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Monday June 14th, 2010

Posted at 9:46am

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Council will receive a report on the first quarter of 2010 operating budget variances.  Several departments have gone over there projected budget for the first quarter, and the report states if this trend continues, at the end of 2010 the deficit predicted will be $5,147,000.00.  Council has a Budget Stabilization Contingency of 1.5 million, so once that is taken off, it is projected the City of Windsor will have a deficit at the end of 2010 of $3,647,000.00.  The report indicates that all city departments will monitor spending to try to reduce this deficit.

Once again, another Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) project has gone over budget.  This time for the new Central Riverfront Festival Plaza Amphitheatre.  The original budge for this was 2 million, but has come in at 3,600,000.00.  The difference will come out if the ISF Capital Contingency account.  The report notes that costs of projects has risen as part of the ISF funding and the aggressive deadlines.  All projects that receive ISF funding have to be complete by March 2011.  Most projects that have gone before council as part of this have all gone over their original budgets.

On the communications portion of the Council adjenda, there is notice for a Public Meeting for the Walkerville Heritage Area.  The meeting is to discuss the possible bylaw to prohibit front yard parking on all residential properties in the Walkerville Heritage Area, which is all lands between Walker Road to the east, Ottawa Street to the south, Lincon Road to the west and the Detroit River to the north.  The public meeting is on Thursday, June 17th at 5:00 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall.  The Planning Advisory Committee will then make a recommendation, which will go before City Council on Monday, July 16th.

A report from the town and gown committee is recommending that a planning study be commissioned to study neighborhood issues in the University area.  The costs of this study is $60,000 and will deal with such issues as studying rooming houses in the neighborhood.

City council will not meet next Monday night, as it is fireworks night.  The next scheduled meeting of council is on Monday, June 28.

The full agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found here:
http://www.citywindsor.ca/002885.asp

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