Saint-Jean wants to invest $253.9 million by 2025

Stephanie MacFarlane

Investments of $253.9 million in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu municipal infrastructure are planned up to 2025, including $72.3 million next year. This follows from the three-year program of capital expenditures (PTI) adopted on June 28. However, this PTI, which includes about 200 different projects, is missing major facilities such as the Saint-Luc footbridge and the new municipal garage.

Over the next three years, Saint-Jean plans to invest, among others, in the replacement of the barracks in Saint-Luc ($14.3 million), the renovation of the Normandy footbridge ($12.2 million), the renovation of the Plaine-Ayre-Ronald-Beauregard Center ($7.3M), upgrade the Claude-Raymond Basin ($6.1M), refurbish the Fernand Charest Cultural Center ($4.7M), urbanize the boulevard du Seminer Sud ($4M), and maintain gravel streets ($2.2 million).

Elected officials also want to conduct a feasibility study for a waterfront park on Hazen Creek, conduct a pre-design review for a new water complex, and relocate a cadet track to the airport to allow for the development of a new industrial complex. Zone.

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

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

The renovation of the footbridge in Normandy is scheduled for 2024 at a cost of $12.2 million.

Ventilation

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

The projects will be funded through a variety of funds, including grants ($44.7 million), earmarked funds and a conservation plan ($6.6 million), a road resurfacing program ($15.9 million), and various loans (170, $7 million).

Finance

In her speech, the mayor recalled that the projects listed in the PTI are those that the city plans to initiate and implement over the next three years. Ms. Bouchard also addressed the specific current context, in particular the unstable economic climate, labor and material shortages, the desire for a fair price and sustainable development.

“The issue of income worries. Every project has a cost. But when it costs another $1 million, we’ll 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 introduce a new financial instrument that will help reduce the impact of inflation on tax bills. “We will have to slightly increase taxes, but we will not reach inflation, even if there are costs for us. This new tool should counter this. Its goal is not to put too much pressure on citizens,” she continues.

Major missing

Despite the long list of projects appearing at PTI, there are several that are missing. Among them is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will connect Boulevard de la Merie with Rue Hummingbird, passing through Highway 35. This project has been in the air since the 80s.

And still is, the mayor assures. “In the near future we will start consultations on the development of the Saint-Luc sector. This podium is attached to this. We will return it to PTI as soon as we decide on the development project, ”she advises.

At the end of the consultations with the citizens, she would be surprised if the pedestrian bridge project was abandoned. “She’s been with PTI for so long it’s starting to sound like an urban legend. When we are going to return it, we will make it. We are currently working on plans and specifications for a footbridge in Normandy and we are also thinking about the Pont Saint-Luc for design. We intend to do this,” says Ms. Bouchard.

The Municipal Garage Project, sometimes referred to as the Municipal Complex, was also excluded from PTI. The mayor indicates that a project manager is working on this file. “We will have this municipal complex,” she said.