East end get­ting its fair share

Orleans Star - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

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

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