All Block Parties require street closure permits. Streets cannot be closed partially; the closure must be the full width of the street and between intersections.
Q: How do I apply for a Permit?
Applications must be received 7 days in advance of the event and accompanied by a 70% majority petition of all affected property owners.
A General Liability insurance policy in the amount of $2,000,000.00 is required, adding the City of Winnipeg as an additional named insured. Usually, homeowners come onto the City's rider for a fee (currently $133.00). This insurance has a $2,500.00 deductible per incident, to be borne by the applicant and does not cover carnival rides, fireworks or the sale of liquor.
Q: Who picks up and delivers the barricades?
Barricades required must be picked up by applicant and a deposit left with our Department. The deposit is refunded when barricades are returned by applicant.
The City has removed the majority of the stumps after the first big snowfall in 2012, but some were missed due to the extensive piling of snow along the sidewalk.
The Department has indicated that finishing the job is a priority once the snow disappears in 2013.
This is part of a longer process in designing an Academy Rd. streetscape that represents the neighbourhood, is full of people walking and enjoying the many offering along the street and is a show piece to proud of.
An environmental emergency is any release or imminent release of a contaminant that may pose a risk to public health or the environment.
When reporting an environmental emergency, please provide as much information as possible, including:
• your name and phone number
• exact location of the emergency
• type of emergency (spill, leak, fire, overturn, derailment, etc.)
• name and spelling of the product(s) involved, if known
• estimate of the amount of the product(s) (released or still in containment)
A member of the Manitoba Environmental Emergency Response Team will contact you immediately with information about emergency procedures and the potential dangers associated with the product(s) involved. On-site assistance will be provided as necessary.
Increasingly, citizens are requesting measures to address their concerns regarding speeding vehicles traveling through their residential neighbourhoods. Often these concerns are related to issues of pedestrian and child safety.
There are two methods to address this problem in the community,
The MPI SpeedWatch program, Follow this link for more information -
A: Speedwatch is an MPI Program aimed at educating drivers about the actual speeds they are traveling on our roads and city streets.
Local volunteers borrow radar operated speed reader boards that display the posted speed limit as well as the driver’s speed. This educates the driver about the speed they are traveling and sends the message that speeding in our community is not acceptable. The aim is to prompt speeding drivers to slow down while giving positive reinforcement to those who choose to stay within the speed limit.
Q: How does it work?
A: Local volunteers borrow radar operated speed reader boards that display the posted speed limit and the driver’s speed. They set up this equipment in a safe location off the road where drivers can see it, during the days and times when the volunteers feel speeding is the worst. Information about how fast drivers are traveling is forwarded to Manitoba Public Insurance for analysis.
The reward for volunteers is the knowledge that they are sending the message that speeding in their community is not acceptable. The volunteers can get an analysis of the results from MPI
Q: How does the program affect traffic?
A: The program is designed to:
a)Make drivers more aware of the speeds at which they are traveling by giving them a visual signal of their speed;
b)Prompt speeding drivers to slow down by comparing how fast they are traveling to the actual posted speed limit on the road.
Q: Who do I contact?
A: To participate in any SpeedWatch program, please contact:
Road Safety Department
Manitoba Public Insurance
985–8737; toll-free 1–888–767–7640
Q: What do I have to do for the program?
A: MPI will supply everything you need to make your SpeedWatch program a success including
-Speed Reader Boards
-instructions on how to set up and take down the speed reader boards
All that is required of you and your team is:
a)Volunteers to stay with the board while it is in operation for the purposes of safety, vandalism and theft prevention, and to record vehicle numbers and speeds for analysis purposes
b)A commitment to return to MPI any stats collected during your SpeedWatch program so we can use the information to further enhance the MPI Road Safety Education Programming
A: As described in the Transportation Association of Canada’s (TAC) Canadian Guide to Neighbourhood Traffic Calming, “a speed hump is a raised area of a roadway, which deflects both the wheels and frame of a traversing vehicle. … [Speed humps are] intended to produce sufficient discomfort to limit travel speeds yet allow the driver to maintain vehicle control. Its design is intended to limit effects on emergency, maintenance and transit vehicles while allowing cyclists to comfortably cross the speed hump.”
Q: How do they work?
A: Speed humps have been proven to have substantial benefits in reduction of vehicle speeds (Source: TAC). However, speed humps are not intended to address issues of high traffic volumes - studies of speed hump installations have shown only minor reductions in traffic volumes.
Speed humps provide a gradual rise and fall and are designed to prevent vehicle damage when traversed at the recommended speeds (indicated with advisory speed signs). The dimensions of a speed hump are approximately 4.0 metres (13 feet) wide and 80 mm (3 inches) high.
Q: What are the steps/ conditions to getting speed humps in a street or alley?
A: The Warrant Criteria, or steps, to getting a speed hump are as follows:
Warrant Criteria #1: The street/ alley is a local residential street and is not a Transit route, snow route or a residential collector street. If this is criteria is met go to Warrant Criteria #2
If this is criteria is met the City Traffic Department will perform a traffic study of the street/ alley. These studies are scheduled in the spring and fall while school is still in and the traffic volumes are at their highest. This gives the most accurate reading of the peek volume and speed.
Warrant Criteria #3: At least one of the following criteria is met:
(i) Average speed exceeds the speed limit (50 km/hour) for streets, (30 Km/hours) for alleys; or
(ii) At least 15% of vehicles exceed the speed limit by 5 km/hour or more (55 km/hour); or
(iii) At least 10% of vehicles exceed the speed limit by 10 km/hour or more (60 km/hour).
More information and petition forms can be found at the City of Winnipeg web site.
A: The City of Winnipeg and CPR have been working towards obtaining whistle cessation at this crossing by upgrading the Sterling Lyon crossing to meet the conditions contained in Transport Canada’s Railway Safety Directorate. Once Transport Canada confirms the crossing meets these conditions, CPR can issue a special instruction which would prohibit the application of the train whistle at this crossing.
Q: When will this happen?
A: We are presently waiting for the letter from Transport Canada to CPR to confirm the grade crossing meets the conditions contained in Transport Canada’s Railway Safety Directorate. The City of Winnipeg completed all work required to meet the requirements and CPR submitted an application for whistle cessation to Transport Canada in April 2011. Transport Canada is a federal jurisdiction and the time line is now under their control
Q: What happens once the letter arrives?
A: Once the letter arrives, a whistle cessation Agreement must be drafted and signed by the City and the Railway, then a “no Whistle” sign will be installed at the crossing letting the conductors know that they do not have to blow the whistle at the crossing unless they see a hazard.
Q: Will this mean that there will be no whistling from the crossing?
A: Conductors must blow the whistle if they see a “hazard” animals or people walking on or near the tracks would be examples of this
Q: What Play Structures and Parks have been improved or replaced in the past years?
A: Since I came into office in 2009 the following parks in the Ward have been replaced or upgraded:
·Brock Fleet Park
·Van Walleghem Park
·Enderton Park (Peanut Park)
·Joe Malone Park
·Sir John Franklin Community Centre
Q: What parks will be done in 2012, and why those parks?
A: In 2012 the following two play structure replacements:
J. R. Hodgson
·Older than 30 years
·Well-used by the community
·Older, 25 years
·Well-used by the community
Q: What is planned for the 2013 budget year?
A: As of the 2012 budget year replacement of older play structures that were past their natural life span, in need of replacement and were unsafe in the Ward will have been replaced.
In 2013 the budget will continue to focus on improving play structures but will expand to include new projects such as expanding gardens, adding lighting and walking paths to parks and play areas, and other ideas defined by the community.