On the Agenda: Roads, Four-laning and Spending Review


With temperatures on the rise, this Monday’s City Council Meeting Agenda has a number of items from line painting to road reconstruction and resurfacing, not to mention a spending review. The following are a few highlights:

City Streets and Roads

  • reconstruction of McMeaken and Elizabeth Streets from Churchill to Queen and that a by-law be passed permitting the closure of both streets from May 1st until October 31st, 2015 to facilitate the reconstruction
  • reconstruction of Upton Road from Queen to Wellington Streets
  • the 2015 road resurfacing program be approved with funding based on the report from the Director of Engineering Services
  • line painting contract

Highway 17 Four-laning

  • Council request that the Federal Government enter into an agreement with the Provincial Government with an aim at creating four lanes/twining of Highway 17
  • Council also request the assistance of MPP David David Oraziettii, MP Bryan Hayes, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, the Algoma District Municipal Association and any other group or individual in achieving this goal

Spending Review

  • utilize approximately $2 million of surplus money and redundant reserve funds as revenue to decrease the tax levy
  • these actions when combined with expected decreases in provincial grant formulas will likely result in a $3 million gap facing the City of Sault Ste. Marie when it begins preparations for the 2016 budget
  • Council be aware that the need to decrease this gap as much as possible is required in order to minimize tax increases in 2016 and future years

Click here to view/download the entire Council Agenda for the April 27th, 2015 meeting.