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Fire station design change documents don't exist: city officials

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City of Winnipeg administrators claim there is no formal documentation for a major design change to the new Route 90 fire station.

The city’s position was revealed in its response to a Freedom of Information request from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), which requested all documentation — including emails, memos and briefing notes — involving design changes that increased the size of the Route 90 fire station by 40 per cent.

The unauthorized design change was one of the reasons cited for the fire hall replacement program being more than $3 million over budget.

The city’s response was that no such documentation exists.

"It’s shocking how the size of the project increased by 40 per cent or so and yet the administration seems to have no documentation on the change order," CTF’s Prairie director Colin Craig said. "How could the city be so careless?"

Mayor Katz said he was surprised administration claimed there were no documents on the design change, adding he plans to find out why.

"If there is a change of that extent, there should be something somewhere, absolutely," Katz said. "I’m certainly going to ask the question."

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

 

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