A couple of my proposals at City Hall have gotten a lot of attention in the news lately, like my proposals for improving safety with the Dutch Reach and traffic flow with the Zipper Merge on our roads.
DUTCH REACH MEDIA LINK
ZIPPER MERGE MEDIA LINK
However, I’ve got a number of initiatives on the go at City Hall, so I wanted to email you and let you know about some of my other proposals recently that you may not have read about in the media.
I’ll tell you about;
“Lock Boxes and Emergency Access to Multi-Family residents”
“Public Engagement for Development Applications”
“Accountability and Evalutation of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)”
Lock Boxes - IN PROGRESS
I was approached by a Winnipeg woman who told me her story about how her late mother - living in an apartment building - was in medical distress and could not be easily reached by paramedics. In some cases, she had to choose between staying at her mother’s side who was in distress, or going to answer the door to let someone in hoping it was emergency medical personnel. I did some research and found an existing program for secure key access boxes placed outside apartments and condos. I moved a motion at committee and am working with the Fire Paramedics to help improve emergency responder access to multi-family buildings. This motion passed, and the Firefighter Paramedic Department wrote a report with four options to improve safety and emergency access to multi-family tenants. I am meeting with Fire Chief John Lane in February to discuss next steps.
The Report is here:
Public Engagement for Development Applications - IN PROGRESS
As a City Councillor, I handle a lot of property and land development issues. Developers are required to post a sign with a notice on the property where they have applied for additional rights for their land whether a variance, conditional use or rezoning which are new land rights that can be necessary for a new building.
These signs can often be in technical language and lack visual representations of what is being proposed. I believe we can improve the process and community engagement by having clearer communication of development proposals.
I moved a motion to do this which was approved by The Planning, Property & Development Committee and is now with administration who are working on a report.
The Motion is here:
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Evaluations - PASSED!
During the election, I promised that my first act as Councillor would be to move a motion for our city's Chief Administrative Officer (the top civil servant) to receive an annual performance evaluation.
After two years of work, I am proud to say that we have just passed the final bylaw which will make this important accountability measure a reality!
The link to the report that was approved by Council is here:
Two out of three of these ideas came from suggestions from people in my network. I am always eager and able to champion good ideas to make our city a better place. If you have an idea, share it with me please!
City Councillor for St. Boniface
Acting Deputy Mayor