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Effective April 1st, the Sanitary Landfill Operating Hours will change to summer hours as follows: April 1st to October 31st Monday to Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW March 20, 2014 7th Avenue Bridge - CLOSED MOOSE JAW – The 7th Avenue Bridge has been closed until further notice. The ice impacting the bridge over the past few days has caused significant damage to structural components of the bridge. All types of traffic including pedestrians are now restricted from using this structure. More information will be provided once river levels return to normal and structural damage can be more completely assessed. Media Contact: Colin Prang, Manager of Engineering City of Moose Jaw (306) 221-1990 or (306) 694-4523 firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW March 20, 2014 TREE BANDING FOR CANKERWORM CONTROL MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw is reminding the public that cankerworm season will be upon us in the next month or so. If you banded your trees in the fall, it is time to re-grease them now. The grease traps catch the female cankerworm moths, preventing them from crawling up the trunks of the trees and laying their eggs. If you didn’t band in the fall, it’s not too late. How to band a tree: All elm, Manitoba maple and fruit trees on or adjacent to your property, should be banded. Wrap a four to six inch wide strip of fibreglass insulation around the trunk – about five feet off the ground. That’s out of reach of pets and young children. Cover the insulation with a sheet of plastic wrap or cling wrap. Allow several inches of plastic above and below the insulation. A black plastic garbage bag will do. If you are using plastic wrap, tape the plastic to the tree with duct tape. If you are using cling wrap, then the duct tape is not required. Do not use nails or stakes. Spread a layer of a sticky substance, such as Tanglefoot, axle grease or petroleum jelly on the plastic. Inspect the sticky material regularly and remove leaves, insects and other debris and reapply sticky material if required. Bands should be removed by mid-May and reapplied by mid-September. Removing the bands prevents damage or discoloration of the bark. “These grease bands really do help control the cankerworm population,” says Parks Gardener, Daily Lennox. “I’d really like to see more trees banded in the avenues where the cankerworm numbers are usually higher than anywhere else in town.” For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department or www.moosejaw.ca Media Contact: Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4439 email@example.com
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW March 17, 2014 Cast Iron Watermain Replacement Program Consultation Launched MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw has launched its public consultation process for input on funding options for its Cast Iron Watermain Replacement Program. Individuals can participate in the online consultation at www.moosejawconsults.ca, by responding to a series of questions about seven funding options identified by Moose Jaw City Council. These include: a municipal tax increase, water utility rate increase, Local Improvement Program (LIP), infrastructure levy, reduction in spending, utilizing some of its Reserves and borrowing funds. Printed copies of the survey can also be picked up on the Main Floor at City Hall. The consultation will conclude on March 31. A decision by Moose Jaw City Council, taking this input into consideration, is expected later this spring. Come and go information open houses will take place on: Tuesday, March 17 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. South Hill Fire Hall Wednesday, March 18 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall Thursday, March 19 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Lower Foyer, Art Museum Matt Noble, City Manager said this program is a major infrastructure renewal program for Moose Jaw and is being considered over the long term, given its scale. “Today, existing cast iron watermain renewal has reached a critical point,” said Noble. “It has been defined as one of the City of Moose Jaw’s biggest issues to address. If left unattended, matters will only get worse. Preparation is underway to manage some of those needs during the upcoming construction season.” Further information can be obtained from the City of Moose Jaw’s website www.moosejaw.ca, by calling 306-694-4567, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org Media Contact: Matt Noble, City Manager City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4427 email@example.com
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW March 17, 2014 TREES FOR CITY BOULEVARDS IN NEW SUBDIVISIONS MOOSE JAW – If you live in any of the following new subdivisions, you may be eligible to receive up to 2 free trees from the City of Moose Jaw: Westheath – various locations Pleasant View - 200 Block of Iroquois St. East and Lillooet St. East West Park Parks Gardener, Daily Lennox states, “This is a City program to help build and extend our urban forest onto the boulevards of these new areas of the City.” Tree orders must be submitted to the Parks & Recreation Office by March 31, 2015, to qualify for this year’s delivery. For order forms or more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department, 4th floor, City Hall or visit www.moosejaw.ca Media Contact: Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4439 firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW March 9, 2014 ELM TREE PRUNING BAN MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw would like to remind all residents that the Elm Tree Pruning Ban will be in effect April 1st to August 31st in the Province of Saskatchewan. It is illegal to prune elm trees during this time. Elm bark beetles, which play a critical role in the transmission of Dutch Elm Disease (DED), are attracted to pruning wounds during this time. The beetle is the main carrier of the fungus responsible for DED and travels from infected trees where they deposit their eggs to healthy trees to feed. By flying from tree to tree, these beetles deliver spores of the fungus in a very effective manner. “In 2014, the City of Moose Jaw had 16 positive cases of Dutch Elm Disease,” said Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener. “Help protect our Elm tree population by adhering to the pruning ban and do not store elm wood for firewood.” All elm wood must be disposed of at the City Landfill and a disposal permit can be obtained, free of charge, from the Parks & Recreation Department in order to dispose of any elm wood you may have. For additional information please contact the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department or www.moosejaw.ca Media Contact: Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4439 email@example.com
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW March 5, 2015 Cast Iron Watermain Replacement Program Consultation Process Outlined MOOSE JAW – A consultation process related to the City of Moose Jaw’s Cast Iron Watermain Replacement Program will include a series of ‘come and go’ information open houses as well as an online consultation opportunity anticipated to begin mid-March. Matt Noble, City Manager said the consultation is being conducted given the scale of this extensive infrastructure renewal process that impacts approximately 80 kilometres of cast iron watermain distribution system. The consultation responds to Moose Jaw City Council’s desire to ensure public awareness and input from the community about funding options, and will outline a long-term approach for this Cast Iron Watermain Replacement Program. The options being considered include: a Local Improvement Program (LIP), tax increase, utility rate increase, infrastructure levy, reduction in spending, use of Reserves and borrowing. “As cast iron watermain pipes continue to deteriorate and corrode, the challenge surfaces,” said Noble. “The City of Moose Jaw currently invests more than $2 million annually to maintain the watermain system emergency breaks. With a planned program, the benefits of any investment for our community will exist for generations to come.” To learn more about this process, the public is invited to participate in ‘come and go’ information open houses set for: Tuesday, March 17 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. South Hill Fire Hall Wednesday, March 18 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall Thursday, March 19 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Museum & Art Gallery Foyer Note – these dates have been rescheduled from March 10, 11 and 12 as previously noted. A decision on the Cast Iron Watermain Replacement Program funding options by Moose Jaw City Council is expected this spring. Media Contact: Matt Noble, City Manager City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4427 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pursuant to section 187 (1) of The Cities Act, notice is hereby given that the assessment roll for the City of Moose Jaw for the year 2015 has been prepared and is open to inspection at the City of Moose Jaw, Finance Department, Main Floor, 228 Main St N, Moose Jaw from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following days: Monday to Friday, March 3rd to April 1, 2015 with exception of statutory holidays. Any person having an interest in any property who wishes to appeal the assessment of that property to the Board of Revision is required to file his or her notice of appeal in writing to: The Secretary of the Board of Revision, 228 Main St N, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8, on or before the 1st day of April, 2015. Dated this 3rd day of March, 2015 Brenda Hendrickson Acting City Assessor APPEAL FEE SCHEDULE Assessment appeals to the Moose Jaw Board of Revision must be accompanied by the appropriate appeal fee*: Residential Property (up to three units): $30/property Condominium (Residential):$30/unit Other - see fee schedule below: Assessed Value of Property Fee 0 to 100,000 $50 100,001 to 200,000 $100 200,001 to 300,000 $150 300,001 to 400,000 $200 400,001 to 500,000 $250 500,001 to 600,000 $300 600,001 to 700,000 $350 700,001 to 800,000 $400 800,001 to 900,000 $450 900,001 to 1,000,000 $500 1,000,001 to 1,100,000 $550 1,100,001 and over $600 *If there is an error on the notice for ownership, property address, and/or legal land description, a copy of the current Certificate of Title must accompany the "Notice of Appeal" form. NO FEE IS REQUIRED. *If there has been any change to school support, signature of all registered owners listed on the "Notice of Assessment" must appear on the "Notice of Appeal" form. NO FEE IS REQUIRED Please make cheques payable to City of Moose Jaw.
DAILY SNOW MANAGEMENT PLAN – Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Snow Management Operations commencing Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Snow Plowing 1st Ave. S.E. from Grandview St. to Wellesley Dr. 7th Ave. S.W. from Coteau St. to Bridge 11th Ave. N.W. from Caribou St. to Simcoe St. 11th Ave. N.W. from Thatcher Dr. to Meier Dr. Iron Bridge Subdivision Simcoe St. from 9th Ave. N.W. to 11th Ave. N.W. River St. W. 2nd Ave. N.W. to 5th Ave. N.W. River Park Dr. from 2nd Ave. S.W. to Walking Bridge Other Snow Management Operations for February 25th: Sanding City streets as warranted Clearing downtown City sidewalks and walkways as warranted
MOOSE JAW February 20, 2015 CITY OF MOOSE JAW CAST IRON WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw Council has approved the first of a $117 million cast iron watermain replacement program to address issues arising from deterioration of a water distribution system almost a century old. This program will begin in 2015. Over the next few weeks, the City of Moose Jaw will be issuing regular news releases and providing information to assist homeowners in understanding the issues that face the City as this program unfolds. For the current year, the expenditure is expected to be $5.85 million with 70 per cent of the cost already committed by the City. A citizen consultation process, including an online input survey and a series of open houses will take place in March, to seek input into the options available for the remaining 30 per cent portion of this budget. A series of ‘come and go’ information open houses will be held: Tuesday, March 10 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. South Hill Fire Hall Wednesday, March 11 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall Thursday, March 12 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Herb Taylor Room, Public Library Did you know? Cast iron watermains were installed in Moose Jaw over three distinct periods: pre-1920, 1920 to 1950, and post-1950. The water system is designed with large diameter feeder lines taking the supply to defined areas, while smaller diameter distribution lines take the water supply to individual homes and businesses. Some feeder lines were designed as both. Cast iron distribution lines measure approximately 387 city blocks and the feeder lines measure approximately 68 city blocks. Do you know what happens if we don’t deal with this issue? Watermain breaks and repair costs will continue to escalate and be unsustainable if full replacement work does not begin quickly. The breaks threaten the integrity of the water system, including the safety of the system, and ability to provide fire protection.
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 20, 2015 INFORMATION SESSIONS ANNOUNCEDFOR CAST IRON WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM MOOSE JAW – Details have been announced for three information sessions, as part of the City of Moose Jaw’s consultation process for a major multi-year $117 million the cast iron watermain replacement program, beginning in 2015.. A series of ‘come and go’ information open houses will be held:Tuesday, March 10 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.South Hill Fire HallWednesday, March 112:00 to 5:00 p.m.Council Chambers, City Hall Thursday, March 12 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.Herb Taylor Room, Public Library Matt Noble, City Manager, says the public information process is important, especially given the scale of this program and because it has been defined as one of the City of Moose Jaw’s biggest issues to address.
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 12, 2015 CITY APPROVES 20-YEAR CAST IRON WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw Council has approved the first year of a 20-year, $117 million cast iron watermain replacement program, beginning in 2015 to address issues arising from deterioration of a water distribution system almost a century old. For the current year, the expenditure is expected to be $5.85 million with 70 per cent of the cost already committed by the City. A citizen consultation process, including an online input survey and a series of open houses will take place in March, to seek input into the options available for the remaining 30 per cent portion of this budget. Matt Noble, City Manager, says getting the process moving quickly is important so the City can make best use of resources and begin the bid process early this spring. “We know this is a long-term undertaking so we want to go about this in the most cost effective manner possible,” Noble said. “We are up against tight timelines so contractors can finalize schedules and workloads.” With the extensive infrastructure work anticipated, the City recognizes the inconveniences many citizens will face over the upcoming construction seasons. “We appreciate the patience of our citizens as we undertake this major project,” said Noble. “We will do our best to ensure a smooth process.” Cast iron watermains were installed in Moose Jaw over three distinct periods: pre-1920, 1920 to 1950, and post 1950. The water system is designed with large diameter feeder lines taking the supply to defined areas, while smaller diameter distribution lines take the water supply to individual homes and businesses. Some feeder lines were designed as both. Distribution lines measure approximately 387 city blocks and the feeder lines measure approximately 68 city blocks. “Over many decades, the original system served our community well,” said Noble. “Unfortunately, with every month of service, it becomes less reliable, subject to sudden leaks or breaks caused by weather conditions or simply due to its natural deterioration. When this happens, it is without warning signs and there is service disruption for residents and/or businesses. In 2014, the City expended more than $1.8 million in repairs to lines. This means affected residents are disrupted, streets and sidewalks are dug up and the City loses the normal life to be expected of their asphalt, as just one example. “Maintenance crews know the next watermain replacement call is not far away,” he added. “There is an urgent need to address this issue.” Details of the consultation process will be provided in the weeks ahead. The final report to City Council is expected in April. Media Contact: Matt Noble, City Manager City of Moose Jaw (306) 694 4427 email@example.com
SNOW ROUTE PRIORITY PLOW PARKING BAN – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015 On Tuesday, February 17, parking is not allowed on the SOUTH side of the following streets to allow easy access for snow plowing operations (i.e. no parking on the south side): Saskatchewan St. W. from Main St. to Algoma Ave. Saskatchewan St. W. from 7th Ave. N.W. to 9th Ave. N.W. Caribou St. W. from 1st Ave. N.W. to 8th Ave. N.W. Caribou St. W. from 9th Ave. N.W. to Thatcher Dr. Please note that any vehicles parked on the south side of the above streets will be towed at the owner’s expense.
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 5, 2015 BOULEVARD TREE PRUNING MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw has initiated its annual Boulevard Tree Pruning Program which will take place over an approximate one month period commencing on February 9, 2015. This pruning is part of the Urban Forest Maintenance Program to improve the health and safety of the City’s trees. The public is advised of the following: Pruning operations will take place Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in designated areas only. “No Parking” signs will be posted in these designated areas 24 hours in advance of the pruning and will remain up until the work is completed (estimated to be 2 to 3 days per block). Vehicles not adhering to the signs will be ticketed and possibly towed. Entire blocks will be pruned at a time. Streets will not be blocked off unless traffic becomes a safety issue. “We are continuing to prune in the Avenues, due to the large number of mature Elm trees”, said Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener. “However, we also realize the need for pruning in the older areas of South Hill and therefore Coteau Street East is also being done”, she added. The following blocks will be pruned: Saskatchewan Street - 5th Ave NW to Algoma Street 4th Avenue NW - 1100 and 1200 blocks Henleaze Avenue - 1100 and 1200 blocks 3rd Avenue NW - 800, 1000, 1100, and 1200 blocks Grafton Avenue - 1000, 1100, and 1200 blocks Coteau Street East The City requests everyone’s assistance in respecting the “No Parking” areas to ensure the safe and efficient movement of the pruning crew and equipment. Media Contact: Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4439 firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 3, 2015 BUFFALO POUND WATER TREATMENT PLANT MOOSE JAW –In follow up to the planned shut down at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2015, and to clarify today’s news article on Discover Moose Jaw, the City of Moose Jaw will not be affected by the Plant shut down. The City’s reservoirs will be full with a supply of potable water so Moose Jaw will not be affected by a precautionary drinking water advisory. Media Contact: Josh Mickleborough, Director of Engineering Services City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4473 email@example.com
2015 Summer JobsThe Youth Activity Centres & the Playground Program will be operating again this summer creating employment opportunities with Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation. Employment opportunities available for these programs are: Youth Activity Centre Supervisor: term of employment will run from July 2 to August 12, 2015 with the hourly wage being $20.78. Applications for this job opportunity will be accepted until May 29, 2015; Playground Program Director: term of employment will run from July 6 to August 14, 2015 with the hourly wage being $12.85(student wage) or $16.97 (non-student wage). Applications for this job opportunity will be accepted until May 29, 2015; Playground Coordinator: term of employment for this position runs from June 8, 2014 to August 21, 2015 with the hourly wage being $20.78/hour. Applications will be accepted until May 8, 2015. Please submit all resumes to the Parks and Recreation Department, 4th Floor, City Hall, 228 Main Street, Moose Jaw, SK. Be sure to specify what position you’re applying for. For more information, please contact Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department at 306-694-4447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Job Application Form Upcoming Play Leadership Workshop Upcoming First Aid Course
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW January 21, 2015 OFF-LEASH DOG PARK UPDATE MOOSE JAW – In a few short months dogs in Moose Jaw will have a place where they will be able to run free and play with no fear of being caught by the “dog catcher”. Soon, the new off-leash dog park in Moose Jaw will be completed and ready for use. “Dogs waiting for the Park to open will only have to wait a bit longer” said Kelly Mentanko, Operations Manager. “This past fall the City started construction on the Park located on the west end of Hamilton Flats and recently both areas had their fencing installed” he added. Through community consultations in 2013, a final design was approved by Council in 2014 with residents supporting the Hamilton Flats location. The Dog Park will consist of two separate areas; one for small dogs and one for large dogs, accessible pathways and water as basic amenities for the Park. Work on the pathways started in the fall of 2014 prior to freeze up and are approximately 65% complete. Additional work remaining includes a parking area/entrance, signage, doggie doo bag stations and benches as well as some minimal landscaping with the area remaining a natural grass area requiring minimal maintenance. The City is looking forward to putting the finishing touches on the Park once spring arrives. Updates will be posted on the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter to keep residents up to date on progress. Until completion of the Park is finalized, the City asks all dogs to advise their owners to keep their leashes on a little while longer. Media Contact: Kelly Mentanko, Operations Manager City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4447 email@example.com
The City of Moose Jaw invites the public to view and comment on the final draft of the South Hill Local Area Plan. A Local Area Plan (LAP) provides a long-term road map for how the South Hill neighbourhood will grow, revitailize and adapt over time. This is an opportunity for the public to comment on the Draft Plan. Prairie Wild Consulting will be accepting feedback on the plan until January 31st, 2015. firstname.lastname@example.org Draft South Hill Local Area Plan