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June 28, 2016

Significant savings for Southwest Transitway with award of construction contract to Plenary Roads Winnipeg

Project estimate reduced by $120 million

Released: 9:49 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today the City of Winnipeg announced significant cost savings of $120 million for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Underpass Project with the award of the construction contract to Plenary Roads Winnipeg.

With a revised cost estimate of $467.3 million the Project is on track for on-time delivery well within the original budget amount. The substantial cost savings were realized through the refinement of the final design and a competitive P3 bidding process that allowed for project innovations and lower construction costs. In addition, the project was also advertised during very favourable market conditions that included lower interest rates and a reduction in the volume of work currently in the national market place. Construction of the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) will begin this summer.

Following an RFP process which concluded in March 2016, Plenary Roads Winnipeg was selected as the preferred bidder to construct the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) & Pembina Highway Underpass project. Plenary Roads Winnipeg achieved the highest score for its combined technical and financial submission for the project.

A key component of Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass P3 Project is that the private partner will maintain it over a 30-year concession period from 2019 until 2049, at which point it will be turned back over to the City in a condition acceptable to the City. The operations/maintenance component will not include the operation or maintenance of Winnipeg Transit buses, which will remain the responsibility of Winnipeg Transit.

Completion of the project will represent a significant step forward in building the transportation network outlined in the City’s Transportation Master Plan, and will help promote the increased densification of Winnipeg by facilitating the future development of several large-scale, infill, transit-oriented developments identified in Our Winnipeg - Complete Communities.

Construction of the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass Project is expected to be completed in late 2019. Following a period of testing, training and commissioning, Transit operations on the new transitway are expected to commence in April 2020.

The Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass Project is comprised of significant infrastructure components in the southwest quadrant of the city including: the completion of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway, the addition of active transportation infrastructure, the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass, and connections to the University of Manitoba and Investors Group Field.

Visit winnipegtransit.com for more information.

City services during potential Canada Post work stoppage

Released: 3:24 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg would like to advise citizens and businesses of changes to City services in the event of a Canada Post work stoppage.

Citizens are advised to call 311 for information on how City services that normally use Canada Post will operate in the event of a work stoppage.

City departments and services affected by this work stoppage include:

Assessment and Taxation

Citizens are reminded that property tax bills are still due by the deadline. The deadline for paying 2016 Property Taxes is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Please use one of the following convenient payment options available, including:

  • Tax Installment Plan (TIPP)
  • In person, online or through telephone banking through your financial institution
  • By courier
  • In person at City Hall, 510 Main Street or at the Bilingual Service Centre, 170 Goulet Street during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays)
  • Using drive-by service on June 28, 29 and 30. This service is available at the corner of James Avenue and King Street between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please have your tax bill and a cheque or money order ready in an envelope to present to staff. Cash payments cannot be accepted by this method.
  • After hours: Drop an envelope containing a cheque or money order together with the bottom portion of the tax bill in the mail slot located on the Main Floor of the Administration Building, 510 Main Street, at the James Avenue entrance nearest to King Street.
  • Online credit card payment for property tax bills via a third-party service provider - Plastiq

For more information on payment options please contact 311 or toll free at 1-877-311-4974, or visit www.winnipegassessment.com.

Audit

Please contact the Department through 311 to make alternate arrangements.

Community Services

Winnipeg Public Library

Winnipeg Public Library members who receive notices by mail are advised to use the Library's online My Account service at winnipeg.ca/library. My Account allows members to review their request lists, see their items on hold, and renew items borrowed among other services.

Library members can also call or visit any of the 20 branches of Winnipeg Public Library to switch their account notification option from mail to phone or email. Library members can also call or visit any of the 20 branches of Winnipeg Public Library to switch their account notification to email.

The WPL To Go smartphone app also allows easy access to My Account. TeleMessaging service is also available at any time for account messages and renewals at 204-986-4657 or toll-free at 1-866-826-4454.

Business Licenses

Individuals needing to apply for, or renew a business licence should visit 30 Fort Street, Community By-law Enforcement Services, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Corporate Finance

Bid Opportunities

Bid submissions may be delivered to the Materials Management office on the main floor, 185 King Street.

Vendors/Suppliers

Payments to City vendors/suppliers of services and goods will still be made.

If you are not already on direct deposit, cheques will be available for pick-up at Corporate Finance - Treasury, Main Floor, Administration Building, 510 Main Street, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Vendors/suppliers are advised to have the cheque number, cheque date and vendor number to provide to Treasury staff when picking up cheques. Please contact 311 for accounts payable inquiries.

As well, identification will be required (e.g., company cheques, business card, or letter of authorization on company letterhead). Couriers may be utilized for cheque pick-up if the same information is supplied. For other Accounts Payable information, including receiving details on how to set up direct deposit, please contact 311.

Invoices can be emailed to the City of Winnipeg at . They can also be dropped off at Corporate Finance, 4th Floor, Administration Building, 510 Main Street.

Corporate Support Services

Human Resources

Individuals who have recently submitted employment applications to the City via Canada Post are asked to contact the Department by phone at 311, to confirm that their application was received.

Anyone who is planning on applying for a City of Winnipeg employment position is advised to submit their application online at winnipeg.ca or in person to the main floor, Administration Building, 510 Main Street.

Legal Services

Please contact the Department through 311 to make alternate arrangements.

Planning, Property and Development

Brookside Cemetery

Citizens, clients and suppliers are advised to contact the Cemetery by phone at 204-986-4348.

Customers

Customers with Planning, Property and Development accounts are advised to contact the Department through 311 to make alternate arrangements such as courier or in-person drop-offs.

Public Works

Customers

Customers with Public Works accounts are advised to contact the Department through 311 to make alternate arrangements such as courier or in-person drop-offs.

Water and Waste

Utility Bills

Customers who receive a utility bill (either by Canada Post, ePost, or other delivery service) must pay the amount owing by the due date to avoid late payment charges. Utility bills can be paid:

  • Using online or telephone banking
  • At authorized agents (e.g., financial institutions, designated drug stores and grocery stores)
  • In person at City Hall, 510 Main Street and the Bilingual Service Centre, 170 Goulet Street during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays) with cash, cheque, money order, or debit card
  • By cheque/money order (payable to City of Winnipeg) at drop boxes located at Manitoba Hydro and MTS offices and outlets
  • Through MoneyGram (service fees apply) at Canada Post retail locations, which will remain open during a postal strike but may have reduced hours.

To confirm that we have received your payment, you can contact our Utility Billing Centre by phone at 204-986-2455 or by email at .

Brady Road Resource Management Facility Bills

Customers who receive a bill for Brady Road Resource Management Facility tipping fees, small commercial collection fees or bulky and surplus waste collection fees must pay by the due date to avoid late payment charges. Bills can be paid in person at:

  • 1120 Waverly Street during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays) with cheque, or money order
  • Brady Road Landfill office during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays) with cash, cheque, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express only)

Accounts

Customers with Water and Waste accounts are advised to contact the Department through 311 to make alternate arrangements such as courier or in-person drop-offs.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

To ensure payments are received on time, customers are advised to make payments:

  • In person at Fire Paramedic Service, Main Floor, 185 King Street, at City Hall, 510 Main Street or at the Bilingual Service Centre, 170 Goulet Street during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays)
  • By phone using a credit card at 204-986-3001
  • Online at winnipeg.ca/fps/Billing/

Winnipeg Parking Authority

Citation Payments

The Winnipeg Parking Authority provides a number of methods of payment for fines related to outstanding offence notices that are not dependent on regular mail service.

Customers who wish to take advantage of the early payment discount other delivery service must pay the amount owing by the due date to avoid default conviction and the requirement to pay the full fine.

Outstanding fines can be paid:

  • Using online payment through our website at www.theparkingstore.winnipeg.ca
  • By telephone through 311
  • In person at 495 Portage Avenue, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with cash, cheque, money order, credit or debit card
  • By cheque or money order (payable to City of Winnipeg) at the drop boxes located at 495 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg Police Service

Residents who normally use Canada Post for correspondence with the Winnipeg Police Service are advised that mail for the Service can be dropped off at the Police Headquarters, 245 Smith Street, for distribution.

Elmwood Kildonans Pool reopens tomorrow after temporary closure

Released: 4:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Elmwood Kildonans Pool, located at 909 Concordia Avenue, will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, June 29 at 6:00 a.m. following a temporary closure due to a fire in the pool's basement.

For more information on the Elmwood Kildonans Pool, please visit City of Winnipeg - Elmwood Kildonans Pool or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

July 6, 2016