Shawn Bailey

Shawn Bailey

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 07:55

Imagine

Students a Ecole Macneill spread a message of love and peace to an appreciative audience during a noon hour performance to mark Music Monday, Monday.

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 performed a variety of songs including “Imagine” by John Lennon and “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan.

A silver collection was accepted prior to the performance with proceeds earmarked for the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 07:38

First Ukrainian families arrive

The first three families from Ukraine to be sponsored by the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund have arrived in Dauphin.

Two families arrived last Tuesday and the third on Wednesday, said fund founder and member Don Tarrant (Right). All three, he added are comprised of mothers and their children as the fathers are all still in Ukraine fighting with the country’s armed forces.

“They just said whenever the war is over they’re going to come, but right now we don’t know when that will be,” Tarrant said. “What we’ve done is they’ve gone to local families for a few weeks here to get them integrated. They have to get the kids in school and get their medical stuff up to date. We’re going to have a session about meeting employers, getting skill levels figured out, getting their language levels figured out. This is where the (local) families are trying just to get them settled properly.”

Tarrant expects the families, who are all planning on staying in the area permanently, will be in their own homes by the end of the month.

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While the details are few, the City of Dauphin is expecting to receive somewhere around $90,000 under a one-time provincial grant program aimed at road rehabilitation.

Premier Heather Stefanson announced $15 million will be distributed on a per capita basis, providing municipalities with financial support for road reconstruction, rehabilitation and preservation projects.

“Manitoba municipalities are facing significant road infrastructure challenges as a result of this year’s extraordinary weather conditions,” Stefanson said. “Above-average precipitation and colder-than-average temperatures have caused a substantial increase in the number and severity of potholes on roads throughout the province, and inflation and supply chain issues have also added to this challenge. In addition to our Budget 2022 investments in highways and municipalities, we are pleased to offer this extra support to reduce the financial burden.”

As part of this grant program, the province will distribute the pot of money to all of Manitoba’s 137 municipalities on a per-capita basis, with the City of Winnipeg to receive nearly $9 million of the total.

Get all the details in this week's Dauphin Herald!

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022 07:27

RCMP report drop in calls for March

The Manitoba RCMP West District saw a year-over-year decrease in calls for March according to statistics released last week.

The district, which includes Dauphin, reported decreases in all main categories.

The following sub-category increases and decreases were highlighted by police:

• Common police activities - This category had an overall decrease of 19 per cent, from 569 calls in 2021 to 459 this year. The largest decreases was in suspicious people, vehicles or property, which dropped from 232 calls last year to 158 this year, a drop of 32 per cent, and breach of peace, which was down 33 per cent from 146 calls to 98. Wellbeing checks were up from 67 calls last year to 83 in 2022, an increase of 24 per cent.

• Crimes against the person - Overall, the category decreased from 381 calls for service last year to 346 this year, a drop of nine per cent, with a 15 per cent decrease in assaults, which were down from 232 to 198.

• Crimes against property - The category had a minimal decrease overall from 550 calls in 2021 to 547 calls this year, a drop of just one per cent. Theft under $5,000 increased from 112 requests for service to 136, an increase of 21 per cent, and fraud increased from 64 calls in 2021 to 71 in 2022, a rise of 11 per cent. Theft over $5,000 decreased from 42 to 29, a drop of 31 per cent.

• Drug enforcement - Overall drug enforcement decreased from 62 calls last year to 34 incidents this year, a drop of 45 per cent, with a notable decrease in trafficking, which was down from 42 to 17, a drop of 60 per cent.

The Manitoba East District also reported an overall decrease in incidents for March, dropping 13 per cent from 6,607 calls in March 2021 to 5,722 this past March.

The Manitoba North District, however, reported a 14 per cent increase in call volume climbing from 5,590 last year to 6,399 this year.

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 07:51

Main Street project moved up by a year

In its recently released budget, the Province committed $1.5 billion for a three-year highways strategy that invests in infrastructure across the province and Premier Heather Stefanson and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk were in Dauphin yesterday to announce how the City fits into those plans.

Specifically, Stefanson announced the $13.5 million redevelopment of Main Street South has been fast tracked and will be completed this year.

“Manitobans have told us they want safe roads and reliable infrastructure and we are listening and we are acting,” Stefanson said. “Collaboration with the City of Dauphin over the past several years has been instrumental in realizing this project. Resurfacing and dividing the road along with upgrading service roads and installing traffic signals will ensure that Dauphin can continue to expand its economic activity and host future celebrations which we look forward to attending in person.
“We are excited for this important work to begin this year.”

PTH 5A serves as the main access into the City of Dauphin from the south. Expanded commercial development along the route has resulted in increased traffic volumes and higher collision rates. Improvements and restorations to the road will benefit the community and the region by enhancing safety and traffic flows along the high-volume, main thoroughfare that is an integral trade route to economic development in the area, Stefanson said. The 1.7-km project covers a section of PTH 5A from Whitmore Ave., south to Triangle Road, and includes surface reconstruction with the creation of a divided highway. The plans call to improve safety in the commercial area by having all local accesses connect to service roads, and service roads connecting to PTH 5A at upgraded intersections. Those service roads will be constructed along both the east and west sides of highway from their existing points south to Triangle Road.

As well, a new intersection allowing access to Dauphin Market Place Mall will be developed, complete with traffic signals.

“Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has been working in collaboration with the City of Dauphin and its officials for several years to finalize the design concept and details to ensure the project meets the needs of the community,” Piwniuk said, adding the $1.5 billion for highways was part of an overall $2.4 billion in infrastructure funding announced in the budget. “We look forward to strengthening our partnerships with communities across the province by investing in long-term strategic goals to build the foundation of Manitoba’s economic growth through trade and commerce infrastructure.”

With the work originally being slated for 2023, Piwniuk said the province found itself in a position to be able to move the Dauphin project up the schedule and jumped at the opportunity.

“In our infrastructure investing we want to make sure we do it right across the province. And so we moved it up to make sure the work gets done now that we have a larger budget to work with,” he said. “We have a 10-year plan and we want to make sure we can move this project forward.”

For mayor Christian Laughland, having the project completed a year early just means all the benefits will be enjoyed sooner.

“This is great and exciting news for our city. The improvements made to PTH 5A will help improve the flow of traffic in the south end and make things safer for not only pedestrians who work in the area, but drivers going to and from our local businesses,” Laughland said. “We also look forward to the impact these changes have when it comes to economic development in our community.”

Those benefits are extremely important for the community and will help drive economic success well into the future, Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski added.

“This is a project that is important for Dauphin and it has been on the radar for a long time to get done,” Michaleski said. “We appreciate the premier and minister Piwniuk for attending here today.”

The province will advertise the tender for the project by the end of May. The work is anticipated to be completed before 2023, in advance of Dauphin serving as host community for the 2024 Manitoba Summer Games.

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Dauphin is claiming a share of $1.3 million earmarked to help communities identify priority areas, develop safety and wellbeing plans and implement trhos strategies.

The province announced the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Planning Pilot Project, which will be run in 12 Manitoba communities, late last week.

Dauphin mayor Christian Laughland said the program is still in the early stages, making it difficult to say exactly how it will roll out.

“Any time you can get a significant amount of money towards a pilot project like this from the province it is obviously a good thing and this is something that we have been building towards for the last couple of years, so it is exciting from that perspective,” he said. “We are looking forward to being able to do it and make our community safer because of it.”

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 07:44

Modest mill rate rise in City budget

After two years of consecutive decreases Dauphin ratepayers will see a modest increase in the mill rate charged against their properties this year as city council approved its 2022 budget Monday evening.

As it did last year, council used the funds remaining from a federal restart grant received in 2020 to lower the amount raised by taxation by $200,000. That amount still represents a 1.6 per cent increase over last year’s numbers.

In the end the increase in the mill rate from 18.039 in 2021 to 18.332 in 2022 will raise $6,382,457. That increase means a residential property will pay $9.58 more per $100,000 of assessed value while commercial properties will pay $6.99 more per $100,000 of assessed value.

When income from other sources such transfers from reserves. taxes added, business licenses, the provincial municipal operating grant, provincial public safety grant and other federal and provincial grants are factored in, the City will have just under $12.5 million to support its operations this year.

In presenting the financial plan, city manager Sharla Griffths said the budget supports a continued level of spending on municipal infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks, and water distribution and no program cuts.

“This year’s budget was very tough to set, as council’s directive was to hold the line at the 2020 tax level and then reduce it by $200,000 and take that money from reserves that we got from the federal government. However, there are many expenditures in 2022 that were unforeseen and unavoidable. Some of them are higher than anticipated RCMP retro pay and wages. very high snowfall in 2022 already and we don’t know what is coming in the fall. There is a reduction in our taxes added in 2022 due to a slowdown in development. There is an increase in the requirement for airport funding this year and, as everybody is feeling, there is a significant increase in the cost of fuel and natural gas,” Griffiths said. “We are very fortunate that council’s directive could be met by drawing from our reserve funds. That being said, council is drawing wisely and responsibly from the reserves to ensure financial stability and security into the future.”

In the general fund most budget areas will see increases, Griffiths said.

General Government Services has been set at $1,426,030, an increase of 7.5 per cent, while Protective Services is set at $3,564,549, an increase of 14 per cent and Transportation Services is set at $1,865,058, an increase of 5.51 per cent. Environmental Health has a budget of $1,013,638, an increase of 0.25 per cent, Environmental Development Services is set at $293,981, an increase of 32.61 per cent, Recreation Cultural Services increases 1.1 per cent to $2,005,800 and Public Health and Welfare Services remains unchanged at $33,749.

Economic Development Services – was the one budget area to decrease, dropping 19.07 per cent to $413,192.

Planned General Fund capital expenditures and reserve transfers $4,478,506, an almost $1 million increase in capital projects and reserve transfers over 2021.

In the Utility Fund water revenue has been budgeted at $2,383,737 and wastewater revenue is estimated at $647,608.

Operating expenditures on the water side has been set at $2,025,101, an increase of 8.45 per cent. The increase is due mainly to due to wage increases, routine water system assessment report, work on the agreement with RMNP with regards to the Edwards Lake water source, and water main breaks.

Operating expenditures on the wastewater side have been set at $398,675, a decrease of 4.46 per cent due to less required maintenance this year.

Planned capital expenditures in the Utility Fund total just over $2.3 million.

More information on the budget can be found in next week’s Dauphin Herald.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022 07:40

Helping out

Representatives of the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund and the Armstrong Family stop for a picture after discussing the Armstrong’s donation to the fund-raising drive to relocate families from war-torn Ukraine to the Parkland.

For those arriving in Winnipeg from Ukraine, the Armstrongs will provide lodging at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Headingly and following the trip to Dauphin will provide lodging at the local Super 8 Hotel.

“When they get to Winnipeg it shows them that somebody cares and when they get here it shows them that somebody cares here, too.

It was just the right thing to do,” Harvey Armstrong said. As well, through their Dauphin Decorating business, the family is providing materials for renovations and upgrades to the homes in which the relocated families will be living.

Pictured, from left, are Don Tarrant and Larry Hyrtsay from the Parkland Ukrainian Familty Fund, Laurie Armstrong, Harvey Armstrong, Christine Armstrong, Cory Armstrong, Hayden Armstrong and fund representative Jim Perchaluk.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 07:27

Fire chief hopes to attract recruits

Dauphin Fire Department is hosting an open house in the hopes of bolstering its ranks.

“We are currently recruiting new members for Dauphin Fire Department and we plan on having an open house on Wednesday, May 4, which also happens to be International Firefighters Day,” Dauphin fire chief Cam Abrey said, adding the department is down six members from a full complement and has just recently lost three firefighters, two of whom left the community and one who decided firefighting was not a good fit for them.

“So we are doing a big push to try and get some new members on board.”

With a staffing shortage, extra pressure is put on existing firefighters, from covering for those exhibiting  symptoms from illness to making sure the community is protected year round.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022 07:17

Adding insult to injury

As if the 18 inches or more of snow which fell in the Dauphin Valley during the latest incident involving a Colorado Low, was not enough, Mother Nature decided to add in a little mayhem and destruction this past weekend.

This car on Seventh Street Southeast was clobbered by just one of the hundreds of trees around the community which dropped large branches or fell over completely under the weight of the heavy snow.

Thousands of Manitoba Hydro customers were without power Saturday evening and throughout the day Sunday with many having to wait until Monday to have their service restored.

Temperatures are expected to improve throughout the week, in time for another Colorado Low expected to hit on the weekend.

This one, hopefully, will just be a rain event.

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