City of Saskatoon
Two carbon monoxide scares over the holidays in Saskatoon have SaskEnergy thinking safety.
Both CO incidents this week - one at an apartment on Avenue M south on Christmas morning and the other at the Hilton Garden Inn on Boxing Day- were caused by frozen boiler filters.
Dave Burdeniuk, director of media relations for SaskEnergy, said furnaces and boilers are working overtime during this cold weather and home and business owners should be on the lookout to prevent carbon monoxide build-ups.
With Christmas over for another year the City of Saskatoon is asking people to recycle their Christmas trees.
A civic election too close to call, thousands of newcomers, and potholes across a city all have one thing in common, they’ve helped paint the picture that was a busy year at Saskatoon City Hall.
In October 2012 was the City of Bridges’ civic election. Voters were driven to the polls to complain about the state of the roads, potholes, snow removal, and a broken down Traffic bridge.
"Council this time, certainly heard loud and clear that people wanted to spend more money," said Mayor Don Atchison.
Ashu M. G. Solo, who made headlines by asking the city to remove 'Merry Christmas' messages from buses, says he won't be proceeding with a complaint to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal just yet.
He filed the complaint earlier this month saying the Christmas message discriminates against non-Christians.
Solo says he'll wait and see if city council changes its policy after getting recommendations from the Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Committee.
"Having served on that committee, I know its members are fairly progressive."
People living in Saskatoon are being reminded what to do if and when confronted by a coyote after numerous sightings.
Many concerned residents have called Saskatoon Police lately after spotting them within Saskatoon.
There have not been any physical encounters.
Although coyotes can be playful and social, they have a reputation of killing small animals.
Residents have not been paying fines for not clearing their sidewalks this year. That’s going to change come 2013.
“We have one bylaw inspector who is tasked with bylaw enforcement,” said transportation department engineer Gord Hundeby.
At Monday’s executive committee meeting Hundeby offered seven recommendations on how city council could add resources and clear the city’s sidewalks.
The words "Merry Christmas" on Saskatoon city buses will stay for the time being.
“The community’s response has been clear they want to see the Merry Christmas signs stay,” said Councillor Mairin Loewen.
Saskatoon residents can expect about a five dollar increase on their power bills next year.
On Wednesday Cabinet approved a 4.9 per cent increase for SaskPower users, effective January 1, 2013.
The City's solicitor has prepared an amendment to the bylaw so the increase is applied to all residential, commercial and SaskPower users and employees.
The increase also applies to all street-lighting around the city.
City Council will be pass the bylaw at the last council meeting of the year on Monday at 1 p.m.
Landfill increases will be coming to Saskatoon in a few weeks.
The City is removing flat rate fees and replacing them with a dump-weight multiplied by a tipping fee, which next year will be $90.
“Back in 2010, the landfill’s projected lifespan was 8 to 12 years. Now with the optimization strategy we can push that well beyond 40 years,” said environmental services manager Brenda Wallace.
Users of the landfill will see an entry fee of $10, as the landfill is moving away for a discount for the first two visits.
Saskatoon’s Habitat for Humanity chapter presented its plan to build a four-plex on Avenue S South to council.
Based on two information sessions held earlier this year, a couple of design changes were made. These included bringing two parking spots to the front of the building, moving them from the back.
However, as Councillor Pat Lorje commented, many residents in the Pleasant Hill area feel this design doesn’t improve the aesthetics of the neighbourhood and in fact is similar to other apartment complexes, which have been paired with negative connotations.