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2019 Municipal Budget Part II

What does your neighbourhood need to be safe, to be clean – to be a place you can go out and meet your neighbours in the park, to be able to go for a bicycle ride or a walk without worrying about traffic? These are questions the neighbourhood strategies have been asking residents of core neighbourhoods for years, and joining our voices with the same residents at municipal budget time to advocate for the services and investments that will help support this.

On Friday, March 22nd we hosted a meeting where residents from all four neighbourhoods (and beyond) met with neighbourhood strategy staff and Councillors Costante, Bortolin, Holt, and Sleiman to talk about how Windsor’s 2019 Municipal budget can help invest in strong neighbourhoods.

This is what we landed on:

  1. We are not supporting Public Works Item – 2019-0139 Elimination of Residential Bulk Collection Program in Section E (Not Recommended, Additional Reductions to 0%). We are instead supporting an ask to make the Residential Bulk Collection Program free to all residents of Windsor.
  2. We are supporting Public Works Item – 2019-0174 Addition of an Operations Analyst Transportation Engineer Position in Section G (Not Recommended – Worthwhile Enhancements)
  3. We are supporting Public Works Item – 2019-0175 Addition of an Active and Sustainable Transportation Coordinator Position in Section G (Not Recommended – Worthwhile Enhancements)
  4. We are supporting Parks & Facilities Item – 2019-0233 Parks Supervisor For Playground Inspection Program in Section C (Recommended – Priority Budget Increases to Maintain or Improve Service Levels)
  5. We are supporting Parks & Facilities Item – 2019-0224 Addition Of Tractor Operator and Students For Vacant Land Maintenance in Section C (Recommended – Priority Budget Increases to Maintain or Improve Service Levels)
  6. We are supporting Parks & Facilities Item – 2019-0236 Parks Inspection and Preventative Maintenance Position in Section C (Recommended – Priority Budget Increases to Maintain or Improve Service Levels)
  7. We are supporting Parks & Facilities Item – 2019-0200 Addition of Service Staff For Parks For Hazardous Debris & Garbage Collection Enhancement in Section C (Recommended – Priority Budget Increases to Maintain or Improve Service Levels)
  8. We are supporting Parks & Facilities Item – 2019-0234 Playground Maintenance Program in Section C (Recommended – Priority Budget Increases to Maintain or Improve Service Levels)
  9. We are supporting Parks & Facilities Item – 2019-0239 Additional Summer Students for Splash Pad and Shelter Maintenance in Section C (Recommended – Priority Budget Increases to Maintain or Improve Service Levels)
  10. We are supporting Parks & Facilities Item – 2019-0251 Establishment of Sport Courts Maintenance Program in Section C (Recommended – Priority Budget Increases to Maintain or Improve Service Levels)
  11. We are not supporting Recreation & Culture Item – 2019-0157 Elimination of the Arts Culture and Heritage Funding in Section E (Not Recommended, Additional Reductions to 0%)
  12. We are supporting Recreation & Culture Item – 2019-0167 Addition of Cultural Initiatives Coordinator in Section G (Not Recommended – Worthwhile Enhancements)
  13. We are supporting Recreation & Culture Item – 2019-0168 Increase of the Arts Culture and Heritage Funding in Section G (Not Recommended – Worthwhile Enhancements)
  14. We are supporting Housing & Children Service Item – 2019-0180 Funding to Expand Street Outreach Services in Section B (Highest Priority Budget Increases Recommended by Administration)
  15. OPS-021-07 Traffic Calming Initiatives on Pg 586 of the Capital Budget

Residents will also be encouraging the city to invest more in alleyways. The following items are Capital Budget discussions of alley funding:

  1. ECB-037-18 Alley Funding on Pg 464 of the Capital Budget
  2. OPS-001-11 Minor Alley Maintenance Program on Pg 476 of the Capital Budget
  3. OPS-005-19 Gravel Alley Drainage Improvements on Pg 491 of the Capital Budget

Access the following file for more details on each one of these items. You can also look them up on the budget documents by clicking here.

Budget Detail Handout

While we encourage you to go through the budget yourself and make your own decisions, know that many residents from the West End, Downtown, Glengarry / Wyandotte Town Centre, and Ford City will be delegating on Monday, April 1st and writing letters / emails before on the above items – we could use your support on this.

There are many ways to advocate. See below for helpful links:

For those who made it to the event on March 22nd, we want your feedback. Please click here to access a quick survey.

To see the presentation from March 22nd, click here – 2019 City Budget Town Hall (March 22nd).

Here is a video from St Clair College Mediaplex about the event on March 22nd.

The City of Windsor has released two videos that help you navigate the municipal budget. For the Operating Budget, click here. For the Capital Budget, click here.

If you cannot make it as a delegate on Monday, April 1st – or want to add to your delegation, we highly encourage you to write an email or letter to ALL of Windsor City Council to let them know what items you do and do not support. Here are their email addresses:

Mayor Drew Dilkens mayoro@citywindsor.ca
Ward 1 Fred Francis ffrancis@citywindsor.ca
Ward 2 Fabio Costante fcostante@citywindsor.ca
Ward 3 Rino Bortolin rbortolin@citywindsor.ca
Ward 4 Chris Holt cholt@citywindsor.ca
Ward 5 Ed Sleiman esleiman@citywindsor.ca
Ward 6 Joanne Gignac joagignac@citywindsor.ca
Ward 7 Irek Kusmeirczyk irek@citywindsor.ca
Ward 8 Gary Kaschak gkaschak@citywindsor.ca
Ward 9 Kieran McKenzie kmckenzie@citywindsor.ca
Ward 10 Jim Morrison jmorrison@citywindsor.ca

You can also find their contact information here.

Access the budget here. Note: Hard copies are available at every branch of the Windsor Public Library and at City Hall (Office of the City Clerk and Office of the Chief Financial Officer)

The dates of budget deliberations are as follows:

  • Monday, April 1st – 1:00PM – Council Chambers (Delegations will speak on this day starting around 1:00PM)
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 1:00PM – Council Chambers

If you want to speak before Council or submit a written statement, you need to register with Council Services before noon on Friday, March 29, 2019. (519) 255-6432 / clerks@citywindsor.ca

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Coordinator of The Intiative: Glengarry to Marentette – a United Way Centraide of Windsor – Essex funded neighbourhood improvement strategy – Patrick has been working in community development since June of 2013. With a demanding work and life schedule, authoring blog posts is a good way to pursue his passion for writing, photography, and community building.

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