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The City of Moose Jaw’s Director of Engineering, Josh Mickleborough, has responded to a recent press release from CAST (Citizens Advocating Sensible Taxation). “CAST has circulated an incomplete Indemnity and Release document suggesting the City is making ‘irresponsible demands’ on property owners,” said Mickleborough. “CAST has omitted extremely important information. The full Release document is attached. The words CAST has omitted are ‘Negligence in performance of the work excepted’,” said Mickleborough. “The City needs the permission of property owners to do excavations or other work on private property. The additional words in the Indemnity and Release document mean that if the City causes any unplanned damage in pursuing the work, the City will be responsible for that damage,” said Mickleborough. “The bottom line,” said Mickleborough, “is if a property owner does not want to allow work on their property, the work won’t be done. The cast iron replacement work will only be done to the property line. Replacement of infrastructure on private property will remain solely the responsibility of the property owner,” said Mickleborough. waiver
ABOUT THE PROJECT Background The City of Moose Jaw – Planning and Development, along with B&A Planning Group and Intelligent Futures is beginning work on Moose Jaw’s Downtown Local Area Plan. Up until this time, Moose Jaw has had various downtown ideas, plans and/or studies done to achieve a successful revitalization and preservation of its heritage as a part of that success. This Local Area Plan will be the first plan for the downtown that studies and evolves land use, urban design, heritage, transportation, servicing and open space considerations comprehensively such that an implementable vision can be achieved that sustains and enhances Moose Jaw’s downtown. What is a Local Area Plan? The Downtown Local Area Plan (the “Downtown LAP”) process will define a vision and conceptual development framework for growth and revitalization of the downtown over time. The Plan will also function as a foundation for the short, medium and long-term action items by way of policies, regulation tools, guidelines and catalyst projects for future development within the downtown area. Boundary Area The Downtown Local Area Plan boundary area is conceptually defined at the north from Oxford Street and to the south by the CP Rail Tracks. The east boundary is defined by 3 Avenue Northwest and the west boundary by 3 Avenue Northeast. Within the boundary, there is the Heritage Overlay District including Main Street from the CP Rail tracks to Athabasca Street to the north. To view the boundary map and aerial photos click the document link: Boundary Map and Aerial Photo Project Start-Up The project kicked off in April 2016. The project team assessed the downtown area, met with Council, city staff and key stakeholders to get a better understanding of the scope of the community’s challenges, thoughts, experiences and stories of the downtown. The summary of input received will be coming shortly. The background information will be used to prepare for the upcoming “Design Charrette” with the broader community. Downtown LAP Design Charrette In order to achieve a dynamic and well-engaged downtown community contribution to the preparation of the Downtown Local Area Plan, the Project Team will be leading a “Design Charrette” process with the community during the week of May 30, 2016.. A “Design Charrette” is a design process where a multidisciplinary team (including residents, business owners, the municipality and design professionals such as architects, engineers, planners and landscape architects) creates a visual plan for an area over the span of several days. Downtowns are the heart of any city and the character and potential within Moose Jaw’s Downtown is exciting and worthy of a process that engages City departments, the downtown community and other stakeholders in an interactive and dynamic manner. The “charrette” process will include the preliminary information gathering/analysis during project start-up and a 5-day Design “Charrette” the week of May 30. How to Get Involved We would like to invite you to be a part of the “Design Charrette” process by dropping in to see our work in progress at the Downtown Main Street Storefront (336 Main Street North) on Tuesday, May 31 from 7 – 8pm and on Wednesday, June 1 from 7 – 8pm. The consultant team will have design ideas and visuals to share with you and hear your thoughts about what is being worked on. Please feel free to stop in both evenings to see how the ideas are evolving. With your input, the design, planning, heritage, and development projects ideas will continue to evolve through the week. The “charrette” week will result in a Thursday evening presentation event, June 2 at 7 – 8:30pm at the Mae Wilson Theatre (217 Main Street North). The presentation will share the vision that the community evolved with the Project Team that week. The public events invite can be viewed below. Downtown Local Area Plan Design Charrette Public Events Invite A further survey will be provided that evening and online to gather input on the presented vision. Next Steps The Project Team will use the “Design Charrette” work and vision achieved to prepare a Draft Downtown Local Area Plan for further public review and input. Anticipated Project Timeline April 2016 Project Start-Up, Field Trip, Background Information Gathering May 31 – June 2, 2016 “Design Charrette” June 2, 2016 Public Presentation of “Design Charrette” Concept. 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Mae Wilson Theatre (217 Main Street North) June – November 2016 Consultants to test the evolved vision and prepare a Draft Downtown Local Area Plan November 2016 Draft Downtown LAP provided to the City, Gathering of Public Input on Draft Downtown LAP Early 2017 Anticipated Council adoption of the Downtown Local Area Plan
The construction portion of the project will begin June 1, 2016 as planned. The first Phase 1 property owners involved in the early onset of construction (in June) have been advised of their individual connection types and options via delivered information packages and/or telephone contact. The City has issued information packages to the remaining Phase 1 property owners and have offered opportunities to them to have questions answered. Property owners with box numbers listed with the City have had their packages mailed. Public updates will be posted on the City’s website as they become available. The City of Moose Jaw is committed to delivering safe, sustainable, reliable essential services. We thank you for your patience during this very important project.
Street Cleaning Schedule May 24-26 The City will post “No Parking” signs in affected areas 72 hours prior to sweeping, with the exception of the business metered area. We request the cooperation of residents to obey the “No Parking” signs, as it makes the cleaning much more efficient. Parking restrictions will be enforced. Note that the above street cleaning schedule may be impacted by weather. This schedule can also be found at www.moosejaw.ca. Be alert for discolored water in your areas during the sweeping operation. Street sweeping operations can be dangerous. Motorists should drive with caution when passing street sweepers. Maintenance areas tend to be dusty and visibility may be restricted. Parents are advised to keep children away from all street operations. Stones and flying debris are hazardous. Please watch for signs posted in your area. Parking restrictions will be enforced by the City Police. Vehicles will be ticketed. For further information, please call 306-694-4448.
Mayor Higgins had declared May 15 – 21 Public Works Week in Moose Jaw and the public had a chance to see what public works is all about yesterday at the City Yard. A Public BBQ was held with $680 in donations going to the Moose Jaw Humane Society. Approximately 100 students from Saint Agnes and King George Schools attended and had a chance to see the equipment and to meet the operators and public works employees. “It is important for the community to learn about the important roles our public works employees have – everything from roads, waste removal, water services and parks. Municipal employees are responsible for the delivery of a wide range of services in Moose Jaw,” commented Matt Noble, City Manager. “We were pleased with the turnout at both the media tour and the events at the Yard yesterday and we look forward to having more public events during Public Works Week next year.” Public Works Week is a national event typically recognized in May and is dedicated to promote the role public works employees have in the community.
Watch for your copy of the Summer Recreation Guide delivered to mailboxes the last week of May! Click here for the online version
The City expects to have the repair to the top of the 4th Ave Bridge completed tomorrow. The lower section of the bridge needs to be fabricated, so traffic will need to be closed later this week on the lower section for that install. The City will continue to provide updates on its website. The City of Moose Jaw appreciates residents’ patience during this repair period.