North Bay's engineering department unveiled a new
comprehensive web site during Monday night’s committee meeting that spells out the
shape of city trestles and what it will cost to repair them.
Mayor Victor Fedeli says that taxpayers will not be hit again and that the city is in good shape and
money has been invested to maintain and upgrade the bridges.
"I think in our capital budget forecast between capital and infrastructure, we’re going to be adding a million a year for five years cumulatively," Fedeli told Baytoday.ca.
"So that budgeting has already been put into place last year, so it is all part of the master plan and it is manageable over five years."
Having marked his first year as mayor, Fedeli is pleased with the term so far and feeling confident with what the next couple of years hold.
"I think this particular council came together and moved forward on a number of number of issues," Fedeli said.
The Economic Development Commission was replaced by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, and industrial land is now selling for a dollar an acre," Fedeli said.
"We’ve also got four large marketing initiatives coming out, a city wide pesticide plan to be implemented in January, and we helped the Ontario Northland bid with our SWOT team," Fedeli said.
"It's just a complete long list of areas that the city has gotten themselves into in a good way."
Fedeli said that what goes into the park does not necessarily have to be a manufacturer, but it does need to be a large type of company that hires in the
neighbourhood of 60-plus employees with good salary bases to help kick start the industrial park growth.
Three major things need to happen, Fedeli said.
"Number one we need to hit a home
run in the industrial park. All the pieces are in place now so 2005 is our year to hit one out of the ballpark."
The city also has to do well in its negotiations with the defence department to take over the underground facility, Fedeli said, "so we can market that facility."
Thirdly, Fedeli said, construction of the North Bay Regional Health Centre needs to be "well underway" in
the next weeks or very few months.
"We can't be talking about this in another year because
it has been long in development already," Fedeli said.
When asked what the hold up is Fedeli bluntly answered ‘I don’t know’.
"The city is in, our money is in, our 20 million has been committed so it is a decision that the province has to make. It is certainly out of the city’s hands."
Fedeli says the city will also continue to help with the downtown revitalization.
"Next year should be a very exciting year. I think we’re going to wrap up this year with a record building permits, and next week we will see that we have hit a new record," Fedeli said.
"And we are going to start off next year with Dalron, with Pier 63, with the Lakeview condo with the Ecole Secondaire School project. We’re going to be well
underway to another record year next year building permit wise."
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