RON DUPUIS

Ward 3
Councillor

WEEKLY COLUMN

March 28, 2006

It is so great coming to you with the sun shining and temperatures around 8 degrees Celcius.
  
There are only a few areas that have experienced flooding problems to date. One particular area was  Third and Fourth Streets, where a significant amount of water accumulated and was causing serious concerns. The residents as well as municipal employees worked hard and fast to resolve the problem. I want to thank the residents who worked well into the night to make sure the water was flowing away from people's properties.
  
If we continue to experience this type of temperature and with the amount of snow up North, we could be looking at problems for the next couple of weeks. The Nickel District Conservation Authority is certainly monitoring this very closely.

On Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. , we are going to have a public meeting at MacDonald- Cartier Secondary School , to discuss the traffic problems at the intersection of Lasalle Boulevard and Notre-Dame Avenue . We will also explain to the residents of the area, the plans for the work that the city will undertake this summer. This busy intersection has been a cause for concern for a number of years. We must come up with solutions until the Maley Extension is built.

Last weekend the Valley hosted a number of hockey teams from throughout the Province, as the annual Renegades Tournament was held. They used four arenas and had 88 teams participating. My compliments to all the volunteers, the organizers, and to people like Jim McLaughlin who have been doing this for a long time. The Renegades Tournament just keeps getting better and more popular every year. This organization puts all the money back into the Valley and many teams have benefited from their genrosity. Volunteers certainly make our community a better place to live. We are so fortunate to have so many who give so much of themselves.

Have a great week!
  
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