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Friday, April 27, 2012

Windsor police bust marijuana grow-op - 702 Rankin Ave.

Police are asking everyone to make themselves aware of suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods. Signs that a house is being used as a grow-op can include covered windows, no garbage bags at the curb on collection day, and a lack of evidence that anyone lives there.

If you suspect a house is being used as a marijuana grow-op, you can contact the Windsor Police Service at 519-255-6700, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).

See article below:

Windsor police bust marijuana grow-op

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Graffiti and Stolen Bike

Graffiti at North Merritt Park and a stolen bike (colour and make to be determined shortly) on the 900 block of Askin.  Police were notified.

Source:  Bridgeview Neighbourhood Watch Group

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Willy’s Light A Beacon In Windsor’s West End

In case you missed it, below is my latest Windsor Star post.  It illustrates the power of teamwork and what you can do when you work with others towards a common purpose.

Willy’s Light A Beacon In Windsor’s West End

Fabio Costante

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Want to wish you and your family a happy and joyous Easter.

Enjoy your Sunday!

All the best,
Fabio Costante

Meeting on Lodging Houses at Bedford United Church

Meeting on Lodging Houses
at Bedford United Church

A group of local homeowners will be hosting this meeting/open house.  The City administration recently held their own open house on lodging houses at City Hall on March 29th, but it appeared to have been poorly attended.

This neighbourhood meeting will begin at 7:00 PM on Tuesday April 10, 2012 at the Bedford United Church at 3340 Sandwich Street, West Windsor (between Brock and Chippawa).  A large parking lot behind the church is accessible off Russell Street.

The neighbourhood meeting/open house will present to you much more information than the City’s open house.  There will be an informative presentation of many topics, including an in-depth exploration of the by-laws, regulations and other methods that other Ontario university cities are using right now to address the same issues seen in Windsor.

After the presentation, there will be a question and comment period and you will be welcome to examine printed information displays from the City’s open house.  The same official comment forms offered at the City's open house will be available for you to fill in.  These forms will be collected as you leave the open house and presented to the City by the meeting organizers.

You may be interested to know that the following underlined statements are from the City’s own information displays.

There are currently 36 licensed lodging houses in the City of Windsor. 12 are Class I Lodging Houses and the remaining 24 are Class 2 Lodging houses.

However, there may be many more lodging houses in operation without license. In the 2004 [Planning Department] study, it was estimated that 500 lodging houses are concentrated in the Randolph Ave., Riverside Dr. West, Huron Church Rd., and Tecumseh Rd. West area.

Please tell your neighbours about this valuable opportunity to learn more about an important issue that affects our neighbourhood

For more information send your e-mail to meetapril10@gmail.com

Homeowners Mobilize to Increase Public Input on Windsor’s Future Lodging House Policies

Press Release:

Homeowners Mobilize to Increase Public Input on Windsor’s Future Lodging House Policies

(Windsor, ON - April 5, 2012) A group of concerned homeowners is mobilizing to bring more attention to Windsor’s on-going review of lodging policies.  The city held two lodging house sessions last week at City Hall for public input on but some West End homeowners are planning their own meetings to ensure that the city's plans adequately reflect the views of all taxpayers.  The policy review was initiated by City Council to address long-standing problems (such as noise, trash, and illegal parking) in neighbourhoods with a large and growing proportion of rental units.

The city had set a deadline of April 12, 2012 for public comments on future policies related to lodging houses in residential areas.  The short comment period was seen by many homeowners as insufficient to allow the City to gather comments from residents in all areas of the city who could be impacted.  This includes the areas around the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, bordering areas, and the downtown area with its new university and college facilities.  After an urgent request from a concerned homeowner, Windsor City Council on Monday extended the deadline to April 30th.  

To ensure the City has the benefit of a fuller range of public comments, the West End homeowners have organized their own meeting to gather more public input at 7 PM April 10, 2012 at Bedford United Church in Old Sandwich Town.  The information displays and comment forms available at the City’s meeting will be provided at this meeting.  The homeowners will also present additional important information on the issue.  All completed comment forms will be gathered and presented to the city by the meeting organizers.  More meetings in other areas of Windsor will be organized by the same group according to the interest received.

Other municipalities have licensed rental properties since 2009.  If Windsor had done so at the same time, the city could have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in the intervening years to fully fund enforcement and inspection.  This reasonable response to a clearly evident problem would have surely improved safety, cleanliness and the quality of life for all tenants across the City, especially the students living off-campus around the University of Windsor and St. Clair College. 
In a study done in 2008, Windsor said it was too onerous. We Disagree.

For further information contact
Gary Langill at meetapril10@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Common Concerns and Hopes

See my Windsor Star article by clicking on the link below.  I discuss how other neighbourhoods in different municipalities share our common concerns and hopes.

Common Concerns and Hopes

Fabio Costante