The City of Moose Jaw recognized 37 employees with service and retirement awards today during a luncheon ceremony at Mosaic Place. Service awards for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service were presented by department heads from engineering, police, city clerk’s office, finance and parks & recreation. Twelve employees also received their gift to recognize their retirement from the City. “Our people are our most important asset and we take this time to appreciate the dedication of our long-standing employees – those who have made a long career of working with the City, and those who are now ending their careers,” commented Mayor Fraser Tolmie. A special achievement award was presented to Paul Busse for his dedication as a firefighter with the Moose Jaw Fire Department and for his volunteer fundraising work for breast cancer research. A full list of service and retirement awards is attached. Recognizing Our People – Investing in Our Future Presentation Program 2016 The City of Moose Jaw congratulates and thanks the 2016 service award recipients and retirees. Thank you for your service to our community! SERVICE AWARDS / RETIREMENT LUNCHEON – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2016 Front Row (left to right) Brian Freeman, Drew Waldo, Kevin Pilsworth, Trish Seman, Staci Dobrescu, Brian Acker Back Row (left to right) Brad Harder, Michael Gorgichuk, Dave Hill, Blair Bucsis, Bryan VanTassel, Rod Klippenstein, Paul Busse (Special Achievement Award recipient)
The City of Moose Jaw would like to remind residents to be aware of people posing as City workers approaching homes, asking entry to test their water and pipes. We have received a few reports of such suspicious activity and remind residents that City workers requiring access have City-issued ID and will be driving a green or white vehicle with the City of Moose Jaw logo. City of Moose Jaw employees follow the following protocol when requiring water testing: The City calls the resident, requesting a water test. A City employee drops off a testing kit in the residents’ mailbox. The resident performs the test and returns the kit to their mailbox, phoning the City to advise that the test has been completed. The City retrieves the test kit from the residents’ mailbox. If you see suspicious activity, please call the City Engineering department at 306-694-4448 or Moose Jaw Police at 306-694-7600. In an emergency, please call 911.
The City of Moose Jaw Planning Department would like to remind businesses and residents that the City’s Clean Sidewalks Bylaw is in effect. City Bylaw No. 5514 requires that every sidewalk in the Central and Local Business Districts, and every sidewalk abutting or flanking any business outside these districts, be cleared by the owner or occupant within 48 hours following the end of a heavy snow fall. Please also note that accumulations of snow and ice at any time are to be removed. The entire Clean Sidewalks Bylaw can be viewed at http://www.moosejaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/Bylaw-No.-5514_-Clean-Sidewalks-Bylaw-1.pdf . The majority of our businesses make every effort to conform to this Bylaw, but on occasion, the City is required to clean the sidewalks at the owner’s expense. For the protection of patrons, residents and employees, the City encourages everyone to comply with this bylaw. Please be reminded that this bylaw will be enforced throughout the winter until spring thaw. If you have questions regarding this operation, please contact the Engineering Department at (306) 694-4448 or Bylaw Enforcement at (306) 694-4553.
First Avenue South East (near the Wakamow Park entrance), also known as Main Street South is now open to normal traffic in all lanes. Permanent paving will occur next spring. Thank you for your patience during this repair work.
The City of Moose Jaw reminds drivers and pedestrians to take extra care when on streets and sidewalks during this winter season. Here are a few winter safety tips to remember: Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks – Pedestrians may cross at corners, painted markings on the road and at safety lights. You must stop before the crosswalk and remain there until all pedestrians are safely across the road. Watch other motorists – If you are unsure why a vehicle has slowed down or stopped, use caution, slow down and be prepared to stop in case the vehicle is stopped for a pedestrian. Never pass another vehicle when it is stopped for pedestrians. You will have little time to react if someone crosses into your lane. Be aware of left turns at multi-lane street intersection – When waiting to turn left at an intersection, be especially aware of pedestrians crossing the street you are turning onto. Take extra care in school zones and playgrounds – Young children sometimes don’t pay attention to oncoming vehicles. Anticipate someone crossing the street and slow down. Please remember to slow down in designated school zones. The City of Moose Jaw Engineering department is committed to keeping our streets safe with sanding and snow removal plans. Please do your part and look out for each other.
Transit customers in Moose Jaw now have access to a new Google Maps feature to help them use the bus system in the City. The Moose Jaw Transit bus routes have been integrated into the Google Maps app. This means that customers can now click on the bus icon in Google Maps, enter their starting and destination addresses and the bus routes will be displayed. “We are always striving to find ways to make it easier for our customers to use the bus and we hope this feature will make using the bus more convenient,” commented Mark Sture, the City’s Transit & Fleet Manager. The City’s IT department did the backend work to make this feature available with Google Maps. A Geographic Information System (GIS) technician compiled route and schedule data and worked with Google Maps to integrate the data into their online app. “This is just one of the many projects our GIS techs work on to improve citizen’s access to information and services. Our department also oversees a number of public online maps such as the cast iron water main map, election, water advisory and the road closures maps,” stated Wade McKay, Manager of Information Technology. “There is much work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the correct data is obtained, entered and updated.” The City hopes that this transportation planning tool now available in Moose Jaw will encourage residents to use the City’s bus service more often. Modernizing City Hall – Investing in Our Future. For example, to go from City Hall to the Walmart Supercentre in Moose Jaw, you will need to take two buses and time to reach your destination is 27 minutes. The illustration below shows what the Google Maps app would look like on your cell phone.
Heritage Advisory Committee Heritage Awards 2016Nominations are Welcome for Individuals/Business Owners in the City of Moose Jaw who are deserving of an award for heritage projects. Nomination forms are available on the City’s website (www.moosejaw.ca) or from the City Clerk/Solicitor’s Department 2nd Floor, City Hall. Deadline for Nominations: December 16, 2016 at 12 Noon.