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Planning Committee Meeting Agenda, Sept 21 September 16, 2021

Agenda: https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/CommitteeAgendas/PC07_-_September_21_2021.pdf

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82073297810
Webinar ID: 820 7329 7810
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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)
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Renewal of the Healing Garden at Allen Sapp Gallery September 15, 2021

The City of North Battleford will be excavating the Healing Garden at the Allen Sapp Gallery as a part of the Sanitary Sewer Upgrade Project. The project is necessary to provide long-term sanitary services for the residents of North Battleford and to accommodate future growth in the city.

 In January 2021, discussions with Elders and Knowledge Keepers were held and the required excavation of the area was seen as an opportunity to renew this educational space. Community members who originally designed, created, and cared for the Healing Garden were also contacted and have been invited to provide input on the new development. A committee will be formed to discuss the rejuvenation of the Healing Garden. Ideas such as installing improved weed barriers and building a pollinator garden have already been suggested.

 The Allen Sapp Gallery and Midwest Food Resources have partnered in saving some of the plant material for the future Healing Garden and the Community Garden for the benefit of all.

 The Healing Garden holds many memories of events and school tours where people enjoyed learning about plants and gardening. While it is difficult to adapt to this change, we are looking forward to the opportunity to work with our community once more on this renewal and we are hopeful that many will enjoy the future garden.

 For more information:

 Leah Garven, Galleries Manager

306 445-1760 | lgarven@cityofnb.ca

City of North Battleford to Resume Mandatory Masking in Indoor City-Owned and Operated Facilities Effective September 20. September 14, 2021

City Council voted Monday, September 13th to implement mandatory masking for patrons in all indoor City owned and operated facilities effective September 20th. Masking for City employees was previously implemented September 7th.

The motion comes as the province recorded its highest daily case total with 449 new cases on Monday. Currently, Saskatchewan has the highest seven-day rolling average on record at 362 with hospitalizations approaching record numbers, while Battlefords Union Hospital is nearing capacity.

To date the City of North Battleford has adhered to all provincial health restrictions mandated by the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan in the fight against COVID-19. Despite the most recent surge of the virus, the province has stated that – although they support businesses and organizations in mandating masks – they will not be implementing further health measures at this time.

Council unanimously expressed discontent with the position of the provincial government stating that public health is the responsibility of the province. It was further acknowledged that municipalities are ill-equipped to address the implementation of public health measures as they lack the necessary medical expertise and appropriate funding to effectively monitor, enforce and manage any mandated public health restrictions. While Council expressed their discontent with the province, they also identified the need to implement masks in City owned and operated facilities to ensure that the health and safety of the community is at the forefront in all of their decision making. “It is the responsible thing to do” stated Councillor Len Taylor.

While the majority of employees and visitors to City facilities will be required to wear a mask, the following exceptions were made:

  • Children under 3 years of age;
  • Individuals who are medically exempt and individuals who cannot place or remove masks without assistance;
  • Individuals actively participating in aquatic activities, physical exercise, or playing sports;
  • Seated individuals while consuming food or beverages; and
  • Individuals attending private functions held in city facilities, where staff are not providing services (for example weddings, rental of rooms).

Although discussed by Council, City facilities leased to third parties such as the North Battleford Library and the North Battleford Golf and Country Club are not included in this mandate at this time. However, Council is requesting that all third-party organizations utilizing City facilities consider implementing their own masking requirements for the wellbeing of the community.

At this time, the City has not made a decision as to whether to implement a vaccine requirement for visitors of public facilities.

Vaccination is still the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yourself from hospitalization and death. For information about vaccines and where to get your shot, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan website by clicking here.

The City thanks all residents for their cooperation as we work together to keep our community healthy and safe.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations

306 445 9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Planning Committee Meeting Date Change September 14, 2021

NOTICE OF A PLANNING COMMITTEE SCHEDULE CHANGE


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, September 20th, 2021, has been rescheduled to be held Tuesday, September 21st, commencing at 5:30 p.m.


This meeting will be held at the Chapel Gallery at 891-99 Street, and available on Zoom using Webinar ID: 820 7329 7810. Zoom details will also be available on the City website prior to the meeting.


Notice is hereby given this 14th day of September 2021.



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Council Agenda for September 13 September 9, 2021

September 13, 2021, Agenda split into two due to file size - Part 1 and Part 2
Start time: 6:30 pm
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Drivers Urged to Slow Down in School Zones September 1, 2021

The beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and even anxious time for students. As there is a degree of emotions and distractions occupying the minds of our children they may not be paying attention while on sidewalks, roadways and crosswalks. The City would like to remind our residents to use caution and to be aware of school buses, school zones, the required speed limits, and children on our streets.

The school zone speed limit within the City is 30km/h from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. Please, observe your speed and driving behaviour while in these zones and be cognizant of children on the streets travelling between home and school. Speeding in school zones is a serious and potentially deadly offence. Speeders in school zones face a fine of $300.00, with fines increasing more you exceed the 20km/h speed limit. For example, driving 50km/h in a school zone will result in a fine of $310.00 and 3 demerit points.

Holding, viewing, or the use of a cellular device while driving distracts you from the road and will result in a fine of $580.00 for your first offence, $1,400.00 for a second offence and $2,100.00 and 4 demerit points for a third offence.

Community Safety Officers will be out monitoring and patrolling school zones regularly. Drivers who fail to stop five (5) metres from the front or rear of a school bus displaying its safety lights and stop arm face a fine of $360.00 and 4 demerit points.

The City of North Battleford Fire Department will also have a presence at all the schools in the City as a reminder that school is back in session and to please slow down.

Let’s make it safe for our children.

For more information:

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

Smart Water Meters Detect Leaks for Residents September 1, 2021

Smart Water Meters Logo

As Smart Water Meter upgrades continue, several residents have already benefited from leak detection warnings. Although the City and customer portal software is currently not operational, the City is undergoing active testing of the software to ensure a smooth transition. It was during active software testing that these leaks were detected by City staff.

Upon receiving water leak detection warnings, staff contacted four residents and informed them of continuous high-water use. With that information, the residents were able to find the issues that caused the leak detection warnings. The cause of one leak detection warning remains unknown. Two residents confirmed that they each had a toilet that was continually running. The fourth incident involved a resident who accidentally left an outside water hose running as they left the city for a few days and inadvertently flooded their basement. Without the Smart Water Meter warning, the basement flooding would have continued until the homeowner returned from their trip, causing significant damage to their basement. In all four cases, City staff were able to contact the homeowners to correct the issues.

The analog water meters that the City is replacing are not compatible with this leak detection capability. High water use from a leak will result in an increased utility bill. Costs to property owners will be significantly lower with the new Smart Water Meters and customer portal as leaks can be identified and addressed quickly. With the analog meters, residents would have only discovered the leaks after receiving a higher-than-expected utility bill as many leaks could remain unidentified for a period of time between billing cycles.

Customer Portal

When the Smart Water Meter upgrades have been completed the customer portal will become available to property owners. This portal will be accessible anywhere you have a modern web browser and access to the internet. Customers will have access to water usage statistics and will be able to set up text message or email notifications for abnormal water usage warnings. This portal will empower residents to make smart decisions about their water use and reduce the impact of leaking plumbing.

The City will continue to take a proactive approach in notifying customers of possible leaks on their property by attempting to contact customers when the Smart Water Meter system identifies an alarm.

Benefits of Smart Water Meters

Learn more about the benefits of Smart Water Meters, details of the meter upgrade process and a FAQ please visit,
https://www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/taxes_utilities/smart_water_meters.html

For more information:

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

 

Capital Projects 2021– August 31 Update August 31, 2021

 

The UPAR projects on Henderson Drive, Battleford Road and Service Road are ahead of schedule. All street closures associated with these projects will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages (@citynb). The revised timelines are listed below:

Henderson Drive (Buhler Avenue to Maher Drive)

Projected completion on September 1st (previously September 4th)

Henderson Drive is undergoing asphalt replacement and is closed to motor vehicles. This includes the Buhler Avenue intersection. The sidewalks are open to pedestrian traffic.

The project is 3 days ahead of schedule and is expected to be opened on September 1st.

Battleford Road Rehabilitation (South Railway Avenue to Highway 16 bypass)

September 10th-16th (previously September 1st to 29th)

Battleford Road will be undergoing rehabilitation. This work includes the South Railway Avenue intersection. There will be impacts to traffic and people should seek alternate routes when possible.

Service Road along Railway Avenue East (Werb Street to A&W access)

September 1st to 21st (previously September 10th-29th)

The City will be undertaking repairs starting September 1st. The Werb Street intersection will not be affected. There will be impacts to traffic and people should seek alternate routes when possible.

Find the latest updates on our UPAR project updates by checking here.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations
306-445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Capital Projects 2021 – Fall Update August 26, 2021

 

The following road repairs will be occurring through the City’s Underground Pipeline and Asphalt Replacement Program (UPAR) in the fall season:

Henderson Drive (Buhler Avenue to Maher Drive)

In progress – Projected completion September 3rd

Henderson Drive is undergoing asphalt replacement and is closed to motor vehicles. This includes the Buhler Avenue intersection. The project is on schedule and the road is expected to be re-opened on September 4th.

The sidewalks are open to pedestrian traffic.

Battleford Road Rehabilitation (South Railway Avenue to Highway 40)

September 1-29

Battleford Road will be undergoing rehabilitation for most of the month of September. This work includes the South Railway Avenue intersection. There will be impacts to traffic and people should seek alternate routes when possible. We anticipate that the work will be completed on September 30th.

Service Road along Railway Avenue East (Werb Street to A&W access)

September 10-29

The City will be undertaking repairs starting September 10th. The Werb Street intersection will not be affected. There will be impacts to traffic and people should seek alternate routes when possible.

20th Avenue Pressure-Sustaining Valve Replacement (101st, 102nd and 103rd Street intersections)

September 30 October 22

Between September 30th and October 22nd, K & S Asphalt crews will be replacing the pressure-sustaining valves beneath the 101st, 102nd and 103rd Street intersections. Traffic accommodation plans for this work will be forthcoming in the following weeks.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations
306-445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Household Hazardous Waste Day on September 18th August 26, 2021

On Saturday, September 18th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, residents of North Battleford are once again encouraged to take advantage of Household Hazardous Waste Day (HHWD). The drop-off location will be the Public Works Shop at 11112 – 6th Avenue. The program is open to residents of North Battleford only, and no commercial loads will be accepted. Please label items if you know what the materials are.

Improper disposal of household hazardous waste can cause serious threats to human health and negatively impact the environment. Improper disposal of household hazardous waste includes pouring waste down the drain, pouring on the ground, into sewers or placing it in the trash.

Drive-in Style Drop-off

This event will follow all Province of Saskatchewan health mandates. Do not attend this event if you are sick. The drive-in style drop-off has proven to be safe, fast, and effective and will be conducted again for this HHWD. Please follow these steps.

  • Load materials into the car trunk or truck bed of your vehicle
  • Approach the Shop at 11112 6th Avenue
  • A greeter will control access into the yard, answer any questions and screen products for drop-off
  • When directed, drive your vehicle into the building to the drop-off location
  • Turn off your vehicle, do not exit your vehicle
  • Staff will remove the household hazardous materials from your vehicle
  • If required staff will inquire about unlabeled materials, for proper disposal
  • When completed continue forward to exit the building and follow the signs
  • Exit the grounds onto 6th Avenue

The following materials are acceptable to be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Day:

  • Adhesives – contact cement, caulking, sealers, carpet and linoleum adhesives and glue
  • Aerosols – hair spray, insect repellent, lubricant spray, furniture cleaners
  • Automotive – carburetor cleaners, oil fuel
  • Cleaners – oven and toilet bowl cleaners, glass cleaner, spot remover, disinfectants, car wax
  • Fuels – gasoline, diesel, kerosene, lamp oil, oil/gas mixture
  • Mercury – mercury, thermometers
  • Oxidizers – chlorine, bleach, pool chemicals, fertilizers, hydrogen peroxide, septic tank chemicals
  • Poisons – lawn herbicides, garden chemicals, rat poison, gopher killer, insecticides
  • Solvents – paint thinner, acetone, alcohol, benzene, xylene, naphtha

Precautions

Please bring hazardous materials in their original containers with labels intact and do not mix products. If you do not have the original container label the materials. If you do not know the specific product name label with the product category from the list above. Ensure that you secure the product so that it does not leak or tip.

Resources

Recycle Coach

www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/waste_recycling/waste_pickup.html or install the app from the Google Play Store or the App Store for iOS. Find your waste pickup day, find out what materials go where and have reminders sent to you.

Accepted Material

www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Accepted_Materials_2018.pdf for the full list of accepted materials for the Household Hazardous Waste Day and the alternative locations for non-accepted materials.

 

For more information:

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

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