Lane closure hits financial snag

2018-06-26 06:00

During a subcouncil 18 meeting in Lotus River last week, manager Fred Monk queried the implications of submitting motions without finding a source of funding for the proposed projects.
The project in question on Thursday was the porposed lane closure between Rainbow Street and Nineth Avenue next to the Lotus River Canal.

“If motions are submitted and there are financial implications, then we have to source where the funding is coming from, because many a time that causes the delay of motions which are submitted. We need to say where the funding is coming from, so we don’t have delays. In this instance, this is something that has come from 2014,” Monk said in his opening remarks in response to the proposal.

He added that increased community engagement needs to be sought to find out if residents can provide some of the funding to shorten a project’s completion time.

“At the end of the day it is to their benefit as well, that can also be considered in future­.

Ward 67 councillor Gerry Gordon also expressed her concern for the length of time certain projects take to be completed and the lack of communication she is involved in as the councillor for that area.

“At this juncture we need to look at what are our options in terms of and who we must approach for covering costs. Because we can’t still be talking about we don’t have costs six months down the line. The budget four years ago was never been obviated to actually put money aside for this particular project and I think there are three departments involved in this,” she said.

Gordon added City’s parks and recreation and TDA departments have been passing responsibility for the matter between each other, while praising the community for looking after the area in question.

“It is all well and good to ask residents to see what they can do to chip in. They have been keeping that place under control in terms of the crime. In different areas, I think that is one of our options, to ask. It is a lengthy process and they are not prepared to wait. I would go back to the community if they can assist, but the total amount is too much, so what are the options? Who do we speak to? We are also speaking past the councillor, because there is nothing that I can get to hear in a meeting. If there is a possibility to arrange the respective people and those who are going to make a decision or how we take it forward, I would appreciate that,” Gordon said.

PR councillor Siva Moodley then said that if the City does not know how much the project costs, they won’t know how to go and look for the money.

“What is very clear that is nobody wants to make the commitment to say that they will cover the cost. That is what we are picking up. The battle is there and being left. Where do we put an intervention, and we do need to do that, because we cannot continue like this? I don’t see city parks coming to the party on this issue. We need to have a meeting and maybe that is who we need to get to the table, but also not just the official who is not going to be able to give us information, we must get someone who will be able to give us proper information,” said ward 68 councillor Marita Petersen.

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