Safety and spending are on the agenda as Thunder Bay city council gets back to business after a break lasting several weeks.

Part of the spending in question is repairs to the historic Whalen Building. Council has been asked to approve more than $1.3 million in additional work to repair the terra cotta on the exterior and replace the turret damaged by a lightning strike in May.

Other big ticket items council will consider are the widening of Golf Links Road, reconstructing St. Paul Street, and approving the purchase of three new city buses — the first of nine buses on transit's wish list. Thunder Bay may spend more than $1.2 million over the next two years to complete the purchases of vehicles from NOVABUS

Council will also look at placing a school crossing guard on Woodcrest Road starting this fall. In addition, there's a request for a study of traffic volumes and speeds at Valley Street and Sherwood Drive, and at Pioneer Drive and Jameson Street. The results of that study may lead to new stop signs. Both of these requests came to council from McIntyre councillor Trevor Giertuga.

Tune into CBC Thunder Bay's Superior Morning program to hear the latest from city council on Tuesday morning.