Fire hall land swap report to be released next week
Winnipeg city councillors will finally get to see a much-anticipated audit report into a controversial land swap and sale of fire halls next week.
A special meeting of council's executive policy committee has been scheduled for Oct. 21 to view the report from an external review agency into the land swap.
City councillors told CBC News they received word of the special meeting late Tuesday afternoon.
A meeting notice was later posted on the city's website, with the lone agenda item being a report to council regarding the "New Fire Paramedic Stations Construction Project."
Last year, city council killed a secretive deal that would have seen Shindico, a local property development company, exchange land on Taylor Avenue for three other city properties.
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As part of the swap, arranged by then-fire chief Reid Douglas and Shindico, land on Taylor Avenue was to be swapped for two fire stations that had been declared surplus as well as a parcel of land on Mulvey Avenue.
The deal, however, did not follow proper procedures and was never approved by city council.
By the time the land swap was uncovered, the city had already allowed the Fire Paramedic Service to build a new station on the Taylor property, even though Shindico still owned the land.
The city has since been working to complete a deal to purchase the Taylor Avenue land.
The external review, which was conducted by out-of-province auditors with the accounting firm Ernst and Young, was originally due last spring but delayed.
Douglas was dismissed as fire chief in late September. Some city councillors questioned the timing of Douglas's firing, weeks before the report's release.