City Council is meeting to start the new year this Monday and one of the items on the agenda is renaming Foster Drive.
Because of a petition brought forth to council, local citizens want to rename Foster Drive to Heritage Drive because it leads up to the flags that represent the history of Sault Ste. Marie.
Four properties would be impacted because of the name change, the Roberta Bondar Place, Roberta Bondar Marina, Legends Restaurant and the Civic Centre.
City staff is going to give council two options:
- Do nothing
- Support the name change and consult the property owners, if favourable, implement the change.
Loss of Policing to Prince Township
An agreement for city police to also police Prince Township has fallen apart recently.
The agreement that started back in 2014 and provided revenue for the city from Prince Township is coming to an end because Prince has found another option, the OPP.
It is not clear why the OPP is a better option, maybe it was cheaper, but the city of Sault Ste. Marie stands to lose $215,000 in 2019 because of the decision. This will negatively impact the 2019 budget as the city will need to look for further revenue to make up for the loss or make more cutbacks.
Splash Pad Donations
The splash pad committee has developed a donation package that they are looking for council to adopt.
The donation package has different levels, blue, bronze, silver, and gold and range in donation amounts.
Any donation reaching the lowest, blue, level of $1,000 will receive a letter of thank you from the city and acknowledgement on the city’s website.
They will also receive recognition on a wall dedicated to the splash pad donations located in Bellevue Park. Each donation over a thousand dollars will be cited on the wall under their corresponding level of donation.