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2013-12-13 at 11:17

Council Preview: Mayor set for state of city address

By Jamie Smith,
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The mayor will make his annual state of the city address during the final city council meeting of the year Monday.

It will also be the last state of the city address for this term of council as municipal elections take place next fall.

The final meeting of 2013 will also see council consider $2.3 million in community grants for next year. Topping the list is for sustaining grants is $695,000 for the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. The Regional Food Distribution Association would get $95,000 through the operating category while artist Tanis Webster is in the project category for $3,600.

The city also has a new youth services category this year with $28,000 for the Boys and Girls Club and $10,800 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

The money would need to be approved during next year's budget process.

Council is also being asked to approve a 100 per cent tax rebate for the new Sister Leila Greco Apartments. The rebate would be considered the city's $4.43 million share of the project, instead of a direct cash contribution, and would be in effect until around 2024.

The city is also looking to award a $3.9 million contract to LED Roadway Lighting Company for 9,300 LED street lights with smart technology.

Future subdivisions would require the new street lights. Administration says longer life and less maintenance with LED technology will cut costs long term.

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Blain says:
This should be good, get your popcorn
12/13/2013 2:17:10 PM
dockboy says:
What about that fiasco with the Provista?
12/13/2013 2:34:55 PM
Today1 says:
In a couple of years, the auditorium staff should have a bit of heat off of them, when they give up first place for sustaining grants for operations....
12/13/2013 3:15:15 PM
Renegade120860 says:
Somebody have the "laugh track" cued up and standing by! :)
12/13/2013 3:41:22 PM
jimmyboy says:
Oh my....mayor HOBBS....can this be true..." A slowdown in the mining economy is one factor playing a role in Thunder Bay’s apartment vacancy rate more than doubling in a year"...states Warren Philp, yet back in 2011 you were quoted that there would be 55,000 jobs created...are you still sticking with your you also predicted that Thunder Bay too use your term was "A Shoe In for the Cliffs Smelter" as well.

Time to ask Santa for a brand new crystal ball I believe. ;)
12/13/2013 4:37:59 PM
Back-in-the-bay says:
You write like 13 year old girls text. Like! Omg, totally. You're the public disgrace around town jimmyboy. A quick search of your past serves that up pretty quickly on google. Mayor Hobbes has been and will be one of the best mayors Thunder Bay has ever had. That's a fact. You don't like law enforcement, likely because of something in your own behavior and / or past.
12/13/2013 6:08:20 PM
TBDR says:
Jim you should run against him... clearly you didn't learn enough about municipal politics last time you got trounced in an election.
12/13/2013 11:08:44 PM
young&concerned says:
Hobbs please don't waste anymore of our time, save the speech, nothing more needs to be said!

Just an empty suit...spewing empty promises!

Your campaign poster read

"I am committed to: Fiscal Responsibility, Safe Community, Positive Development and A Strong Voice For Citizens"

Keith Hobbs "The Mayor For Our Future"

All of your campaign commercials ironically removed from you tube.

My personal favorite one was!

“I came out in September 2009 about the high crime rate in Thunder Bay.” “That crime rate is higher then that of Dallas Texas.”

“Vote Keith Hobbs for mayor for a safer community”

A total Failure!!!

Check out the highlights and his overwhelming accomplishments as mayor in Wikipedia

12/13/2013 6:04:01 PM
Rusty Nails says:
12/13/2013 10:42:06 PM
nvjgu says:
I already know what he's going to say which is Everything is rosey.
12/13/2013 11:36:17 PM
old vienna says:
Lot of noise coming from the mayors office that Thunder Bay was going to be a boom city, the next Fort McMurray. Well boom goes the dynamite! Lets see if that prediction will be in the mayors state of the city address.
12/14/2013 6:07:22 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Why does anyone with pizzazz and ideas all wind up leaving here?
12/14/2013 11:14:07 AM
Tony Soprano says:
Same old BADA BING !!
12/15/2013 5:06:07 PM
fastball says:
Hmmmm....we went from 15 comments on the weekend, to 13 comments on Monday.
Why the editing, TBNewswatch?
I'm really starting to wonder at is and isn't allowed to be commented on these days.
12/16/2013 8:59:37 AM
Jim Halpert says:
After Hobbs gave his state of the city address, Bentz (the chair) expressed it best, "Thank you Mr. Mayor for that interesting address. Next item please."
12/16/2013 7:53:02 PM
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