Mayor’s lifting reviews progress and looks to the future

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At the 2022 Elliot Lake Mayoral Waiver, Mayor Dan Marchisella updated residents on what’s been happening in the city in 2021 and explained community plans for this year.


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Marchisella delivered her annual speech Jan. 6 at the virtual mayor’s waiver from her office due to the pandemic.

“It’s terrible that we can’t all meet in person, but maybe by the end of the year we can meet next year,” Marchisella said.

The event usually begins with a presentation of awards for academic, athletic and other achievements, but the pandemic makes such gatherings too dangerous. Marchisella hopes that will also come back for the 2023 mayoral waiver.

Marchisella began with some personal notes from the past year.

“We enter a new year with an outlook of hope and positivity. I know many have struggled through the ups and downs of COVID-19, including this new variant that has taken the country by storm; and we see a lot of changes with that too.

To date, the country has lost more than 30,000 Canadians to COVID-19, and even more to suicide and drug overdoses.

Marchisella said that since the start of the pandemic, the city has been following protocols recommended and mandated by the provincial government.

“(It) hasn’t always made everyone happy, but it has kept us safe.”

Due to the growing pandemic, the city recently reinstated the Age Friendly program for groceries and delivery.

During the year, there were a few social activities to help lift the spirits of residents, including the bouncy field for children at Westview Park, quiet and demanding fireworks displays, as well as static parades.


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This summer, the city also unveiled the final component of Miners Memorial Park, the Prospector Monument.

Achievements of the city in 2021

The Pine/Poplar infrastructure project saw these streets resurfaced, along with the sewer and water lines replaced.

The asphalt that was removed was recycled and put on the trail between Esten Drive South and Esten Drive North. He added that this resulted in a savings of $100,000 for the city, he explained.

“Through this process, I received quite a few emails and phone calls from the public about how friendly and professional Leroy Construction and our city employees were.”

The city has ordered a 400 amp backup generator for City Hall. The standby generator is important because the town hall is used for emergency management in the event of a major emergency.

A cost saving measure is the conversion of lighting to solar energy which has started at the municipal airport starting with the runway. It will be completed in June this year.

The Navy League building is complete.

“Hopefully the final touches will be put in this year, so we can see young people start using it as a sailing center and a meeting place.”

Marchisella says the basketball court at Kiwanis Park has been repaired. There is a new rubber court, new nets and benches, as well as a bottle filling station.

“This project requires a big thank you to Paul Eldon, who spearheaded this effort, and donations from the ‘100 People Who Care About Me’, through the Rotary Club, and Elliot Lake Retirement Living with the supporting city teams. .”


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The city’s floating play island was also only out for a single day at Spruce Beach in 2021.

“We plan to revisit this this summer at the beach as a fun addition for our youngsters once again.”

He added that there were still some things to be done regarding the training of rescue personnel to ensure that it would be safe to use.

The city also secured more specialized playground equipment that was funded through donations from community partners including the North Shore Cruisers, ELNOS, Elliot Lake Retirement Living, Hi-Rail Leasing and more. The equipment will be split between Kiwanis/RioDen Park and Westview Park, which should be installed in the spring.

The expansion of the landfill has been in the planning phase with various ministries, including the Ministry of Environment and Climate for several years. The town has received approval for future development.

In 2021, the board approved $213,000 in its capital budget for a waterproof roof covering for the RioDen Arena. However, after a structural and mechanical engineering inspection at RioDen Arena, that project was put on hold until they could see if any further work needed to be done at the facility.

The city has also replaced or repaired bridges on the trail system around the city.

“It’s really, really important to our community in terms of well-being and a good spirit to be able to get out and walk our trails. There are hundreds of miles of trails right outside your door and they connect all over the community. It gives you the opportunity to walk and enjoy the fresh air without the worries of COVID while you’re on the trails, and enjoy the beauty that we have.


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The city always seeks to advance the recreational pole. At a public meeting at Collins Hall last fall and an online poll asked residents if they preferred brick-and-mortar construction or a pre-engineered structure.

He said 75% of respondents were in favor of the pre-engineered design because of the huge cost savings it would bring.

The city’s public transit has also been modernized and there’s more to come. Marchisella said the city is considering a transit review to see where it can be improved. During the pandemic, transit has been well used and free of charge.

Transit buses are now equipped with audio and visual calls, as well as traffic flow software installed last summer.

The city plans to add GPS tracking software in the near future. With this, passengers will be able to know where the bus they plan to use is and when it will be at their stop.

The city has entered into a three-party agreement with Serpent River First Nation and Mississauga First Nation for the future management of Mississagi Park, located 25 kilometers north of Elliot Lake.

“The last step is to get approval from the province,” Marchisella said.

“Hopefully we can see additional functions taking place at Mississagi Park in the years to come, and possibly year-round use.”

In economic development, the Fox Drive expansion project is underway.

“There has already been a lot of interest and many offers to buy these industrial sites,” says Marchisella.


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The town’s economic development officer, Steve Antunes, and his team are updating the community profile to reveal available land for commercial, industrial and residential purposes in the community.

Future plans

The city will continue with its 10-year infrastructure plan, building streets and replacing water and sewer lines.

“It’s not just about pretty roads, it’s about the safety of our community, having clean water and being able to flush the toilet and it sucks,” explained the mayor.

This summer, the city will also replace the water main and sanitary sewer line that currently run under Elliot Lake from Westview Park to the North Industrial Site. The city plans to reroute the water and sewer main along Highway 108 from Lakeview Road to Timber Road in the North Industrial Site.

The city is also working on an economic development webpage that would list available land information, including tax rates, utilities, contacts, marketing and more.

The city also plans to update the city’s business directory. They will also contact local businesses to discuss opportunities for business retention and expansion.

More and more tourism initiatives are also underway to promote activities such as the Mont Dufour ski resort, snowmobiling and mountain biking. They are also considering increasing the number of staging areas.

“It’s an incredible opportunity. We have hundreds of miles of trails around our community.

“You also have the trail connection links that can take you from Elliot Lake all the way to Timmins, Cochrane, Sault Ste. Marie or scroll down to Spanish.

These are just a few of the topics Marchisella spoke about during this year’s mayoral waiver. For more information, the full video is available on the city’s website at

Photo screenshot Elliot Lake Mayor Dan Marchisella addressed Elliot Lake residents at the 2022 Virtual Mayor's Reception earlier this month.
Photo screenshot Elliot Lake Mayor Dan Marchisella addressed Elliot Lake residents at the 2022 Virtual Mayor’s Reception earlier this month.



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