I hope that you all had a good week, despite our visit from Teddy. The hurricane certainly could have been much worse, and I hope that’s you found the updates from HRM I shared with you helpful. I will try to send you the information that I share on social media about weather events or urgent matters.
Regional Council will be meeting again this Tuesday, and possibly part of Wednesday, to deal with a large Agenda. It includes several more Heritage Designation Public Hearings, a couple more virtual Public Hearings on proposed developments, debate on the KPMG report on snow removal standards, a request for potential policies on Airbnbs, and a development appeal.
This will be the final meeting(s) of the present Council prior to the election. Please use the link below to access the complete Agenda.
Upcoming safety improvements for Larry Uteck West
I have been working within HRM in response to concerns that I received from local residents regarding the need for a crosswalk and a safer bus stop. The following provides an update on progress to date.
“Good afternoon Councillor Outhit,
Halifax Transit and HRM Transport & Public Works have been coordinating on efforts at a number of stops in the Larry Uteck/Amesbury area: a) Larry Uteck Blvd Before Amesbury Gt (number: 6027) and b) the stops at Larry Uteck Blvd After Kearney Lake Rd (6298) and Larry Uteck Blvd Before Kearney Lake Rd (6365).
With regards to (a) both TPW and Transit are in agreeance with the relocation of the Larry Uteck Blvd Before Amesbury Gt stop (number: 6027) to slightly southeast of its current location which will allow for the installation of a crosswalk as well as sidewalk to connect with the stop on that side of Larry Uteck. Recently, Active Transportation contacted us and said they had received an application for a sidewalk along that south side of Larry Uteck as well, which may allow us to synergize on the project. We are meeting as a group within the next two weeks, will finalize a decision and submit for design work through the late autumn/winter and then will look to construct next year.
With regards to (b) as there is currently construction of higher density units in the area, we agreed to hold on any actions until we can better understand the traffic and passenger implications and, if decided to relocate the stops, where would be an ideal location so we only have to complete this action once. We are currently awaiting an update from Planning on the area and will address accordingly in the above meeting but expect a solution to be implemented (as required) next year.
We will send another update to you once direction is clarified moving forward. Thank you and do not hesitate to let us know if you have any further questions/concerns.
Kindest regards, Derek
SUPERVISOR (ACTING), SCHEDULING & SERVICE PLANNING
PLANNING & CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT
Update from HRM Recreation Programs and Facilities
“Updates on fall recreation
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 (Halifax, NS) – The following is an update on fall recreation programming and the reopening of facilities.
Fall recreation programming will be returning across the region, with registration opening on Thursday, Oct. 8.
Programs will be viewable online as of Thursday, Oct. 1 on halifax.ca/myREC. All programs will begin the week of Monday, October 19 and will run for eight weeks.
Preschool, child, youth and adult program registration will open at 10 a.m. and aquatics and skating program registration will open at 2 p.m.
Participants can register by phone at (902)-490-6666, online or in person at the following locations:
- George Dixon Community Centre
- Sackville Sports Stadium
- Musquodoboit Harbour Recreation Centre
- Findlay Community Centre
- Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre
- Captain William Spry Community Centre
The municipality is following a phased approach, and not all programs will be returning for the fall. Staff will continue to assess programming options heading into the winter season. A reduced number of fall programs will be offered to allow for required cleaning measures.
Recreation Centre Reopenings
All municipally-operated recreation centres will be reopening as of Thursday, Oct. 15. Reopening plans for each facility, as well as municipal partner facilities, may vary and residents are asked to contact their local recreation centre for further details. Residents are also reminded to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a mask while indoors and in all common areas of the facility.
Access to fitness centres, pools and attendance in fitness class will be available by appointment only to ensure safety and proper public health protocols. Appointments may be booked over the phone or online through halifax.ca/myREC.
Arenas and spectators
All municipally owned arenas are expected to be open, with ice access, by Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.
One spectator per participant will now be permitted in municipally owned arenas, subject to facility capacity. Spectators must
abide by all facility and public health rules including wearing a mask and physical distancing. Restrictions may be reinstituted if spectators do not abide by facility and public health guidelines.
For more information on fall programs and facility reopening, visit halifax.ca/rec“.
Have a good weekend and please let me know if you have any questions or ideas!