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Governments must work together to tackle infrastructure needs: Regina mayor

09/10/2012 04:22 EDT | Updated 11/10/2012 05:12 EST
REGINA - Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco (fee-ACK'-oe) says all levels of government must work together to come up with ways to tackle infrastructure needs across the country.

About 300 municipal, provincial and federal delegates are in Regina to discuss how to pay for roads, bridges, stadiums and other municipal projects.

Fiacco says the agenda includes looking at how projects are done and funded abroad.

Delegates are to hear from managers and councillors from Europe and the South Pacific on innovative and cost-effective approaches.

For example, some districts in Europe build sidewalks with removable sections that do not need to be torn up and repaved every time the pipes underneath have to be repaired.

Fiacco says the way projects have been handled in the past will no longer do.

He suggests funding needs to come from a variety of partners.

"Municipalities in (their) current form cannot solely rely on property taxpayers," he said Monday on the first of three days of meetings.

"We need the participation of all orders of government. We need to look at what is the funding model that exists today and how can that change — and will it change?"

(CKRM)