City hall briefs: July 17 – The London Free Press

Traffic light gets nod

Coun. Josh Morgan didn’t have to do much convincing to get his colleagues on board with a proposal to install a traffic light at the intersection of South Carriage and Hyde Park roads. The pitch failed by one vote when it last came to council, but the neighbourhood is now home to a bustling school community, and residents are concerned about safety at the intersection. Politicians on the civic works committee voted unanimously to recommend installing a traffic light there, even though traffic volumes aren’t high enough to require one under city hall rules.

Industrial land prices get boost

London’s on an upswing, at least when it comes to industrial lands. Demand is high, with only a few parcels of land available in the city’s industrial parks, and city politicians voted in favour of bumping up the price for plots in five of those parks. The corporate services committee unanimously recommended adding $5,000 an acre to land prices in Innovation Park, Skyway Industrial Park, River Road Industrial Park, and Cuddy Boulevard. Serviced land parcels in the Trafalgar Industrial Park stand to get an even bigger boost, with politicians recommending those lands be sold for $65,000 an acre rather than the current $55,000.

City needs 500 more election workers

It takes a lot of people to run an election, close to 2,000, in fact. City hall is looking to hire 500 more workers to staff polls in the October civic election. A whopping 1,800 people are needed to run advance polls and work at polling stations on voting day, and 1,300 already have been hired. Anyone older than 18 — who isn’t endorsing or working for a political candidate — is eligible to apply. Pay varies depending on the role, between $180 and $250 a day. But the hours are long, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day of advance polls and on Oct. 22. City hall is hosting the first of two job fairs on Thursday at Sherwood Forest Library from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information or to apply, go to