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September 17, 2019

Motion to Recommend Implementation of Road Construction Working Group Recommendations

Released: 7:28 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – A motion to be introduced at this morning's Executive Policy Committee meeting proposes to direct the Public Service to implement recommendations made earlier this year by the road construction working group Mayor Brian Bowman said today.

The road construction working group submitted its final report and recommendations at the end of August. Among the recommendations outlined in the report were better communication, expanded use of earlier tendering, and greater utilization of 24/7 construction.

“The working group provided a number of very thoughtful recommendations that can help us improve the manner in which we plan, schedule, and undertake road construction projects across out city,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The motion being introduced today will task the Public Service with taking action and implementing the recommendations made by the working group.”

The road construction working group met on four separate occasions earlier this year. Meetings focused on three major topics including improved communication with affected residents and businesses, alignment of the road construction tendering process with the City’s budget process, and utilization of 24/7 road construction.

The motion coming forward to Executive Policy Committee is also subject to Council’s review.

The motion specifically tasks the Public Service with planning future year construction seasons so that they align with the forthcoming multi-year budgeting approach adopted by Council. In particular, it directs the Public Service to award consulting assignments for road work the year prior to the year in which the construction is undertaken. It also recommends the City of Winnipeg tender its construction contracts earlier by tendering 70 to 80 percent of the following year’s road work from November to January, and the balance from January to March.

The motion also directs the Public Service to report back on the progress of the implementation of the road construction group recommendations within one year.

The road construction working group completed and released its final report and recommendation at the end of August 2019.

The working group’s final report can be reviewed here:

Membership of the working group included:

  • Councillor Matt Allard (St. Boniface), Chair
  • Ron Hambley, President, Winnipeg Construction Association
  • Brad Cook, Incoming President - Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Manitoba
  • Jonathan Alward, Director, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Chris Lorenc, President-Manitoba Heavy Construction Association
  • Felicia Wiltshire, Director of Customer Service & Communications, City of Winnipeg
  • Jim Berezowsky, Director of Public Works, City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Responds to Gallagher Avenue West Fire

Released: 9:15 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 2:59 a.m. on September 17, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a garage fire in the 1-100 block of Gallagher Avenue West. Upon arrival crews encountered a well-involved fire which was threatening two neighbouring homes. The homes were evacuated and crews quickly launched an attack, declaring the fire under control at 3:36 a.m.

All eight occupants of the homes were assessed on scene by paramedics but did not require transport to hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The garage is considered a complete loss while the neighbouring homes sustained minor damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Prioritization of Major Capital Projects Approved by Executive Policy Committee for Federal & Provincial Cost-sharing

Released: 1:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Executive Policy Committee unanimously approved the prioritization of several major City of Winnipeg infrastructure projects for cost-sharing with federal and provincial governments Mayor Brian Bowman said today.

“The last time we collaborated as a Council to prioritize major infrastructure projects, and worked with our federal and provincial government partners, we got the Waverly underpass built,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Today, Executive Policy Committee is recommending for Council’s review the prioritization of four capital projects for federal-provincial cost sharing with a significant focus on wastewater upgrades.”

The administrative report unanimously adopted by Executive Policy Committee prioritizes and recommends the approval to submit four capital projects for federal and provincial funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is the current ten year federal infrastructure funding program. This program is expected to make over $1 billion in federal contribution funding available over ten years for Manitoba infrastructure projects.

Under this program, Executive Policy Committee has adopted and is recommending to Council the prioritization and approval of the following four capital projects:

  • The North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) Upgrade: Headworks Facilities Project;
  • The North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) Upgrade: Biosolids Facilities Project;
  • The South Winnipeg Recreation Campus: Phase One – Recreation Centre Project; and
  • The St. James Civic Centre – Facility Expansion Project.

The combined cost of these four capital projects is estimated at $994 million.

The two highest prioritized capital projects recommended by the public service for cost-sharing under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program are wastewater treatment projects. The cost of these two projects is estimated to be $909 million representing 91% of the $994 million total cost of all four projects.

It is expected eligible costs for projects approved through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program would be cost-shared by each level of government with the federal government contributing 40%, the provincial government contributing 33.33%, and the city government contributing 26.67% of the total eligible costs.

If approved under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, these capital projects would be eligible for federal and provincial partnership funding of up to $643.4 million which would significantly reduce the financial burden on Winnipeg residents.

When prioritizing and recommending the four projects, the public service followed asset management processes as well as criteria cited by Executive Policy Committee which required projects to have been previously identified in the city’s capital budgets or five-year forecast. It also required that projects fit within the financial constraints of the City of Winnipeg capital budget.

While the City of Winnipeg’s infrastructure deficit has been reduced over the last several years, its current infrastructure deficit is estimated at $6.9 billion. Within this infrastructure deficit are 22 major capital projects requiring $4.5 billion in funding.

The Mayor said if the prioritization and recommendations adopted by Executive Policy Committee today are ultimately approved by Council it would provide a significant amount of financial support to the City of Winnipeg’s efforts to meet provincial regulatory requirements for the treatment and removal of nutrients determined harmful to Lake Winnipeg.

The administrative report is publicly available on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System (DMIS). It will be considered by Council at the September 26, 2019 meeting.

September 17, 2019