Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lemieux Island area (ii)

A few years ago the City ran one of its high pressure water mains along the north side of the Ottawa River Commuter Expressway (said expressway being at the top of this slope) from Lemieux Island towards the downtown.

The city contractors re-landscaped the dug up areas. Surprise, surprise, the shrub beds withered away, the trees languished ... and for the last few weeks the NCC has be re-doing the city work. Shown above are new shrubs on the slope between the expressway and the river edge bike path near the Prince of Wales bridge.

The shrubs are planted, mulched, and being watered.

The NCC also replaced a number of the trees the city planted.

I wonder how the NCC views the City's attempts at landscaping? Like a little child, trying, but failing and inept? Like a recalcitrent child, who goes through the motions but sullenly and without interest in the result? Or like a pesky mosquito, just brush it aside and do what needs to be done, properly?


  1. How difficult would it be to simply hold back 20% of the contractor's payment until a final assessment one year later that confirms the work was done properly and the plants are thriving?

  2. I have a friend who works for the landscaper who did this job, and he told me that it is a City-led project, funded by the holdback from the previous landscaper who planted wrong species of plants and did not maintain them.