By Jane Hobson
Carleton Place is looking at 35 major projects in the next few years.
“I’m not focused on the money here, I’m focused on manpower,” said Carleton Place Chief Administrative Officer Paul Knowles in a pre-budget presentation to the policy review committee on Sept. 27.
Knowles compared these projects to the 13 projects on the list in 2008.
“In the middle of those 35 projects we’re going to be replacing nearly half our staff,” Knowles said. “It’s just not physically possible to complete these projects with the staff we have,” he explained during the presentation.
There are a few notable projects and opportunities on the list.
Carleton Place can look forward to seeing three new parks started in 2017 with their construction spanning all the way into 2019 for some.
Residents can expect Roy Brown Park to be completed in 2017. Signs for the a dog park will be going up in the spring.
Cardel Park is supposed to be complete by 2018, with a pond that will be a skating rink during the winter.
Westview Soccer Field, at the corner of Woodward St. and Boyd St. will be revamped with fresh grass, new trees and benches and a play structure by 2018.
The Town of Carleton Place also plans to repair Gilles Bridge and to update streetlights.
Council also discussed the possibility of incorporating the legacy of the Canadian Pacific Railway into Canada 150 celebrations with the construction of a new trail along what was once the railway in Carleton Place.
“We have a real opportunity to do something really impressive for the community,” Knowles said.
The stretch of Highway 7 that runs through Carleton Place could also see some change in 2017. The highway access management plan suggests a median runs between the east and west bound lanes.
“This could be safer for people but bad for businesses,” Knowles said.
Many of these projects are already started while others are still in the beginning stages.