MINUTES NECA EXECUTIVE June 19, 2006 FIELD HOUSE, 193 STANLEY AVENUE
From Board: John Jarecsni, Carrolyn Johnston, Andrew Kerr, Gemma Kerr, Gail McEachern, Catherine Mirsky, David Sacks
Ex Officio: Jacques Legendre Guests: David Horley, Jean-Louis Wallace
Agenda and Minutes:
The Agenda was approved unanimously with addition of Councillor’s Report.
The March 20 and April 24 Minutes were approved with minor corrections, and the May 15 Minutes were approved as presented. Votes were all unanimous.
The request for a further $100 for the K’Leigh Cundall memorial was passed unanimously, giving a total donation of $200. The existing cheque made out to the City will be recalled and replaced.
NECA’s contribution of $200 to the Community Action for Rockcliffe Airbase Development (CARAD) group, which is already approved, should be paid. John agreed to go to the next CARAD meeting and make the payment.
Councillor Legendre said that residents of Noel Street have been notified of the City’s proposal to install speed humps to limit traffic speed on the street and asked to comment. Humps were proposed in NECA’s 1997 Traffic Plan.
The approval of the draft Beechwood Design Plan has been delayed due to the Councillor’s absence, and a request by Vanier residents for another public meeting. This meeting will take place on July 5th, and means for publicising it were discussed. A controversial feature of the draft is the inclusion of a zoning change to allow a restaurant to be constructed at the St. Patrick Bridge on the New Edinburgh side.
Parking for up to two hours around Governor’s Walk on Stanley Avenue has been implemented as discussed at the last meeting.
A traffic study has been completed for the junction of Union and Crichton streets. Vehicle numbers were borderline for installation of a stop sign. Councillor Legendre said that he would formally request placing a stop sign at this junction in view of the strong community support for this measure. Placing the sign should take about a month. Jean-Louis Wallace requested that a crosswalk be placed at the junction to improve pedestrian safety, and that parking should be limited to two hours. This request was referred to NECA’s Traffic Committee. The Councillor will also investigate what the City’s policy is on crosswalks.
The general consensus was that the meeting went well. About 30 people attended. Specific comments include:
The Field House is a good location for the AGM, though the acoustics are not very good, and an easier means of providing seating is required (chairs came from 200 Crichton this year)
The hand-out package was very good, and should be repeated next year. However, it would be good to have all the reports submitted a week in advance of the AGM to allow preparation of an email package to send to existing members
Providing people get the package in advance, no presentations should be made, each item should be questions only
Food was very good, cold beverages were not enough, tea and coffee were not missed
The attendance was low, and possible reasons were discussed. These included absence of burning issues, and lots of new residents
The attendance issue led to discussion of publicity and NECA membership. Does NECA need to do a mail shot to all residents to explain and promote NECA? Should cards be posted in local shops? Should NECA do a membership survey? Should NECA work with Community Council and 4Cs to clarify each mandate?
Regarding promotion of NECA, we should talk to Community Council about NECA access to the bulletin board at the corner of Crichton and Dufferin, can we get a key and place our own material in one corner?
Next season Board Meetings
It was agreed that monthly meetings should continue to be held in the Field House on Monday evenings (usually the third Monday of the month). The start time will remain 7:30 pm. Regarding responsibilities, Gemma is prepared to continue as President for one more year. John will continue as Treasurer. Carrolyn agreed to take charge of Membership. Gail will continue in the short-term as Chair of Development, but will endeavour to hand over this to one of her committee during 2006-2007.
Gemma agreed to circulate information as follows:
Notice of Rockcliffe Airbase development open meeting June 27
Notice of Beechwood Design Plan Community Information meeting July 5
Minutes of the recent AGM
The draft letter to the City regarding NECA’s approval of the first sculpture selected for the Sculpture Trail was presented and approved unanimously. Funding requirements are unclear. Gemma will talk to Colin Goodfellow and Ed Browell about this.
Catherine Mirsky requested a donation of $100 to go towards erection of a tree and plaque commemorating a resident who recently drowned while trying to rescue his dog from the Rideau River in our park. These would be placed near the Joey Alexander bench. This was approved unanimously.
Gail requested that NECA provide $500 to purchase a scanner for the New Edinburgh News. This would be used for creating softcopy archives for the paper. This funding was agreed unanimously. It was suggested that it would be a good idea to post the New Edinburgh Heritage Report on the communty website.
Joyce Bryant, long time resident of New Edinburgh and author of the recently published "Slender Threads," will be signing copies of her memoirs at Books on Beechwood on Dec 6, 5.00 - 6.30 p.m. For more information, contact Books on Beechwood, or visit lifewriters.ca/slenderthreads
Like every other institution, business, family or individual, the CCCC looks back over the past year with mixed emotions and, in our case, a mixture of pride in the Centre’s many accomplishments in 2006, and regret at opportunities lost and challenges remaining to be overcome. As most readers are aware, the Lumière Festival in August 2006 was an extraordinary success, attracting a crowd of well over 8000 people from throughout the region, as well as tourists from much farther afield. Plans for the 2007 Festival are already well advanced, and a growing number of volunteers from throughout the City have come forward to assist with preparations for the event.
The Centre’s repertoire of programme activities has continued to expand and diversify, attracting a significant increase in participation over previous years (including an enthusiastic group of 4-legged participants in the dog training courses offered each week!) More and more members of the community are discovering the attractions of using the Centre for everything from parties to exhibits, to photo shoots and concerts. And while our renovations were halted when TSOD management inexplicably refused to consent to the City issuing a building permit for the Centre, we have moved ahead with significant upgrades to our space, enhancing both its attractiveness and its utility as a venue for community, arts and cultural activities.
It is, of course, no secret that the Centre has continued to struggle with a multitude of contractual and operational issues in its relations with the management of The School of Dance (TSOD). Many of these were mentioned in our last Update in December, and some, such as our continuing lack of access to the Dufferin Stairwell and Dufferin entrance, have been major impediments to meeting our objectives as a community and cultural hub.
As we head into the spring of 2007, we look forward to having these issues come to a head in May when the Court is scheduled to consider and decide two crucial questions: first, what is the scope and nature of the CCCC’s interest in the building, and secondly, can the building be sold, with or without the Centre remaining in it. In the interim, we are working our way through arbitration, while our wonderful legal team at McCarthy Tétrault is working its way through the discovery process and preparing for our court case in May.
While the date of our Annual General Meeting has not yet been set, it is probable that the meeting will take place in April, and we urge readers to watch for notices in the community, and to come out and join us to show your support for the Centre as we approach this watershed in our development. Thanks to community interest and support in the past, we have managed to stay in the game, and to thrive and grow despite the obstacles. As we face these critical court decisions, we will need to draw on that support more than ever.
N.E.C.A. NEW EDINBURGH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE . ALLIANCE COMMUNAUTAIRE NEW EDINBURGH www.newedinburgh.ca MINUTES: NECA EXECUTIVE MEETING Monday, September 18, 2006 at the Field House, 193 Stanley Avenue
Present: Board members: Gemma Kerr (pres), John Jarecsni (treas), Barbara Benoit (sec), Cathy Mirsky, Carrolyn Johnston, Andrew Kerr (web), David Sacks Ex officio: Cindy Parkanyi (NEN), Brian Torrie (Three C’s) Guests: Michel Giroux
Agenda: The agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.
Minutes: Adoption of the June minutes was deferred.
Treasurer’s report: There was nothing of importance to report.
CCCC (Four C’s): There was no report.
Crichton Community Council (Three C’s): Brian reported that the Council is in the early stages of discussing playground improvements with the City. It is understood that both the Three C’s and NECA plan to contribute funds to this project.
It was too early for a final report on the Garage Sale but, as usual, there were reports of weak distribution of envelopes for vendors’ contributions.
Park: Cathy Mirsky had nothing to report.
Membership: Carrolyn Johnston reported that she had begun working on a list, but that she would be unable to attend the remainder of the fall NECA meetings. John suggested that she use the blind copy function to protect the privacy of people on the list. Andrew agreed to create a membership sign-up area on the web site.
NEN: Cindy said the paper would run to 44 pages (the outer limit). She will no longer accept full-page ads. She has just begun archiving (with a scanner) and will talk to Archives Ottawa about creating a key-word search.
Traffic: The Union/Crichton stop sign is up. The Committee will check with the NCC to find out when the Minto Bridge/Kind Edward intersection will be open again, and whether they are including adequate pedestrial/bicycle rights of way to navigate between New Edinburgh, Sussex and Bolton.
Website: Andrew is setting up a discussion forum. He asked NECA to develop some guidelines for its use. He also asked for the 2005 NECA minutes to post.
Development on Ivy: Brian and Michel brought up a concern about a proposed property development at 198 Ivy Crescent. Neighbours are appealing the proposal to the OMB. However, without responding to the neighbours’ request for a meeting, NECA has sent a letter to the Committee of Adjustment supporting the proposed development.
The NECA executive has not seen a copy of this letter. John said that this was an issue of due process and transparency.
Gemma asked that this discussion be deferred a month until the Chair of the NECA Development Committee could be present.
Other business: Gemma reported that David Horley and Jean Louis Wallace are concerned about possible development beside the river at St.Patrick Bridge. The zoning has not been changed, however present zoning would allow the erection of a small building controlled by the City. NECA members expressed strong reservations about the possibility of boat rentals. NECA will discuss the matter with Councillor Jacques Legendre.
Andrew reported that he had received approval for $5,000 from a City program for river cleanup. NECA must receive the money before December 31. NECA will then contract with Catherine Canning to lead a spring clean-up. NECA must first receive a curriculum vitae and a certification of her expertise.
Gemma agreed to look into activity on the Landry development. She also agreed to circulate an updated executive list.
The October meeting will be held on Monday, October 24th.
Adjournment: By common consent the meeting was adjourned.
N.E.C.A. NEW EDINBURGH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE . ALLIANCE COMMUNAUTAIRE NEW EDINBURGH www.newedinburgh.ca
DRAFT MINUTES NECA EXECUTIVE Monday, February 19, 2007 Field House, 193 Stanley Avenue
Present: Board members: Gemma Kerr (President), Barbara Benoit (Secretary), Carrolyn Johnston, Dilshad Macklem, Gail McEachern, David Sacks, Ex officio: Julie Sunday (Traffic), Brian Torrie (CCC), Johan Rudnick (4Cs), Jacques Legendre (Councillor) Guests: Ray and Mary-Ellen Boomgaardt, John Wood
Absent: Board members: John Jarecsni (Treasurer), Pauline Bogue, Catherine Mirsky, Andrew Kerr
Agenda and Minutes: The agenda was approved (moved by David, seconded by Dilshad, unanimous). The minutes were provisionally approved (Gail, Dilshad, unanimous) pending one correction (Andrew was not present) and one clarification (re: Friends of the Park).
Councillor’s Report: Jacques had nothing to report. He confirmed that there is no reference to library branch closings in the city’s provisional budget.
Brian reported that the Field House rental fee has gone up from $10 to $15 per hour (for a three-hour minimum for children’s parties).
He reported that the city is not willing to consider major playground improvements until after 2012, and will not approve any expansion of the playground area. The matching-grants ceiling for work undertaken by the community is $7,500. The CCC contacted two city-approved contractors and received one proposal offering two options: a crystal climber, recommended for ages 5 to 12, for $30,000 including installation; and an infinity web, suitable for younger children, for $23,000 including installation. A neighbourhood consultation is being hosted on the New Edinburgh web site, and a public meeting will be held on April 9. The CCC can contribute up to $13,000. Brian asked NECA to contribute towards the project. The deadline for a matching-funding application to the City is May 1.
Motion: Barbara moved that NECA provisionally approve a contribution of up to $10,000, and that it review the issue at the March meeting in light of public feedback. David seconded the motion. It was unanimously carried.
Johan reported that arbitration is continuing and the court case is set for May.
Friends of the Park:
Gemma reported that Madelien Lang has agreed to accept the chairmanship of Friends of New Edinburgh Park, which is a NECA sub-committee. She asked NECA to confirm the appointment.
Motion: Dilshad moved that Madelien be appointed chair of the Friends of the Park Committee Carrolyn seconded the motion. It was unanimously carried.
Action item: The Park Trust is a separately incorporated charity. Gemma will request Trust membershipinformation and list of board members from Ed, and find out whether Madelien will also become chair of the Trust.
Ottawa Sculpture Trail No update was received.
Urban Rideau Conservationists No update was received.
Heritage and Development
Discussion of the proposed committee mandate was deferred to the March meeting because most Board members have not had a chance to review the document.
Gail reported that the hearings schedule for changes to the zoning bylaw has changed. A second draft of the bylaw will be out on May 1, and public hearings with the planning committee will be held June 11-13. NECA has been added to the Committee of Adjustment’s early notification list. Gail will request that the notification be sent to at least two people on the committee.
Gemma distributed an updated financial statement provided by John for information.
Action item: Carrolyn and Gemma will develop a draft membership form, taking into consideration privacy legislation, for the March meeting. If approved, it will appear in the April NEN.
New Edinburgh News There was nothing to report.
The City’s former traffic study of New Edinburgh is now invalid due to new guidelines. Three key issues to address in a future study are rolling stops at stop signs on Burgh streets during rush hour, the effect of King Edward construction, and the need for a crosswalk on Stanley in front of the playground. Funding for speed bumps on Noel has been approved, but residents appear not to want them now.
Web Site There was nothing to report.
Gemma distributed a draft text to be displayed on the Burgh Bulletin Board at Crichton and Dufferin. She agreed to remove all personal contact numbers and give the web site only as a contact.
Motion Gail moved that the text be adopted as amended. David seconded the motion. It was unanimously carried.
Gemma agreed to circulate information by email on the “Environment and Its Challenges” meeting February 28th at 380 Springfield. This meeting has been arranged as part of the Rockcliffe Community speakers program.
Recent media coverage of the possible fate of the Canada and the World Pavilion was discussed. The Board was against installation of an embassy in the building, as this is considered to threaten long-term public access.