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March 2018
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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

Earth Hour Windsor 2018

Join millions from across the globe as we shut off the lights to celebrate Earth Hour! Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Charles Clark Square, the fun starts at 8pm. Retweet/share our message on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #LightsOutWE for your chance to win prizes from ERCA, City Cyclery and Sue Sanity Fitness!

Central Library Branch Relocating in Deal with Downtown Mission

The Windsor Public Library (WPL) is about to write the next chapter in its nearly 125 years of history after agreeing to sell the Central Library building at 850 Ouellette to the Downtown Mission.

Following the opening last year of the W.F. Chisholm Branch at the Optimist Community Centre, the start of construction on the John Muir Branch in Sandwich Town and the forthcoming renovation of the Budimir Branch in South Windsor, the WPL will begin the process of locating a new Central Branch in the Downtown area. 

“We are excited to continue with our library system renewal and look forward to creating a new library space that best meets the needs of our community,” said Windsor Mayor and Library Board Chair Drew Dilkens.  “We’ve been working hard to bring our libraries into the 21st Century and when the offer to purchase the Central Branch building was presented by the Mission we knew the time to act was now.”

Constructed in 1972, the Main Library comprises 101,467 square feet of space over three floors. The building is too large and no longer meets the needs of a 21st century public library.

“We have been presented with an opportunity to become more accessible and relevant to Windsorites and expand our services to the whole community,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope. “It’s a great opportunity for us to move ahead and begin the next 50 years of WPL history.  The planning to transition to a new location will begin immediately.”

Library Administration is already working on relocation and moving plans to a temporary site that will be needed when the building is turned over to the Mission at the end of June 2019.  Plans for a new library will also be worked on during that time and public input will be sought.

(Pictured are Library CEO Kitty Pope, Downtown Mission ED Ron Dunn and Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens)

ABOUT WPL:

The Windsor Public Library Board and staff believe in the freedom to read, learn and discover. The WPL enriches the community by providing access to resources which inform, entertain and enlighten. More than 40 percent of the community - 87,756  - have active library cards and over 750,000 people visited WPL in 2017, close to 2,100 daily.  In 2017, circulation of library resources topped 1.1 million, staff answered over 100,000 community questions and public computers were accessed over 262,000 times at the nine locations across the city.​ ​

Hop in for an Eggs-tra Special Easter Weekend at Adventure Bay!

Join us for another eggs-tra special Adventure Bay weekend from March 30 to April 2, 2018. Guests visiting Adventure Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union can pop their name in a draw for an Adventure Bay themed Easter basket and enjoy all the rides and slides you know and love (Easter Sunday excepted).
Easter’s arrival means spring will be springing soon, but you know it’s always summer at Adventure Bay!

Easter Weekend Hours:

  • Friday, March 30: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 31: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 1: Closed
  • Easter Monday, April 2: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For details on attractions, hours, admission and more, visit www.adventurebay.ca or call 519-974-AQUA (2782).

Ouellette Avenue Streetscape Improvements Entering “Home Stretch”

The underground infrastructure has been completed and the intersection work at Ouellette Avenue and Wyandotte Street is in place, so now the finishing improvements can be made to Ouellette Avenue between Wyandotte and Elliott Streets.

“This has been a major undertaking for an important section of roadway entering our downtown core,” said Planner Adam Coates. “But we’ve done the behind the scenes work now, so we can move on to what residents can look forward to enjoying.”

Improvement will focus on surface features, such as the sidewalk and roadway and will extend from building face to building face on each side. Key features will include a revised cross section to facilitate two lanes of traffic with on-street parking; new street and pedestrian lighting; the introduction of a “flex zone” to allow for patios and public events; new paving materials; plantings and more.

The work, which began on Monday, February 26, 2018, and requires the closure of Ouellette Avenue between Wyandotte Street and Elliott Street until October of this year. Only a single lane northbound will be open for local traffic. Detour signs will be posted for non-local traffic.

The intersection of Wyandotte and Ouellette will generally remain open to traffic except the restriction of southbound movements onto Ouellette south of Wyandotte.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project with the exception of short periods of time when construction is taking place adjacent to a building. Access to local businesses will be maintained.

Transit Windsor will also be detouring their bus routes during construction, and details can be found on the Transit Windsor section of the City of Windsor website.

For more information on construction and detours Call 311, or see the City of Windsor Database and Map.

Heritage Plaques and Awards Presented at City Council Meeting

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens presented Heritage Designation Plaques and Built Heritage Awards Monday evening during the regular meeting of City Council.

Under the Ontario Heritage Act municipalities have the authority to grant legal recognition to properties of historic and/or architectural importance by designating them. Designation helps to ensure the protection of these properties so that future generations are able to recognize and appreciate them as symbols of our history and our civic pride.

Honoured with Heritage Designation Plaques are:

  • The former Windsor Star Building, 167-181 Ferry Street (Dr. Alan Wildeman)
  • Rigg-Shanfield House, 942 Victoria Avenue (William and Patrica Lewis)
  • Cunningham’s Sheet Metal, 1478 Kildare Road (Justin Lapointe)
  • Imperial Bank of Commerce, 1586-98 Wyandotte Street East 
  • International Playing Card Company, 1123 Mercer Street (Kim McKinley)

Honoured with Built Heritage Awards are:

  • Champion Products, 2744 Edna Street (Ashok Sood)
  • TCI Titan Group, 2489 Seminole Street (Art Ussoletti)
  • U-Haul, 9082 Tecumseh Road East (David Anstette and Heather Ennis)
  • Heimat, 1367 Drouillard Road (Rosemarie, Wayne, Ryan and Tracy Stiller)
  • Michael DiFazio Reclaim Artistry, 1023 Drouillard Road (Michael DiFazio)

Outdoor Skating Season Ends

The warm temperatures and wet weather conditions have put an end to another outdoor skating season at Charles Clark Square and Lanspeary Lions Rink.

The downtown rink, which closed February 24 last year, closed one day earlier this year. The ice has pulled away from the boards exposing the concrete floor making it unsafe for skating.

Lanspeary Lions Rink have also removed their ice and will be closed until November 2018. 

Sandwich Town Roundabout Indigenous Artifacts

The oldest archaeologically found artifact in the City of Windsor has been discovered during the excavation for the roundabout in Sandwich Town. Archaeologist Jim Molnar describes it and some of the other treasures unearthed during construction of the roundabout.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

A pair of game stones used by the early indigenous inhabitants in the area. Although we cannot be sure, these game stones may have possibly been used as part of an early gambling-type game.
Leighton – Macdonald Collection  1957.4.50
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