It wasn’t raucous but there was a tenseness in the room. Landowners in the Cranberry Creek catchment area met at Pierce’s Corners’ hall just outside North Gower Sunday afternoon to get information from Ottawa councillor Scott Moffatt on the amount they were being assessed for drainage modification, improvement and maintenance.
Cranberry Creek municipal drain was first constructed in 1895; over the past century, engineer reports were updated, the last one received in 2017. Land owners are assessed for the cost of maintaining the drain under the provincial Drainage Act,
Over 100 property owners met at the hall, many to question why their assessments have risen so dramatically. One questioner said his had risen from $500 to over $10,000.
To rebut or question why this has happened, landowners must fill out a form to request to be heard at Court of Revision on April 23, 7 p.m., at Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower with Councillor Moffatt in the chair.
The timeline is short. These forms (Notice of Sitting of Court Revision) must be filled out by April 13, this coming Friday. Forms can be picked up at the Municipal Office, 2155 Roger Stevens Drive, North Gower (Ottawa) K0A 2T0.
The most important piece of information requested from landowners comes under “due consideration has not been given as to type of use of land…”. By filling out, in point form, why this is so, Court of Revision will have an accurate view of your request. Erin Moore, at the Roger Stevens Municipal Office, is available to hand out forms and help fill in forms. Forms are available online (but not easily so). Anyone affected by the assessments, and anyone who wants to challenge the assessments (too high, too low, or just right), will have a chance to speak April 23 providing their form has been filled out and submitted by this Friday, April 13.
The Notice of Appeal to the Court of Revision form can be found at http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetailOpenForm&ACT=RD
Or, go to the Municipal Office on Roger Stevens and talk to Erin Moore; you can reach her at 613-580-2424, ext. 25008. Her email is email@example.com
For more information, go to http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/agdocs.aspx?doctype=agenda&itemid=372421 and look at the bottom of the page.