Saint-Jean wants to invest $253.9 million by 2025

Stephanie McFarlane

By 2025, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu plans to invest $253.9 million in municipal infrastructure, including $72.3 million next year. This follows from the three-year capital expenditure program (PTI) approved on 28 June. In this PTI, which contains almost 200 different projects, however, there are major ones missing, such as the pedestrian bridge in Saint-Luc and the new municipal garage.

Over the next three years, Saint-Jean plans to invest, in particular, in the replacement of the barracks in Saint-Luc ($14.3 million), the reconstruction of the Normandy pedestrian bridge ($12.2 million), the reconstruction of the Centre-de-Plein-Air-Ronald- Beauregard ($7.3 million), modernize the Claude-Raymond swimming pool ($6.1 million), renovate the Fernand Charest Cultural Center ($4.7 million), urbanize the Boulevard du Séminaire Sud ($4 million) and maintain the gravel pits streets ($2.2 million).

Elected officials also want to conduct a feasibility study on developing a waterfront park on Hazen Creek, conduct a pre-design analysis to build a new aquatic complex and relocate the cadet track at the airport to accommodate the development of a new industrial complex. zone.

Overall, the city is investing $74.8 million in water management, $38.1 million in annual programs (such as road maintenance), $30.6 million in property upgrades and $27 million in various development projects.

It also plans to spend $14.7 million on parks development and sports facility improvements, $4.7 million on a natural parks conservation and development plan, and $3 million on park equipment replacements.

Reconstruction of the Normandy Pedestrian Bridge is scheduled for 2024 at a cost of $12.2 million.

Ventilation

Capital expenditures are expected to reach $72,338,758 in 2023 and $106,504,595 the following year. Finally, $75,053,742 is to be spent on projects in 2025. For information, the total cost of the PTI for 2023-2025, i.e. USD 253.9 million, is higher (+ USD 40.2 million) than the previous PTI.

The projects will be funded in a variety of ways, including grants ($44.7 million), earmarked funds and a conservation plan ($6.6 million), a sidewalk rehabilitation program ($15.9 million) and various borrowings ($170.7 million dollars).

Finances

In her presentation, the mayor reminded that the projects listed in PTI are those that the city plans to initiate and implement within the next three years. Ms. Bouchard also drew attention to the current context, including the uncertain economic climate, labor and material shortages, the desire for a fair price and sustainable development.

“The submission issue is a concern. Every project has a cost. But when it costs $1 million more, we wait. We have been waiting for some projects for several years,” Andre Bouchard said in an interview.

Inflation is also of great concern to citizens, she continues. During the presentation of the next budget, the city will unveil a new financial tool that will be implemented to reduce the impact of inflation on tax bills. “We will have to raise taxes a little, but we will not be able to reach inflation, even if there will be costs for us. This new tool should counter that. Its goal is not to put too much pressure on citizens,” she continues.

The main truants

Despite the long list of projects featured in PTI, there are a few absentees. Among them is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will connect Boulevard de la Marie with Hummingbird Street over Highway 35. This project has been in the air since the 1980s.

And it still is, the mayor assures. “Soon we will start consultations on the development of the Saint-Luc sector. This catwalk is added to that. We will return it to PTI as soon as we decide on the development project,” she advises.

At the end of the consultations with citizens, she would be surprised if the pedestrian bridge project was abandoned. “She has been in PTI for so long that it is starting to look like an urban legend. When we get it back, we’ll make it. We are currently working on plans and specifications for the Normandy Pedestrian Bridge and are also thinking about the Saint-Luc project. We intend to do that,” says Ms. Bouchard.

The municipal garage project, sometimes referred to as the municipal complex, was also excluded from the PTI. The mayor notes that the project manager is working on this file. “We will have this municipal complex,” she said.