As I was driving home from work last week, traffic was temporarily reduced to one lane on Henderson from Harbison Avenue to Munroe Avenue.
My initial reaction was to be annoyed at the inconvenience until I saw the reason for delay: A crew of workers was hard at work in the blistering heat applying a much-needed asphalt repair to the cracks and potholes on this section of Henderson Highway. As I was waiting in line, I think we oftentimes forget how much work and activities the City of Winnipeg performs for its citizens.
For example, as I drive around our neighborhood in the summer heat it is nice to see all the children enjoying the city-run pools and playgrounds. I am still amazed at all the activity along the Northeast Pioneers Greenway whether it is on bike, rollerblades, longboards or simply walking. These positive active lifestyles, in addition to your own efforts, are made possible by facilities and amenities maintained by employees of the city.
I have also been pleased, since becoming councillor, for our area to see first-hand the dedication and commitment of our city employees. One of the ways I have observed this is through the reports I receive about calls made to city’s 311 lines. These reports contain the monthly data for the entire city, broken down by the council wards. Our ward, Elmwood –East Kildonan, typically has one of the most service requests per month when compared to other wards.
Despite this high volume of service request, it also has one of the highest rates of closed cases. This speaks volumes to the responsiveness of city staff to the needs of our area. Although as a city we are committed to continually improving our service levels, I am encouraged by the level of service these statistics confirm.
I hope all of you will have an enjoyable and safe summer and encourage you to participate in activities such as the Fringe Festival and Folkarama, especially the Serbian Pavilion on Talbot in our ward. If you do have an issue or a concern, please contact 311 or if it is of a more complicated nature, please feel free to reach me at my office (204-986-5195) so that I or my staff can look into it for you.