Phase 1 of the City’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project is nearing completion, despite weather and other unforeseen delays. Faulty valves and the colder, wet weather experienced over the last month have delayed the project by approximately 2.5 weeks. The lack of dry, warmer weather has also delayed the asphalt portion of the project by approximately 3 weeks. Project progress by site location Complete: 8th Avenue NW; 9th Avenue NW (Edmonton to Francis Streets); 4th Avenue (Athabasca to Hochelaga Streets); Ominica Street (6th to 8th Avenues); Main Street (Caribou to Ross). 6th Avenaue (Grandview to Vaughan Streets) – All underground work complete. Open to traffic. Awaiting asphalt overlay, weather permitting. Manitoba Street (1st to Main) – Poor weather and faulty valves have delayed this project. However, progress is being made and weather permitting, should be complete within two weeks. 3rd Avenue (Manitoba to River) & River Street (3rd to 2nd) – Scheduled to be connected to temporary water on October 20. Summary of the steps involved in each site: Contractor appointments are set up with property owners who have submitted signed agreements. The contractor does a site visit to confirm connection material and to discuss scope of work with the property owner. The contractor notifies residents 3-4 days prior to temporary water being hooked up, indicating that access to their property will be required to provide temporary water. Once temporary water is supplied to residents on the cast iron main, the contractor replaces the main and service connections (as requested by property owners). The lines are pressure tested and disinfected and water quality and safety is confirmed through samples sent to the provincial lab. Concrete replacement, and installation of sub-base and base is completed. Asphalt repairs to trench locations are made, and the entire street is recapped with new pavement. The City’s interactive map indicates Phase 1, Phase 2 and completed Phase 1 sites. http://citymj.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0967d15edb43451aae5a3cb23a63f84a 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.
The cause of the water flow experienced last week on 1st Ave SE near the Wakamow entrance has been determined to be a leak in the feeder line in that high-risk area. The installation of the feeder line proved to be a challenging project with installation under a lake. Soil moisture conditions and soil settling in the area have caused a problem with the coupler. The contractor has been on site since last Thursday morning excavating to locate the line and to determine the best way to repair it. Repair time is expected to take one week, barring any unforeseen delays. Residents in the South Hill area may experience a drop in water pressure while digging and repairs occur. Two apartment buildings in the immediate area have been connected to temporary water. The one way street from Home Street to River Drive (near Wakamow Park entrance) and Coteau and 1st Ave SE are closed while the repairs are performed. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution in the area and to obey all posted detours and caution signs. The Engineering department is committed to rebuilding our infrastructure to ensure a more reliable, stable water service. If you have questions about this project, call the City Engineering department at 694-4448.
The theme of the 2016 national fire prevention week is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!” and urged residents to check the date of manufacture on all of their smoke alarms. To help raise community awareness of this year’s fire prevention campaign, the Moose Jaw Fire Department hosted two Fire Prevention Week BBQs at the Co-op Marketplace and Superstore parking lots on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Hot dogs and drinks were served and Sparky the fire dog was in attendance. Between the two locations, 388 hot dogs were served with $1,151.75 raised for the Jobransa Foundation for Children. The Moose Jaw Fire Department would like to thank the Moose Jaw Co-op and Superstore for donating hotdogs, buns, drinks, condiments and for their partnership in fire safety and fire prevention week. For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
Moose Jaw – Voters in Moose Jaw wishing to vote before October 26, 2016 can do so on the following dates and times at City Hall, 228 Main Street North: Evenings: Thursday, October 13 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Friday, October 14 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wednesday, October 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Thursday, October 20 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, October 21 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturdays: October 15, 2016 from 12 noon to 6:00 pm October 22 from 12 noon to 6:00 pm Voter Registration Please bring ID with you to register to vote: 1) One piece of government-issued identification that contains your name and address (eg.SK driver’s license) OR 2) Two pieces of identification which show both your name and at least one of which also establishes your address. Voter Eligibility To vote, you must meet all of the following criteria by election day: 1) be a Canadian citizen, 2) be 18 years of age, 3) have resided in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months, and 4) have resided in Moose Jaw for 3 months or have owned assessable land in Moose Jaw for 3 consecutive months. If you have any questions, please call the Election office at 306-694-4426.
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
MOOSE JAW – Effective today, the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory will be lifted for a portion of residents in the southeast area of the City of Moose Jaw. The advisory has been lifted for all South Hill streets EXCEPT Maple Street and Aldersgate areas. Areas where the advisory is being lifted will receive notices today. Repairs and testing affecting residents in these areas should be completed next week. However, until residents in these areas receive a notice at their property advising them that the advisory is lifted, the following precautions should be taken: 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. The City of Moose Jaw appreciates your patience and cooperation to ensure residents’ drinking water remains safe and secure. City Of Moose Jaw Water Advisory Map
MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw would like to advise all residents that now is the time to prune privately owned elm trees. The Province of Saskatchewan has an elm tree pruning ban in effect between April 1st and August 31st of each year when it is illegal to prune elm trees within the province. It is now safe to prune privately owned elm trees until March 31st . Elm Bark Beetles are attracted to the smell of fresh cut wood during their feeding period (before August 31st). An elm log 2 feet long can breed up to 1800 Elm Bark Beetles, which could act as a carrier for Dutch Elm Disease if they entered a susceptible tree. All elm wood must be disposed of at the City Landfill and can be brought in for no charge with a disposal permit obtained by contacting the Parks & Recreation Department. For additional information please contact the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department at 306-694-4430 or www.moosejaw.ca.