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Clarifying the boulevard-cutting bylaw

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An area resident plays on a boulevard in Bridgwater.

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A distressed area resident recently wrote to express some concerns about the Bridgwater Forest area "regarding keeping the neighborhood boulevards, walking path areas and traffic circles cut in a timely manner and free of weeds. 

"In 2012 some of the traffic circles were so infested with weeds and dead trees they had to completely redo them causing more cost to the city and subsequently to me as a taxpayer," the resident wrote.

"You would think the area developer and home builders would also be interested in maintaining these areas since it helps sell properties. I assume many homeowners also have the duty to cut and maintain the boulevard areas beside their homes but perhaps they are not aware of their responsibility," the writer continued.

"Maybe a pamphlet from the city delivered to each home could explain this requirement and subsequent penalties if they do not fulfill this duty."

This is certainly not the first time this issue has been brought to attention and it may require further clarification of responsibility. 

The City of Winnipeg website clearly states that "The owner/occupant of property adjacent to a boulevard is responsible for maintaining the portion of the boulevard that is adjacent to their property."

Public areas such as walking paths or traffic circles are a different matter and complaints about overgrowth or disarray can be made to the City of Winnipeg online at winnipeg.ca or by calling 311.

St. Norbert city councillor Justin Swandel says it is possible there has been some confusion.

 "Much of the problem exists on boulevards where residents are responsible for the maintenance.  In the first two years the developer did that maintenance, which created some confusion for residents.  I’ll follow up with the area superintendent,"  Swandel said.

Swandel went on to note: 

"The best neighbourhoods in Winnipeg are brought about when residents go that extra mile. Maintaining the boulevards to a high standard is one of the easiest places for residents to see the results of a little extra effort." 

Kristi Anaka is a community correspondent for Waverley West. You can contact her at kristianaka@gmail.com.

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