The City of Steinbach is expecting to proceed with a project regarding Barkman Avenue and Penner Street renewal plans. This includes replacing asphalt roadway and water and sewer lines along the two streets in Steinbach. 

The project would take place on Barkman Avenue between Henry Street and Beaver Crescent, and Penner Street between Reimer Avenue and Barkman Avenue. 

The estimated costs of the project are $2.6 million. 

On Tuesday, City Council gave first and second readings to the plan. 

Councillor Susan Penner explains this is a part of the regular renewal that is done every year in the city.  

“So every year, based on engineering's recommendations, we go into a certain neighbourhood and reconstruct the roadway. And if there's underground infrastructure that needs to be improved as well, then we do it at that time,” she says. “This is a routine project, but it's another big infrastructure project.” 

Councillor Bill Hiebert agrees, saying he thinks it’s a good plan. 

“I believe that renewal is very important, and as the underground infrastructure ages, we keep renewing it. In this way, we keep our city in good shape.” 

If approved, the city would borrow $1,120,000. As a result, for a residential property in that area valued at $250,000, it works out to an extra $29 in property taxes annually for five years.  

The remaining project costs would be funded by the city's reserve fund.