Annual General Meeting
November 7, 2011
- John Sankey, President
- Alan Asselstine Treasurer
- Peter Brimacombe Secretary
- Fred McLennan
- Peter Foulger
- Gisèle Loiselle-Branch
- Liz Russell
- Issie Berish
- Paul and Marilyn Koch
- Dominic Lozada
- Troy Francis
- Terry and Anne Kennedy
Motion: To approve the September, 2011 minutes. Moved by Gisèle Loiselle-Branch, seconded by Peter Brimacombe, carried.
John Sankey: He and a group of directors wrote to the Mayor asking that funds from 2012 budget be allocated to study improvements to Hunt Club Road. The Neighbourhood Watch barbeque was cancelled.
John Sankey: During the last year the HCCO dealt with a number of issues: In order to promote the smooth flow of traffic on Hunt Club Road, the HCCO has proposed a new designation “Priority Arterial” which would restrict access to Hunt Club Road. Presently property owners next to arterial roads can demand access. This is an issue south of Hunt Club Road, west of the Airport Parkway and east of the Sheflin Bridge. As each property is developed, the extra driveway slows down traffic on Hunt Club Road. We sent a submission to the City asking that funds be allocated from the 2012 Budget for a professional study of the traffic problems.
Alan Asselstine: West-bound traffic on Hunt Club Road is making U-turns at McCarthy to get to the retirement home and other establishments on the south side of Hunt Club Road.
Paul Koch: When he was Chair of the City’s Environment Committee there was a proposal for a parking lot for 1900 cars, between Riverside Drive and the Rideau River, just south of Quinterra. The parking lot would have resulted in even greater congestion at Riverside and the Hunt Cub Bridge.
John Sankey: We have proposed substantial improvements to the Sheflin Bridge. We continue to oppose restrictions to traffic on Bronson Avenue. Construction of the pedestrian bridge across the Airport Parkway is underway. Construction is proceeding despite difficulties. The rebar must be formed off-site. We opposed the change in pickup of household waste from once a week to once every two weeks but the City is going ahead anyway. We opposed delays to the 87 Bus. The HCCO dealt with the issue of dogs in Owl Park. Parents of school age children complained about the dogs. Responsible dog owners have formed their own group who clean up the Park and confront dog-owners who do not control their dogs. A reasonable compromise has been reached. One final problem has been reaching a quorum at our monthly meetings. We need new blood and fresh ideas.
Treasurer’s Report Alan Asselstine: The HCCO has very little expenses and very little revenue with the interest payments covering expenses such as bank charges and maintaining our web site. The HCCO members’ surplus on July 31, 20011 was $9,093.11 up $123.93 from a year earlier.
Motion: To accept the Treasurer’s Report. Moved by Fred McLennan, seconded by John Sankey, carried.
Councillor’s Report: John Sankey handed out copies of the Councillor’s Report.
Amendment to the Constitution
John Sankey: He proposes an amendment to the constitution to allow questions to be decided by an e-mail or phone vote.
Motion: To amend the constitution to allow questions to be decided at any time by a majority of all directors by an e-mail or phone vote. Moved by John Sankey, seconded by Fred McLennan.
Alan Asselstine: The onus would be on the President to report on the questions at the next meeting.
Amendment to Motion: The President shall report the results of any such vote at the next meeting. Moved by Peter Brimacombe, seconded by Alan Asselstine. The movers accepted the amendment and the amended motion was carried.
Issie Berish: This kind of vote would be used only in extraordinary circumstances.
Nomination of Officers and Directors
John Sankey: Fred McLennan, as Past President will carry out the nomination and election of Officers and Directors.
Fred McLennan: Presented the following candidates:
President John Sankey
Secretary Peter Brimacombe
Treasurer Alan Asselstine
Directors Jerry Beausoleil
Motion: Nominations be closed. Moved by Fred McLennan, seconded by John Sankey, carried.
Liz Russell: Councillor McRae works tirelessly for our community but she is being undermined here and for this reason Liz will not continue as a director. She will continue with her work on McCarthy Road and Paul Landry Park.
Peter Brimacombe: Liz has made a consistent contribution to the HCCO and to our community. She is always welcome back to our meetings.
Alan Asselstine: He would like to second Peter’s comments. Liz has made a significant contribution to our community and she has brought forward significant issues.
Dominic Lozada: He has just moved back to Ottawa from Fredericton New Brunswick. The parks in Ottawa are fabulous and the City is fantastic! Overall he is very impressed.
Next meeting: December 5, 2011 at 19:00