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The City of Moose Jaw welcomes its Citizens to provide input on its annual budget. Please click on the link below to access the interactive online budget consultation tool.http://moosejaw.citizenbudget.comIf you prefer to provide your input in another manner, you can send an email to Budget@Moosejaw.ca. If you would like to make a presentation to Budget Committee, please contact the City Clerk's Department at 306-694-4426.
Last night, City Council approved the recommendation of the Executive Committee regarding the first phase of the cast iron water main replacement program.The areas under which the City intends to conduct the first phase of the program are now listed. They are slated for completion in spring 2016. The coming winter months will be used to approve the process through a Local Improvement Program with the Saskatchewan Municipal Board. Residents impacted by the spring 2016 program can expect to receive notification about it over the next few months.The selected areas include some of the sections of pipe that have experienced the most water main breaks in recent years. These represent areas that have been the most negatively impacted by the old water mains.Water mains scheduled to be replaced with the spring 2016 program include:Ominica St. between 6th NE and 8th Ave. NE 9th NW between Edmonton St. and Francis St. 4th NE between Athabasca St. E and Hochelaga St. E Main St. N between Caribou St. and Ross St. Manitoba St. W between Main St. N and 1st NW 6th SW between Vaughan St. W and Grandview St. W Keith Cres. between 6th SW and 7th Ave. SW River St. W between 2nd NW and 3rd Ave. NW 3rd NW between Manitoba St. W and River St. W 8th NW between Oxford St. W and Hall St. W The City will also use the opportunity to renew other infrastructure in these areas including:replacement of associated valves, hydrants, and hydrant leads; replacement of water service connections from the water main to the property line. It will also be mandatory to upgrade from the property line to the building where the water service connection is comprised of lead, or optional if the water service connection is comprised of other material; replacement of no-corrode sanitary sewer connections from the sanitary main to the property line; and repaving the top layer of road. Each area is expected to take about one month to complete.As approved in spring 2015, the City will pay for 70 per cent of the program through a Local Improvement Program while property owners will cover the remaining 30 per cent.The estimated cost per linear metre for assessable properties is $1,857.68. As a result, the estimated cost for the average property in the 2016 portion of the program is $7,474.12 if prepaid or $549.96 per year for 20 years, which includes an interest rate of four per cent. Four per cent is the rate at which the City plans to borrow money. The 2016 program carries an overall estimated cost of $4.67 million. At this time, the costs are estimates. Final costs will not be known until the program is tendered and contractors enlisted to complete the work.The proposed spring 2016 projects will encompass approximately 2.5 kilometres worth of water main. The entire program includes about 80 kilometres of water main and is expected to take approximately 20 years to complete.The cast iron water main replacement program was approved in spring 2015 to attempt to repair the City’s dilapidated water mains, some of which are over 100 years old. They will be replaced with modern pipes with a projected lifespan of 75 years. In 2014, the City spent more than $2 million on unplanned cast iron water main repairs.
Last night City Council approved setting the monthly fee for the new curbside recycling program at $6.75 per month.The fee includes $5.50 per month for the cost of collecting and sorting the recycling by the contractor, Loraas. The remainder of the fee includes 55 cents to cover the costs associated with processing payments, managing the contract, and customer service. The final 70 cents covers program contingency costs. Any unused portion of the fee will be placed in a reserve.The fee of $6.75 per month breaks down to 22.25 cents per day per utility account.The new curbside recycling program began yesterday, with properties on a bi-weekly schedule for pickup.Information about the program is available at www.moosejaw.ca/recycling.
Do you know where to install your smoke alarms?Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every storey of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need additional alarms.This year Fire Safety Week occurs from Oct. 4 to 10 and includes the theme, “Hear the beep where you sleep!”We have a fire safety prize pack to give away that includes a whole bunch of items including:1 - 27” Stuffed Sparky the Fire Dog2 - Fire Sentry Ionization Smoke Alarm w/hush button1 - Kiddie Smoke Alarm for Children’s Bedroom3 - Children’s Red Fire Hats4 - “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” Eyewear Cleaning Clothes2 - Sparky’s Story BookAlong with various Items that include colouring books, activity books, pencils and erasers, spatulas, basting brushes, measuring spoons, pot holders, autumn fire safety booklets and drawstring bags. So much stuff!To enter, it’s simple: Below is a floor plan of a house. Just comment below with an answer to the question: At least how many smoke alarms should there be on this floor of the house? All those who answer correctly by Friday, Oct. 9 at noon will be entered into a draw for the prize basket.Good luck!
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW September 9, 2015 CHANGES TO TRANSIT SERVICE MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw’s Transit service is growing to meet the demands of the City.Effective October 5, 2015, Moose Jaw Transit routes are being amended to serve the new hospital (Route 1 – Athabasca East). This will allow the bus to also stop at the Western Development Museum.Plans are also in place to serve West Park as soon as the developer completes the paving of West Park Drive (Route 2 – Sunningdale). A bus stop will be available at the Brightwater Seniors’ Home.Route 3 – Athabasca West will be extended to 16th Avenue NW between Caribou and Athabasca. A new stop is located adjacent to Elks Field on Caribou Street West.New Rock subdivision gains Transit service via Route 4 – Westmount with two new stops, including one at the entrance to Caleb Village.To provide these adjustments, running times will be a little longer at 40 minutes between buses as opposed to the current 30 minutes. Schedules will be posted on all bus shelters in the City.Schedules and route maps are available on the City’s website at the following link: http://www.moosejaw.ca/?service=city-of-moose-jaw-transit-division Media Contact:Mark Sture, City of Moose JawCity of Moose JawPHONE # (306) email@example.com
The City of Moose Jaw has engaged the online public consultation tool Citizen Budget for the 2016 Operating Budget process.The purpose of the Citizen Budget is to offer the citizens of Moose Jaw an opportunity to provide input on its annual budget. This interactive tool allows the citizens of Moose Jaw to play the role of decision maker on the City’s Operating Budget and determine where spending should be increased or decreased based upon their priorities. Information garnered from the Citizen Budget will be summarized in report form and presented to Budget Committee of City Council.The Citizen Budget may be accessed via the City’s website, Discover Moose Jaw, and the City’s Facebook page.“The City had a good response last year to the Citizen Budget,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “I hope the people of Moose Jaw will play an active role in the City’s budget again this year by putting forward their comments and suggestions. Citizen input will provide Council with valuable feedback when considering budget priorities.”The Citizen Budget is located here: http://moosejaw.citizenbudget.com
The City of Moose Jaw’s curbside recycling program begins Monday, October 5, 2015.The rollout of new carts has started this week and will continue next week.With the cart, residents should be receiving a brochure with an explanation of the program, as well as a recycling calendar. If either of these items were not received with the cart, residents can call 306-694-4448.Information on the program is also available at www.moosejaw.ca/recycling.Loraas will be operating the program on behalf of the City of Moose Jaw.Items that can be included in carts include:All plastics with a recycling label numbered 1 through 7 Tin, aluminum cans, glass jars and glass bottles Cardboard, boxboard, office paper, newsprint, junk mail, magazines and catalogues Plastic bags Items that cannot be included in the recycling cart:Styrofoam, ceramics, light bulbs, soiled cardboard, hazardous chemical containers, scrap metal, car parts, plastic toys, household garbage, clothing