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Copeland Park Community Alliance
Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (Draft)
St Basil’s Roman Catholic Church, 940 Rex Avenue
Call To Order: 7:00 PM
Approval of Agenda
Approved, by consensus
Approval of 2014 Minutes
Moved By: Gerry Clark
Seconded By: Don Medalia
Your community association has had a very good year. I’d like to thank some of the people who made that happen. First, let me introduce your Board of Directors. Filling the Executive Director positions with me are:
– Steve Wilson, VP and Secretary
– Brad White, Treasurer (unable to attend this evening), and
– Bert Rupert, Past President
The other Directors are:
– Mike Sims, Membership Director
– Dave Hunter, Web-site Director
– Rob Edwards, Director- at- large
– Jennifer Bougie, Director-at-large
– Steve Livingstone, Director-at-large (Steve will not be returning to the Board, having just been promoted which involves added travel commitments).
I’d also like to thank Annie Hall, who had taken the minutes of our AGMs for a number of years now, which has freed up Steve Wilson, our Secretary, to focus on the content of the AGMs. We’re most grateful for that. Thank you, Annie.
During the year, we undertook a Membership Drive, our priority being to collect the e-mail addresses of as many community members as possible. We want to be able to communicate more effectively with all Copeland Park residents. We still lack many addresses. You can help our Membership Director, Mike Sims, with this by encouraging your neighbours to go to our web-site and subscribe.
We hope you’ve noticed the improvements that have been made to our web-site. It’s not perfect, but we’re getting there. Dave Hunter, our Web-site Director, will tell you more about it later.
Canada Post presented a sustained concern throughout the year. The installation of Community Mail Boxes in the urban area is a great frustration. The governing councils of more than 200 communities across Canada have passed resolutions condemning this action by CP. Unfortunately, our City Council has not done so, and the installation of CMBs continues. Your CA has met with CP to express concern about a number of the sites they selected, and we have written to CP expressing our concerns. We have tried to support individual community members in doing the same – all to no avail. The boxes will be installed, despite our objections. I’m sure we’ve all been tempted to copy Mayor Denis Coderre’s attention-getting jack-hammer stunt.
We held a Community Yard Sale / Auction / BBQ in early June. It didn’t work out quite as we’d expected… The BBQ was a great success thanks to our Councillor, who sponsored and whose staff ran it. Rob Edwards will be speaking later about the yard sale and auction.
We maintain our membership in the Federation of Citizens’ Associations. The FCA gives us access to many other CAs in Ottawa. We made use of these contacts throughout the year.
We’re currently working with several neighbouring CAs, trying to organize an All-Candidates Meeting for the federal Ottawa West/ Nepean riding. We don’t have much time left, and finding a venue for this is our current problem. Keep checking the web-site for news on this.
Traffic remains a priority concern, particularly trucks, speeding, and the volume of traffic along Maitland/Clyde; and speeding and cut-through traffic along Erindale. The Councillor’s Office staff helped us get the “Slow down” signs that we placed along Maitland and Erindale. We know the signs caught resident’s attention, for it was no time before some signs were moved to other streets, where residents believe a speeding problem exists. Our guest speakers, this evening, will go into more detail on this.
Throughout the year, we were able to provide assistance to a number of residents regarding various issues affecting them and their property. We dealt with an old development issue concerning the apartment building on Castle Hill, and helped other residents find what they needed at City Hall.
We’ve worked with the Councillor’s office to get funding to re-surface the tennis courts in Greenlawn Park and hopefully we’ll get assistance from the city for a rink in the same park. Steve Wilson will be asking for your thoughts on the use of our parks later this evening.
We have a busy agenda this evening and so I’m going to leave it at that, and move to the next agenda item, which is our Treasurer’s report. As I mentioned, Brad White could not be here this evening; so, I’ve asked Jennifer Bougie to present his report for the past year.
Treasurer’s Report Jennifer Bougie for Brad White (Prepared ‐ September 2015)
|Balance brought forward from September 2014
|Donations and Membership Dues (Sept 2014 )||$ 330.00|
|Memberships ‐ January 2015||$ 300.00|
|Yard Sale Float redeposited||$ 200.00|
|Yard Sale Revenues ‐ cash & Cllr. Chiarelli Party Cooler Purch.||$ 200.00|
|Yard Sale Memberships||$ 20.00
chq #50 ‐ Marjorie 2014‐15 meeting reimbursements (AGMs, Printing, Auction, FCA Memberships, etc)
|chq#47 ‐ Steve Wilson ‐ Flyer Delivery reimbursement||$ 200.00|
|chq#48 ‐ Brad White ‐ CPCA yard sale float||$ 200.00|
|chq#49 ‐ Q‐C Hospital Foundation ‐ yard sale donation||$ 115.00|
Current Balance $ 6,495.83
CPCA Website Dave Hunter
Many changes over the last year, and we encourage you to register to receive the newsletter through the website. There are currently 256 subscribers, and we are seeing a high volume of people looking at the newsletter, police reports, local news and events, issues such as Canada Post changes, events such as the barbecue, garage sale, etc. We find that visits increase after the newsletter is distributed, so we will continue with the newsletter as an awareness tool. A high percentage of people looking at the site are under the age of 35. The site is accessible through mobile devices as well as laptops and desktop computers.
Safer Roads (Maitland/Clyde/Erindale) Guests: Rob Wilkinson & Kale Brown
Rob introduced himself and emphasized that he is involved with communities, he is not an engineer. He thinks it is essential that he, and those working in this City approved program, understand the needs and concerns of the people in the community. In order to accomplish this, they have partnered with groups within the community who are concerned with pedestrian safety, cycling safety as well as driving safety. They do workshops for various groups such as seniors. He spoke about how difficult it is to stop the overwhelming number of people who are “distracted drivers and pedestrians”. People from the age of 16 to 70 have been convicted of distracted driving. What is required is a major culture change, so they are constantly coming up with new approaches – blitzes, posters, etc. People are incredibly involved in this program, and call to report infractions. There are a number of signs that are being posted across the city, and many residents want signs for their own properties. He showed the lights that they hand out for people to attach to a dog leash, a bicycle or an arm so that drivers can better see you. He outlined more programs like a blitz to catch people who pass school buses with flashing lights.
Audience Questions & Answers:
What is being done to enforce rules on walking pathways?
Unfortunately, the Highway Traffic Act does not apply to pathways.
Are there statistics available about how many charges are laid based on a citizen making a report of an infraction of distracted driving?
Rob does not have this data, but offered to look into the matter and will speak to Marjorie about it.
How do we get drivers to slow down in our neighbourhood?
Rob said that there will be Councillor-driven initiatives – he spoke about collapsible cones that do work and will not cause damage to cars.
Sometimes use of a cell phone is helpful to call in an emergency situation. Hopefully common sense will prevail if someone is worrying about charges.
How do we get a blitz set up in our neighbourhood?
Talk to community police and give details about what you want, problems you want to target (speeding, distracted driving, etc.) Call police when you see anything happening that make our roads unsafe.
Safer Roads Repair Stations for bicycles will be available next summer, and the first one will be at City Hall and Fire Stations. The tools will be attached to the kits, so that it will be very difficult for anyone to steal them. Concern was raised about someone using one of the tools as a weapon.
Community Garage Sale, Auction & BBQ Rob Edwards
Rob spoke about the idea behind the auction, and said that we raised $75 for the community association and some for the hospital (Queensway-Carleton ACE Unit). He asked if people prefer a silent auction so that people wouldn’t have to be present at the auction. We can consider going back to the garage sale only, or combine with the BBQ, etc. We are looking for feedback on the event, as well as volunteers. One resident said she liked the idea of a silent auction, in conjunction with a BBQ. Did everyone know about the event? People said yes. It was suggested that someone volunteer to pick up items for the auction if the person donating could not deliver it or attend the event. Kathy Yach mentioned that in previous years, people in the community who had their own garage sales would be asked to contribute 10%. It was suggested that the event should start earlier that 10 a.m., especially the garage sale. How about having separate events? Perhaps a pancake breakfast?
Election of CPCA Board of Directors for 2015/2016
By consensus, the following nominees were acclaimed as Board members for the upcoming year:
Steve Wilson Brad White Mike Sims
Dave Hunter Jennifer Bougie Bert Rupert
Rob Edwards Catherine Fortune Dave Madden
Jamie Mason Marjorie Shaver-Jones
Marjorie said that, in addition to the new Board Members, volunteers with expertise in property development, communications and law would be most welcome.
College Ward Update Councillor Rick Chiarelli
Bert Rupert introduced Rick and talked about how Rick launched the ACE Unit at the QCH, and he has also been supportive of the hospital throughout the years. Bert spoke about the mandate of this very specialized unit, and mentioned that contributions from residents would help. Bert presented a cheque to Rick representing money raised at the auction, garage sale and BBQ, for the ACE Unit.
Rick announced an Enchantment-Under-the-Sea Dance at Algonquin College to be held on Oct. 21, as a fund raiser for the ACE Unit. A portion of money must be raised in the community for capital projects, which the ACE Unit is. This will be only one of two ACE Units in the province that deal with multiple health issues among the elderly.
Tennis courts in Greenlawn Park – surface will be re-done, new posts for the nets, tentatively scheduled for the spring 2016.
Ice Rink in Greenlawn Park – block grant program may be used to pay students to flood the rink and clean it. Community must prove that there is a viable rink – build with no boards, flood 3 times a week, have a place to store the hoses, city will check and report on it and if we do well, we might get a grant for next year. Pat mentioned that in previous times, a trailer was installed by the city. Rick said that isn’t done anymore, but if we got the grant, we could rent a trailer. Marjorie said we already have 17 volunteers, so that is a good start. Rick said that the city will pay for insurance. With no boards, hockey will not be allowed. No signs would be provided. Marjorie says that someone in the community might make a sign. There is a lot of competition for rink grants, but Rick felt that we were well underway to succeed.
Merivale Road – meeting about the future of Merivale Road will happen in early October. BIA is difficult because there are several different councillors involved. However, 30% of businesses and 30% of business property owners must object to have this fail.
Merivale Mall re-opened with Marshalls and a really nice new look. Rick mentioned that the over 10 million dollars put into the expansion was well-spent.
City is running a deficit of $52 million. Transit and snow removal were large expenditures that contributed to the deficit. Transit issues include forty thousand people laid off in the region, so they are no longer taking buses. Presto cards are transferable.
Rick encouraged people to give ideas to the City on how to save money. These ideas would help with how the City budget for the upcoming year is finally drawn up.
He mentioned that the homeless situation in Ottawa is huge, despite what the City claims. He spoke about taxes, and the fact that the deficit is real. He encouraged us to go to the Sportsplex on Sept 19 from 9-10 a.m. to voice ideas to the City to influence the budget.
Options for the Merivale Triangle were mentioned. Some asked about the untidiness of the un-developed area near Clyde where the Wal-Mart is. Rick’s office will look into it.
City has committed to planting 1 million trees, for 2017 and encourages residents to ask for trees by calling Rick’s office. Trees should be planted before the end of October to maximize their survival.
Question about property tax assessments that went up higher than the average of 1.7%. Rick says some were higher but an equal number decreased, so the city doesn’t actually benefit. The better a community gets, the higher the assessments.
Kathy Yach spoke of the Council on Aging and its fundraising efforts. Tim Horton’s has selected two local organizations to split the profits from “Smile Cookie” sales from September 14-20. The Council on Aging and the Snowsuit Fund will benefit this year.
Other uses for Ainsley Park, Greenlawn Park and Copeland Park.
Steve Wilson asked for any ideas community members may have that we can present to the City and request funding? Splash pad, skating rink (need volunteers to take care of the rink). Pat Mulvihill congratulated the people who use Greenlawn Park, such as day care providers, who use the park on a daily basis. These people make sure that the park is left clean. It’s great that it is an “open park” so that kids can just “free play”. She complained about dog walkers who deposit dog poop in the garbage container, where it can sit for up to a week before being collected.
Another resident spoke about how the rink used to be used, and is happy to report that kids will use the rink if it is built. Many people will benefit.
Another resident mentioned that a field house would be great!
Adjournment: 9:05 PMRead More
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church
(lower level meeting room)
940 Rex Avenue
(entrance to parking lot: east off Maitland Avenue, north of the Queensway)
(Items in bold print call for a motion and vote)
1. Call to Order
2. President’s Report
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Greenlawn Park Update (Rink & Tennis Court)
Dave Madden & Jamie Mason
5. Traffic Update
Jamie Mason & Dave Madden
6. Ottawa Mountain Biking Association proposal for neighbouring Carlington Park
David Marchand-Smith, OMBA
Erika Kiss & Linda Landry, Friends of Carlington Park
7. Election of Officers for CPCA’s 2017 Board of Directors
8. College Ward Update Councillor Rick Chiarelli
9. Open Forum for Other Community Business
Your membership with the Copeland Park Community Alliance (CPCA) expires with this AGM. We count on membership funds to operate your community association.
Please renew your household membership, by paying the $10 annual fee.
The Carlington Bike Park
On Wednesday September 28, City Council approved a partnership with the Ottawa Mountain Biking Association (OMBA) for installation of a mountain bike pump track and skills area in neighbouring Carlington Park. The park is currently used by many Copeland Park residents, for a variety of other purposes.
While the OMBA’s application was for a multi-phase bike park, the City approved only the first phase of the project. Many questions remain unanswered about the current and future phases.
During the Council Meeting, Councillors Wilkinson, Chernushenko, and El Chantiry spoke in favour of a relationship with the OMBA. Councillors Egli, Chiarelli, Fleury, Quadri, and Brockington questioned various elements of the proposal. Staff from Parks & Recreation, and Planning & Growth Management provided answers that did not fully address all the concerns. When the Mayor called the vote, only Councillors Chiarelli and Egli voted against the motion.
While recognizing the health benefits for those who participate in mountain biking, your President has been working with the Friends of Carlington Park, to identify common issues and concerns that may affect Copeland Park: increased vehicles (traffic & parking) on Clyde
and Castle Hill, signage requirements, conflicting priorities between mountain bikers
and other users (dog walkers, people walking and jogging, other recreational bikers,
and various naturalists such as bird watchers).
Come to the meeting for more information about this initiative…
The community association needs fresh voices. You live here, and enjoy the benefits of being part of this neighborhood. Please consider taking a turn at serving on your community association’s board of directors. These few volunteer hours are sure to enrich your life and offer an enjoyable learning experience.
For more information, call Marjorie Shaver-Jones at 613 228-5258.
Please renew your household membership, by paying the $10 annual fee, in-person at the AGM, online at our web-site (www.copelandpark.ca)Read More
Due to the recent heavy rain, the schedule for repair and resurfacing of this neighbourhood facility has been delayed. Residents are asked not to walk on the surface until after August 29th.
Please assist your Community Association, by informing your children and neighbours of this.Read More
(Released for posting but not approved by board due to lack of quorum at August 14, 2016 meeting)
Location: 1465 Baseline Road, Suite 603
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
In Attendance: Marjorie Shaver-Jones, Bert Rupert, Jamie Mason, Catherine Fortune, Jenn Bougie,
Dave Madden, Steve Wilson
Regrets: Mike Sims, Dave Hunter
Absent: Brad White, Rob Edwards
1) Call to order at approximately 7:40PM.
2) Jamie moved to approve January 27 board meeting minutes, seconded by Bert & carried.
3) Marjorie proposed adding more general reference information to CPCA web site. Jenn offered to contribute and to contact Dave Hunter re web site tool.
4) Marjorie tried to contact City View Community Association regarding common interests. No success as of yet but will continue to try.
5) Discussion on adding a ‘field house’ to Copeland Park. Suggested sites may not be suitable. Considered portable type structure. Likely equally unsuitable due to lack of water service in that type of building. Jenn offered to contact Don Mason, City Capital Projects adviser to investigate possible suggestions on this situation.
6) CPCA question regarding ‘Association’ vs ‘Alliance’ was reviewed by Marjorie with Hy Carswell (past CPCA president). Conclusion is that ‘Alliance’ is correct term.
7) Report from Jamie on rink usage etc. – Very favourable feedback. An estimate of 30+ children using the park most days plus some adults with and without children on the ice.
- BBQ day went very well – well attended.
- Fund raiser for neighbourhood autistic child. Family dealing with $6k/month cost.
- Disco on Ice event raised $1,400.00 .
- CPCA received a great letter from Brenda & David (Cameo Drive residents) complementing Rink Team for their great efforts. Wonderful seeing the activity in the park all winter.
- Jamie to provide photos of rink activities for posting on CPCA web site.
- Jenn to put word in with Jennifer Steers at City (rink hut contact).
- Jamie is to prepare a report for the City. Trying to maintain rink as ‘puddle’ rink (avoid boards). Will push for $2K funding (good for snow blower).
8) Greenlawn Park – Marjorie & Dave reported on status of tennis court resurfacing – contractor needs minimum of 6 days above 15c. Translates into a mid June date for this work to be done.
- life of new surface? Warranty?
- Accessibility of court – opening size, should opening be gated?
- Could back board for single play be added?
- Would ball hockey damage new court surface? 1/3
9) Company of Fools informed CPCA that they will not be performing in Greenlawn Park this year. Greenlawn is one of the smaller venues and generates less revenue. They will return in alternate years. Company of Fools admin contact is Gertrude.
We discussed the possibility of using Copeland Park as an alternate site as it has a natural amphitheatre.
Jamie volunteered to investigate other theatre in the park options.
10) Maitland Avenue Traffic issue (strategy) – Traffic consultant Ted Faubert, directed Bert to traffic engineer. Suggested that City uses same software data thus will yield similar results to private study. Suggested conclusion is that investing in private study would likely be a waste of money.
11) Traffic control – Marjorie contacted Nancy Cairns with the City to request 30 ‘Children at Play’ signs but only 3 were available.
Discussions on speeding and lack of stopping at various intersections. Of particular concern is the stop on Castlehill at Greyrock. The suggestion of a mini-roundabout was tabled.
Rick Chiarelli to be approached on the subject.
Dave Madden to spearhead project. Contact neighbours in immediate area (Kevin Collins & Kass). Take photos of subject intersection and to list other traffic control options like speed bumps.
Proposal to be reviewed by board before submitting to Councillor Chiarelli. Goal is to have proposal completed by end May.
12) Marjorie to provide Catherine with copy of CPCA Bylaws.
13) Review of last year’s BBQ-Yard Sale-Auction event (Saturday, June 6, 2015).
Should we have a community wide and/or in park sale/auction like last year? Decided to go with a community wide garage sale event. Date: June 18 with 19 as rain date. Dave Madden to investigate date of Glebe Community garage sale. NOTE: Since our exec meeting Glebe sale was determined to be on June 18 so we have moved ours to June 11.
Flyers to be designed and circulated throughout CPCA area on or about 1 month prior to event date. Dave & Steve to arrange distribution. Dave’s wife, Christina, to assist with flyer design and Dave’s children to assist with distribution. Distribution to be shared with McPherson team.
Decision made to have banner(s) made to promote yard sale. Marjorie to contact Dave Hunter to arrange banner printing etc.
14) Marjorie reported on a western CPCA community’s effort to replace the Agincourt Park play structure. The project is spearheaded by Agincourt school parents group. Estimated minimum cost is $70,000.00. The parents group applied to the City for $7,500.00 grant. Marjorie prepared letter of endorsement from CPCA and also suggested that the CPCA make a donation. $1,500.00 – tabled, moved by Bert, seconded by Catherine, approved by all.
15) Carlington Mountain Bike Park proposal – CPCA received no communication from Carlington area community association on this proposal. Councillor Chiarelli contacted by Marjorie about possibility of City’s concerns regarding noise, parking, access restrictions. Nothing reported.
Marjorie to send letter to Carlington Community Association voicing regarding our concerns with respect to noise, parking, etc. And our disappointment with their lack of communication with the CPCA. This letter to be circulated to board members before being sent Carlington CA & City Councillors. 2/3
16) Victoria Labar notification of ‘Simply Try It’ aqua fit to be posted on CPCA web site.
17) Marjorie announced that Nancy Cairns will be going on maternity leave as of June 23.
18) Catherine bought up the subject of the child ID program (CHIP) and the Neighbourhood Watch. Status of both in question. Marjorie to contact Agincourt School vice principal regarding a possible partnership.
19) Jamie enquired as to the process involved in hosting an overnight camping event in Greenlawn Park. Target date is July 1st. Suggested he may need to book with the City. Jamie to make necessary enquiries.
20) Jamie suggested building garden boxes for Greenlawn Park that could be rented out to interested neighbours for planting flowers or vegetables. Fee of $100.00 for season suggested.
21) Jenn reported that a dog run in Ainsley Park has been proposed. Actual status unknown.
– Meeting adjourned at 9:55PM – moved by Jamie, seconded by Jenn .Read More
The Ottawa Police Annual report for 2015 has just been released. If you would like to see how your ward has fared please click http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/crime/Crime-Stats.asp
When the councilors information pops up click on “ward profile” for the ward specific stats.
The Ward 8 Crime Statistics and Trends document is available in PDF.
Cst Sue Wright
613-236-1222 ext 2179
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