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Monday May 10th, 2010

Posted at 9:32am

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

Council will receive a report answering a question that was raised by Council Halberstadt in December.  He asked administration for a report back on how to reverse the silencing button in Council Chambers on the Chairpersons microphone, which is used by Mayor Francis.

As it is right now, Mayor Francis has the power to turn off any microphone in chambers when he wishes to silence the person who is speaking.  In its report administration states that when this new microphone was installed in 2008, the Information Technology Department had no knowledge that this microphone would come with the silence feature.  Administration states that the Information Technology Department does not have experience programming sound systems to make the change to reverse this.  The report recommends not altering the current functionally of the Chairpersons microphone.

Another project funded by the Federal and Provincial Governments has come back with a higher than expected tender cost.  The new Ojiibway Nature Center had a budget of $1,500,000.00, but several unforeseen additional expenses have now put the project at $1,961,650.00.  Some additional costs for this project were Septic System/Sanitary sewer costs, water service and fire hydrants, as well as asphalt and concrete work.  To save costs, several components of the original project were removed or scaled back including reduction of the green roof area from 7,080 square feet to 2,450 square feet.  The report recommends taking the difference from the Capital Contingency 5 year plan.    This is the second project to go over budget.  A few weeks ago council also had to approve taking money from the Capital Contingency to cover an over budget tender for the Riverfront Retention Treatment Basin Facility.

Another tender has also came back at a higher than expected cost.  This tender is for the reconstruction of Sunset – the main road of the University of Windsor – from University Ave to Wyandotte.  The original budget for this project was $1,600,000.00, but the lowest bid came back at $1,850,000.00.  It is recommended that council fund the difference from the Alexis Road construction project as it has come under budget.  The report makes note that because of the high amount of construction work this year, tenders have been coming back higher than expected.  It is expected that other tenders currently out may also come back over budget.

Two Site Plan Applications are on the communications portion of the agenda:

One is for the redevelopment of the Burger King restaurant on the corner of Tecumseh Road East and Lauzon.  This includes the demolition of a portion of the restaurant to make it smaller, re configuration of the drive-thru and renovations of the remaining restaurant inside and out.

The second is for the demolition of several homes on Dougall Road to the South of the TD Bank Building in order to construct a new two story medical and office building with a 900 Sq. Foot pharmacy.

You can find the full agenda on the City of Windsor’s website, here:
http://www.citywindsor.ca/002885.asp

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