With a big newsletter outlining upcoming reports to City Council, ward specific news and community engagement opportunities, I will just jump right into the update.
- East Side Leisure Centre
- Edward McCourt Park Community Garden
- Downtown Grocery Store
- Zoning Bylaw Review - Infill Amendments
Well with the change in seasons, we have also had a change at City Hall. City Council is now back to meeting in person (with a hybrid option), with our meetings continuing to be live streamed online.
This month's newsletter focuses on items on Monday's City Council agenda, ward specific updates and engagement opportunities across the city.
In brief, this post highlights five items of public interest that were discussed during the December 2021 City Council meetings.
- Temporary Wellness Shelter
- Downtown Event and Entertainment District Advisory Group
- Elm Disposal Changes at Landfill
- Groundwater Protection Policy
- COVID-19 Update
In brief, here are four items of public interest that were discussed during the January 2021 City Council meeting.
I know carbon monoxide poisoning has been top of mind for many neighbours. At today's City Council meeting, I put forward a motion that the Mayor and I have been working on. It was unanimously supported and included reporting on the following:
- Information on the current approach and requirements on carbon monoxide alarms in properties in the City of Saskatoon
- What options are available to require carbon monoxide detectors in buildings older than 2009
- A review of best practices of how other cities have addressed this challenge
Neighbourhood snow removal gets underway ❄️❄️
The City started removing snow from residential streets on Dec. 2 in response to the severe snow accumulation in November that left many residential streets impassable.
In brief, here are seven items of public interest that were discussed during the September 2020 City Council meetings.
- P4G Public Hearing
- Sawēyihtotān Pilot Project
- Net Zero Demonstration Project
- Environmental Sustainability Reserve
- Organics Processing Update
In brief, here are five items of public interest that were discussed during the January 2020 City Council meeting.
- Facilitating waste diversion for the business sector
- Regulation of nuisance properties
- Corridor Transformation Plan
- Sidewalk infill prioritization criteria
- Downtown Event and Entertainment District - Update
This is the first multi-year budget for the City of Saskatoon. A great summary of all things related to the budget can be found on the City's website.
In summary, the 2020 and 2021 budget includes:
- Greater investment in core services - parks, sidewalks, transit, roads, bridges
- Transit service expansion into Brighton in 2021
- Focus on Growth Plan implementation and Corridor Planning/Infill Development
- Beginning implementation of Low Emissions Community Plan through multiple community and corporate initiatives
- Address the growing backlog of property maintenance and nuisance complaints
- Approved borrowing for the Saskatoon Public Library's new Central Library
- Approved resources needed to tackle the increasing pressures of higher rates of crime/severity in Saskatoon and to keep citizens safe
- Investments in utility-related projects, to maintain safe and reliable services
- Beginning to meaningfully resolve the historical waste services deficit
- Continued prioritization of investment in snow and ice management
For the Briarwood Neighbourhood Traffic Review, 9 draft recommendations were put forward to the public consultation event held on October 15, 2019. We had a great community discussion about the proposed recommendations, and community members shared their support for initiatives as well as suggested other opportunities through this process.