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Streetsville Village Times Article- February/March 2014 On December 22, 2014, the City of Mississauga and other municipalities

across the Greater Toronto Area were impacted by an ice storm, which resulted in damage to property, trees, widespread power outages, etc. A large number of trees were damaged throughout Mississauga, with the most significant damage occurring in the communities of Meadowvale, Malton, and Erin Mills. Prior to the ice storm, our city had approximately 2.1 million trees, (50% public trees, 50% private trees), and a significant percentage of Mississaugas existing canopy cover has been impacted due to the ice storm. City-wide debris cleanup is still underway, and crews have been actively removing debris on City roads, sidewalks, boulevards, parks, trails and other City properties. Debris cleanup on boulevards is expected to be completed by late February. With that said, I would like to remind everyone to please use caution when using sidewalks near fallen trees or hanging branches. Please use caution along City parks and trails during the cleanup. To assist with the debris cleanup process, I would ask that if you notice damaged or fallen City trees on City boulevards and in parks, please report them to the City by calling Mississauga 311 or 905615-3000. Please note that cleanup of fallen or damaged trees on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. For larger trees and debris on private property, it is recommended that a professional private tree contractor be called as City crews cannot trim or clear up private trees. Mississaugas Private Tree Protection By-Law has been temporarily suspended to assist residents in dealing with trees damaged as a result of the ice storm. Residents may cut or remove structurally unsound trees on their own private property without a permit during this time. Please exercise caution if you are cutting and removing trees and tree debris and consider hiring a professional contractor to ensure safety. If you will be removing trees on private property, please ensure to inform the City by calling Mississauga 311 or via email at urban.forestry@mississauga.ca. In order to assist residents with the removal of wood and brush debris, the Region of Peel will collect small bundles of wood and brush from the curb beginning January 13, 2014 on regularly scheduled waste collection days. Please note the following guidelines for bundles of wood and brush placed at the curb: Bundles of wood and brush must not exceed 1.2 m (4ft.) and 76 cm (30 in.) in diameter and must weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.). Individual branches and tree limbs must not exceed 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 7.5 cm (3 in.) in diameter and weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) . Leave small bundles of yard waste at the curb as yard waste collection may not coincide with your regularly scheduled collection day.

You may also take debris to your local Region of Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at no cost. Our local CRC is the Battleford Community Recycling Centre, which is located at 2255 Battleford Rd., in Mississauga. The new extended hours at the Battleford CRC (effective until August 2014) are as follows: Mon Thu 8:30 am - 8:00 pm Fri Sun 8:30 am - 4:30 pm For more information on waste collection and guidelines for yard waste, please visit the Region of Peels resident website www.peelregion.ca or call 905-584-2216.

Please note that at this time, all CVC parks are closed (except for Island Lake) due to damage from the ice storm. The Credit Valley Conservation Authority is urging everyone to exercise caution around waterways due to icy conditions and potential flooding. To report a flood, please call 905-670-1615; after hours, please call 1-800-215-8505. For more information about CVC parks, please visit www.creditvalleyca.ca or call 1-800-668-5557. Although Enersource has restored power to areas impacted by the ice storm, you may find more information about current power outages in and around your area or report a power outage by visiting www.enersource.com or calling 905-273-9050. In the event that you smell natural gas or need to report an emergency such as a damaged pipe or meter, please visit www.enbridge.com or call 1-877362-7434. If you need a natural gas appliance to be relit after power is restored, please contact a licensed heating contractor. I would like to thank you in advance for your patience, assistance, and cooperation with the debris cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the ice storm. I would also like to thank the City crews who are working very hard to clear all of the remaining debris from City roads, sidewalks, boulevards, parks, trails and other City properties. As always, if you need any assistance on this or any other municipal matter, please dont hesitate to contact my office at george.carlson@mississauga.ca or 905-8965011.