East end getting its fair share
Dear editor, Lately I have been hearing rumblings that the east has not received its fair share of the stimulus funding. I have to disagree. The east has received over $50.3 million of infrastructure money to help develop our parks, streets, buildings, roads and sewers within the next two years.
This doesn’t include infrastructure projects such as the Orléans Town Centre and the Shenkman Arts Centre, nor the Cité collégiale specialty campus or the new hotel on St. Joseph Boulevard. No category of development has been ignored during the last few years, in the east.
Some of the new growth we will see includes: $20 million for the first phase of the Hunt Club extension, $3.2 million for the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre, $3 million to the Gloucester Wave Pool, $2.5 million for streetscaping on St. Joseph Boulevard, $2 million to the YMCA pool and gym, as well as $455,000 to upgrade and improve east-end parks.
One project I am very happy about is the Ottawa River Pathway connection, from Hiawatha to Trim Road, which will finally be finished at a cost of $400,000. This is something that I have been asked about for over three years now.
The stimulus funding gave the city an opportunity to apply for projects that we had been struggling to complete for years. I say that the east is getting its fair share and each level of government needs to work collaboratively to ensure that the potential in the east end is further realized.
— Bob Monette City councillor, Ward 1 – Orléans