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London City Council is facing an unprecedented budget decision as we move into the 2020-2023 Multi-year Budget. The reality of the provincial government’s decision to reduce expenditures means that London has been notified of $6 million in downloaded costs. To date we’ve also heard about ambulance service, transit service and conservation authorities receiving less money for vital services to name just a few. That means hard decisions for local tax levies.
I’m not looking forward to this budget decision. How are we going to maintain services that Londoners need? Do we postpone needed infrastructure repairs? What happens when a homeowner decides to wait on fixing the roof? We may be able to do that for the short term, but eventually the cost will be greater than if we had done the projects when we needed to do them.
If you want Council to hold the line on tax increases, Londoners must be willing to give up services. It’s that simple.
Below are two questions which I’m asking residents to give me some feedback on. Which service(s) do you think we need to increase or improve? The second is which service(s) are you willing to give up? Please answer both questions, either by submitting your responses online or by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 226-927-0439. My 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget Page has multiple links to the City’s dedicated budget pages and information on services offered to residents.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments and welcome to 2020!
Last summer, you may have noticed a high number of gypsy moth caterpillars feeding on trees in the City of London. In the fall of 2019 the City of London conducted Gypsy Moth egg mass surveys on trees in the City Road Allowances and Parks. At this time the City of London is concentrating on areas of severe and high populations. The Byron area is experiencing significant signs of infestation.
To learn more about the City's plan, area maps and what you can do, check the link below.
Check out the What's Happening Page to see new community events and news!
Want to let City Hall know what you think about Residential Speeds? Check the link on the GetInvolved London web page for more information!
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.
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Report a Tree Issue, Garbage not Collected, Pothole, Park or Playground or Signage Issue
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Eyes on Byron is a new not-for-profit community volunteer group. Check out their website at the link below. Here is their Mission Statement:
We are a community based organization of volunteers
Our Byron is a community of neighbourhoods.
Byron neighbourhoods need to be empowered, sustainable, safe and active. When neighbours care and communicate effectively with one another, along with reporting incidents each and every time, we will deter the amount of crime in our community. Daily efforts to support each other will make this initiative and our community stronger.
If you want to get involved or know more, check out the link below.
Winter is Coming.......Is your Home Ready?
The snow may have come earlier than it usually does, but that doesn't mean there aren't really important things we need to do to prevent damage to the properties we live in. The link below has loads of information t get your home ready for the freezing temperatures, so have a look!
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- Free skate times this weekend! - Lace up and hit the ice! Enjoy free public skate times this weekend presented by Start.ca.
Londoners can find key dates and stream meetings live.
- February is Carpool Month! - Participate with Commute Ontario and use the free Regional Ridematch tool to discover potential carpool partners. If you drive to work alone, give carpooling a try! If you already carpool, register with Commute Ontario!
Save money, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and connect with coworkers or a neighbour this month.
- Help provide input! - The City of London is currently developing a Climate Emergency Action Plan and is seeking community input.
Visit Get Involved to learn more about where London’s greenhouse gas emissions come from, how you can take climate action, and how to engage with our Climate Emergency Action Plan.
- Good Neighbourhoods Talk - Connect with neighbours working to build community and learn about the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy actions that have been and will be implemented. Saturday March 7, 1 - 4 p.m., free registration and child minding available.
- What makes a London community great? - Resident of the Argyle community are asked to share their thoughts on how to improve their community by visiting Get Involved.
- Play Your Way Online Coming March 2020 - A new registration experience is coming soon to City of London Recreation! Find out everything you’ll need to know to access and use Play Your Way Online starting Spring & Summer 2020.
- Great Backyard Bird Count Walk & Talk - Join Birds Canada and the City of London for a Great Backyard Bird Count Walk & Talk event on February 15, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 am.
On Tuesday December 17, at 4:00 PM the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget was tabled. This will be the first look at the next 4-year budget but it certainly won't be the final version.
Links to the documents are below or on the hyperlink above.
Key Dates are below:
Budget Timetable - upcoming meetings
Link to 2019 Property Tax Calculator - to be updated once 2020-2023 Budget is approved. This allows the user to estimate how their tax dollars were allocated across all City Services. Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page.
The business cases can be found on the button below. At the bottom are the three categories of business cases. Each contains links to survey questions to rank your priorities within each category.
Are You in the Byron Northview Area?
Join staff and me on Feb 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Byron Library for a drop-in meeting to talk about sidewalks so that children can safely walk to school.
RSVP (for numbers) at 519-661-5095 or contact me at email@example.com if you can't attend.
Traffic Lights at Oxford and Riverbend Update
In response to multiple requests about the timing of this project, Councillor Hopkins has met with the Engineering Staff, and they have informed the Councillor that the traffic signals for Riverbend at Oxford St W are to be installed in the year 2020, design is currently underway. We will follow up with staff again once a more approx. date is available for this work to begin.
It Appears to Be Snow Season Again!
From the City of London's News Release Nov 7, 2019
What Streets Get Plowed First
The City of London maintains roadways in accordance with the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (MMS), Regulation 239/02. These standards categorize roads, including adjacent bike lanes, into five main classes. Class 1, 2 and 3 take priority. Class 4 and 5, which include local streets and some cul-de-sacs, are cleared after the priority roads are complete.
Class 1 Examples: Highbury Avenue, Wellington Road, Exeter Road, Fanshawe Park Road
Class 2 Examples: Southdale Road, Oxford Street, Dundas Street, Wharncliffe Road
Class 3 Examples: Viscount Road, Dufferin Avenue, Colborne Street Cycle Track
Class 4 Examples: Aldersbrook Road, Doon Drive, Tweedsmuir Avenue
Class 5 Examples: Local streets and some cul de sacs
Be a Good Neighbour
City crews remove snow on the public right of way, so it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain access to their property. According to the City of London Streets By-law, snow from your property must be dealt with on your property. Moving snow from your laneway to the street or sidewalk affects road safety, creates obstructions for fellow road users and impacts the City's snow clearing operations.
This winter, we encourage you to work closely with neighbours to find common solutions. Simple actions, such as shoveling the sidewalks in front of your home, and your neighbour’s home, improves mobility for everyone. If able, consider reaching out to an older adult, or someone with a disability in your community this year.
Rethink Your Ride
Road, sidewalk, and pathway conditions shift and vary during winter months. Londoners are encouraged to check the weather before leaving your home to anticipate potential snow falls and disruptions to mobility and transportation. Consider letting someone else do the driving, and take London Transit for a safe and more economical way to travel. Remember that all LTC buses are equipped with bike racks in the case that pathways are not cleared yet on your way to work. And if you see someone struggling in the snow, please help one another when it is safe to do so.
The Thames Valley Parkway and some park pathways throughout the city are cleared to a recreational trail standard after an accumulation of 8 cm of snow, 24 hours after the snow fall ends. Similar to our sidewalks, park pathways are left in a snowpack condition. Pedestrians and cyclists using these paths should check the weather forecast before using them to anticipate potential snowfall and changes in path conditions.
Salt use is kept to a minimum by City of London with approximately one third of the roads being salted. It is spread only on main roads starting at the beginning snowfall and throughout the snow removal process to help prevent the adhesion of snow or ice to the road. A technique known as “anti-icing” is also used involving the application of salt brine mixed with beet juice (de-sugared sugar beet molasses) to the road prior to a storm, which allows crews to use even less salt once the snow starts falling. Anti-icing helps prevent snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.
Reducing salt use on private property can decrease negative impacts to our environment. Residents are reminded to consider shoveling snow from your property’s walkways and driveways before it becomes packed down, which can reduce ice from forming. Also remember to check your downspouts and control drainage on your property. Direct water towards grassed areas to prevent ice forming on paved areas.
From November 1 - April 15, overnight parking passes will not be issued more than 48 hours in advance due to the possibility of inclement weather, when snow plows may need access to City streets. A message will be posted on the overnight parking registry when a snow event is in effect, please check prior to parking your vehicle on the street if you have previously applied for an overnight pass. Parking enforcement will occur during a snow event.
Londoners can visit london.ca/snow or follow the City of London on Twitter or Facebook to get the latest snow removal updates once crews have been deployed.