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Browaty made chairman of committee looking into private-sector delivery of city services

Coun. Jeff Browaty has been appointed chairman of the revived alternative services delivery committee.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Coun. Jeff Browaty has been appointed chairman of the revived alternative services delivery committee.

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This article was published 15/1/2015 (1646 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty is eager to jump to federal politics, but that didn’t stop Mayor Brian Bowman from appointing him chairman of the revived Alternative Services Delivery committee.

The appointment of Browaty, who is currently chair of protection and community services, to the dormant committee was one of several appointments announced Thursday morning by Bowman’s office.

The ASD committee oversees the operations of four special operating agencies – arm’s-length operations that used to be civic departments – examines opportunities for other private-sector delivery of city services.

Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) had been the chair, but the committee hadn’t met in more than a year.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 15/1/2015 (1646 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty is eager to jump to federal politics, but that didn’t stop Mayor Brian Bowman from appointing him chairman of the revived Alternative Services Delivery committee.

The appointment of Browaty, who is currently chair of protection and community services, to the dormant committee was one of several appointments announced Thursday morning by Bowman’s office.

The ASD committee oversees the operations of four special operating agencies – arm’s-length operations that used to be civic departments – examines opportunities for other private-sector delivery of city services.

Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) had been the chair, but the committee hadn’t met in more than a year.

Reviving the ASD committee appears to be another way for Bowman to explore ways to find cost savings in civic operations, at least on a long-term basis, but it’s unlikely to provide any quick fixes as Bowman and members of his Executive Policy Committee craft the 2015 operating and capital budgets.

Bowman made a campaign promise to dissolve the ASD committee and replace it with a formal innovations committee, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Wyatt defended his actions as former chairman of the committee, explaining it didn't meet in more than a year because there was no will from the previous executive policy committee, when Sam Katz was mayor, to pursue any money-saving efforts following the failed attempt to lease civic golf courses to private contractors.

"I attempted on many occasions to push the efficiency agenda and make ASD initiaives move forward, but some had no political guts. Especially after the golf course leasing defeat on the floor of council in May of 2013," Wyatt said.

Reviving the committee will likely be seen as a poke at the union that represents 4,600 civic employees, CUPE 500, whose contract expired at the end of December. Bargaining talks are expected to begin in February.

Joining Browaty on ASD are Couns. Scott Gillingham (St. James-Brooklands), Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre) and Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas), who is also deputy mayor.

A civic spokeswoman said the members of the committee do not receive additional compensation.

Browaty said the ASD committee had to meet to approve the business plans of the four special operating agencies – Winnipeg Parking Authority, Golf Services, Animal Services and Fleet Management – for the budget process.

"They have business plans and they need appropriate oversight," Browaty said, adding approving the business plans are the only items on the committee’s Monday morning meeting.

Browaty said he doesn’t know how long the committee will remain in existence, given Bowman’s campaign pledge, but added it’s possible the committee could continue to explore alternative service delivery models.

"If there’s an opportunity to move forward (with alternative service delivery methods), that’s something we’re definitely able to look at," Browaty said.

Bowman’s office also announced two other appointments:

  • To the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) – Coun. Russ Wyatt.
  • To the UN Women Safe Cities Global Initiative Steering committee – Coun. Cindy Gilroy.

 

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Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.

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History

Updated on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 1:38 PM CST: Updates with writethrough

5:33 PM: Corrects Browaty's current title.

7:19 PM: Adds quote from Coun. Russ Wyatt

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