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
In brief, here are three items of public interest that were discussed during the November 2019 City Council meeting.
- Transit Detour Process
- Governance Review of Controlled Corporations
- Bicycle Bylaw Update
In brief, here are four items of public interest that were discussed during the October 2019 City Council meeting. I was proud to Chair this meeting of City Council as the Deputy Mayor.
- Reseller Rate for Regional Customers of Saskatoon Water
- Saskatoon Freeway Project Update – October 2019
- Approaches for Addressing Existing and Emerging Protocol Issues
- Municipal Wards Commission - Establishment of Municipal Ward Boundaries
Ward 8 residents, please note that the new municipal ward boundaries (starting November 9, 2020) have been established. The changes specific to Ward 8 have Brevoort Park moving to Ward 6, and Wildwood coming from Ward 9 to Ward 8. As such, the Ward 8 neighbourhoods for the 2020 municipal and school boards' election include: Briarwood, Brighton (Holmwood Sector), College Park, East College Park, Greystone Heights, Hillcrest Management Area and Wildwood.
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.
The City of Saskatoon is reviewing its regulations for short term rentals due to changes in the industry resulting from the rise of online hosting platforms like AirBnB and VRBO.
In brief, here are six items of public interest that were discussed during the September 2019 City Council meeting.
- Farmers’ Market Building Update
- Curbside Residential Recycling Service Levels for 2020 and Beyond
- Saskatoon Public Library - Business Case
- Sharing Prosperity through Reconciliation - Protocol Agreement with the Saskatoon Tribal Council
- Triple Bottom Line City Council Policy
- Kahkewistahaw Urban Reserve Creation
The numbers are in after two full years of offering the program, proving it's been well received. Since the program’s inception, over 1,000 requests have been approved - providing free transit services to 26,451 students for class field trips. Most field trips take place in May and June with 2,256 participants in May 2019 and 2,323 participants in June 2019. Saskatoon Transit’s ClassPass program is a resounding success!
Fitting with the City’s Strategic Goal of Moving Around, the ClassPass program provides free transit service to Kindergarten through Grade 12 students, teachers, and chaperons, on regular transit routes, for field trip destinations within Saskatoon.
The Saskatoon Municipal Wards Commission is seeking insight and information from citizens of Saskatoon as the Commission looks to establish new ward boundaries for the municipal/school boards' elections in fall 2020 because of population growth and shifts since the 2016 election.
The City of Saskatoon is divided into ten wards. The Cities Act stipulates that each ward must contain approximately the same population, with ward populations varying by no more than 10% from the average ward population (the City's total population divided by the ten wards).
Currently, the populations of Ward 7 and Ward 10 exceed the 10% variance while the populations of Ward 5 and Ward 8 fall below the threshold. Accordingly, the Municipal Wards Commission will establish new ward boundaries to be in effect for the city's municipal election and school boards' elections in fall 2020. Of note, reconfiguring the ward boundaries to ensure all ten comply to the legislated population range will affect the boundaries of other wards as well in all three options.
This means that for the 2020 municipal and school boards' election, Ward 8's boundaries WILL change.
Beginning on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 road resurfacing work will begin on Acadia Drive. The work is anticipated to take 6 days to complete, barring weather delays and unforeseen circumstances. The work has been coordinated in phases in order to minimize disruptions to the area, see attached construction notice and detour maps for additional information.