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The Board of Works Committee was authorized to purchase a Power Sweeper, at a price of $1,870.00 to keep paved streets clean, and traffic signs, which were becoming increasingly important, were given attention too.
Parking meters were installed on the north and south sides of Saskatchewan Avenue in 1952, others followed later.
When boys returned from overseas after W orId War II, several of them brought brides with them, others got married after returning home, and a need for adequate housing was evident. This was taken care of when Portage entered into an agreement with the Federal Government to build what was called "war time houses". These were nicely laid out, comfortable little cottages, containing modern conveniences.
Dr. C. M. Thomas, who was school board chairman in 1955, presented a verbal picture of schooling problems at that time; this was printed in the Winnipeg Tribune, January 29, of that year. From that article we quote: "They go to school in shifts until classrooms are built." That was the heading. As those words are self explanatory we will move on to the paragraph entitled "How It Happened", and again we quote: "Last May our high school, junior high, burned down. At the same time a vote on two new elementary schools was held and passed with a small majority. However, a few people felt the machinery of the vote had been inefficient and they questioned the result.
The issue of our two new schools has been, and still is, a t an impasse until the Courts are through with it.
Thirdly, the overcrowding has been aggravated by a steadily rising enrolment". Dr. Thomas tosses in a spot of humor here by adding, "It is not difficult to learn where babies come from but it is a puzzle to know why so many arrive at the same time!"
The next heading is "Better Future Promised", and he says, "Despite the difficulties our 53 teachers are doing a splendid job. The 1500 children of our district can look for a brighter and better fu ture in the way of school accommodation.
Establishment of a larger high school area here is an event we are looking forward to. Portage, together with the adjacent surround ing rural school districts, is planning a joint venture that will bring high school facilities to a large rural area for the first time. If suc cessful it should strengthen further the bond between the local farm groups and this city."