11:30 a.m., Feb. 5)
Draft budget gives Cumberland Ward lion's share of capital
By Fred Sherwin
Ward residents are the big winners in the sweepstakes
for capital dollars in the 2015 draft budget with nearly
$9.5 million allocated for a variety of projects.
the $9.5 million, $8.1 million has been allocated for
growth related initiatives including $4.5 million to add
a gymnasium and multi-purpose room to the François
Dupuis Recreation Centre on Avalon, and $2 million as
part of the $8 million expansion plan for Millennium Park.
projects earmarked for the ward include $514,000 to improve
the overflow capacity of the Tenth Line Road sanitary
sewer pumping station; $410,000 for the Avalon South recreation
pathway; $310,000 for improvements to Cassandra Park in
Vars; $206,000 for the Cardinal Creek Village sanitary
sewer; and $200,000 for intersection control design at
Portobello and Valin, and Brian Coburn Way and Aquaview.
19 will also receive $1.4 million for a number of renewal
projects including new culverts for Hall Road and Anderson
Road; maintenance work on the Birchgrove Beckett's Creek
bridge, the Sand Road bridge, the Sarsfield Road bridge,
and the Carlsbad Road overpass at Beckett's Creek; and
$149,000 for restoration work on the exterior of the French
Hill schoolhouse at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.
biggest project slated for the coming year was not included
among the new spending initiatives because it was approved
in 2014 and is there for considered a "work in progress".
The Millennium Park expansion will include an artificial
turf field, three additional senior soccer fields, a junior
soccer field, a fieldhouse and a splash requiring a total
investment of $8 million, $6 million of which is being
paid for by local developers.
Cumberland Ward is getting the majority of new capital
funding in the draft budget, Orléans Ward residents
have a lot to cheer about as well. In fact, nearly $2.5
million has been earmarked for six different projects.
majority of the money, or $776,000, will be spent on repairs
and lifecycle maintenance to the Ray Friel Recreation
Centre; $600,000 is for improved access and parking at
the Cardinal Creek Park; $260,000 will be used to replace
the sports lighting and electrical service at Pierre Rocque
Park; $260,000 has been set aside for the Quarry Ridge
recreational pathway; and $229,000 to replace pathway
lighting in Fallingbrook Park.
Ward residents are only getting $342,000 in new spending
made up of $240,000 for a Mud Creek erosion study and
$92,000 for lifecycle maintenance to the Blair Road fire
station. That doesn't include $15.9 million earmarked
for the extension of Brian Coburn Way from Mer Bleue Road
to Navan Road which is essentially a work in progress.
works in progress include the widening of St. Joseph Blvd.
from the eastbound Hwy. 174 on-ramp to Dairy Road just
east of Trim Road; and the completion of the Orléans
watermain link along the northside of Hwy. 174.
the draft budget get approved without any significant
changes, the east end's three local councillors will get
another chance to acquire funding for their wards when
council allocates funding for new strategic initiatives
in the spring.
million has been set aside in the draft budget for future
projects to be determined by the new council. However,
with 23 councillors vying for money to fund projects in
their wards, and a laundry list of priorities set out
by Mayor Jim Watson in his budget speech, there likely
won't be a lot to go around.
following is a ward-by-ward breakdown of the new capital
funding allocations in the 2015 draft budget...
Ward 1 ($2,495,000)
$776,000 for repairs to the Ray Friel Recreation Centre
- $600,000 for improved access and parking for Cardinal
Creek Park 18A
- $280,000 for the Gerald Street pathway
- $250,000 to replace sports lighting and electrical service
at Pierre Rocque Park
- $260,000 for the Quarry Ridge recreational pathway
- $229,000 to replace pathway lighting in Fallingbrook
Ward 2 ($342,000)
$250,000 for Mud Creek erosion study
- $92,000 for repairs to Fire Station 55 on Blair Road
Ward 19 ($9,475,000)
$4.5 million for Francois Dupuis Recreation Centre
- $2 million for the expansion of Millennium Park
- $514,000 for emergency overflow capacity at Tenth Line
Road sanitary sewer pumping station
- $460,000 for maintenance work on the Carlsbad Lane overpass
at Bearbrook Creek
- $449,000 for maintenance work on the Birchgrove Becketts
- $410,000 for the Avalon South recreational pathway
- $361,000 for maintenance work on the Sand Road bridge
- $310,000 for Cassandra Park in the village of Vars
- $210,000 for maintenance work on the Sarsfield Road
- $206,000 for the Cardinal Creek Village sanitary sewer
- $149,000 for exterior restoration of the French Hill
School at the Cumberland Museum
- $120,000 for the Anderson Road culvert
- $100,000 for intersection control design at Portobello
Boulevard and Valin Street
- $100,000 for the Hall Road culvert
- $100,000 for intersection control design at Brian Coburn
Boulevard and Aquaview Drive.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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