|ITEM # and DESCRIPTION||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|1 – Contract renewal for CGI Communications||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|2 – Reduce development charges||Nay||0-10||Delegation|
|3- Russette drain examination||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|4 –Tender – purchase Chrysler minivans||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|5- Year round cafes||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|6 – Road widening University of Windsor||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|7 – Service contract MTCU||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|8 – Request for Grants||Nay||0-10||Consent|
|9 – Waiver of fees policy||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|10 – Public space recycling||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|11 – Via Rail land acquisition Riverside Dr.||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|12 – Construction of curbs and gutters||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|13 – Changes to Windsor Water World||Yay||9-1||Delegation|
|14 – Development charge overview||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|15 – Railway spur to twin oaks||Yay||10-0||Consent|
|16a – Willistead Park pathways||Yay||3-7||Delegation|
|16b – Willistead Park pathways||Nay||7-3||Delegation|
Item #16 – The Parks department put forward a plan for Willistead Park that would (a) replace existing paving stone pathways with asphalt (b) double the number of paths (c) widen paths from 5 feet to 10 ft.
Councillor Alan Halberstadt put forward an alternative plan (16a) which I voted to support which would (a) keep the existing length of the pathways (b) widen the paths from 5 feet to 9 feet (c) use interlocking pavers instead of asphalt.
The Halberstadt plan for Willistead would achieve the following (a) maintain the park’s limited greenspace by keeping existing length of pathways (b) improve accessibility (e.g. for those with wheelchairs) by widening the paths (c) improve access for maintenance vehicles that are 8 feet wide (d) protect the heritage character of Willistead by using elegant pavers rather than dirty asphalt
Check out this video of the Cultural Bike Trail in Indianapolis: bike trail. It is eight (8) miles of pathways around the heart of Indianapolis that uses elegant paving stones. Notice how accessible the pathways are for seniors and those with physical disabilities. Surely, if Indianapolis can install 8 miles of elegant pavers, we can install 3000 linear feet of pavers in Willistead to improve accessibility and maintain the unique historical character of Willistead Park.
Council voted against the pavers and against keeping the existing length of pathways.
A new motion (16b) was put forward by Councillor Dilkens to double the paths and use asphalt. I voted against this plan.