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Updates on what’s happening in the ‘Port

I got home from holidays on Monday night and had a wonderful time.  Thanks for all  your kind thoughts and emails.

Now … here in the Village there is lots going on.  Let’s start with the progress on the build of the new waste water system.  You have likely seen lots of Tackaberry trucks on County Rd 42 over the past 6 or 7 days.  They are moving 77,000 tons of sand from their quarry in Seelys Bay to the waste water site.  Although the contractor got off to a slow start,  Paul Snider and I met with him on Tuesday and he is confident that the project will be finished on the contracted completion date of November 21, 2017.

Lots of work done by FOTA at the Arena this summer.  You won’t recognize it when you go inside.  The east wall has been insulated and painted, the seats have been painted and raised so that every seat has a good view of the ice, new zamboni door installed and press box is being built next week.  The Rideaus Alumni held a fund raiser on Saturday night and through the generosity of so many people, with special mention to Jimmy Howard, raised enough money to buy a new scoreboard that will sit above centre ice.  Come out and support the Rideaus this year .. first home game is next Friday.

Lockwood Park – second phase – is well under way.  Josh Doornekamp and his crew are moving the cenotaph from the fire hall parking lot to inside the Memorial Gates at the George St entrance and building the children’s playground with the help of volunteers.  And speaking of the Memorial Gates, the left pillar was straightened today – seriously!!  The cement pad for the cenotaph is in place so we get an idea of how the cenotaph will look once it is moved.  Definitely a place of honour for those who gave their lives for the freedom of our country.   The  hole has been dug for the natural playground and I hope that the structure will be built in the next couple of weeks.

I feel it is important to remind you that no tax dollars are being spent on the improvements at the arena or park.  The volunteers who make up the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Friends of the Arena spend hours fund raising and rolling up their sleeves to get the work done.  It takes vision, commitment and love of our community to accomplish what has been achieved at the arena and park.  Thank you to ALL of the volunteers who work on behalf of the Village and to those of you who give so generously when asked to buy a ticket, bid on a silent auction, attend a fundraiser and so many other events.  Working together, members of  Council and the public, we can accomplish whatever we put our minds to.  I am so proud to be your Mayor.

Grade 2/3 chair for Art on the Street has a new home … on my front verandah!!!

Westport Arts Council held a summer fund raiser called “Art on the Street”.  6 artists each painted a different Muskoka wooden chair, using a Canadian theme to celebrate our 150Birthday.  Tickets were sold on the chairs for the past 8 weeks. At MUSICwestport yesterday (Saturday, August 19) my ticket was drawn and I won the Rideau Vista Public School Grade 2/3 chair.  I am thrilled!  I met the artists in June when I picked the chair up and am so happy that it is now in a place of honour on my front verandah.  Well done!

Gr 2:3 Art on the Street Chair

County Road 36 closed for repairs, beginning August 23rd.

This is to advise you of a road closure on County Road 36 – south of the Lanark County border – to replace two culverts.  Due to the depth of the culvert, the road will be closed from Wednesday, August 23rd to Wednesday, August 30th.

Should you require additional information, please contact Dadean Assam, Manager, Engineering and Construction at the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville at (613) 342-3840 ext. 2411.

Thank you Manotick Antique Boat Show!!

What a fabulous day in the Harbour.  Over 40 beautiful, well cared for antique boats filled our docks today and gave lots of thrills and jogged memories of other summers at the lake.  Hundreds of people wandered about the harbour today, enjoying the best of what summer has to offer.  Well … at least until the thunderstorms cut the show a little short.  Here are some photos of the boats and the Village BBQ team – Councillors Huth and Schwinghamer, Rob Roberts and Rick Bonner.  Thank you everyone!

Tuesday, August 1st – 10:00 a.m. Sod Turning at Waste Water Disposal Site

Council has planned a small ceremony tomorrow to celebrate the beginning of construction for the new waste water system.  I have just received clearance for members of the public to attend.  It is taking place at 10:00 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at the WWDS on Country Road #10.

A couple of things you need to know.  As this is a construction site, access to the general public will be restricted to the area where the speeches are taking place.  There is  limited parking available, so I suggest you car pool and you may have to park on Country Road #10 and walk in.

Thank you.  If you have any questions, pls call me at 9195 or email at rjones@villageofwestport.ca.