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NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT 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 2016 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, February 4th to March 4, 2016 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 4th day of March, 2016.Dated this 29th day of January, 2016Brenda HendricksonActing 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/propertyCondominium (Residential): $30/unitOther - see fee schedule below:Assessed Value of PropertyFee0 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 to 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 REQUIREDPlease make cheques payable to City of Moose Jaw.
As part of the development of the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, Diefenbaker Drive was extended to Main Street and traffic lights were installed. These intersection lights have been flashing amber for several weeks until a speed reduction in the area could be approved. Please note that the speed limit along Main Street North is now 60 kph. The traffic lights are now operating at Main Street North and Diefenbaker Drive.Please pay attention when travelling in this area.
Council minutes are not considered official until approved at the next meeting of Council, and may be subject to change CouncilAgendasJanuary 11, 2016January 25, 2016Executive CommitteeAgendasJanuary 8, 2016February 18, 2016
State of the City AddressMayor Deb HigginsJanuary 14, 2016 2015 overall was a very busy year!If you asked anyone in the community what the highlight of the year was, most would agree it was the opening of the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. Our new state of the art healthcare facility will serve our community well for many years to come and is a welcome addition to our City.Well received also was the success of lobbying efforts by the Saskatchewan Professional Firefighters Association, residents and the community when the Ministry of Health announced that the hyperbaric chamber would be accommodated and maintained at the new regional hospital, adding to available service.Moose Jaw was front and centre across Canada in 2015 with the successful hosting of the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts last March. With over 70,000 spectators in attendance and just over an estimated 1 million viewers tuning in to broadcasts, the event set a record as the most watched Scotties in the tournament’s history and as the largest event hosted at Mosaic Place! Volunteers and the organizing committee did a fantastic job hosting the world-class event. During the week of activity, all that the city had to offer, along with an abundance of Moose Jaw hospitality, was on display.2015 saw City Council make the decision to move ahead with curbside recycling. The program began in October and has been well received by residents. Comments that I’ve heard most often are how surprised many are by the variety of materials that can be recycled and how much it reduces weekly garbage. As the program develops and becomes second nature, I’m sure we will see increased usage and uptake.Another City Council decision that has raised considerable discussion was to move ahead with the rebuild of cast iron water mains. There are over 80 kilometres of cast iron pipes in the ground that were put in service anywhere from 1903-1955 that are well past their life expectancy. Both Council and public discussion has never been about whether the project needs to be undertaken, the discussion has been about how to pay for what’s expected to be a 15-20 year major infrastructure rebuild and the largest single infrastructure project ever undertaken by the City of Moose Jaw.Public infrastructure is the backbone of our economy and quality of life. The current backlog of repairs and construction impacts every resident and business in our community.While municipalities have responsibility for over 60% of all infrastructure, we collect just eight cents of every tax dollar paid - the other ninety two cents going to either the provincial or federal governments. It is difficult for a municipality and our ratepayers to bear the total cost of rebuilding in isolation from support by senior levels of government. With this in mind, I will continue to lobby the senior levels of government for a long-term predictable infrastructure program to support our community. While federal government promises are encouraging, we will wait to see what the federal budget brings in the spring and what program details are announced.2015 saw the hiring of a new Director and Manager of Engineering. Both have hit the ground running, and we have seen a number of projects moving forward in 2015. The completion of the 3rd avenue dam, traffic light replacement moving ahead in the downtown core, a portion of changes to the Main Street North and Thatcher Drive intersection complete, two phases of the east feeder line under construction in 2015, (phase one is complete with phase two completion expected in early spring 2016), completion of Diefenbaker Drive, and the cast iron replacement program planning were just a few of the projects underway.Diefenbaker Drive now connects from Moose Jaw Tourism on Thatcher Drive East right through to the regional hospital and Main Street North, improving access to the new regional hospital, opening access to a number of high visibility lots in Grayson Business Park for development and providing improved traffic flows for the new hotels and businesses located along Diefenbaker Drive.Building permits always give a good snapshot of what’s happening in the city, totalled $53,255,742.00 in 2015, $78.2 million below what had been a record year in 2014. Please keep in mind 2014 included permits for the new hospital. $53 million is substantial!If you venture down to High Street West or, as we more commonly refer to it as, the “flats,” there is something for every family member. Ball diamond, soccer fields and Yara Centre now have company. The opening of the Bark Park for our four legged residents has proven to be a hit and the Bike Skills Park spearheaded by the Moose Jaw Police Association, have added a new dimension to family activity in the city.Sporting activity has always been important in our community. It was a pleasure to attend the inaugural induction dinner for the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame last fall. Moose Jaw’s rich history of individual athletes, team sports and builders now has a home at Mosaic Place and an organization to recognize and celebrate those that have contributed so much.2015 ended with the reopening of the renovated Provincial Court House. As the oldest continuously functioning Court House in Saskatchewan, a national historic site and a provincial heritage property, the restoration was important to our historic downtown and speaks to the value of maintaining heritage buildings as centres of activity in our community.So what do we see for 2016?Our primary responsibility as a city is to provide service to residents and businesses. To that end, work continues on the cast iron water main replacement program, with the goal of seeing two phases of replacement initiated in 2016.Our city continues to pride itself on being a tourism destination. In 2015, Moose Jaw Tourism reported just under 32,000 people came through their doors - an increase of almost 17% over the previous year. That trend is expected to continue in 2016, especially with our lower Canadian dollar.We know the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company hosts the Hometown Fair each year, but I’m not sure we realize what a generator of economic activity the facility is throughout the year. In 2015, thirty-four weekends were booked in the arena and barns for livestock shows, while forty-two weekends were booked in the Convention Centre and Golden Nugget! A lot of activity and people! With estimates that 50% of attendees are from outside the city, I connect exhibition activity to tourism. The Exhibition Company’s outlook is for that pace to continue in 2016.Tourism Saskatchewan estimates that for every person who visits the city, $170 is spent. Quick calculations clearly show almost $5.4 million for the 32,000 people passing through tourism doors. Clearly, tourism on many levels continues to have an impact on the city.With the lower Canadian dollar, expectations are for demand to remain high for agricultural products for export. We’ve seen over the past couple of years local and companies new to our community expand to meet demand from around the world. That demand for exports is growing!We often speak of the Moose Jaw Advantage. Moose Jaw is located central to some of the most productive land in North America. We have access to transportation options necessary to export those products, by truck or rail, east, west or south. We have land, water, wastewater capacity and access to utilities.Economic Development is focused on investment attraction targeting commercial and industrial development. Our city’s promotion of the Moose Jaw Advantage has now resulted in a significant number of on-site visits by investment groups from around the world.Currently, we have a number of prospective investors in the agricultural value-added sector looking to locate in the city. We need to be prepared.To that end, the city is in discussions with the RM of Moose Jaw to annex land for an industrial park to accommodate a cluster of industrial processing plants. Investors have been on-site to check out the location and in some cases, made multiple visits.This proposed investment could amount to over $180 million, with a resulting 200 - 220 direct jobs.We are still in the discussion stage, but it is encouraging to have the eyes of the world on opportunities in Moose Jaw.15 Wing is a big part of our city. Welcome CAE to 15 Wing. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.Another area of activity in 2016 will be welcoming an expected 200 Syrian refugees to our community. We are privileged to live in a country that offers so much and we are willing to share that privilege with others fleeing unrest, terrorism and wars. Offering a hand-up to families desperate to begin a new life is a Canadian tradition, possibly because we have all been immigrants or refugees at some time in our family history.No matter where in the world we come from, we want much the same thing - an opportunity to provide for our family, a place to call home, education for our children, safety and security, and a community in which to thrive. Moose Jaw offers all that and more!Quality of life is important to residents of Moose Jaw. With a strong economic outlook, a growing commercial and retail sector, ample community cultural and recreational activity, and an excellent selection of available housing, Moose Jaw offers all the amenities of a larger city but with that small town feel. Whether you are a young family ready to put down roots, an established business looking to expand, or seeking a place to settle, Moose Jaw truly is the place for you.
The City of Moose Jaw has reached a collective agreement with Unifor Local 101-R, Lodge 204, Unit #4187, which represents City of Moose Jaw transit operators.The agreement includes a 2% wage increase for 2015, 2% for 2016, and 1.75% for 2017.The operators were working without an agreement in 2015.There were no increases to employer contribution levels for benefits or pensions.There were also a number of items negotiated to bring Unifor’s members on par with CUPE Local 9, which represents many City employees. These include:An increase to shift premiums from $.60 to $.75 per hour effective January 1, 2016 An adjustment in overtime pay to two times from one and a half effective July 1, 2017 Increased vacation entitlements to six weeks after 23 years of service as opposed to 25 years Six negotiating sessions were held between June and December 2015. Unifor’s membership voted to ratify the agreement on Jan. 4, 2016. City Council ratified the agreement at their meeting on Jan. 11, 2016.