The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee today approved its Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018, which includes $1.3 billion in operating expenses and $48.9 million in capital funding related to community and protective services.
The majority of capital spending would go towards parks, recreation and culture, with $21.4 million earmarked to renew parks and buildings. Highlights include renewal of the Nepean Sportsplex, the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex and the Howard Darwin Arena. The City would also replace play structures at Alta Vista Park, Greely West Park, Blue Rock Park and Beaton Park.
The City would hire 14 new paramedics and purchase one additional emergency response vehicle, adding to the 36 paramedics hired in this term of Council. The additional personnel would help the Ottawa Paramedic Service deliver medical treatment and maintain response times mandated by the Province.
Funding for agencies that receive renewable community funding would increase by $1 million, for a total of $23.5 million. These non-profit social service agencies provide vital services, including access to the basics such as food programs, day programs, counselling and support services. The additional funding would assist with the minimum wage increase and help agencies sustain existing services.
The Committee also approved commemorative naming proposals for a park in Stittsville and a cemetery in Gloucester South Nepean. The future park, to be located at the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street, would be called the Kavanagh Green. The cemetery, located within Claudette Cain Park, would be called the Moodie Family Cemetery.
Items approved at today’s Community and Protective Services Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, December 13.