It has been a difficult month for our community, as we are well into our fourth wave. I know we are all exhausted, but this remains a critical time to stay vigilant with COVID-19 protocols. If you have not yet received your full vaccination, please take a look at vaccine clinic information to find out where you can get your dose(s). Furthermore, the most recent Public Health Order and supplemental information can be found here.
I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a couple items of interest that will be on the agenda for our City Council meeting, on Monday, September 27.
- Framework for Measures to Mitigate the Transmission of COVID-19 in Saskatoon
- Speed Limit Review
- The agenda itself contains over twenty reports, with the full list found here.
The remainder of this email contains more details on these reports, in addition to other helpful community news.
Have a great weekend.
City Council Meeting: September 27
Framework for Measures to Mitigate the Transmission of COVID-19 in Saskatoon
A COVID-19 risk mitigation framework is before Council for final endorsement. It includes both indicators and measures so that the City can use the best available data to inform its decision-making processes. The framework is both complementary and supplementary to any provincial public health direction and focuses on mitigating transmission in city-owned facilities.
This framework will provide predictability to residents. Furthermore, this is our roadmap to help us move between zones and ultimately look to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our facilities. The framework is colour coded, with red being the highest level. Currently were at the orange level.
Speed Limit Review
There has been some confusion about the speed limit review and the Administrative recommendation to reduce speeds on local and collector roads to 40 km/hr. While the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation voted down this recommendation, the report will still be before City Council.
What does this mean?
The Committee recommended to City Council to undertake a Speed Watch program in lieu of reducing speed limits. There has not been much information shared on what this program entails. I expect more details to be shared verbally at the meeting.
City Council can still debate the Administrative recommendation regarding speed limits. As such a final decision on speeds will be made at Monday's meeting. Subsequent work, depending on the outcome of the decision, will focus on reviewing school zones and playground zones to ensure we meet best practices. For more information, check out this blog that talks about the review and some key points in the process.
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, September 27 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