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WINNIPEG drivers will soon have to slow down around school zones.

In June, the province passed legislation that gives local authorities the power to create reduced-speed zones for schools. The city had to ask the province for permission to reduce the speed limit in school zones, as the Highway Traffic Act regulates the limits.

Winnipeg is the only large city in Western Canada that does not have a reduced speed limit in school zones. The current limit is 50 kilometres per hour unless otherwise posted.

A city report released Friday called for a policy that considers reducing the speed limit to 30 kilometres per hour in school zones on non-regional streets. It said the policy should only be considered for schools with children attending Grade 6 or lower.

The report said there could be as many as 230 schools in Winnipeg where students from kindergarten to Grade 6 attend. Not all of these schools may require a reduced speed limit, the report said, and the policy should establish criteria for reduced speed limits.

Council's executive policy committee will consider the report at a meeting next Wednesday.

Eadie appeals residences

MYNARSKI Coun. Ross Eadie will appeal a city decision to approve two residential units on Main Street.

The city's board of adjustment approved an application to convert the ground floor of 818 Main St. into two residential units. In 2008, the city approved 12 units in the building, provided no residential dwellings are located on the main floor. The main floor is vacant, and a city report said the developer has had difficulty finding a suitable tenant.

In a letter to the city, Eadie said it's inappropriate to lease the building as a residential space in a commercial area.

Council's appeal committee will consider his appeal at a meeting on Thursday.

Cleanup order fought

A Point Douglas landowner plans to fight a city order to remove scrap metal from his property.

City inspectors ordered Calgary-based owner Steven Butt to remove all scrap metal, scrap wood, ties, litter and other rubbish from his Higgins Avenue property in early June.

Gateway Industries president Sheldon Blank will appeal the order at council's protection and community services meeting on Thursday.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 1, 2012 B3

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