Council Briefs

You can get a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions in the briefs prepared by the City's Communications Division. Please note that the information you can access from the links below does not constitute the official record or minutes of the Council meeting and does not cover all items considered by Council.

October 13, 2020

Recognition:

City Council awarded Patrick Hutchinson with the 2020 Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship. This annual $3,000 scholarship for students in an occupational and/or public health and safety related program was established in 2006 by the City of London and CUPE Locals 101 and 107, as a tribute to employee Tim Hickman, who died in service to the community at age 21.

In other Council news:

City Council passed a motion directing staff to implement the provision of internal parking enforcement services and cancelled the Request for Proposal process seeking an external source of the service.

City Council endorsed Councillors Arielle Kayabaga and Shawn Lewis in their applications to represent London on Committees of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which lobbies the federal government on behalf of cities.

September 29, 2020

Council approved a demolition permit for a Heritage Designated Property at 120 York Street. Council noted that while the property is located in the Downtown Heritage Conservation District, but that the building on the property has no historical or architectural significance. The demolition allows for expanded surface level parking.

 Council voted against reconsidering an earlier Council decision on July 21 to keep a planned sidewalk in the Silverleaf Subdivision.

 Council approved a heritage alteration permit for 556 Wellington Street. The heritage alteration permit will allow for the construction of two high-rise buildings on the property, within the West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District.

 Council endorsed a motion from Councillor Peloza directing staff to undertake a review of the Street Renaming By-law, Policies and Guidelines. Council directed staff to review the policy for changing street names, including Plantation Road, and to establish a list of potential street names that include suggestions from the community and reflect contributions of London's Historic Black families, Indigenous communities and people of colour.

 Council received the Steps Toward Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression at the City of London report and directed staff to proceed with the recommended next steps identified in the report with respect to the Equity and Inclusion Lens, Workforce Metrics, and Black Liaison Officer position.

Council received for information the City of London Website Redesign Development and Implementation– Update report. Londoners are invited to visit the beta site at new.london.ca to provide input and feedback that will shape the final site, launching on October 7.

August 25, 2020

Council Recognition:

Council recognized Councillor Anna Hopkins for being unanimously elected as Chair of the Large Urban Caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. This marks Councillor Hopkins second term representing London as part of this Caucus.

Council thanked and recognized community members and staff who organized a baseball game in Labatt Memorial Park last week. The main purpose of the game was to preserve the park’s record as the world's longest continuously operating baseball grounds, a 144-year streak which is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Council also recognized Canada United, an initiative encouraging Canadians to shop local and support local businesses and restaurants August 28 – 30.

In other Council News:

Councillors deferred a motion to establish a London Film Office, instead asking staff to explore this and develop a business case that will come back to Council in late 2020 or early 2021.

Council received an update on the Climate Emergency Action Plan, noting that a number of the initiatives have been delayed as a result of COVID-19.

Council directed staff to review safety concerns expressed by the community, related to the sidewalk installation in the Silver Leaf Community and to grant a representative of the residents of Silver Leaf to appear as a delegation at a future meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee.

June 29, 2020

Council approved a motion directing staff to develop a plan for the creation of an Active Transportation Manager.

Council received the COVID-19 City of London Services Report, an overview of the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the City of London including a summary of service level changes that have been required as a result of restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of this virus.

Council approved measures to mitigate financial impacts on the City of London caused by COVID-19. Measures approved include deferral of capital projects, operating service adjustments including closing River Road Golf Course for the season, and deferral of additional investments for 2020 approved during the 2020- 2023 Multi-Year Budget.

Council directed staff to waive the applicable fees associated with permits and encroachments to assist businesses with opening temporary restaurant patios, curbside pick-ups, vending stands and other business practices.

Council approved deferring all Community Improvement Plan (CIP) loan repayments on an interest-free basis for an additional 90 days.

Council approved extending the waiver of late payment charges for unpaid water and wastewater billings through July 2020.

June 16, 2020

Council approved the expropriation of lands required for the Adelaide Street CP Rail Grade Separation Project.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council approved an emergent motion to delegate authority to the Civic Administration to amend regulations to assist businesses to reopen.

Council approved the construction contract for the Kiwanis Park Natural Playground. The suggestion for the natural playground was a winning idea of the 2017 Neighbourhood Decision Making program.

April 21, 2020

Council Recognition: Council paused to remember Holocaust survivor, downtown business owner and London icon Fanny Goose who passed away last week. Council also took a moment of silent to honour the people whose lives were lost in Nova Scotia over the weekend.   In other Council News: Council approved a motion to endorse that Councillor Josh Morgan stand for re-election to the Board of Directors for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Council also approved a motion to endorse that Councillor Anna Hopkins stand for election to the Board of Directors for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Large Urban Caucus. Council approved the tax policy. Council approved the appointment of an interim board to govern this area’s public housing provider, London Middlesex Community Housing. Council approved a motion to provide additional economic relief by deferring the due date for final 2020 property tax installments by 60 days.

April 7, 2020

Council approved seven contracts for essential infrastructure work.

Council approved a three-month payment deferral on licenses required for cab and limousine drivers/owners as well as restaurant operators.

March 24, 2020

In response to COVID-19, Council unanimously approved measures to provide immediate economic relief to residents and businesses.

Council approved a decision to delay consideration of tender awards until the April 7, 2020 Council meeting in order to provide the Civic Administration an opportunity to confirm with construction companies their ability to do the work considering potential impacts of COVID-19.

Council approved sidewalk installation on Fox Mill Crescent.

Council voted to exempt Camden Crescent from the intended sidewalk installation and any planned tree removal associated with construction of the sidewalk.

Council approved the amendment of the overnight parking program to be in force from November 1 until April 30 annually.

March 2, 2020

Tommy Solo was on hand in Council Chambers to perform the national anthem. Tommy is a rock music veteran and a staple to London’s music scene, performing at a number of local festivals. Most recently, Tommy performed at ‘Rockin' for Kids,’ a benefit show for the Children's Health Foundation of Southwestern Ontario.

In other Council News:

Council approved plans for the second phase of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands. This will include the disposition of 124 Colborne Street (0.80 acres), as well as the lands bounded by Waterloo Street, South Street, Colborne Street and Hill Street (5.45 acres), which includes the Health Services Building (Building 50) and the War Memorial Children’s Hospital (Building 52), excluding lands reserved for the future construction of a public square.

Council approved an exemption from the intended sidewalk installation and any plans for the removal of trees on Runnymede Crescent.

Council approved the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget

Council approved the appointment of Lynne Livingstone as City Manager.

February 11, 2020

Council Recognition

London based R&B Soul Singer Tiffany Chantelle sang the national Anthem. Tiffany has been singing and performing since the age of 6, and has been recording in a studio setting since she was 16 years old.

In Other Council News

Council received a report on the Tree Impacts for 2020 Infrastructure Renewal Program, a report that provided information about tree removals, mitigation and communications.

Council referred the Victoria Park Secondary Plan back to staff for further public consultation and consideration including permitted heights, housing affordability, sound mitigation, and other issues raised by the public during the formal Public Participation Meeting (PPM).

Council received the “City of London Service Review – Review of Golf Operations” and directed staff to explore all possible options for River Road Golf Course, but directed that no further action be taken on recommendations related to other municipal golf courses.

Council approved a motion directing staff to work with the London Transit Commission, the provincial government and the federal government to identify funding streams that could be used to purchase electric buses and the required charging infrastructure.

January 28, 2020

London singer Sam Peco performed the national anthem. Sam has been singing for most of her life and has most recently has been performing around London as part of a duo with Luke Smith. They have been recording together and are close to releasing their own music this summer.

Council recognized retiring City Manager Martin Hayward, acknowledging his close to 36 years of service with the City. The Mayor also shared letters of congratulations from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

Council recognized the City of London employee contribution to the Business Cares Food Drive. This year’s campaign garnered more than $22,400 and hundreds of pounds of food for the London Food Bank.

In other Council News:

Council approved the expropriation of lands required to move forward with the Wharncliffe Road widening and improvements project.

Council denied a request for demolition of a heritage property on Halls Mill Road.

Council received and accepted a Memo of Understanding between the N’Amerind Friendship Centre and the City.

January 14, 2020

London singer songwriter Jason Mercer sang the national anthem. Jason is a solo artist whose music spans pop and rock, with a little bit of country mixed in. He has been a member of local bands that include Metro4 and Them Dang Wranglers, who have been featured at the Trackside Music Festival.

Council recognized London Knights players and staff for their role in bringing the gold medal home to Canada at the World Junior Championships this winter. 

Council recognized and celebrated the work of outstanding Londoners who were named to the 2020 Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List.

In other Council News:

Council approved a Proclamation Policy.

Council received a report from the City Manager Search Committee.

Council approved an approach to review e-Scooters in London.

Council approved the appointment of AECOM Canada Ltd. as the consulting engineers for the Downtown Loop and Municipal Improvements Project.

 

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