Efficiency, coordination key to fix roads, watermains: Coderre
Team Denis Coderre is promising efficiency and better coordination when it comes to managing and fixing the city of Montreal's roads and water mains.
"We're losing 33% of our drinkable water, this is the main problem," Montreal mayoralty candidate Denis Coderre said at a news conference, referring to the city's aging and leaky water pipes.
Coderre said they promise to increase the number of inspections done by city workers of water mains and roadwork from 10% to 50%; to come up with an annual report to monitor contract extras, spending, and overspending; and to set up a coordination committee to prevent digging and redigging of roads when fixing watermains.
"Everybody will talk to each other and people will be responsible for their job, you call that accountability," Coderre said.
Coderre insisted the money is there; it's inefficiency and poor coordination and communication that are the problems.
"If everybody is sitting at the same table and provide all what we should know and is not doing his job, we'll kick his ass."
Coderre is also getting behind the proposal to have Montreal build and operate its own asphalt production plant, part of their platform to maximize internal resources and city expertise instead of relying so much on outside contractors.
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