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News from the City of North Battleford

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Provincial Disaster Assistance Program Application July 9, 2020

On July 7th & 8th, the City of North Battleford received over 125 mm of rain. This amount of rain in such a short time caused substantial flooding throughout the City.

The City of North Battleford held a Special Council meeting on Thursday, July 9th. At this Special Council meeting Council had approved a resolution to make an application to request designation as an eligible assistance area under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP). PDAP provides assistance for uninsurable losses of essential goods to help people get back to pre-disaster conditions.

The City of North Battleford will provide an update to residents on www.cityofnb.ca if the City is approved for PDAP.

For Residents

  • Contact your insurance provider for coverage

  • Keep detailed records of damage, work completed – receipts and photos

  • PDAP is not a substitute for private insurance

  • PDAP does not provide full compensation for losses

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Special Council Meeting July 9, 2020

The City of North Battleford will be holding a Special Council meeting on Thursday, July 9th, 2020, at 1:15 pm. This Special Council meeting is to make an application to request designation as an eligible assistance area under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP). Before residents can apply for PDAP the City must have its application approved.

For Residents

  • Contact your insurance provider for coverage

  • Keep detailed records of damage, work completed – receipts and photos

  • PDAP is not a substitute for private insurance

  • PDAP does not provide full compensation for losses

If the City is approved as eligible for assistance for PDAP we will provide information to residents on how to make their application to the program.

Addition information about the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program can be accessed from this website: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/access-funding-through-the-provincial-disaster-assistance-program

 

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding July 8, 2020

Saturated ground increases the risk of basement flooding if there is more rainfall. Residents or commercial properties who have had flooding because of the excessive rains are to contact their insurance provider.

Here are some steps to take to reduce the risk of flooding:

  • Extend downspouts at least two metres from your foundation with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres to the ground. Water that falls onto the saturated ground next to your home is likely to leak into your basement.

  • Ensure roof runoff goes into your front or back yard and not your side yard or a neighbour’s yard.

  • Clean debris from your eavestroughs.

  • Slope soil around your foundation and window wells at least two metres away from your house with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres.

  • Check all drainage paths on your property and ensure they are graded properly and not blocked.

  • Repair all leaks in walls, floors, windows and doors to keep water from seeping in.

  • Make sure your sump pump (if you have one) is working. Sump pumps collect water from around weeping tile and push it out through a discharge pipe. To check if it is working, pour a pail of water into the pit. Ensure the water pumps out at least two meters from your house. Sump pumps will not likely operate during an electrical failure which could result in basement flooding.

  • Limit indoor water use during a storm.

     

Drivers are to respect all barriers that have been erected, to avoid heavily flooded areas as much as possible and to drive slowly through the water, as the wake can exacerbate flooding conditions for property adjacent to the water.

City of North Battleford crews are working to clean drain blockages and all other hazards caused by the storm and aftermath of the storm.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Boat Launch Closed July 7, 2020

Effective immediately, the City of North Battleford boat launch is closed. The closure is due to the high water levels, additional debris in the river and rapid currents.

People are urged to avoid the North Saskatchewan riverbanks until the water recedes. Rapid erosion poses a risk of sudden riverbank collapse.

The boat launch will remain closed until conditions are deemed safe by the Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief Lindsay Holm.

For more information:

Lindsay Holm, Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief
306-445-1777 | chief@cityofnb.ca

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

North Saskatchewan River Advisory July 6, 2020

The City of North Battleford is strongly encouraging people to exercise caution on and by the North Saskatchewan River. The high flow and strong currents pose a safety risk to people and pets.

Riverbanks can be a serious risk at this time. The increased level and flow of water can erode and undercut the shore, which could cause parts of the riverbank to collapse into the river.

The North Battleford Fire Department will continue to monitor the North Saskatchewan River and reminds everyone to never underestimate the power of the river currents and the danger it poses.

For more information:

Lindsay Holm, Director Of Protective Services/Fire Chief
306-445-1777 | chief@cityofnb.ca

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Contaminated Recycling Enforcement Update July 3, 2020

Most zones are showing improvement in reducing the number of contaminants in the recycling bins.

The City of North Battleford would like to acknowledge the diligent efforts of residents in reducing the number of contaminants entering into the recycling bins. In the first month of contaminated recycling bin enforcement, 60% of the zones have successfully reduced the number of rejected bins.

Rejected recycling reduces the expected lifespan of the current cell at the landfill and reduces the number of years the City has to save for this major project. The expected cost for an additional cell in the landfill is two million dollars. These early results are encouraging, diverting waste from the Waste Management Facility is good for the environment and the community.

Residents can easily determine what is allowed to enter the recycling stream by using Recycling Coach, a free tool provided by the City. Recycle Coach can be used from the City’s website at www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/waste_recycling/what_goes_where_.html or install it on your Android or iOS smart device. Just type in the item you are inquiring about and Recycle Coach will inform you if it is recyclable, trash or if there are alternative drop-off options for that material. Beyond helping you sort what is recyclable, Recycle Coach can send you reminders to when your waste pickup day is. This feature is useful for Statutory holidays – it can remind you to set your bin out the day before or after your regular waste pickup day. Never miss a waste pickup day again.

Over the next four to six weeks, City employees will be applying a refreshed recycling informational sticker onto the blue recycling bins. The new and improved sticker will provide residents with an easy guide to help them keep non-recyclable materials from entering the blue bins.

Zone Map: https://www.cityofnb.ca/city_government/administration/publications_maps_and_reports.html

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

 


Property Tax Enforcement Reminder July 2, 2020

The City of North Battleford is reminding property owners in tax arrears to contact the Tax Clerk to set up a payment plan.

In May of this year, the City entered into an agreement with Battle River Law to provide property tax enforcement services to recover tax arrears. To avoid this lengthy legal process, set up a payment plan before the property tax enforcement process begins.

Contact the City of North Battleford Tax Clerk at 306-445-1706 to start your property tax plan or for any tax arrears questions.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

CUplex Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre June 30, 2020

Announced on June 30th by the Provincial Government, indoor aquatic facilities can re-open, if able, as of July 6th1, as part of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

The Credit Union CUplex Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre will be re-opening on Wednesday, August 5th. The facility had been scheduled for extensive repair and maintenance in 2021. However, with all leisure facilities being closed to the public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it was acted upon to complete the maintenance work this year to limit the time closed to the public. Maintenance work is currently underway.

Residents looking to cool off in the summer heat can make use of the spray parks located at Senator Herb Sparrow Park, Centennial Park and Kinsmen Park, daily from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Please follow the COVID-19 guidelines posted at all spray parks.

Information about the opening dates of other Leisure Services facilities will be provided at a later date.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

 

 

Scheduled WMF Closure June 29, 2020

On Tuesday, July 7th, the Waste Management Facility will be closing at noon for the remainder of the day. This closure is for scheduled facility maintenance. The Waste Management Facility will resume regular business hours on July 8th.

Special Council Meeting June 25, 2020

This meeting is being held via a Zoom webinar. Starting at 5:15 pm
Full Agenda https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/Special03-2020.pdf
Here is the link to join the webinar
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Webinar ID: 867 4675 3347
Password:
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