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September 2020

Council Minutes


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Banwell Road Receiving 2.5 Million Dollars in Improvements

A 2.5-million-dollar upgrade is underway on Banwell Road between Tecumseh Road East and Palmetto Street in Phase 1 of a two-phase improvement project. Phase 2 will extend from Palmetto Street to Wildwood Drive.

Phase 1 improvements include:

  • Widening to two lanes in each direction, separated by a median   
  • Construction of new concrete sidewalks and Multi Use Trail (MUT)
  • Construction of flexible roadway pavement (new asphalt)
  • Installation of street lighting and traffic signals
  • Upgrading the storm sewer/drainage and closing most of the road side-ditches

“The Banwell Road Corridor Improvement Project is yet another example of how council and administration are fulfilling our promise to fix Windsor’s roads,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “The widening of Banwell Road will improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, cut travel times and increase active transportation for residents while meeting our growing transportation needs long into the future.”

All businesses in the affected area will remain open with access from the roadway.

For more information on construction and detours, contact 311 or see the City of Windsor database and map at citywindsor.ca.

New Executive Director of Transit Windsor

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, City Council and Chief Administrative Officer Onorio Colucci are pleased to announce Tyson Cragg as the new Executive Director of Transit Windsor.

Mr. Cragg was most recently Manager of Operations/Administration with the City of London, a position he has held since 2008. Among other roles prior to his time in London, Mr. Cragg served as Manager of Operations for CEVA Freight Canada Corp. in Mississauga.  

Knowledge of the City of Windsor is ready made for Tyson as he received his honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Windsor. He also has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a French Immersion Certificate from George Brown College.

The appointment to Executive Director is effective September 21, 2020, which will provide some overlap time with current Executive Director Pat Delmore, who retires in December.

To learn more about Transit Windsor, visit www.transitwindsor.ca or call 311.

$10 Million Facelift for E.C. Row Underway

The City of Windsor is investing $10 million to rebuild one of the oldest and busiest sections of E.C. Row Expressway to enhance commuting times and improve quality of life for residents through a number of infrastructure projects that will improve road safety.

This project is the biggest investment by Windsor City Council toward reconstruction of the E.C. Row Expressway since the City took ownership of the freeway from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in 1997.

“I made a commitment to transform E.C. Row into a modern, world-class roadway, and this project will help our community significantly by bringing us closer to that goal,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Fixing Windsor’s roads continues to be a top priority. Strong infrastructure helps create the conditions for economic success in the long-term while creating construction jobs in the short-term.”

The first stage of the E.C. Row Expressway project began in August and involves reconstructing the westbound lanes between Dougall Avenue and Dominion Boulevard. Site preparation to reinforce the shoulders and build a crossover to transfer westbound traffic to the eastbound lanes was completed on August 28.

Now that traffic is diverted, work on the westbound lanes is underway to remove four layers of the original 49-year-old road, including the cracked pavement, concrete, stone and subbase. Once filled and topped with new asphalt later this fall, the upgraded roadway will serve us for many more years to come.

The second stage of this project will undertake the same list of improvements to fully rebuild the eastbound lanes and will begin in the summer of 2021.

In 2020, City Council approved investing nearly $44 million dollars on road upgrades throughout our community – up from $25.2 million dollars in 2019. This road work is designed to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and lower commuting times.

Facts about E.C. Row Expressway:

  • The freeway is named after Edward Charles Row, who was the president of Chrysler Canada between 1951 and 1956.
  • It was built by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation between 1971 and 1983.
  • In 1997, the Province of Ontario downloaded responsibility for the expressway to the City of Windsor, requiring municipal taxpayers to be responsible for repairs and maintenance.
  • The expressway is 15.4 kilometres in length.
  • At peak commuting times, up to 75,000 vehicles travel through E.C. Row Expressway in each direction.

By-Election Date Set to Fill Vacant Ward 7 Seat

A date has been set for the Ward 7 by-election: It will be held Monday, October 5, 2020.

With the City of Windsor now in Stage 3 of the provincial COVID-19 re-opening, officials are confident a safe and transparent election process can take place.

“Our primary concern is the safety of residents, voters in Ward 7, candidates and election workers,” said City Clerk Valerie Critchley. “It takes a large team of people and a large amount of coordination to put any election together, and one with COVID-19 considerations makes it even more difficult, but over the coming weeks we will ensure all necessary precautions and protocols are put in place and communicated to the community.”

Advanced voting will be held on Tuesday, September 29; Wednesday, September 30; Thursday, October 1; and Saturday, October 3, 2020

Voting will be in person and will take place at the WFCU Centre with special pandemic protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of residents, voters in Ward 7, candidates and election workers. The City Clerk is working closely with the City of Windsor Health & Safety Department and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to ensure that all public health regulations are adhered to and all necessary safety precautions are in place.

As the nomination period ended on Friday, March 13, 2020, there will be no consideration given to new candidates.

Additional details will be released as they are finalized and posted to www.windsorelections.ca. For more information on city services, call 311 or visit citywindsor.ca.

Public Works Office Resumes In-Person Service

The City of Windsor’s Public Works Office at 1266 McDougall Street will resume providing in-person service as of Tuesday, September 8, 2020, however other options remain in effect for customers.

To help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 and to keep waiting times as short as possible, the office will continue to offer online payment options, as well as a document pickup and secure drop box outside the building. 

For those choosing to attend in person, every effort will be made to ensure the office is as safe as possible, including extra sanitizing, but please be aware that this could lead to delays for those awaiting service. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to consider continuing to use our online options if possible.

The City of Windsor's Parking Enforcement Office is located at 1266 McDougall, and services offered at this location include:

  • Penalty notice (parking ticket) payment, inquiries and disputes 
  • Residential parking permit purchase
  • Parking lot fee payments

To learn more about the office and online options, visit the parking enforcement page on the City of Windsor website.

For local health and safety information on COVID-19, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website. For more information on municipal matters related to COVID-19, visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19.

Air Travel Returns to Windsor International Airport

YQG Inc. (Windsor International Airport) is pleased to announce the return of air service to the Windsor area with Air Canada resuming service on September 8, 2020 with two flights per day to Toronto Pearson International Airport. The main terminal will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning September 8 with hours to change depending on service expansion. 

“While the pandemic has significantly impacted the aviation sector, the resumption of air service to Windsor International Airport is an important step for the recovery process, and we welcome back Air Canada wholeheartedly,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, also the Chair of the YQG Board.  

“We look forward to our continued partnership with Air Canada. They are an important airline partner for YQG, our patrons and the community,” added YQG CEO Mark Galvin. 

“Air Canada is looking forward to resuming service between Windsor and Toronto. We are also encouraged by the hard work of Mark Galvin and his team to ensure the safety of passengers and staff, alike. This is an excellent example of how our industry can safely resume operations and how a community can reopen to trade and tourism in the Covid-19 era,” said Ferio Pugliese, Senior Vice President, Air Canada Express and Government Affairs.

Passengers can expect to see some changes to the main terminal, which now include barriers at counters; dedicated entrance and exit doors; and an increase in hand sanitization stations. Passengers are also reminded that face coverings must be worn to board an aircraft and also within the airport terminal. YQG urges only ticketed passengers to enter the terminal area.

More information can be found on the YQG website, www.yqg​.ca​.

For COVID-19 safety tips and practices, visit the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website. For more information on municipal matters related to COVID-19, visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19.

Huron Church Project Nearly Complete

The 4.85-million-dollar reconstruction project on Huron Church road between Malden Road and Pool Avenue will reach its completion in the coming days.

Traffic began flowing last weekend in both directions with two lanes reopened both northbound and southbound. However, repeated rain events delayed the final touches on the project.

All signage and cones are expected to be removed from the construction zone by the end of the week. 

Infrastructure upgrades included new concrete, curbs, sidewalks, medians and street lighting. The project was made possible thanks to three million dollars in funding from the provincial government under the Connecting Links Program. The City contributed the remaining funds.  Improvements to Huron Church Road from Malden to Dorchester were completed last summer.

The City of Windsor wishes to thank the thousands of motorists that drove through the zone during the construction project for their patience and caution around work crews. 

For more information on construction and detours, contact 311 or visit www.citywindsor.ca.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Birds-Eye View of Windsor, 1878, drawn by T. M. Fowler has 36 points of reference marked on the map and noted in the lower section.

Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler was a prolific maker of bird'seye views whose work covers 21 American states and three Canadian provinces. A copy of this map is currently on display at the Chimczuk Museum with a braille version in four panels created by Tactile Vision Graphics.

Lithograph in collection of Museum Windsor 1979.6
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