Bike lanes progress

Phase one of Bridge Street West lanes gets coun­cil ap­proval at cost of $543,117

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - JA­SON MILLER THE IN­TEL­LI­GENCER

Coun­cil has ap­proved phase one of the Bridge Street West des­ig­nated cy­cling lanes and traf­fic sig­nals, which will run from Yeomans Street to Cen­ten­nial Park.

Coun­cil en­dorsed the con­tract for $543,117 (HST in­cluded) for the work, which in­cludes a three­me­tre wide path on the north side of Bridge Street from Yeomans to Palmer Road, new traf­fic sig­nals and pedes­trian cross­walks at Bridge Street and Palmer Road.

Coun. Eger­ton Boyce said this will serve both cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

The es­ti­mated bud­get for the pro­ject, which stretches to Loy­al­ist Col­lege, is $2.8 mil­lion and it will be com­pleted in three phases. Pub­lic meet­ings will be held later this fall to gar­ner in­put and present op­tions for the re­main­ing leg of the pro­ject.

Coun­cil has fi­nally re­ceived de­fined time­lines for when staff from sev­eral de­part­ments work­ing out of a build­ing ear­marked for the new po­lice sta­tion devel­op­ment are ex­pected to be re­lo­cated.

The 40,000-square-foot Wall­bridge Cres­cent fa­cil­ity is be­ing ren­o­vated and re­con­fig­ured to con­sol­i­date sev­eral city de­part­ments un­der one roof.

Coun. Paul Carr read from an up­date which in­di­cates pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion for gen­eral con­trac­tors will be is­sued Oct. 31. De­mo­li­tion will come to coun­cil for ap­proval Dec. 11.

“Re­lo­ca­tion of Verid­ian and wa­ter staff to Wall­bridge Cres­cent is Jan­uary 2018,” Carr read from the up­date pro­vided by staff. He added con­struc­tion per­mits for the new po­lice sta­tion will come to coun­cil for ap­proval Fe­bru­ary, 2018, ac­cord­ing to the re­cent de­tails pro­vided by staff.

“Con­struc­tion (of po­lice sta­tion) starts March 2018. Com­ple­tion date, the sum­mer of 2019,” he stated.

To date, it is es­ti­mated to cost the city $3.7 mil­lion for the ren­o­va­tions at the Wall­bridge Cres­cent build­ing, but staff say that cost will climb once ex­pen­di­tures for the fi­nal phases are added.

The for­mer Bar­don Sup­plies ware­house, pur­chased by the city for $800,000 in 2016, is be­ing retro-- ffited to con­sol­i­date the lion’s share of the more than 160 staff work­ing (in­clud­ing parks, wa­ter and pub­lic works crews) un­der the ban­ner of the en­vi­ron­men­tal and oper­a­tional ser­vices depart­ment. The ob­jec­tive is to re­lo­cate staff op­er­at­ing out of the Neil Brit­ton Pub­lic Util­i­ties Cen­tre to Wall­bridge Cres­cent, so work on the $21 mil­lion po­lice sta­tion can start.

A Belleville coun­cil­lor’s bid to clean up ma­jor gate­ways into the city is mak­ing progress.

Coun. Paul Carr got back­ing to file an en­croach­ment per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion with the prov­ince with the aim of get­ting clear­ance to cut over­grown grass at the High­ways 62 and 37 in­ter­changes, which he says the min­istry has been ne­glect­ing.

“It does speak to the over­all qual­ity of our com­mu­nity and the image we want to por­tray,” Carr said.

Three coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing Mike Gra­ham, voted against the step, con­tend­ing it’s not the city’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to foot the bill for the min­istry’s grass cut­ting.

“It’s not our prop­erty,” Gra­ham said, adding that city staff al­ready have is­sues keep­ing up with the ex­ist­ing work­load. “I don’t see any rea­son for it. I will not be sup­port­ing it.”

Coun­cil heard the pub­lic works depart­ment will have to in­crease its bud­get by $9,600 to main­tain the added ar­eas. The al­ready maxed out depart­ment will also re­quire an­other ca­sual staffer, some­thing some coun­cil­lors warn they will not sup­port if it im­pacts the level of ser­vice to other parts of the city. Oth­ers, like Coun. Eger­ton Boyce, backed the move say­ing “in or­der to make our city more ap­peal­ing, it’s $9,600 well spent.”

JA­SON MILLER/THE IN­TEL­LI­GENCER

Glan­more National His­toric Site cu­ra­tor Rona Rustige dis­plays a book of Ho­ra­tio Coul­dery's an­i­mal art on dis­play at Glan­more, which houses a col­lec­tion of paint­ings by Coul­dery. The book was pro­duced as a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive by the Friends of Glan­more. Dur­ing the 1950s, the fam­ily of his brother, Ber­tram, do­nated 42 of Ho­ra­tio's paint­ings to Belleville. About half de­pict cats.

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