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2022 Budget Consultations

Hi Friends,  The 2022 budget will be held on December 13th this year and Council just received the documents this past Friday. I was able to go through the entire budget plan, both capital and operating, over the weekend and I am looking to schedule meetings with residents in the coming weeks to discuss what the budget means for the west side.  I am proposing virtual town hall meetings over zoom so if you are interested in learning more about the budget, please send me an email at fcostante@citywindsor.ca and we will sign you up on the list. I will be proposing dates and times in the near future depending on interest level and availability.  I would like to hear from you, your ideas and your thoughts for our community. Looking forward to engaging with you on this very important City budget.   Fabio

2021 Ward 2 Meeting

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Friends,  In case you missed it, below is a full video of my virtual Ward 2 meeting. I focused on 10 topics in the meeting that I though were most important to residents in the west-end. Have a look and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me or call anytime. Always happy to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and progress we've made together. Email: fcostante@citywindsor.ca Phone: 519-252-1005 Stay in touch! Fabio

October 4th Council Meeting

Hi friends,  I wanted to provide a brief synopsis of today's Council meeting as there are some items of interest to residents in the west-end.  First, I am happy to report that Council unanimously supported my committee motion not to remove the streetlights at Brock and Sandwich and at Campbell and Grove. There was an administrative report recommending the removal of streetlights at these intersections, among others, and Council supported my motion to keep them there considering there are two grade schools close by at each location.  Second, we were supposed to discuss and debate the Legacy Beacon project and the Festival Plaza Canopy project today. Councillor Gignac put forward a motion to defer these items until administration reported back on a comprehensive report looking at these two projects together with the Civic Esplanade project that is set to come forward at some point in the future. I supported this motion because I think it gives us a bigger picture to assess when maki

The Future of Adie Knox

  Hi Friends, As you may have heard or read, the City and the University of Windsor announced a partnership that would see the sharing of the newly constructed University pool and a complete overhaul of Adie Knox into a robust community centre. I want to share with you all that I know so far about the plan, and more importantly, I want to hear from you about it. The high level details of this $42million investment that is subject to community consultation and Council approval, includes two main components. They Are as follows: 1)      City – University Partnership -         93% of pool programming at Adie Knox will be available at the same time at the UofW pool for City residents and the community -         City residents will have free onsite parking -         User fees will be the exact same as is currently being paid at Adie Knox -         Pool temperature will be more or less the same (approximately 1 to 2 degrees less at the UofW Pool) -         The UofW pool will b

Building Up Our West End: Monthly Update

Hi Friends,  It has been a busy winter with several positive developments for the west-end. As the weather gets a bit warmer and we head into spring, I am hopeful that with each day passing, COVID is further and further behind us and we can finally get to some place of normalcy.  The Residential Rental License We finally did it! Council directed administration to draft a Residential Rental License bylaw, to be piloted in Wards 1 & 2, with the intent that it be rolled out City-wide after the pilot. I campaigned on this issue and it was something that I felt strongly about well before I was elected to City Council. Although the RRL will not solve all of the challenges in our neighbourhoods as it relates to housing, it is a critical component of a multi-pronged solution to creating safer and stronger neighbourhoods. A big thank you to the majority of City Council for supporting my motion, and especially to the residents in my community who have been fighting for this for nea

Ward 2 Update, City Budget and RRL

Hi Friends,  I wanted to give an update since I last blogged on some developments in Ward 2, including the City Budget that was just passed and the Residential Rental License debate that will be coming to Council on March 8th.  Sandwich Street Sewer Relining and Road Reconstruction Thanks to $12million in community benefits from the Gordie Howe Bridge and $8.6million from City Council, the sewer relining and road reconstruction of Sandwich Street has begun. This project will be from the roundabout to the new Gordie Howe Bridge and will include streetscaping, new bike lanes and many other features that will span over 3km in length. This is much needed and will be wonderful for local residents, businesses and those coming to and out of Sandwich Town.  McKee Park Shoreline and Boat Dock At our budget meeting, Council approved $150,000 for shoreline protection, in addition to $200,000 being provided by the Gordie Howe Bridge Community Benefits. In addition, the City recently fixed the boat

City Council meeting - Oct. 19

Friends,  Happy to report some positive developments at today's Council meeting that just concluded. They are as follows:  1) Council directed administration to draft a licensing bylaw for short term rentals (i.e. Air B&Bs, etc.) in our City. The licensing bylaw will effectively prohibit investors from purchasing properties and renting them out as short-term rentals. Only properties that are the principal residence of the homeowner could be rented out. This will help mitigate issues such as noise, parking concerns, safety and general nuisance, and further free up much needed housing for permanent tenants and homeowners.  2) Council extended the food hub at Adie Knox until the end of the year. The Unemployed Help Centre is currently running a food hub for those in need at the ice pad at Adie Knox and requested to continue the service until at least the end of the year. This service was put in place as a result of COVID related measures and for community safety and support.  3) I