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August 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.
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Expanding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Mayor Drew Dilkens was joined by ENWIN Utilities, City of Windsor administration, and members of the Electric Vehicle Society Windsor-Essex to announce the addition of 22 new level two electric vehicle (EV) charging spaces citywide. This expansion of EV infrastructure is part of advancing the goals of the City of Windsor’s economic diversification plan, Windsor Works, and our Community Energy Plan.

Each of the 11 stations features a dual connector capable of charging two electric vehicles at once.

During this initial stage, the service will be available to drivers free of charge and will allow administration to collect data to help determine the future needs of Windsor’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

This $525,000 investment is supported by in-kind contributions from ENWIN Utilities. Construction of the first station, located at Municipal Lot 35 at 1025 Elsmere Avenue, will begin this month. The installation of all 11 stations is expected to be completed by March 2022 at the following locations:

  • Municipal Garage 2, 406 Pelissier Street (two stations)
  • WFCU Centre, 8787 McHugh Street (two stations)
  • Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex, 2555 Pulford Street
  • Municipal Lot 5, 78 Riverside Drive West
  • Municipal Lot 35, 1025 Elsmere Avenue
  • Municipal Lot 34, 1 Festival Plaza
  • Municipal Lot 4-1, 0 Lincoln Road at Ottawa Street
  • Municipal Lot 10, 445 City Hall Square
  • Mic Mac Park Complex, 1125 Prince Road

National Urban Park Collaboration

 
 
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, joined Mayor Dilkens to announce the signing of another statement of collaboration between the City of Windsor and the federal government to explore the potential of a national urban park in the area. The proposed site for the potential national urban park includes lands within the Ojibway Prairie Complex. The possibilities for including adjacent properties within the boundary for the proposed park will also be considered.
 

George Avenue Water Reservoir and Park



The newly completed $22.1-million George Avenue underground reservoir and fully redeveloped park adds 35 megalitres to Windsor’s storage capacity for potable water, ensuring the continued abundant supply of safe and clean drinking water for residents. To add perspective, this amount is equal to 14 Olympic-size swimming pools and is capable of supplying average residential water usage for approximately 150,000 people, or to about 60,000 homes, per day.

Redesign of University and Victoria Avenues

 
 
Until August 24, residents have the opportunity to provide City administration with feedback on the preferred design concepts for the redevelopment of University and Victoria avenues. Visit the University Avenue and Victoria Avenue Environmental Assessment page to submit.

Transit Windsor Returning to Full Service



On Sunday, September 5, 2021, Transit Windsor will resume full service on all city and county routes and will also introduce Route 518X, a new limited-stop express route from Tecumseh Mall to St. Clair College via Devonshire Mall.

Council Invests $9.4M to Playgrounds, Wants Your Input

 

The City of Windsor is investing $9.4-million investment to build new play structures at 32 public parks across Windsor. This funding, unanimously approved by City Council, ensures that over the next year, work will be underway to upgrade 32 new playgrounds across the city. Themes and final designs have yet to be determined, and we're looking for your input! If interested please fill out a survey before August 27, 2021. Thank you for taking the time to help us design your playgrounds!

Employment and Training Services
Re-opens to Public

 


For more than a decade, Employment and Training Services (ETS) has been working with residents and local employers in Windsor and Essex County to help people return to work by connecting employers with qualified workers. With pandemic restrictions lifting and City services gradually returning to in-person business, the ETS Resource Centre, located on the first floor of 400 City Hall Square East, is thrilled to re-open its doors to the public, by appointment only, effective August 16, 2021.

Meet the GenVaxers!

The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC) and the City of Windsor are excited to introduce the MCC GenVaxers! These youth have taken the lead in promoting the importance of COVID-19 vaccination to GenZ. This post and many to follow are from the young, amazing volunteers that wanted to lend their voices to this campaign. Support them by following them (or getting your kids to follow them!) on Snapchat and TikTok: @multiculturalcl

As our youth would say, "Get Vaxxed and Relaxed!"

Great work, team! #theMCC #VaxxedRelaxed #genvax #TakeYourBestShot #StopCovid #AWorldOfReasons

City Hosting Virtual Public Information Centre on
Wyandotte to Jarvis Extension

The City of Windsor is continuing to undertake the extension of Wyandotte Street East to Jarvis Avenue. The study area is bounded by Riverside Drive to the north, Jarvis Avenue to the east, Little River Road to the south and Banwell Road to the west.

The study is considering the Wyandotte Street East extension for vehicular, pedestrian, transit and bikeway connections; traffic calming; drainage; and sanitary and storm water sewage. The study is also evaluating the servicing needs required to improve neighbourhood infrastructure to current municipal standards on Jarvis Avenue. The study aims to address neighbourhood transportation and infrastructure needs for a 20-year period.

A second (virtual) Public Information Centre (PIC) is planned for this project to discuss amendments to the proposed design considerations following the earlier stakeholder engagement hosted in 2019.

The PIC will be hosted with two available sessions on Thursday, August 26, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We want to hear from you! Please feel free join either Zoom meeting:
The study is being undertaken in accordance with the planning and design process for ‘Schedule B’ projects outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (June 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2020) under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared and made available for a 30-day public review period.
If you wish to comment on or have any questions about this project, please contact:

Andrew Dowie, P. Eng., FEC
Engineer III & Drainage Superintendent
Phone: 519-255-6257 ext. 6490
Email: adowie@citywindsor.ca

Contact 311 or visit www.WindsorEAs.ca for more information on this and other City of Windsor environmental assessments.
 
Reward poster.

For those with information on the whereabouts of stolen wheat and hay, the Sheriff, John McEwan was offering a fifty dollar reward – a hefty sum in 1863. 

John McEwan was born in 1812 in New York State, to Scottish immigrants.  After coming to Canada he married Margaret Arnold (granddaughter of “American traitor” Benedict Arnold). They moved to Windsor in 1848. He served in various positions during his life in the region including Sheriff of Essex County (to which he was appointed by Sir John A. Macdonald in 1856), Clerk of Courts, and station agent for the Great Western Railway.

In 1855 John founded the Windsor Herald newspaper. Margaret died in 1885 and Charles died in 1886. They had seven children.

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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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