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Sunday November 28th, 2010

Posted at 11:06am

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Over City Hall by jodelli from the windsoriteDOTca Flickr pool.

Over City Hall by jodelli from the windsoriteDOTca Flickr pool.

Monday night marks the last meeting for city councillors Caroline Postma, Dave Brister and Ken Lewena Jr.

It is also a historical night in the city.  This is the last time Council will meet under the current ward system.

The new Council will be sworn in on Monday December 6th at 7:00pm at the St. Clair Center for the Arts.

windsoriteDOTca takes a look back at some of the notable decisions and changes to Windsor under the current sitting council.

May 2007 Windsor City Council renamed the AKO Neighbourhood Centre to honour Constable John Atkinson, the first Windsor police officer murdered in the line of duty.  In recognition of John Atkinson’s service to the community, his sacrifice in the line of duty and his past participation as a member of the AKO Junior Football program.

June 24, 2007 The long awaited opening of the new International Transit Terminal opened in Downtown Windsor on the site of the old Canadian Tire.

Summer 2007 The Peace beacon opened at the foot of Dieppe gardens replacing the aged Clearly Guest House that had sat along the riverfront for decades.  This is one of 5 beacons that are planned along the riverfront.

September 2007 Downtown Windsor welcomed St. Clair College at their new downtown Campus, after taking over the Clearly from the City.  This past September, St. Clair College increase their foot print downtown with the opening of the mediaplex.

May 2008 The Parks Dept began long needed improvements to the gateways in the city.  Starting with Dougall Road, the over grown hills were planted with hundreds of shrubs and trees.  Medians along Dougall were freshened up the following summer, and this summer improvements were made to Howard Ave.

January 12, 2009 Council approved a recommendation to designate Sandwich Conservation Heritage District.  The city said this is to preserve the history of Sandwhich, while others say it is simply to stop the Ambassador Bridge Company from tearing down over 100 boarded up houses they own, to make a green buffer.  This matter is still tied up in the courts.

April 2009 Both unions represented the City’s inside and outside workers went on strike for 101 days.  Garbage went un collected and parks became over grown.  The sticking point for both sides was post retirement benefits for new hires.

June 2009 Transit Windsor introduced six of eighteen of its New Flyer Hybrid buses to its fleet after city council approved the expense of $11.4 million to purchase them.

June of 2009 and 2010 The Red Bull Air races took off from Windsor for two summers in a row.  After a year of playing secondary host with Detroit in 2008, Windsor took the lead and hosted them.

February 2, 2010 City Council votes to close seven daycares centers operated by the city, saying they are un profitable.

July 12,  2010 City Council voted to outsource parking enforcement services

July 20, 2010 City Council voted to outsource garbage and recycling collection.

November 22, 2010 City Council approved a Notice of Motion that deals with whether chickens should be allowed in a non-agriculturally zoned region.  This will be considered at the January 24, 2011 meeting of Council, and looks to be the first major debate for the new council.

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