June 4, 2010
New fire station for our growing community
On June 4, The City of Ottawa marked the beginning of the construction of Ottawa’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEDD) Silver certified fire station, called Station 46 located on Iber Road.
Several of my council colleagues, including the His Worship Larry O’Brien, were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony of Station 46 on Iber Road. This is truly extraordinary for our community with this new fire station, which will compliment the outstanding level of service the Stittsville community has received from the current volunteers with the fire emergency services. Our community is growing, and this new building’s look and environmentally friendly design makes it a key component as Stittsville continues to grow.
Once new development is complete, the new fire station will serve 40,000 residents. Station 46 will have three bays and be equipped with three fire vehicles – a Pumper, Pumper/Tanker and Aerial Ladder.
The over 12,000 square foot building provides firefighters with the necessary space for what the need, such as a meeting and training room, locker rooms, offices, an exercise area and gear room. It also has been designed to maximize its internal space, reduce energy consumption - with a 40-per-cent cost-savings target - and use natural resources including outdoor light.
The fire station’s environmentally friendly features include water-efficient landscape design, high-energy-efficient doors and windows, renewable, recycled and natural materials used in construction, radiant in-floor heating, attention to internal air quality and a steel roof that attracts heat in the winter and reflects heat in the summer.
Hazeldean Road weekend closure from Terry Fox to Iber/Huntmar
As part of Phase I of the Hazeldean Road widening project, the contractor, Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited, is permitted to arrange for weekend closures of Hazeldean Road between Terry Fox Drive and Iber/Huntmar Road. This section will be closed from 6:00 am on Saturday June 12, 2010 to 6:00pm Sunday June 13, 2010.
This closure is to facilitate the watermain and sewer crossing works along with the associated utilities across the existing Hazeldean Road. Local access will be maintained, including the Kevin Haime Golf Centre. However, there will be no through traffic. Detour routes will be signed and OC Transpo service will follow the signed detour.
For more information, visit Road Work and Street Closures on ottawa.ca or contact Suraj Harish, Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at 613-580-2424 ext. 21828
Seniors’ Canada Day breakfast
I would like to invite the seniors of our community to attend my annual Canada Day breakfast. The event will take place from 8 am to 10:30 am.
The volunteer fire department has once again generously opened their doors and invited us in for the festivities at the Fire Hall on Stittsville Main Street.
Dave Smith of Nate’s Delicatessen will be on hand to provide yet another delicious breakfast, while the Schmodka’s will once again delight everyone with their musical talents.
Please mark your calendars and join me for a delicious breakfast to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Space is limited, so please contact my office at 613-580-2476 to reserve your spot.
Fernbank Road Zoning By-law Amendment Proposal
A Zoning By-law Amendment has been submitted for approximately 8.5 hectares of land known as 5343, 5351, 5355, 5357 and 5371 Fernbank Road located on the northwest corner of Terry Fox Drive and Fernbank Road.
The proposal is to rezone the subject lands from Development Reserve to General Mixed Use Sub zone One with exceptions to permit a gas bar, car wash, automotive service station, amusement centre, garden centre, outdoor commercial patio and a shopping centre. This land is within the Fernbank Community Design Plan area and has been identified for neighbourhood commercial development and stormwater management.
For more information, please contact the City Planner, Cheryl McWilliams at Cheryl.McWilliams@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x30234 or myself. Comments can be submitted until June 28.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back…Relay for Life!
It’s that time of the year again with the Relay for Life event in Stittsville. It begins on Friday, June 18 at 7 pm and concludes on Saturday, June 19 at 7 am at Sacred Heart High School. The Relay for Life event in our community has proved successful in the past thanks to a number of dedicated volunteers who work for months to get the event organized.
Last year, close to 60 teams raised nearly $200,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society and we hope to have even bigger numbers this year. I hope to see you all there and show your community spirit for a great cause.
Happy 10 years Guardian Angel
At this time, I would like to wish all the staff and students, past and present, at Guardian Angel Catholic School, a happy 10-year celebration. The exciting, outdoor event takes place on June 16 where community members, teachers, parents and students come together and celebrate the school’s 10th years serving our student population in Stittsville.
I hope you can come out and join us at the event!
Encouraging you to continue shopping locally
With the construction of Hazeldean Road moving along at a brisk pace, please remember that the many businesses lining Hazeldean Road remain open. I appreciate your patience, as I know it is difficult to traverse the area at this time.
These businesses depend heavily on the surrounding community – and that reliance is emphasized during major construction.
I recognize it is difficult given the area conditions, but we must continue to offer our support to the businesses along Hazeldean Road, Main Street, as well as those throughout Stittsville. On behalf of Stittsville’s business community, I extend my sincerest appreciation and thanks for your continued support.
Always listening and acting on your concerns
As your Councillor, I always welcome your keen input and ideas on how we can sustain and improve Stittsville.
Please contact our office anytime by phone at 613-580-2476 or by e-mail at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.
My ward office is located in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, located at 1500 Shea Road. The hours of operation are Mondays 9-2pm, Wednesdays 3-8pm, Fridays 9-5pm, and Saturday 9-1pm. Please do not hesitate to pay us a visit. I welcome your call or e-mail to arrange an appointment.
If you are not part of my electronic outreach list and would like to be added, please contact my office to ensure you receive pertinent information concerning our community.