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Licence for markets?

FARMERS markets in Winnipeg would be subject to a $320 annual licence under a proposed change to the city's business bylaw.

A report about the sustainability of Winnipeg's nine farmers markets will come before council's protection and community services committee today. It states farmers markets are amenable to a new licence that would accommodate a full season of outdoor sales. This would replace a licence for a temporary food-serving establishment.

The report also states the city started applying provincial guidelines for farmers markets to those within city limits last year and have assured vendors "low-risk" home-cooked foods such as baked goods or jams could be sold at farmers markets without a health permit or a business licence.

 

Centres' costs no surprise

MAYOR Sam Katz said he's well-aware it'll cost additional millions to maintain Winnipeg's community centres.

In a report to council's executive policy committee, the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres said a 2004 estimate for the cost of preserving community centres was out of date at $38.6 million. The board's 2012-14 business plan says based on today's costs, "this figure would be considerably higher," but did not specify an amount.

The volunteer-run GCWCC plans to create a 2012 action plan to help community centres identify available funding sources and prepare grants. The board also plans to review community-centre boundaries in light of recent closures, mergers and population growth.

 

Services for RM on hold

The executive policy committee has voted to hold off on a plan to extend water and sewer services into the RM of Springfield.

The city is working with the province and Springfield to establish water and sewer services, paved roads, fire hydrants and fire protection in Springfield's industrial park within the next 10 years. Part of the municipality is located within the Perimeter Highway, where industrial lands would be developed north of Gunn Road.

In a report to EPC, city staff advised the service-sharing negotiations with Springfield should wait until the city reaches a similar deal with the RM of West St. Paul.

EPC voted to hold off on approving the report as Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt was absent on Wednesday.

 

-- Bartley Kives

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 6, 2012 A2

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