Province Adjusts City Infrastructure Priorities

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 08, 2009

I lamented, after reading about the city's stimulus with list, that we were planing to squander the federal and provincial infrastructure money on roadwork. Thankfully, someone at the Province was paying attention.

The feds and province just committed $122 million in funding for Hamilton, and no road projects were included in the list of funded projects.

Liberal MPP Sophia Aggelonitis of Hamiton Mountain stated, "This is not about filling potholes. This is about building legacy priorities."

The money will be used on 14 projects, including: $42 million to upgrade the Woodward water treatment plant, $30 million for a sewage biogas project, $40 million for upgrading community and recreation centres, $25 million for a new emergency training facility, and $15 million for reservoir and pumping station upgrades, among a few other projects.

Hamilton is required to contribute one third of the total cost, and the money must be spent in the next two years.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By jason (registered) | Posted June 08, 2009 at 11:55:49

sackcloth and ashes!!! We couldn't blow it all on roads???

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By Really? (registered) | Posted June 08, 2009 at 12:29:46

Makes you wonder what politicians & bureaucrats think of Hamilton when we submit a list of pot-hole projects as an 'economic stimulus'. Thank God there are those politicians and bureaucrats to nix such requests.

It's no wonder Politicians/Businesses/Big-Name Retailers/Canadians don't take Hamiltons seriously; Just look at City Staff's priorities!

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