May Neighborhood News

AGM and COMMUNITY GET TOGETHER May 28th at Orchard Park Public School

Mark your calendar for the annual general meeting and Community Get Together (we are planning a BBQ) starting at about 6 pm. We will be joined by Councillor Squire who will give us a City Hall update and respond to your questions. Bring a neighbour and spread the word.

We have some small lawn signs to help publicize the event. If you are willing to have one on your lawn for a couple of weeks, please let me know.

MEDWAY SENIORS on MAY 13

On Wednesday, May 13th from 2 to 3 p.m at the Sherwood Library, please join us for an informative and interactive presentation “Brain Gym Refresh by Susan Vrancic from the Waverley Retirement Residence. The session is free with no registration required. Bring a friend! For more information, call 519-473-9965.

GREAT NEAR CAMPUS NEIGHBOURHOOD STRATEGY REVIEW

There is a public participation meeting at City Hall on May 19th from 7:30 pm in the City Council Chambers regarding this initiative. City Staff will present draft terms of reference to the Planning and Environment Committee (PEC). If you can’t make the meeting, but wish to have your comments on the agenda, write to hlysynsk@london.ca with a note that asks to have your submission included on the May 19th agenda of PEC.

COUNCILLOR SQUIRE HAS AN OPEN HOUSE ON MAY 21

If you can’t get to the AGM on May 28th to hear from and ask questions of Councillor Squire, he is holding a community meeting on May 21 at Kings College from 7 pm. Please spread the word.

MEDWAY VALLEY HERITAGE FOREST ENVIRONMENTALLY SIGNIFICANT AREA (ESA)

Here is a flyer from the City about happenings to protect our ESA. There are a number of links in the flyer that will take you to additional information including the ongoing Conservation Master Plan (CMP). City staff indicate that they plan to make a presentation to the City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee this summer about the CMP. Stay tuned.

WATERMAIN WORK HAS STARTED

The City of London has awarded a contract to Fer-Pal Construction Limited for the 2015 Structural Lining Program. The work will include the cleaning and structural lining of existing watermains on the following streets including restoration of roadways, curb and gutters, sidewalks, driveways, and boulevards that are disturbed during construction:

  • Middlewoods from Lawson Road to Sarnia Road,
  • Brentwood Crescent from Middlewoods to Middlewoods,
  • Brentwood Place for the full extent
  • Lonsdale Drive from Maldon Road to Bromleigh Avenue,
  • Heathcote Avenue from Lonsdale Drive to Leyton Crescent,
  • Bromleigh Avenue from Lonsdale Drive to Leyton Crescent and
  • Lawson Road from Wonderland Road to Wychwood Park

More info

COMMUNITY MAILBOX CLARIFICATION

The new Community Mailboxes will have slots for outgoing mail.

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Save the Date, School Demolition, and other news

Community Social and ratepayer AGM – May 28

Mark May 28th in your calendar. Your executive is busy planning a fun event to precede our Annual General Meeting. Please spread the word. Councillor Squire will be available for questions. We are working on a presentation/speaker on a city topic. Did you want to hear about the Medway Valley Conservation Master Plan? The Rapid Transit Plan? LTC’s Service Improvement Plan? Let us know.

We are still looking for new members of the Executive. Please contact Sandy Levin if you are interested.

Sherwood Forest School Demolition

This report is on the agenda for a City Committee for April 21. If approved by Committee and then by Council on April 28th, demolition will start in May.

Medway Valley Heritage Forest

The city is continuing its trail planning for the Medway. You can see the consultant’s report at
http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Pages/Conservation-Plans.aspx

Further work is planned for 2015 with the a presentation to City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee in July and the formation of a city-led Local Advisory Committee in 2015 which will consider trail locations and other management matters.

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority which manages the Forest for the City reports that a large beech at the top of the staircase has had several upper branches removed to reduce the weight on the lean side of the tree , which is a “target to the staircase.”

There are 2 trees within the staircase, a yellow birch and an Ironwood. These trees are creating stress on the stairs so they may be cut as well this year.

Community Mailboxes

Here is what the community mailboxes will look like when installed.Community mailboxesThe photo shows the maximum grouping of three that we have been told will be installed within the neighbourhood. Some locations will have only one or two units.

Be Alert and Lock your Car

With the warmer weather, I have been advised of a car being broken into on Lonsdale. Be sure to lock your car if you are leaving it outside and be sure to report an incidents to the police.

 

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Community Mailboxes

City staff’s report to the City Council’s Civic Works Committee next week is available on the City’s web site.  If you have trouble finding it, contact Sandy Levin and he will send you an electronic copy.  

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More January News

Open House on City’s Draft Strategic Plan

Our Ward Councillor Phil Squire and Ward 5 Councillor Maureen Cassidy are holding a joint open house on Friday January 30 from 6-8 pm at the 2nd floor community room at the Loblaw’s at Richmond and Fanshawe.  As you are probably aware Council is working on the new Strategic Plan for the City and are looking for input.  The Strategic Plan will drive future City budgets so having your say is important.

If you can’t make the meeting, Councillor Squire would like to hear from you.  His e-mail is psquire@london.ca

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Neighbourhood Update

Medway Valley
The updated consultant’s report is available for review at the Sherwood Forest branch library.  Just ask at the front desk for its location.  The report is also available on line at:
http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Documents/Medway%20NHI-Eval-Final%20Report-Public%20Use-Jan2015.pdf

There will be a City staff report to a committee of City Council this winter and shortly after, the Local Advisory Committee will begin to meet.  Stay tuned for updates.  The Valley continues to impress the consultants with its wide variety of species including species at risk, which is unusual for an urban setting.

Super Mailboxes
Where will the new super mailboxes be located?  According to City staff, there will be a report to a Committee of City Council on February 3.  It is likely the Civic Works Committee.  You can get the report on line a few days ahead of the meeting at
http://www.london.ca/city-hall/meetings/Pages/default.aspx

The short answer is that it is highly likely that super mailboxes will only be located where there is a sidewalk.  Apparently Canada Post has already started providing the city with proposed locations in various parts of the City that currently have door-to-door delivery.

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