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.
Residents of the proposed year-long trial area, students, businesses and others affected in the area included in this trial are encouraged to attend to learn more about the PROPOSED permit parking program and how it may impact them. At the request of Council, a Public Information Session for affected residents will be held in the Macoun Lounge, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Campus, on February 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Emergency representatives will also be on hand to discuss the importance of the program in delivering timely emergency (ambulance, fire, police) services in the affected area. To find out if you live in the pilot area, check the map.Narrow Streets – Permits Property owners in the area will receive letters and surveys which can be mailed, dropped off or emailed to the Engineering department at City Hall. All residents in the area are invited to pick up a survey and complete it at the information session on February 2. Background: In September 2015, a public consultation was held to invite feedback from residents affected in the area of the proposed permit parking program. On April 4, 2016, Council considered a number of recommendations. On June 27, 2016, the following motion was approved: #5521 – 2016 Traffic Bylaw Amendment (No. 3) 476d THAT Bylaw No. 5521, 2016 Traffic Bylaw Amendment (No. 3) be tabled pending a public information session with residents who are directly affected in the pilot area. The amendment would have authorized parking on one side of the street only. Temporary parking permits will also be available during the proposed pilot period. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Engineering department at 306-694-4448.
City Engineering reports that 4th Avenue NW will be fully open to regular traffic by tomorrow morning. In the meantime, pedestrians and drivers are asked to obey all detours and barricades and stay clear of the area while the crews work. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Engineering department at 306-694-4448. Protecting Our City – Investing in Our Future
Effective today, drivers travelling west on Thatcher Drive North and turning left (south) onto Main Street North will have new traffic lights to obey. These protected left turning lanes are being implemented as an increased safety measure at this busy intersection. The dual left turning lanes will be open for more efficient traffic flow and drivers are cautioned to watch for the left turning arrow before proceeding through the intersection. The left turns will only be permitted when there is a green arrow. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Engineering department at 306-694-4448. Protecting Our City – Investing in Our Future
Due to an unexpected driver shortage, there will be reduced transit services on Routes 2 & 4 (Westmount & Sunningdale). Buses will run every 80 minutes between 10:35 am and 2:35 pm today. Service should resume to normal at 2:35 this afternoon. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Transit department at 306-694-4488.