Monday Bits On Sinkhole, Transpo, Lansdowne, Trash and Drupal

- September 17th, 2012

Some bits to pass your way this afternoon…

The offices of east-end councillors will surely be celebrating today. The Hwy. 174 sinkhole has been fixed and eastbound traffic started moving freely around 3 p.m. Talking to Orléans Coun. Bob Monette last Thursday, he said his office had received 116 emails on the sinkhole from residents. Some suggested improvements to the traffic situation and others argued the east end doesn’t get its fair share of infrastructure work. On Wednesday, we’ll hear more about the city’s asset management strategy during a meeting of the finance and economic development committee.

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The relationship between the city and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 seems to be purring along nicely. The union’s latest newsletter to its membership doesn’t have a discouraging word about the new OC Transpo management. “Our working relationship with management continues to be harmonious, respectful and an open dialogue of meaningful exchanges,” writes executive member Yogi Sharma.

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The Lansdowne Park redevelopment has hit a minor milestone. The excavation in the northwest part of the site is done and you’ll notice a massive dirt pile on the east side of the stadium. The city says the berm will be landscaped this fall and a one-metre thick cap will be placed over the dirt. At City Hall, we await an important report on the project with updated timelines and budgets.

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You read last week that Waste Management has submitted its completed environmental assessment for an expanded trash facility on Carp Rd. Well, on the same day the folks at Taggart Miller Environmental Services submitted its proposed terms of reference for an environmental assessment of a similar garbage facility in the east end. It will be called the Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre, which I learned more about last May.

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For anyone interested in backend web development, Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney told the information and technology subcommittee today the city will use open-source software Drupal to manage ottawa.ca. Staff say it will save the city money and time updating the site.

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com

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