Road reconstruction and sidewalks on Runnymede Crescent and Abbey Rise

An update via Councillor Squire:

Runnymede Plan
Runnymede Crescent and Abbey Rise will be reconstructed this upcoming summer due to their current road condition. As per Council direction the City will be installing new sidewalks in the boulevard along the entire length of these roadways. To minimize tree impacts the sidewalk will be installed on one side only. While not ideal the City will also be installing the sidewalk immediately behind the curb to further minimize tree impacts, however this still requires a large number of trees to be removed.

Abbey Rise Plan
Here are the scope of work and schedules for the Runnymede Crescent and Abbey Rise projects, with the number of trees to be removed, a street view of the current condition and a map reflecting the trees that will be removed to allow for the installation of the sidewalk. The trees indicated on the map are the minimum number to be removed. The City is currently finalizing the design and will then do a walk thru with Forestry staff to determine if any others on the boulevard opposite the sidewalk need to be removed for health and/or construction related reasons.

The City will be holding an information session prior to construction. The usual procedure is to notify those on the street of the information session thru a mailing.

City Budget – Opportunities for Input

Members of Council are holding a number of ward meetings over the next few days to hear from you about the City’s budget before the budget is passed. See for more details

Ward meetings

  • Ward 7 & 8 – Saturday, January 25, 2020, 2pm to 4pm, Sherwood Library located at the common Space at the front, 1225 Wonderland Road North (hosted by Councillor Morgan and Councillor Lehman)
  • Ward 5, 6 & 7 – Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10am to 12pm, Masonville Library located in the Sifton Room, 30 N Centre Rd (hosted by Councillor Cassidy, Councillor Morgan and Councillor Squire)
  • Ward 1 – Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2pm to 4pm, Hamilton Road Seniors Centre, 525 Hamilton Road (hosted by Councillor van Holst)
  • Ward 4, 6 & 13 – Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Real Canadian Superstore, 2nd Floor, 825 Oxford Street East (hosted by Councillor Helmer, Councillor Kayabaga and Councillor Squire)
  • Ward 1 – Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5pm to 7pm, Pond Mills Branch Library, 1166 Commissioners Road East (hosted by Councillor van Holst)

Budget Timetable (all meetings at City Hall)

Property Tax & Water/Wastewater & Treatment Budget Review

  • January 30, 2020, 9:30am at Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee (SPPC)
  • January 31, 2020 9:30am at SPPC
  • February 6, 2020, 9:30am at SPPC
  • February 7, 2020, 9:30am at SPPC
  • February 13, 2020, 9:30am at SPPC
  • February 14, 2020, 9:30am at SPPC

Budget Public Participation Meeting

  • February 13, 2020, 6pm at SPPC

Property Tax & Water/Wastewater & Treatment Budget Approval

  • March 2, 2020, 4pm at Council

You can watch budget meetings live at

City 4-year budget consultations underway

City Council is considering its next FOUR years of budget. A good summary can be found at pages 4 to 9 of the budget at:

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Update on Road Closure

An update on the temporary road closure at Wychwood and Scarlett –

Should only be a few more days. The base coat of asphalt is down and the
temporary curbs are installed. The contractor didn’t want traffic on
the fresh pavement for a few days. There is only about a day and half of
onsite cleanup. Today is likely a washout because of the rain but they should
be done towards the end of the week.

Coyote Reminder, Winter Driving, and Giving Tuesday for the Medway ESA

Giving Tuesday

Today is GIVING TUESDAY. Consider joining a number of residents who have already made a contribution to the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority for projects in the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA). This opportunity comes with the City committing to improve access to the Valley by building a new boardwalk and swale (to reduce the effects of runoff) from the entrance to the ESA at Longbow and Wychwood this spring. And a reminder… a resident has pledged to match all donations made in 2019 up to $10,000. Money raised will be used for projects such as invasive species management.

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