Sunday, July 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg City Duma returns to work after summer holidays

This week marked the return of Yekaterinburg City Duma officials to their posts following the summer holiday schedule.

Among the first city meetings held as part of the regular Duma schedule was the Standing Committee on Town Planning and Land Management. The committee reviewed the results of the Water Canal municipal investment program, which was developed to centralize the city's clean water supply over the period of 2013 and 2014.

Committee members reported that the $26 million program was largely successful in both reducing the number of pollutants in household water supplies and treating domestic wastewater. Committee members in charge of the Water Canal program have begun preparing a final summary on the initiative which will be made public at the end of the year, Ekburg.ru reports.

Sessions resumed for the committees in charge of constructing kindergartens and other social infrastructure facilities throughout Yekaterinburg. City administration officials plan to build 10 new kindergartens and renovate one existing kindergarten over the next 12 months. As a result, Yekaterinburg will have an additional 2,775 seats for kindergarten students, according to Ekburg.ru.

A sub-committee on citizen involvement in local government announced that it has continued work on laying out a plan to allow for peer-elected residents to participate in municipal governance functions. The group is preparing to conduct the Yekaterinburg Citizens Survey and will report the results of the survey at the next general Duma meeting, Ekburg.ru reports.

A special commission on the development of education, science, physical education, sport and youth policy also met this week to devise a strategy for the 2014-2015 academic year. They will meet again on September 23 for a follow-up plenary session, according to Ekburg.ru.