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On the Agenda: Windsor City Council for Monday May 17th, 2010

Monday May 17th, 2010, 10:34am


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Ward 2 Councilor Ron Jones will put a notice of motion forward Council. His motion is to have the City of Windsor proceed with the restoration of the College Avenue Bridge, which was shut down over 2 years ago, because of concerns with the structure. The city has put a placeholder on $1.5 million dollars for restoration of the bridge as part of the 2009 budget, so the money is there to make the repairs needed to reopen the bridge. The city has delayed the repairs because they first want to see what will happen with the new rail tunnel. If a double stacked rail tunnel is built the bridge would have to be removed and raised up. In his motion Jones says that the residents and businesses in the area of the College/Wellington bridge have been inconvenienced for a considerable length of time due to the closure of the bridge, and he wants repairs made and the bridge open.

Once again City owned daycares are on the council agenda. As you will recall City Council voted to close all city run daycares back in February. Shortly after, the province announced restoring the $6.3 Million Best Start Child Care funding that the federal government reduced. A council question asking if this money could be used to keep some of the daycares open such as the Jefferson and Glengarry centers was then asked. In the report written by administration, it states that the provincial money has never been used to subsidize Windsor’s nine daycare centers in the past, and it can’t be used to do so in the future. As of Friday afternoon there were 9 delegates listed to speak, including CUPE president Jean Fox, and council chambers is expected to be standing room only.

More road work is planned for Dougall Road, this time between Ouellette Place and Jackson Street (the stretch of road in front of Zehrs, Food Basics etc) A mill and pave operation will take place, and the contractor is asking council to approve a noise bylaw exemption to allow this work to be done over night. 16,600 vehicles travel this section of road per day, and by doing most of the work at night; it will limit the disruption to the businesses along that stretch of road. Work is expected to start mid May and warp up by mid July.

Another operator is going to take a crack at operating a cruise ship along the riverfront. The last operator to offer this service was Royal City Cruse Ltd (RCCL) and they filed for bankruptcy in July of 2009. RCCL owes the City of Windsor $6529.94 in back rent. The M/V Seneaor was the vessel operated by RCCL and as a result of the bankruptcy; it has been reclaimed by the owner, Ottawa River Boat Cruises, but will not be released from the city until all owed monies are paid. Windsor River Cruise Limited is now proposing to take over the operations, and will dock the boat at the Festival Plaza Docking Facility, and tickets will be sold at Boardwalk Bikes and Ice Cream Sales, which is at the Festival plaza. The M/V Macassa Bay is certified to carry up to 200 passengers with dining for 100. It will operate from April 1st to December 31st, and will be docked at Lakeview Marina during the winter months.

Monday night is the last City Council meeting for two weeks. Next week’s meeting is cancelled because of the Victoria Day Holiday. There is no meeting scheduled for Monday, May 31, 2010 due to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference. The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be held on Monday, June 7, 2010.

You can find the full agenda on the City of Windsor’s website, here:

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