On Saturday 10 October the CID / Gwen Gower (our Environmental & Urban head) stepped in & started sorting the dismal state of the un-mown Meadow. The CoCT has been absent in this regard, in part due to the lock down, but also due to a disagreement between the CoCT & the lawn-mowing contractors which is now in court 🤦🏽♀️
This start to the mowing looks great & we must thank Earthworx for their generosity at doing this at cost for our CID! Our cash is really starting to work for us, as the CID Board slowly wraps its head around all the bureaucracy involved in getting things done!
Further to the above, & other areas of concern, some of the CID Board met online 13 Oct 2020 with Matthew Kempthorne, Chairperson of Subcouncil 16 (that our area/Ward 74 falls under), & relevant line managers / representatives at the CoCT to start tackling the long list of concerns that face our neighbourhood. Chris Tisdall, our Chairperson, shared these concerns on our OHMCID Whatsapp chat group this past weekend.
We do not have enough funding to do everything ourselves, & neither is that our mandate. OHMCID is supposed to top up the services delivered by the CoCT - not replace them! The CID under CoCT should allow for good communication & action channels for OHMCID, to ensure smooth access to the line managers, that can in turn see that CoCT is meeting their commitments. We have waited a long time for this meeting with Subcouncil 16 & are still trying to get our heads around what the City is obliged to deliver. For example how many times a year can we expect the CoCT to mow the Meadow lawn, or remove alien vegetation where required? Once informed we can then structure our action & budget accordingly.
The discussion around today's meeting agenda was positive, with one of the main highlights being, that the departments involved, are promising that by 6 Nov 2020 the vehicle gate at corner 2 (top hairpin in Hughenden, abutting DY) will be in place & locked with access for the contractors only.
Roberto Quintas, our ward councillor (who reports to Mathew Kempthorne), was also in the meeting to start, & he reiterated that the Mayor, Dan Plato, had given direct instructions, after the numerous meetings by the Hughenden/OHMCID representatives, to ensure that this & other listed items happen. This action, which has been sought & was committed to by the CoCT, since the inception of the Safety Pathway project with OHMCID, has been promised before with no luck, so we are hoping that this time it is indeed done! This is what has been delaying OHMCID finishing our part of the Safety Pathway fencing.
Also of note was that currently the CoCT is not pursuing any further action on the Triangle (ERF 1459). Although this area falls just outside the CID, what happens here will affect all of us, & the CID board has requested that the CoCT engages at all levels on any future developments on the Triangle (ERF 1459). Of course we still need to remain vigilant as to what the city's intentions are - & we will!
We have a good basis to work from after this meeting, to get the CoCT delivering on some much needed services in our hood & the OHMCID board will continue to push with the relevant persons to ensure that the CoCT & Subcouncil 16 work with us & is is their mandate to deliver on services to our area.
AGAIN - A HUGE THANK YOU TO GWEN & EARTHWORX FOR THIS START. WE WILL SHORTLY SEND OUT AN INVITE, FOR ALL IN THE COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE HELPING US WITH SORTING THE MEADOWS AT A WEEKEND, A MEET & GREET & MAKE OHMCID BEAUTIFUL AGAIN DAY! TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!