Metamora sewer remediation project on-site info session – Tues, Mar 16, 9:30 am

Councillor Squire has been able to arrange an on-site information session with City staff about the Metamore sewer remediation project. He and city staff will be at the Metamora entrance to the ESA tomorrow, Tuesday, March 16, at 9:30 a.m. to meet with residents. Please observe COVID protocols and maintain social distancing. Sorry for the short notice.

Here is the latest from the city engineer who is leading the project.

In total, there will be 52 trees larger than 10 cm removed from the area. Of these, 11 are considered invasive species and another two are in failing health. Another 20 smaller trees will be removed. A Tree Inventory and health assessment was completed by a Certified Arborist to aid in determining the trees that would be removed. These removals are necessary in order to complete the stormwater outfall replacement. Tree removal has to take place before April 1 as the city has to comply with the Migratory Bird Convention Act.

As with any City of London project, our goal is to limit the number of removals and minimize our project footprint to the best of our abilities. The scoped Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is ongoing; the background information regarding the natural heritage has been collected and a two-season flora/fauna inventory was completed. The EIS will outline the requirements for land restoration once a design is finalized. The consultant should have a preliminary design by the end of the week. Once the city project managers are confident in the design, the Environmental Impact Study will progress to make recommendations based on the design footprint. At that point, the City will develop a presentation for the residents outlining the details of the design and EIS recommendations/land restoration plan. This will likely occur in May. For the time being, city staff have requested the consultant supply them with a preliminary landscape/layout of the area. This of course is subject to change.

In its current state, the outfall is failing and has caused extensive erosion on the surrounding slopes and into the creek. Several of the trees surrounding the current outfall have extensive root exposure which impacts the health of the tree. Without addressing this structure, further damage to the natural heritage may occur. We are currently in the design phase for the project. Although preliminary in nature, the proposed works looks to use a more natural design that blends in with the surrounding natural heritage and creek system. To prevent erosion and to protect the slopes in the area, a series of energy dissipating drop structures are proposed down to the creek to slow the flow of water from the outfall. Natural channel design will be utilized to tie into the creek. A land restoration plan will be developed to ensure trees are replaced at a 3:1 ratio, at a minimum, and use native species. A letter detailing the design and anticipated construction schedule will be sent out as the design progresses (likely June). Due to Covid-19, we are unable to host a Public Information Centre to share project information. Instead, information will be made available virtually for the residents of the area. More information on how to access this information will be provided in the Spring letter.

Medway Hike

Follow Alexis and Kim on a nature walk through Medway Valley Natural Heritage Forest in London, Ontario. The Medway Valley Natural Heritage Forest is one of London’s Environmentally Significant Areas that the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority manages under contract for the City of London.

2021 Infrastructure Reconstruction Projects

A report came out on Wednesday on 2021 road reconstruction projects, including sidewalks for Abbey Rise and Friars Way and maybe Doncaster Place. This will be going to a committee of city council on Tuesday next week. Apparently this is the only time this committee is scheduled to consider the matter.

* Recommendation for one-sided sidewalk based on conflicts with mature trees, right-of-way widths and property impacts.

If you want to speak to the Committee, anyone can request a delegation regarding this by submitting a request in writing, in this case, to cwc@london.ca. The request must be submitted by the Added Agenda deadline, which is Monday, February 8 at 9 a.m. The Committee would have to approve the request. I would suggest if your street has a spokesperson, that person request delegation status for the group. The City Clerk advises that if there is a request for delegation received by the Added Agenda deadline the Clerk would reach out to the individual and send them a Zoom invite to the meeting. If the Committee approves the delegation then the person(s) would then be allowed into the meeting to speak.

Anyone can watch the proceedings on the city’s web stream. Please note the meeting starts at noon on Tuesday and this item would be heard near the start of the meeting.

A Member of the public could also request in writing by the Added Agenda deadline, that the matter be referred back for further input from the public. Of course a Committee Member could also recommend referral of the matter. If you wish to suggest this in your note, specify the street to be referred back.

In summary, write CWC@london.ca no later than 9 am on Monday, February 8. Ask that your note appear on the added agenda for the meeting of Feb 9 regarding item 2.6. If you wish delegation status include that request as well. I suggest you copy the members of the committee (noted following), with a copy to our Councillor, Phil Squire. The Committee recommendations are scheduled to be debated by the full Council on February 23rd.

The e mail addresses of Councillors is found at this site: https://london.ca/council-contact-list

  • E. Peloza (Chair),
  • J. Helmer,
  • M. Cassidy,
  • P. Van Meerbergen,
  • S. Turner,
  • Mayor E. Holder
Metamora Storm Sewer Outlet Replacement and Restoration

A report will be going to the same committee of City Council on Tuesday regarding the upcoming replacement of the storm sewer outfall at the foot of Metamora (at an entrance into the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area). While the project is underway, the trail entrance will be closed. Restoration work will occur to revegetate the disturbed areas.

Gypsy Moths

Here are a couple of web sites about gypsy moths and what you can do to slow them down before spring. A number of hickory trees in the neighbourhood had these insects last year. Keep an eye out.

https://getinvolved.london.ca/gypsy-moth

https://london.ca/living-london/water-environment/trees/invasive-species/gypsy-moth

January News

Road Work and Storm Sewers Repairs

We have not heard any updates about any planned road work and storm sewer work for this year. Last year, February was when residents got letters in the mail from the City about projects on their street. Keep an eye on your mail.

The city plans storm sewer remediation work in the area of the Metamora entrance to the Medway Valley Environmentally Significant Area. There will be a notice mailed to nearby residents and we will circulate the City notice more widely. We have suggested to city staff that they hold a virtual open house before the full project starts. The first part of the project requires tree removals; however replantings are a requirement. Stay tuned for details.

Porch Thieves

You are probably aware that with all the deliveries to home, some sneak thieves are around. Not all delivery people ring a bell when they drop off a package. Keep an eye out if you are out and about.

New Residents

You may have noticed a lot of new activity around the new development next to Sherwood Forest Park. Looks like a number of new neighbours are arriving. If you see a house that sells in the area, let us know so that we can arrange for a welcome package for them.

Annual BBQ and AGM

The Ratepayer Executive will be discussing the timing of our annual BBQ and AGM.

City is Looking for Input

There are a couple of requests for input from the City of London. If you go to the getinvolved.london.ca you will see requests for input on the upcoming green bin program (the city is required to do this as a condition of getting approval to expand the landfill) and the development of a climate emergency action plan.

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To report COVID-19 order violation concerns about businesses and individuals who are not following COVID-19 related orders now have a way to report those concerns. The City of London, working with London Police Service and the Middlesex-London Health Unit have established a process to act on concerns that are reported.

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