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July 5, 2017


Board of Revision's First Practices and Procedures Manual to be Considered by Executive Policy Committee

Released: 10:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB â Today, Executive Policy Committee (EPC) will consider an administrative report which would create the first Practices and Procedures Manual for citizen members of the City of Winnipeg’s Board of Revision.

“The creation of a Practices and Procedures Manual for citizen members of the Board of Revision is another step towards increased openness and transparency at City Hall,” said Mayor Bowman. “With Realty Assessment Appeals reviewed by the Board of Revision valued in the billions of dollars annually, it is important to ensure there is transparency for taxpayers.”

The administrative report recommends a Practices and Procedures Manual that would introduce Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct Policy declarations which aim to decrease the possibility of conflict situations. Board of Revision hearings are public processes and all information submitted and related to the hearings are public information. The proposed practices and procedures embrace the City’s Open Government principles of open, transparent and responsible decision-making.

Portions of the scheduled hearings will now be live-streamed via the City’s website. Videos will be recorded and maintained on the City’s Decision Making Information System (DMIS) at: http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/DMIS/

Agendas and decisions for the applications for review will now be made available on DMIS, allowing for public access.

The recommended changes for live streaming of scheduled hearings and publishing of agendas and decisions on DMIS are firsts for the City of Winnipeg.

The move to paperless hearings will reduce paper usage and reduce storage requirements for paper-based files. This would also allow for an easier flow of information between the applicants and decision-makers. Computer access will be provided to Board of Revision members, removing the need for paper files at the hearings.

“I commend the City Clerks’ Department for their work on creating a manual to ensure citizen members of the Board of Revision are held to a standard that is expected by taxpayers,” said Mayor Bowman.

The Board of Revision is an impartial quasi-Judicial body that has the responsibility to hear assessment appeals with respect to the assessed value, classification, liability or the refusal of the assessor to amend the assessment roll. The Board is appointed by City Council and consists of citizens selected for their knowledge, experience and impartiality. The Board is independent of the assessment authority and panel members are not City Employees.

Hearings typically consist of three panel members and are scheduled throughout the year to hear appeals relative to assessment. Issues of taxation and/or city services are not addressed.

If approved by EPC and Council, the Practices and Procedures Manual would be phased in immediately.

For more information about the Board of Revision, please see: http://www.winnipeg.ca/clerks/toc/boardofrevision.stm

Winnipeggers invited to 11th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on July 16 at the Living Prairie Museum

Released: 11:44 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB â Save the date and join us for the Living Prairie Museum’s 11th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, July 16 from noon until 4 p.m., rain or shine.

This free, all ages event has many activities to enjoy, including presentations by local scientists, storytelling, displays of live monarchs, crafts, guided hikes, a native prairie plant sale with Prairie Flora, and more!

Receive one free milkweed per family while quantities last, and be sure to bring a t-shirt to silk screen as a festival memento.

The Living Prairie Museum is located at 2795 Ness Avenue.

For more information about the Living Prairie Museum, visit City of Winnipeg â Living Prairie Museum

City Hall Council Building Renovations Coming to a Conclusion

Released: 2:43 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB â Renovation work on the Council Building at City Hall is coming to a conclusion. Councillors and their staff returned to the building earlier this week, and the Mayor and his staff will be returning to the building by the end of July 2017.

The Council Building is over 50 years old and was designated a heritage building in January of 2015. A Crosier Kilgour report, which was originally completed in 2002 and was updated in 2012, identified a number of concerns in the building which needed to be mitigated.

Among the items that were improved were:

  • Replacement of the roof, as it had reached the end of its useful life, which also helped to improve energy efficiency;
  • Repointing of the tyndall stone to prevent any further water damage and building material/structural erosion;
  • Replacement of select clerestory windows on the second floor, which also helped to improve energy efficiency;
  • Life safety enhancements including asbestos removal, along with fire detection, suppression, and alarm system improvements to meet current fire safety codes; and
  • The addition of a public washroom in the basement that meets the latest City of Winnipeg accessibility guidelines.

The project is also seeking LEED accreditation.

Estimated total cost for the scope of work at the time of project inception was $4.1 million (Class 5 estimate) to $8.2 million. While total project costs for the Council Building redevelopment are still being tallied as all work is not yet complete, associated final total project costs are currently estimated at approximately $5.9 million to $6.125 million.

Public invited to provide feedback on the Eastern Corridor Rapid Transit Study

Public engagement pop-ups planned this summer, online participation opportunities to continue through July

Released: 4:13 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB â The City of Winnipeg is extending the Eastern Corridor Study public engagement process into the summer to continue to learn about Winnipeggers’ priorities for rapid transit. Online mapping and criteria selection tools will remain open until the end of July, and the study team will be hosting pop-up engagement opportunities at community events in the study area to gain additional public input in this process.

Participate online
Visit the website to provide feedback through online mapping and criteria selection tools: winnipeg.ca/easterncorridor.

Engage at a pop-up event
Come and share your thoughts on how the Eastern Rapid Transit Corridor can best serve your community:

Date: Thursday, July 6
Time:
11 a.m. â 2 p.m.
Location: Transcona Summer Market (135 Regent Ave W)

Date: Friday, July 7
Time: 4 p.m. â 7 p.m.
Location: Lily St & Elgin Ave (Near the Alleyways Market)

Date: Saturday, July 8
Time: 9 a.m. â 12 p.m.
Location: Kildonan MCC Farmers Market (445 Chalmers Ave)

Date: Tuesday, July 11
Time:
7:30 a.m. â 9:30 a.m.
Location: Graham Avenue Transit Mall (Between Fort St and Garry St)

Date: Wednesday, July 12
Time: 11 a.m. â 2 p.m.
Location: Provencher Farmers Market (219 Provencher Blvd)

Date: Wednesday, July 12
Time: 4 p.m. â 6 p.m.
Location: Kildonan Place Bus Loop (Off Regent Ave W)

Date: Thursday, July 13
Time: 10 a.m. â 1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Farmers Market (360 Portage Ave)

Date: Thursday, July 13
Time: 6 p.m. â 8 p.m.
Location: Winnipeg Goldeyes Soirée Francophone (1 Portage Ave E)

Date: Saturday, July 15
Time: 11 a.m. â 2 p.m.
Location: Bronx Park Farmers Market (720 Henderson Hwy)

Date: Monday, July 17
Time: 4 p.m. â 7 p.m.
Location: Transcona Evening Market (135 Regent Ave W)

More information
For more information, visit winnipeg.ca/easterncorridor.

July 5, 2017