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Monday May 3rd, 2010

Posted at 9:37am

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

The one item expected to take much of Councils time Monday night is The Municipal Cultural Master Plan, which was originally slated to be debated 2 weeks ago but was deferred to this week.  As of Friday there were 12 listed delegations to speak on this item.  windsoriteDOTca wrote about this plan a few weeks back, you can read that here:  http://windsorite.ca/2010/04/13/windsor-cultural-master-plan-to-change-artistic-landscape/

Sticking with Cultural, the issue of the Chimczuk Trust money is again before council.  This report as well originally came to council two weeks ago, but at the request of some on council it was deferred to this week.  The report recommends that council direct the Manager of Cultural Affairs to proceed with the RFP for the Museum Development Feasibility Study.  The report also recommends that the city establish a Museum Development Trust with the funds from the Chimczuk Trust, subject to the findings if the study.  In 1989, the late Mr. Chimczuk devised and bequeathed all this property to the City of Windsor, with the purpose to build a building known as the Chimczuk Museum for use as a cultural museum, archives and library.  Previous city councils have issued RFP’s but nothing has ever come of those.  The money continues to sit in the bank and collect interest.

The other big item expected to carry a lengthy debate is The Emission of Amplified Sound Policy which was deferred from last week.  windsoriteDOTca wrote an extensive story on this last week, which can be found here: http://windsorite.ca/2010/04/27/65-dba/

A few other items before council are:

Council will be asked to approve the 2010 advertising contract with the Windsor Star.  The Windsor Star is charging the city an additional 2% on top of what it changed them last year.  This report originally came to council on March 1, 2010, but council asked administration to see if they could negotiate a cheaper rate with the Star.  The Windsor Star declined to give a more favorable rate to the city saying that they already gave them a considerable discount.   In 2009, the city spent $470,000.00 on advertising.  It is estimated the city will spend $500,000.00 on advertising in 2010.

Council will be asked to approve the recommendations to add staffing to the Windsor Essex County Environment Committee (WECEC).   Administration is recommending filling the position of WECEC Coordinator that was left vacant in October 2009 to a cost of $28,000.00 to the city and $20,000.00 to the County.  Council will also be asked to approve the creation of the position of Environment Coordinator Assistant, which will be funded by the reallocation of funding sources.  The main roles will be to oversee the Environmental Master Plan, coordinate air quality alert responses,  initiate and implement environmental events and projects, plan an annual report on the smog action plans and to seek funding and partnerships to further the work of the WECES and its Subcommittees.  This is a one year contract position evaluated at the end of the year, and a recommendation on moving forward will be made at that times based on the evaluation.

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

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