The City Centre community committee met on March 25, discussing several per capita grants, development plan approvals, and subdivision and rezoning applications.
The committee also took the opportunity to hear a report on the most recent city governance review from September 2021. Among recommendations in the review was a call to "develop a formal orientation process that includes documented roles and responsibilities for members of council."
Coun. Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) said the report’s recommendations did not go far enough and training needs to include political staff, not only council members.
"The orientations for political staff are inadequate," Rollins said, adding that training should go beyond a document staff can read. "I don’t want a document. I want in-person seminars and lesson plans that are thoughtful."
Couns. Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre) and John Orlikow (River Heights) agreed.
Gilroy voiced her support for bringing support staff to community committee meetings who can help orient new councillors in order to avoid delays. In the past, five staff were designated to three councillors each for this exact purpose, city administration said. Rollins and Orlikow said they’d like to see the return of such staff, but for standing policy committees.
The committee approved three projects for submission for funding from the Canada Community Building Fund: a community spray pad at Turtle Island Recreation Centre at a cost of $1.5 million; general improvements at King’s Park and Kilcona Park, including active transportation at a cost of $1 million; and various yet-to-be-determined active transportation and spray pad projects up to a cost of $7.5 million to be distributed throughout all city wards.
Councillors supported several occasional liquor permits, including for Design Month Winnipeg, which will be held in April at 245 Portage Ave.
Several per capita grants were approved. Robert A. Steen Community Centre was approved for $1,500 to help cover costs for Envision 2022, an event n May. A grant for $500 was approved for James Child Care to hold a community barbeque. Linden Meadows Parent Advisory Council was also approved for $500 for a community event. And Grant Park High School will receive $500 for a scholarship award.
The committee did not agree with a public service recommendation to waive eligibility criteria for the Land Dedication Reserve Fund to allocate $12,000 to Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, to assist with the cost of the Westgate River Ramp project.
Councillors supported rezoning of a large lot comprising 1022 Pembina Hwy., 1038 Pembina Hwy., 966 Merriam Blvd. and 968 Merriam Blvd. for mixed-use residential housing, after a lengthy presentation from Towers Realty Group during a public hearing. The realty company intends to focus on multi-family dwellings for the redevelopment. The matter will move on to the standing policy committee for planning, property and development.
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