River Heights - Fort Garry Ward
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About the Candidate
WINDOG considers Gary Lenko to be 'dog-unfriendly'. He did not wish to share his views on off-leash dog parks with voters.
Platform: Lenko’s priorities are improving planning and development processes and addressing infill housing issues, implementing a risk management strategy, improving public safety, investing in infrastructure, and developing a green space master plan. He would dissolve the Executive Policy Committee, saying that each Councillor must have the same opportunity to review reports, seek further information on subjects prior to voting, and have an equal voice/vote. He has taken no position on the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian traffic.
Lenko is critical of the City's planning and development processes, saying “We need to plan before we build. Too often major projects are started without a final plan and budget in place.”
He wants the City to ensure that affected residents are notified about land development applications and rezoning, especially when a new residential or commercial development will have an adverse effect on adjoining properties and adjacent areas.
Lenko strongly supports infill housing that fits well with the character of the neighbourhood. But he is very critical of the City’s current infill housing policies and practices, which he says involve lot-splitting by “predatory” developers. He says high density Infill housing has doubled private developers' profits while adversely impacting the residents all over the city. Pointing out that zoning variances are subject to public hearings, he says the City often ignores the wishes of community members. Noting that the city is developing a new infill housing policy, he insists again that community members must be given substantial input prior to any zoning variance or development being approved.
Lenko believes the mismanagement of taxpayers' money is a critical election issue. He says if resources were better managed, there would be less reason to raise taxes and increases user fees.
He wants the City to implement a risk management strategy, saying “a lack of transparency, [and the] over-delegation of duties and decision-making authority without proper oversight can create conditions where improper conduct may take place, resulting in misuse of taxpayer funds. Conflict of interest, fraudulent activity, mismanagement and simple incompetence are difficult to detect in any organization without proper oversight, and may flourish when all parties are not privy to key information.”
Lenko wants to repair, replace and maintain existing roads, bridges, and sewer, water, land drainage and solid waste utilities, and build new infrastructure.
Lenko would provide better support to the Winnipeg Police Service, noting that resources must be strategically deployed. He would call upon the Province to provide additional funding and resources to assist police with individuals experiencing mental health issues or suffering from addictions. And he would review the efficiency of the combined fire and paramedic services and offer assistance where necessary to further fast, efficient service. He says the City must protect transit drivers and focus on providing reliable, affordable transit services if it hopes to increase ridership.
Lenko supports the implementation of a green space master plan, maintaining community clubs and providing program funding for youth, sport, and recreational activities for all age groups.
Lenko is a semi-retired business owner who’s been involved in community issues and has supported local groups.