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Monday March 4th, 2013

Posted at 9:51pm

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Windsor City Council is debating a plan put forth by Mayor Eddie Francis to increase spending in the City by nearly $65,000,000.

Councillor Ron Jones called Mayor Francis “better than Santa Claus… [because] …there’s something for everyone in this”.

The Mayor plans to fund these projects:

Roads by $20 million:

  • $5.3 million for Phase 2 of the Riverside Drive Vista Project
  • $4.4 million for Tecumseh (from Drouillard to Rivard) and Wyandotte from (Lincoln to Bruce)
  • $1 million for each of the ten Windsor Wards for street repairs

Trails, Sidewalks, Bike Lanes by $4.23 million:

  • $1.4 million for a tunnel under Riverside Drive that connects the Riverfront Trail to Downtown
  • $1.8 million for sidewalk/trail on Cabana Road to tie in with the Parkway
  • $33 thousand for sidewalks on Norfolk in South Windsor
  • $1 million for sidewalk repairs city-wide

Transportation by $4.7 million:

  • $1.7 million for automatic vehicle locators for Transit Windsor buses (find out when the next bus is coming)
  • $400 thousand for Transit Windsor fleet maintenance
  • $300 thousand for service improvements
  • $300 thousand to study the area of Dougall near Teppermans to implement sidewalks/bike lanes
  • $2 million for adding video detection to intersections in the City. This would prevent you having to sit at a red light when there are no cars coming in the opposite direction

Corporate City projects by $23.9 million:

  • $5.5 million to upgrade the City of Windsor employee payroll system
  • $400 thousand for IT upgrades at City buildings
  • $18 million for a brand new City Hall as the Mayor describes it, “nothing iconic, nothing palatial, just a very simple building…where the elevators work, where the washrooms work”

Economic Development by $8.05 million:

  • $4 million for airport upgrades
  • $4.05 million for a Memorial Cup hosting bid, for the Belle Isle Grand Prix and for Swimming events

Other projects by $3.45 million:

  • $500 thousand for tree trimming
  • $300 thousand for Lakeview Marina
  • $500 thousand for repurposing the College Avenue Community Centre
  • $850 thousand for improving South Windsor arena
  • $300 thousand to improve splash pads
  • $1 million for Windsor Police

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