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Council Agenda for January 24 January 20, 2022

Agenda: https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/Jan_24_22_-_Website.pdf
Start time: 6:30 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86274608552
Webinar ID: 862 7460 8552 NO PASSCODE REQUIRED
Or Telephone: 1 647 558 0588  or +1 778 907 2071  or +1 204 272 7920  or +1 438 809 7799  or +1 587 328 1099  or +1 647 374 4685  or 855 703 8985 (Toll-Free)
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbHdRT3q2O
Or One tap mobile: +16475580588,,86274608552#  or +17789072071,,86274608552#

Voyent Alert! System Test January 17, 2022

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On Friday, January 21, the City of North Battleford will conduct a notification test alert using the new public notification system Voyent Alert!

The test will allow residents to become familiarized with public notifications they may receive in the future. This test of the public alerting system will provide City administration with an opportunity to identify any administrative improvements needed for the system.

The notification will indicate that this is a test and that no action is required.

During the test, residents will receive a test notification via the preferred method they had chosen during registration. This test will allow residents who have signed for Voyent Alert! to review how they want to receive these public notifications.

About Voyent Alert!

In times of crisis, it is important that residents have access to trusted, timely and accurate information to ensure their safety and of their family and loved ones. In response to this need, the City of North Battleford has chosen Voyent Alert! as the communication service provider for these kinds of events.

Voyent Alert! is a multi-purpose communication service used to send alerts to residents, businesses and visitors during critical events like fires, floods and significant weather events or day-to-day communications such as water and snow advisories and planned maintenance.

For more information about Voyent Alert! or to subscribe for public alerts from the City of North Battleford visit, https://www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/protective_and_emergency_services/public_alerts.html

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

COVID-19 Early Indicators January 17, 2022

University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Global Water Futures researchers are using wastewater-based epidemiology to monitor for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and North Battleford wastewater, providing early warning of infection outbreaks. This work is being done in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, City of Saskatoon, City of Prince Albert and City of North Battleford.

Keep up-to-date with early indicators by visiting and bookmarking this page, https://water.usask.ca/covid-19/#NorthBattlefordWastewaterData

Update to Proof of Vaccination Requirements Delayed January 14, 2022

Administration is delaying the implementation of the requirement to provide an electronic copy with QR code as proof of vaccination in City facilities. Until further notice, the Saskatchewan Health Authority wallet cards received at time of immunization will still be accepted as valid proof of vaccination when accessing City facilities. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for January 24. Further updates will be provided at that time.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations

306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Notice of a Planning Committee Cancellation January 13, 2022

NOTICE OF A PLANNING COMMITTEE CANCELLATION

 

In accordance with section 96 of the Cities Act and section 11 and Procedures Bylaw No. 2108, please be advised that the Planning Committee scheduled for Monday, January 17th, 2022, has been cancelled.

The next Planning Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, will be held via Zoom – Meeting ID 871 1140 2847 and will commence at 5:15 p.m.

Notice is hereby given this 13th day of January 2022.

 

Council Agenda for January 10 January 6, 2022

Agenda: https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/C25_-_Jan_10_2022_-_Public.pdf

Start time: 6:30 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86274608552
Webinar ID: 862 7460 8552 NO PASSCODE REQUIRED
Or Telephone: 1 647 558 0588  or +1 778 907 2071  or +1 204 272 7920  or +1 438 809 7799  or +1 587 328 1099  or +1 647 374 4685  or 855 703 8985 (Toll-Free)
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbHdRT3q2O
Or One tap mobile: +16475580588,,86274608552#  or +17789072071,,86274608552#

North Battleford City Council Thanks First Responders January 6, 2022

On the morning of Monday, January 4, a structural fire engulfed an apartment building at 1441 102 Street in North Battleford. Due to the size of the building and the severity of the fire, the North Battleford Fire Department required the assistance of nearby fire departments, including the Town of Battleford and the RM of North Battleford. 

In addition, vital assistance was provided by Community Safety Officers, the RCMP, WPD Ambulance, the Canadian Red Cross, the City’s Public Works, Roadways and Water/Wastewater Departments, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, and the Salvation Army. The City also established an Emergency Operations Centre to assist in coordinating the emergency response. 

City of North Battleford Mayor David Gillan stated “On behalf of the residents of the affected building, City Council, and the citizens of North Battleford, I want to thank the brave men and women who responded at such late hour in such cold temperatures.  In particular, I want to thank the dedicated firefighters from the City of North Battleford, the Town of Battleford and the RM of North Battleford who tirelessly worked throughout the night and into the next day to protect people and property.  Our heartfelt thank you to you all.”

The RCMP is requesting that anyone with information regarding the fire call 310-RCMP. Information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐222‐TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations

306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Smart Water Meter Progress January 6, 2022

Since the Water Meter Conversion program began in March 2021, approximately 59% of installations of Smart Water Meters are complete. All areas of the City are currently booking installations with the exception of properties with known ¾” meters. The City expects that a shipment of ¾” meters will arrive later this month. As additional ¾” meters arrive KTI will be contacting utility account holders to schedule appointments.  

Book Your Appointment

The Water Meter Conversion program requires all residents to book an installation appointment. Appointments are offered Monday through Saturday with morning, afternoon and evening times available. All installations are scheduled in 4-hour blocks unless otherwise agreed upon. 

4-hour appointment blocks are consistent with many utility providers and account for installer efficiencies and delays which limit accurate appointments. A normal meter installation will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Prior to your appointment, please ensure that your water meter is accessible. Meters that are inaccessible require that homeowners provide access at their cost as per Bylaw Waterworks 1706. 

Book your Smart Meter Installation appointment by calling KTI at 

1-833-543-8807 or online at www.ktiappointment.com 

Your booking password is your utility account number and is included with the notifications mailed to your address. 

Background 

The meters are being upgraded from ageing analog meters that are nearing their end-of-service-life to digital Smart Water Meters. 

The current analog meters may not detect small leaks which could cost additional money and resources for residents. The new meters provide on-demand information regarding water usage and detailed statistics of previous use, giving residents and the City more accurate tools to detect water leaks on their property. The City is actively contacting property owners with leak detection (high water consumption) alarms and has already contacted over 20 properties to date where the average leak is costing utility account holders upwards of $30/day. Further, the new meters allow the City to optimize water infrastructure and reduce our environmental footprint. 

Upgrade Process 

Households or businesses that have received a minimum of three written notices to book an appointment to install the smart water meter and have failed to do so will have their water shut off, as per Bylaw Waterworks 1706 until an appointment has been booked. Delays to the project because of the individuals failing to book appointments will cause additional costs to all ratepayers. 

COVID-19 Safety Measures 

The health and safety of our citizens and of our installers is a priority of this project. Our installers are fully vaccinated and follow detailed COVID-19 plans and precautions to help keep you and themselves safe. KTI Ltd COVID practices are available on our website at www.cityofnb.ca/smartmeter.   

Bypasses 

Several commercial properties will receive notice that meter bypasses have been identified on their premises. As per Bylaw Waterworks 1706, bypasses are not permitted and require removal at the account holder’s expense. 

Residents seeking more information regarding the Smart Water Meter installation program may visit https://www.cityofnb.ca/smartmeter or https://www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/frequently_asked_questions.html.

For more information

David D’Eon, Public Relations

306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Recycle Your Christmas Tree January 5, 2022

Once again, the City of North Battleford will be recycling Christmas trees into chips for mulch. The mulch is used in tree and shrub beds, improving growth by retaining moisture and suppressing weed growth.

All lights, string, wire, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow must be removed before dropping off your tree. Materials left on trees can damage City equipment and become mixed in the mulch, degrading its usefulness.

There are two free drop-off locations available to residents.

  • City of North Battleford Parks Shop located at 11202 – 8th Avenue.
    Available until January 28
    th, open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Waste Management Facility without fees until Saturday, January 29th. Regular fees for Christmas trees will be applied resuming on January 31st. The Waste Management Facility is open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, with no admittance past 5:45 pm.

Recycle Coach

https://www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/waste_recycling/what_goes_where_.html
Use this free tool online at the link above or install it on your phone. View your waste pick-up schedule, and set up reminders – never miss a waste pick-up again. Or use it to determine what is trash or recycling and use it to receive important information about events like the household hazardous waste day or the fall compost collection program.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Fire Crews Respond to Structural Fire Monday Morning  January 5, 2022

In the early morning hours of Monday, January 3rd, the North Battleford Fire Service, Community Safety Officers, Battlefords RCMP, other area fire departments and local EMS responded to a structural fire causing significant damage to an apartment building located at 1441 – 102 Street. The building’s residents were successfully evacuated, with 17 people transported to Battlefords Union Hospital. One person received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and 16 people were treated and discharged. All 17 residents have since been released while six emergency services personnel were also treated and discharged. There have been no reported fatalities.  During the event, the City established an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate the response.   

The City asks that residents avoid the 1400-block of 102 Street as crews continue to monitor for pocket fires and secure the scene. 

In collaboration with first responders and public officials, the Canadian Red Cross is on the ground providing emergency support services for anyone who has been displaced by the fire. If you have been affected by this disaster, please contact the Red Cross at 1-888-800-6493 at your earliest convenience. 

The fire will be jointly investigated by the North Battleford Fire Department, the RCMP, and the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency. The RCMP continues to investigate the cause of the fire and is requesting that anyone with information call 310-RCMP. Information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐222‐TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com. 

For more information: 

David D’Eon, Public Relations 

306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca  

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