There is a lot to celebrate this month! June is both Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month. Find ways to recognize and learn more by checking out OUTSaskatoon and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for events taking place this month. While there are many ways to participate, these are just two places to start.
I also want to congratulate all the grads who are celebrating graduations this month. Mazel tov to you and your families!
I look forward to keeping in touch through the summer. While there will be a pause of Coffee with your Councillor through July and August, these newsletters will continue to be delivered. Furthermore, don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments.
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Ward 8 Updates
Neighbourhood Clean Ups
Kudos to the College Park Recreation Association and Greystone Heights Community Association for organizing community clean-ups this spring!
On June 4 CPRA and neighbours cleaned-up a total of 2,370 kgs of waste. This included recycling 230 kgs of metal and 2 tires.
On June 18 GCA and neighbours cleaned-up a total of 1,310 kgs of waste.
The Electronic Recycling Association was also on site for both clean-ups. Thank you to all those that came out to support these great community clean-up efforts.
The Summer Play Program is a free, drop in space for waterplay, sports, crafts, games, music and more! The summer play program operates at spray pads and paddling pools around the city. Check out more information online or by viewing these neighbourhood flyers: Briarwood, College Park (weekend), East College Park, Greystone (weekend) and Wildwood.
The Travelling Sports Program will be stopping by through Briarwood this summer. The facilitated programs will be on Tuesday's from 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM between July 4 - August 18. Activities will be located at the basketball court in Briarwood Park (602 Briarwood Rd).
Rezoning or Discretionary Use Applications
City Council Meeting: June 27, 2022
Farmers' Market Update
The City was successful in securing a grant from the federal government to cover half of the capital costs to upgrade the Farmers' Market Building. The funding initially allocated by the City for this portion of the project is now able to be allocated to enhance a few other operational considerations on site (e.g. improved HVAC system).
Based on the direction given from Council this month, construction is expected to begin in early Fall 2022 with an opening date of the new indoor Public Market in late spring 2023.
I know we are all eager to get back to this indoor space. In the interim, don't forget the outdoor farmers market is operating on Saturdays until October 8!
Research on Equity Investments
The city is looking to expand its investment policy to include equities and is looking to proceed in the best direction. The City’s current policy with investment only allows investing in high-quality bonds. This report seeks direction to hire a consultant to assist with researching equity investments by determining an optimal asset allocation to enhance return and minimize risk while supporting Environmental, Social and Governance investments.
Small Dog Off-Leash Dog Park
There has been an increase in demand for developing an off the leash dog park specifically for smaller dogs. Administration has explored a few options for development of the small dog off-leash park.
Subject to final design, it is being recommended that there be a half-acre addition to Hyde Dog Park (Rosewood) and that one acre within Charlottetown Park (Confederation Suburban Centre) both be designated small dog off-leash dog park.
Green Infrastructure 10 Year Implementation Plan
The implementation strategy being recommended is composed of 5 pathways which define actions and phased initiatives to be carried out over the next 10 years. Initiatives within the plan are anticipated to achieve multiple co-benefits such as improved access to nature for the community, equity and reconciliation, climate mitigation, and habitat provision.
It is intended that this plan will be updated every five years to reflect implementation progress and capturing additional initiatives that are anticipated to come up over the course of this period.
Find the full report here.
Multi-Year Budget Change
This report recommends to formally change the Multi-Year Business Plan and Budget Policy to reflect that multi-year budgets be prepared for two-year cycles rather than four-year cycles.
Due to many uncertain financial situations, changing assumptions and risks which are associated with a longer budget cycle, Administration is recommending that extending the budget cycle beyond two years does not add value into the budgeting process. Reliability, efficiency, and flexibility of the process are still able to be realized with a shorter two-year cycle without the additional risk of longer-term estimates.
Additional reports of interest
The full agenda can be found here.
COFFEE WITH YOUR COUNCILLOR will be on pause throughout the months of July and August. Don't hesitate to be in touch if you'd like to connect.
What's happening in Ward 8!
Here are some other great things happening in Ward 8 soon or put on by members of our community.
Sarina Gersher - Ward 8 Councillor