City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan

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Flooding Services July 10, 2020

North Battleford City Hall is waiving entrance and tipping fees to the Waste Management Facility (WMF) for individuals who have suffered damage from the heavy rains on July 7th & 8th. The WMF will waive entrance and tipping fees for residents who experienced flooding due to the heavy rains. This does not apply for commercial loads or non-flood related loads.

If you are looking to utilize the services listed below, please contact the City starting on Monday, July 13th. City Hall’s main phone is available at 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Process

Residents can gain free access to dispose of flood-damaged goods by following these steps:

  • Call 306-445-1700

  • Provide the call attendant with the information requested

  • Be prepared to record your tracking ID

  • Bring your damaged goods to the WMF

  • Provide the scale attendant at the WMF with your tracking ID

Temporary Storage

Residents in need of temporary storage, while they make repairs for their flooding damage, can utilize SeaCan storage. Residents are required to call 306-445-1700 to obtain a street use permit. The street use fee has been waived for residents who experienced flooding because of the heavy rains. The street use permit is required so the City can provide this information to emergency services, so they are aware of these obstructions. SeaCans on the street without a street use permit will be ticketed.

Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP)

The Provincial Government approved the City of North Battleford as eligible for PDAP. Forms are available on www.cityofnb.ca and at City Hall. Please only visit City Hall only if it is necessary, wear a mask if possible and follow physical distancing measures. If you are sick do not visit City Hall.

For more information:

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

PDAP Application Approved July 10, 2020

The City of North Battleford has been approved by the Provincial Government for the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP), for the flooding resulting from heavy rains July 7th & 8th.

I am happy with the quick response from the Province to assist our City.” said Mayor Ryan Bater and added, “This will help residents with getting their properties back to pre-flood conditions.”

Residents are to contact their private insurance for coverage. PDAP provides assistance for uninsurable losses of essential goods to help people to get back to pre-disaster conditions, if eligible. Residents are responsible for completing their PDAP application and submitting their claim to the province. The PDAP application instructions, guidelines, and forms will be available at www.cityofnb.ca immediately. Residents are encouraged to share the package with friends and family who do not have access to the internet. City Hall is open to the public starting July 13th with regular business hours, and the PDAP package can be picked up there if required.

Important Dates

Registration of Claims must be returned to PDAP by January 8th, 2021.
Work must be completed by July 8th, 2021.
Property owners are to complete and return the Private Property Application form to PDAP, as soon as possible. Original applications are to be submitted, and original signatures are required for PDAP claim files.

Form and Information Pack
https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/news/CNB-PDAP2020.pdf

PDAP Contact Information

  • Mail: PO Box 227, Regina SK, S4P 2Z6

  • Phone: 306-787-7800 or 1-866-632-4033 (toll-free)

PDAP information

PDAP website www.saskatchewan.ca/pdap

Flood clean up guide https://pubsaskdev.blob.core.windows.net/pubsask-prod/81561/81561-cleaning%2520up%2520after%2520the%2520flood%2520february%252010%25202011%2520rvsd%25202016.pdf

For more information:

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

City Hall Reopening July 13th July 10, 2020

North Battleford City Hall is reopening to the public on Monday, July 13th. City Hall will be open during regular business hours of 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Sneeze guards have been installed to protect visitors to City Hall and City of North Battleford employees. Visitors are encouraged to wear non-medical face masks. Visiting City Hall should be done only if it is essential, as customer space is limited due to the requirements to maintain social distancing. Alternative means of conducting business are still available – over the phone and the internet.

Anyone who is sick should not visit City Hall.

The City of North Battleford is committed to following all Saskatchewan health and safety guidelines to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19. When visiting City Hall, please follow these guidelines to help stop the spread by:

  • Maintain social distancing by keeping a minimum distance of 2-metres with others

  • Wearing a mask if possible

  • Use the hand sanitizer station to disinfect

  • Follow the distancing arrows/decals and entrance and exit flow arrows

  • Limit visits to one household member

  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or tissue and immediately wash your hands

  • Avoid touching your face

Residents are encouraged to continue phoning 306-445-1700, for general inquiries. Alternatives to visiting City Hall to make application and payments include:

  • Online at www.cityofnb.ca/paynow

    • with a credit card or a debit Visa

  • By mail to City of North Battleford, PO Box 460, S9A 2Y6

    • with a cheque or money order

  • Using the secure drop box at City Hall – the door closest to the corner of 13th Avenue and 101st Street

    • with cash or cheque

Taxes and Utilities can also be paid through your banking institution or by signing up for an installment payment service. T.I.P.P.S., or the Tax Installment Payment Program Service, averages your taxes into monthly payments, with payments made by automatic debit withdrawal. While W.I.P.P.S., the Water Installment Payment Program Service averages your Utility bill into monthly payments, with payments made by automatic debit withdrawal. For more information or to sign up for these programs, call 306-445-1700.

For more information:

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

Provincial Disaster Assistance Program Application July 9, 2020

On July 7th & 8th, the City of North Battleford received over 125 mm of rain. This amount of rain in such a short time caused substantial flooding throughout the City.

The City of North Battleford held a Special Council meeting on Thursday, July 9th. At this Special Council meeting Council had approved a resolution to make an application to request designation as an eligible assistance area under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP). PDAP provides assistance for uninsurable losses of essential goods to help people get back to pre-disaster conditions.

The City of North Battleford will provide an update to residents on www.cityofnb.ca if the City is approved for PDAP.

For Residents

  • Contact your insurance provider for coverage

  • Keep detailed records of damage, work completed – receipts and photos

  • PDAP is not a substitute for private insurance

  • PDAP does not provide full compensation for losses

For more information:

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

Special Council Meeting July 9, 2020

The City of North Battleford will be holding a Special Council meeting on Thursday, July 9th, 2020, at 1:15 pm. This Special Council meeting is to make an application to request designation as an eligible assistance area under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP). Before residents can apply for PDAP the City must have its application approved.

For Residents

  • Contact your insurance provider for coverage

  • Keep detailed records of damage, work completed – receipts and photos

  • PDAP is not a substitute for private insurance

  • PDAP does not provide full compensation for losses

If the City is approved as eligible for assistance for PDAP we will provide information to residents on how to make their application to the program.

Addition information about the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program can be accessed from this website: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/access-funding-through-the-provincial-disaster-assistance-program

 

For more information:

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

Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding July 8, 2020

Saturated ground increases the risk of basement flooding if there is more rainfall. Residents or commercial properties who have had flooding because of the excessive rains are to contact their insurance provider.

Here are some steps to take to reduce the risk of flooding:

  • Extend downspouts at least two metres from your foundation with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres to the ground. Water that falls onto the saturated ground next to your home is likely to leak into your basement.

  • Ensure roof runoff goes into your front or back yard and not your side yard or a neighbour’s yard.

  • Clean debris from your eavestroughs.

  • Slope soil around your foundation and window wells at least two metres away from your house with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres.

  • Check all drainage paths on your property and ensure they are graded properly and not blocked.

  • Repair all leaks in walls, floors, windows and doors to keep water from seeping in.

  • Make sure your sump pump (if you have one) is working. Sump pumps collect water from around weeping tile and push it out through a discharge pipe. To check if it is working, pour a pail of water into the pit. Ensure the water pumps out at least two meters from your house. Sump pumps will not likely operate during an electrical failure which could result in basement flooding.

  • Limit indoor water use during a storm.

     

Drivers are to respect all barriers that have been erected, to avoid heavily flooded areas as much as possible and to drive slowly through the water, as the wake can exacerbate flooding conditions for property adjacent to the water.

City of North Battleford crews are working to clean drain blockages and all other hazards caused by the storm and aftermath of the storm.

For more information:

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

Boat Launch Closed July 7, 2020

Effective immediately, the City of North Battleford boat launch is closed. The closure is due to the high water levels, additional debris in the river and rapid currents.

People are urged to avoid the North Saskatchewan riverbanks until the water recedes. Rapid erosion poses a risk of sudden riverbank collapse.

The boat launch will remain closed until conditions are deemed safe by the Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief Lindsay Holm.

For more information:

Lindsay Holm, Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief
306-445-1777 | chief@cityofnb.ca

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

North Saskatchewan River Advisory July 6, 2020

The City of North Battleford is strongly encouraging people to exercise caution on and by the North Saskatchewan River. The high flow and strong currents pose a safety risk to people and pets.

Riverbanks can be a serious risk at this time. The increased level and flow of water can erode and undercut the shore, which could cause parts of the riverbank to collapse into the river.

The North Battleford Fire Department will continue to monitor the North Saskatchewan River and reminds everyone to never underestimate the power of the river currents and the danger it poses.

For more information:

Lindsay Holm, Director Of Protective Services/Fire Chief
306-445-1777 | chief@cityofnb.ca

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

Contaminated Recycling Enforcement Update July 3, 2020

Most zones are showing improvement in reducing the number of contaminants in the recycling bins.

The City of North Battleford would like to acknowledge the diligent efforts of residents in reducing the number of contaminants entering into the recycling bins. In the first month of contaminated recycling bin enforcement, 60% of the zones have successfully reduced the number of rejected bins.

Rejected recycling reduces the expected lifespan of the current cell at the landfill and reduces the number of years the City has to save for this major project. The expected cost for an additional cell in the landfill is two million dollars. These early results are encouraging, diverting waste from the Waste Management Facility is good for the environment and the community.

Residents can easily determine what is allowed to enter the recycling stream by using Recycling Coach, a free tool provided by the City. Recycle Coach can be used from the City’s website at www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/waste_recycling/what_goes_where_.html or install it on your Android or iOS smart device. Just type in the item you are inquiring about and Recycle Coach will inform you if it is recyclable, trash or if there are alternative drop-off options for that material. Beyond helping you sort what is recyclable, Recycle Coach can send you reminders to when your waste pickup day is. This feature is useful for Statutory holidays – it can remind you to set your bin out the day before or after your regular waste pickup day. Never miss a waste pickup day again.

Over the next four to six weeks, City employees will be applying a refreshed recycling informational sticker onto the blue recycling bins. The new and improved sticker will provide residents with an easy guide to help them keep non-recyclable materials from entering the blue bins.

Zone Map: https://www.cityofnb.ca/city_government/administration/publications_maps_and_reports.html

For more information:

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

 


Property Tax Enforcement Reminder July 2, 2020

The City of North Battleford is reminding property owners in tax arrears to contact the Tax Clerk to set up a payment plan.

In May of this year, the City entered into an agreement with Battle River Law to provide property tax enforcement services to recover tax arrears. To avoid this lengthy legal process, set up a payment plan before the property tax enforcement process begins.

Contact the City of North Battleford Tax Clerk at 306-445-1706 to start your property tax plan or for any tax arrears questions.

For more information:

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

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