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City hall behind water-main woes

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City crews repair a water-main break in Charleswood on Sunday.

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After 14 years of a municipal property-tax freeze, it's no wonder our aging infrastructure is literally bursting at the seams (Charleswood residents struggle through water woes, Jan. 20).

In addition to starving our infrastructure of much-needed repairs for more than a decade, council's decision to reduce the city's workforce by millions of dollars in vacancy management has forced city crews to operate as skeleton teams, making it nearly impossible to provide the services Winnipeggers expect from their tax dollars.

The city was quoted as saying it will not be responsible for damage caused by water-main breaks unless it was caused by negligence from city employees. While city crews are out there doing their best with the little they are given, I'm sure we can all agree that any negligence in this matter should be placed squarely at city hall.

MIKE DAVIDSON

President, CUPE Local 500

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 22, 2014 A6

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