Ward 6 meeting, Metamora contruction, trees, and bees.

REMINDER OF WARD MEETING WITH COUNCILLOR SQUIRE: The ward meeting with our city councillor Phil Squire via Zoom will be held on Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm. You need to pre-register to get the Zoom link. You can do so at psquire@london.ca or by calling 519-661-2489 x 4924.

METAMORA STORM SEWER RECONSTRUCTION: We have been advised that the work on the project will likely start late July or early August and run for approximately 6 weeks. The restoration plan includes native trees and shrubs. Additionally, native seed mix (a bee pollinator mix) is proposed for any disturbed areas from the construction. In total, 52 trees will be planted within the project area. This is the maximum number of trees that can be planted to ensure adequate spacing. Other areas within Medway Creek will be identified for planting the remaining number of compensation trees. Also included within the area are two bat boxes.

SHERWOOD FOREST PARK The city still plans to plant more shade trees along the pathways in the park as well as planting grasses, shrubs, and other plants in the “squares” by the seating areas. This work will either take place before the hot weather begins or the fall. The trees and turf grass planted last year will be inspected and any bare patches or trees that did not do well will be replaced.

REFOREST LONDON TREE GIVE AWAY TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18: ReForest London has secured special funding to have kids and their families to plant trees. London families with children under the age of 18 are invited to get a free tree for their yard through this Neighbourhood Tree Depot tree-giveaway program. This Tree Depot only runs from May 12th to May 20th, so order quickly. All orders must be submitted more than 24 hours in advance of pick-uptime. For more information: https://reforestlondon.ca/trees-kids-spring-2021-tree-giveaway

LONDON SPELLING BEE: This event caters to children aged 6 to 14 based on their age as of December 31, 2021. Children participate in one of three categories: (1) Primary, ages 6 to 8; (2) Junior, ages 9 to 11; or (3) Intermediate, ages 12 to 14.

The Bee is open to children who attend public, private, or on reserve schools or are home schooled. The area includes London and places within 1 hour drive of London. Registration closes on Monday May 31, 2021. If assistance is needed with registration or the fee please contact Dirka Prout Chapter President – London |(519) 474-0979 Ext. 2 | londonsboc@hotmail.com

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All activities from registration, coaching (if selected in the package) and the regional competition will be held online. The Regional competition will be held during one of the last two weekends in August 2021. The top three finisher in each category gets cash prizes and trophies. The top place finisher in each category will represent the London Region at the National Championships on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

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.

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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The email COVIDOrderConcerns@london.ca will be monitored 24/7. There is also a phone line (519-661-4660) that will be monitored between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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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