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October 25, 2012

Expansion of core station to better protect public safety by increasing responsiveness

Larger building and tower to accommodate specialty equipment, enhanced EMS service and integrated training

Released: 10:04 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - To better protect public safety by increasing responsiveness, the Public Service is recommending the expansion of Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Station 11, a core station on Portage Avenue in the city's west end.

The proposed expansion will enable the new Station 11 to accommodate Fire Paramedic Service specialty equipment (including Haz-mat), significantly reducing response times by as much as four minutes for these high risk calls. Haz-mat response is currently conducted from two separate locations - one in St. Boniface and one in the Maples. Over 70 per cent of Haz-mat calls occur in the western portion of Winnipeg.

An aerial ladder is required at Station 11 due to the volume of high-rise buildings in the area. By moving the aerial ladder from Station 20 at 525 Banting Drive to the new Station 11, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service can provide more effective coverage of the St. James area.

The expansion of this core station would also support the inclusion of an additional equipment bay for fire and paramedic vehicles as well as training facilities for officer development and integrated training for fire and paramedic personnel.

In early 2012, the Public Service proceeded with a foundation-only award for Station 11 in order to meet Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) funding timelines, while continuing to refine the project requirements. Increased construction and inflationary costs, additional square footage and off-site services have resulted in the need to request an additional $2,232,138 to complete the facility.

Overall, no new budget dollars will be needed to cover the additional expenditures associated with this strategic increase in scope for Station 11. The additional expenditures would be covered through the City's 2013 Capital Budget. As a result, timelines for projects earmarked for 2013 would be adjusted.

Another $264,451 is needed to address heating and hoarding costs incurred during the winter construction of suburban stations 12, 18 and 27. Additional costs were also incurred for site work, permits and overhead charges.

Council approval is required before the Public Service can implement any of the recommendations. The Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services will consider the report on Monday, October 29, 2012.

Redwood Bridge closed this weekend

Saturday, October 27 at 6:00 a.m. to Monday, October 29 at 6:00 a.m.

Released: 11:00 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - The public is advised that the Redwood Bridge will be completely closed to eastbound and westbound traffic this weekend for structural steel repairs, inspection and maintenance.

The closure will be in effect from Saturday, October 27 at 6:00 a.m. and will reopen Monday, October 29 at 6:00 a.m.

The south sidewalk will remain open during this period for pedestrian traffic. Motorists are reminded to allow additional travel time and to use alternate routes such as the Disraeli Bridges and Louise Bridge.

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Children and families from Elmwood area to have more recreation options soon at Bronx Park Community Centre (Kelvin Site)

A $700,000 redevelopment construction project is ready to begin

Released: 1:50 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - A construction project is about to begin that will give Elmwood area residents new recreational facilities through the Manitoba/Winnipeg Building Communities Initiatives II partnership, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz announced at the Bronx Park Community Centre (Kelvin site) redevelopment site today.

"The Bronx Park Community Centre is an important part of this community and with input and advice from local residents, we're moving forward with improvements that will ensure families can take even better advantage of this centre," said Lemieux. "Building and improving our community infrastructure makes a difference in the lives of local families and helps enhance the whole city."

"The upgrading and enhancement of this recreational facility is another example of governments working together to provide families with another safe, fun, recreational option in support of active, healthy lifestyles," said Katz.

Planning for the project involved a series of five community meetings, workshops and open houses to define community priorities, needs and project scope. The scope includes redevelopment of the former Kelvin Community Centre site to provide a new entry plaza, skateboard amenity, accessible playground, basketball and hockey skills area, skating rink, toboggan slide, site furnishings and landscaping.

The redevelopment project is receiving a $600,000 contribution from Building Communities Initiative II, cost-shared equally by the Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg. The city is allocating a further $100,000 to the project.

Construction on the redevelopment will start soon with the majority of work scheduled for completion in spring 2013. Renovations to the existing building for changing skates are also being planned by the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres and Bronx Park Community Centre in partnership with City of Winnipeg staff. Work will begin in spring 2013 with completion in fall 2013.

Since 2010, the Building Communities Initiative II has committed $10 million to 38 approved neighbourhood infrastructure projects throughout Winnipeg and work on many of the projects has been completed.

The Building Communities Initiative is a multi-year, cost-shared capital initiative developed jointly by the Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg. The goal of the funding initiative is to support community revitalization through improvements to local community infrastructure in targeted older neighbourhoods and contribute to the vitality, safety and health of communities throughout the city.

City receives notification of provincial charges for 2011 South End Sewage Treatment Plant incident

Majority of recommendations already implemented

Released: 3:29 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - The City has just received formal notification of the charges being laid by the Province of Manitoba with respect to the 2011 South End Sewage Treatment Plant incident, and must now take time to review the charges and the accompanying engineering report to fully understand their implications.

Based on a very preliminary review of the engineering report, it appears that the City has already implemented the majority of the report recommendations, including:

  • regular microscopic evaluations of biomass on-site
  • chlorination infrastructure
  • a polymer dosing system
  • technical procedure for response to filamentous bulking events, including communications protocol

Should similar circumstances arise, these operational improvements make it possible for the City to more quickly detect and respond to any problems, limiting the severity and duration of such an event.

Last update: 25.10.2012

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