Tuesday May 16, 2017
7:30 pm. The Firehall
In Attendance: Lise Beutel, Kelly Campbell, Lizane Castonguay, Christine Franklin, Janet Jull, Linda Hancock, Michael Jenkin, Steve Mennill, Michaela Tokarski, Erik Van Der Torre.
Regrets: Ahmed Elsayed, Evan Pilkington, Brian Ure.
Guests: Ian Grabina (Councillor Chernushenko’s Assistant), Brendan McCoy (OSCAR editor), Christy Savage (OSCA Executive Director), Jamie Brome.
- Welcome- Linda Hancock welcomed the new Board.
- Approval of Agenda
Motion to approve the agenda. Proposed by Michaela Tokarski, seconded by Lizane Castonguay
All in favour. Motion passed with the following changes:
Add - “Election of executive” just before the Councillor’s report.
Add- under ‘other business’ – “Public information session on drug and alcohol use/abuse.”
- Approval of Minutes of April 2017
Motion to approve the minutes of April 2017 Proposed by Steve Mennill, seconded by Erik Van Der Torre.
All in favour. Motion passed with no changes
4- Election of the executive.
Linda Hancock, OSCA President, called for the election of the new President and asked if anyone wanted to step forward, in addition to Emilie Taman.
There were no other nominees.
Motion to appoint Emilie Taman as the new OSCA President. Proposed by Michaela Tokarski, seconded by Michael Jenkin.
All in favour. Motion passed unanimously.
Emilie Taman called for the nomination of the OSCA Board Executive.
Motion to appoint Lise Beutel as the OSCA Vice President proposed by Steve Mennill, second
All in favour. Motion passed unanimously.
There is no Treasurer. The Board will revisit this.
The Chair of the Program Committee sits on the Executive. This year both Michaela Tokarski and Lizane Castonguay will Co-Chair the Program Committee. Michaela will sit on the Executive for the first half of the year and Lizane will sit on the Executive Committee for the second half of the year.
The Past president position will be held by Linda Hancock.
- Councillor’s report- Ian Grabina Assistant to Councillor Chernushenko
Ian introduced himself to the new Board and invited them to contact him with questions.
OC Transpo- The Councillor’s office met to review the 2018 plans specifically for Capital Ward. Bus #1 and #7 originally slated to split at Rideau will no longer be split. Bus # 1 will become Bus #6.
Discussion was had on the congestion and traffic downtown from busses. It is expected that the new LRT will alleviate downtown traffic.
A new service will be added on Main street running 7 days/weekly every 30 mins during regular hours and every 15 minutes during rush hour. The intent is for this to become a 24-hour service.
Noise Bylaw- Many expressed concern over potential changes to the noise bylaw at Lansdowne. There will be no change. There are some improvements related to weekend construction times to the bylaw.
June 21st- open house on foot bridge, oc transpo change in service, western Rideau river pathway. Will also have a face to face opportunity with the councillor.
The Windsor park pathway will be repaved. The Linda Thom target in pathway has deteriorated over the years. There is concern with a new design, which Ian discussed with Linda Thom. The plan will include a commemorative plaque and be designed to avoid deterioration in the future.
The Councillor’s office met with the Traffic and Safety committee to discuss concerns with a safe crossing on Colonel By Drive. It may be beneficial for OSCA to conduct a cycling and pedestrian survey.
There was discussion on the best kind of survey to conduct, what kinds of statistics would need to be analyzed for the NCC. The T&S Committee will discuss this further with the Councillor’s office.
- Finance report
Christy presented the Variance from March.
There were no questions or discussion.
- Executive Committee report
The Board were encouraged to read reports prior to Board meeting in order to limit discussions to key items.
The Board will need a Treasurer, Chair of Communications and further discussion will be held on the status of the Special Events Committee.
- Committee reports and decision items
- Communications Committee
- Planning and Zoning
Southminster Development- There has been one more community meeting since the OSCA AGM. Not much has changed. The proposed plan was summarized. A zoning application will be submitted within the next couple of days. This will be a 9-12-month process and, although not necessary, there will likely be a public meeting. Site plan approval will also be required, this is a separate but parallel process in terms of designing the exterior features of the building.
The Board will need to decide if it will take a position on this or not.
Steve Mennill stated that he will recuse himself from any decisions since he is on the Southminster Church Committee.
Discussion was had on OSCA’s role in development projects. OSCA does not take a position unless a development would have an overall negative effect on the community. OSCA’s role is one of facilitating discussion. The Planning committee has a mandate that spells out that role.
It was agreed that it would be helpful to get some community input via a public meeting.
There is also the need to have a Community Design Plan (CDP) in Old Ottawa South, which does not exist. With the Board’s approval Planning & Zoning will pursue this.
- Program Committee
Nothing to add to report.
- Special events- Ilia Fabbri would like to act as the liaison to the Board for Special Events. Although the Board will need to discuss the role of a Special Events Committee in future, the biggest concern would be to keep people engaged in attending and organizing events. The new position of a Brewer Park Art Show Coordinator will aid with further discussion on this. The Board agreed to hire someone to coordinate this event as a test project for potentially running OSCA’s signature events.
- Traffic and Safety
Public information session on drug and alcohol use/abuse.
Erik Van der Torre raised the issue of off property drinking and drug abuse by grade 6-8 students, even during the school day. This issue transcends Hopewell Avenue Public School students. Erik asked if OSCA could take on the role of facilitating community information sessions.
Several communities in Ottawa have had information sessions on opioids because of recent concerns with overdosing.
Discussion- The Board fully supported this. There was discussion on capacity at the Firehall for an event of this potential magnitude, there may be interest in a few sessions. Ottawa Public Health can offer these types of programs within the schools.
Discussion was held on OSCA’s role and how we can give added value to the community on this subject. This may be in connecting various resources and school boards and work with the parents council’s.
No specific motion was put forward. Erik will reach out to various groups and report back to the Board.
Business beat for OSCAR- Erik Van Der Torre has been meeting with businesses and discussing how they fit into the community. Although in the early stages, there is opportunity for Businesses to connect in OOS. Erik will report back to the Board on the possibility of this and a BIA.
Ilia Fabbri- noted that her role on the Board is as the Old Ottawa East (OOE) representative. If there are any questions or comments please let her know. She also let the Board know that there will be a community barbecue at Brantwood park every Friday from 5:30- 8:30. Also on Friday June 16th Lalaland will show in the park and on June 17th Main Event Garage Sale will be held in OOE.
Motion to adjourn the meeting. Proposed by Michael Jenkin and seconded by Michaela Tokarski. All in favour.