Highlights of the February 28, and March 5 St. John’s City Council meeting

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Highlights of the February 28, and March 5 St. John’s City Council meeting
1. Today, we finalized the decisions on Capital Budget projects. Those particularly important for Ward 4, are the investment in replacing the storm sewer under Cumberland Crescent, and the placement of a Storm Water Detention Pond in the Yellow Marsh Area.

Localized flooding of homes in Cumberland Crescent has been an issue, as recent as September of last year. This is caused by inadequate storm sewer pipe sized which were unable to handle the flow of water. The investment today, of $1.5 million (yes, this is very expensive work) is to upgrade those storm water sewers.

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Secondly, a detention pond will be put in the Yellow Marsh area (near Kenmount Terrace) to help reduce the rate of rain water flow down through Leary’s Brook and Rennie’s River. The drainage basin (basically a giant bowl bound by the crest of hills) includes all rain water that falls from the top of Kenmount Hill, all the way to Quidi Vidi. (As a side note, I did a bunch of work on this drainage basin as part of my engineering work term at the City back in 2008.) The detention pond is part of the suite of actions needed to address flooding which impacts homes, trails and businesses.

The capital budget also includes funds set aside to make changes to the Council chamber so that we can make it more accessible, including being able to broadcast our committee meetings so that the public can have better access to the discussions there.

Additionally, it includes $110,000, which covers a portion of the cost of the review of Metrobus and GoBus.

All details are here.

2. Grant Allocations: We approved grants to Community Groups, Sports Groups, Artists and Art Organizations, and Special Events and Festivals. The total is $1,259,850. These provide supporting funds which allow many great organizations to operate in our City, including the Macmorran Community Centre, the Rabbittown Community Centre, and more. These organizations are able to use the small amount of funds we are able to provide (through your tax dollars) to do essential work in our community.

Detailed list of grants are here on page 43.

3. Council meetings are filled with important, but fairly routine matters including crown land grant referrals, approval of weekly payroll and reimbursements (usually a long list); decisions on tenders to award for items like insurance services or the purchase of materials and equipment, for consultants work for building design, and others.

Council provides scrutiny to ensure decisions are made in the best interest of residents and the City as a whole.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Ian Froudecouncilrecap