August Newsletter

Dear friends,

I hope everyone is enjoying summer.  My favorite time of year! I am certainly enjoying being out and about at events in the community and city – if you see me, be sure to say hello!

I also am pleased to have our CUPE 101 staff back at work.  On Wednesday night, council unanimously voted to ratify the agreement between the Corporation of the City of London and CUPE 101.  I have always supported the collective bargaining process.  This agreement was reached at a local negotiating table between the bargaining teams, then a majority of union members voted to accept the agreement.  For these reasons, I supported the ratification of the agreement. I look forward to having our staff back at work.

Summer is construction season, or as my husband says ‘construction roulette’, as many streets are impacted.  Information about city construction is available online.  Please plan accordingly, take alternate routes, or extra time on your drive.

Our next Ward meeting will be in September, although a concrete date has not yet been set.  Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.  We had a great turnout at the last Ward meeting on June 27th! Thank you to all who attended!  I look forward to the next meeting and will be piloting filming the meeting to be available on my website to those who can’t attend.

I am currently assisting homeowners who are dealing with basement flooding.  It is important to contact the City when you experience basement flooding so that they can pinpoint the issues and problems.  Numerous grants are available on the City of London website to assist you when this happens. On Monday, July 20, I hosted a meeting with over 200 participants – and will be sending further information and updates. If you would like to be added to my mailing list specific to flooding issues, please let me know.

Finally, I want to let you know that we are entering into multi-year budgeting.  Council has set some strategic priorities that we would like a business case on.  This doesn’t mean that other budget issues are not a priority, however. Council has been clear that there are a number of priorities, but believe in making balanced decisions.  My commitment continues to be ensuring that your tax dollars are well spent on services which have a significant rate of return for you.

Again, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to call, or email me with their questions and concerns.  As always, I am happy to hear from you at any time.

Kind Regards,

Virginia Ridley

Councillor
Ward 10

Call or Text: 226-927-0539
Email: vridley@london.ca
300 Dufferin Ave, Suite 314
LONDON ON N6A 4L9

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