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July 2020

Council Minutes


For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
 
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More City Services, Facilities, and Amenities to Reopen

The City of Windsor is moving forward with a new round of Stage 2 reopenings in keeping with Provincial regulations and applying public health guidelines and limitations.

“Reopening municipal facilities is certainly going to be more challenging than it was to shut them down,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “We need to recall and train staff on new health and safety protocols; prepare and reconfigure some facilities and ensure adequate PPE is on hand.”

Some municipal facilities, services and amenities have reopened, several others will require more preparatory activity before they are able to be opened later this summer, and others will remain closed until the City of Windsor is permitted to move to Stage 3 of the Province of Ontario’s Reopening Framework.  

Click here to see the full list of services, locations, and how to book an appointment.

Facilities and Amenities:

Splash Pads
7 of 9 splash pads in the City of Windsor will be reopened on July 13, 2020. To adhere to new public health recommendations, splash pad areas will be enclosed using temporary fencing and staff will be stationed on site to limit the number of individuals in the pad as well as to periodically sanitize the features. Two splash pads will remain closed: Remington Booster Park, as it is located inside the fenced outdoor pool area, and the small splash pad at Kimmy Lucier (Mic Mac Park), as the area is too small to allow for appropriate social distancing and another larger splash pad is located nearby.

City Pools
Due to operational challenges associated with enforcing social distancing within City of Windsor pools, both indoor and outdoor swimming facilities will remain closed. This decision will be re-evaluated after the Government of Ontario has permitted the City of Windsor to enter Stage 3 of the Provincial Reopening framework.

Sandpoint Beach
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced that they lack the capacity to undertake water-quality testing this summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Windsor City Council has approved additional resources to hire a private contractor to undertake this activity in order to ensure public safety and enable the reopening of Windsor’s Sandpoint beach on or before August 4, 2020. The period leading up to this reopening is necessary to recall and train staff on new public health protocols, as well as to allow for the installation of lifeguard chairs and swimming area lines. 

Park and Sports Field Permits
Provincial regulations limit the types of facilities that are permitted to reopen during each stage of the reopening plan. In Stage 2, playgrounds, play structures, and outdoor fitness equipment must remain closed. Outdoor team sports may resume, but only for training purposes, as scrimmages and games are not permitted. The City of Windsor is in the process of surveying local sports organizations on their current plans for the 2020 season. Should there be demand for outdoor sports field usage in 2020, the allocations may be consolidated and a limited number of fields may be made available. Park permits will also be available for small gatherings such as weddings, picnics, etc. following provincial guidelines.

Day Camps
The City  will offer 5 weeks of Modified Day Camps for children aged 4 to 14 (from August 4 to September 4, 2020) at the WFCU Centre and Capri Pizzeria Complex only, subject to confirmation of sufficient demand for the program. The size and space within these facilities make them among the only options to accommodate necessary health and safety precautions. During the month of July, staff will be re-called and trained on new pandemic-related guidelines and camp programing, and facilities will be reoriented to adhere to social distancing requirements. A registration period will begin on July 2 until July 12 to determine the demand for this program. Registration can be done on-line at www.activewindsor.ca or by phone at 519-966-6065. Once the programs have been confirmed, registration can be continued until capacity is reached.

Indoor Recreation and Culture Facilities
Windsor City Council has also accepted administration’s recommendation to keep all other indoor recreation and culture facilities, including Willistead Manor, closed at this time. Previously booked rentals up to September 7, 2020 will be cancelled. This decision will be reviewed after the Government of Ontario permits the City of Windsor to enter Stage 3 of the provincial reopening framework.

For more 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.

Dominion and Northwood Intersection Reopens

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and Ward 10 Councillor Jim Morrison helped officially unveil the $3.5 million worth of road and infrastructure improvements made to the intersection of Dominion Blvd. and Northwood St. today.

The heavily travelled area with major users including area residents, commuters, students from two nearby schools and worshippers at the Windsor Mosque has been under construction for the past couple of months.

Among the upgrades, the road has been widened, surfaces repaved, left and right turning lanes added and a CCTV camera installed to ensure that traffic flows efficiently through this key area.

“This Dominion-Northwood intersection has been designed in direct response to the feedback we heard from our residents—the families, students and nearby worshippers who were getting snarled in bottlenecks during peak commuting times,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “I am happy to tell you that as of today, the pinch points that tied up travellers heading to Holy Names Catholic High School, the Windsor Mosque or Northwood Elementary Schools will be far less of an issue.”

The latest improvements follow the work done last summer including water main upgrades to reduce flooding and make our infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change.

“I have watched the growth and increased demand on this intersection and roadway over many years. The long awaited and highly anticipated improvements being made now will help move traffic greatly,” said Councillor Morrison.

Other improvements include new sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes, both in line with our Active Transportation Master Plan’s goal to expand our trail network.

For more information on City of Windsor services, visit www.citywindsor.ca or call 311.

City of Windsor Selects Fairmount Properties as Developer for Mixed-Use International Village

Windsor City Council unanimously approved the team led by Fairmount Properties as the successful developer to proceed to the next stage of planning and design activity on the site of the former Grace Hospital.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) process was launched in May 2019 and included a rigorous and thorough process to ensure the City of Windsor’s goals for community renewal, and urban revitalization would be met. Fairmount Properties, and their project team aim to transform the six-acre former Grace Hospital site into a vibrant mixed-use International Village anchored by residential, retail, dining, office and open space. The consortium also includes Windsor-area firms Architecttura and Oscar Construction Company Limited. Fairmont Properties selected each of these organizations because their leadership understood the important social compact of the community and neighbourhood.

The EOI results ensure the City of Windsor is enabling the highest quality urban renewal project, while protecting and enhancing the existing neighbourhood. As part of the next stage of this process, Fairmount Properties will be consulting with community stakeholders on specific project design features to ensure that the views of area residents are reflected in the final site plan. The concept plan, unveiled today, is the current perspective and requires community feedback to inform the final design.

Quotes:

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected by The City of Windsor in its efforts to create a walkable, architecturally significant mixed-use destination that will combine world-class 21st Century housing options with relevant national, regional, and local retailers; culturally diverse markets; and high quality restaurants. We understand the significance of the faith and trust placed in us and are fully prepared to bring Windsor’s vision to reality.” Randy Ruttenberg, Principal at Fairmount Properties

“While the City of Windsor received multiple qualified and dynamic proposals, the vision presented by Fairmount Properties most clearly aligned with our goals. Importantly, in selecting Fairmount Properties, the City of Windsor is welcoming a new market participant, and we hope that they continue to find development opportunities in our region. This is a sign that confirms what all of us already know – that the City of Windsor is an attractive location for investment and job creation, and it supports a terrific quality of life.”  Drew Dilkens, Windsor Mayor

“At this early stage, we believe this particular plan makes the best use of the site within this specific context, creates the greatest pedestrian scale and amenities for its residents, and can be achievable in a single phase.” Dan Amicone, Lead Design Principle at Architecttura

“The goal of this project is to create a community in the city that promotes inclusivity and healthy, sustainable living for the future.” Scott DeGraw, Fairmount Properties Canadian Partner ​

City of Windsor to begin bilateral discussions with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Health Care Consortium

Windsor City Council unanimously approved the consortium lead by Fairmount Properties as the successful developer to proceed to the next stage of planning and design activity on the site of the former Grace Hospital.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) process was launched in May 2019 and included a rigorous and thorough process to ensure the City of Windsor’s goals for community renewal and urban revitalization would be met.

The proposal submitted by Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and Amico Properties Inc. provided impeccable detail and thoughtful vision, which Windsor City Council wanted also to bring to life, and Council has directed administration to work with this development group to determine if an alternative site within the City of Windsor would be acceptable and appropriate. In seeking another suitable location for their development vision, the City and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare acknowledge the potential changing regulatory landscape resulting from the provincial long-term care home review.

Windsor City Council will need to review and approve the updated proposal after the conclusion of bilateral discussions between Hôtel-Dieu Grace Health Care and City Administration.

Quotes:

“All of the proposals submitted to City Council were thoughtful and robust. Obviously, City Council chose Fairmont Properties for the Grace Site, but we also wanted to work with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare to see if a pathway exists to realize their vision elsewhere in the City of Windsor. The robust and competitive process that we ran over the course of the past year provides an exciting glimpse into what kind of community renewal is just around the corner.”  Drew Dilkens, Windsor Mayor

“We would like to extend our congratulations to the City of Windsor and Fairmount Properties. Both of these development opportunities will create a legacy impact on our City for generations to come and we are equally excited, along with our partner Amico Properties, to continue discussions with the City regarding our proposal and a possible alternate location”. Janice Kaffer, President & CEO, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

Transit Windsor Recovery Plan

As businesses and workplaces reopen within the City of Windsor, the demand for transit service in Windsor may increase. Overall ridership is currently about 83% lower than pre-pandemic levels, and since the restart of operations in early May, Transit Windsor has continuously reviewed and adapted service delivery in response to operational demands. Additional routes and busses have been added to accommodate the modest increase in ridership over the past two months. Furthermore, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has recently published detailed guidelines for public transit systems, and the City of Windsor is committed to adhering to these best practices. With all of this in mind, Transit Windsor will be implementing further service revisions to continue to provide safe and reliable service to the community:

Face Masks

The Ontario government and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit recommend that anyone travelling on public transit wear a non-medical mask where physical distancing is hard to maintain.

Effective immediately, it will be mandatory for Transit Windsor riders to wear a non-medical mask on buses, as well as at the Windsor International Transit Terminal. Exemptions will be for children under the age of two and persons with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent a person from wearing a facemask. With the requirement to wear a non-medical mask, Transit Windsor will remove some of the social distancing signs from seats, returning the busses to near normal capacity. Only the front area behind the driver, which is reserved for a wheelchair/person with a disability, will remain closed to other riders. Once a bus reaches 20 passengers, a sign will be displayed indicating “Sorry the bus is full” and will pass normal stops. When possible, an additional bus will be inserted into service.

Resumption of South Windsor 7 Route

In order to address rider service needs, effective Monday, July 13, 2020, the South Windsor 7 route will resume a “Saturday” schedule, Monday through Saturday.  Transit users are reminded to check the website for all schedule information.

Customer Service

Effective Sunday, July 12, the Windsor International Transit Terminal will be open in anticipation of Transit Windsor’s return to front door boarding and fare collection. Smart Cards can be reloaded and new Smart Rides can be purchased to avoid lengthy lines. Smart Cards are not active until the first tap of the farebox and will remain valid until that time. Please visit www.transitwindsor.ca for further details on operating hours and Smart Cards.

Please Note: Notice will be provided when a date for a return to a paid service is set.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

The donor, Geraljean (Platten) McGough recalls receiving this teddy bear:

“I was about 7 years old [1943] and I came down with appendicitis … my appendix was taken out and as I went to the hospital I took my favourite panda bear with me.  A day or two later, they discovered that I had measles and they thought it best to take me to the Metropolitan Isolation Hospital.  While I was [there] I dropped my beloved teddy bear on the floor and it was confiscated and I was heart broken. My mother went everywhere, even in Detroit to try and find a teddy bear for me like it and she was able to find this larger teddy bear.” 

Gift of Geraljean McGough 2000.2.4
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