City of Saskatoon
The City of Saskatoon continues to tweak how they’re going to deal with new SLGA regulations coming to the province on Jan. 1, 2014.
At a municipal planning commission meeting on Tuesday, the city’s general manager of planning and development, Alan Wallace, showed the commission a map of Saskatoon, outlining commercial area where nightclubs currently exist.
Wallace said the city sees adult entertainment venues no different from how they see nightclubs.
Saskatoon City Council smothered the idea of a flat tax increase on Monday night.
“This is simply bad policy,” Councillor Charlie Clark told council. “We’ve now surveyed the country and … no other provinces are doing it and it results in a higher level of inequality.”
That sentiment was felt by a majority of city councillors who voted to eliminate discussion of a phased-in base tax.
In council chambers the city’s general manager of corporate services, Marlys Bilanski presented a three-year phased-in base tax of $170 per household.
A pancake breakfast, face painting, games and watching the Riders on the big screen.
It was all part of the the 3rd Annual Rider Day in the Park organized by the Lakeview Community Association.
A big white tent complete with big screens was erected in front of St Bernard School to accommodate a few hundred green clad Rider fans to watch Sunday's Banjo Bowl against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Roadways aren’t the only things being underfunded.
Wednesday the administration and finance committee heard the city currently has a backlog of sound berms totaling $37 million.
“We’ve chronically underfunded this program so now it’s time to catch up. We’re $37 million behind and we have to find a way to generate the revenue to get these berms in place to give people a better quality of life,” said Ward 8 Councillor Eric Olauson.
His concern lies on College Drive.
The Saskatoon area is short 34 school bus drivers this fall.
"With the increase in student enrollment, we are seeing increased demand for transportation," said Veronica Baker, spokeswoman for Saskatoon Public Schools, in an email to News Talk Radio.
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Division has added seven new bus routes this year.
Employees at City Hall seem happier these days.
A report before the executive committee showed the city reporting 3,800 fewer sick days than five years ago, giving it the lowest number of days missed in the country.
“The average number of days lost in the City of Saskatoon is a 7.8 days and for the StatsCan benchmark is 10.9 days,” said Kim Matheson, occupational health and safety manager at city hall.
Distracting, unsafe and undesirable; that's how Councillor Pat Lorje describes billboards around the city of Saskatoon.
"I feel billboards have the potential to be visually distracting to motorists and it seems to me like we have a wonderful stretch of Circle Drive right now and people drive across that bridge and admire the view from the river and admire the golf course and why would we want to clutter that up with billboards," Lorje said.
Saskatonians celebrated labour day in the sunshine as they gathered at Victoria Park for the Saskatoon and District Labour Council's (SDLC) 15th annual BBQ.
But while people chowed down on hot dogs and hamburgers while listening to live entertainment and enjoying the good weather, there was debate on whether they were actively remembering why they had today off work.
Tuesday morning marks the end of summer holidays for Saskatoon students.
For high school students in the public school system first day of class is first thing in the morning but for elementary students there is registration and only a half-day of classes.
Saskatoon Public Schools urged parents to check with the schools for specific start times.
The Saskatoon Catholic school division will also launch its school year. Elementary school students will need to attend school tomorrow morning for registration but don't start full-day classes until Wednesday.
The City of Saskatoon has a long list of road work to get through before the snow flies.
In a construction update at City Hall, Construction and design manager Chris Hallam said workers have been playing catch-up ever since the long winter ate into their season.
Now, Hallam said they're trying to squeeze in as much as they can before they shut down for the year.