End of August News

Hope you had a good summer

New Residents and Any Rentals?

Just a reminder that we have introduced a welcome package for new residents. If you know of anyone who has just moved into the neighbourhood, please let Beth Gibson (4bgibson@gmail.com) know.

Also, if you notice any new rentals popping up, please let Sandy Levin know. He can check the City’s Property Inquiry System to see if they are properly licensed and ensure that by law enforcement knows if they are not. The licensing system ensures that tenants are living in a place that meets fire codes.

Medway Valley Environmentally Significant Area Master Plan

The draft report is available. The report is also available on the City’s website at http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Documents/MVHF-ESA-south-PhaseIICMP.pdf. City staff, who monitor our web site, have asked for comments by September 14th. Comments can be sent to Prof Greg Thorn and Sandy Levin (as your representatives on the Local Advisory Committee). We are most interested in your thoughts on the three draft concepts presented.

Medway Valley

You may have also noticed some pesticide signs at the entrances to our section of the Valley. This is work done by the UTRCA to remove invasive species such as buckthorn, periwinkle, phragmites, and goutweed. There will also be additional planting of native tree species. This work was funded by a generous anonymous donation from a member of our community.

Neighbourhood Decision Making

Starting this September, we will have the opportunity to decide how to spend $50,000 to enhance and strengthen our neighbourhood. The final decision on what projects receive funding will be made by a community vote open to all residents. Idea submission for this new program will open from September 8 to October 13, 2017. Details will follow.

How does Neighbourhood Decision Making work?

Step 1: Residents are encouraged to identify neighbourhood building projects that enhances and strengthens their neighbourhood. Funds may be used on a variety of different projects which could include: planting public gardens, restoring environmental resources, creating public art, piloting a community program, hosting a neighbourhood event, documenting your neighbourhood’s history, or enhancing a park or playground.

Step 2: City staff will support residents to develop their idea into a one-page proposal, working to make sure that it is possible to implement the proposed idea.

Step 3: A community vote will be held for residents to vote for their favourite ideas.

Step 4: City staff will work with the residents who submitted the winning ideas to implement their neighbourhood project.

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