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Thursday April 7th, 2011

Posted at 10:15am

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The City of Windsor passed a $122,782,000 budget for 2011 last night, but at the end of the night, some interesting “specific” add-ons were made to the city’s plans for this year.

These add-ons, suggested by City Councillors, are “placeholders [that are] subject to a report back [to council],” as described by Mayor Eddie Francis.

Here are the highlights:

$2m for City Hall

Repair to boilers, leaks in Council Chambers, asbestos removal, Air Conditioning system

$1.76m for Wyandotte Street West

New sewers, sidewalk and street for University of Windsor corridor, Sunset to Campbell

$500k Ottawa Street BIA

To repair roadway, crosswalks, curbs

$1m for Roseland

Repairs to golf bunkers

$200k for 6th Concession

Road work

$250k for Ducharme

Road work

$275k for Sidewalks

Sidewalks in South Windsor (along Dominion)

$150k for Downtown Market

Funding toward finding the Downtown Market a permanent home

$100k for Children’s Safety Village

Upgrades to the Children’s Safety Village

$70k for Sandwich

Street furniture

$85k for a Secret Matter

Described as a “Property Matter” relating to an in-camera (behind closed doors) Council meeting

$100k to Waive Fees for Patios

Permits will still be necessary, but sidewalk patio fees will be waived for 2011 to encourage use

$100k for Alley Rehab

To be applied to alleys “rated” in worst shape

The City identified a total of $6.59 million in “placeholders”, and Francis suggested ways to cover these costs.  Six million dollars was earned by the sale of Brighton Beach to the DRIC project, and the remaining $590,000 will be covered by what Francis described as a “decrease in $14m in reserves that we’re going to contribute to in the subsequent years.”  Therefore, costs for these additional projects are fully covered.

All of these projects are subject to study and shovels should be in the ground later this year.  windsoriteDOTca will have full construction coverage of these projects!

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