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

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.

Update on School Site Construction

Here is an update from the developer:

We have ordered a sign directing traffic from the site from Wychwood to Annadale out to Wonderland, it’s hard to control the trades and suppliers arriving at the site vs. departing.

Next week fencing will be installed along with sediment control and tree protection. We are waiting on locates before we start moving earth, likely late next week.

We are going to start with the interior condo road/sewers 1st (September 18 – October 31). We will connect the water on Wychwood and Storm and Sanitary on Finsbury. One lane of traffic will be open at all times. Each are ½ day to a day job.

The big disruption will happen when we install the services to the 4 lots on Wychwood and 4 lots on Finsbury. This will take place end of October to the 1st 2 weeks of November. Two weeks prior to starting we are required to post signage and apply for a road closure permit through the City. The City will distribute the information to emergency services, LTC and I assume the different boards of education.

When we get closer to starting on Wychwood and Finsbury I will keep you updated daily if required.

Construction starting next week at the former Sherwood Forest School site

Construction of the new housing on the portion of the site outlined in red will be starting next week. The first part of the work is always the most significant with dump trucks and excavators on site. The developer is meeting with his contractor next week to sort out details including which streets trucks will be using (the shortest route is usually the least disruptive) and the timing of the various parts of the project. We have also asked for a contact number so that anyone with concerns can get in touch. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Levin by Tuesday and he will pass them along right away so the developer has them in time for his meeting with his contractor.