·The planned upgrades to the west end, south end, and north end sewage treatment plants are designed to reduce nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) contributions and meet environment act licence requirements from the Province of Manitoba.
Status – West End Sewage Treatment Plant
·Biological nutrient removal (BNR) upgrade to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen contributions completed in 2008 at a cost of $33M.
Status – South End Sewage Treatment Plant
·The approved 2013 capital budget (including the 5 year forecast – 2014-2018) for the upgrade is $272.75M.
·In September 2011, the City of Winnipeg submitted a plan for upgrading the plant.
·The Province approved the plan on April 18, 2012.
·In April 2013, the City of Winnipeg assigned Professional Consulting Services for Upgrading/Expansion project at a contract cost of $25,350,419.00.
·The City has been consistently working to execute our plan for the upgrades.
·The project is proceeding in accordance with our submitted and approved plan and is estimated to be completed in October 2016.
·The City has been (and will continue to be) in contact with the Province of Manitoba on the progress of the project.
Status – North End Sewage Treatment Plant
·The approved 2013 capital budget (including the 5 year forecast – 2014-2018) for the upgrade is $501.45M.
·Interim upgrades already implemented between 2006 – 2008 including effluent UV disinfection and centrate nutrient treatment for a total cost of $53M.
·In June 2011, The Save the Lake Winnipeg Act modified sections of the Water Protection Act requiring the City of Winnipeg to submit a plan within one year to the Province of Manitoba for the plant upgrades.
·In June 2012 the City of Winnipeg submitted the required plan.
·The Province of Manitoba approved the plan on October 2, 2012, and required a detailed Master Plan be submitted in October 2013. The City is on track and will submit the plan by the required date.
·The project is proceeding in accordance with our submitted and approved plan and is estimated to be completed in the Spring of 2020.
·The City has been (and will continue to be) in contact with the Province of Manitoba on the progress of the project.
·The approved 2013 capital budget (including the 5 year forecast) for the Biosolids Management System is $165.64M.
-The Province of Manitoba requires the City of Winnipeg to submit a Biosolids Master Plan in October 2014 detailing how biosolids will be handled. The City is on track and will submit the plan by the required date.
·The City has been (and will continue to be) in contact with the Province of Manitoba on the progress of the project
Other Levels of Government Funding
·The total current estimated costs for the upgrades (completed and in progress) is $860.2M:
·The Federal government has committed $42M for these upgrades.
·The Provincial government has committed $25M for these upgrades.
·The Provincial government has also indicated, in a 2007 throne speech, a future $206M contribution.
·These current other levels of government contribution commitments represent 32% of the capital costs of the sewage treatment plant works (not including biosolids).
The remaining 68% of the capital costs are currently proposed to be funded by City of Winnipeg water and sewer rate payers.
A: Your dirty or discoloured water probably results from a change in the rate of flow of water in the system. This can cause sediment in the water pipes to loosen and be released into the water. The rate of flow may vary due to water main breaks, firefighting, water main cleaning, or increased water use during hot weather.
Q: What causes dirty or discoloured water?
A: Shoal Lake, our water source since 1919, contains algae, sediment and minerals which occur naturally in lake water. Before our new drinking water treatment plant started operating in December 2009, the material would settle on the bottom of the water pipes in the distribution system and form a lining inside the pipes. Although the drinking water treatment plant removes algae and sediment from the water, the buildup is still present in the water pipes. Whenever there is a change in the flow of water, the deposits may be disturbed, resulting in dirty or discoloured water.
Q: Why am I getting discoloured water on more than one occasion?
A: You are more likely to get discoloured water in the summer due to the higher demands on the water distribution system at peak times and the higher temperature of the water. Summer water use is higher than winter water use, due to warm weather and seasonal activities, such as:
·residential use in refilling pools, and watering gardens, flower beds and lawns,
·the use of fire hydrants for construction and landscaping, and
·installation of new water pipe.
Q: What are you doing to address discoloured water?
A: We are taking every measure possible, including:
·minimizing operations which might change the flow of water in the water distribution system (e.g., operating valves),
·cleaning a section of the city’s water mains every year to preserve the high quality of water and remove the buildup of deposits and sediment in our water pipes,
·continuing our extensive water quality monitoring and testing program,
·reviewing the chemistry of the water,
·looking for possible large unknown water leaks,
·identifying unauthorized water use, and
·arranging for an analysis of sections of water pipes.
Q: Is discoloured water safe?
A: Winnipeg’s water is tested each step of the way, from Shoal Lake to the tap, to ensure safe, high-quality drinking water. Drinking discoloured water should not make you sick, even if it does not smell, taste, or look pleasant. Although the discoloured water is not aesthetically pleasing, Winnipeg’s testing program shows that the water is safe. Our water continues to comply with the Operating Licence issued by the Provincial Office of Drinking Water, with Manitoba regulations, and with Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.
Q: What should I do if my water is discoloured?
A: We recommend that you not use discoloured water for any purposes that require clean water, such as preparing food and beverages, or laundry. If your water is discoloured:
·Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. It is best to use a bathtub tap as there is no screen to catch any sediment. You can collect this water and use it to water your plants.
·Catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn't last long. If your water still isn't clear after two to three hours, contact 311.
Q: What action do you take when I contact 311 and report discoloured water?
A: We will look at our operations to see if there is an explanation for the discoloured water in your neighbourhood (e.g., water main break). If there is a high number of reports of discoloured water in a neighbourhood, we will flush the water mains in the area (i.e., open the fire hydrants and drain the water into the street). This will usually solve the problem.
Q: Can I get reimbursed for running my tap to clear the discoloured water?
A: No, because the cost is low and the discoloured water can be used for other purposes (e.g., watering plants or the lawn). A typical residential tap running for 10 minutes will use approximately 60 - 80 litres of water. This will add 21-28 cents to the utility bill. The water is usually clear after running the tap for a few minutes.
For more information on Winnipeg’s drinking water:
·visit our website at winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/water
·contact our 311 Centre, open 24 hours every day, by email at email@example.com or by phone at 311
A: Spring cleanup for public works usually comprises of 2 parts Road Sweeping and Boulevard Sweeping. Spring clean-up activities involve removing the build-up of street debris that collects during the winter months.
Q: How long does spring cleanup take?
A: Spring cleanup can take four to five weeks depending on weather conditions.
Street sweeping - starts when the roads are clear of snow and the overnight temperatures remain above freezing.
All streets should be cleaned in the 4-5 week period. Sweeping on regional (P1) streets usually takes place at night, while daytime sweeping focuses on collector (P2) and residential (P3) streets.
Boulevards – Sweeping boulevards begins when there are no frozen or wet boulevard surfaces or approximately a week or two after street sweeping begins.
Clean-up of boulevards in residential areas is limited to areas with excessive sand (2 full wheel barrows or more). This is frequently seen on corners where snow from the street has been deposited.
A special meeting of Council was called to table the following budgets:
1. 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget and 2014 to 2018 Five-Year Forecast
2. 2013 – 2015 Preliminary Operating Budget
Friday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. (delegations permitted) -
Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
Monday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. –
Councillor Orlikow will post on www.orlikow.ca of his review of the neighbourhood and City impact of the 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget and 2014 to 2018 Five-Year Forecast and the 2013 – 2015 Preliminary Operating Budget and requesting your feedback.
Monday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. (delegations permitted) –
Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services
Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. (delegations permitted) -
Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development
Wednesday, January 16, 9:00 a.m. (delegations permitted) -
Executive Policy Committee
Wednesday, January 23 (no delegations permitted) -
Executive Policy Committee will table its recommendations to Council.
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. –
Councillor Orlikow’s Budget Town Hall at River Heights Community Centre to review and assess the 2013 Preliminary Capital Budget and 2014 to 2018 Five-Year Forecast and the 2013 – 2015 Preliminary Operating Budget and requesting your feedback.
Tuesday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. (delegations permitted) -
City Councillors will vote to approve or not approve the budgets.
Large houses have recently been built in the neighbourhood including one on Montrose Street in River Heights. The houses towers over the next door houses and is set farther forward than most houses on the block.
I held a meeting on September 5, 2012 to discuss in-fill houses, answer questions, and to hear what the neighbourhood had to say.
I have since prepared a motion concerning this issue and continue to work on your behalf. Please view the Q&A below in response to questions heard at the meeting.
Q: Is the city councillor notified when plans are submitted for a new home?
Yes and No, plans are submitted to Community Committee for approval only as long as the home does not require a variance, which is a modification of a provision of a zoning by-law, or a re-zoning or subdivision.
If the home complies with existing zoning the councillor is not notified of plans for a home.
Q: Why could I not see these plans before the house was approved?
So long as a property-owner complies with the City of Winnipeg Zoning By-law, the plans for the property are protected by privacy legislation.
Q: What is been done so similarly large home are in context with the neighbourhood?
The issue of the set back that allowed a house on Montrose Ave to be built closer to the sidewalk than others on the block has been dealt with through a motion requiring the if two set backs are permitted the one that matches the existing houses will be used.
The other issue of height and masses of homes relative to the neighbours homes is part of the over-all by-law review presently been conducted by the City of Winnipeg.
Q: The distance of the new home on Montrose was a distance of 3 feet from the edge of the yard. How is this possible without a variance?
A residential single-family detached home zoned as large or medium, such as the zoning on Montrose, must have a side yard setback minimum of 4 feet. However, various projections are allowed that may extend to 1 or 2 feet form the property line, depending on the projection.
Q: Could we set up design guidelines for the neighbourhood?
There are a number of options to help influence in-fill homes including Plan Development Over-lays and design guidelines and ensuring the Zoning By-law is adjusted appropriately to allow some flexibility while ensuring homes are somewhat consistent with the character of the neighbourhood. All these approaches are in the process of review.
Q: What can we do to aide John to ensure this doesn’t happen again?
I am always open to hearing new suggestions for improvements in the neighbourhood and the city. Public support at committee and council meetings gives weight to issues discussed on the agenda. You can also talk to other councillors, or residents of other wards, to make our council decision-making a more engaging and collaborative process.
The City is required to send those registered at a public hearing a letter regarding the decision made and if there is an appeal hearing date, however the City not required to mail out letters to give notice of an upcoming public hearing.
Public Open Houses / Public Consultation by a Developer is optional however we often recommend it for large scale projects.
Please let us know if you have suggestions on how communication can be improved and our office will continue advocate for improvements.
A: If you would like to challenge your ticket using the court process you may contest the ticket by appearing at Provincial Court. Before you do, you must have your ticket reviewed by the Winnipeg Parking Authority. You can do this with the on line process noted above, in person, through 311 or at 311@Winnipeg.ca.
Once this is done, you may file a plea of Not Guilty, or Guilty with an Explanation with Provincial Court, and your case will be heard by a magistrate or Judge.
Q: Where can I get information about parking regulations?
The following Q&A gives you a better understanding of why there is whistling, actions to stop it and what you can do to help.
Q: Why is there an increase in overnight Train Whistling?
A: The train whistling is a result of CNR delivery trains following federal train whistling regulations during scheduled deliveries.
Q: Can the City of Winnipeg prevent trains from whistling?
A: Depends - In order to have a ‘No Whistle’ crossing, the City must fulfill the appropriate safety requirements and send the corresponding documentation to the local railway company. It is then up to the rail company to apply for the ‘No Whistle’ sign with Transport Canada.
Q: What is a ‘No Whistle’ sign?
A ‘No Whistle’ sign informs a train crew that they need not whistle for the upcoming intersection. A train may still whistle if there is an obstruction on or near the railway, such as a pedestrian or an animal.
Q: Do the local crossings have ‘No Whistle’ signs?
A: All the crossings in the River Heights - Fort Garry Ward have “No Whistle” signs. The most recent sign went up at the Canadian Pacific Railway crossing at Sterling Lyon Parkway in spring 2012.
Q: Where are the train whistles coming from?
A: There are three railway crossings just west of Lindenwoods, within Paula Havixbeck’s Ward of Charleswood – Tuxedo.
CNR at Sterling Lyon
All the upgrades and requirements to make this crossing a ‘No Whistle’ crossing have been completed by the City. The City provided CNR the paperwork for them to submit to Transport Canada to approve the ‘No Whistle’ in 2010. CNR failed to file the paperwork with Transport Canada at that time. The City has since met with CNR urging them to re-initiate the ‘No Whistle’ process. We are presently awaiting confirmation that CNR has submitted the paperwork requirements to Transport Canada.
Lowson Spur Line
After discussing this issue of train whistling with Councillor Havixbeck, I understand that she has begun enquiries into upgrading this crossing.
Lindenwoods Drive West Crossing
The City has been informed by Transport Canada that it would not consider this crossing for ‘No Whistle’ at this time due to safety concerns about the configuration of the crossing and the nearby intersection.
Q: Is there any other way to cross a road without having to whistle?
A: Yes, It is possible for a train to cross a ‘Whistle’ crossing without whistling. The process is known as the ‘Stop and Proceed’.
My office is communicating with CNR to discuss this option.
My staff continues discussion with Member of Parliament Rod Bruinooge’s office as many issues are under Federal Jurisdiction.
Q: How is train noise governed?
A: Because trains cross the country and travel through many cities and municipalities, trains and train activity are under federal jurisdiction.
The cities take care of the roads that cross them, and work jointly with rail companies in working towards making crossings ‘safe’ as described by Transport Canada. Whenever we can do this it means that a crossing can be designated ‘No Whistle’, which results in less whistle blowing at that crossing.
Because activity on the rail property, like regulating train whistling, is under federal jurisdiction, your Member of Parliament is your representative who has authority over this area. The Member of Parliament for the Linden Woods area is Rod Bruinooge. The representative for the area to the north of Wilkes is Joyce Bateman. Their contact information is below:
CNR customer service is (613) 562-9732 during regular business hours.
CPR customer service is (403) 319-7000;
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Q: What has your office done to stop the whistling?
·All intersections in the River Heights/Ft. Garry Ward have been upgraded to No-whistle
·Working with Rod Bruinooge’s office to supply possible resolutions to this problem. This includes the ‘Stop and Proceed’ procedure, and/or locating and asking for a rescheduling of train deliveries to daytime hours.
·Working with Councillor Havixbeck regarding nearby crossings in the Charleswood – Tuxedo Ward to work with her towards resolving this issue.
·Providing information and support to residents to lobby for change.