The City of Moose Jaw is reminding the public that cankerworm season will be upon us in the next month or so. If you banded your trees in the fall, it is time to re-grease them now. The grease traps catch the female cankerworm moths, preventing them from crawling up the trunks of the trees and laying their eggs. If you didn’t band in the fall, it’s not too late. How to band a tree: All elm, Manitoba maple and fruit trees on or adjacent to your property should be banded Wrap a four to six inch wide strip of fibreglass insulation around the trunk – about five feet off the ground. That’s out of reach of pets and young children. Cover the insulation with a sheet of plastic wrap or cling wrap. Allow several inches of plastic above and below the insulation. A black plastic garbage bag will do. If you are using plastic wrap, tape the plastic to the tree with duct tape. If you are using cling wrap then the duct tape is not required. Do not use nails or stakes. Spread a layer of a sticky substance, such as axle grease or petroleum jelly on the plastic. Inspect the sticky material regularly and remove leaves, insects and other debris and reapply sticky material if required. Bands should be removed by mid-May and no later than mid-June. Removing the bands prevents damage or discoloration of the bark. Bands should be reapplied in September for control of fall cankerworms. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department or www.moosejaw.ca
On Friday, March 17, join us in celebrating the contributions of Moose Jaw Transit Operators! Transit Driver Appreciation Day is being celebrated around the world in recognition of the many efforts made towards ensuring riders get to where they need to go – from assisting when necessary, to giving directions, to successfully maneuvering through unpredictable traffic and weather. In 2016, Moose Jaw Transit drivers provided over 450,000 rides to residents of Moose Jaw. Every day, citizens rely on Moose Jaw Transit. Our drivers provide customers with reassurance that they will get to their final destination and peace of mind that they will get there safely. For all of these reasons and more, we hope riders will join in and thank our drivers. Transit Driver Appreciation Day was started, and continues to be managed by TriMet in Portland, Oregon. This initiative has grown and is now celebrated by transit organizations around the world. For more information about Moose Jaw Transit, visit www.moosejaw.ca
4th Ave. N.W. between Laurier St. and Thatcher Drive will be closed today at 4pm. CN Rail will be working on the Train Tressel. The roadway will be closed until further notice.
Dog ownership has many benefits, but with ownership also comes responsibility. Bylaw #4495, the Dog Bylaw lists the following items as duties of a dog owner in the City of Moose Jaw. No owner or keeper of a dog shall permit his dog or dogs on any school ground, playground or posted parkland area except when the owner or keeper is attending a recognized training or obedience school for training his/her dog. Any owner of any dog found chasing any pedestrian, vehicle, horse or any other animal, on a public thoroughfare shall be in violation of Bylaw #4495 A female dog in heat shall be confined and housed in the residence of the owner or person having control of the dog, or taken to a licensed kennel during the whole period that the dog is in heat; except that a female dog may be allowed outside the said residence for the sole purpose of permitting the dog to defecate on the premises of the owner. If a dog defecates on any public or private property other than the property of its owner, the owner or keeper shall cause such defecation to be removed immediately. Where the owner of a dog fails to remove such defecation immediately, the owner shall be in violation of Bylaw # 4495 No owner or keeper shall permit his dog or dogs to damage public or private property. Every owner of a dog shall:Provide his or her dog with a collar; and Keep the tag issued securely fixed on the dog’s collar at all times. Every person requested by the License Inspector to do so shall forthwith deliver to him/her a statement in writing of the number of dogs owned by him/her. No owner shall permit any dog to be running at large in the City of Moose Jaw nor shall use a leash longer than two(2) meters in length when the dog is off the premises of the owner. The City offers a dog park available to all licensed dogs located in the Hamilton Flats area of the City. Any dog not licensed after March 31, 2017 is in contravention of the Dog Bylaw (owners are subject to a $40.00 fine). A license for a dog is $15.00 if the dog is spayed or neutered. All other licenses are $40.00. Dog Licenses can be purchased at City Hall and the Moose Jaw Humane Society (694-4414) The City of Moose Jaw understands the joys of pet ownership, but must also ensure pet owners do not infringe upon the rights of all citizens. Please remember, dogs of any age need to be licensed in the City of Moose Jaw.
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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.