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All that pumping may have worked

Monday, April 07, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

City Council will consider providing more money for a proposed pumptrack for Esposito Park when it sits down to discuss the 2014 city budget.

A group of bicycling enthusiasts, represented by Andre Riopel and Deane Greenwood, made a pitch for extra funding to Council at its regular meeting Monday. 

The city has already earmarked $50,000 for construction of the facility, with the user group having raised $75,000 of its own.

A preliminary design of the pumptrack is estimated, by Kresin Engineering, to cost $250,000 for construction, professional fees and a contingency amount.

That leaves a funding gap of $125,000, which Council has decided to consider at its budget meeting, to be held April 14.

The $125,000 would come from the city’s Subdivider Reserve Fund.

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David Poluck 4/7/2014 9:25:34 PM Report

Will you be doing a story on the municipal building conditions report also presented this council meeting?

The costs to repair are shocking to say the least.
CountryTrapper 4/7/2014 9:32:20 PM Report

Another small interest group getting more money for a park that 1% of the city population will use.
Beej 4/7/2014 9:35:45 PM Report

Let them raise their own funds.
$125K would fix a lot of the minefields of potholes that are destroying our new vehicles every day.
Get with the program, the roads around here are unacceptable, a total disaster, with very little being done about it.
And for Sam C... you can't drive around them when they are a foot apart for a hundreds of feet!
young guy 4/7/2014 9:41:30 PM Report

That is cool..

Country Trapper,

Not everybody likes to sit at home, watch tv and drink beer. Yes, most do, but what about the people who like to do stuff?

99% of people in this city would rather have a park like this to drive their trucks on so they can sit on their ass. No offense. But, it's true.

Ok, I can see why the majority of people wouldn't want this park. It takes energy and work. I personally would think it would be cool.
avocet 4/7/2014 9:48:29 PM Report

Money for this project comes from a parks reserve fund that can only be used for parks, not to fix roads. It will not affect the budget as this money is from developers who must pay a percentage towards green space. Imagine a city with no parks, no arenas, no libraries. I for one would not want to live there.

This project is one of the best thing we have done in this city for years next to the HUB trail.
young guy 4/7/2014 9:53:09 PM Report


Whether that money goes to the city board of works or not, will not make any difference. We pay many of them to sit on their ass in the shop for hours per day(I've personally witnessed it). Do you really think if the city gets more money to fix the potholes in this city, that they will just push their employees to work harder. They won't. The people at the top will laugh and do high fives.

Great Northern Rd and north side of Pine st have it the worst. I know how to avoid the potholes in this city. Don't drive up Pine street, past Food Basics, is a must! As for grt northern, you have to dodge them, when you get past Shell. You have to drive halfway in the center lane for about .5km, and then you're good. Some streets you have to drive in the left lane, and turn into the right lane only when you want to turn. You learn these things. It's a skill.
Sam C 4/7/2014 10:31:15 PM Report

Beej... no, but you can slow down.

Road repairs ARE budgeted. I don't know about you, but I don't expect the City to do permanent patching (or, as permanent as can be done) until well into May.

And taking $125,000 and putting it toward this project won't affect the overall road work budget by any significant amount.

As for this project, they HAVE raised $75,000 --- which is more than the City's current share. Maybe only 1% of the Sault will use this park, but it is a park, and it's the City's responsibility to provide parks and recreation.

Everyone screams when money is spent on something "only a handful of youth will use." But how will we make our youth feel welcome in their own city? We have ONE skatepark, that kids in the west end have to get to by bus -- an hour each way.

We could be looking to convert the mostly unused tennis courts into skateparks.

For that matter, a citizen offered to buy all the equipment for a new park at the end of Marconi Street, but was rebuffed by neighbours who don't want children near their homes.

And we wonder why our young people leave when they get a chance?
AlwaysAWinner 4/7/2014 10:36:33 PM Report

You know why our roads are bad? selfish/greedy people want to buy their gas in the USA instead of paying a bit more to support our local economy

2 cents off every litre of gas in Ontario goes towards whatever municipal it came from. That money goes towards the roads in that area, consider it a "road tax". For every litre you fill up in the states, that's two cents missing from money that will fix our roads

I've never seen a city with roads this bad, but when you consider that other cities can't cross-border shop, you understand why the problem solely exists here. Weather issues are one thing, pot holes not being filled for weeks is another.
rugerben 4/7/2014 10:44:47 PM Report

Hi I like others would like to see the money spent on road sewer and other uses .There are and always will be more cars and trucks then bikes
clicksmart 4/7/2014 10:50:09 PM Report

Wow. Now gas tax or lack thereof is responsible for the road conditions. That's a stretch. There are any number of VALID explanations for the current state of our roadways. This is a problem not unique to Sault Ste Marie. Sudbury as an example is dismal.
lp670-4 Super Veloce 4/7/2014 11:19:27 PM Report

Oh I'm sorry, people don't want money to be spent on something like this. I'll just start smoking crack, there's not much else to do....
atoz 4/7/2014 11:38:12 PM Report

Wow u people r sad always something to cry about u dont like whats going on then move.
Prrrrrrr 4/8/2014 12:11:15 AM Report

This community is anti's sickening!!!!
Powerwise 4/8/2014 1:03:01 AM Report

Let me share a word from my late (and really quite wise) grandfather:

"Listen, the Sault is drugs; the money is in drugs, the faith is in drugs, and the life is in drugs. Don't let any oblivious yuppie tell you otherwise".

From what I've seen you're a moron if you're not a drug dealer, a cop or a lawyer in this town.
Giller 4/8/2014 6:57:54 AM Report

I think this is a great idea, looks like loads of fun. I would definately try this out. Maybe more people should get active and enjoy life instead of constantly complaining....
crashed13 4/8/2014 7:03:14 AM Report

Does not look like something that will hold up well buried under snow all winter.
Who pays for the spring overhaul every year?

I just hope they use it, and it's not empty like the ice rink every time I drive by.
Number One Son 4/8/2014 7:13:40 AM Report

Who cares what "fund" it comes from. Maybe that fund is over-funded. Stop wasting our tax-dollars based on lame excuses. Council should listen to the majority of citizens instead of catering to minority interest groups.
KIDDO 4/8/2014 7:26:23 AM Report

Powerwise, I think maybe Grandpa might have been hitting the pipe hard........when he was spreading his wise words to you.
uncle gary 4/8/2014 7:38:38 AM Report

I used to ride my old 10 speed bike to Bellview Park all the time when I was a kid... Sure wish this type of bike park was there then... although I would have to upgrade to a different bike I suppose :)
Prrrrrrr 4/8/2014 8:12:37 AM Report

This city has to turn EVERYTHING into a huge project. Maybe instead of having fifty meetings someone can just call or take a ride to THESSALON to see how it's done....
Moonshiner 4/8/2014 8:37:11 AM Report

I used to let my kids climb on the old engine at belview park .That's too dangerous now.What makes this safer?
Wobbler 4/8/2014 8:48:55 AM Report

The youth of today are our future. Treat them well today and they in turn, will treat us well when we are all old and feeble.
To all the nay-sayers; I am sure you are the ones who complain constantly about "the kids today". Times have changed and things are not the same as when you and I were young. Please remember you were a child once too!!
Loosen up and help keep our youth interested in staying in Sault Ste. Marie, being productive citizens and raising their own families here!
crashed13 4/8/2014 9:34:00 AM Report

I might just dig out my CCM Targa and give that track a workout.
justsomeguy 4/8/2014 10:44:28 AM Report

What is the Soo's hangup with yuppies?

I've seen several comments lately referencing them.

If anyone from other places were unfortunate enough to come across these comments Sault Ste. Marie sure would come across as a backwater hick town.
Entity 4/8/2014 12:44:49 PM Report

The generation gap is very obvious in these comments, and it's unfortunate, because issues of spending shouldn't be an 'either / or' debate. There's money for infrastructure repair, as well as recreational areas for youth.

The problem is not that there's not enough money, the problem is the city mismanages and wastes our tax dollars.
AlwaysAWinner 4/8/2014 12:48:44 PM Report

'The problem is not that there's not enough money, the problem is the city mismanages and wastes our tax dollars. "

or this town is filled with old people, welfare recipients, and disabled people

also factor in cross border shopping, and the tens of thousands of dollars thrown away into a different economy

the city doesn't mismanage anything. this town is broke and crap
Entitledtomyopinion 4/8/2014 4:40:12 PM Report

atoz - I DID move. Because of crap like everyone whining and bitching. No one will ever be happy where money is spent - its just the way it is. For myself having kids, we moved to give them a better life. We now live in southern Ontario and the kids have something to do EVERY day, and it is very kid friendly. True, we miss the small town feel and family, but we had to do whats best for our kids. Here's to hoping some middle ground can be found.
rgp 4/8/2014 7:16:15 PM Report

i think the city should help the puc out with the brown water if they have extra money laying around and get this problem solved
mikej 4/8/2014 11:30:11 PM Report

It would be nice if they hired locally for labours on this project. who does the hiring?
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