Motion: Approve the Agenda: Moved: Marilyn Koch, Seconded: Brian Wade. David Armitage asked for another item to be added to New Business: Involvement of the HCCO in the Environmental Assessment of the Trillium line extension in regard to extending the bike path from the Osgoode Link Trail on Leitrim to Hunt Club Road. All were in favour.
Motion: Approve the September 2015 minutes: Moved: Sue McCarthy, Seconded: Peter Foulger. All were in favour.
Paul Landry Park: Christine Johnson announced that she had officially asked Councillor Brockington to start the process to have the park rezoned from EP (Environmentally Protected) to O1C (Park).
Syrian Refugee Sponsorship: Christine Johnson presented a summary of what is involved in sponsoring a Syrian refugee family. It is not a trivial task. This was followed by a discussion of the various methods of funding a sponsorship: direct funding, donations to the United Way, etc. Sue McCarthy suggested inviting an official from 613Refugee.ca to a meeting to provide information on sponsorship. There will be an article in the December newsletter related to this item.
Ottawa South Federal Political All Candidates Meeting: Christine Johnson announced that an All Candidates Meeting will be held at Hillcrest High School on Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. She suggested that the HCCO fund the expenses for this event up to approximately $500.
Motion: Approve funding of the expenses for the above All Candidates Meeting. Moved: Fred McLennan, Seconded: Sue McCarthy. All were in favour.
Newsletter: Christine Johnson reported that there are a couple of businesses advertising in the newsletter that are in arrears on their fees. As a result, effective immediately payments for sponsors will have to be received a week before the newsletter goes to printing for ads to appear in an issue.
Membership: Peter Foulger reported that there are 21 paid up members for the 2015-16 season to date.
Community Garden Education Talk: Christine Johnson announced that there will be a 2 hour information session on community gardening given by Jordan Bouchard from 'Just Food' on Monday, November 2 at 5:30 pm at the Hunt Club Community Centre. There was a general discussion after this about possible garden sites, availability of water, benefits of raised beds, and an interesting bit by Denyse Baizana on how to rid earwigs in your garden by using half a grapefruit and baking soda placed upside down in the garden.
Hunt Club Community Centre Bulletin Board: Christine Johnson advised us that the HCCO is free to post information and events on the bulletin board to the right of the south end gymnasium entrance at the centre, and encouraged that the HCCO make good use of this.
New Business Item:
David Armitage urged that the HCCO support the project to extend the Light Rail Trillium Line to the airport and Bowesville Road in Riverside South, specifically to have it include the construction of a recreation/cycling path segment that would link the path that ends at Hunt Club Road with the Osgoode Link Trail at Leitrim Road. David suggested that a continuous recreation path from Osgoode all the way to downtown Ottawa would simply benefit all who engage in the more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
Brian Wade noted that the recreational path has already been approved as part of this project.
Motion: The HCCO should support the inclusion of the construction of a recreation/cycling path segment that would link the path that ends at Hunt Club Road with the Osgoode Link Trail at Leitrim Road in the project to extend the Light Rail Trillium Line to the airport. Moved: David Armitage, Seconded: Christine Johnson. All were in favour.
Treasurer's Report: Peter Foulger reported on the HCCO finances.
Absent City Councillor: Christine Johnson announced that she had forgotten to invite Councillor Brockington to the meeting.
Next Meeting: Monday November 2 at 7:30pm. This is the official Annual General Meeting. It is starting 30 minutes later to accommodate the Community Garden Education Talk at the Hunt Club Community Centre starting at 5:30pm.