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Monday April 26th, 2010

Posted at 9:35am

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The City of Windsor’s Coat of Arms within City Council Chambers

Monday night’s city council agenda is light with just two items to watch out for.

Council will be asked to approve a lease agreement with the Downtown Residence Association Windsor (DRA) for the old bus terminal lands to be used for the Downtown Farmers Market again this summer.

The Lease will be for Saturdays only from June 4th, 2010 until October 30th, 2010.  The DRA was asking for a 5 year least agreement, but City administration declined that saying that such a lease would restrict council’s future options with the land and would also curtail the potential value of the property.

Public Works is also looking at a dual use of this property, exploring the option of using it as a parking lot during the weekdays.

There is no cost for the DRA to lease the land, and the only other cost associated with the site is hydro, which was about $49.00 per month in 2009, and that cost will be picked up by the city.  In 2009 the market grew from 200 shoppers per day to a record of 1000.

This year there are 22 vendors from last summer returning with 5 new ones that have committed verbally.

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City council will also be asked to approve the tender for the Retention Treatment Basin Facility at the riverfront, as well council will be asked to increase the overall budget of the project.

The winning bidder is PCR Contracting, the same company that built the WFCU Centre arena.  PCR was the lowest bidder on the project, but the bid put the project over budget by $6,213,073.00.

The original budget for the project was $60,000,000.00, being covered 2/3 by the Provincial and Federal Government’s.  The city must pick up 100% of any costs outside the budget.  City council is being asked to fund the difference from the Capital Contingency 5-year plan account.

There is still one contract left to be tendered in the Retention Treatment Basin Facility budgeted at $4,500,000.00, to be awarded at the end of  April.

Construction of the Basin began earlier this year, and has taken over a better part of the riverfront east of the casino up to Hiram Walker’s.  It is expected to wrap up in March of 2011.

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