Fire Hall in Waverley West – Budget Priority: Purchase Land, Construct & Staff

The top priority for the Waverley West ward in the upcoming budget is the purchase of land, construction, and staffing of a Fire Hall.

The time has come where growth is now reaching further distances and resulting in longer travel times from the Waverley and Pembina Fire Halls.

For the past 6+ months, the Mayor, his Executive Policy Committee, Deputy and Acting Deputy Mayor have been in budget discussions related to the new multi-year budget process (https://winnipeg.ca/Interhom/Budget/2020Budget/default.stm).

The City is Provincially legislated to pass a balanced budget each year. This year will be the first time Council will present a balanced budget for 2020 AND attempt to forecast balanced budgets for the following three years: 2012, 2022, 2023.

To hold property taxes at 2.33% annually for the next four years (Mayor’s campaign promise), the Mayor has asked all City departments to:

Starting this week, the public and remaining members of Council will have an opportunity to hear budget projections from each department and be able to provide input on the capital and operating budgets for the next four years. I again, will be requesting funding for a Fire Hall. South West Winnipeg is the fastest growing quadrant in the City of Winnipeg, and growing at a rate faster than ever projected.
Waverley West has the highest property assessment values in the City of Winnipeg (see chart) and therefore generates significant tax revenue for use by the ENTIRE City. Fire Halls in South Winnipeg also support calls on the high collision sections of Kenaston and the Perimeter Highway. The population of the Waverley West ward (44,000*) will soon, if not already, surpass the population of the City of Brandon (48,859*) See Brandon’s Fire Department staffing: http://brandonfire.ca/department-info/department-information (Photo below-Cibinel Architects).

I will be working to ensure the following is included in the multi-year budgets:

  • 2020 Budget: $3M** for the purchasing and servicing of land for a Fire Hall, and design of a Fire Hall
  • 2021 Budget: $11 M*** for the construction of a training Fire Hall
  • 2022 forward: Operating funding to staff the Fire Hall

The lack of a Fire Hall in Waverley West impacts everyone in the City of Winnipeg – as fire and ambulances vehicles are pulled from ALL OTHER parts of Winnipeg to service Waverley West calls.


YOUR ASSISTANCE

You can well imagine there are many priorities in a City with aging infrastructure and crime on the rise. If ever there was a time to become active – it is now. I am one voice on a Council of 16 – all who have their own ‘ward priorities’.

This Saturday, November 16th at 9:30 am – you can watch Chief Lane present the Fire Paramedics Operating and Capital Budget to the Committee and to the public. You can watch the presentation live at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClbGHHM4vS_wK9tVdOld8pQ

YOU CAN EMAIL (see below)

Please email the Mayor, his Executive Policy Committee, Deputy, Acting Deputy Mayor and Councillors on the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks and tell them Fire and Paramedics protection is an essential service in the Waverley West ward and to ALL of Winnipeg and to please include funding for the purchase of land, construction and staffing of a Fire Hall in the four year budget projections.

YOU CAN APPEAR IN PERSON

  • Wednesday, November 27 – 8:30 a.m
  • Register to speak for 10 minutes to the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks – who oversees the Fire Paramedics budget. Email 311@winnipeg.ca to register.
  • I will be there presenting also.

The Committee will listen to delegations and consider what they will recommend for the Mayor and his Executive Policy Committee to include in the four year budget.

QUESTIONS?

Email me directly jlukes@winnipeg.ca


EMAILS

Mayor Brian Bowman: bbowman@winnipeg.ca

Executive Policy Committee:

Deputy Mayor:

Acting Deputy Mayor:

Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks:

*2016 Census
**Based on recent land sales and costs to service 3-5 acres
***Based on information provided by Winnipeg Fire Paramedics