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Why this city is moving backwards?
By Andy Petrowski

Dear Mr. Mayor and councillors,

Citizens of St. Catharines have been told by city hall that there is over $50 million in crumbling infrastructure which is in dire condition and desperate need of repair. Likewise, we realize that great sacrifices will be made to fund our much needed new hospital and police headquarters. Both these current situations are intolerable.

By the way, a new hockey arena can wait, we missed our chance with the four-pad.

On the other hand, the politicians at city hall continue to cast their gaze on pie-in-the-sky projects like a swimming pool/library we don't need and a performing arts centre which will cost tens of millions of dollars we just don't have.

Shovel ready? Hardly! More like limp dreams on paper.

Fixing sewers and roads may not constitute glamorous political accomplishments, but ignoring this steady deterioration just passes the problem along to our children to deal with and at a much higher cost.

Meanwhile, over the past couple of months the federal and provincial governments have been scrambling to find places to "DUMP" truck loads of money into. They are open to almost any proposal and have been very aggressively phoning senior level people in municipalities and institutions asking them for any project that could be rolled out immediately.

Have we received our phone call yet?

Perhaps, but our submission is shocking. Below is a partial list of projects that has been complied by the Ontario Association of Municipalities... look fast at all the forward thinking/planning from St. Catharines who came up with one item which is not even bricks and mortar.

The best The Garden City could do is name all of ONE "Shovel Ready" project, a Transit Fare upgrade, with an estimated ten whole jobs created.

Phew, let's not go overboard!
The City of Cornwall, at roughly one-third of our population, boasts a list which creates ten times more jobs than ours.

Wellesley Township with less than 10,000 citizens lists projects worth over $12 million and more than 130 jobs.

Who is sleeping at the wheel?

The solutions to the tough economic problems facing our community will be found in making tough economic decisions based on a concept called priorities.

I submit the best list our politicians can scribble is backwards and incomplete.

Citizens across the city are biting their bullets, its time the Mayor and council did the same.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities List of 2009 ‘Shovel Ready’ Municipal Infrastructure Projects that that 'they' claim was garnered from their member municipalities as shown in the FCM list below.

Samples from Web

Ontario

City of Barrie Pop: 128,430

Category: Water and wastewater
Water Pollution Control Center
$36,300,000 Jobs 414
Surface Water Treatment Plant (continuation)
$62,700,000 Jobs 716
Category: Roads and bridges
$7,500,000 Jobs 86
Category: Solid Waste
Landfill Re-Engineering
$44,000,000 Jobs 502
Category: Buildings
New Fire Station
$13,938,000 Jobs 159
Category: Public Transit
GO Train Station in City Center
$1,860,000 Jobs 21
New Bus Maintenance/Storage Facility
$19,500,000 Jobs 223
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City of Kingston Pop: 117,207

Category: Roads and bridges
John Counter Blvd Widening and Overpass construction (road
reconstruction/expansion and construction of railway overpass).
$65,000,000 Jobs 742
Category: Water and wastewater
Kingston West Water Plant Upgrades (key upgrades to the Kingston West Water Treatment Plant - necessary for provision of safe reliable water to the
residents)
$75,000,000 Jobs 856
Downtown Action Plan - Princess Street (road rehabilitation and replacement
of underground utility infrastructure (storm and sanitary sewers,
waterlines, electrical, telecommunications and fibre optics)
$90,000,000 Jobs 1,027
Category: Buildings
Public Works Garage (new construction of campus for public works
department).
$40,000,000 Jobs 457
Category: Roads and bridges
Consolidated Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program (road and underground
utility rehabilitation program).
$55,000,000 Jobs 628
Bayridge Drive - Princess St to Cat. Woods Road rehabilitation.
$2,500,000 Jobs 29
Bridge Rehabilitation (3 structures).
$2,500,000 Jobs 29
Sidewalk reconstruction.
$1,000,000 Jobs 11
Category: Public Transit
Downtown Transit Terminal Development
$4,000,000 Jobs 46
Transit Priority Corridor
$1,182,000 Jobs 13
Enhanced West-End Transit Terminal
$500,000 Jobs 6
New Park & Ride Facility
$400,000 Jobs 5
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As claimed by FCM

City of St. Catharines Pop: 131,989
Category: Public Transit
Transit Fare Collection System Replacement
$900,000—Jobs 10
The St. Catharines Section of the List of 2009 municipal 'Shovel Ready Projects'
as presented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

FCM List of 2009 "Shovel Ready" Municipal Infrastructure Projects (updated)
# Municipality - Prov./Terr. Pop. (2006) - Project Name - Project Category - Estimated Project - Cost - Est. jobs created
591 City of Red Deer AB 82,772 Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 2,838,000 32
592 City of St. Albert AB 57,719 South Transit Station and Park & Ride Public Transit 4,000,000 46
593 City of St. Albert AB Transit Priority Measures Public Transit 2,000,000 23
594 Strathcona County AB 82,511 Sherwood Park Transit Terminal and Park & Ride Facility Public Transit 25,000,000 285
595 City of Prince Albert SK 34,138 Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 4,000,000 46
596 City of Prince Albert SK Transit Terminal Facility Public Transit 300,000 3
597 City of Burlington ON 164,415 Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 14,200,000 162
598 City of Burlington ON Transit Operations Centre Revitalization Project Public Transit 7,000,000 80
599 City of Burlington ON Automatic Vehicle Location System for Conventional Transit Fleet Public Transit 1,400,000 16
600 City of Burlington ON Transit Vehicle Refurbishment Public Transit 780,000 9
601 City of Burlington ON Advanced Traveller Information System Public Transit 540,000 6
602 City of Burlington ON Transit Priority Measures (Brant & Fairview Intersection) Public Transit 300,000 3
603 City of London ON 352,395 Upgrading of Existing Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility Public Transit 10,000,000 114
604 City of London ON Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 7,000,000 80
605 City of London ON Accessibility Upgrades to Existing Bus Stop Locations Public Transit 500,000 6
606 City of London ON Southeast Reservoir and Pumping Station Water and Wastewater 57,000,000 651
607 City of London ON Electrical Upgrade - Elgin Area Regional Water Supply Water and Wastewater 1,040,000 12
608 City of London ON Water Meter Replacement Program Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
609 City of London ON Arva Pumping Station - New Pump Water and Wastewater 1,000,000 11
610 City of London ON Replace Lead Water Services Water and Wastewater 1,000,000 11
611 City of London ON Clean & Reline additional (7 - 8 km of water pipe) Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
612 City of London ON Sewer Lining and Specialized Repairs Water and Wastewater 4,000,000 46
613 City of London ON Sewer Reconstruction Program Water and Wastewater 5,000,000 57
614 City of London ON Combined Sewer Overflow Program - Wellington Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
615 City of London ON Elgin Middlesex Pumping Station - Pump Replacement Water and Wastewater 200,000 2
616 Town of Milton ON 53,939 Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 1,460,000 17
617 Town of Oakville ON 165,613 New Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility Public Transit 42,800,000 489
618 Town of Oakville ON Transit Automatic Vehicle Location System Public Transit 1,600,000 18
619 Town of Oakville ON Transit Terminal at Sheridan College Campus Public Transit 600,000 7
620 Town of Oakville ON Kerr Street grade separation Roads and Bridges 28,000,000 320
621 Town of Oakville ON Community Centre in Bronte Buildings 24,000,000 274
622 Town of Oakville ON Oakville Transit operations facility and garage Public Transit 40,000,000 457

623 City of St. Catharines ON 131,989 Transit Fare Collection System Replacement Public Transit $900,000 10

624 City of Greater Sudbury ON 157,857 Frobisher Site Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility Public Transit 26,172,000 299
625 Ville de Gatineau QC 242,124 Construction of Second Vehicle Storage and Maintenance Facility Public Transit 60,000,000 685
626 Ville de Gatineau QC Addition of Cycle Path to Rapibus BRT Project Public Transit 7,000,000 80
627 Ville de Gatineau QC GPS Automatic Vehicle Location System Update Public Transit 1,575,000 18
628 Ville de Gatineau QC Smart Card Recharging System Public Transit 100,000 1
629 Ville de Québec QC 491,142 Customer Information and Vehicle Location System Public Transit 25,000,000 285
630 Ville de Québec QC Phase II of Metrobus Garage and Maintenance Facility Public Transit 23,500,000 268
631 Ville de Québec QC Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 12,800,000 146
632 Ville de Québec QC Garage and Maintenance Facility for Electric Buses Public Transit 6,900,000 79
633 Ville de Québec QC Replacement of Garage Hoists and Concrete Pads Public Transit 5,000,000 57
634 Ville de Québec QC Construction of Terminus Roi Facility Public Transit 4,000,000 46
635 Ville de Québec QC Park & Ride Facility Construction Public Transit 3,000,000 34
636 Ville de Québec QC Scheduling Software Upgrading Public Transit 1,300,000 15
637 Halifax Regional Municipality NS 372,679 Peninsula Transit Corridor Public Transit 3,714,000 42
638 Halifax Regional Municipality NS MetroLink Public Transit 10,200,000 116
639 Halifax Regional Municipality NS Transit Security Public Transit 775,000 9
640 Halifax Regional Municipality NS Transit Depot Upgrades (Tacoma, Dart. Common, Clayton Pk.) Public Transit 10,000,000 114
641 City of St. John`s NL 100,646 Petty Harbour Long Pond - Water Treatment Plant Water and Wastewater 36,000,000 411
642 City of St. John`s NL Bay Bulls Big Pond - DAF Plant Water and Wastewater 30,000,000 342
643 City of St. John`s NL Bishop's Line - Culvert Replacement Roads and Bridges 750,000 9
644 City of St. John`s NL Carrick Drive - Bridge Replacement Roads and Bridges 1,200,000 14
645 City of St. John`s NL Carnell Drive - Bridge Replacement & Flood Remediation Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
646 City of St. John`s NL Western Ave. - Street Upgrading Roads and Bridges 200,000 2
647 City of St. John`s NL Critch's Path - Culvert Replacement Roads and Bridges 750,000 9
648 City of St. John`s NL Walsh's Lane - Water and Wastewater Installation Water and Wastewater 162,000 2
649 City of St. John`s NL Main Road - Street Upgrading (Doyles Rd. to Keith Dr.) Roads and Bridges 3,000,000 34
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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