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City Tables 2019 Capital Budget For First Reading

Post Date:11/13/2018 5:30 PM

WHITEHORSE – The City has tabled the proposed Capital Budget for 2019 to 2022.

The 2019 Capital Budget will invest over $29 million from reserves over 4 years in crucial infrastructure projects that will improve City operations and services for our citizens. This is a substantial investment in infrastructure that is needed to deliver key municipal services such as water and waste, fire protection, parks and trails, recreation and transit.

“This Capital Budget will invest heavily in the upgrade of our buildings, fleet and recreation facilities, so we can keep meeting the needs of the public through robust equipment, reduced repair costs and downtime, and enhance service delivery. Our residents can continue to enjoy our proximity to the great outdoors and the active lifestyles that accompany it” said Mayor Dan Curtis. 

The Capital Budget Public Input Session is on November 26th and second and third reading is scheduled for December 10th, 2018.

Once again the City is working hard to have a Capital Budget in place by the end of this year. This will give local businesses and contractors as much advance notice as possible, so they can prioritize and plan for the City’s upcoming capital projects. We are doing this to maximize economic opportunities for all of our local businesses.

For more information on the 2019 Capital Budget, visit whitehorse.ca/budget or see the attached backgrounder for highlights.

Contact

Myles Dolphin
A/Manager Strategic Communications
City of Whitehorse 
myles.dolphin@whitehorse.ca   
867-689-0515

 

  

Backgrounder – 2019 Capital Budget Highlights

 

Infrastructure investments

  • New Downtown Fire Hall #1: the expected cost of this important project is $3.3 million.
  • Traffic signals: nearly $300,000 to replace traffic signals to the intersections of Fourth & Main, and Quartz & Chilkoot.
  • Fuel abatement: $200,000 to be put towards reducing risk of forest fires in 2019.
  • Fleet upgrade and replacement: we are spending nearly $500,000 on our fleet in 2019 by replacing old vehicles.
  • Buildings: $200,000 in security upgrades to City Hall, which will help protect our staff, building, equipment and the public.
  • Parks and trails projects and upgrades: we are committing nearly $270,000 to improve Downtown trails, parks and playgrounds in 2019.
  • Cemetery expansion: $30,000 directed towards planning the expansion of Grey Mountain cemetery in 2019.
  • Trail resurfacing: $100,000 will be used towards the resurfacing of many of our popular paved trails in 2019.
  • Takhini Arena: dasher board system replacement of $185,000.
  • Canada Games Centre: Wellness Centre equipment replacements of $40,000 in 2019.
  • Some of the projects reserved for external funding from our territorial and federal funding partners include:
    • Watermain improvements
    • Asphalt surface overlay program
    • Transit: real-time passenger info, electronic payment and bus replacement
    • Compost facility expansion
    • Services building
    • Downtown reconstruction

Consulting with citizens 

  • A Public Input Session is taking place on November 26th, starting at 5:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers as part of the Regular Council Meeting.
  • A Public Input Report will be presented to Council on December 3rd.
  • Second and Third Reading scheduled for December 10th.
  • Written comments may be emailed to budgetinput@whitehorse.ca by November 26th.

 

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