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January 2021

Council Minutes


For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
 
Upcoming City Council Meetings

City Hall Plaza and Civic Esplanade Project Seeks Public Input

A new City Hall Plaza and Civic Esplanade project is being undertaken in order to provide inspiration for the design of a new City Hall Plaza, which is located at the head of the Civic Esplanade. The new plaza is generally located on the footprint of the former 350 City Hall Square West building. This location is the southern terminus of the Civic Esplanade and creates a natural connection between the City Hall campus and the riverfront. The new plaza is envisioned to be an inviting, flexible, multi-use outdoor space that balances the needs of City Hall and the public. 

As part of the project, the existing Civic Esplanade is being examined as well. Conceptual designs for the esplanade and the plaza will be developed in order to help create a continuous space in a contextually appropriate way.

Why now?

All great cities have great outdoor civic spaces. These spaces help build and reinforce the community that uses them. They are a draw for public discourse, community events, official ceremonies and leisurely enjoyment. During the pandemic, many of the norms of life have changed, and many of us find ourselves enjoying outdoor public spaces as an alternative way to spend our time and stay healthy. This unique situation serves as a reminder that accessible outdoor public spaces should always be made available to our community. The pandemic will not be a permanent factor in the future of our community, but the Civic Esplanade and City Hall Plaza will be, and they will continue to pay social dividends and enrich our lives for years to come. The City is committed to looking towards the future and continuing to find ways to improve our community, and this project is just one of those improvements.

Learn more and have your say:

For more information, please visit www.WindsorCivicEsplanade.ca and see our Civic Plaza and Esplanade Project video (YouTube). On the website, you will be able to choose from the interactive map, ideas tab or survey to have your voice heard, and you can also subscribe to our email alerts to stay informed.

City Responds to Second Wave and Updated Provincial Orders

The City of Windsor has responded quickly to adjust service delivery and staffing requirements as a result of the Province of Ontario’s renewed Declaration of Emergency and Stay at Home orders.

Municipal services remain accessible via online tools, and most City of Windsor public services will continue to provide value for residents as the Province moves to bend the curve of the dangerous second wave of COVID-19.

See video update from Mayor Drew Dilkens and the City of Windsor Corporate Leadership Team.

For more information regarding all of our services, visit citywindsor.ca.

Snow Angels Still Needed!

Even though we haven’t seen much of the white stuff yet, winter has a long way to go, and we know the snow will arrive. When it does, we will need our Snow Angels to help those in our area who require assistance.

The City of Windsor’s Snow Angels program matches volunteer snow shovellers from the community with seniors and persons with physical disabilities living in Windsor. The service is especially important for these residents, because snow buildup is a potential hazard to those with limited mobility. It also makes it difficult for service providers like police and fire; mail carriers; and meter readers to do their jobs safely and efficiently.

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. It’s also a great way for students to round out their 40-hour community involvement requirement.

Please note: social distancing must be safely maintained by volunteers, as interaction with the resident is not required to complete the snow removal operation.

As an added incentive again this year, all registered volunteers will be entered into a draw to win a tablet or one of two $50 Rec Express Cards.

Please contact 311 for more information or to register. Information is also available on our Snow Angels web page.

Targeted Emergency Child Care for School-Aged Children

The Province of Ontario has approved an extension to funding the City of Windsor, Children’s Services Department’s Targeted Emergency Child Care Plan for School-Aged Children. It was initially to run from January 4-8, 2021 but will now be extended to January 22, 2021.

Emergency Child Care is being provided to support health care and other frontline workers whose (school-aged) children are enrolled in school, in order to support these families until January 22, 2021, while schools are closed for in-person learning. Child Care is being provided free of charge to those identified on the Province’s List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care for their school-aged children only. Updated Appendix B - List of Eligible Workers EN - Revised January 10​.

Only approved Licensed Child Care Centres and Licensed Home Child Care Programs throughout Windsor-Essex County are able to provide child care for this age group: Approved Sites - School Age Emergency Child Care.

Please use the application and consent for Emergency Child Care below. Application must be made directly to the City of Windsor, Children's Services Department to ensure eligibility requirements are met or call our intake line at 519-255-5312. (Please do not contact the Child Care Centres directly.)

Updated information on provincial announcements regarding Targeted Emergency Child Care for School-Aged Children, for the week of January 11-22, 2021, including a list of locations will continue to be made available on www.citywindsor.ca.

Pothole Patching, Winter 2021

Fluctuating temperatures around the freezing mark mean pothole season is here. City staff are out making repairs, and due to COVID-19, you may see more trucks than usual. We learn more from Roberta Harrison at Public Works.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Pictured is the track team from Hugh Beaton, 1962-63.  The following people are identified: David Tupper, the boy standing in the back row, fourth from the left; the principal, Mr. Pillon standing on the left; and the coach Mr. Brockbank, standing on the right.  P17469

Do you recognize anyone in this photograph?  If so the Museum would love to know.  
The Museum often posts, on their Facebook page, photos that they are hoping to get more information about.  Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/MuseumWindsor
The City of Windsor conducts surveys as a means of soliciting ideas and opinions from residents so we can better serve the community as a whole.  Check back often to see if a new survey is ready for your input.
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