Monday, April 01, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Capital Budget Announced for 2019

Today, St. John’s City Council voted to approve the capital budget for 2019. The plan includes approximately $24 million for capital projects. Capital projects cover a wide range of services including transportation improvements, water and sanitary service upgrades, housing projects, capital grants to community groups, snow clearing equipment, and playground infrastructure.

Federal Gas Tax Funding for replacement of the Mews Centre 4,701,888
Fleet Acquisition Fund for replacement of the City's Fleet 3,600,000
Projects funded through water tax for upgrades to water infrastructure 3,230,000
Committed $11,531,888
   
Parks Reserve 1,053,603
Provincial Gas Tax - One Time - Unrestricted 831,153
Reserve Funding 550,000
Net funds from previous projects, carried forward into 2019 1,851,087
General Funds 8,216,253
Uncommitted $12,502,096
   
Total Capital Funding $24,033,984

With previously committed items aside, a net of $12.4 million has been identified in available funding for 2019 projects. Public engagement on the proposed capital plan took place online from February 12-26, 2019. Opinions and ideas shared through that process have been posted as a “What We Heard” document at engagestjohns.ca.
 
“We have carefully considered the balance of projects identified for 2019 between pedestrian and active transportation improvements versus road and traffic improvements and listened to the feedback from the public,” explained Councillor Dave Lane. “The identified projects for 2019 address the highest priority areas and ensure we are making every effort to protect the integrity of our infrastructure.”
 
A full list of approved capital projects for 2019 is attached.
 
The City’s capital program is determined on an annual basis and funded primarily from an allocation from the City’s annual operating budget. This program is different from the City’s larger cost-shared capital arrangements with the Federal and Provincial Governments, for which the City borrows its share of the cost.

Capital expenditure listing for 2019

Streets Rehabilitation - Grind and Patch      
Capital Grants Community Groups  
Building Repair & Maintenance       
Sidewalk/Curb/Gutter Repair           
IT Project Capital Budget    
Bowring Park Diving Board 
Affordable Housing Strategy
SJSEL Future Direction Study         
Gould's Fire Exhaust Repairs
Kenmount Fire Station Upgrade      
St. John's Rec Centre Gym Floor      
Sanders for Snow Clearing   
Traffic Safety Initiatives       
Municipal Residential Tree Planting Initiative        
Large Diameter Culvert Replacement          
Bowring Park Accessible Parking    
Outer Battery - Rock Fall Protection Fencing Repairs         
Accessible Pedestrian Signal Program         
Traffic Calming Program      
Oxen Pond Road Storm Sewer Upgrade      
Allandale at Mt Scio - Eastbound & Westbound Left Turn Lane*  
Veterans' Square Reconfiguration      
Bike St. John's Master Plan - Projects          
Uninterruptable Power Supply for Critical Intersections     
Traffic Signal Communication Upgrade for Key Corridors 
Linegar Ave - Street Upgrading Phase 1B
Infill Sidewalk Program        
Metrobus Shelters     
Dunlea St/Birchwynd St Intersection - Ponding Problem
 
Total Capital Expenditure
4,022,096
500,000
500,000
700,000
250,000
20,000
112,000
80,000
100,000
1,530,000
150,000
550,000
300,000
25,000
600,000
125,000
200,000
50,000
50,000
135,000
52,000
260,000
150,000
50,000
75,000
1,300,000
451,000
80,000
85,000
 
$12,502,096

 
*Pending further council discussion.
 
Media Contact:
Kelly Maguire
Media Relations
City of St. John's
709-576-8491
kmaguire@stjohns.ca