Motion: Brian Gifford moved to appoint Liz Russell to the Board of Directors. Seconded by Shelley Parlow. Carried.
Motion: Alan Asselstine moved to draft a letter asking the Region for the criteria for how the Light Rail Project will be judged. Seconded by Brian Gifford. Carried.
Motion: Peter Foulger moved to give Shelley Parlow $10 for her membership in the Greenspace Alliance. The Greenspace Alliance seeks to retain greenspace within the Region. Seconded by Brian Gifford. Carried.
Motion: Shelley Parlow to thank John Manley, M.P.; Wendy Stewart, Regional Council; Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa and Jim Bickford, City Council for their support of the southern corridor. Seconded by Liz Russell. Carried.
Regional Councillor, Wendy Stewart, submitted a report on the following:
Pat Uguccioni, reported on behalf of Jim Bickford. Jim Bickford is opposed to immediately spending money that comes from restructuring Ottawa Hydro. Ottawa City Council supports Jim Bickford's position. He is opposed to the $150 license that private snow-plow operators must now pay to the City. The law against moving snow from private driveways to public roads is difficult to enforce and the City allows development that makes it impossible for snow-plow operators to do otherwise. The staff report on Tubmans Funeral Home should be ready next week, Jim supports the application. Tubmans has complained to the Ontario Municipal Board that the City has failed to promptly deal with its application. Jim wrote in his report that he has reservations about the proposed Windmill.
Wendy Stewart, the proponents of the Windmill project are too vague about its location and how it will be operated. The feeling at the meeting was that the Windmill project could not be supported without a more specific proposal. Glen Shortcliffe just released his report recommending that there be only one municipal government for all of Ottawa/Carleton. The Ontario Government has essentially approved the report but has insisted that the rural population should be over-represented! Wendy would like to reduce the property tax of the Corel Centre. This tax reduction would help keep the Ottawa Senators in the Region, the Team enhances the visibility and identity of the Region, in addition the Team creates employment. The Regional Plan is to twin the Airport Parkway to improve traffic access to the downtown area despite the fact that the downtown communities (Glebe, Sandy Hill, Centre Town and Ottawa East) are opposed to this plan. They would like to restrict access to the Airport Parkway. The Regional Council is committed to the Alta Vista Parkway, even though the collector/distributors have been removed from the Regional Plan.
Nancy Seaby: Gord Aiken is resigning as Director of the Hunt Club Riverside Recreation Association (HCRRA). HCRRA is looking for new board members.
Brian Gifford reported that Ontario Hydro had just cleared the small hydro line in the Hydro corridor just north of the railway line. In clearing the line, Ontario Hydro has stripped the soil bare. The small hydro line is supported by wooden poles, it is not the 500 KV line supported by the huge metal towers. Brian raised the prospect of seeding wildflowers on the bare soil and using this strip of land as a bicycle path.
Next meeting Mon 10 Jan 2000 at 7:30pm