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Snow mountain may move

IF you've ever wanted to purchase a small mountain made of snow, you're about to get a chance -- sort of.

The City of Winnipeg plans to sell its snow dump west of Kenaston Boulevard to cash in on the rising value of commercial property along the major artery between Lindenwood Drive and Sterling Lyon Parkway.

On Monday, city council's Assiniboia community committee will consider a plan to close the gravel snow dump and declare it surplus as a prelude to a future sale.

Once the Kenaston property is closed, the snow dump would be moved to another southwest Winnipeg location where the property is not as valuable.

"This is a prime piece of real estate," said Charleswood-Tuxedo Coun. Paula Havixbeck, referring to the snow dump. "It makes sense to put it somewhere else."

If approved Monday, the snow-dump closure also requires the approval of two other council committees and the whole council. City officials first declared their intention to sell the site earlier this year, during budget season.

The Kenaston dump has been a popular spot for oddball photos, as the heap of snow can appear to be a rare Prairie mountain late in the winter and sometimes survives well into the summer.

 

Police HQ lease planned

CANADA Post plans to pay the City of Winnipeg just under $1 million over five years to lease space in the downtown building it used to own.

On Monday, city council's downtown, heritage and riverbank committee will consider a deal that would see Canada Post pay the city $992,000 over the next five years to rent 15,000 square feet of office space in the tower portion of the city's new police headquarters on Graham Avenue.

The building served as Canada Post's downtown headquarters before the Crown corporation sold it to the city for $30.6 million in 2010. The total cost of the police headquarters conversion, including renovations, is $193.6 million, according to the latest budget estimate.

The police hope to move into their headquarters sometime next year and eventually sell the tower portion. The sale would help recoup some of the cost of replacing the Public Safety Building on Princess Street.

The same plan calls for the city to continue owning the warehouse component of the Graham Avenue structure.

 

Rash of cottage break-ins

COTTAGERS in the Whiteshell area have been plagued by a rash of break-ins over the last month, and RCMP caution area residents to be wary.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP are investigating 13 reports of break-ins in Whiteshell Provincial Park in August, calling the number "higher than usual."

RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said the thieves are targeting electronics and liquor.

"We do encourage and remind cottagers to ensure their doors are locked, windows and patio doors are secured and avoid leaving valuables in sight. Recording serial numbers of valuables and taking pictures go a long way to assist the police in investigations," Karpish said.

"In cottage country, keeping an eye on each other's property, knowing that at times owners are away for lengthy periods, goes a long way to detect any suspicious activity or prevent or quickly report break-ins in the area.

"We do encourage the public to record licence plates, make a note of the vehicle descriptors if they see any vehicles that look out of place or don't belong, and pass it along to the RCMP."

A cottager at Big Whiteshell Lake insisted the number of break-ins in the Whiteshell-Red Rock-Otter Falls area could be even higher.

"It's crazy," said the cottager, who wished to remain anonymous. "And it's kind of frustrating. We're being kept in the dark about what's going on."

Televisions, jewelry, cash and liquor have been stolen, the cottager said.

"It's really hard, because every time you go back to the lake, you hope they haven't returned," she added.

"It's the feeling of being violated. Something needs to be done here. These people are raking in big."

 

-- staff

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 6, 2013 B7

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