Smart signal system on way

Politicians were full of praise Tuesday night as the city moved one step closer to a “smart” traffic signal system. Civic works committee unanimously supported a $135,860 contract for LEA Consulting to help the city implement an intelligent transportation system to control traffic signals using real-time monitoring. London’s road boss Edward Soldo described the project as moving the city’s traffic system “into the next century.” The smart system, in addition to reducing headaches for drivers, is key to the city’s bus rapid transit plans - writes

Politicos nix watering down rules

Coun. Michael van Holst’s push to ease London’s lawn watering rules was rejected by the civic works committee Tuesday evening. Van Holst suggested that because city has unused capacity in its water system, increased watering by some homeowners would drive down water prices for other Londoners, including “poor families” trying “to bathe their children.” City staff said reduced water use is part of London’s conservation plans, and added that system capacity is crucial for future city development. Coun. Bill Armstrong backed van Holst’s efforts, but all others were opposed.

Renovation fee refund? Not likely

Junction Climbing Centre got little sympathy from politicians as it tried to get a refund on fees for renovations at the Old East Village rock-climbing gym. It’s the second time in three years Junction’s owners have sought to adjust development charges. In 2014, the previous council cut the centre’s development charges by close to $100,000 — which the gym’s owner and lawyer called a precedent. But the city solicitor said Tuesday he could not find any rationale for that decision, and corporate services committee agreed the 2017 charges were appropriate based on the development – and creation of more usable space for climbing – at the gym.

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