Capital Budget - 2016 Budget Summary

2016 Capital Budget Overview

Niagara Region's capital budget aligns with the same timeframe as the operating budget, with a common goal of balancing our immediate and future needs with affordability. Capital projects and assets include such things as:

  • Vehicles
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Water lines
  • Buildings
  • Software systems
  • Equipment

In your personal financing, it would be the equivalent of purchasing large items, such as a house or car, where you may not readily have the available cash to buy the product outright, and often have the need to finance these purchases through other means (such as a mortgage, loan).

Similarly, at the Region we use various forms of financing to support our capital plan, including:

  • Debt financing
  • Dollars from other levels of government
  • Reserves (accumulated from previous planning)
  • Levy (current year taxes)

Debt financing is proposed in an extremely conservative manner, with no more than 11 cents of every own source revenue dollar being spent on financing the debt from capital projects.

The bulk of our capital spend occurs in our Public Works area (transportation, water and wastewater divisions), and to a smaller extent in Corporate Services (properties and information technology), Community Services (seniors homes), and Public Health (emergency medical services).

To create our capital budget, we rely on a number of key pieces of information, most importantly a current inventory of our capital assets and the condition of those assets. We also develop two key pieces of information, and create multi-year plans to support our future needs based on forecasted residential and business growth and on how we plan on financing those projects.

Once all of this information is brought together, Council is able to make an informed decision regarding the approval of the annual capital budget.

Regional Council approved a $165 million capital budget, including 147 distinct projects. The capital budget was created with consideration for council's strategic priorities, including Moving People and Goods; Fostering Innovation; Investment and Entrepreneurship; Building a Labour-ready Workforce; Positioning Niagara Globally; and Doing Business Differently.

2016 Capital Budget Summary by Department

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
General Government $538,000 $538,000            
Information Technology Services 3,708,500 3,708,500            
Properties Management 10,311,170 3,040,170 5,375,000 1,366,000       530,000
Community Services 1,937,250 1,937,250            
Public Health and Emergency Medical Services 3,614,808 85,000   3,529,808        
Fleet 3,993,000 3,543,000   450,000        
Transportation 60,295,000 1,689,827 31,460,000 1,822,673 6,602,500 1,620,000 13,100,000 4,000,000
Niagara Regional Housing 17,411,511   4,213,705 3,641,595       9,556,211
Niagara Regional Police Service 2,767,500     2,767,500        
Waste Management 6,375,150     6,375,150        
Water 25,055,000     24,980,000 75,000      
Wastewater 28,610,000     26,000,000 2,610,000      
Total $164,616,889 $14,541,747 $41,048,705 $70,932,726 $9,287,500 $1,620,000 $13,100,000 $14,086,211

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2016 Capital Budget Summary by Project

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
General Government                
Emergency Capital Levy $500,000 $500,000            
Survey Equipment - Asset Replacement 38,000 38,000            
General Government Total 538,000 538,000            
IT Services                
Data Center Fixtures 300,000 300,000            
Employee Information Systems Upgrade (Kronos) 240,000 240,000            
IT Asset Replacement 3,168,500 3,168,500            
IT Services Total 3,708,500 3,708,500            

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2016 Capital Budget Summary by Project continued

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Properties Management                
Annual - Property Acquisitions 250,000 250,000            
Building Exterior - EMS Welland - Roof Replacement 207,500 207,500            
Building Exterior - NRPS St. Catharines - Roof Replacement 325,000 325,000            
Building Interior - Region HQ - Space Accomodations (EFMS/IT/PW/FM&C) 300,000 300,000            
Building Site - Enviro Centre - Parking Lot Rehabilitation 419,000 419,000            
Building Site - Fort Erie Childcare - Site Improv and Paving 130,000 130,000            
Building Systems - Campbell West Elevator - Region HQ 131,520 131,520            
Building Systems - Comm Services Welland - HVAC Upgrades 770,550 770,550            
Building Systems - EMS Niagara Falls - Natural Gas Conversion 45,000 45,000            
Building Systems - EMS Welland - HVAC Upgrades 11,600 11,600            
Code and Legislative Compliance Upgrades 250,000 250,000            
Customer Service Strategic Priority 200,000 200,000            
Long-term Accommodations - Central Reporting Hub - EMS 950,000   950,000          
Long-term Accommodations - Long-term Care Homes Redevelopment 3,290,000   3,290,000          
Long-term Accommodations - Public Health Facilities - Niagara Falls 1,665,000   1,135,000         530,000
Renewable Energy Program                
Properties Management Total 10,311,170 3,040,170 5,375,000 1,366,000       530,000

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2016 Capital Budget Summary by Project continued

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Community Services                
Child Care - Equipment and Renovations 50,000 50,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Bed Replacement 100,250 100,250            
Long-term Care Homes - Capital Improvements / Replacements 557,000 557,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Machinery / Equipment 467,000 467,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Resident Care Equipment 623,000 623,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Roof Replacement 140,000 140,000            
Community Services Total 1,937,250 1,937,250            
Public Health and Emergency Medical Services                
EMS Ambulance and Equipment Replacement 1,766,008     1,766,008        
EMS Defibrillator Replacement 1,763,800     1,763,800        
Project Lifesaver 50,000 50,000            
Tobacco Control Vehicle 35,000 35,000            
Public Health and Emergency Medical Services Total 3,614,808 85,000   3,529,808        

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2016 Capital Budget Summary by Project continued

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Fleet                
Intermunicipal Transit - Capital Acquisitions 450,000     450,000        
Vehicle and Equipment - Replacement Program 3,543,000 3,543,000            
Fleet Total 3,993,000 3,543,000   450,000        
Transportation                
Annual - Development Related Projects 1,000,000             1,000,000
Annual - Engineering for Future Projects 200,000     200,000        
Annual - Guide Rail Improvements 350,000 350,000            
Annual - Illumination Installation 450,000 450,000            
Annual - Miscellaneous Road Properties 200,000 200,000            
Annual - Railway Crossing Improvement 100,000     100,000        
Annual - Storm Sewers and Culverts 500,000     500,000        
Annual - Traffic Signal Program 2,000,000   2,000,000          
Capacity Improvement - RR 38 Martindale Rd. - Fourth Ave. to QEW 2,300,000   920,000   1,380,000      
Capacity Improvement - RR 54 Rice Rd. - Old Hwy 20 to Merritt Rd. 400,000 60,000     340,000      
Capacity Improvement - RR 55 Niagara Stone Rd. - Con 6 to East West Line 500,000 75,000     425,000      
Capacity Improvement - RR 81 Main St. - Cabernet St. to Baker Rd. and Nelles Rd. to Orchard Pkwy. 500,000   500,000          
Capacity Improvement - RR 89 Glendale Ave. - Homer Rd. to Niagara on the Green Blvd. 2,220,000     315,000 1,785,000 120,000    
GO Transit 10,000,000              
Intersection Improvement - RR 20 St. Catharines St. - Industrial Park Rd. to Townline Rd. 300,000     225,000 75,000      
Intersection Improvement - RR 46 Geneva St. at St. Paul St. 1,000,000   500,000   500,000      
Intersection Improvement - RR 5 Killaly St. at Mellanby Ave. 75,000 37,500     37,500      
Roads Equipment Program - Equipment Upgrades and Replacement 200,000 200,000            
Roads Rehab - Roads Resurfacing 9,000,000   5,000,000       4,000,000  
Roads Rehab - RR 1 Dominion Rd. - Burleigh Rd. to Buffalo Rd. 9,200,000         100,000 9,100,000  
Roads Rehab - RR 1 Dominion Rd. - Helena St. to Lakeshore Rd. 800,000   800,000          
Roads Rehab - RR 14 Canboro Rd. - Embankment Stabilization at Warner 1,000,000   1,000,000          
Roads Rehab - RR 45 Creek Rd. - Wellandport Rd. to Canborough Rd. 1,400,000   1,260,000   140,000      
Roads Rehab - RR 63 Canborough Rd. - Wellandport Rd. to Wellandport Community Centre 200,000 117,327   82,673        
Roads Rehab - RR 69 Twenty Mile Rd. - Victoria Ave. to Mountain Rd. 200,000     200,000        
Roads Rehab - RR 87 Lakeshore Rd. - Townline Rd. to Four Mile Creek Rd. 1,200,000   1,200,000          
Roads Rehab - RR 87 Lakeshore Rd. (Phase 3) - Lake St. to Geneva St. and Bradmon Dr. to O'Mara 6,200,000   2,880,000   1,920,000 1,400,000    
Roads Rehab - RR 89 Glendale Ave. - Welland Canal to Homer Rd. 200,000     200,000        
Structural Rehab - OPG Bridges - Replacement of Beaverdams Bridge and Power Canal Bridge over Gibson Lake (Str. 067205 and Str. 050215) 3,000,000             3,000,000
Structural Rehab - Reece Bridge - Replacement (Str. 069205) 5,400,000   5,400,000          
Structural Rehab - Engineering and Construction 200,000 200,000            
Transportation Total 60,295,000 1,689,827 31,460,000 1,822,673 6,602,500 1,620,000 4,000,000  

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2016 Capital Budget Summary by Project continued

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Niagara Regional Housing                
Building Capital 2,442,568   1,761,408 250,054       431,106
Emergency Capital 200,000     200,000        
Grounds Capital 787,193   743,706 43,487        
Investment in Affordable Housing - Extension Agreement New Development Capital 11,592,000     2,898,000       8,694,000
Units Capital 2,389,750   1,708,591 250,054       431,105
Niagara Regional Housing Total 17,411,511   4,213,705 3,641,595       9,556,211
Niagara Regional Police Service                
Capital Asset Acquisitions 150,500     150,500        
Communications Unit Structure Call Taking and Quality Assurance System 205,000     205,000        
Evidence Management Storage Equipment 54,000     54,000        
IT Equipment Replacement 800,000     800,000        
Marine Scanning Sonar 58,000     58,000        
Network Infrastructure 100,000     100,000        
Vehicles 1,400,000     1,400,000        
Niagara Regional Police Service Total 2,767,500     2,767,500        

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2016 Capital Budget Summary by Project continued

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Waste Management                
Annual - Misc Enhancement and Replacement 150,000     150,000        
Annual - Property Acquisition 100,000     100,000        
Bridge St. - Drop-Off Depot Improvements 150,000     150,000        
Bridge St. - Site Works 50,000     50,000        
Bridge St. - Weigh Scale / Scalehouse Replacement 300,000     300,000        
Centre St. - Groundwater Remedial Alternatives 50,000     50,000        
Cube Truck for Waste Management 60,000     60,000        
Glenridge - Landfill Gas Collection and Flaring System Decommissioning 500,000     500,000        
Glenridge - Landfill Gas Passive Collection System 75,000     75,000        
Glenridge - Stormwater Diversion 50,000     50,000        
Humberstone - Expansion 300,000     300,000        
Humberstone - Landfill Gas Collection System 2,100,000     2,100,000        
Humberstone - Leachate Collection System Upgrades and Mitigative Measures 500,000     500,000        
Mountain Rd. - Landfill Gas Systems 60,000     60,000        
Mountain Rd. - Leachate Collection System 25,000     25,000        
Mountain Rd. - Scale House / Storage Building 25,000     25,000        
Niagara Road 12 - Drop-Off Depot Improvements 120,000     120,000        
Niagara Road 12 - New Cell Investigation 10,000     10,000        
Niagara Road 12 - Reusable Materials Drop Off Depot 100,000     100,000        
Niagara Road 12 - Scale House Improvements 10,000     10,000        
Niagara Road 12 - Site Works 20,000     20,000        
Quarry Rd. - Stream C Remediation 75,000     75,000        
Quarry Rd. - Wetland Rehabilitation 300,000     300,000        
Recycling Centre - Building and Equipment 100,000     100,000        
Recycling Centre - Facility Improvements 690,150     690,150        
Recycling Centre - Loader Replacement 455,000     455,000        
Waste Management Total 6,375,150     6,375,150        

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2016 Capital Budget Summary by Project continued

Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Water                
Annual - Water Security Improvements 100,000     100,000        
Centralized Maintenance Facility - W 500,000     500,000        
Fort Erie South Elevated Tank Painting 1,500,000     1,500,000        
Pump Station - DeCew Falls Reservoir Valves 75,000     75,000        
Pump Station - Kent Ave. Reservoir and Pressure Booster PS Mechanical and Electrical Upgrades 600,000     600,000        
Watermain - Dominion Rd. Transmission Watermain Replacement 4,275,000     4,275,000        
Watermain - Transmission Crossing Hwy 406 75,000       75,000      
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Decommissioning of Obsolete Assets 500,000     500,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Laneway Upgrades 100,000     100,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Plant 3 Upgrades 1,250,000     1,250,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Roof Fall Protection 50,000     50,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Valve and Meter Replacement 2,000,000     2,000,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Grimsby Laneway and Valves 150,000     150,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Dechlorination and Process Waste Systems 1,750,000     1,750,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Raw Water Travelling Screen 530,000     530,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Queenston Heights Reservoir Decommissioning 600,000     600,000        
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Rosehill Upgrade 11,000,000     11,000,000        
Water Total 25,055,000     24,980,000 75,000      

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Department / Group Gross Capital Budget Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Wastewater                
Annual - Wastewater Security Improvements 150,000     150,000        
Centralized Maintenance Facility - WW 500,000     500,000        
Carleton St. Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 1,700,000     1,700,000        
Haulage Rd. Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 120,000     120,000        
Hurricane Rd. Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 60,000     60,000        
Old Orchard Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 1,200,000     1,200,000        
Riverview Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 120,000     120,000        
Wellandvale Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 800,000     800,000        
Woodsview Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 1,200,000     1,200,000        
Sewer and Forcemain - Catherine St. Forcemain 130,000     130,000        
Sewer and Forcemain - Hansler Rd. Trunk Sewer 700,000       700,000      
Sewer and Forcemain - Oaks Park Trunk Relining 200,000     200,000        
Sewer and Forcemain - Stamford Interceptor Renewal (Phase 1) 900,000     900,000        
Sewer and Forcemain - Trunk Sewer Crossing Hwy. 406 150,000       150,000      
Sewer and Forcemain - Tupper Drive Trunk Relining 250,000     250,000        
Sewer and Forcemain - Victoria Ave. Forcemain 4,400,000     2,640,000 1,760,000      
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Anger Ave. Boiler #2 Replacement 100,000     100,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Garner Rd. Biosolids Access and Lagoon Upgrades 2,000,000     2,000,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Garner Rd. Biosolids Mixers Upgrade 1,200,000     1,200,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Replace Secondary Treatment Process 1,800,000     1,800,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Secondary Clarifier 230,000     230,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Port Dalhousie Fine Bubble Aeration and Electrical Systems 1,500,000     1,500,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Port Weller Bar Screen Replacement 75,000     75,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Port Weller Fine Bubble Aeration and Switchgear 8,650,000     8,650,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Queenston Sludge Removal 50,000     50,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Roof Replacement 250,000     250,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Seaway Secondary Clarifier 75,000     75,000        
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Smithville Lagoon Decommissioning 100,000     100,000        
Wastewater Total 28,610,000     26,000,000 2,610,000      
Grand Total $ 164,616,889 $ 14,541,747 $ 41,048,705 $ 70,932,726 $ 9,287,500 $ 1,620,000 $ 13,100,000 $ 14,086,211

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2016 Capital Budget with Nine Year Forecast

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Annually, the Region prepares a capital budget for the current year as well as a nine year forecast. The average annual capital request over the ten year period is $177 million.

Capital Budget Summary Details

Department Gross Capital Request $ Description
Community Services    
Long-term Care Homes - Resident Care Equipment 623,000 Annual replacement program for resident care equipment that is at the end of its estimated useful life.
Long-term Care Homes - Capital Improvements / Replacements 557,000 Annual program for several capital improvement projects at the eight long-term care homes through the Region.
Long-term Care Homes - Machinery / Equipment 467,000 Annual program for replacement of machinery and equipment across the eight long-term care homes.
Long-term Care Homes - Roof Replacement 140,000 Annual replacement program of roofing systems at the long-term care homes that are in poor condition and in need of replacement.
Long-term Care Homes - Bed Replacement 100,250 Annual replacement program for resident beds that are at the end of their estimated useful life.
Child Care - Equipment and Renovations 50,000 Naturalized playground equipment for Fort Erie childcare centre.
Community Services Total 1,937,250  
     
Corporate Services    
Long-term Accommodations - Long-term Care Homes Redevelopment 3,290,000 Replacement or redevelopment of existing long term care facilites including Gilmore Lodge in the Town of Fort Erie, Upper Canada Lodge in NOTL, and Linhaven in St. Catharines. Funding in 2016 will permit the acquisition of property and initiation of feasibility studies, due diligence and conceptual design.
IT Asset Replacement 3,168,500 Replacement of various IT assets that have reached the end of their useful life.
Long-term Accommodations - Public Health Facilities - Niagara Falls 1,665,000 Furniture, move, and tenant fit-up for the proposed new larger and upgraded Public Health facility in Niagara Falls.
Renewable Energy Program 1,366,000 Renewable energy projects including Small -In-Tariff (FIT) Solar PV (over 10kW and less than 501kW size).
Long-term Accommodations - Central Reporting Hub - EMS 950,000 This project is for a new central reporting hub for Niagara EMS as outlined in the approved long-term accommodation study for EMS. The funding in 2016 allows for the acquisition of property and the commencement of conceptual design and due diligence studies.
Building Systems - Community Services Welland - HVAC Upgrades 770,550 HVAC renovations to improve the air quality and air distribution, address stagnant areas, and to repair ductwork.
Emergency Capital Levy 500,000 Per section 5.5 of Capital Asset Management policy
Building Site - Enviro Centre - Parking Lot Rehabilitation 419,000 Rehabilitation/repaving of the Environmental Centre parking lot as the existing parking lot has reached the end of its useful life.
Building Extension - NRPS St. Catharines - Roof Replacement 325,000 Roof replacement required as the existing roof has reached the end of its useful life.
Data Centre Fixtures 300,000 Data Centre racking and cabling to accomodate additional tenants.
Building Interior - Region HQ - Space Accomodations (EFMS/IT/PW/FM&C) 300,000 Niagara Region Headquarters Space Accomodations, Accessible Customer Service Counters, Workstation Reconfiguration and Furniture.
Annual - Property Acquisitions 250,000 Acquisition of properties adjacent to Regional properties for anticipated future needs, or for potential future site builds.
Code and Legislative Compliance Upgrades 250,000 This project is to address any facility capital expenditures as required due to code changes, legislative requirements and/or orders and aging infrastructure.
Employee Information Systems (EIS) Upgrade (Kronos) 240,000 To maintain support for the employee information systems, specifically Kronos for time and attendance.
Building Exterior - EMS Welland - Roof Replacement 207,500 Roof replacement required as the existing roof has reached the end of its useful life.
Customer Service Strategic Priority 200,000 Development of an integrated customer service model that will improve access to Regional services, particularly in person or on the telephone.
Building Systems - Campbell West Elevator - Region HQ 131,520 Campbell West elevator upgrade to meet lifecycle renewal requirements. Major components of the elevator will be replaced.
Building Site - Fort Erie Childcare - Site Improvements and Paving 130,000 Land acquisition of adjacent property to Fort Erie Child Care Centre. The project includes creating an area for a naturalized play area, paving the lot to expand the parking area and fencing the lot for security and safety.
Building Systems - EMS Niagara Falls - Natural Gas Conversion 45,000 Replace existing electric HVAC equipment with natural gas equipment to reduce utilities and operating costs.
Survey Equipment - Asset Replacement 38,000 Purchase/update/replace survey equipment when significant changes in technology occur, equipment becomes obsolete and new technology can be leveraged to increase productivity, and reduce costs attributed to survey and data collection.
Building Systems - EMS Welland - HVAC Upgrades 11,600 Replacement of roof top HVAC unit.
Corporate Services Total 14,557,670  
     
Public Health    
EMS Ambulance and Equipment Replacement 1,766,008 Replacement of 8-10 ambulances annually, as well as equipment as needed.
EMS Defibrillator Replacement 1,763,800 Replacement of approximately 52 manual defibrillator units and monitors which are equipped within the ambulances and supervisor vehicles.
Project Lifesaver 50,000 One-time capital costs for technical infrastructure and transmitter costs to implement a region-wide Project Lifesaver project.
Tobacco Control Vehicle 35,000 Replacement of one Tobacco Control Enforcement officer vehicles that has reached the end of its estimated useful life.
Public Health Total 3,614,808  
     
Transportation and Fleet    
GO Transit 10,000,000 Go Transit initial site investments.
Roads Rehab - RR 1 Dominion Rd. - Burleigh Rd. to Buffalo Rd. 9,200,000 This project is being delivered under a "Design/Build" to reconstruct RR 1 Dominion Rd between Burleigh Rd. and Buffalo Rd. due to poor road condition (pavement condition index < 50).
Roads Rehab - Roads Resurfacing 9,000,000 Annual Roads Resurfacing Program involves grinding out and repaving the road asphalt surface to restore it to its original state in order to prevent further pavement deterioration and to sustain existing pavements.
Roads Rehab - RR 87 Lakeshore Rd. (Phase 3) - Lake St. to Geneva St. and Bradmon Dr. to O'Mara 6,200,000 Construction phase for the reconstruction of Lakeshore Rd. as recommended in the environmental assessment (EA) study report that was filed in 2007.
Structural Rehab - Reece Bridge - Replacement (Str. 069205) 5,400,000 Replacement of Structure No. 069205 (Reece Bridge) which carries RR69 Twenty Mile Rd. over Twenty Mile Creek.
Vehicle and Equipment - Replacement Program 3,543,000 To replace vehicles and equipment that have come to the end of their life cycle. Vehicles and equipment are evaluated annually based on mileage, usage, mechanical condition and body condition.
Structural Rehab - OPG Bridges - Replacement of Beaverdams Bridge and Power Canal Bridge over Gibson Lake (Str. 067205 and Str. 050215) 3,000,000 Replacement of Beaverdams Bridge and Power Canal Bridge (Merrittville Hwy.) as per bridge divestiture agreement between OPG and Niagara Region.
Capacity Improvements - RR 38 Martindale Rd. - Fourth Ave. to QEW 2,300,000 Property acquisition and utility relocations in order to implement the roadway improvements to Martindale Rd.
Capacity Improvements - RR 89 Glendale Ave. - Homer Rd. to Niagara on the Green Blvd. 2,220,000 Construction and widening to a 4 lane urban cross-section.
Annual - Traffic Signal Program 2,000,000 The installation and replacement of traffic signals and related equipment to support the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.
Roads Rehab - RR 45 Creek Rd. - Wellandport Rd. to Canborough Rd. 1,400,000 Detailed design, property acquisitions, and utility relocation for the reconstruction of RR 45 Creek Rd. to address drainage, pavement deficiencies, roadway safety, and the replacement of a single lane bridge (that currently has load restrictions).
Roads Rehab - RR 87 Lakeshore Rd. - Townline Rd. to Four Mile Creek Rd. 1,200,000 Detailed design, property acquisitions, and utility relocations for the reconstruction of the road to address pavement condition and waterfront trail as recommended in the environmental assessment study report which was filed in Q4 of 2014.
Annual - Development Related Projects 1,000,000 Annual external funding allowance to partner / coordinate road work with developer driven road improvements.
Intersection Improvements - RR 46 Geneva St. at St. Paul St. 1,000,000 To implement City of St. Catharines two way traffic reversion on Church St. (between Niagara St. and Geneva St.), Geneva St. (between Church St. and St. Paul St.), and Queenston St. (easterly of Geneva St.).
Roads Rehab - RR 14 Canboro Rd. - Embankment Stabilization at Warner 1,000,000 Construction phase of the realignment and lowering of this road section away from Mill Creek in order to resolve ongoing slope stability issues and to replace Mill Creek Bridge due to its current poor condition and substandard road cross section.
Roads Rehab - RR 1 Dominion Rd. - Helena St. to Lakeshore Rd. 800,000 Property acquistion and utility relocation once the detailed design in complete, in preparation for the reconstruction of the road.
Annual - Storm Sewers and Culverts 500,000 To replace damaged, deficient or substandard culverts, and install new culverts that are warranted and to repair, rehabilitate or replace deficient storm sewers.
Capacity Improvements - RR 55 Niagara Stone Rd. - Con 6 to East West Line 500,000 This project involves the widening of Niagara Stone Rd. to a three lane cross-section between Penner and East West Line, urbanization and sidewalks between Line 2 and Concession 6, and streetlighting improvements from East West Line to Concession 6.
Capacity Improvements - RR 81 Main St. - Cabernet St. to Baker Rd. and Nelles Rd. to Orchard Pkwy. 500,000 Environmental assessment study to address the current and future travel demands in the area and to determine/confirm the capacity and operational improvements required along this corridor.
Inter-municipal Transit - Capital Acquisitions 450,000 Funding for ITS and Farebox Integration.
Annual - Illumination Installation 450,000 To replace lighting systems that are deficient or substandard, and to install new illumination systems that are warranted.
Capacity Improvements - RR 54 Rice Rd. - Old Hwy. 20 to Merritt Rd. 400,000 Design component to enhance the capacity and improve traffic operations along the RR 54 Rice Rd. corridor to address future travel demands generated from secondary plan development.
Annual - Guide Rail Improvements 350,000 Annual allowance to replace damaged, deficient or substandard guide rails, and to install new guide rails that are warranted.
Intersection Improvements - RR 20 St. Catharines St - Industrial Park Rd. to Townline Rd. 300,000 Detailed design to construct a roundabout at RR 20 and Townline Rd. and road reconstruction between Townline Rd. and Industial Park Rd. as per the recommendations from the environmental assessment study which will be completed in Q4 of 2015.
Annual - Engineering for Future Projects 200,000 Funding to begin allocating internal and external resources to begin pre-engineering, surveys and geotechnical work for projects included in the nine year forecast period.
Annual - Miscellaneous Road Properties 200,000 Acquisition of properties that are not part of an existing capital project to establish proper road corridors, widths and sightline triangles and to plan for future projects.
Roads Equipment Program - Equipment Upgrades and Replacement 200,000 To make capital upgrades/renewals to transportation operations equipment and technology.
Roads Rehab - RR 63 Canborough Rd. - Wellandport Rd. to Wellandport Community Centre 200,000 Preliminary design, geotechnical investigation, and detailed design for the reconstruction of RR 63 Canborough Rd.
Roads Rehab - RR 69 Twenty Mile Rd. - Victoria Ave. to Mountain Rd. 200,000 Preliminary design, geotechnical investigation, and detailed design for the reconstruction of RR 69 Twenty Mile Rd.
Roads Rehab - RR 89 Glendale Ave - Welland Canal to Homer Rd. 200,000 Preliminary design, geotechnical investigation, and detailed design for roadway improvements to RR 89 Glendale Ave.
Structural Rehab - Structural Rehabilitation Program - Engineering and Construction 200,000 To undertake design work, rehabilitation work, and/or additional structural anaylsis to address any immediate concerns resulting from the biennial bridge inspections which are being undertaken in 2015.
Annual - Railway Crossing Improvement 100,000 To improve ride quality on roadway at railway level crossings around the region and to address rail authorities improvement programs.
Intersection Improvements - RR 5 Killaly St. at Mellanby Ave 75,000 Partnership with the City of Port Colborne to address intersection deficiencies related to new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements.
Transportation and Fleet Total 64,288,000  
     
Niagara Regional Housing    
NRH - Investment in Affordable Housing-Extension New Development Capital 11,592,000 This Budget is being prepared as a placeholder in which a final project or projects or decisions regarding funding of the project would be subject to Board and Council approval. NRH Board of Directors (report NRH 2-2015, 15-138-4.6, January 30, 2015) and Regional Council (COM 02-2015) approved the Program and Delivery Fiscal Plan under the Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario 2014 Extension (IAH-E). The IAH-E Capital Component Identified in the development of new rental units will provide permanent accommodation for households on the waiting list and increase the supply of newer, accessible and energy-efficient rental housing options. In the past, NRH has participated in various development programs offered through the provincial and federal governments. This helps to achieve the goals of the NRH Business Plan and Niagara Region Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan; in particular, Goal 3 (i) Retaining, protecting and increasing the supply of Affordable Housing, and, Action item 3.1 (c) Incorporate accessibility standards and energy efficiency standards into all capital renewal, renovation and housing supply initiatives/programs for Affordable Housing."
NRH - Building Capital 2,442,568 Capital work related to the replacement and upgrades to the building structures and components.
NRH - Units Capital 2,389,750 Capital jobs that are within the tenant's unit and personal space.
NRH - Grounds Capital 787,193 Capital work related to the property grounds.
NRH - Emergency Capital 200,000 Emergency capital work that has not been planned in the capital budget for that year or is the result of a premature building failure.
Niagara Regional Housing Total 17,411,511  
     
Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS)    
NRPS - Vehicles 1,400,000 Annual budget for new and replacement of vehicles and associated equipment. Funded through operating budget as an annual contribution to the vehicle replacement reserve.
NRPS - IT Equipment Replacement 800,000 This capital program represents normal ongoing replacements and upgrades of technology equipment. Technology equipment includes desktop and laptops computers, server hardware including in-vehicle Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs).
NRPS - Communications Unit Structure Call Taking and Quality Assurance System 205,000 This Capital Business Project plays a critical part in the strategy to increase our level of public value by improving Quality of 911/Call Taking and Dispatching capabilities.
NRPS - Capital Asset Acquisitions 150,500 This capital project tracks and records operating budget purchases of special equipment that meet the definition of capital assets. Each item is of value greater than or equal to $5,000 but less than $50,000.
NRPS - Network Infrastructure 100,000 This capital program represents initiatives and support for technology convergence in the areas of telecommunications and computers, allowing the Service to manage various technologies in a comprehensive and integrated fashion.
NRPS - Marine Scanning Sonar 58,000 This equipment will provide the Service with a rapidly deployable accoustic search tool that is capable of locating missing persons in conditions that are too hazardous for a diving search or beyond safe diving limits.
NRPS - Evidence Management Storage Equipment 54,000 Coinciding with the Service's move to the new headquarters facility the Evidence Management Unit (EMU) will centralize and adopt a new evidence/property storage model. The EMU warehouse, which will be located within the new facility, was specifically designed - and has been built - to accommodate a racking system that accepts large bins as storage receptacles for evidence and property.
Niagara Regional Police Service Total 2,767,500  
     
Waste Management    
Humberstone - Landfill Gas Collection System 2,100,000 Design and construction of the second phase of Landfill Gas Collection and Control System.
Recycling Centre - Facility Improvements 690,150 Equipment replacement and facility upgrades to ensure optimal operations and a facilty in good repair respectively.
Glenridge - Landfill Gas Collection and Flaring System Decommissioning 500,000 Decommissioning of Landfill Gas Collection and Flare System (LGCFS)
Humberstone - Leachate Collection System Upgrades and Mitigative Measures 500,000 Design of upgrades to the leachate collection system subject to the approval of the Environmental Assessment
Recycling Centre - Loader Replacement 455,000 Replacement of loaders used to move materials around the recycling centre facility.
Bridge Street - Weigh Scale/Scalehouse Replacement 300,000 Upgrades to the current scale house and existing weigh scale as well as a new scale. The recommendation from the Operational Review (expect to be completed in Q4 2015) may identify the need for a second scale due to long waiting times for customers during high traffic volume to the site.
Humberstone - Expansion 300,000 Prepare an application for the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Water Resources Act approvals subject to MOECC approval of EA for the landfill expansion
Quarry Road - Wetland Rehabilitation 300,000 Remediation of Constructed Wetland
Annual - Misc Enhancement and Replacement 150,000 Annual program for the remediation of leachate seeps at sites as needed, rehabilitation pumps that malfunction and may need to be replaced at any of the nine leachate pumping stations, other work subject to the results of annual monitoring programs and other facility repairs.
Bridge Street - Drop-Off Depot Improvements 150,000 Upgrades to the roads network at the Site associated with the approved project for the planned improvements to the Public Drop Off Depot.
Niagara Road 12 - Drop-Off Depot Improvements 120,000 Improvements to the Residential Drop-Off Depot
Annual - Property Acquisition 100,000 Funds to acquire properties adjacent to 14 landfill sites based on need for adequate buffer lands and when an adjacent property is listed for sale.
Niagara Road 12 - Reusable Materials Drop Off Depot 100,000 Establishment of a Reusable Materials Drop Off Depot
Recycling Centre - Building and Equipment 100,000 Replacement of minor equipment and building upgrades to support the recycling centre based on the result of annual inspections.
Glenridge - Landfill Gas Passive Collection System 75,000 Design, tender and construction adminstration of a passive gas collection and venting system to mitigate gas migration
Quarry Road - Stream C Remediation 75,000 Design, tender and construction administration of remedial option for Stream C.
Cube Truck for Waste Management 60,000 Purchase a replacement cube truck for Waste Management division to continue to deliver various diversion programs and other needs as required.
Mountain Road - Landfill Gas Systems 60,000 Modifications to the existing Passive Gas Venting system
Bridge Street - Site Works 50,000 Placement of final cover progressively applied as final waste contours are reached.
Centre St - Groundwater Remedial Alts. 50,000 Review and assessment of alternatives for containment of leachate plume.
Glenridge - Stormwater Diversion 50,000 Assess the feasbilty of diverting clean stormwater from the large clay borrow pit pond (LCBPP) to the natural environment
Mountain Road - Leachate Collection System 25,000 Condition assessment of the leachate collection system and manholes.
Mountain Road - Scale House/Storage Building 25,000 Condition assessment of scale house and storage building to determine if the buildings should be salvaged or removed.
Niagara Road 12 - Site Works 20,000 Placement of final cover progressively applied as final waste contours are reached.
Niagara Road 12 - New Cell Investigation 10,000 Review and assess current cell development practices and identify improvements for construction.
Niagara Road 12 - Scale House Improvements 10,000 Study to review the feasibility of improvements to the existing scale house that is over 20 years old
Waste Management Total 6,375,150  
     
Water    
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Rosehill Upgrade 11,000,000 Upgrades to improve electrical systems, process piping and process instrumentation at the Rosehill Water Treatment Plant.
Watermain - Dominion Road Transmission Watermain Replacement 4,275,000 Replacement of the Dominion Road transmission watermain in coordination with the road reconstruction work being performed by Niagara Region's Transportation Services.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Valve and Meter Replacement 2,000,000 Replacement of valves, valve chambers and meters at the DeCew Falls Water Treatment Plant.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Dechlorination and Process Waste Systems 1,750,000 Upgrades to the dechlorination and process waste systems at the Niagara Falls Water Treatment Plant.
Fort Erie South Elevated Tank Painting 1,500,000 Painting of the interior and exterior walls of the Fort Erie South Elevated Tank.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Plant 3 Upgrades 1,250,000 Design and contract administration for upgrades to the DeCew Falls Water Treatment Plant Plant 3, including filter upgrades, under drains, air scour, new roof and installation of Trac Vac system for sludge removal.
Pump Station - Kent Ave. Reservoir and Pressure Booster Mechanical and Electrical Upgrades 600,000 Mechanical and electrical upgrades for the Kent Ave. Reservoir and Booster Pumping Station.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Queenston Heights Reservoir Decommissioning 600,000 Decommissioning of the Queenston Heights Reservoir, with the removal of assets and site restoration.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Raw Water Travelling Screen 530,000 Replacement of the screens, gear boxes, motors, and associated components of the raw water travelling screens at the Niagara Falls Water Treatment Plant.
Centralized Maintenance Facility - W 500,000 Replacement of Centralized Maintenance facility.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Decommissioning of Obsolete Assets 500,000 Decommissioning of powder activated carbon (PAC) silo and old highlift station at the DeCew Falls Water Treatment Plant (WTP).
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Grimsby Laneway and Valves 150,000 Design and contract administration for improvements to the facility laneway and valve replacements at the Grimsby Water Treatment Plant.
Annual - Water Security Improvements 100,000 Recurring security work for water facilities including fencing, CCTV and locks.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Laneway Upgrades 100,000 Design and contract administration for replacement and improvements to the laneways at the DeCew Falls Water Treatment Plant.
Pump Station - DeCew Falls Reservoir Valves 75,000 Design and contract administration for the replacement of the reservoir valve at the Decew Falls Water Treatment Plant.
Watermain - Transmission Crossing Hwy 406 75,000 Design and contract administration costs for a new transmission watermain to be constructed across Hwy 406 in Thorold.
Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - DeCew Falls Roof Fall Protection 50,000 Installation of fall restraint at the DeCew Falls Water Treatment Plant Plant 3 roof.
Water Total 25,055,000  
     
Wastewater    
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Port Weller Fine Bubble Aeration and Switchgear 8,650,000 Replace of the aeration, primary and secondary systems and switchgear at the Port Weller Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Sewer and Forcemain - Victoria Ave. Forcemain 4,400,000 Replacement of 2km of forcemain along Victoria Ave. that has reached the end of its service life.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Garner Rd Biosolids Access and Lagoon Upgrades 2,000,000 Rehabilitation of 2.1km of laneway at the Garner Rd Biosolids Facility.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Replace Secondary Treatment Process 1,800,000 Design and contract administration for the replacement of the secondary treatment process at the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Pump Station - Carleton St. Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 1,700,000 Upgrades to the Carleton St. Sanitary Pumping Station including mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation upgrades to assets that are at the end of their useful life.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Port Dalhousie Fine Bubble Aeration and Electrical Systems 1,500,000 Design and contract administration for the process optimization at the Port Dalhousie Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Pump Station - Old Orchard Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 1,200,000 Upgrades to the Old Orchard Sanitary Pumping Station including mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation upgrades to assets.
Pump Station - Woodsview Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 1,200,000 Upgrades to the Woodsview Sanitary Pumping Station including mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation upgrades to assets.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Garner Rd. Biosolids Mixers Upgrade 1,200,000 Replacement of existing internal mixers that are at the end of their service life with external mixers on the digester tanks to reduce settling at the Garner Rd Biosolids Storage Facility.
Sewer and Forcemain - Stamford Interceptor Renewal (Phase 1) 900,000 Renewal of Stamford Interceptor trunk sewer that has significant structural damage due to hydrogen sulphide corrosion.
Pump Station - Wellandvale Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 800,000 Upgrades to the Wellandvale Sanitary Pumping Station including mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation assets.
Sewer and Forcemain - Hansler Rd. Trunk Sewer 700,000 Installation of a new trunk sewer from Towpath Rd, north 400m, on Hansler Rd.
Centralized Maintenance Facility - WW 500,000 Replacement of Centralized Maintenance facility.
Sewer and Forcemain - Tupper Dr. Trunk Relining 250,000 Design and contract administration for the relining of the Tupper Drive trunk sewer, including the rehabilitation of 25 manholes.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Roof Replacement 250,000 Ongoing sustainability program to rehabilitate and replace wastewater treatment plant and sanitary pumping station roofs.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Niagara Falls Secondary Clarifier 230,000 Replacement and installation of three secondary clarifier gearboxes at the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Sewer and Forcemain - Oaks Park Trunk Relining 200,000 Design and contract administration for the relining of the Oaks Park trunk sewer, including the rehabilitation of nine manholes.
Annual - Wastewater Security Improvements 150,000 Recurring security work for Wastewater Facilities including fencing, CCTV and locks.
Sewer and Forcemain - Trunk Sewer Crossing Hwy 406 150,000 New trunk sewer to be constructed across Hwy 406 in Thorold.
Sewer and Forcemain - Catherine St Forcemain 130,000 Replacement of Catherine St. Sanitary Pumping Station forcemain.
Pump Station - Haulage Rd. Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 120,000 Design and contract administration for improvements to the electrical and mechanical systems at the Haulage Rd. Sanitary Pumping Station.
Pump Station - Riverview Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 120,000 Design and contract administration for improvements to the electrical and mechanical systems at the Riverview Sanitary Pumping Station.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Anger Ave. Boiler #2 Replacement 100,000 Replacement of Anger Ave. Wastewater Treatment Plant boiler.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Smithville Lagoon Decommissioning 100,000 Environmental Assessment for the decommissioning of the Smithville Wastewater Lagoon.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Port Weller Bar Screen Replacement 75,000 Design and contract administration for the replacement of the bar screen at the Port Weller Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Seaway Secondary Clarifier 75,000 Design and contract administration for upgrades to the secondary clarifier sludge collector systems at the Seaway Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Pump Station - Hurricane Rd. Sewage Pump Station Upgrade 60,000 Supply (and install) replacements for the existing generator, switch gear and associated electrical components at the Hurricane Rd. Sanitary Pumping Station.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Queenston Sludge Removal 50,000 Design and contract administration for upgrades to the sludge removal and sodium hypochlorite systems at the Queenston Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Water Total 28,610,000  
     
Grand Total 164,616,889  

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