Due to damage caused by a recent water main break, City Engineering will be replacing a manhole and section of pipe in the 6th Ave & Caribou area. To ensure there is no sewer service disruption, there will be a bypass pump set up and running overnight. The pump, when operating, will produce a noise 70-80 decibels. The area will be marked for safety reasons and the City asks residents to keep children away from the area. The pump will be in operation until the end of day tomorrow when the repair of the sanitary manhole and sanitary line are expected to be complete. City crews will be monitoring the pump throughout the night. Residents should not experience service disruptions overnight and during the repair period. For more information, visit www.moosejaw.ca or call City Engineering at 306-694-4448.
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.
Renewal Notices for 2017 Business Licenses were mailed in January. Any business that has not submitted the appropriate License Fee and any business operating in the City of Moose Jaw that has not applied for a Business License under the Licensing Bylaw No. 5225 by Feb 28, 2017 will be subject to a Notice of Violation and a fine of $200.00 in addition to their annual license fee. Please remit your Renewal Fee by this date. If you did not receive a Renewal Notice for 2017 please contact the License Department at (306)694-4414.
Snow clearing of priority streets began this morning. The City reminds residents that during the clearing of priority streets (listed below) and on snow routes, half of the street will be placarded indicating NO PARKING and the other half of the street will be left for parking until the following day. Residents are reminded to watch for NO PARKING signage. Placards will be hung in advance, indicating the date and time of the No Parking restrictions. Any vehicles parking in placarded areas will be towed prior to plowing. The following streets are scheduled for plowing this week and will be marked for NO PARKING, as indicated: Street Area NO PARKING FEB 7 NO PARKING FEB 8 1st Ave NW Saskatchewan st- Oxford St East side West Side 1st Ave NE Saskatchewan St – Caribou St East Side West Side Fairford St E 9th Ave NE – 4th Ave NE North Side South Side Fairford St W 2nd Ave NW – 9th Ave NW North Side South Side Main St S Manitoba St – Grandview St East Side West Side 1st Ave SE Manitoba St- Grandview St East side West Side Coteau St W 4th Ave NW – 12th Ave NW North Side South Side Street Area NO PARKING FEB 9 NO PARKING FEB 10 Saskatchewan St W Main St – 9th Ave NW North Side South Side Caribou St W Main St- 24th Ave NW North Side South Side For more information, visit www.moosejaw.ca or call City Engineering at 306-694-4448.
After almost 39 years with the Moose Jaw Fire Department Platoon Commander Norm Hales is turning in his firefighter turnout gear. Norm was hired in May 1978 and has spent his entire career in Fire Suppression. In October 1999 he was promoted to Lieutenant, in February 2000 to Captain and finally to his most recent position as Platoon Commander in April 2007. Norm was awarded the Medal of Bravery by the Governor General of Canada in 1994 for life saving efforts near the Moose Jaw River while off duty. He was also awarded the Exemplary Service Medal in 2001, the Saskatchewan Protective Service Medal and the Moose Jaw Medal of Merit in 2004. Throughout the years Norm has been a mentor to new firefighters and an exceptional fire ground manager. He was also an avid curler and on numerous occasions represented the province of Saskatchewan at the Canadian Association of Firefighters Curling Championships and was a two time Canadian Champion. The Fire Department and the City of Moose Jaw would like to thank Norm for his many years of service and wish him all the best in his retirement. Protecting Our City – Investing in Our Future
NEWS RELEASE January 30, 2017 Distracted Driving Awareness Program Launching February 1 MOOSE JAW – The Moose Jaw RCMP, Moose Jaw Fire Department and Moose Jaw Police Service are launching a Distracted Driving Awareness Program aimed at high school students beginning February 1st at Vanier Collegiate in Moose Jaw. “Driver distraction and inattention is responsible for about 25% of all accidents on Saskatchewan roads and is cited as the second highest contributing factor in fatal collisions,” explained Sargent Tim Schwartz from the Moose Jaw RCMP. “Collisions can happen in the blink of an eye. The impact is forever. You may think it’s no big deal – checking your makeup, sending a quick text, or having a snack while driving. But the truth is, distracted driving is as dangerous as driving impaired. A driver using a hand-held device is four times more likely to be in a crash causing injury,” explained Corporal Kevin Pilsworth, Traffic Safety Coordinator, Moose Jaw Police Service. Distracted driving includes talking on a cell phone, texting, reading using a GPS, watching videos or movies, eating/drinking, smoking, personal grooming, adjusting the radio/CD and playing extremely loud music. Even talking to passengers and driving while fatigued (mentally and/or physically) can be forms of distracted driving. “This program is a joint effort of all three agencies and our goal is to reach as many high school students as possible before the end of the 2017 school year in Moose Jaw, Mortlach, Caronport and Eyebrow. We are all very invested and passionate about this program,” stated Cathie Bassett, Public Education Officer with the Moose Jaw Fire Department. The program will promote “Leave the Phone Alone” which is a social media campaign encouraging Canadians to publically commit, by signing an online pledge, to avoid all distractions while driving. This program is an initiative developed by the RCMP and their partners TELUS and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. This was designed to raise awareness and provide education on distracted driving through social media networks Facebook and Twitter. The group’s first presentations will be on February 1, 2 and 3, 2017 commencing at 1:25 p.m. each day at Vanier Collegiate, reaching approximately 150 grade 11 and 12 students. Protecting Our City – Investing in Our Future Media contacts: Carol Reynolds-Wittman, Communications Manager City of Moose Jaw Office: (306) 694-4406 Cell: (306) 513-8980 email@example.com
The City of Moose Jaw officially has a new Building Bylaw in effect! The new bylaw, Bylaw No. 5524 – The Building Bylaw, sees numerous updates and revisions such as: Expiry of Building Permits Increase of Permit Fees Noncompliance penalties Requirement for a Foundation Staking Plan and a Real Property Report Demolition permit procedures Fire Separations required between Dwellings and Attached Garages Requirement for Garage Slabs to be Reinforced Permits Required for Retaining Walls Requirement for Interior Basement Walls to be Floated Increased Regulations for Secondary Suites To read a copy of the bylaw, please visit the City website at moosejaw.ca, or follow the link: http://www.moosejaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/Bylaw-No.-5524-The-Building-Bylaw.pdf
To improve its service in the Sunningdale area, Moose Jaw Transit is expanding its route, effective February 6, 2017. There will be three additional stops on West Park Boulevard and Maplewood Drive (see map). Moose Jaw Transit is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017 and is committed to providing continued customer service in the City. A complete map of the City’s Transit routes can be found at http://www.moosejaw.ca/engineering/city-transit/bus-routes. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Transit department at 306-694-4488.