Budget 2013: Local Street Renewal Reserve already making a new and real impact
New Local Street Renewal Reserve targets the City's neediest streets, back lanes and sidewalks; sets long term plan for the future
Released: 10:31 a.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - The first-ever one per cent property tax increase for roads, proposed in the 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget, is already having an impact as additional streets, back lanes and sidewalks are being identified for repairs in 2013, including a block of Sutherland Avenue in the Mynarski Ward.
The 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget calls for $14 million of new investment in local streets. The local street renewal budget will increase from $21.65 million in 2012 to $35.86 million in 2013, an increase of 66 per cent.
"Streets like Sutherland Avenue can now be repaired in 2013 thanks to the Local Street Renewal Reserve," said Mayor Sam Katz. "We know Winnipeggers want to see improvements in city streets and this budget puts forward a long-term, sustainable plan to get the job done."
Implementation of the first year of the plan will equate to improving 10 more kilometres of two-lane streets and 20 kilometres of sidewalks in the city.
"This additional funding to fix our residential streets, back lanes and sidewalks is a big improvement over previous budgets," said Deputy Mayor Russ Wyatt, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. "We are committed to providing our residents with better infrastructure as part of this long-term strategic plan."
"For the first time in history, we have a sustainable, long-term plan for local street renewal," said Councillor Dan Vandal, Chair of Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. "Fixing our streets is a huge priority for Winnipeggers."
Approximately 20 per cent of Winnipeg's local streets, along with 16 per cent of back lanes, are in poor condition and require major rehabilitation or reconstruction. Another 15 per cent of local streets are in fair condition and require preventative maintenance.
Due to the increased funds available, the Public Works Department will identify additional candidate streets, lanes and sidewalks based on its asset management approach; the same process that is already used annually to develop the Local Streets program. This process involves consultation with individual Councillors who have candidate projects identified in their respective wards, and that approach will be extended to this new program.
At a news conference today, Councillor Ross Eadie identified that Sutherland Avenue from Higgins Avenue to Stephens Street will be a new priority in 2013. "I appreciate I will have an increased budget for the streets in my ward most in need. Sections of Magnus Avenue and Leila Avenue have already been identified for 2013."
The 2013 Budget represents the first step in a long-term plan to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens. Investing in citizens' priorities ensures that Winnipeg continues to be a great place to live, work and play, now and in the future.
First documented case of rabies found in Winnipeg since 2006
Released: 11:13 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - Animal Services Agency officials are reminding the public of the importance of keeping their dogs and cats up to date on vaccinations, in particular the rabies vaccination.
Recently, Animal Services Agency officers responded to an urgent call for assistance from a Winnipeg resident whose dog was attacked by a skunk. The 48 kilogram Labrador mix was injured and received immediate veterinary care. The skunk was recovered and sent for rabies testing. The test results were positive for rabies.
Rabies is a fatal, central nervous system disease and is primarily transmitted by saliva, normally through a bite from an infected animal. The dog involved is alive, in good condition, and under a quarantine administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Animal Health Division.
This is the first documented case of rabies since 2006 in Winnipeg and is an important reminder for all pet owners to ensure their dogs and cats vaccinations are kept up to date.
“It is important that homeowners wildlife-proof their homes and keep their pets up to date on vaccinations. While we must co-exist with wildlife, conflicts are rare and steps must be taken by home and pet owners to minimize risk,” said Animal Services Agency Chief Operating Officer Leland Gordon.
Residents are encouraged to eliminate food and shelter opportunities for wildlife on their property by keeping food indoors, and by closing off sheltering spaces under and around decks and storage sheds.
There are 45 veterinary clinics in Winnipeg that offer pet vaccinations.
Animal Services handles more than 13,300 incidents per year. The agency operates successful adoption, volunteer, and foster programs. License revenues help fund the services provided including housing stray dogs and reuniting them with their owners, attending house fires or car accidents to help in the removal of animals where needed, and providing an Adoption Program.
A contingent of Animal Services officers serve the residents of Winnipeg to help resolve neighbourhood disputes and incidents involving animals. To learn more about the Animal Services Agency visit Winnipeg.ca/animalservices.
TD presents $150,000 gift to support new expansion at Millennium Library in Winnipeg
Released: 1:31 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and Paula Havixbeck, Councillor responsible for Sponsor Winnipeg, were joined today by John Emans, Vice President, TD Commercial Banking to announce TD’s support of the Sponsor Winnipeg Program.
As part of the program, TD generously presented a $150,000 gift to help support renovations of Millennium Library’s TD New and Noted area. The new open-concept space will allow patrons to take advantage of the library’s various collections and offer more room for leisure reading. In addition, there will now be direct access to the Millennium Library Park for all visitors to enjoy.
“I am thrilled to welcome TD to the Sponsor Winnipeg program,” said Mayor Katz. “We have a growing list of sponsors and I hope that once others take note of TD’s participation, they will be inspired to do the same.”
“Sponsorships, like this one by TD Bank, are a great way for companies and organizations to reach out to the community, especially at a time when we are looking for creative solutions to make our City dollars go further,” said Councillor Havixbeck.
“We are thrilled to support the Winnipeg Public Library as they launch a new project committed to expanding and revitalizing this building,” said John Emans, Vice President, TD Commercial Banking. “With new and improved access and services, this new space will benefit everyone in the community with opportunities to learn, discover, and enjoy for many years to come.”
Sponsor Winnipeg is a partnership program which provides public-spirited individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and community groups with opportunities to sponsor a wide variety of City of Winnipeg assets and programs, in return for naming rights, legacy opportunities and other marketing benefits associated with sponsorship of City facilities and services.
This continuing program supports the City's commitment to deliver high quality services to the citizens of Winnipeg by generating new revenue sources.
Since the launch of Sponsor Winnipeg, the City has generated over $2 million to enhance civic programs and services.
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.
On January 23, 2013, Executive Policy Committee will consider an administrative report regarding this sponsorship initiative.
Winnipeg, MB - City of Winnipeg residents are advised that the Residential Parking Ban has been lifted.
The City of Winnipeg wishes to thank all Winnipeggers for their patience and cooperation during the residential (P3) street parking ban.
If some streets in a snow zone have been missed or only partially cleared, crews will return in the coming days to address outstanding snow clearing requirements. In the meantime, residents can park on their street since the Residential Parking Ban only applied during the 12-hour period previously scheduled. When plowing crews return, no additional parking restrictions will be imposed.
The Annual Snow Route Parking Ban remains in effect daily from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. until March 1, 2013.