Twenty-one City employees rode the Heart & Stroke Big Bike yesterday to raise funds for heart health research. The City of Moose Jaw team cycled the massive bike through downtown to help raise awareness of the impacts of heart and stroke in our province. The team raised $2500.30 as of this morning, reaching its $2500 goal for 2016. “It was a great team exercise for us, a worthwhile cause and we had so much fun,” commented Carol Reynolds-Wittman, co-captain for the team. “We have already started planning for next year’s big bike ride and hope to increase our fundraising goal for this important cause.” Al Bromley, Director of HR also co-captained the team and has been involved on the City’s team for the past 3 years, as had many of the 2016 riders. More information on the Heart & Stroke Big Bike can be found at www.bigbike.ca.
Annual Sport, Cultural & Recreation Organizations Community Wide Fall Mall Registration 2016 will take place: Thursday, Sept. 8th 11:00am – 8:00pm Friday, Sept. 9th 11:00am – 8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 10th 11:00am – 4:00pm If your Organization is interested in having a table at the Town N Country Mall during Community Wide Registration, please contact Parks & Recreation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 694-4447 Deadline to confirm your organization’s attendance is Friday, September 2nd @ 5pm
City Providing Assistance to Affected Residents of Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory in City’s SoutheastThe precautionary drinking water advisory has been extended for the City’s southeast area and is now projected to last until September 9, 2016. “We acknowledge and regret that residents in this area have been under this advisory for a prolonged period of time,” stated Matt Noble, City Manager. “Our Engineering department is working to provide a potable water station in the area for residents and the City will be providing credits on water bills for the period of the advisory.” A portable potable water tank will be located at the intersection of 2nd Avenue SE and Lillooet Street by tomorrow (Saturday, August 20) afternoon. Residents affected by the advisory are invited to fill up their own clean containers with drinking water from this site. The City’s initial plan to flush the lines to restore chlorine levels to Water Security Agency standards has not been successful and alternate approaches are being considered. Affected residents have been directly notified and updated of the advisory status since it began on July 27. Important notes about the advisory: This is simply a precautionary measure due to low chlorine levels. There is no confirmed contamination. The City and the Water Security Agency have issued this advisory to ensure the safety and security of residents’ drinking water. The water is fine to use for hygienic purposes (showering, etc.) but should be boiled for consumptive purposes (cooking, drinking, oral hygiene). Affected residents will be advised directly when the advisory is over. Areas affected can be found on this interactive map: http://citymj.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=d521b084cfda49468a77585e3d1d17a3 The original PSA issued for this precautionary drinking water advisory can be found at: http://www.moosejaw.ca/announcements/precautionary_drinking_water_advisory_issued_for_citys_southeast.
Moose Jaw Transit will be offering Semester Passes for students, beginning August 20. Passes are valid from September 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 and from February 1 to June 30, 2017. Student semester passes may be purchased at City Hall, the City’s high schools and at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for $237.50. This is a savings of $25 compared to purchasing individual monthly passes. As with all transit passes they are non-transferable and non-refundable, and must be shown to transit operators each time you board. Monthly passes for students will still be available at a cost of $52.50. Further information can be obtained from the Transit Office at 306-694-4488. A complete transit schedule is available at http://www.moosejaw.ca/city-transit/schedule .
The Kinsmen Sportsplex is now accepting registrations for Fall Learn to Swim Lessons & Advanced Courses
The Current Water Advisories map is now available.
The City and the Water Security Agency have issued a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for the southeast areas of the City of Moose Jaw, including Pleasant View, River Park and University Heights. The area affects approximately 100 residents. Due to needed repairs, a water main has been shutoff. The shutoff has resulted in below required chlorine levels in your area. Levels have been monitored by the City since the shutoff. The City has ordered the required specialty parts to do the repairs and timeline for arrival is 7 – 10 days. Due to these low chlorine levels, residents in the area are advised to boil drinking water. This is simply a precautionary measure. There is no confirmed contamination. The water is fine to use for hygienic purposes (showering, etc.) but should be boiled for consumptive purposes (cooking, drinking, oral hygiene). The City is working with the Water Security Agency to issue this advisory to ensure the safety of residents’ drinking water. The advisory will be in effect for at least 2 weeks, beginning today. Flushing and testing will continue until chlorine levels are back up to standards of the Water Security Agency. Affected residents will be advised when the advisory is over. The City of Moose Jaw appreciates your patience and cooperation to ensure residents’ drinking water remains safe and secure.
The north section of Happy Valley Park remains closed to the public as construction crews continue work at the site. The affected areas had tested slightly higher for organics earlier this month and have since been disinfected and are now safe. However, there is still heavy machinery traffic in the north end of the park as the contractor continues to work on repairs. For these safety reasons, this end of the park will remain closed to the public this week. The aging sewer lines have been challenging since the beginning of the project and continue to add to the cause of delays for the repairs. The City continues to work with the contractor to make the necessary repairs and will advise the public when the north section of Happy Valley Park is reopened. The City appreciates the cooperation of residents in respecting the fencing and signage placed in the area for construction safety reasons. Anyone with concerns can call the City Engineering department at 694-4448.
Moose Jaw – Phase 1 of the City’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project is progressing well since its start last month. The program will be accelerating over the remainder of the construction season with the contractor now having two crews working on the project. Four streets are currently actively involved in the project: 8th Avenue NW – Cast iron water main has been replaced. Asphalt work has begun and pavement will be completed soon. 9th Avenue NW (Edmonton to Francis Streets) – Cast iron water main has been replaced. Asphalt work will begin soon. 4th Avenue (Athabasca to Hochelaga Streets) – Cast iron water main has been replaced. Service connection replacement will continue this week. Ominica Street (6th to 8th Avenues) – Temporary water is scheduled to begin next week. Affected residents will be notified by the contractor via delivered notices to their properties. Residents involved in this program receiving temporary water services will receive a credit on an upcoming water bill reflecting the time period they were on temporary service. Contractor site visits with Phase 1 property owners who have submitted their agreements are being scheduled throughout the summer. These contractor site visits will confirm current service connections and provide estimates for work chosen. For additional information on the Cast iron Water main Replacement program please visit the FAQ at http://www.moosejaw.ca/cast-iron-water-mains/faq . 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.