City Council Approves Multiple COVID-19 Financial Measures

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March 24, 2020

Moose Jaw – Moose Jaw City Council has approved a series of measures aimed at relaxing the financial burden of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the regular meeting of Council Monday, March 23, 2020, the following decisions were approved:

  • Regular Transit and Paratransit fees waived, effective March 24, until further notice.
  • Utility disconnections for non-payment be discontinued effective immediately and collections processes be relaxed and focus on longer-term payment arrangements.
  • Seizures of properties for non-payment of taxes be discontinued effective immediately.
  • Administration to provide a monthly report on Pandemic measures to City Council.

Other COVID-19-related items from the March 23 meeting:

  • Council discussed concerns surrounding COVID-19 and its effect on those affected by water main replacement scheduled for this summer. The frequency and severity of breaks on the High St. West (0-300 blocks – 13 recorded breaks) and Fairford St. East (0-200 blocks – 11 recorded breaks) locations were considered and Council voted to move forward with construction at those locations to provide a permanent fix and long-term stability.
  • Bylaw Enforcement is preparing for Spring inspections and the City asks residents to utilize self-isolation time to assess the state of their yards and tidy up as necessary.
  • City Council will continue to meet on their regular schedule, with agenda items limited to urgent matters related to City operations.
  • Some members of City Council joined the March 23 meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams. This was the first Moose Jaw City Council meeting where members joined remotely by video conference and the process worked well. Our IT department will continue to refine the process and Council will utilize virtual-meeting technology while COVID-19 restrictions are in effect.
  • To view the March 23 Council Meeting, click here.