Railing repairs will begin on the 4th Avenue Bridge September 27 – 30. Traffic will be restricted to the northbound lane only. The southbound lane will be closed. This is a permanent repair in response to the accident causing damage to the bridge railing earlier this summer. Drivers and pedestrians are reminded to respect barricades and posted signs for everyone’s safety. Anyone with concerns can call the City Engineering department at 694-4448.
The potable water truck supplying water to residents in the south east area still under the water advisory – has moved to 2nd Ave SE and Maple Street. No new advisories have been issued. Current drinking water advisories can be found online at: http://citymj.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=d521b084cfda49468a77585e3d1d17a3 Anyone with questions or concerns can call the City Engineering department at 694-4448.
The City of Moose Jaw received $146,989.75 from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) as their share of a surplus distribution. The Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board was again in an excess surplus position due to investment performance resulting in positive investment earnings which placed their funded position in excess of their funding policy. Employers were eligible for distribution of this surplus if their net premiums were greater than their claims costs over a 3 year period 2012, 2013, 2014 with the amount of distribution determined based on 2014 premiums. “We have worked our way out of the surcharge position that the City had been in for several years. This can be attributed mainly to the implementation of an effective and aggressive claims management system and return to work program,” stated Al Bromley, Director of Human Resources. In 2007, the City was in a surcharge position of 99%. According to available records, the City has never been in a merit position with WCB prior to 2014. “In an effort to achieve additional savings, I am convinced a concentrated effort in hazard assessment and control will further improve our premium discount position with the Workers Compensation Board,” commented Bromley. “This will be included in HR’s 2017 business plan and operating budget submission.” Savings in WCB premiums at the current discount of 20% equates to annual savings at the City of Moose Jaw of $55,284.27. Maximum savings at a 30% discount could potentially reach over $80,000.00 in annual savings.
Canada’s official National Tree Day is an annual event occurring on the Wednesday of National Forest Week. It serves as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature. To commemorate this event locally, the City of Moose Jaw Parks & Recreation Department holds the Tree of Significance program, asking residents to nominate a tree significant to them in our community. “This program encourages residents to take notice of and appreciate our Urban Forest. It is also a chance for people to recognize a tree significant to themselves or to others,” commented Sarah Regent, the City’s Parks Gardener. The 2016 Tree of Significance winner is an elm located to the west of the 9th Avenue Bridge. This tree is significant because it has survived two floods, the construction of the 9th Avenue Bridge and is a reminder of the neighbourhood that once existed in Hamilton Flats. A large bow has been placed on this tree to celebrate its significance and to help residents identify it. The City of Moose Jaw would like to thank everyone who nominated a tree this year. Photos of all trees of significance (past and present) may be viewed on the City’s website at http://www.moosejaw.ca/parks/horticulture/tree-of-significance
Pursuant to The Planning and Development Act, 2007, and the City of Moose Jaw’s Public Notice Policy, notice is hereby given, that City Council, at its regular meeting to be held on Monday, October 3, 2016 will be considering a bylaw to sell the following land: Sell Blk/Par F, Plan 102223516 Ext 0 west of 1645 Stadacona Street West A copy of the proposed Bylaw may be inspected by any interested person at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 228 Main Street North, from Monday, September 26, 2016 to Monday, October 3, 2016 from 8:15 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Submissions regarding the proposed Bylaw must be received at the Office of the City Clerk by 12 noon on Monday, October 3, 2016. The proposed Bylaw and any submissions regarding the proposed Bylaw will be considered at the regular meeting of City Council to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016. DATED at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this 20th day of September 2016. Myron Gulka-Tiechko – City Clerk
The Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project work on Main Street continues this week. The section from Caribou to Oxford is expected to reopen in early October. The intersection of Main and Manitoba will also be closed until further notice. The waterline in this area is unable to be depressurized for the cast iron project so this intersection must remain closed for work to continue. The City apologizes for the inconvenience these closures may have on residents and businesses. Drivers and pedestrians are reminded to respect barricades and detour signs and routes for everyone’s safety. Anyone with concerns can call the City Engineering department at 694-4448.
The Recycle your Greenery program allows you to donate trees, shrubs and perennials that have outgrown their space or usefulness in your yard to the City of Moose Jaw. If you have plants that meet the criteria for transplanting, the Parks & Recreation Department would be happy to plant them on Public Green Space. Guidelines for selection of plants for the program To determine if a tree, shrub or perennial is acceptable, City of Moose Jaw staff will visit your property and assess the plant using the following criteria: Size: Trees with a trunk diameter over 16 cm (measured at ground level) and overgrown shrubs cannot be moved. Accessibility: Large trees must be accessible by a large mechanical tree spade. Condition: The plant must be disease free, in a state of vigorous growth and naturally shaped – not disfigured or misshapen. After assessing the condition, the plant will only be moved if it will have a least a 70% chance of survival after relocation. Value: The assessed value of the plant must be higher than the cost to relocate it and provide the necessary follow up maintenance. Time: Plants are only moved in the spring and fall. To donate greenery to the City of Moose Jaw, contact the Parks Gardener at (306) 694-4439 or visit www.moosejaw.ca for more information.
Moose Jaw’s North Service Road Upgrade Receives $1.8 Million Upgrade from Provincial Gov http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2016/september/19/moose-jaw-road-upgrades