London resident Saveria Dipp sang the national anthem. Saveria is a 22 year-old singer and songwriter who has been performing since she was 8 years old. Her talents have taken her all over Canada, where she has performed in festivals, charity events, radio programs and on television.
Council recognized Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Award recipients Alex Guo of Oakridge Secondary School and Emma Cervinka from Catholic Central High School. This scholarship provides $2000 to two distinguished students to use as they embark on their next chapter in life – post secondary education.
The City of London was awarded the E.A. Danby Certificate of Merit by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario for the 2018 Ranked Ballot Election.
Council acknowledged and thanked first responders, City Staff and community organizations for their work in the hours and days following the explosion in Old East Village on August 15.
In Other Council News:
Council approved a motion to adopt the “Heritage Places 2.0: A description of Potential Heritage Conservation Districts in the City of London”.
Council approved the donation of a permanently-roofed park pavilion for White Oaks Park, that will be donated by York Developments, pending the completion of a formal agreement between the City and York.
Council approved the proposal submitted by Digital Echidna for the website redesign development and implementation.
Council received a report containing background details and preliminary analysis to develop a business case for a bike share system in London and directed staff to implement an RFP process to obtain pricing and a vendor.
Council approved a recommendation to request the London Medical Network return $7.3 million in funds that have not been invested by the Network to the City, and directed staff to report back with a strategy for investing those funds in developing permanent housing with supports for mental health and addictions.
Council received the ‘City of London Service Review: Review of Service Delivery for Housing and directed staff to examine the development of affordable housing and report back on a recommended course of action.