Active Transportation Boost Among Barrie City Hall Votes On Monday Night

City Also Ok's Addition to Heritage Registry And Approves Extra Infrastructure Spending

City Hall gave tentative approval to a bevy of active transportation opportunities at Monday night’s regular meeting of council. A downtown home found itself on the Heritage Registry, while Barrie Police saved some money in 2018.

Active Transportation Additions

Bicycle lanes have been given an initial nod to be installed along St. Vincent Street between Hanmer Street to Livingstone Street, as well as buffered bike lanes (bike lanes with a space separating bikes from cars) along Tiffin Street from Ferndale Drive to Essa Road. The city also gave tentative approval to road diets, or lane size reductions, along Dean Avenue in spots, and Livingstone Road in some areas too. Hard shoulders would be installed along Marsellus Drive near Mapleton Avenue, and on Mapleton itself, approaching Essa Road, replacing existing soft shoulders.

Heritage Register Addition

Also at Monday’s meeting, council gave the initial nod to include 94 Clapperton Street to the City’s Municipal Heritage Register, as per request from its owner. The structure features Edwardian architectural styles, original hardwood floors, and stained glass windows.

Business Plan Update

A Business Plan status update came in front of council at Monday’s meeting, and states that an extra $810,000 be approved to cover various infrastructure projects’ unexpected costs across the city. The money would come from city reserve funds and not from taxpayer-supported ones. The same plan states the Barrie Police’s 2018 operating surplus equaled $289,670, with that money being put into city reserves.

These three items on the City Hall agenda were approved on consent, meaning there was no discussion by council. A final approval would come at next Monday’s meeting.