Sudbury council expected to approve $198 million capital budget

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Sudbury’s proposed 2022 municipal budget maintains services levels, and funds additional capital projects.

“Budget decisions are never easy, but I am confident that with the information presented in this document and working together with staff, we will arrive at the best decisions to ensure sustainability, growth, improved quality of life for our community and another historic investment in our city’s roads, buildings and pipes,” said Mike Jakubo, chair of the finance and administration committee.

Emphasis for the proposed 2022 budget has been placed on asset renewal, road maintenance, customer-service improvements and continuing multi-year projects.

The capital budget is proposed at $198 million and includes funding to extend the city’s bikeway to the Bridge of Nations and remediation of Lorne Street to Power Street – two projects expected to cost $3.5 million

2022 spending highlights include:

  • More than $68 million for roads and drainage projects including arterials, collectors, bridges, and stormwater improvements on Dennie Street and Crescent Avenue in Capreol;
  • $30 million toward the Pioneer Manor Bed Redevelopment project, as previously approved by Council in prior year budgets;
  • $1.7 million towards roof replacements at three community arenas and over $800,000 for improvements to pools;
  • Elevator modernization at 166 Louis St. and 1960-A Paris St. Greater Sudbury Housing buildings;
  • $1.1 million toward the Temporary Supervised Consumption Site.

The finance and administration committee is scheduled to discuss the budget at its Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 meetings. City Council is expected to approve the final budget on Dec. 14.

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