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Monday June 7th, 2010

Posted at 9:06am

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After a two week break, City Council returns tonight will a full agenda, although there is not too much to watch out for.

Mayor Eddie Francis is asking council to endorse a bid proposal to host the 2013 International Children’s Games.  He is asking for approval for his office to authorize to execute the hosting fee payment of 500 Euros which is a prerequisite of the bib application.  The city will also be seeking support from the County of Essex and both the University and College.  The City must also build a 50 meter pool, as this is the only venue we don’t currently have to host the games.  The games will have an estimated budget of between $1,500,000 and 2,500,000 which the city is proposing will be paid for by various grants and partnerships.  The bid is conditional on the City of Windsor’s ability to secure sponsorships and a facilities plan.  The report states that Mayor Francis has been working on this file for over a year, and this past January the Mayor’s office hosted dignitaries of the games on a three day site inspection of Windsor Essex.

There is a report from the Windsor heritage Committee approving the expense of $15,000 from the Built Heritage Fund to do a building condition report for Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Riverside Drive.  The Church was closed a number of years ago, and in 2008, the Diocese offered the Church to the city for a cost of $1.00.  The city then formed a committee to study the potential use of the building.  The committee has been discussing a wide range of possible uses for the property and associated costs, and repairs needed to the building.  Once the study is complete, they will have a better idea of what has to be done to the Church.

On the communications portion of the Agenda:  There is a notice from the MTO informing the city that they will be tearing down several properties along the route for the DRIC highway.  These include Century Fire Equipment and the Best Western Hotel on Huron Line, as well as 18 fairly new houses on Sansotta Court.  They indicate this work will begin by the second week of June.

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

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