East Kildonan-Elmwood ward report
As I went door-to-door in the election campaign I was given a number of priorities by the residents of East Kildonan-Elmwood area. The main priorities were to reduce crime in a meaningful way, improve our infrastructure, and provide a safe place for our children to play.I also heard loud and clear that the people were tired of the petty politics between the different parties and they wanted their councillor to just get the job done.
I have been working actively with the new chief of police and the Winnipeg Police Service to find new and effective ways to combat crime. The initial results have been very encouraging, as we have seen most crimes drop significantly. We do, however, have to be in this for the long term and must watch carefully as the criminal element changes its strategies.
This year is going to be filled with many infrastructure projects for the East Kildonan and Elmwood area. Work will begin on the rehabilitation and twinning of Molson Avenue from Concordia to Kimberly. As a result of the last budget we have doubled the amount of money available for local streets and we hope to have Brazier Avenue and Watt Street redone this year.
Work on the new Clara Hughes recreational site should be completed this year with a playground, plaza and a skateboard pod for our young people to hone their skills.
Our MLA Jim Maloway, along with City administration, were very helpful in seeing this project through. MLA Matt Wiebe, along with the mayor, the premier and myself, were able to find over $5 million to replace and improve the burnt-down East Elmwood Community Center. I am also pleased with, and support the work of, police officer Kevin Gibson and his Status 4 project at 575 Larsen Ave. This innovative music studio project gives kids a way to connect and develop skills and discipline for those not interested in traditional sports.
In order to get these significant projects for the area takes a lot of work, meetings, lobbying and trade-offs. While budgets are never perfect, there was a lot in the budget for the area so I decided to support it.
I am so pleased that our MLAs, the school trustees, MP Lawrence Toet, and my council colleagues from the area, Couns. Jeff Browaty and Russ Wyatt, have been willing to work together. I also believe that when residents, organizations, churches and politicians work together, we can get lots of good things done. All it takes is for the whole community to work together.