Due to the above normal temperatures Moose Jaw has been experiencing, the Outdoor Rinks have been a challenge for the Parks & Recreation Department to maintain. The majority of the Outdoor Rink ice surfaces have melted completely and are not salvageable including the Oval. If colder weather returns, the department will be focusing on building up the ice at the following locations; Hillcrest Rink: 1200 Block Willow Ave. Ross Wells Rink: Ross Cres. & Oxford St. E Kinfield Rink: 100 Block Grandview St. W. Moose Square Rink: 600 Stadacona St. W West End Rink: 10th Ave. N.W. & Athabasca St. W. When you notice the outdoor rink lights are turned off in the evening, this means the ice is no longer safe to skate on. Effective February 21st. For information on Indoor skating and shinny times, click herehttp://www.moosejaw.ca/parks/recreation/public-skating
Warmer than normal daytime temperatures combined with freezing overnight are creating accumulations of water on our City streets and forming of potholes in some areas. City crews are currently monitoring street conditions and managing surface drainage on priority streets. Residents can help alert the City to other areas that need attention by calling the City’s Road Condition Hotline at 306-694-4550. This hotline is monitored regularly and concerns are passed along to the Public Works Department for investigation. Drivers are reminded to slow down and to use extra caution and courtesy when driving through pools of water on streets. Please take extra care when driving by pedestrians and work crews. For more information, visit www.moosejaw.ca or call City Engineering at 306-694-4448.
The City of Moose Jaw has received $792,544 toward the purchase of 4 new conventional buses from the federal government under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) Program. The funding was one of 28 provincial projects announced under the program yesterday at the Legislature in Regina. http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2017/january/11/canada-and-saskatchewan-fund-28-projects# The total cost to replace four buses is $1,585,088, with 50% coming from the federal program and the remainder from previously-committed funding from the City of Moose Jaw’s capital budget. “These new buses will have the latest in available technologies, will be more fuel efficient and will be air conditioned, and making summer bus rides around Moose Jaw more pleasant for drivers and passengers alike. Thank you for investing in Moose Jaw,” stated Mayor Fraser Tolmie yesterday in Regina. The four new buses will replace four of the City’s oldest buses originally purchased in 2008. A tender for the new buses will be issued once the provincial administrative paperwork is complete. Due to the large federal transit funding program announcement, actual delivery of the buses is expected to take 10-12 months from time of tender. Modernizing Services – Investing in Our Future
The City of Moose Jaw invites residents to place their real trees (ALL decorations must be removed) near their regular garbage pickup area. City crews will begin picking up natural Christmas trees on January 16, 2017. Please allow up to 3 weeks for pickup of these real trees to be recycled. They will then be taken to Wakamow Park for mulching and used in the park. For more information, visit www.moosejaw.ca .
The City’s Engineering department would like to encourage the public to report any issues with streets and roads within City limits by calling the Road Condition Hotline. By enlisting the public’s help, the public works employees can attend to issues much more quickly and prioritize multiple issues based on the number of calls received. The Hotline is checked by City staff every morning, issues are documented and then sent to the public works department for investigation and repair. This is especially important during the spring and winter months when changes in temperatures can cause shifting of roadways and streets, such as manhole covers. If you see an issue with the City’s roadways or streets, please call the Road Condition Hotline at 694-4550.
The City of Moose Jaw reminds drivers and pedestrians to take extra care when on streets and sidewalks during this winter season. Here are a few winter safety tips to remember: Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks – Pedestrians may cross at corners, painted markings on the road and at safety lights. You must stop before the crosswalk and remain there until all pedestrians are safely across the road. Watch other motorists – If you are unsure why a vehicle has slowed down or stopped, use caution, slow down and be prepared to stop in case the vehicle is stopped for a pedestrian. Never pass another vehicle when it is stopped for pedestrians. You will have little time to react if someone crosses into your lane. Be aware of left turns at multi-lane street intersection – When waiting to turn left at an intersection, be especially aware of pedestrians crossing the street you are turning onto. Take extra care in school zones and playgrounds – Young children sometimes don’t pay attention to oncoming vehicles. Anticipate someone crossing the street and slow down. Please remember to slow down in designated school zones. The City of Moose Jaw Engineering department is committed to keeping our streets safe with sanding and snow removal plans. Please do your part and look out for each other.
Transit customers in Moose Jaw now have access to a new Google Maps feature to help them use the bus system in the City. The Moose Jaw Transit bus routes have been integrated into the Google Maps app. This means that customers can now click on the bus icon in Google Maps, enter their starting and destination addresses and the bus routes will be displayed. “We are always striving to find ways to make it easier for our customers to use the bus and we hope this feature will make using the bus more convenient,” commented Mark Sture, the City’s Transit & Fleet Manager. The City’s IT department did the backend work to make this feature available with Google Maps. A Geographic Information System (GIS) technician compiled route and schedule data and worked with Google Maps to integrate the data into their online app. “This is just one of the many projects our GIS techs work on to improve citizen’s access to information and services. Our department also oversees a number of public online maps such as the cast iron water main map, election, water advisory and the road closures maps,” stated Wade McKay, Manager of Information Technology. “There is much work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the correct data is obtained, entered and updated.” The City hopes that this transportation planning tool now available in Moose Jaw will encourage residents to use the City’s bus service more often. Modernizing City Hall – Investing in Our Future. For example, to go from City Hall to the Walmart Supercentre in Moose Jaw, you will need to take two buses and time to reach your destination is 27 minutes. The illustration below shows what the Google Maps app would look like on your cell phone.
With the unseasonably warm weather recently experienced, City Engineering has had the opportunity to continue on with a number of projects. Drivers and pedestrians are reminded to respect all posted signage to ensure worker and public safety. Water Main Replacement – Fairford Street & 2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue NE City crews are working primarily in the intersection of 3rd & Fairford. Work is expected to continue for at least another week. Cast Iron Water Main Replacement The intersection of River Street and 3rd Avenue NW is now closed. Replacement and tie-ins within this intersection are scheduled to occur over the next few days. Concrete restoration will begin on River Street soon. This is the last site of Phase 1 of the cast iron water main replacement project. East Feeder Repair – Main Street South The pipe repair is complete and pressure testing is being conducted today. The next step involves the installation of concrete thrust blocks around the repair. Expected date of completion is November 24th. Main & Thatcher The shaping of the north ditch is expected to be completed this week. Paint marking and signage are also expected to be completed this week with the project being wrapped up by this weekend. Sidewalk work – near Walter Scott building A partial traffic light is scheduled to be installed today, with the arm installation in 2 weeks. Paving stone placement is 50% complete. Patch paving on Main Street in the area and street light installation is to be completed this week. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. Home Street West – Storm Sewer Replacement Work started last week at Maple Street and will extend up the hill towards Home Street over the next month. The project involves replacement and upsizing of the storm sewer and replacing the cast iron water main. The expected completion date of this project is Dec 31, 2016.