More January News

City Budget, Take Part!

Council will not be passing the budget until March 10, 2016 which means there are still opportunities to get involved. January 21 was the first round of discussions by Council. If you go to the City’s web site and look for the Council meeting agendas, you will be able to watch the discussions. Complete budget information, updates and presentations are on line at the City’s Budget page. You can follow the discussions on Twitter: @CityofLdnOnt or #LdnBudget, and at the City’s Facebook page.

Overall, the plan is for the City to approve this year’s and the next three year’s budgets with only updates on an annual basis. There is a $5 million annual contingency to deal with “surprises” like labour contracts.

An interesting feature in this year’s City budget input cycle is the budget calculator. You can adjust the numbers and see the impact. More significant is when you scroll down to what are called the Strategic Investments. You can vote on whether or not you think they are worthwhile projects. The list includes the Library’s 10 year Capital Plan, Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, Back to the River, Regenerating Public Housing, and more. The feedback is to be directed to Councillors. Take the time to participate. As always, our Councillor, Phil Squire wants to hear directly from you. He can be reached at psquire@london.ca

Kindergarten Registration

Make an appointment to visit your neighbourhood school for kindergarten registration. Orchard Park Public School can be reached at 519-452-8450. St. Thomas More Catholic School can be reached at 519 660-2793.

From the Catholic Board’s web site:

Does your child turn 4 this calendar year? Children who reach 4 years of age by December 31 of this calendar year can attend Junior Kindergarten. Children who reach 5 years of age by December 31 in any calendar year will be eligible for admission to Kindergarten in September in that calendar year.

From the Public Board’s web site:

Orchard Park Public School will offer Full Day Every Day Kindergarten in September. The deadline for registration is February 6th. The Full-Day Kindergarten Program, like the existing kindergarten program, will remain optional for 4 and 5 year old children. In Ontario kindergarten is voluntary; children are required to attend school once they turn 6 years old by December 31. You may choose to have your child attend only half days. However, it is important to note that the Full-Day Kindergarten Program is designed as a full day program.

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA)

A generous donation has gone towards eradicating invasive and spreading periwinkle in the Medway Valley near the entrance to the Valley behind the Precious Blood Monastery. Here is a map of the area. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority which has a contract from the City to manage the City owned ESAs has been working on eliminating this plant. Monitoring will take place over 2016 with a replanting with native plants and seeds being planned for 2017. If your property borders on the Valley, please remember not to plant invasive species like English Ivy or periwinkle in your garden. A good resource is the publication “Grow Me Instead.” And please don’t dump yard waste, particularly in big clumps, as it chokes out the natural regeneration.

London Soup

We were asked to make you aware of this event scheduled for January 31, at the Market downtown. For more information, go to London Soup.

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January News

Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA

The Metamora Staircase in the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) has reached its end of life. (Funding for its construction was a ratepayer project in the 90s). The City has formed a Trails Focus Group (TFG). Sandy Levin is participating in the group as part of our Adopt An ESA group. At the second TFG meeting in February City Staff will bring the staircase forward for discussion including any issues around funding, and the sensitivity of the slope and the natural features of the area. City staff and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority staff (who manage the Forest under contract with the City), will make a site visit this month and post some signs for a temporary trail closure at this location. Councillor Squire is aware of this issue.

Sarnia and Western Road Intersection

The City is still evaluating options for this intersection and in discussions with Western University.
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December News

SNOW ANGELS – because it will snow this winter!

Snow Angels London is the result of an idea to help people help each other out. Snow Angels London is an experiment in kindness: a way for Londoners to request assistance shovelling or to find others in need of such assistance. Whichever category you may fit, Snow Angels London will serve your needs. The website allows you to find other Snow Angels – in a simple tool that will allow people to register and find others near them – both people who need assistance AND others near them that are willing to help. This website was brought to fruition by the hard work and kindred spirits of Simalam, who truly are the ones who deserve all the credit.

Sherwood Forest Park Site and Future Development

The City’s work plan calls for issuing early in 2016 the request for proposals for the development of housing on part of the former school site. Once issued, the information in it is public and we will share it with you.
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November News

Secondary Dwelling Units

As you may have read in the Free Press, the matter of secondary dwelling units is to be debated at the City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee on Thursday, November 26. Here is a summary of the key issues of the proposal that relate to our neighbourhood. You can find the full staff report to Committee at: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/meetings/Pages/default.aspx
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Great Near-Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy meeting – Nov 19

A community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the vision and goals for London’s near-campus neighbourhoods.

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Peter’s Basilica Cathedral Auditorium, 506 Richmond Street

This City-led meeting relates to possible changes to the Great Near Campus policies of the City. These policies include the limit on the number of bedrooms for new housing. As these policies are important to the quality of our neighbourhood, you are encouraged to attend. If you can’t make it, but would like to comment, contact the City’s Planner listed on the flyer.

Background information on these policies, including the Terms of Reference for this review, can be found at the following URL:

http://www.london.ca/business/Planning-Development/current-topics/Pages/GreatNearCampus.aspx

Sarnia Road widening project update‏

Starting this Monday, October 26, 2015, London Hydro and their subcontractors have scheduled nightly intersection work for the installation and construction of hydro chambers and duct banks in preparation of 2016 Sarnia Road improvement project. All work will take place in the most northern segment of the Wonderland and Sarnia Road intersection.

Hydro will work nightly for approximately 7 to 10 nights from 7:30 PM through 6:30 AM only, while maintaining a minimum of one lane of traffic each way, along Wonderland Road at all times between Sarnia and Lawson Roads. Police officers will be on-duty for traffic control through the intersections at all times during construction. Wonderland Road lanes/traffic will be fully reinstated every morning.

Click here for the information displayed at this week’s open house on the project. For more information, the names and contact information for the people “in the know” are on the last page.

Fall Neighborhood News

Federal Election

You should be getting your voter information card soon. It should list your polling place. If you don’t receive one, you can check the Elections Canada web site to see if your name is listed – http://www.elections.ca – or call 1-866-249-5752
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