• John Jantak

Ste. Anne considering painting water tower now that major infrastructure projects are completed


With major infrastructure projects completed, such as the upgrades made to the sewage and water systems along with new pavement and sidewalks on Garden City Road, Mayor Paola Hawa said the city will now focus on upgrading smaller streets repainting the town’s iconic water tower.

With Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s major infrastructure projects completed, Mayor Paola Hawa said the town is now busy preparing its upcoming 2016 municipal budget which will look at other potential upgrades including the repainting of the city’s water tower, as she presented the mayor’s report on the status of the city’s finances during the Monday evening council meeting, November 9.

For Hawa, the major projects that were undertaken by the city when she began her tenure as mayor in November 2013 were long overdue and an important undertaking to complete to make sure its streets, sidewalks, sewage and water systems were brought up-to-date. It was also intended to provide more safety to motorists and pedestrians, and to rejuvenate and bring more life into the city, she said.

“It was a can that was kicked down the road from council to council to council until finally we said enough – it’s time to fix our infrastructure,” Hawa told Your Local Journal. “I’m very pleased about that. By the end of our mandate in two years, we’ll have redone every single road in the city if we keep going at this rate.

“We said at the beginning of our term two years ago that no matter what, we will invest 20 per cent of the budget on our infrastructure,” Hawa added. “This has been a priority. Maintaining our infrastructure is a long-term goal and it’s what people pay for. If someone is going out and trips over a sidewalk because it’s broken or drives over a pothole in a road, that’s a problem.”

For residents who live along Spring Garden Road, the city’s two-year project to upgrade the areas’ sewage system, water pipes, roads and sidewalks is finally over and a final coat of asphalt will be applied to the revamped road surface next spring, said Hawa.

The construction of a T-intersection and the reopening in early October of Exit 41 along Highway 40 west which reconnected northbound Boulevard des Anciens-Combattants to the northern section of the city is another example cited by Hawa as part of the commitment made during her election campaign that she would work resolve the situation.

With major infrastructure projects out of the way, the city is now going to concentrate its infrastructure efforts on the city’s side streets and painting its tall, iconic concrete water tower at the corner of Brown Street and Montée Sainte-Marie.

Hawa said repainting the structure which overlooks Highway 20 is a more cost-effective solution than proposals that have called for its demolition which would cost the city about $1 million. Another major impediment to the tower’s demolition is that it stands just a few feet away from several residential buildings.

“Hopefully next year we’ll be able to work on the water tower,” said Hawa. “This is another thing that has been kicked down the road over and over again. It’ll cost around $300,000 to $400,000. We could obviously use the money for other things, but at some point in time we’ll have to do maintenance on that structure. Infrastructure may not be sexy but it’s a necessity.

“I have no problem in finally getting this done.” Hawa added. “It would be nice to do something funky with it but a simple paint job is all it needs to make it look good again. So by 2017 when we come to our next municipal election, we’ll have done everything that is absolutely required for the city.”

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