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Unpaid leave cancelled

The controversial plan to give city workers 3.5 days of unpaid leave over the Christmas break has been cancelled.

Finance committee chairman Russ Wyatt moved the surprise motion on the floor of council Tuesday.

The unpaid leave was a $1.5-million budget-reducing move affecting non-essential civic workers.

Wyatt said the savings weren't significant, adding he was concerned about the impact the plan would have on the city's ability to deliver necessary services in the middle of winter, given all the troubles the city experienced this past winter.

Couns. Scott Fielding and Justin Swandel tried to have the motion referred to finance committee for study, but that was defeated and the furlough plan cancelled.

Wyatt said the 2014 budget will be reviewed to find the savings the furlough plan was to produce.

 

More thawing machines nixed

City hall won't be looking for additional thawing equipment to help the remaining property owners without water services because of frozen waterlines. A proposal by Couns. Paula Havixbeck and John Orlikow to instruct city administrators to contact other cities that cleared their backlog of frozen waterlines was referred to committee for study. An attempt to debate the motion was defeated.

Council's rejection of the plan occurred while city hall reported four more properties without water because of frozen pipes.

City hall says there have been 2,585 properties with frozen waterlines since November.

The city says 522 properties remain on the waiting list for thawing services. Of those with frozen waterlines, 434 properties have temporary water service through a hose connection to a neighbouring property.

There remain 88 properties without water service of any kind.

 

Pond to bear councillor's name

The city will name a south Transcona storm-retention pond that doubles as a water-ski and wakeboarding spot after the former councillor credited with creating it.

On Tuesday, council unanimously approved naming the site Lake Shirley Memorial Park after former councillor Shirley Timm-Rudolph, who died from cancer earlier this month.

Timm-Rudolph was a councillor representing Transcona when she pushed the city and province to build the storm-retention pond as a permanent solution to the annual spring flooding in south Transcona.

The site was designed with input from the water-ski and wakeboarding communities so it could be used as a sports venue during the 1999 Pan Am Games.

The city will erect a memorial cairn in Timm-Rudolph's honour at the site.

Timm-Rudolph, who was 57 when she died, spent 13 years as a city councillor, from 1986-92 representing the old ward of Springfield Heights and from 1995-02 representing Transcona. She had been a school trustee for the past four years with the River East Transcona school division.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 28, 2014 B4

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