Lots of interesting stuff on this week’s Council agenda. Here’s a rundown and a bunch of links for more information.
If anything strikes you as interesting (or if you just want to meet some really cool folks) then come out for tomorrow night’s RCDC meetup.
1. Council is looking into the possibility of privatizing electricity, water, wastewater, solid waste and parking services. They are looking to sign a cooperation agreement with EPCOR who does the same thing for Edmonton. This feels a bit like signing an agreement with Blackwater to investigate privatizing a police force – EPCOR isn’t neutral in this game.
London Hydro courted by Edmonton utility company
Power player joins race for London Hydro
‘It just doesn’t smell right’
Baechler Balks At EPCOR Partnership Proposal
VIDEO From CTV London
Facebook Pack the Gallery Event
UPDATE: a trio of new articles were posted Sunday evening
2. Council will be asked to approve of London’s Growth Management Implementation Strategy. A number of developers aren’t completely happy with the plan so there should be interesting activity around this one. If you care about urban sprawl this is important to keep an eye on as it helps set the blueprint for London’s growth.
3. The development and real estate industries would like Council to allow some of the largest “temporary” building signage in the province. These temporary signs would also be up longer than any other city – 365 days. A very generous definition of temporary in my opinion.
The press doesn’t seem to be covering this one so here’s the item from last week’s BNEC (Built and Natural Environment Committee) agenda.
4. The downtown parking garage item is on the agenda again. Turns out that the existing parking available is under-utilized now (check out page 10 of this doc) and the additional cost of this facility may not be warranted at the moment.
5. A new animal welfare strategy is being developed for London. London Animal Care and Control’s contract is coming up soon and there is concern that they kill to many animals. Other cities are adopting “no kill” strategies.
6. Request for funding for the development of a Cultural Prosperity Plan for London