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Remembrance Day 2017

Remembrance Day 2017
LEST WE FORGET

Current Issues

Current Issues in Katimavik-Hazeldean
 
1.    UNSAFE BUS STOP CHANGED Status: Resolved


Thank you Ottawa Citizen... and OC Transpo!
 
With the redirection of the Northbound 164 and 168 buses off of Eagleson Road and along Shatner Gate / Pickford / Kakulu - then back onto Eagleson, a safety hazard for our residents has been avoided. 

Why?  The northbound bus stop at Eagleson and Shatner Gate was removed well over a year ago due to safety concerns.  Similar safety concerns were raised by the KHCA about the bus stop on Eagleson northbound at Kakulu.  With the speed limit on Eagleson increased from 60 km/hr to 80 km/hr about 18 months ago, the situation at that bus stop had become too dangerous.  There was a narrow strip of tilted concrete to stand on, and the bus stop snow and ice was poorly cleared in the winter.  Steve Anderson first raised this serious safety issue with OCTranspo in January 2016, because during that winter teens and adults were standing on the icy snowbank that had developed there, in the dark early winter mornings, with their toes literally inches from the cars and trucks driving by at speeds of 80 km/hr or more.  There was no place for those waiting to back up further from the road - there was no concrete pad to stand on, the lighting was poor, and there was nothing like a bus shelter to not only protect from the elements along this semi-rural "highway", but also to increase driver awareness of the existence of people standing there in the dark.  To increase the red tape, that bus stop was actually located in Councillor Rick Charelli's area on that side of the highway, although the residents using the stop live in Councillor Allan Hubley's area.  OCTranspo and the Councillors continued to study the issue and debate what might be done, but with winter coming Steve went to the Ottawa Citizen to draw further attention to this unsafe situation.  The Citizen did a story on the situation  http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/kanata-man-trying-to-get-citys-attention-about-marooned-bus-stop .

Whether it was the story in the Citizen that finally got the situation addressed we will never know.  But it must have helped!

An added bonus is that now the dense concentration of houses in this part of Katimavik are receiving better bus service with a new bus stop on Shatner Gate, with others further down the road able to use the existing bus shelter near the Mac's Milk on Kakulu.  Also, those waiting for a 269 bus in a snow storm or extreme cold can now jump on the first of three buses going by and possibly get off at the Eagleson Park n' Ride without having to do the "walk of shame" all the way down Eagleson. 


With the new bus stop on Shatner Gate...


 
... and the routes added to the existing bus stop on Kakulu...
...a safety issue is resolved!

 

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2.  LARSEN LINEAR PARK  Status: Ongoing

Larsen Linear Park is the name of the forested corridor that runs between Kakulu Road (past the entrance to Barrow Crescent) in a straight line down to Eagleson Road.  The paved pathway section currently curves to meet Inuvik Cresent, instead of continuing between the Shell gas station and Roger St. Denis school through to Eagleson Road.  The pathway was never finished when the area was built up, and people have generally been cutting through the Shell gas station to access the paved pathway.  Why was the pathway never finished?  Nobody remembers.  So we submitted a freedom of information request to the City last year.  It did not find a record of why the pathway was never finished.  This past summer two volunteers have been cutting the grass from the bend in the existing paved pathway over to Eagleson Road, to encourage people to use this new pathway extension.  They have also removed significant deadwood and debris that was blocking the use of this unpaved corridor.  Coincidentally, this summer the City came in and cut down a number of diseased trees in that area, and subsequently planted new tree seedlings alongside this section of the corridor.

The KHCA thinks it is time for the City to finish this long-forgotten "missing link".  This way, the plowed pathway can extend out to Eagleson Road and people would not have to trespass across Shell property and would not have to climb over the mounds of snow that are pushed up in that corner.  We are also concerned that Shell could install a fence at any time and this would make the significant pedestrian and bicycle traffic over to the existing paved pathway very difficult.  A paved pathway right out to Eagleson would mean bicycles could travel out to Eagleson without having to go way down to the end of Inuvik and doubling back along Katimavik (there is a shortcut through the forest at the start of Katimavik Road, but you aren't allowed to ride bicycles down that path and over the creek footbridge).  We don't believe that paving the rest of the distance out to Eagleson Road would increase foot traffic very much - it would just mean that about the same number of people would now be able to use City property for their entire trip instead of cutting through Shell property.

Steve Anderson circulated a letter to the six houses on Inuvik Cresent most likely to be affected by the pathway extension.  He received one request back for more information, and one positive feedback.  Nobody objected.  The City is currently considering our request.  Councillor Allan Hubley tells us that it is being reviewed by the City.

We want to extend the pathway through to Eagleson...


      

...The City has planted tree seedlings off to the sides of this potential pathway extension
















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3.  HYDRO CORRIDOR MAINTENANCE COMING IN 2018 Status: New

Several members of the KHCA attended the Ontario Hydro Information Session in North Kanata on October 30.  We thought it important to attend because we had heard Ontario Hydro had clear-cut all the vegetation under the hydro corridor running through March Township and was about to do the same in Kanata North.  That same hydro corridor crosses the Queensway near Food Basics and travels through Hewitt Park across Hazeldean Road to the transformer station near Hazeldean Mall.

What we learned was that Hydro was working with the residents of Kanata North and will be signing agreements with each property owner along the route as to what vegetation can be planted and maintained within the safety corridor.  This is the first time Ontario Hydro has done this.  The KHCA Executive members in attendance spoke up and indicated that we would like the same deal for the Katimavik-Hazeldean property owners who will be affected in 2018.

However, now questions have surfaced as to why the larger towers seem to be reduced in size as the power lines bend around Hazeldean Mall.  Why isn't the whole line length using one pole, instead of the much bigger footprint two-pole structures?  Stay tuned.


Two poles turn into one at Hazeldean Mall...
...and then back into two poles past it?