City of Kingston says it faces $1.5 million electrical damage in Belle Park – Kingston

The City of Kingston says it faces a steep price to repair electrical infrastructure damaged in the city’s Belle Park last month.

At Tuesday night’s virtual meeting, Kingston City Council voted in favor of repairs to Belle Park to the tune of $1.5 million.

The city says these repairmen are needed after multiple incidents involving homeless campers in the park who they say cut utility poles carrying live wires.

City staff say the costly repairs will take other projects out of the city’s Environmental Reserve Fund.

“Typically, the Environment Reserve Fund would be used to support projects such as the rehabilitation of properties. It would also support our Brownfield program or contribute to our discharge as well,” says Lanie Hurdle, Kingston’s chief executive.

“These are funds that we will not be able to spend on these programs because we have to move forward with these repairs. »

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The city also says work is needed on groundwater pumps after the alleged copper theft.

Kingston Police are currently investigating the reported thefts and damage.

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