Work is clipping along on a new statue of Hiram Walker, and how much the City of Windsor will have to front for the bronze monument is shrinking.

The overall cost of the statue is estimated at $400,000 – but Friday, Mayor Drew Dilkens announced more than $145,000 has already been donated toward the project. That will mean less of a burden on taxpayers.

The statue should be ready by November, in time for a Spring unveiling, according to the sculptor Mark Williams.

It will be roughly eight feet tall and will be prominently displayed at the corner of Riverside Drive and Devonshire Road, right near the Canadian Club Brand Centre.