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As I write this both the school system and city hall are well into a shutdown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My perception is that St .Vital residents are doing a very good job of staying home and practising social distancing.
While I do not wish to minimize the crisis, I do want to provide some positive news about projects coming to St. Vital as a result of the recent City budget, which I supported:
• Funds for road resurfacing are now $130 million per year, quadruple the rate of spending when I was first elected. Many residential streets are due for repaving in St Vital, and work is planned on regional roads such as Dunkirk Drive, Dakota Street and St. Anne’s Road;
• The budget provides $41 million to rehabilitate the St. Vital bridge (which spans the Red River from DunkirkDrive to Osborne Street), mostly in 2023-24. This will include improved pedestrian and bike access;• Bonivital indoor pool is slated for a $5.4 million modernization (great work on this by St. Boniface Coun. Matt Allard);
• Greendell and Glenwood community centres will each receive $80,000 for hockey rink board projects (Windsor received a similar amount last summer);• Bonivital Soccer Club will receive $80,000 to improve its field house at Memorial Park (west of Glenlawn Collegiate);
• Sage Creek will benefit from two new tennis/pickleball courts in Ron Duhamel Park;
• Three new play structures are on the way, at Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre (city to match Dan Vandal MP’s $100,000 grant); Greenwood Park next to Dr. D.W. Penner School; and Ron Finlay Park near Windsor School;• St. Vital Park is set for a new garage/staff house worth $2.6 million in 2021, opening up space for a new amenity near the park exit;
• In conjunction with Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River) and the Bonivital Minor Baseball Association, there will be major upgrades to a baseball park in the River Park South area;
• the accessible dock project for the Seine River in the Royalwood area is set for $50,000 from St. Vital ward funding.
There are other measures in the budget which will also benefit St. Vital, including a new $350,000 annual budget for maintenance of gravel back lanes.
These are very challenging times, but city councillors are working well together to address the crisis. I look forward to celebrating new projects in St. Vital once this troubled period has passed.
St. Vital city council ward report
Brian Mayes is the city councillor for St. Vital.
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