September Newsletter

Dear friends,

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of the summer break.  It’s hard to believe that fall is almost upon us!

As back to school time is almost here, the issue around reducing speed limits in school zones is more relevant than ever. Please keep in mind that children are walking to and from school and drive accordingly. I wish everyone a happy and safe back to school season and good wishes for the year ahead!

I recently attended a 4 day conference in Niagara Falls presented by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  This was a great opportunity to learn about leading trends, and to network with 2,000 community leaders (Councillors, mayors and staff) from across Ontario.

I also wanted to make you aware that Councillors expenses have been posted for the second quarter. They are available on the City of London website.  I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about my expenses, or about the policies in general.

Something you may want to pay attention to is on September 29th, the Governance Working Group will be reviewing the previous council compensation task force report.  This does not mean that compensation is being changed or voted on to be changed, but it may be looked at again.  All committee and council meetings are open to the public – if you have never attended one and are interested in checking it out, feel free to let me know ahead of time, and I can guide you through the process.

Our next ward meeting will take place on September 16th at 6:00 pm in the Ferrior Room A & B at Westmount Public Library.  I look forward to seeing everyone there!  Please bring any questions or concerns you may have.  I look forward to hearing from you on a variety of issues affecting Ward 10.  Please keep in mind that I will be piloting filming the meeting to be available on my website to those who can’t attend. 

I am continuing to assist homeowners who are dealing with basement flooding.  As we are approaching the fall season, fall rain will be imminent.  As I have mentioned previously, 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.  The link also includes important contact information that you will want to have when basement flooding occurs.

In light of the unfortunate events relating to vandalism in Ward 10, I am asking the community to remain aware of suspicious activity during the day and at night.  Please be sure to contact police if you suspect or witness suspicious activity.  Forest Edge Community Club will be hosting a neighbourhood watch presentation to provide residents with information to help keep our community safe and secure.  The meeting will be on Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 pm at 427 Village Green. Please contact the club to confirm your attendance:

Again, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to call, or email me with their questions and concerns.  My website is a good source of information, and provides an additional means of contacting me. I have a regular poll that I use to seek your feedback on current issues. As always, I am happy to hear from you at any time.

Kind Regards,

Virginia Ridley

Ward 10

Call or Text: 226-927-0539
300 Dufferin Ave, Suite 314

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