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They are good roads to repair, King, Concession, Linc (they really need to repair the 403 exit to the Linc) and Beach Boulevard.

I think we all know why they want to extend Trinity Church, two words...........Summit Park.

The priority list is worth $130 million which is what the City thinks Hamilton could get based on population.
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Talk about vision: of the top ten priorities, seven are roadwork.
Partly local car culture, partly political pragmatism -- stimulus spending is usually aimed at creating an immediate bounce in employment numbers, and probably nothing except greenfield construction is as ready to go as roadwork. The feds will probably put money where it can have a fast payoff, so in that sense although the list is a drag, it may have a logic to it: Make it easy for them to throw piles of money our way.
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A bit surprised, however, that the Linc is on that list. How old is it?
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The road repair only accounts 20% of the $130 million.

The Linc from the 403 exit ramp and along the Meadowland badly needs to be repaved. Potholes after potholes and not these tiny potholes they are bigger than a large pizza and deep.
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They are good roads to repair, King, Concession, Linc (they really need to repair the 403 exit to the Linc) and Beach Boulevard.
Other countries are using their stimulus money to build forward-compatible infrastructure. We're using ours to fix up yesterday's road network.

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I think we all know why they want to extend Trinity Church, two words...........Summit Park.
Why not? It was enough reason to build RHVP.

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A bit surprised, however, that the Linc is on that list. How old is it?
It opened in late 1997.
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Other countries are using their stimulus money to build forward-compatible infrastructure. We're using ours to fix up yesterday's road network.
Other countries don't include so many strings attached to their infrastructure fund, must start construction within 30 days after receiving funds, must finish construction March 2011 if not return the money ASAP, 1/3 funding a must, etc.

Because of this municipalities can't go with large and ambitious projects.
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Other countries don't include so many strings attached to their infrastructure fund
You're quite right - though I'd argue that more progressive countries have attached different strings to their infrastructure funds, requiring that they be invested in forward-thinking projects.
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Not all cities in Canada will apply for this infrastructure fund, mostly because of the 1/3 mandatory funding and all the strings attached. Because of this the pot of cash could be more and therefore Hamilton could get more than $130 million.
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Talk about vision: of the top ten priorities, seven are roadwork.
And even still some councillors aren't happy that non-road projects get higher billing then some other road repairs................ One trick ponies.
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Throwing money into potholes won't help us get out of a recession any more than bailing out auto manufacturers.
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Other countries are using their stimulus money to build forward-compatible infrastructure. We're using ours to fix up yesterday's road network.


More details and context here.
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Throwing money into potholes won't help us get out of a recession any more than bailing out auto manufacturers.
Right. But we have to do whatever we can to keep people buying cars while we we pay the big 3 to keep making them.
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Here's the list based on priority................

No. Department / Division / Section Capital Project Description Project Type: Rehabilitation / New Construction / Expansion Costs

1 Public Works - Water/WasteWater Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Rehabilitation $ 42,000,000

2 Planning & Economic Development Road Urbanization - Trinity Church Road New Construction $ 10,500,000

3 HES Emergency Services Training Facility /Emergency Operations Centre New Construction $ 25,000,000

4 Community Services - Housing Seniors Housing - First Place Rehabilitation $ 5,000,000

5 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Beach Boulevard - Woodward to Eastport Rehabilitation $ 2,500,000

6 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Concession Street Rehabilitation Rehabilitation $ 3,400,000

7 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - LINC - Hwy.403 to Dartnall Road Rehabilitation $ 5,000,000

8 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - King Street - Downtown Dundas Rehabilitation Rehabilitation $ 3,200,000

9 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Highway No 8 - Gray Road to Dewitt Road Rehabilitation $ 4,200,000

10 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Mud Street - Paramount Drive to Upper Centennial Pkwy Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

11 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Queenston Road - Pottruff to Donn Rehabilitation $ 2,400,000

12 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Paramount Drive - Mud to Winterberry Rehabilitation $ 1,200,000

13 Public Works - Roads Program Road Reconstruction - Governors Road & Davidson Roundabout Rehabilitation $ 1,400,000

14 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Fennell Avenue - Upper Ottawa to Mountain Brow Rehabilitation $ 1,300,000

15 Public Works - Roads Program Road Reconstruction - Highway No.8 - Hillcrest to Park Rehabilitation $ 3,900,000

16 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - York Road - Newman Road to Valley Road Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

17 Public Works - Roads Program Road Reconstruction - Mountain Brow Boulevard Rehabilitation $ 2,500,000

18 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - 700 Woodward Ave Rehabilitation $ 4,500,000

19 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Lister District Energy Expansion Rehabilitation $ 1,200,000

20 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Hamilton Convention Center Rehabilitation $ 1,500,000

21 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Hamilton Place Rehabilitation $ 1,500,000

22 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Copps Coliseum Rehabilitation $ 1,700,000

23 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Fire Station #24 - 252 Parkside Dr. E Rehabilitation $ 26,500

24 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Fire Station #23 - 19 Memorial Square Rehabilitation $ 26,000

25 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Fire Station #05 - 1000 Limeridge Road E Rehabilitation $ 23,000

26 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Central Public Library - 55 York Blvd. Rehabilitation $ 608,000

27 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Terryberry Library - 100 Mohawk Road W Rehabilitation $ 88,500

28 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Sherwood Library - 467 Upper Ottawa Rehabilitation $ 61,000

29 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Wentworth Ops Ctr. - 330 Wentworth Rehabilitation $ 800,000

30 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - Gage Park Green House - 1000 Main St E Rehabilitation $ 1,000,000

31 Public Works - Energy Energy Retrofit - LightSaver LED Pilot - TH&B Tunnel Rehabilitation $ 55,000

32 Community Services - Culture Curatorial Centre at Auchmar Rehabilitation $ 10,000,000

33 Community Services - Housing New seniors building - 690 Stone Church Road West, New Construction $ 3,600,000

34 Planning & Economic Development Road Urbanization - Rymal Road East - from Dartnall Road to Upper Centennial Road Expansion $ 33,000,000

35 PW - Parks Open Space Victoria Park redevelopment Rehabilitation $ 900,000

36 PW - Parks Open Space Glanbrook Sports Complex, Artificial Turf Soccer Field Rehabilitation $ 1,650,000

37 PW - Parks Open Space Courtcliffe Park, permeable parking lot 300 vehicles Rehabilitation $ 1,200,000

38 PW - Parks Open Space William McCulloch Park, redevelopment ball diamonds Rehabilitation $ 1,000,000

39 PW - Parks Open Space Billy Sherring Park, Artificial Turf Soccer Field Rehabilitation $ 1,650,000

40 PW - Parks Open Space Turner Park Ball Field Sports Field Lighting & Servicing Rehabilitation $ 1,100,000

41 Community Services - Housing Social Housing - 95 King Street East, Rehabilitation $ 4,000,000

42 PW - Traffic Traffic Signal Control Systems Technology Upgrade Rehabilitation $ 10,000,000

43 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Bryna Avenue - Huntsville to Upper Wellington (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 130,200

44 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Coronet Court - Luscombe to end (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 25,000

45 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Deschene Avenue - Luscombe to June (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 580,000

46 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Greeningdon Drive - Hester to Manning (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 383,000

47 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Huntsville Street - Deschene to June (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 203,000

48 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - June Street - Manning to Huntville (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 158,000

49 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Limeridge Road East - Ridge to Upper Wellington (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 725,000

50 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Luscombe Street - Hayden to Upper Wellington (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 560,000

51 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Maitland Avenue - June to Limeridge (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 77,600

52 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Manning Avenue - Luscombe to end (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 655,000

53 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Purdy Crescent - Greeningdon to end (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 400,000

54 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Ridge Street - Hester to Limeridge (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 380,000

55 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Victor Boulevard - Ridge to Ridge (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 500,000

56 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Washington Street - Purdy to Deschene (Greeningdon Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 110,000

57 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Astra Court - Jaunita to end (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 46,700

58 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Bendamere Avenue - West 26th to Upper Paradise (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 225,000

59 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Brenlyn Court - Sanatorium to end (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 118,009

60 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Elmwood Avenue - Garth to Upper Paradise (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 790,000

61 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Fisher Crescent - Bendamere to Bendamere (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 330,000

62 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Juanita Drive - Brenlyn to Mohawk (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 355,000

63 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Leeward Place - Juanita to end (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 12,270

64 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Sanatorium Road - Garth to Upper Paradise (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 579,000

65 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - West 22nd Street - Fisher to Sanatorium (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 205,000

66 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - West 23rd Street - Leslie to Sanatorium (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 530,000

67 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - West 24th Street - Leslie to Sanatorium (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 729,900

68 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - West 25th Street - Leslie to Sanatorium (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 275,000

69 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - West 27th Street - Price to Sanatorium (Westcliffe East Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 930,000

70 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Burns Place - East 38th to end (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 75,350

71 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 31st Street - Concession to Fennell (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 599,934

72 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 32nd Street - Concession to Crockett (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 155,325

73 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 33rd Street - Concession to Queensdale (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 186,150

74 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 34th Street - Fennell to Queensdale (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 330,000

75 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 35th Street - private road to Crockett (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 225,000

76 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 36th Street - Crockett to end (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 245,000

77 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 38th Street - Queensdale to Fennell (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 530,000

78 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - East 39th Street - Queensdale to Crockett (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 156,100

79 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Mountain Park Avenue - Upper Sherman to Concession (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 600,000

80 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Patricia Place - Est 38th to end (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 62,000

81 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Upper Sherman Avenue - Concession to Mountain Park (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 149,000

82 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Virginia Court - Brucedale to end (Raleigh Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 135,000

83 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Bendamere Avenue - Upper Paradise to West 35th (Westcliffe West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 347,750

84 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Elmwood Avenue - Upper Paradise to West 33rd (Westcliffe West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 173,900

85 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Leslie Avenue - Upper Paradise to West 35th (Westcliffe West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 260,350

86 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Sanatorium Road - Upper Paradise to Rice (Westcliffe West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 319,430

87 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Kings Gate - Monarch to Pleasant (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 71,550

88 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Monarch Court - Kings Gate to end (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 207,880

89 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Orchard Avenue - Turnbull to Pleasant (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 197,790

90 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Rhodes Court - Turnbull to end (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 43,980

91 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Terrace Drive - Turnbull to Turnbull (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 547,600

92 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Turnbull Road - Autumn Leaf to end (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 586,500

93 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Valleyview Court - Pleasant to end (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 97,570

94 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Whitfield Court - Turnbull to end (Pleasant Valley West Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 38,970

95 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Adams Street - Cannon to end (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 40,650

96 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Arthur Avenue North - King to Wilson (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 136,200 $ 317,519,658
97 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Chestnut Avenue - Wilson to Barton (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 298,200

98 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Earl Street - Barton to end (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 246,000

99 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Farleigh Avenue North - King to Wilson (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 141,000

100 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Fife Street - Chestnut to Sherman (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 88,200

101 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Fullerton Avenue - Barton to Princess (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 136,200

102 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Gibson Avenue - King to end (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 640,000
103 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Greenaway Avenue - Wilson to Cannon (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 79,680

104 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Harvey Street - Sanford to Birch (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 180,000

105 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Hazel Avenue - Wilson to Cannon (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 73,180

106 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Holton Avenue North - King to Wilson (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 105,000

107 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Huntley Street - Cannon to end (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 50,950

108 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Huron Street - Sanford to Stirton (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 160,785

109 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Kinrade Avenue - Cannon to Barton (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 220,000

110 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Madison Avenue - Wilson to end (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 153,447

111 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Milton Avenue - Barton to Princess (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 181,100

112 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Princess Street - Milton to Sherman (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 420,000

113 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Stirton Street - King to Cannon (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation $ 194,000

114 Public Works - Roads Program Road Rehabilitation - Westinghouse Avenue - Barton to Mylar (Gibson Neighbourhood) Rehabilitation

115 City New Visitor Orientation Centre for the Westfield Heritage Village (Flamborough) New Construction $ 1,500,000

116 Planning & Economic Development Road Urbanization Binbrook Road West/Hwy 56 Expansion $ 19,000,000

117 Community Services - Housing Social Housing - 4 Bridgewater Court New Construction $ 1,900,000

118 Community Services - Culture Dundurn Castle Renovations Rehabilitation $ 10,000,000

119 Public Works - Water/WasteWater Bio Gas/ Digester (Energy Recovery) Rehabilitation and New Construction $ 30,000,000

120 Public Works - Water/WasteWater Ferguson Pumping Station Upgrades Rehabilitation $ 20,000,000

121 Public Works - Water/WasteWater Kenilworth Water Reservoir and Pumping Station Upgrades Rehabilitation $ 6,800,000

122 Public Works - Water/WasteWater Stone Church Water Reservoir and Pumping Station Upgrades Rehabilitation $ 4,500,000

123 Public Works - Water/WasteWater Hillcrest Water Reservoir Upgrades Rehabilitation $ 8,600,000

124 HECFI Copps Coliseum - Replacement of Roof Rehabilitation $ 1,500,000

125 HECFI Hamilton Place - Rehabilitation of Exterior Concrete Walls Rehabilitation $ 250,000

126 Community Services - Lodges Macassa Lodge Kitchen & Dietary Refurbishment Rehabilitation $ 1,400,000

127 Community Services - Lodges Wentworth Lodge 1989 Wing Refurbishment Rehabilitation $ 900,000

128 Community Services - Lodges Macassa Lodge Resident Care Equipment and Facility renovation Rehabilitation $ 1,000,000

129 Community Services - Recreation Westmount Recreation Centre New Construction $ 21,000,000

130 Community Services - Recreation Lower Stoney Creel Recreation Centre - Phase One New Construction $ 13,000,000

131 Community Services - Recreation Morgan Firestone Arena Twinning Expansion $ 10,275,000

132 Community Services - Recreation Sir Allen MacNab Rehabilitation Project Rehabilitation $ 3,000,000

133 Community Services - Recreation Hill Park Rehabilitation Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

134 Community Services - Recreation Sir Wilfrid Laurier Rehabilitation Rehabilitation $ 1,500,000

135 Community Services - Recreation Winona Seniors Expansion Expansion $ 900,000

136 Community Services - Recreation Scott Park Arena Expansion Expansion $ 2,000,000

137 Community Services - Recreation Parkdale Arena Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 1,650,000

138 Community Services - Recreation Inch Park Arena Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 1,500,000

139 Community Services - Recreation Rosedale Arena Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 1,650,000

140 Community Services - Recreation Carlisle Arena Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 970,000

141 Community Services - Recreation Rosedale Outdoor Pool Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

142 Community Services - Recreation Green Acres Outdoor Pool Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

143 Community Services - Recreation Parkdale Pool Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

144 Community Services - Recreation Inch Park Pool Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

145 Community Services - Recreation Birge Outdoor Pool Retrofit Rehabilitation $ 2,000,000

146 Community Services - Recreation Chedoke Twin Pad Floor Replacement Rehabilitation $ 1,050,000

147 Community Services - Recreation Beemer Park Washroom Facility New Construction $ 300,000

148 Community Services - Recreation Redemeer College Soccer Complex New Construction $ 8,000,000

149 Community Services - Recreation Coronation Arena Public/Private Partnership $ 3,000,000
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Hamilton's $400 million wish list
Top proposals for Friday funding deadline

April 29, 2009
Nicole MacIntyre
http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/556680

Emergency services training facility: $25 million

The training facility at Nebo and Stone Church roads, built for firefighters, is overdue to be replaced. A year ago, an engineer estimated the outdoor structure had two years left. Emergency workers want to build a state-of-the-art indoor facility that can be used year-round. It will also offer training space for paramedics and police, including a shooting range. The project has been on the books for several years, but there's never been funding available. The facility would also become the city's new operations centre in emergencies. The fire service is considering relocating a station to the site.

Artificial soccer turf: $3.3 million

Demand for prime soccer fields is increasing. Natural fields need breaks to keep the grass healthy, which can be a scheduling nightmare. Recreation staff want to install artificial turf on two fields at Billy Sherring Park and the Glanbrook Sports Complex. The pricey fields can handle continuous play and activity during the shoulder seasons.

Restore Auchmar to create curatorial centre: $10 million

The city has been struggling for years to find the money and plan to save the historic Mountain estate that has fallen into disrepair. Cultural staff have also been searching for a new conservation lab to work on the city's collections and for a storage facility. The new plan calls for Auchmar to be restored as a curatorial centre that will house more than a million artifacts. It could also host city events.

Renovate First Place and build a seniors' apartment: $8.6 million

The housing department wants to meet the growing demand for seniors' accommodation. First Place is overdue for $5 million in renovations to repair roof leaks, replace elevators and buy new boilers. On Stone Church Road West, the city also wants to build a new seniors' apartment with 30 units. It's on the site of a former apartment project demolished because of unstable ground. The city has fixed the problem and says there is major demand for seniors' housing on the Mountain.

Energy retrofits: $13.1 million

The city is proposing 14 projects to help it get closer to its goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 per cent by 2020. From replacing aging lighting in libraries and fire stations to expanding the city's downtown district energy system to the Lister Block, the projects promise to save the city $1.5 million a year in energy costs. The proposal also includes $4.5 million for a major energy retrofit of the city's water operations on Woodward Avenue.

New roads on the southeast Mountain: $43.5 million

The city has been waiting for funding to extend Trinity Church Road and expand Rymal Road from Dartnall to Upper Centennial Parkway. The environmental studies and planning are done. The projects are part of a larger plan to reduce congestion and eventually connect the Glanbrook Industrial Park to the airport.

Traffic signal upgrades: $10 million

Improving the timing of Hamilton's traffic lights could save residents $3.5 million a year in fuel. It would also cut car emissions while making signals more sensitive to pedestrians. The city wants to install high-tech sensors to upgrade the system.
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Traffic signal upgrades: $10 million

Improving the timing of Hamilton's traffic lights could save residents $3.5 million a year in fuel. It would also cut car emissions while making signals more sensitive to pedestrians. The city wants to install high-tech sensors to upgrade the system.
Seriously?
The pedestrian thing sounds nice, but even "better" timing to speed faster through our streets and not have to stop...
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Emergency services training facility: $25 million

The training facility at Nebo and Stone Church roads, built for firefighters, is overdue to be replaced. A year ago, an engineer estimated the outdoor structure had two years left. Emergency workers want to build a state-of-the-art indoor facility that can be used year-round. It will also offer training space for paramedics and police, including a shooting range. The project has been on the books for several years, but there's never been funding available. The facility would also become the city's new operations centre in emergencies. The fire service is considering relocating a station to the site.
I have to say this isn't a priority for me at all. Where's the value for money in building a $25 million Taj Mahal? I can think of a lot more productive uses for this money. Two way streets, bike lanes, buying Treble Hall and fixing it up, fixing up the strip club they bought, fixing up the old Sandbar, investing in energy efficiency for city facilities, new buses.
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I agree, $25 Mil for that just sounds absolutely ridiculous. That's only $5 Mil shy of the total price of the Lister project, which is also grossly overpriced.
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Peeling back the past at Dundurn

May 02, 2009
Nicole Macintyre
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Turns out Sir Allan MacNab had better taste than historians gave him credit for.

Conservationists peeling back the wall coverings of Dundurn Castle have uncovered the historic mansion's original decor dating back more than 150 years.

In the foyer, hidden beneath bold, thistle wallpaper and more than half a dozen other finishes, there is evidence of a faux marble facade that would have greeted guests at the wedding of MacNab's daughter.

With time and money, the city hopes the same finish will soon welcome new visitors.

"We have the opportunity to make the experience here richer," said Kenneth Heaman, Dundurn's curator.

"We can increase the level of authenticity and accuracy."

Recreating the rooms will be just one step in a massive renovation that will cost $10 million and also include needed structural repairs. Two years ago, the plaster ceiling in the dining room nearly collapsed. It has since been fixed, but there are fears other ceilings are at risk.

The city has applied for federal and provincial infrastructure money for the so-far-unfunded project.

A conservation specialist recently spent hours at the national historic site uncovering old finishes. Using solvents, she peeled back each layer of wall covering to find MacNab's original selections.

In the drawing room, now a bright mauve, she found the original paint was a light bronze accented by metallic flecks. In other rooms, walls samples analyzed in a lab have revealed early wallpapers that can be recreated.

When the property was restored in 1967, researchers used tools they had available to recreate Dundurn. Technology has come a long way in the four decades.

"They did get a lot of it right, but time marches on," explained Therese Charbonneau, senior conservator with the city.

"We can find out a lot more now. They laid the groundwork ... we're building on it."

Once the finishes have been uncovered, the city wants to restore the home to how it looked in 1855 when MacNab, then prime minister of the Province of Canada, hosted his daughter's wedding. It's likely that his home would have been in prime condition to impress guests.

Furniture and accessories throughout the home are also showing wear, Heaman said, pulling back a blanket to reveal the decaying arm of a chaise.

"We've done a good job of hiding the problems."

Dundurn's tour guides have started to prepare visitors for the planned changes by pointing out test patches in the walls.

Heaman believes the castle's admirers may be sad to see the iconic foyer redone.

"Everyone has a memory of that wallpaper and we're going to remove it," he said, noting that for decades people have loved, criticized and sometimes replicated Dundurn's style.

"We are sensitive to how people perceive the present decor."

Still, both Heaman and Charbonneau say, as stewards of the historic jewel, they have a duty to ensure it accurately reflects the past. "We're calling it the Dundurn renaissance," said Heaman.

Visitors can see the initial conservation discoveries today and tomorrow when Dundurn offers free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Doors Open Hamilton.
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Hamilton is starting to get some of the infrastructure money from the federal and provincal government........

$35 million from the feds
$15 million from Queen's Park
$41.6 million from City Hall
$91.6 million in total.

All of that funding going towards Hamilton Harbour Clean Up project.

Dechlorination of Wastewater in Dundas - $3.4 million
Hamilton Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control - $82 million
Naturalization of Windermere Basin - $6.2 million

The money from the feds is from the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. NOT the stimulus money. We're still waiting for that.
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City is going to submit a $84 million funding request for the Recreational Infrastructure Stimulus fund. Must be completed by March 31, 2011.

Noticeable projects:
Gage Park Softball Field Rehabilitation
Victoria Park Redevelopment, Phase 3
Scott Park Arena Rehabilitation
Westmount Recreation Centre (YAY!!!)
Lower Stoney Creek Recreation Centre
Morgan Firestone Arena Twinning
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