February 1, 1999
- Fred MacLennan, President
- Art Miskew, Vice-President
- Peter Brimacombe, Secretary
- Nancy Seaby, Director (transportation)
- Gisèle Loiselle-Branch, Director (memberships)
- Anne Brandel, Director (recreation/social)
- Shelley Parlow, Director (representing the Hunt Club Corridor Protection Association)
- Kathy Ablett, (Resident, Hunt Club Estates)
- Ted Requard
- Elizabeth Russell
- Brian Gifford (Chair, Southern Corridor Group)
- Mike Novak (Southern Corridor Group)
- Andy Porowski
- Erwin Dreessen
- Frances Tanner (Carlington Heights)
- Bill Royds
- Jim Bickford
- Wayne Kennedy
- Pat Uguccini
- David Biggs (Pres. Riverside Park)
- Wendy Stewart, RMOC councillor
- Pat Hitsman, The News
Fred McLennan moved to proceed with the site of reconcilation, seconded by Liz Russell. Voted. Passed.
Anne Brandel moved that all community representatives would withdraw from the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) and not participate in the Neighbourhood Study until our co ncerns are listened to and respected. Seconded by Peter Brimacombe. Passed unanimously.
Regional Councillor, Wendy Stewart, to submit a report on the following:
- Adult Crossing Guard Program – 1999 Regional Police Service Budget
- New Water Billing System
- Drinking Water and Health Concerns
- OC Transpo – New Approach to Labour Relations
- Local Company to Expand
- NCC – A Capital in the Making
- Airport Parkway Traffic Counts Taken
- Sidewalk & Snow Clearing on Hunt Club Road
- Hunt Club Neighbourhood Plan – Transportation Analysis
- Revocation of Walkley Road Truck Route
- 1999 Regional Budget
Southern Corridor preservation effort: The southern corridor group presented their views and ideas concerning the proposed development of the NCC lands in the southern corridor. Brian Gifford lead the discussion.
- Brian Gifford presented the minutes of a meeting of the southern corridor group, a letter from Peter Foulger to the Mayor and a letter to Chief Robert Whiteduck. The letter from Peter Foulger to the Mayor, Jim Watson, dated January 31, 1999; made the point that the Hunt Club Neighbourhood Plan has no support from the community. The letter from Brian Gifford to Chief Robert Whiteduck, Algonquin First Nation, dated February 1, 1999 proposes a site of reconcilati on on the Uplands Meadow as an alternative to its development.
- Brian Gifford presented his proposal, a number of people spoke with comments and questions, Brian summed up the discussion saying that there was qualified support for it.
- The minutes of the southern corridor group were accepted.
For more information, contact Shelley Parlow.
Millenium Park? Kathy Ablett brought up the idea of a Millennial Park to preserve the southern corridor. For more information, contact Kathy Ablett at 523-3443.
Request to delay HC Neighborhood Plan study: Wendy Stewart said that our best strategy is to delay the Neighbourhood Plan. Call Wendy’s office at 560-1223 to get involved or for more information.
Ideas on saving the Corridor: A number of other ideas were presented:
- Kathy Ablett said the Mayor, Jim Watson, was available to meet with our group and that she would invite him to the next meeting in March. The City of Ottawa would not proceed with the Neighbourhood Plan before the byelection.
- Erwin Dreessen raised the idea of a question on the ballot, saying it is legally possible and it would require an effort to lobby the City Council.
- Andy Porowski offered to organize a “Save the Southern Corridor Day”. There would be a walk through the meadow , McCarthy Woods and across McCarthy Road.
For more information, contact Peter Brimacombe at 521-4423.
School children may help research value of Southern Corridor. Anne Brandel has doubts about buying the land, but she will proceed to enlist the support of the school children. The idea is that the school children would paint pictures and write stories that tell of the value of the southern corridor. For more information, contact Anne Brandel at 523-7888.
Diane Deans supports library in Southern Corridor. Shelley Parlow said that City Councillor, Diane Deans would support construction of a library on the southern corridor and make development conditional on the library. For more information, contact Shelley Parlow.
Unite community organizations to save Southern Corridor. Frances Tanner said we should form a coalition of community organizations, delay development until we had sufficient infrastructure and build support for green space. For more information, contact Frances Tanner at 728-8728.
Southern Corridor strategy session. Wendy Stewart would contact a woman to lead a strategy session to help develop our own vision of the southern corridor. For more information, contact Wendy’s office at 560-1223.
Motion to pay for Southern Corridor through taxes defeated by City. City Councillor, Karin Howard wrote a letter to Erwin Dreessen, dated February 1, 1999: she presented a motion to the Policy, Priorities and Budget Committee to put a question on the ballot that would levy a tax to buy a portion of the southern corridor. Her motion was defeated. For more information, contact Karin Howard’s office at 244-5365.
Wendy Stewart’s report: Wendy Stewart presented a report of eleven items: here are seven: The Region is concerned that the proposed development of the southern corridor would overload the road system. OC Regional Police have budgeted for adult crossing guards. Concerns that chlorine in the water could pose an elevated risk of cancer but that risk must be balanced against the proven risk of water-borne disease. IOGEN will build a demonstration plant to produce ethanol, use of ethanol can reduce greenhouse gases. A publication, NCC a Capital in the Making. Airport Parkway, traffic counts show that the new ramps allow substantially more cars to use the Parkway. Wendy is committed to holding the line on taxes. For more information, contact Wendy’s office at 560-1223.
Report on light rail pilot project: Nancy Seaby presented a report on the public meeting concerning the Light Rail Pilot Project, Jan 13, 1999: the Pilot would run trains every 15 minutes. For more information, contact Nancy Seaby at 736-0659.
Next meeting: Mon 1 Mar 1999 at 7:30pm