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North Bay to spend record amount on roads

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“North Bay has been making progress on roads, says Coun. Derek Shogren, “and we’re going to continue that.”

Shogren pushed for more money, $4 million to be exact, in the 2017 budget to be included for road resurfacing but could not find support around the table for more than $3.5 million.

A budget deliberation agreement was struck, says Shogren, wherein “if the capital projects that we had earmarked funds for, if some of them had a surplus, then we would make up the $500,000 that way.”

Shogren says that at budget time, he wanted to eliminate some of the other projects up for consideration entirely to move more funds to resurfacing.

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The budget has now been pushed to approximately $4 million, a record for North Bay.

“If you are objectively looking at it, we have put a lot of money into roads, [the public] is seeing it. It’s never going to be enough. Every day I have someone telling me that a certain road needs fixing,” says Shogren.

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