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City Delays Participation In Municipal Service Delivery Review

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The Manitoba government is providing up to $1.25 million to support eight municipal service delivery review projects focused on improving a range of programs and services to residents.

The investment reinforces the important role local government plays in the lives of all Manitobans, Municipal Relations Minister Derek Johnson said, announcing the inaugural Municipal Government Awareness Week.

“We recognize the important role of municipal governments in providing local leadership and advocacy on behalf of their communities,” Johnson said. “We are proud to declare the week of Nov. 22 to 26 as the first-ever Municipal Government Awareness Week in Manitoba. Funding for these service review projects only reinforce the ongoing, integral partnership between our governments and how we serve residents.”

The municipalities included under the Municipal Service Delivery Improvement Program for this fiscal year will work directly with prequalified consultants to manage the service delivery reviews.

These projects have been identified as priorities by municipalities and address a range of services including recycling initiatives, waste management, handi-transit and fiscal services.

Final reports from these reviews will be made public to share best practices and lessons learned, to benefit all municipalities.

The Municipal Service Delivery Improvement Program provides municipalities and planning districts with financial support to complete value-for-money service delivery reviews of programs and services. These reviews can help municipalities and planning districts improve service delivery without raising taxes or reducing front-line services.

The City of Dauphin will not take part in the program at this time, but will look at it in the future.

The timing of the program was not great, city manager Sharla Griffiths said with the Public Works and Operations transitioning from Bill Brenner to Mike VanAlstyne and the deputy city manager position vacant.

“And we said ‘you know what, it’s not fair to evaluate our processes when our management team is not functioning at its best,” Griffiths said. “So we will probably look at it in 2022 so that we can ask for (a review) in 2023.”

Griffiths expects the review will look at the Public Works and Finance operations with the option for other areas to be included.

“We are even thinking about recreation, partnering with DRS if they’re up for it,” she said. “So it could be a worthwhile process, but we just thought it was premature for us to go through that process.”