The next City Watch meeting is coming up on Friday, Feb 22 at 1:30 pm, at SPCW board room –  432 Ellice Avenue.

Top of our agenda will be coordinating responses to the City budget process. The 2019 budget will be tabled March 1.

One of the items for discussion will be the low income bus pass. See attached city report from last fall. Please let me know if there are other budget issues you are following and would like to bring up for discussion and coordination. (See below for meeting dates.)

Additionally, there will be a regular City Council meeting on February 28.  The agenda for this meeting is not yet available. At the EPC meeting this week, several maters were discussed that will be of interest to some of the members of this group:

  • Inclusionary zoning: Winnipeg Housing Steering Committeebe directed to consider inclusionary zoning
  • Winnipeg Police Board, new appointments: Mohamed El Tassi, Edna Nabess, Brian Scharfstein. There is also an update on the Strategic plan (attached).
  • Vehicle for hire annual report – recommendation that premium charge for accessible door to door service (currently $12.65) be removed.
  • Award of Contract for Front Load Collection of Recycling from Multi-Family Dwellings and other Establishments to GFL Environmental Inc.
  • It looks like there will be a freeze of water and sewer rates in 2019, instead of an expected 4.7% increase.  This is due to savings in the North End Treatment Plant that will be $387 million less than expected. This rate will need to still be approved by council, so may be one of the items in the February meeting.

Source: https://www.winnipeg.ca/interhom/budget/2019budget/default.stm

After the tabling of the budgets on March 1, 2019, the schedule of public meetings to hear delegations and consider the preliminary 2019 Operating and Capital budgets include:

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment (Regular Meeting)

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (Special Meeting)

Friday, March 8, 2019
Winnipeg Police Board (Regular Meeting)

Friday, March 8, 2019
Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks (Special Meeting)

Monday, March 11, 2019
Standing Policy Committee on Innovation (Regular Meeting)

Monday, March 11, 2019
Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage, and Downtown Development (Special Meeting)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Executive Policy Committee to hear public delegations on budgets (Special Meeting)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Executive Policy Committee to table final recommendations (Special Meeting)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Council to consider budget (Special Meeting)

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Regularly scheduled monthly Council meeting

Members of the public are encouraged to continue participating in the budget process. To register as a delegation at any of the above committee meetings, residents can contact 311.

The Office of Public Engagement undertook a comprehensive public engagement exercise last spring providing residents an opportunity for input into the 2019 budget. The engagement process incorporated a public workshop, fifteen pop up events (one in each civic ward), over 600 interactions with residents, and more than 850 online surveys were completed.

We will be updating this page regularly so you can follow City Council and Committee meetings, find out what the Mayor’s office is up to, and learn how to bring up issues and make your voice heard at council meetings. For further questions or to find out how to be a part of City Watch group, please contact Josh Brandon, Community Animator at SPCW.