February 2016 Newsletter

Dear friends,

Spring is almost upon us, this past weekend was a great sampling of what is ahead!  I look forward to seeing everyone out and about as we begin to venture out into the parks, taking more walks, and attending more events outdoors.   I also hope that everyone managed during the days of heavy snowfall that we’ve had.  Hopefully the winter weather slows down soon and we can begin to enjoy more sun and warmth! I hope all of the elementary and secondary school students have a fun, relaxing and safe March break. Our family will spend time both at home and around the city this March Break.

As I have mentioned in the previous newsletter, we are currently in the middle of working on a multi-year budget that will cover 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  This multi-year budget will allow for the alignment of longer-term goals and objectives with longer-term funding plans, will allow greater certainty for citizens about the future direction of the City and taxes, and improve accountability and transparency over spending plan changes.   I strongly encourage you to get in touch with me regarding any feedback before we ratify the budget at Council.

The next Ward 10 meeting will be taking place on April 23, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Westmount Public Library.  London Police and Neighbourhood Watch will be in attendance to answer any questions about community policing and neighbourhood safety.  Please click here for more details and to register!

Some residents have asked me about attending a council or committee meeting.  This can be a great opportunity to bring your children to see what city hall is like and what the council does. If you would like to be more informed about issues discussed during Council meetings by reading City Council Agendas or even stream meetings (live or watch older meetings), you can do so at the City of London website.  Simply click on City Hall, and then City Council Agendas under the “At Your Service” heading.  If there is a live stream or video of the meeting, you will be able to watch it by clicking “Video” or read meeting agendas by clicking on “Agenda”.   Should there be a topic of interest coming up, I encourage you to get in touch with me if you would like to attend a meeting and I can walk you through what to expect!

I’m very excited to announce that I was recently elected to the Board of Directors at the Ontario Good Roads Association.

I was recently asked about Mayor Tory’s push for photo radar and whether or not that would be a good solution in London.  My response has been that I will ask our staff for a report on this.  I will be doing this at our next community and protective services meeting. My request for information is  not an endorsement of the idea, but rather a way for the committee to be informed about the implications of photo radar and the feasibility of this program in London.  What works in Toronto, may not work in London, and I trust that our staff will be able to offer information on this.

One item that will be coming up again in budget talks will be the discussion on green bins – I intend to post a blog on my website in the near future about this, but wonder if you will take the time to vote on this important item to help me get a sense of what our community’s preferences are.  You can vote on my website!

How can I help you? I have spent the past year and a bit getting up to speed on  council, and working with our community.  I have made myself available to the community for one on one meetings, and to assist with community groups.  My goal is to support our community and make it a better place for all of us – if I can assist you, please reach out.  I am always happy to help where I can, and where I can’t, I will point you in the right direction!

Lastly, I wanted to thank you for all of the ongoing communication and feedback.  I strongly value your opinions and take all concerns to heart.  Your feedback allows me to do my job as effectively as possible and I am truly grateful for it!

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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