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City adds another $250,000 to civic facility snow budget

If the city didn’t have enough trouble clearing streets of snow and ice, council passed a motion to add $250,000 for snow removal from city-owned facilities.

“This amends the contract, not the budget,” said infrastructure services manager Mike Gutek, about the quarter-million-dollar increase.

In November 2012 the city awarded the contract for snow removal of 42 civic facilities (parking lots, sidewalks and sites, roofs, flood protection) to GIP Enterprises Ltd. and Sawyer Trees and Landscapes for $250,000.

City of Saskatoon finalizing taxes for 2013

City council is set to finalize how much residents in Saskatoon will pay in tax for 2013.

Manager of corporate services Marlys Bilanski tells News Talk Radio the average resident will see an eight dollar increase overall, representing a rise of 0.3 per cent.

Bilanski said the minimal increase comes in light of two things, the tax ratio between residential and non-residential, and the decrease in education tax by the provincial government.

Saskatoon softball season striking out because of snow

Mother Nature is stealing bases and days from the start of Saskatoon's softball season.

"It's really going to be a tight season," said Vanessa Kosteroski, president of Saskatoon Minor Softball.

The City of Saskatoon has given their league a May 8 start date, a week later than normal. However, that is proving to be a challenge for a sport with an already short season.

"We actually have to make sure that we try and get 16 games in with these kids between hopefully May 8, and our season ends June 19."

City draws a blank in traffic study

Nine collisions per year at the intersection of Diefenbaker Drive and Worobetz Place in the city’s west end prompted a city councillor to look at ways to address safety concerns.

However, nearly a year-long study turned up no solutions.

“It’s a little frustrating because 45 collisions (since 2007), I think, is a significant number,” said Ward 3 Councillor Ann Iwanchuk.

She was hoping to have a sensor traffic light in that intersection that would only change when there’s a lineup of cars waiting to turn from Worobetz Place to Diefenbaker Drive.

Saskatoon Recycles diverts over 500 tons after first-quarter results

It’s been three months since the first blue recycling carts made their way to homes in Saskatoon.

The city’s environmental services department released first-quarter numbers, highlighting compliance and set out rates and the amount of tonnage that’s already been diverted from the Saskatoon landfill.

They’ve seen a set out rate of about 63 per cent since January and they’ve already diverted more than 500 tons, said Jeff Jorgensen, the city's utilities manager.

Business upset over lack of road repair on Koyl Avenue

As the city’s pothole patching program continues, one man is upset that crews won’t patch a road in the city’s northwest end, making him wait another five years.

“We feel that this street is bad because it appears to be an original street and appears to never have had any improvements since it was built,” said Fortress property management employee Robin Riehl.

On Tuesday he made his case to the planning and operations committee, asking for some serious road repairs to Koyl Avenue.

Rut shaving finished on Saskatoon's worst streets

The City of Saskatoon said it has completed rut shaving on the worst streets in all Saskatoon neighbourhoods.

The city defined the worst streets as ones where cars were getting stuck in ruts.

The final four neighbourhoods to get rut shaving on the streets in bad shape were: Nutana, City Park, Varsity View and Buena Vista.

Cell towers could offer Saskatoon new revenue stream

SaskTel cellular towers could soon be found on city-owned property across Saskatoon, and it could generate $50,000 in new revenue.

"Following the approval from city council the recommendations allow us to work with SaskTel to find suitable locations for various sizes of cell towers, provided they meet certain administrative conditions and go through, as required, public consultation process," said Cary Humphrey, leisure services branch manager. 

Saskatoon doubles crews and quadruples costs for pothole blitz

The City of Saskatoon has started repairing potholes with hot asphalt, but it is costing a lot of cold, hard cash.

"Over the next month, the complete expenditures are probably going to be between $700,000 and $1 million," said Mike Gutek, general manager of the city's infrastructure services.

That is far above the normal budget of $200,000-$300,000 for a month of pothole repairs.

Up to 17 crews will be out working on filling potholes on priority one and two streets during this spring pothole blitz.

Integrated Growth Plan key to lowering operational costs

City councillors learned new development is mostly covered by developers, but in the long run, the city is in charge of maintenance.

“Operation costs are paid for through taxation so things like pothole patching,” said manager of utility services Jeff Jorgensen during a Monday night administration and finance meeting.

“Once new infrastructure is built by developers the tax system covers the maintenance and replacement of that infrastructure,” he said. 

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