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DAILY SNOW MANAGEMENT PLAN – Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Snow Management Operations commencing Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Snow Plowing 1st Ave. S.E. from Grandview St. to Wellesley Dr. 7th Ave. S.W. from Coteau St. to Bridge 11th Ave. N.W. from Caribou St. to Simcoe St. 11th Ave. N.W. from Thatcher Dr. to Meier Dr. Iron Bridge Subdivision Simcoe St. from 9th Ave. N.W. to 11th Ave. N.W. River St. W. 2nd Ave. N.W. to 5th Ave. N.W. River Park Dr. from 2nd Ave. S.W. to Walking Bridge Other Snow Management Operations for February 25th: Sanding City streets as warranted Clearing downtown City sidewalks and walkways as warranted
MOOSE JAW February 20, 2015 CITY OF MOOSE JAW CAST IRON WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw Council has approved the first of a $117 million cast iron watermain replacement program to address issues arising from deterioration of a water distribution system almost a century old. This program will begin in 2015. Over the next few weeks, the City of Moose Jaw will be issuing regular news releases and providing information to assist homeowners in understanding the issues that face the City as this program unfolds. For the current year, the expenditure is expected to be $5.85 million with 70 per cent of the cost already committed by the City. A citizen consultation process, including an online input survey and a series of open houses will take place in March, to seek input into the options available for the remaining 30 per cent portion of this budget. A series of ‘come and go’ information open houses will be held: Tuesday, March 10 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. South Hill Fire Hall Wednesday, March 11 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall Thursday, March 12 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Herb Taylor Room, Public Library Did you know? Cast iron watermains were installed in Moose Jaw over three distinct periods: pre-1920, 1920 to 1950, and post-1950. The water system is designed with large diameter feeder lines taking the supply to defined areas, while smaller diameter distribution lines take the water supply to individual homes and businesses. Some feeder lines were designed as both. Cast iron distribution lines measure approximately 387 city blocks and the feeder lines measure approximately 68 city blocks. Do you know what happens if we don’t deal with this issue? Watermain breaks and repair costs will continue to escalate and be unsustainable if full replacement work does not begin quickly. The breaks threaten the integrity of the water system, including the safety of the system, and ability to provide fire protection.
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 20, 2015 INFORMATION SESSIONS ANNOUNCEDFOR CAST IRON WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM MOOSE JAW – Details have been announced for three information sessions, as part of the City of Moose Jaw’s consultation process for a major multi-year $117 million the cast iron watermain replacement program, beginning in 2015.. A series of ‘come and go’ information open houses will be held:Tuesday, March 10 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.South Hill Fire HallWednesday, March 112:00 to 5:00 p.m.Council Chambers, City Hall Thursday, March 12 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.Herb Taylor Room, Public Library Matt Noble, City Manager, says the public information process is important, especially given the scale of this program and because it has been defined as one of the City of Moose Jaw’s biggest issues to address.
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 12, 2015 CITY APPROVES 20-YEAR CAST IRON WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw Council has approved the first year of a 20-year, $117 million cast iron watermain replacement program, beginning in 2015 to address issues arising from deterioration of a water distribution system almost a century old. For the current year, the expenditure is expected to be $5.85 million with 70 per cent of the cost already committed by the City. A citizen consultation process, including an online input survey and a series of open houses will take place in March, to seek input into the options available for the remaining 30 per cent portion of this budget. Matt Noble, City Manager, says getting the process moving quickly is important so the City can make best use of resources and begin the bid process early this spring. “We know this is a long-term undertaking so we want to go about this in the most cost effective manner possible,” Noble said. “We are up against tight timelines so contractors can finalize schedules and workloads.” With the extensive infrastructure work anticipated, the City recognizes the inconveniences many citizens will face over the upcoming construction seasons. “We appreciate the patience of our citizens as we undertake this major project,” said Noble. “We will do our best to ensure a smooth process.” Cast iron watermains were installed in Moose Jaw over three distinct periods: pre-1920, 1920 to 1950, and post 1950. The water system is designed with large diameter feeder lines taking the supply to defined areas, while smaller diameter distribution lines take the water supply to individual homes and businesses. Some feeder lines were designed as both. Distribution lines measure approximately 387 city blocks and the feeder lines measure approximately 68 city blocks. “Over many decades, the original system served our community well,” said Noble. “Unfortunately, with every month of service, it becomes less reliable, subject to sudden leaks or breaks caused by weather conditions or simply due to its natural deterioration. When this happens, it is without warning signs and there is service disruption for residents and/or businesses. In 2014, the City expended more than $1.8 million in repairs to lines. This means affected residents are disrupted, streets and sidewalks are dug up and the City loses the normal life to be expected of their asphalt, as just one example. “Maintenance crews know the next watermain replacement call is not far away,” he added. “There is an urgent need to address this issue.” Details of the consultation process will be provided in the weeks ahead. The final report to City Council is expected in April. Media Contact: Matt Noble, City Manager City of Moose Jaw (306) 694 4427 firstname.lastname@example.org
SNOW ROUTE PRIORITY PLOW PARKING BAN – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015 On Tuesday, February 17, parking is not allowed on the SOUTH side of the following streets to allow easy access for snow plowing operations (i.e. no parking on the south side): Saskatchewan St. W. from Main St. to Algoma Ave. Saskatchewan St. W. from 7th Ave. N.W. to 9th Ave. N.W. Caribou St. W. from 1st Ave. N.W. to 8th Ave. N.W. Caribou St. W. from 9th Ave. N.W. to Thatcher Dr. Please note that any vehicles parked on the south side of the above streets will be towed at the owner’s expense.
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 5, 2015 BOULEVARD TREE PRUNING MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw has initiated its annual Boulevard Tree Pruning Program which will take place over an approximate one month period commencing on February 9, 2015. This pruning is part of the Urban Forest Maintenance Program to improve the health and safety of the City’s trees. The public is advised of the following: Pruning operations will take place Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in designated areas only. “No Parking” signs will be posted in these designated areas 24 hours in advance of the pruning and will remain up until the work is completed (estimated to be 2 to 3 days per block). Vehicles not adhering to the signs will be ticketed and possibly towed. Entire blocks will be pruned at a time. Streets will not be blocked off unless traffic becomes a safety issue. “We are continuing to prune in the Avenues, due to the large number of mature Elm trees”, said Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener. “However, we also realize the need for pruning in the older areas of South Hill and therefore Coteau Street East is also being done”, she added. The following blocks will be pruned: Saskatchewan Street - 5th Ave NW to Algoma Street 4th Avenue NW - 1100 and 1200 blocks Henleaze Avenue - 1100 and 1200 blocks 3rd Avenue NW - 800, 1000, 1100, and 1200 blocks Grafton Avenue - 1000, 1100, and 1200 blocks Coteau Street East The City requests everyone’s assistance in respecting the “No Parking” areas to ensure the safe and efficient movement of the pruning crew and equipment. Media Contact: Daily Lennox, Parks Gardener City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4439 email@example.com
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW February 3, 2015 BUFFALO POUND WATER TREATMENT PLANT MOOSE JAW –In follow up to the planned shut down at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2015, and to clarify today’s news article on Discover Moose Jaw, the City of Moose Jaw will not be affected by the Plant shut down. The City’s reservoirs will be full with a supply of potable water so Moose Jaw will not be affected by a precautionary drinking water advisory. Media Contact: Josh Mickleborough, Director of Engineering Services City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4473 firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Summer JobsThe Youth Activity Centres & the Playground Program will be operating again this summer creating employment opportunities with Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation. Employment opportunities available for these programs are: Youth Activity Centre Supervisor: term of employment will run from July 2 to August 12, 2015 with the hourly wage being $20.78. Applications for this job opportunity will be accepted until May 29, 2015; Playground Program Director: term of employment will run from July 6 to August 14, 2015 with the hourly wage being $12.85(student wage) or $16.97 (non-student wage). Applications for this job opportunity will be accepted until May 29, 2015; Playground Coordinator: term of employment for this position runs from June 8, 2014 to August 21, 2015 with the hourly wage being $20.78/hour. Applications will be accepted until May 8, 2015. Please submit all resumes to the Parks and Recreation Department, 4th Floor, City Hall, 228 Main Street, Moose Jaw, SK. Be sure to specify what position you’re applying for. For more information, please contact Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department at 306-694-4447 or email email@example.com Job Application Form Upcoming Play Leadership Workshop Upcoming First Aid Course
NEWS RELEASE MOOSE JAW January 21, 2015 OFF-LEASH DOG PARK UPDATE MOOSE JAW – In a few short months dogs in Moose Jaw will have a place where they will be able to run free and play with no fear of being caught by the “dog catcher”. Soon, the new off-leash dog park in Moose Jaw will be completed and ready for use. “Dogs waiting for the Park to open will only have to wait a bit longer” said Kelly Mentanko, Operations Manager. “This past fall the City started construction on the Park located on the west end of Hamilton Flats and recently both areas had their fencing installed” he added. Through community consultations in 2013, a final design was approved by Council in 2014 with residents supporting the Hamilton Flats location. The Dog Park will consist of two separate areas; one for small dogs and one for large dogs, accessible pathways and water as basic amenities for the Park. Work on the pathways started in the fall of 2014 prior to freeze up and are approximately 65% complete. Additional work remaining includes a parking area/entrance, signage, doggie doo bag stations and benches as well as some minimal landscaping with the area remaining a natural grass area requiring minimal maintenance. The City is looking forward to putting the finishing touches on the Park once spring arrives. Updates will be posted on the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter to keep residents up to date on progress. Until completion of the Park is finalized, the City asks all dogs to advise their owners to keep their leashes on a little while longer. Media Contact: Kelly Mentanko, Operations Manager City of Moose Jaw PHONE # (306) 694-4447 firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Moose Jaw invites the public to view and comment on the final draft of the South Hill Local Area Plan. A Local Area Plan (LAP) provides a long-term road map for how the South Hill neighbourhood will grow, revitailize and adapt over time. This is an opportunity for the public to comment on the Draft Plan. Prairie Wild Consulting will be accepting feedback on the plan until January 31st, 2015. email@example.com Draft South Hill Local Area Plan
With the closure of the Sobey's recycling Depot site, extra bins have been placed at the Play-Mor (South Hill) location. One blue bin - with a compactor - is for paper based products, one bin is for milk cartons and two are for mixed material - plastics, tin, paper. Generally, the bins will be placed as shown in the drawing below.
SNOW ROUTES On March 11, 2013 City Council adopted a resolution in which the City establishes a snow parking ban on Priority 1 streets which restricts parking to one side of the street on an alternating basis (the ban will alternate between north side/south side and east side/west side). The purpose of establishing snow routes is to ensure the streets are clear of parked vehicles to allow for quick and efficient snow management activities. When snowfall accumulation meets or exceeds 5 - 10 cm, a snow route parking ban may be declared by the City. The snow route parking ban will be announced through public service announcements via local media including radio, the City of Moose Jaw public website, Facebook and Twitter. The announcements will take place the day prior to the commencement of snow operations. Once declared, snow route parking bans will be in effect for up to 72 hours, during which the continuation or cessation of the ban will be announced via local media. Once a snow route parking ban has been declared, the ban will alternate between the north/south sides of the street and east/west sides of the street every 24 hours. For example, if Saskatchewan St. W. is being plowed, City crews will service the north half of the street on the first day, and the south half of the street the following day. Similarly for streets such as 1st Ave. N.E., City crews will service the east half of the street on the first day, and the west side of the street the following day. Vehicles that remain parked on these streets during the ban will be towed. The following are the streets which have been established as ‘Snow Routes’: Thatcher Dr. E. from Main St. to Trans-Canada Highway Thatcher Dr. W. from Main St. to High St. W. Main St. N. from Manitoba St. to Thatcher Dr. 1st Ave. N.W. from Saskatchewan St. to Oxford St. 1st Ave. N.E. from Saskatchewan St. to Caribou St. 9th Ave. N.W./S.W. from Thatcher Dr. to Warner St. 9th Ave. N.E. from North of Thatcher Dr. to Manitoba St. Fairford St. E. from Main St. to 9th Ave. N.E. Fairford St. W. from Main St. to 9th Ave. N.W. Main St. S. from Manitoba St. to Grandview St. 1st Ave. S.E. from Manitoba St. to Grandview St. 4th Ave. S.W. from Home St. to Coteau St. Coteau St. W. from 4th Ave. S.W. to 12th Ave. S.W. Manitoba St. E./W. from 3rd Ave. N.W. to 3th Ave. N.E. Manitoba Expressway 3rd Ave. N.E. to 13th Ave. N.E. 8th Ave. S.E. (Lorne Ave.) from Manitoba St. to Coteau St. High St. W. from 9th Ave. N.W. to Main St. High St. E. from Main St. to 2nd Ave. N.E. Saskatchewan St. from Main St. to 9th Ave. N.W. Caribou St. W. from Main St. to 24th Ave. N.W.
With the recent snow fall and colder weather residents are taking advantage of the time to get out and enjoy Snowmobiling. The City of Moose Jaw with the support of Wakamow Valley Authority and the Moose Jaw Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club wish to remind all snowmobilers that as per City Bylaw # 4230 the operation of these machines and/or atv’s are not allowed within City Limits or within Wakamow Valley. This includes any portion of the Moose Jaw River that runs within City Limits. To assist riders with knowing where they can and can’t ride the a downloadable map that outlines the City Limits of Moose Jaw is provided on the City of Moose Jaw website. This map is available for download to any Smartphone by clicking on the above link and opening the “City Limits Map”. The map application can be GPS enabled to track your location if the rider so wishes. We thank all snowmobilers for their co-operation and have a safe and enjoyable winter.
Bulk Recycling Bins at the former Sobey’s Store are to be removed effective December 31, 2014. Bulk recycling bins are still available on South Hill behind the Pla-mor Arenas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. City of Moose Jaw Engineering Department – 306-694-4448