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September for me is the beginning of a new year. It brings us back to school, work, sports programs, community meetings and back to new routines. As the season changes, we start to look at our communities with new eyes, new conversations and hopefully new habits.
How we move around our streets also becomes more challenging. I hear concerns from residents everywhere in Ward 9 that our neighbourhoods are becoming unsafe. Ward 9 is experiencing a lot of growth. As London grows to the west, we experience congestion on our arterial roads, with limited options to how we move around. Our neighbourhood streets see congestion, speeding and drivers not respecting or obeying the rules of the road. I hear from residents that we need to put in more traffic calming, stop signs and traffic lights but that may not solve the problem. The City has undertaken several traffic calming surveys. Our Transportation Department can put up P.E.E.P. boards for a few weeks that remind us of how fast we are driving. The City also has free “Respect the Limit” lawn signs which are available at the Bostwick and Byron Community Centers. I would encourage all of us as well to set the example and drive slower in our neighbourhoods.
I have also heard concerns of thefts in neighbourhoods. Here are some suggestions to change the odds:
1. Use your garage. Park your vehicles inside.
2. Reduce profitability and leave no valuables inside.
3. Make it harder – Lock your vehicles, get a metal box and get into the habit of always putting your keys inside with one last lock before going to bed.
4. Illuminate the problem and use motion detector lights, set schedule for inside and outside lights to come on/shut off.
5. Lastly, take up a neighbourhood challenge and clean out that stuff with a garage sale or donate the proceeds to help fund Neighbourhood Watch. By the way, Byron Community Organization has a great Clean Sweep Garage Sale coming up on September 21. For donations, contact Dan Doroshenko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s change the conversation. If everyone does their part to make our communities safe to walk, cycle and drive and we change the odds on theft, we will be part of the change that is needed.
I too want to be part of the change and encourage residents to contact me at email@example.com or 226-927-0439 or send me a message at my Contact Anna page to discuss your concerns, issues or what’s happening in your area so that I can best represent you.
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Want to let City Hall know what you think about Residential Speeds? Check the link on the GetInvolved London web page for more information!
The City of London is making adjustments to City-managed parking lots and on-street parking affected by construction conditions to provide the best possible access to local businesses. Check the link below to see the map and find details.
Interested in commenting on upcoming development Applications?
Check the Calendar page to see Notices arranged by comment DUE DATE. Where available, links and documents are attached.
Neighbourhood Decision Making 2019 is now accepting ideas until September 24 for neighbourhood projects!
Neighbourhood Decision Making is an opportunity for London residents to democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on real projects to help make our neighbourhoods even better.
A total of $250,000 is available across the city with a maximum of $30,000 per project.
Check the link below to see how to develop a great idea, research what it would take to get your project off the ground, develop the proposal, campaign to get your neighbours to agree and then have it voted on. Ideas, past winners and lots of resources can be found. Start thinking about ideas to improve your neighbourhood now!
Riverbend Park Spray Pad Coming!
Please see information below from Lynn Loubert, Division Manager Aquatics & Arenas:
The City of London, Facilities Design & Construction, is pleased to announce the construction of a new spray pad in Riverbend Park. The start date for this project is fall 2019 and the project completion date is summer 2020. The spray pad is anticipated to be fully operation for the summer 2020 season.
A spray pad is an interactive water spray area with timers that can be used from 9 am till 9pm during the season of Mid May to early September. Sprays don’t come on unless “activated” by a user, therefore not using any water when not in use. Spray pads use potable water and have no standing water. They are designed for a wide range of ages, and are totally accessible.
To ensure safety of residents, the construction site will be completely enclosed with temporary construction fencing that will be installed by the contractor. Access to the construction site will be restricted to authorized personnel only.
The City of London is inviting comments and suggestions regarding the accessible design features of this project, consistent with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. These comments and suggestions can be addressed to Melanie Stone by phone at (519) 661-CITY (2489) ext. 2425, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions, or comments regarding this project can be forwarded to Lynn Loubert by phone at (519) 661-CITY (2489) ext. 4423, or by email at email@example.com.
Gypsy Moth Infestation Update
We have received an update from Jill-Ann Spence, Manager, Urban Forestry on this issue. We encourage residents to report addresses to her as the City is actively mapping locations to determine the extent of the problem and how to address it. She can be reached at the information below:
Manager, Urban Forestry
Road Operations & Forestry Division
City of London
267 Dundas Street, 3rd Floor, London ON N6A 1H2
P: 519.661.CITY (2489) Ext. 4977 | Fax: 519.963.1483
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.london.ca
Below is the information we have.
We are still encouraging residents to keep their eyes out for the egg masses and destroying them (scraping them off in the buckets of soapy water) as this will have a big impact on the population.
One good thing is that many of the caterpillars we are seeing now are dead due to the naturally occurring virus. Gypsy moth has a few “natural predators” that follow along behind pest outbreaks and they are what really has an impact on managing their population. These dead caterpillars can be seen along the main trunk and branches of trees hanging upside down in a “V” shape.
Please keep those calls and emails coming in. It's very important that the Forestry team have accurate information to be able to know how best to address the problem!
It's Construction season again!
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- Overnight Parking Ban Re-starts this Weekend - Beginning Monday, September 2, remember to register your vehicle if you want to park on most City streets. Details and free registration is at london.ca/overnightparking.
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- Dundas Place - We have concrete! After working over the weekend for the last little while, crews were able to start placing concrete on Dundas Place late last week. There's lots of surface work ahead, but this is definitely a milestone worth celebrating.