City Staff Present Capital Projects Report Card for 2023
Bradey Carbert, Manager of Corporate Services, reports the City completed or substantially completed 32% of planned Capital Projects; 35% are in progress, on time and budget
Bradey Carbert, Manager of Corporate Services, last brought an update to Council on the status of 2023 Capital Projects on December 18.
On Monday, February 5, Council received another update with year-end figures that confirmed those brought in December’s report:
The City of Owen Sound completed or substantially completed 32% of planned Capital Projects, while another 35% are in progress and on time and budget. Eleven percent of projects were either cancelled or haven’t started.
Seven percent are in progress with a variance in budget or schedule, and 15% experienced significant delays or budget variances.
One project in the red zone – that is, significantly delayed or over budget – is the $25,000 repointing of the Mausoleum at Greenwood Cemetery.
Constructed between 1927 and 1932, the Mausoleum is a cut-stone structure with Indiana limestone exterior walls and an interior crafted of Italian marble. Decorative plaster architectural details have been damaged by water penetrations, temperature fluctuations and humidity, according to the City’s Greenwood Cemetery Master Plan Review and Update 2020-2025. The building has been on the Heritage Register since the 1970s.
Other projects with major variances include:
St. George's Portable Washroom
Harrison Park Workshop Overhead Door Replacement
Harrison Park Bandstand Interior Enhancements
Duncan McLelland Bleachers
Fire Hall Apparatus Bay Concrete Floor Repair
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Expansion Consultation
Owen Sound Police Service Electrical Main Switchboard Replacement
It’s important to note this variance doesn’t necessarily spell failure or even trouble; construction and infrastructure projects often experience delays, and contingency plans are expected.
Projects completed on time and on budget include:
The Greenwood Cemetery Chapel Renovation budgeted at $585,000
$1.876 million River Precinct Phase 2 - 1st Ave E (900 Block)
A $100,000 Master Stormwater Plan And Drainage Study
A $300,000 Dehumidifier Replacement
Owen Sound Police Services Sections 4, 5 and 6 Roof Replacement
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City to Increase Capital Funding by 1% Each Year
As part of her presentation on multi-year budgeting, the City’s Director of Corporate Services, Kate Allen, explained that the City’s Capital Budget Policy requires Council to increase capital funding by 1% each year.
“The intention of this was to have a strategy to close that infrastructure funding gap,” Allen said. “That gap is essentially our capital investment needs versus what we’re actually allocating to capital every year.”
Given that the annual levy is around $32 million, this year that represents an approximate increase of $320,000 for capital, and this funding may also be used for reserve transfers, she explained.
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