City council defends its infrastructure investment

Staff ~ The Telegram
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A news release from St. John’s city council says infrastructure is on the minds of its members, who approved a three-year infrastructure plan worth approximately $270 million in the spring.

The release comes in response to an article in Tuesday’s Telegram in which the St. John’s Board of Trade encourages voters to think infrastructure when casting their votes in the municipal election this fall.

“We certainly agree with the St. Johns’ Board of Trade that developing and maintaining the city’s infrastructure is one of the most important roles of any municipal council,” Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said in the release.

“This is why over the past year we have been developing a long-term strategy to address the infrastructure needs of the city, which was adopted by council at its May 13 regular meeting.”

Some of the highlights in council’s release from the 2013 Capital Works budget include $60 million for the expansion of the Convention Centre, $61.2 million toward street, sidewalk and transit infrastructure, as well as $56.3 million for water and wastewater infrastructure.

Coun. Danny Breen, chair of the finance and administration standing committee, says in the release that the city has been able to leverage its strong credit rating to allow council to address some of the areas of greatest concern when it comes to infrastructure.

Organizations: Board of Trade, Convention Centre

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