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Future Community Facilities Make Progress T

o better facilitate the needs of our growing community, the City of Barrie launched the construction of four major facilities in the last year. On the brink of 2011, it's the perfect time to take stock of how much these four capital projects have progressed and where they’re headed in the New Year.

applying such changes as a redesign of the mechanical/ HVAC systems, substitution of an alternate exterior tile, deletion of millwork elements, deletion of areas of tongue and groove cedar soffits, ceilings and walls, and a reduction of ICT cabling and equipment.

Fire Station 1 Builds Momentum

 Always inform your trusted neighbours that you will be on vacation. Tell them when you expect to be leaving and when you expect to return. Alert them as to what vehicles they may expect to see in the driveway and if anyone may have reason to be at your home, i.e. feeding the cat. Leave them emergency contact numbers.

Barrie’s First Community Theatre

With these changes, Barrie’s project team successfully minimized what was a 30% project cost increase down to one of 7.8% while still meeting the substantial completion date of March 31st, 2011 set by the federal Cultural Spaces Program, which provides $2.5 million towards funding the project.

 Arrange for mail pickup, snow removal and cancel all deliveries. A build up of mail and newspapers is a sure sign that you are away.

The new 11,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose structure will house comfortable seating, great sight lines, full professional lighting and sound, ceiling height adequate for proper rigging, adequate performance acoustics, upper and lower lobby for event hosting and rehearsals, integration of the outer facade with the Five Points corner, adequate back of house and administrative support spaces on the lower level , and a design that satisfies accessibility codes. The new facility will also be run by the City and be available to the whole community.

With the help of Infrastructure Stimulus Funding from the Federal and Provincial Government, work began in early 2010 and has since progressed on schedule and on budget. The resulting new 40,000 square feet Fire and Emergency Services facility will include a full 911 Dispatch Communications Centre and an Emergency Operations Centre and will not only address Barrie’s current needs, but also the future growth needs for communications, fire prevention, training, and suppression.

If you are going to be away this Christmas for the holidays a few things to remember:

 Do not leave any notes on doors or messages on your answering machine that would indicate you are not at home.  Ensure that all potential points of entry, including second storey windows, are secured.  Try to arrange for a neighbour to park their car in your driveway so it appears as if someone is home and place lights/motion lights on timers. Change direction of blinds and curtains by a neighbour.  Store small valuables in a safe deposit box.  Ensure that entry points are secured, including mail chutes, garage doors and upstairs windows.  Keep a record of your valuables. Identify your property by engraving an identifying mark.  Proper identification makes it easier for the Police to return personal property. Keep your insurance policies current.  Always think of your personal safety. Upon returning home, scan the front of your home.

The demolition of the original Barrie Community Theatre began in June 2010, making way for a Downtown Community Theatre facility that will meet the needs of our growing cultural community and boost our local economy.

With site servicing 80% complete and the foundation and ground floor steel done, work begins on the structural block wall partitions, starting with some vertical above grade construction to the facility. Meanwhile, the City’s project team has had to implement a number of changes and revisions to minimize additional costs and unexpected schedule delays. Unknown site conditions found during demolition, excavation, and site servicing in addition to an increase in current market costs and late steel delivery resulted in a budget escalation and a six week delay. Without compromising the building's performance, functionality, and durability, the project team managed to lower a cost increase of $1.4 million down to $420,000 by

 Use high beams upon entering the driveway and garage and have a good look around before you leave the safety of your vehicle.

Barrie’s first community theatre plans to open its doors to the public in Spring of 2011.

Eastview Arena Renovation Nearing Completion The Eastview Arena renovation reaches completion at the end of December. Phase I, which centered on constructing the new “addition”, began in June 2010 and was substantially completed on November 18th 2010 with full scale ice operations resuming in October. Phase II focuses on the internal renovation portion of the project and is scheduled for completion December 17th 2010. The modernized 1970s arena will offer better functionality, energy efficiencies, safety, while providing greater comfort to its patrons and meeting current Ontario recreation and accessibility standards. The improved arena will include office space, accessible washrooms for both staff and patrons, a 5th dressing room for gender privacy, and two new referee rooms. An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Eastview Arena is scheduled for December 22nd 2010 – the community is invited to attend one of two free public skates from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm or 3:15 pm to 4:15pm.

On the other hand, construction of Barrie’s new Fire Station 1 cornering Dunlop and Eccles Streets is still in full swing with an anticipated completion in Spring 2011.

Now in the midst of its fourth quarter of construction, the facility has exterior landscaping 75% complete, and exterior civil works, which includes paving, curbing, line painting, 95% complete. The exterior cladding and glazing, which seals and protects the building from the elements is 98% complete and the interior works are 60% complete.

Construction Of New Public Library Branch Underway With the groundbreaking back in March and earth works and building services completed in June, construction of the Painswick Branch of Barrie’s Public Library has begun. The new 15,000 sq. ft. single story library fronting Dean Avenue in the south end will sport an open concept with delineated spaces for adults, teens, children, computers, and quiet study areas and shelving to accommodate approximately 130,000 items from books to other format material. It will also house a multi-purpose community room, able to accommodate large gatherings, meetings, and activities. At present, footing and foundation installation is nearing completion at 95%, with site servicing 65% complete, exterior electrical conduit and light pole bases waiting completion and site grading on-going.

 Scan shrubs and dark areas for anyone that may be lurking about.

The new Painswick Public Library branch anticipates occupancy and to open its doors in Fall 2011.

For other safety and crime prevention tips please contact:

To find out more about Barrie’s capital projects, click on the individual project link at www.barrie.ca.

PC Butler #5149 (705)725-7025 ext 2926 Crime Prevention Unit.

Upcoming Events

December 22

Eastview Arena Grand Re-Opening 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Join us as we celebrate the grand re-opening of Eastview Arena at one of two free one hour public skates. Please note that there is a maximum 160 patrons per skate.

Electronic copies are only available through Biddingo.com/barrie. The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through Bidding.com/barrie, however a Biddingo.com fee may be applicable.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION # FIN 2010-156Q SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR

December 31, 2010 7:00pm – Midnight December 22

Holiday Feast Maple Ave Youth Centre 4-6 pm, (705) 792-7903, bypc@barrie.ca or www.barrie.ca

December 23

Holiday Bingo Maple Ave Youth Centre 2-9 pm, (705) 792-7903, bypc@barrie.ca or www.barrie.ca

The City of Barrie presents the 13th annual Downtown Countdown. Ring in the New Year in downtown Barrie with friends and family. The free festivities include skating on the Circle at the Centre rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting and food vendors. Amazing live entertainment featuring Judy & David, Final Thought, Atlantis Blueprint and Bedouin Soundclash! Two fireworks shows – 7:45 pm for the kids and midnight. Barrie Transit is offering free rides from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. After 9:00 pm, regular fares apply and service is extended until 3:00 am to get you home safely. For more information visit www.barrie.ca

December 20

Holiday Card Crafts 2nd floor (children's area), (705) 728-1010 ext 7019 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Still haven't bought that special card for Christmas, Kwanazaa, or just to celebrate the Holiday Season? Children can create their own festive card until December 24.

For information on news, events, and more visit us online at www.barrie.ca

A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus GST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday December 23, 2010.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION # FIN 2010-158Q SUPPLY & DELIVERY OF REMEDY SOFTWARE The Corporation of the City of Barrie is soliciting Bids from qualified suppliers for the supply & delivery of BMC Remedy Software. Bidders must be a certified vendor of BMC products for their Bid to be considered. A non-refundable Document Fee of $20.00 plus GST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday December 23, 2010.

Residents are reminded that from November 1 to April 15 each year, parking of a vehicle on any street or part of a street within the City of Barrie between the hours of 12 midnight and 7 a.m. is prohibited and subject to a $20.00 fine. Within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, on street parking is prohibited between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Any vehicle found parked in contravention of By-law 2007-209 may be ticketed and/or towed. By keeping the City streets clear of vehicles during this period, you allow the City crews access to help ensure that your roadways are maintained and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street. Parking is prohibited over sidewalks and the City boulevards.

Downtown in December Downtown Barrie and The City of Barrie would like you to know that for the month of December parking is free in all Municipal parking lots including the Collier Street Parkade. On-street paid parking will remain in effect to ensure short term parking is convenient and available within downtown.

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Bidders Note: MANDATORY SITE MEETING has been scheduled for Wednesday December 15, @ 9:30 am at the Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) Administrative Building Board Room, 249, Bradford St, Barrie ON. All visitors must wear protective wear (hard hat, safety shoes and vest) at the site meeting. A non-refundable Document Fee of $100.00 plus GST applies to each hardcopy of the RFP Document.

The Corporation of the City of Barrie is seeking Proposals from experienced/qualified firms to provide Consulting Engineering Services for BioGas Utilization Upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) located at 249 Bradford St., Barrie, ON.

Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday January 6. 2011

PURCHASING BRANCH

The scope of services includes detail design and contract administration with respect to a) providing new gas storage facilities, gas dehydration appurtenances and process control changes to cogeneration engines at WPCC and b) gas conveyance to the Allandale Train Station. The design is to consider the results of a pre-design report. In addition, the Consultant shall follow the requirements of the MEA Class Environmental Assessment for the entire project and a Public Information Centre (PIC) is to be arranged and conducted by the Consultant. The City will provide a venue for the PIC.

Electronic copies are only available through Biddingo.com/barrie. The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through Bidding.com/ barrie, however a Biddingo.com fee may be applicable. THE CORPORATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY OR ALL SUBMISSIONS.

Hourly Sunday Service for December 19, 2010 service will begin at 8:00 am, with fifteen minute service provided on Route 11 Bayfield. All service will end by 8:15 pm. CHRISTMAS DAY Saturday December 25, 2010 There will be NO Transit Service. The City of Barrie’s Department of Culture is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the Cultural Grants program. The guidelines and application forms can be found on the City’s website at www.barrie.ca by scrolling down to the Arts & Culture button found on the right hand side of the mainpage and clicking on the link to the Cultural Grants. There are two types of applications, Operating Grants which are geared to not for profit arts organizations and Project Grants, for arts organizations and individual artists. The deadline for grant applications is Thursday December 30, 2010. If you are interested in applying for a grant and have some questions or require some assistance, please contact Onalee Groves at 739-4220 Ext. 4794 or email ogroves@barrie.ca

Do You Have Your

2010 Collector's Ornament?

"Mulcaster St. Ornament"

BOXING DAY Sunday, December 26, 2010 BARRIE TRANSIT will operate the Hourly Sunday Service Schedule beginning at 7:00 am, with fifteen minute service provided on Route 11 BAYFIELD. All service will end by 8:15 pm. There will be NO Route 22 Crosstown Service.

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NEW YEARS EVE SERVICE Special Bus Service will operate every 30 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 3:45 a.m. Barrie Transit Service on Regular Routes will be FREE from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. REGULAR FARE RATES ARE IN EFFECT For extended New Years Eve Special Service from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. The last Routes departing the Transit Terminal leave at 2:45 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. There will be no bus service on Saturday, January 1st, 2011. For more information please call (705) 739-4209 or visit www.barrie.ca/btransit

Christmas & New Year’s Holiday Schedule for Garbage, Organics, Recycling, and Yard Waste Collection

There will be NO CHANGE to garbage, organics, recycling, and yard waste collection during the Christmas and New Years holiday in the City of Barrie. The landfill site will be closed at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The landfill site and the Household Hazardous Waste Depot will be closed all day on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Landfill site is closed every Sunday and Monday. The Landfill will be open as usual on Tuesday, December 28th.

Christmas Tree Collection Residents in the “B” collection area will have Christmas Trees picked up the week of December 27th. Weekly collection of Christmas Trees in all collection areas will occur throughout the month of January, 2011. There is no yard waste/Christmas Tree collection during the months of February and March. Christmas trees must be free of ornaments and tree stands. Trees placed curbside in plastic bags will not be collected. Please ensure that your tree is not buried or frozen in a snowbank. More info? Call (705) 739-4219.

Come experience some of the best restaurants, shopping, culture and entertainment in the region.

Over the past two years demand has increased significantly for the program, rebates jumped from 350 in 2008 to 1100 last year and we are heading for 1200 this year. The changes for 2011 include changing the rebate level for the program from $70 to $50, and each household will now only be eligible for one rebate. These changes will allow the city to issue 40% more rebates for the same cost. Its estimated changing a 13.5 litre toilet to a six litre saves about $30 for every person in the household per year in Barrie in water and sewer bills.

REQUEST FOR PROP0SAL # FIN 2010-145P CONSULTING ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR BARRIE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL CENTRE (WPCC) BIOGAS UTILIZATION UPGRADES

December Holiday Service

By-law 2007-209

Toilet Rebate Program SESSIONS ARE DROP-IN AND FREE

The intent of this Request for Quotation is to solicit information from qualified companies outlining their capabilities, qualifications, and their relevant experience for Vehicle Undercoating to be provided for City of Barrie facility and various locations.

Notice Overnight Parking Restrictions

"Lots" of Free Parking

December 20

Holiday Baking 101 Maple Ave Youth Centre 2-9 pm (705) 792-7903, bypc@barrie.ca or www.barrie.ca Join in the fun & festivities by learning to bake for the season.

DOCUMENTS are available on-line at Biddingo.com/Barrie or from the Purchasing Branch, 56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie ON during business hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. For further information please visit www.barrie.ca or by telephone (705) 739-4220 Ext 4538 or Ext 5163 or by Email at purchasing@barrie.ca

VEHICLE UNDERCOATING FOR THE CITY OF BARRIE

Collect all 9 as part of the Downtown Barrie Commemorative Ornament Gift Box. Available at the following locations:  Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers - 52 Dunlop St. W.  Our House - 55 Dunlop St. W.  Metzger's Fine Jewellery - 99 Dunlop St. E.  Barrie Public Library - 60 Worsley St.  MacLaren Art Centre - 37 Mulcaster St.

Development Charges Rates

Classification

Effective Jan 1, 2011

 Jewellers Bench - 4 Simcoe St. E.

This represents a 0.3% reduction from

 The Paper Merchant - 13 Dunlop St. W.

2010 rates based on the most recent

 Angie's Outdoors - 80 Dunlop St. E.

12 month non-residential building

More info? www.downtown.ca

Phone: (705) 726-4242

construction price index for the Toronto Area provided by Statistics Canada.

TTY: (705) 792-7910

Residential: Singles and semis 2-Bedroom and larger apartments Bachelor and 1-bedroom apartments All other dwellings Non-Residential: Industrial All Other Non-Residential Retail

Rate $ 27,289.00 15,954.00 13,436.00 23,680.00

$ 10.47/sq. ft. 14.86/sq. ft. 16.30/sq. ft.

E-mail: cityinfo@barrie.ca


This Week in Barrie I November 16, 2010