MOOSE JAW – In an effort to reduce the number of water main breaks occurring this winter on Fairford Street, the Engineering department will be working on decommissioning a section of old feeder line in that area all day tomorrow. Residents in the area have been advised of a water disruption from 6 am to 6 pm tomorrow. All properties from 1st to 3rd Avenues NE will be affected by this temporary water disruption. Depending on the extent of the work required, all residents in the area of 2nd to 3rd Ave NE from Fairford Street to Manitoba Street may also be affected and have been notified. In total, the disruption could affect 500 – 800 residents in 6 apartment buildings and the Water Security Building tenants over the 12 hour period. Property owners have been advised and residents are encouraged to plan ahead for this short disruption by timing their water use prior to 6 am or after 6 pm tomorrow. The Engineering department apologizes for this temporary inconvenience and appreciates residents’ understanding and patience while this work is done to help ensure more reliable, stable water service this winter.
MOOSE JAW – On October 15th, 2016 Platoon Commander Chris Christmann will hang up his helmet and turnout gear for the last time. Chris was hired in June 1978 and quickly became a driver/operator. In February of 2000 Chris was promoted to Lieutenant and in August 2000 was promoted to Captain. Chris has held his current position of Platoon Commander on “A” Platoon since August 16, 2007. During his 38 year career with the Moose Jaw Fire Department, Chris has displayed his dedication to the department and city in many ways. In 1988 during a structure fire Chris received life threatening injuries and returned to full duties after only three months recuperation. Chris was awarded the Exemplary Service Medal in 2001, the Saskatchewan Protective Service Medal and the Moose Jaw Medal of Merit in 2004. Chris’s love and devotion for his family has always been his number one priority, however his commitment to his fellow firefighters and the Moose Jaw Fire Department was his second. Chris has always led his Platoon by example with integrity, honesty and hard work. The Fire Department and the City of Moose Jaw would like to thank Chris for his 38 years of exceptional service and wish him all the best in his retirement.
MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw is committed to helping residents help keep our City clean and beautiful. To assist with private residents’ fall cleaning efforts, the City is waiving the $8 entry fee to the Sanitary Landfill between October 1 -14, 2016. During this two week period, private citizens may dispose of yard wastes and household garbage at the Sanitary Landfill located on the 1800 block of Caribou Street East (east side of the Trans-Canada Highway) without paying the entry fee. The City reminds residents that according to City Bylaw #5156, Section 23, tarpaulins are required to secure loads and that violations will be issued for loads not secured by a tarp. This will help to keep our roads and streets safe and free of debris as citizens do their fall cleaning. The Sanitary Landfill hours are Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Please use caution when approaching the landfill and follow posted directions while on site. Residents can call the City Engineering Department at (306) 694-4448 or visit or visit http://www.moosejaw.ca/ for more information.
MOOSE JAW – The Parks & Recreation department will be turning off the water at the dog parks next week. Pet owners using the park are encouraged to bring their own water for their pets when using the park for the remainder of the season. The City also reminds pet owners to obey the posted rules for using the dog park and to use the appropriate park (small dog-large dog) for your dog’s size.
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