June 3 Newsletter 2022

June 3, 2022 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

After a tumultuous couple of weeks after a severe storm impacted Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward, I am pleased that power has been restored to residents. As of June 1, Hydro Ottawa reported that all areas of Rideau-Rockcliffe are receiving power. There may be individual customers that are still experiencing outage due to property damage.  The utility reports it only dealing with 125 clients directly concerning power outages. Hydro Ottawa is asking customers to report any continued outages, through its 24/7 outage line at 613-738-0188 or e-mail [email protected]. This will ensure that the outage is automatically tied to your residence and that Hydro crews who are working 24x7 to restore the city are notified immediately.  

Next week, Ottawa Fire Services will be knocking on doors to ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are present and working. Residents are always advised to keep their alarms in working order. The Beechwood Market will kick off tomorrow, Saturday, June 4 in its new location, Stanley Park. At the end of the month, residents are invited to participate in a heritage walking tour of Rockcliffe Park. This free invite is sure to be a delight in the discovery of the rich history of Rockcliffe Park village. 

Ottawa Fire Services will be knocking on doors next week 

Firefighters from Ottawa Fire Services will visit homes across the city from Monday, June 6 until Monday, June 13, checking to ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are present and working.  

Ontario’s Fire Code requires that homes have a working smoke alarm on each floor and outside each sleeping area. Carbon monoxide alarms are also required outside sleeping areas if the home has an attached garage, a wood stove or a fuel-fired appliance.  

Firefighters will ask to inspect your alarms and provide information on fire safetyand home escape planning. Homeowners who do not have working smoke alarms may have one installed for them or be provided with new batteries. 

Visits will take place between 6 and 8 pm on weekdays, and between 2 and 4 pm on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and residents are not obligated to provide them access to their home. This is a courtesy call only. 

Firefighters will only visit select areas and will leave fire safety information in the mailbox if no one is home. 

This will be the first door-to-door Wake Up campaign since September 2019. Firefighters have been visiting homes every spring and fall since the Wake Up program began in 2005, but suspended the campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Visit ottawa.ca/fire for more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. 

Heritage Walking Tour  

On Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, 9 am - 4 pm, you are invited to a self-guided walking tour through a section of Rockcliffe Park village. Come to the Community Hall, get a map of the route where plaques showing the histories and heritage of featured houses will be displayed. Meander along the route to learn the fascinating stories and heritage of our neighbourhood. (Please stay on the street - no trespassing!) There will be a Door Prize draw on Saturday 24th, 4 pm at the Community Hall.  

Volunteers are needed:  

  • for installation of the signs on Thursday, June 23, and their removal on Sunday, June 26.  
  • for the welcome desk, located at the community centre on either Friday June 24 or Saturday June 25.   

Please call Lisa at 613-746-7297 or write to [email protected] if you can help. 

Beechwood Market Returns  

The Beechwood Market will kick off tomorrow, Saturday, June 4 in Stanley Park, 203 Stanley Avenue. 

Reconnect with neighbours, grab a coffee and engage with local vendors. 

Stanley Park offers a playground, splashpad, dog park, washrooms, gazebo and killer view of the Rideau River. 

For more information visit - https://www.beechwoodmarket.ca 

Montreal Road Revitalization 

Work activities planned for the next two weeks (May 30 to June 10) include: 

  • Hydro Ottawa pole topping — As a result of the last week’s storm, Hydro Ottawa has had to reschedule the removal of their overhead cables between L’Eglise to west of Altha to the end of June. The removal of Hydro’s overhead cables and the top section of the hydro pole was originally scheduled for the first week of June. Any power disruptions associated with the work will be communicated by Hydro Ottawa in advance. Complete removal of the hydro poles will be undertaken later this year once all telecom overhead wires are replaced by underground cables. 
  • North River Road multi-use-path (MUP) — The MUP work on the west side of North River Road from Montreal Road to south of Tudor Place is now complete with the exception of the railing installation and brick work between the MUP and the road curb. The railing installation is scheduled for the end of this week and will require temporary closure of the MUP. Pedestrians will be detoured to the sidewalk on the east side of North River Road and cyclists will be asked to share the road.   
  • Montreal Road/Granville Street intersection underground sewer pipe — The underground work at the Montreal Road/Granville intersection has shifted from watermain installation to sanitary sewer and storm sewer replacement. Work will continue at the intersection throughout the summer while crews replace the sanitary sewer, storm sewer followed by road construction. The north side closure of Montreal Road will be flipped to the south side in the next couple of weeks. Additional information will be provided in the next weekly update. 
  • Lafontaine to St Laurent Boulevard curb construction — Road excavation and road box construction is now complete, and crews are preparing for curb installation on the south side of Montreal Road. Curb construction for this 800m segment is tentatively scheduled to be completed mid-next week. Sidewalk and cycle track construction will follow curb completion.   
  • Utility and telecoms — Underground utility work and placement of telecom ducts to allow for hydro pole burial is continuing on the south side of Montreal Road between Lafontaine Avenue and de L’Eglise Street. 
  • Landscaping and streetscaping North River Road to Mona Avenue Preparation for landscape is well underway and street furniture installation has started including installation of bike racks, benches and garbage receptacles. Shrub planting in the numerous low-lying concrete planter walls will start this week. Removal of the existing Dupuis Plaza hard landscaping and surface is scheduled to start at the end of this week. 

Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe

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