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City seeks outside help for public works

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Winnipeg plans to hire an outside expert to review operations in the city's public works department.

This afternoon, city officials announced Winnipeg issued a request for proposals for industry experts to review the public works department to ensure the city makes "the most efficient and effective use of taxpayers' funds."

"A goal of the review will be to find innovative ways to stretch limited tax dollars, while continuing to provide the quality services citizens need," the city said in a press release.

Winnipeg's public works department is responsible for things such as roads, bridges, and snow removal.

A statement said the review will focus on the department's overall performance and productivity. It will include interviews with stakeholders, field visits, assessment of the organizational culture, and evaluation of workloads and service levels.

The contract is expected to awarded in October, with findings presented in October and November. Final recommendations will be presented to council's executive policy committee in December.

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