Improving Sidewalk Reconstruction

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The public service brings forward recommendations to Councillors for local and regional streets reconstructions. Some of the recommendations include constructing a sidewalk into the reconstructed street. On the other hand, some of the sidewalks recommended are not in the Pedestrian and Cycling strategies, but are brought forward by the Public Works staff because the street is undergoing a
reconstruction. Some of the public service’s recommended sidewalks are not the top priority in a ward, but currently funding allocated for a sidewalk cannot be reallocated to a higher priority sidewalk.

Therefore, on May 3, 2021, I moved a motion directing the Public Service to consult with area Councillors on the reallocation of a portion of the existing local and regional street renewal budget from funding the reconstruction of sidewalks adjacent to streets undergoing renewal, to higher priority sidewalks in their ward.