City Hall will be closed for Canada Day – July 1. No transit will run on that date. Be safe and have an enjoyable long weekend!
In November 2015 the firm aodbt architecture and interior design was hired to complete a Facility Assessment and Planning and Design study for the Natatorium Building and Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool. The purpose of the report is To provide a detailed building condition assessment of the Natatorium to determine the current state of the facility and provide costs related to redeveloping the building for an alternative use. To provide planning and design services to determine the current state of the Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool and develop conceptual designs to redevelop the outdoor pool on the existing site or relocate the outdoor pool to the Kinsmen Sportsplex site. The complete aodbt report is provided below. Report 1 Report 2
The City of Moose Jaw is now accepting applications for municipal election workers. The City is conducting the Municipal and School Board General Elections on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. There are also 7 Advance Polls set during the weeks prior to Election Day (from October 13 – 22). The City is currently seeking to fill the following positions: Poll Supervisor Deputy Returning Officer (Ballot receiving officer) Poll Clerk (Ballot issuing officer) Past election experience is an asset, but not required. Training will be provided. Applications and additional information is available online http://www.moosejaw.ca/election/working-the-election or by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 306-694-4426. Application deadline is August 15, 2016.
The leak on the Subway has been stopped. The leak stopped on old feeder line on 3rd Ave E and Fairford St E. 3rd Ave E and Athabasca E are now closed while crews work to tie in the feeder line. This work is expected to be completed by June 28. Paving in the area will resume shortly after.
Phase 1 of the City’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project is nearing completion on the first street of the project – 8th Avenue NW (across from Elgin Park). Thirteen properties are involved in this first portion of the project and service connections and road work are expected to be completed within the next few weeks. The next sites for the project will be 9th Avenue NW (Edmonton Street to Francis Street) and then 4th Avenue (Athabasca to Hochelaga). The City has been in communication with property owners in these areas via phone and direct mail. The deadline for all Phase 1 residents to submit agreements to City Engineering is June 30, 2016. Those who have not yet submitted agreements to City Engineering have been contacted via mail and direct mail inviting them to attend a final information session. This will be the last session held for Phase 1 property owners. Property owners who have already submitted their agreements to the City are now being contacted to arrange contractor site visits to verify service connections and provide estimates for work chosen. If you are involved in Phase 1, have submitted your agreement and will be away on holidays this summer, please call Tasha in Engineering at 306-694-4448 to set up a meeting with the contractor. Safety As with all projects, safety comes first. City Engineering reminds residents and children to stay a safe distance from equipment and to slow down when passing crews. Pedestrians and drivers are asked to obey barricades and detour signs to ensure safety of workers in the area.
The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Firefighters’ Association (MJFFA) Local 553 resolved all outstanding labour issues earlier this week. The Local Association voted to accept the agreement on June 21, 2016, after an agreement was negotiated June 13 and 14, 2016. “The parties acted cordially and agreed to negotiate all outstanding labour relations issues relating to the reorganization within the Moose Jaw Fire Department during that session. We understand the Association executive recommended the deal and we know as a fact that the Association membership ratified the settlement,” stated Rod Montgomery, Fire Chief. City Administration is pleased to announce both parties were successful in coming to an agreement on June 14 with it being fully ratified by the MJFF Association members on June 21, 2016. On July 13, 2015, the City’s Personnel Committee had provided Administration with an initial monetary mandate to offer for severance. This severance was over and above the statutory requirement spelled out in the Saskatchewan Employment Act and the collective agreement with the IAFF. City Administration offered it as a gesture of goodwill to the outgoing employees. “The agreement reached was within the confines of the committee’s initial mandate and the parties collaborated to resolve all outstanding labour relations issues,” commented Al Bromley, Director of HR Services. The City of Moose Jaw is looking forward to a more efficient operation of the Department through the new management structure agreed to by the parties and is committed to working with the Association to ensure the effective operation of the Fire Department for the citizens of Moose Jaw.
Many local Moose Javians can recall significant wind events happening in our City from time to time. What some may not be aware of is that Moose Jaw is located within Canada’s tornado alley. “While the risk here of significant tornados is less than high risk areas in the United States, there is still a recognised risk of them here in Saskatchewan, and in Moose Jaw”, said Emergency Measures Coordinator (EMO) Brian Wilson. There is some data that suggests a correlation between global warming, and the increased frequency and severity of severe weather events. The City’s EMO Coordinator urges all residents to ensure that they are aware of how to react to both tornado watches and tornado warnings. “These weather alerts are put out by Environment Canada and need to be taken seriously. There are a number of historical events in Canada where residents had one minute or less warning of tornado activity in their area,” said Wilson. When a tornado warning is issued, people need to take immediate action to ensure their safety, which includes seeking shelter in the nearest building, preferably below grade, and away from windows/doors. The deadliest tornado in Canadian history occurred in Regina in 1912, with several other significant tornados occurring across the Prairie Provinces. The only F5 tornado in Canada’s history struck in Manitoba, so the risk of potential events happening in our region are worth paying attention to. “All that said, the likelihood of an F2 or higher tornado occurring in Moose Jaw are still something like 1 in 100, but the potential from that level of storm is why we want to ensure our residents are aware of what to do should one ever occur here,” Wilson commented. Paying attention to weather warnings is something everyone should be aware of. The weather network, including through their smartphone app, provide immediate notification of these watches and warnings. Broadcasters all play an integral role in providing urgent mass notification of severe weather and other urgent messages. The safety of our residents remains a top concern for the City of Moose Jaw, and the City’s Emergency Measures Organisation is continually revising the City’s emergency plan, including conducting exercises with various staff and partners to ensure readiness to respond to emergencies should they occur.