Nunatsiaq News
NEWS: Iqaluit January 23, 2004 - 1:21 pm

Signs and sidewalks for 2004


Selling buildings, making sidewalks, and putting up street signs will round out a focused list of priorities this year for Iqaluit city hall.

Council and administration drew up the list at a three-day workshop devoted to making priorities for the new year. The general areas include Infrastructure, Economic Diversification, and Service Delivery, with a strong emphasis on safety and cost effectiveness.

Under infrastructure, mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik expected city hall would finally wrap up the long-unfinished street sign project. She said some delays have been caused by a bureaucratic error, which lead to some street signs being made without approved names.

In 2001, council put the street sign project on its priority list, but never got it done. This summer, Sheutiapik hopes to hire students to install the signs.

Sheutiapik also said the city would look into selling some of its buildings to raise funds, and reduce waste. Administration told council during budget deliberations that buildings were not being used to capacity.

In the area of economic diversification, Sheutiapik said she planned to network with various governments and groups to assemble an information package on what services are available in Iqaluit.

And in service delivery, Sheutiapik said the city would review ways to save money, possibly by reshaping the work week for drivers and mechanics and other public works employees. She proposed workers could put in 12-hour shifts, four days at a time, instead of the current five-day schedule.

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