A civic committee has endorsed a proposal for a pilot project employing closed circuit video to catch individuals who illegally dump garbage in backlanes and roadsides.
The protection and community services committee Monday gave the administration the green-light to proceed with the plan.
Coun. Ross Eadie, who made the proposal with Coun. Devi Sharma, said the problem of illegal garbage dumping is marring several neighbourhoods and steps need to be taken to stop it.
Eadie (Mynarski) suggested the fine revenue from those who are caught will help offset any costs.
"We don’t want this crap in our neighbourhoods," Eadie said. "The purpose (of the pilot project) is not to raise money but to catch these people who have no respect."
Coun. Jeff Browaty, chairman of the committee, said he believes the two-year pilot would cost about $50,000, adding it would involve setting up movable cameras at several locations on a rotation basis.
Clive Wightman, director of community services, said his staff are developing terms for the plan, adding it could be funded from council’s new $1-million innovation fund.
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.