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Current River Ward –

Newsletter
Andrew Foulds, Councillor
Current River Ward Spring, 2008

Current River Ward – Budget Hilights Serving you…….


• New fencing at Centennial Park Over the last six months a lot has been accomplished at City
Hall.
• Boulevard Lake clean up (dredging)
• Trowbridge Falls re-development for We continue to invest over 10 million dollars a year into our
larger vehicles roads; we are putting $ 250 000 into trails and trail
development; we are enhancing recycling opportunities at
• Trowbridge Falls/Centennial Park – recreational facilities, and finally, we are encouraging
Park/Forest management plan economic development through the Economic Development
• Electrical upgrade at Boulevard lake Commission.

• Current River playfield diamonds Æ I appreciate your input and feedback both by phone and by
infield work and backstop upgrades email. Please continue to do this
• Tennis court repairs at the North End It continues to be a real pleasure to serve the residents of
Community Centre Current River Ward at City Hall.
• Current River trail connecting the
existing trail from dam towards the
mouth of the Current River
• Community Services Recycling
Expansion
Waterfront Development:
Construction This Year
• Prince Arthur’s Landing experience display in
Ward Meeting #4 – March 5th, the CN Station
2008, North End Recreation Centre • Skateboard/BMX Plaza (complete Fall 2008)
• New larger and accessible festival stage
(complete June 2008)
Over 35 people attended the March 5 Ward
• New playground equipment (start Fall 2008)
meeting. • Sheet Wall and Lakefill to add space to the
park (start Fall 2008)
The first half of the meeting was devoted • Retrofit of existing Marina (start Fall 2008)
solely to a waterfront development • Children’s Boating Area (start Fall 2008)
presentation and questions and answers.
The second half of the meeting dealt with
city and ward issues including the
following: economic development, splash
pads, swimming pools, roads, recycling,
alternative energy use, geese at Boulevard,
trails and the 2008 Budget.
Property Standards Strengthened Second Annual Community Tree
“Our New ByLaws are as Strong as the Planting – Boulevard Lake
Municipal Act will Allow” This year over 50 people planted 650 trees
to bring our two-year total to 1150 trees
Thunder Bay City Council approved a resolution that will planted in the Boulevard Lake area. Thanks
strengthen and improve the city=s Property Standards and Yard
to Trees Thunder Bay, Hillcrest High
Maintanance bylaws.
School, the Zero Waste Action Team, Hill
The resolution resulted from a report requested by Current River Greenhouses, The City of Thunder Bay and
Councillor Andrew Foulds. He had asked administration to look the Forest Capital of Canada, the event was
at how the property standards and yard maintenance bylaws could another huge success. It was really
be strengthened within the context of recent changes to the
encouraging to see people young and old B as
Municipal Act, to deal with derelict buildings and unkempt
properties. well as whole families B making a difference
in our Urban Parks. Thanks to all who
Our new bylaws are as strong as the Municipal Act will allow. participated.
This City Council has identified in its strategic plan that making
this city more Clean, Green, Beautiful and Proud is a priority and
these changes to our bylaws will help us achieve this.

The exterior of vacated buildings must be appropriately


maintained. Graffiti must be removed and boarded-up buildings
must minimize the detraction from the value of other properties in
the vicinity. This means paint or a preservative must be applied to
plywood covered windows.

The storage of material can only occur at the side and rear of the
property. Only 25 % of the total property area can be used for
storage. Construction Underway At
Strathcona
In commenting on this initiative, an editorial in the The addition of this new irrigation system B which
Chronicle-Journal ( "Looking good, feeling better," April 25) has already started B will help improve both the
said, "Councillor Andrew Foulds wants to clean up the city fairways and the whole golf course.
and City Hall has responded with a detailed new bylaw that
gives hope for a nicer community. . . . Alarmed by . . . many
derelict buildings and unkempt properties, Foulds asked city
council this week . . . to strengthen the city's property
standards and yard maintenance rules. They agreed. . .
Foulds has done the city a service here and the city has
responded."

Alternative Fuels – Our Economic and Environmental Future!


With the price of gas possibly hitting $1.50 this summer the city must start looking at economic and environmental
alternatives. City Council has passed a resolution put forward by Current River Councillor Andrew Foulds to investigate the
integration of Hydrogen Fuel transit buses into the City of Thunder Bay=s transit fleet. One of our top priorities should be
reducing our city=s greenhouse gas output. BC transit will be piloting a hydrogen fueled bus in 2008 and purchasing 19
others in preparation for the 2010 Olympics. Hydrogen powered buses are being integrated into transit fleets around the
world. Thunder Bay Transit has already shown leadership by having its entire fleet accessible to all. There is no reason
why we shouldn=t continue this leadership and take the next step to try to reduce our public transit emission imprint to zero.
Currently our diesel buses put out 95 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents yearly. Hydrogen fueled buses would reduce this
to nothing.

ANDREW FOULDS, Councillor Current River Ward


Email: afoulds@thunderbay.ca phone: 766-9914