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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Feb. 5)
Draft budget gives Cumberland Ward lion's share of capital dollars
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland 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.

Of 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.

Other 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.

Ward 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.

The 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.

While 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.

The 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.

Innes 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.

Other 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.

Should 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.

$34.7 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.

The following is a ward-by-ward breakdown of the new capital funding allocations in the 2015 draft budget...

Orleans 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 Park

Innes Ward 2 ($342,000)

- $250,000 for Mud Creek erosion study
- $92,000 for repairs to Fire Station 55 on Blair Road

Cumberland 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 Creek bridge
- $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 bridge
- $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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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