We are kicking off the weekend with some good news. Health Canada has authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine made for children aged 5 to 11. If this includes someone in your household, keep you to date with information about local distribution through the Provincial COVID-19 website.
I would like to thank those neighbours that participated in Health Care Worker Appreciation Week and wrote their messages of support for our local health care heros. We are actively working on compiling those messages and sharing them with the hospitals.
In terms of upcoming business for City Council, we are coming up to a busy time. Our City Council meeting will take place on November 22, 2021, followed by budget deliberations beginning on November 29, 2021. Furthermore, the December meeting schedules is condensed due to the holidays, so you will notice our monthly newsletter will come out a little earlier next month. I will outline items of interest, including school and playground zones, and the Dundonald Ave solar farm project, for our upcoming meeting in the body of this email.
For those starting to celebrate holidays, I encourage you to be mindful of how your household gathers. While I am not aware of any protocols in place yet, please remember to keep distanced, follow proper hand hygiene and mask up.
City Council Meeting: November 22, 2021
Here are a few items of interest on the agenda:
School and playground zones proposed changes
The recommendations for school and playground zones are part of the speed limit review that has been underway this year. In September, City Council voted not to reduce the city-wide speed limit for residential neighbourhoods. Folks will recall this was a widely debated item within the community.
The second stage of the speed limit review is assessing school zones, playground zones and areas with high concentrations of seniors. These items were broken out into the second phase, as the decision around city-wide speed limits impacts these recommendations.
In short, there are portions of our current school zones that do not reflect best practices. The recommendations before City Council on Monday are meant to bring our current practices in alignment with best practices. The recommendations being considered on Monday include:
Take a look at the full report for additional information, including financial impacts, engagement results and technical reviews.
Dundonald Ave Solar Farm
This report confirms the feasibility of implementing a 2.2 MW solar farm on a piece of marginal land between Dundonald Ave and Circle Dr. If approved, the site will generate 2.7 million kWh of renewable energy, powering over 330 homes annually. With the help from the provincial and federal government, this project has a short seven year payback timeline, based on thirty years of operations.
This is an exciting opportunity to implement actions from our climate action plans. Furthermore, with the site being slowly converted to a naturalized landscape, it will also provide further ecological benefits.
The report can be found here.
December 2021 update on the framework for measures to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in Saskatoon
The framework has now been in place for a few months, and as committed, a report is on our monthly meeting agenda with updates about any changes to civic protocols. For the month of December, the indicators from the current analysis reveal a "Yellow" or caution level, whereas for the month of November we saw an "Orange" or high-risk level.
There are only a few changes that are being made:
The agenda for the multi-year budget for 2022 and 2023 will be released at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Find all relevant budget information here.
Budget deliberations will begin on November 29 and can run until December 1. Just with all Council meetings, like meeting will be live streamed.
Do not hesitate to get in touch ahead of time if you have any questions.
How to share feedback ahead of the meeting
Contact me directly
Do not hesitate to reach out to share feedback ahead of our meeting. You can contact me any point in the month. Contact information is available here.
Send a letter to City Council
This avenue allows you to send a letter (or request to speak) to items on the agenda. This needs to be submitted before 10:00 AM on Monday, November 22 as it forms part of the supplementary agenda. Find more information on how to make the request here.
SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH YOUR COUNCILLOR
The Zoom link will be posted online ahead of the event.
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