4:30 p.m., March 30)
approves $20K contribution to pave Navan fairgrounds
By Fred Sherwin
city council has approved a total of $50,000
to help pave the Navan Fairgrounds right-of-way,
the Navan Curling Club parking lot and the
access loop around the Navan Memorial Arena.
effort to pave the Navan Curling Club parking lot has
received a $20,000 boost from the City of Ottawa after
city council voted to take the money from the Cumberland
Special Reserve Fund on Wednesday.
Navan Curling Club parking lot has been a bone of contention
for years. The parking lot, which also serves as a right
of way to the Navan Fairgrounds and the Centennial Park
baseball diamond, is renowned for having more potholes
per square metre than any other piece of roadway in the
Cumberland Township Agricultural Society owns the actual
land the right-of-way runs through. The Agriculture Society
joined forces with the Navam Curling Club last year to
launch the Navan Community Hub Access Improvement Project.
Their goal was to raise $120,000 to pave the right-of-way
to the park, the parking lot and the loop around the Navan
the right-of-way also allows access to the arena and the
municipal park, the Society was hoping the city would
help cover a portion of the cost.
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais took up their cause and discovered
through discussions with Orleans Ward Coun. Bob Monette
that $20,000 which had been previously earmarked for a
project in Queenswood Heights had gone unspent.
that money that council decided to redirect to the Navan
Community Hub Access Improvement Project Another $50,000
is being contributed from the Rural Community Building
Grant Program for a total contribution of $70,000.
$20,000 contribution from the Cumberland Special Reserve
Fund had been set aside to rebuild a small brick wall
with the words "Queenswood Heights" on it that
was destroyed by vandals in 2005.
expenditure was approved in 2007, but the Queenswood Heights
Community Association decided not to follow through with
the project fearing that the rebuilt wall would eventually
be vandalized again.
Cumberland Special Reserve Fund was established in 2001
using unspent reserve funds from the former municipality
with the provision that it would only be spent on Cumberlan
intitial balance of the fund was just over $2 million.
Half the money was used to develop the Petrie Island beach
and park. Another $300,000 was used to help build the
Kiwanis Playground across from Millenium Park. Other projects
include a skateboard park in Vars, a waterplay park in
Queenswood Heights, a play structure in Carlsbad Sprngs
and nature trail repairs in Navan.
balance showing as of June 30, 2011 was $120,191. Taking
into account the $20,000 that has been approved for the
Community Hub Access Improvement Project, the fund still
has a balance of almost $100,000.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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