City council has approved a request for a cash advance on next year's budget to help the non-profit Assiniboine Park Conservancy cover cost overruns at the Assiniboine Park Zoo's new Arctic exhibit.
On Wednesday, council voted unanimously to approve a $4.5-million advance on the 2015 capital budget to help Assiniboine Park Zoo deal with a shortage of cash flowing from the completion of the $94.4-million Journey to Churchill exhibit.
The new exhibit, part of a broader $200-million redevelopment of Assiniboine Park, is slated to open July 3. The cost overruns are due to heating and hoarding charges incurred during the winter, park officials told the city.
Infrastructure plans, EPC selection votes pass
Council also voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a list of six road-and-bridge construction priorities that the city would like to see Ottawa fund under a new national infrastructure program.
In the morning, council voted 14-2 to change the way EPC members are selected. Instead of the mayor choosing six councillors to sit on the committee alongside him, council will have the opportunity to choose three while the mayor will appoint three.
The change would not go into effect until after October's civic election and would require the province to amend the City of Winnipeg charter.
Couns. Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre) and Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) voted against the change.
Yet to come today is a debate over $590 million in funding to complete the second phase of the Southwest Transitway and widen the Pembina underpass at Jubilee Avenue.
Councillors are also expected to debate North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty's proposal to hold a fall plebiscite over the transitway funding.