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