The City needs $100,000 for parking lot lights

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The Environmental Initiatives Co-ordinator will speak to council this Monday concerning municipal parking lot lighting.

The motion is that Council allocate up to $100,000 from the Green Committee Reserve to cover costs associated with the implementation of the municipal parking lot lighting retrofit.

Other issues to be discussed at council:

Reconstruction of Second Avenue –  a report concerning the Reconstruction of Second Avenue will be received and there is a motion that the project scope be changed to include only the reconstruction of Second Avenue from Wallace Terrace to Connaught Avenue and that the revised contract be awarded to Avery Construction Limited.

Fort Creek Aqueduct John Street Diversion Phase II B – A report of the Design and Construction Engineer will be put forth for the consideration of Council.

Gore Street Reconstruction – a motion for a $240,000 increase to the fee limit of AECOM’s engineering agreement will be put forth to include the contract administration and field inspection required for the reconstruction of Gore Street.

The Public Library is currently in discussions with the Algoma District School Board concerning a potential community partnership at the former Alexander Henry High School; and City Council requests a report from the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Board providing for the following options:

1. The costs, staffing requirements, benefits and drawbacks of maintaining the Churchill branch at its existing location if a five year lease were negotiated and if such lease included “at risk” improvements to the site undertaken by the landlord.

2. The potential for alternate sites for an east-end library within the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the estimated costs, staffing requirements, benefits and drawbacks of relocating the existing east end Churchill branch within the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

3. Alternate service delivery formats that would maintain some physical space within the east end, while exploring whether any potential public- private partnerships could be formed to reduce the annual costs to taxpayers of the City of Sault Ste. Marie for providing a physical library space within the east end of the City of Sault Ste. Marie

4. An estimated budget for the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library showing the costs, staffing requirements, benefits and detriments if only the Korah Branch and Centennial Branch libraries were maintained.

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