President’s Report Winter 2012

It’s been a long, strange trip, but we finally have a registered charity, called the Heron Park Community Building Fund, to which you can donate in order to get a real community centre built in Heron Park.  This way, you can make a donation and get a tax credit in return, so the overall cost is lower.  For example, a $100 donation after tax credit will cost you only $79.95.  Why do we need to raise funds?  Other community associations, for example Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East, have undertaken similar campaigns in order to raise money for their community centres.  We don’t expect or need to raise entire cost of the building, but in order to show the city that we are serious about a community centre, and that it will be well-used once built, we need to put our money where our mouth is.  We will be holding fund-raising events in the near future.  In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation, you can contact me by email (jameshmclaren@gmail.com), or why not drop by our monthly meetings at the Heron Park Field House at 7 pm.  Normally our meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, but since the first Tuesday in January is New Year’s Day it will be the week after on January 8.

The 40 km/h speed limit signs are now up on Clementine Ave.  This is thanks to Marney and Adam for their hard work in getting the required signatures on the petition to have the speed changedHopefully this will make the street safer for all of us.  If you notice cars who you think are speeding, making dangerous turns, or failing to stop at a stop sign, it’s worthwhile phoning the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222 extension 7300 to report it.  Although the police likely won’t do much in any one particular incident, a recurring pattern of violations will cause them to patrol the street more frequently.  Councillor Chernushenko is also getting a speed board that will periodically be placed on Clementine.  It will show drivers how fast they’re travelling and collect data which again will help to ensure that our new speed limit is enforced.

We have a date for the hearing in our OMB appeal of the minor variance to allow the lot at 1055 Secord to be severed.  It is on Tuesday January 8 at 10 am in the Keefer Room at City Hall.  If we are able to succeed this will make the smaller homes in the neighbourhood less desirable to purchase for the purpose of redevelopment, thus helping to keep homes more affordable for young families who want to move into Heron Park.

We now have gone to bi-weekly residual garbage pickup, and the pick-up day has changed to Monday.  I hope the transition hasn’t been too stressful.  Remember, the green bin will be picked up every week, and you can put any kind of kitchen waste or soiled paper product in it: pretty much anything that doesn’t go in the blue or black box and isn’t plastic or pet feces.  (or both!).  The City of Ottawa web site has a good tool to determine where stuff goes:  tinyurl.com/8mssml4.  You can enter the name of an item and it will tell you whether it goes in the blue box, black box, or residual garbage.

This winter, Heron Park Community Association will be operating both the Heron Park and Kaladar rinks.  The Vettoretti family has decided not to do it this year.  We thank Renso and his family for their many years of hard work to provide excellent skating for the Kaladar area.  If you would like to volunteer to help out at either rink this winter, please let us know.  Any rink funds left over at the end of the season always go to the Heron Park Community Association for events such as our winter carnivals and the Wednesday Night Program.

As we approach the holiday season, I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful year, and wish you continued success and health in the New Year.

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