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.

COVID-19 ORDER VIOLATION CALL LINE

COVIDOrderConcerns@london.ca is monitored 24/7.

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.

By-laws – enforcement, untidy properties, noise complaints

Tel: 519-661-4660 | enforcement@london.ca

After Hours for urgent matters: 519-661-4965

NON-EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Police: 519-661-5670

Fire: 519-661-2500 ext. 4565

Call 911 if there is: a medical emergency • a fire • a crime in progress

Trail Closure

You may have seen a Trail Closure notice at the Metamora bridge in the Medway. We have already indicated to the city staff involved that the community supports repairing the bridge. However, because the bridge has been deemed structurally unstable, the City is required to close approaches to the bridge. We have been told that the area shown on the map that is closed includes the entrance to the Valley that is behind the Monastery because the City cannot direct users to private properties.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact city staff directly as per the information on the attached, or we can pass along comments and replies.

Results of Halloween Survey

Here are the results of the OPSF Halloween Survey.

It seems like most people in our neighbourhood who answered the survey like to participate in Halloween, but it won’t be as busy a night this year for participation.

Here is a spreadsheet with three tabs showing the results of the survey questions as well as a grouping of the open-ended comments.

207 respondents answered the survey. (There are approximately 900 households in the neighborhood and about 500 people are on the e mail list).

The comments indicate that it is a pretty close split between don’t do it and leave treats out, or handing out via social distancing. Also, many people have ideas about their own parties etc.

So it seems like Halloween will happen in our area for those who want to participate – which will largely be by leaving out treats or social distancing. Likely there will be fewer kids participating this year given the families who report they want to do their own event with a few friends or just their family.

Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Halloween Survey final results

September News

Information sheet on unsanctioned gatherings

We received an information sheet from Councillor Squire regarding information about social gatherings during the COVID 19 restrictions.

Sneak thieves

Sneak thieves are still about. If you do park your car outside, be sure it is locked. It is also recommended that you bring your garage door opener indoors so that it doesn’t become a target for a thief.

No AGM in 2020

The Executive wants to remind you that we are not holding our ratepayers Annual General Meeting this year out of an abundance of caution. We are also extending the length of paid memberships to May 2021. If you did pay membership since this May, your membership will remain current until May 2022.