WITH a few tears and wobbly voices, councillors voted Wednesday to rename the Charleswood bridge and parkway after late councillor Bill Clement.
"Bill was an outspoken and forthright person who never shied away from fighting for what he believed in and he believed in Winnipeg," said Mayor Sam Katz. "He spoke his mind and led with his heart."
Clement's family packed one side of the council gallery, along with a long row of former city councillors such as Jae Eadie, Shirley Timm-Rudolph, Dave Brown and Bill Neville. Below them, Clement's empty council chair was draped with a city flag and his desk marked with a red rose.
The bridge and parkway will now be known as the William R. Clement Parkway and Katz has said he'd like to see the signs up within a month.
Clement died of complications related to cancer earlier this month.
Coun. Russ Wyatt wants the city to install a pothole clock at city hall to advertise the city's growing infrastructure deficit in real-time.
Wyatt said the clock could replace the big one atop the administration building or be installed somewhere nearby.
Last year, the city was short $360 million for infrastructure repairs. That figure grows every year.
The city will ask the province to set up bottle depots to boost recycling.
Council approved a plan Wednesday to work with the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association to set up more recycling projects.
And, it will ask the Selinger government to consider opening depots where people can return their empty bottles and cans and get their deposit back.
The idea had broad council support but some councillors noted the city keeps launching piecemeal waste-reduction projects such as bigger recycling bins, even though city staff are about to finish a long-term garbage strategy.