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Public works committee has busy agenda today

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The Winnipeg mayoral campaign gets a big boost today when Judy Wasylycia-Leis stages her official launch with supporters later this morning at a St. James-area park, but it will be business as usual back at City Hall.

The public works committee has a lengthy agenda with some controversial issues. The Free Press will be updating these stories throughout the day on our webpage and on twitter, @aldosantin:

Public hearing on the completion of the dedicated bus corridor

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. with this public hearing into the business case for the public-private partnership that city hall is proposing as the way to complete the bus corridor.

This hearing is mandatory before city hall makes its application for $140-million in funding from Ottawa.

The project, including the Pembina-Jubilee Underpass widening and reconstruction, has a $590 million price tag.

Council will vote later this month to formally approve the project.

Off leash dog park

Residents in Crestview are rallying to oppose a plan by ward councillor Grant Nordman to convert the family-friendly Voyageur Park into an off-leash dog park. Nordman says the park is under-used – which the residents deny – and better suited as a dogs-only park.

Frozen water pipes

Coun. Paula Havixbeck has been unable to get the administration to account for the additional expenses related to the frozen water lines situation. Her request for the information will be presented to the committee.

Reduced speed limit in school zones

The proposal to lower speed limits in school zones to 30 km/h has its first public hearing today.

The concept was approved by council in July 2012; the province passed enabling legislation in September, allowing municipalities to lower speeds near school. Now, the civic administration has completed a complex bylaw identifying 171 schools where the speeds will be lowered.

The bylaw will likely be presented to council for approval at the end of the month.

Veolia update

The controversial agreement with a private firm, Veolia, to co-manage the city’s sewage treatment facilities will be reviewed. An administrative report gives Veolia a thumb’s up for its expertise and claims the deal saved city hall $600,000 in 2013. The report also states the Veolia was paid $3.1 million for work in 2013.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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