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Funding for a project that will keep Glenelm streets green was approved by the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee on April 16.
Coun. Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) approved a $53,000 land dedication reserve grant for the Glenelm Neighbourhood Association’s tree project, which aims to replace 100 trees lost to Dutch Elm disease or the emerald ash borer in the neighbourhood.
"We have a problem with the elm and ash trees," Schreyer told the committee.
"About two-thirds of the trees in this area are those trees. The City budget is only at 50 per cent, so for every two trees they cut down we only replant one."
The tree project, Schreyer explained, hopes to make up the shortfall.
It was a busy meeting for Schreyer, who also approved $40,000 in community incentive funding from the Elmwood-East Kildonan ward to the Riverwood Church Community. The Elmwood-based church is planning to undertake a $150,000 renovation to its location at 274 Talbot Ave. The project would replace the current kitchen with a commercial one, upgrade the building’s HVAC unit, replace flooring and more.
"We’re hoping to create a more dignified process by opening up the space," Jon Courtney, pastor at Riverwood Church Community, told the committee. "Those are the types of things we’re striving to create with these commons."
Riverwood had filed a request for $50,000, which Schreyer said he was certainly willing to approve, but added he could only commit to $40,000 at the time.
"I’m holding back more than I’d like to, for caution, just to see where the budget is settled," he said, adding a special meeting could be held later this month to provide more funding for the project.
"This is a living, breathing part of Elmwood culture," Schreyer said of Riverwood Church. "I’m intrigued to see the evolution."
Schreyer also brought two big projects to the attention of the committee. The first was a proposal from the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and Suncor to turn the long-vacant lot at the northeast corner of Henderson Highway and Johnson Avenue into a public greenspace.
Schreyer said he is willing to put $80,000 towards the project. A submission to the Winnipeg Public Service will need to be filed within two years for the funding process to proceed.
"This sounds like a really neat opportunity," Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) said. "We’ll have to figure out what the steps are, but this certainly shows what your intentions are."
Schreyer also pledged to $200,000 in ward funds to stabilize the eroding riverbank behind the Columbus Centennial Seniors Housing Co-op residence at 404 Desalaberry Ave. By committing the funds for a community incentive grant, Schreyer hopes that the province and the federal government, both of whom he said have a stake in seeing the issue resolved, will match funds or contribute financially to the project. A submission to the Winnipeg Public Service will need to be filed, and other sources of funding must be confirmed, within two years for the funding process to proceed.
"Someone’s got to start this," he told the committee.
The committee also approved $11,000 in community incentive funds ($3,000 from North Kildonan, and $4,000 each from Elmwood-East Kildonan and Transcona) to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for their Vision Exchange exhibit.
A $1,500 per capita grant was awarded to River East Collegiate from the North Kildonan ward to assist a student attending the Encounters with Canada program, while a $500 per capita grant was approved for the same purpose for Murdoch MacKay Collegiate from the Transcona ward.
Per capita grants were also awarded to Sun Valley School’s breakfast program ($500), the Seven Oaks Education Foundation ($500), Red Oak Neighbours ($600), and the Transcona Sea Cadets ($100) from the North Kildonan ward.
The next regular meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee is to be held on Wed., May 22 at 5 p.m.
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