• James Armstrong

Hudson chosen as site for Ottawa River search and rescue station


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

The proposed dock for for Hudson’s search and rescue station will be installed in the small cove between the unused municipal wharf and Jack Layton Park.

Hudson town council approved the installation of a Nautical Rescue Station in the town by the federal government under the jurisdiction of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Boat Service Program (IRB Service).

Location and facilities

An 800 square-foot building with connections to sanitation facilities, potable water, and electricity will be constructed behind the water treatment plant on Wharf Road. It was clarified by council that it would not be built on the snow dump lot. Crewmembers will have their own wharf installed east of the abandoned municipal wharf with a vehicle parking space nearby. Parking space for crewmembers was allocated at the back of the Jack Layton parking lot. According to the resolution read by Councillor Nicole Durand, the federal government will be funding the entire project with a proposed opening in April, 2018.

Villa Wyman

The lot of land intended for the construction of the proposed Villa Wyman assisted living seniors’ residence located west of Wyman Memorial United Church was officially re-zoned as commercial with the amendment that only a senior housing residence as a principle usage be permitted. It is currently used as a parking lot accessed from Main Road through the area between the church and Stephenson Court. The church is located at 513 Main Road on a lot of land at the corner of Main Road and Selkirk Street.

Filming permitted

Council approved the use of various sites in the town for the filming of an American television series titled ‘The Truth about the Harry Québert Affair.’ The shoot will take place from August 29 to October 6. Resident Adrian Burke raised concerns about camera crews working at night and disrupting the lives of citizens. “We have to make sure they obey the laws of the town,” he stated. Councillor Durand said the sites are located in the core of the town and residents near the locations will be asked to sign an agreement should after-hours filming be required. Durand also noted that about 100 people are involved in the production and will contribute to the local economy.

Appeal for Hudson election candidates

In his preamble to the meeting, Mayor Ed Prévost encouraged citizens to participate as candidates for the positions of mayor and councilors in the November municipal election. “As of now, we have two candidates running for mayor and only one for councillor,” said Prévost adding, “If you have the time, qualifications, and interest to make your town that much better, please do consider your candidacy.” Although not named by the mayor, the candidates for that post are Jamie Nicholls and Bill Nash. Austin Rikley-Krindle is running for the District 1 council seat.

Urban planning projects

Council approved in principle the plan for the Willowbrook residential development project presented to the Town Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC) by George Ellerbeck. Located on a piece of property bordered by Léger Street, Parsons Road and the railroad tracks, the project meets the housing density requirements for that area of the town. The resolution stipulated a list of conditions that must be met before subdivision of the lots could begin including an approved infrastructure plan for all municipal services.

Water Advisory Committee

Council approved the creation and appointment of a Water Advisory Committee to deal with the ongoing problems with the town’s potable water supply. To date, the Infrastructure Committee has been dealing with these issues and will report on their progress at a special meeting Tuesday, September 5, at 6:30 p.m. followed by the town council meeting.

“Ideally, the committee will be made up of a town councillor, an employee in charge of water works, and a minimum of two citizens,” said Councillor Ron Goldenberg. The committee would be mandated to deal with the immediate water supply problems and solutions as well as the long-term solution of using the Ottawa River as a source of potable water.

Willow Inn change of zoning request

Council responded favorably to a request by the new owners of the Willow Inn for a change in zoning from residential to commercial by authorizing the town administration to engage the services of a specialized urban planning firm to begin the process. The request noted that the residential designation exists with acquired rights but re-zoning, as a commercial property is long overdue. The change in zoning would also allow for the construction of a conference building near the inn and necessitate the extension of the municipal sewer line to that area.

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