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Smart Water Meter Progress July 30, 2021

The City of North Battleford is now in the fifth month of our MANDATORY Smart Meter Installation. Over 20% of the meters have been installed to date. However, some installation zones have several properties that have yet to book their smart meter installation.

Installs Ending in Zones 2, 3, & 4

Residents in Zones 2, 3, & 4 have received a minimum of three communications delivered to their property asking them to contact KTI Limited to have their, new water meter installed, free of charge. These Zones are entering the last phase of meter installs in the area. Anyone who has not booked an appointment in Zones 2, 3, or 4 will be receiving notification of their pending water shut-off in the next week. To avoid having your water shut off please call the KTI booking number or visit their website to book your appointment immediately. If you are a tenant, please contact your landlord to discuss booking an appointment.

The following Streets are included:

  • 91st Street
  • 92nd Street
  • 93rd Street
  • 94th Street
  • 95th Street
  • 96th Street
  • Meadowlark Lane
  • Mitchell Avenue
  • Blue Jay Crescent
  • Cardinal Crescent
  • Deans Crescent
  • Eagle Rise
  • Finch Crescent
  • Foley Drive
  • Panton Avenue
  • Robin Place

Anyone may book their Smart Meter Installation appointment by calling KTI at 1-833-543-8807 or online at www.ktiappointment.com.

Your booking password is your utility account number.

Residents living outside the open zones will receive notification in the mail once their zone is open for meter changeovers.

Background

The meters are being upgraded from ageing analog meters that are nearing the end of their service life to smart water meters.

The new meters will provide property owners on-demand information about their water use and detailed statistics of previous use. What this means is that residents will now have tools available to identify if they have a water leak on their property. With current analog meters, a small leak is easily unnoticeable, wasting money and resources. Additionally, the new meters will allow the City to optimize our water infrastructure and reduce our environmental footprint. Just like residents, the City will have tools to assist in identifying small leaks and areas requiring repair.

Upgrade Process

Upgrades are being completed by zone. When your zone is active for booking and installation, each property in that zone will receive a series of communications over 6-8 weeks, notifying you that you can schedule the installation of the new meter. The information delivered to your property will include information on how to book your upgrade. Booking can be completed by phone or online, through KTI. Installation for residential properties is estimated to take between 30-minutes to an hour.

Book your upgrade at your earliest convenience with a time that best meets your schedule. Appointments are available in 4-hour blocks during the morning, afternoon, evening, and on Saturdays. Households or businesses that fail to book the installation of their new water meters will be provided a final notice before their water is shut off. Upon failing to respond in the time allotted water to the property will then be shut off until the upgrade is booked. Please note that there will be no disconnection or reconnection fee charged to utility accounts that are shut off in relation to smart meter changeovers. Project delays resulting from individuals failing to book their changeovers will incur additional costs to all ratepayers.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

The health and safety of our citizens and of our installers is a priority of this project. Our installers are still following detailed COVID-19 plans and precautions to help keep you and themselves safe. KTI Ltd COVID-19 practices are available on our website www.cityofnb.ca/smartmeter.

Please direct any concerns you may have about the AMI Smart Meter conversion to Jeff Blanchard, Environmental Manager at 306-445-1722.

For more information:

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

Map of Active Zones

Map of the Active Zones

Reminder: 2021 Property Tax Notices Mailed July 27th July 29, 2021

Property tax notices for all properties in North Battleford were mailed via Canada Post on Tuesday, July 27th 2021.

Property owners who did not receive a tax notice are asked to contact the City of North Battleford Tax Clerk at 306 445-1706.

For more information on how taxes are calculated, please visit our website.

Property owners can pay taxes by:

  • Paying through your financial institution’s Online Banking. Go to bill payments and search for “North Battleford Taxes.”

  • Paying online at www.cityofnb.ca/paynow. Please note: The City charges a convenience fee of 3% for credit card transactions.

  • Coming to City Hall during our hours of operation to pay with cash, debit, or cheque. Note: for credit card payments, go to our website.

  • Dropping off a cheque in our locked drop-box at the doors closest to the corner of 13th Avenue and 101st Street at any time.

  • Signing up for the Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPPS) and making monthly installments. Visit our website for more information.

The deadline for paying property taxes is August 31st, 2021. Outstanding accounts will be charged 1.8% interest per month1. Accounts that remain outstanding by January 1st, 2022, will be charged a fee equal to 10% of the outstanding amount.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations
306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

1Interest is calculated annually and compounded monthly.

Liberty Swing Grand Opening July 26, 2021

The Battlefords Early Childhood Intervention Program in partnership with the City of North Battleford is happy to open the Liberty Swing to the people of the Battlefords area.

 

Please watch the embedded video of the grand opening below or on our YouTube Chanel, https://www.youtube.com/cityofnb

 

The newly installed Liberty Swing is in the Natural Play Space in Centennial Park behind the Access Communications Centre.

 

For access to the Liberty Swing and instructions to use the swing, contact Battlefords Early Childhood Intervention Program at 306-446-4545.


Clean up from High Winds July 23, 2021

City of North Battleford Operations Department and Parks and Recreation crews got to an early start this morning, cleaning debris from the high winds and wind gusts experienced the evening of July 22nd, 2021.

If residents notice downed branches, broken, or potentially dangerous trees in public laneways or spaces, please report the trees and branches using the City’s online service tracker.

The City’s online portal is the preferred method for submitting service requests. The online portal allows the request to be automatically assigned to the appropriate department and put into the service queue for the department. Service Tracker is available on the City of North Battleford’s website any time and provides a tracking ID to the individual for their request to receive updates and status changes.

There are several required fields on the online service tracker which allow the City to contact you if additional information is needed. An email is required to provide the requester with a tracking ID for follow-up on their request and to ensure that staff can contact you regarding any required follow-up or clarification.

Reporting Branches Tip

When reporting downed or dangerous branches select from the Category TypeParks and Recreation” and then from the Request Type select, “Tree Problems or Concerns.

Residents without access to the internet can report damaged trees and downed branches by calling City Hall at 306-445-1700.

Power line Reporting

A power line that’s on the ground is dangerous. Always assume it’s live – even if it’s not sparking or making a sound.

If you come across a downed or damaged line, follow these steps:

  1. Stay back at least 10 metres (33 feet). That's about the length of a city bus

  2. Call us at 310-2220 or 911 to report it

  3. Keep others in the vicinity at least a bus-length away

 

For more information:

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

Council Approves Property Tax Rates for 2021 July 23, 2021

The City approved the property tax rates for the 2021 fiscal year. This year’s mill rate changes were calculated to fulfill the 1% increase in property tax revenue approved by City Council in December.

The mill rate impact on an occupied average residential property assessed at $153,190 with an average assessed property value increase of 1.24% is as follows:

Rate Description

2021 Mill rate

2020 Mill rate

Financial Impact

Uniform mill rate and factor

5.591 mills

5.527 mills

$20.17

Residential Base Tax

$9.21

n/a

$  9.21

Total Impact

 

 

$29.38

 

  1. Commercial – Municipal Taxes

The mill rate impact of an average commercial property assessed at $372,610 with an average assessed property value decrease of 3.28% is as follows:

Rate Description

2021 Mill rate

2020 Mill rate

Financial Impact

Uniform mill rate and factor

17.5254

16.377

$220.61

Recreation capital levy

1.59 mills

1.41 mills

$49.17

Total Impact

 

 

$269.78

The changes to the applicable tax rates are as follows:

Rate Description

2020 rate

2021 rate

Uniform Mill Rate

13.893

14.752

Residential/Condo Base Tax

$733.71

$741.05

Recreation Capital Levy – residential/condo

$187.46

$189.33

Residential/Agricultural Vacant Base Tax

$366.89

$370.56

Recreation Capital Levy – commercial/industrial

1.41 mills

1.59 mills

Agricultural Class Min Tax

$366.89

$370.56

Downtown BID

2.639 mills

2.4901 mills

Agricultural class

1.811 mills

1.3870 mills

Residential/condo class

0.3982 mills

0.3790 mills

Vacant residential land subclass

1.5282 mills

0.7300 mills

Multi-unit residential subclass

1.1316 mills

0.9999 mills

Commercial/Industrial class

1.1800 mills

1.1880 mills

Commercial/Industrial large retail subclass

1.2133 mills

1.3601 mills

Elevators subclass

1.3753 mills

1.4784 mills

Railway and pipeline subclass

1.3753 mills

0.5230 mills

The City received the provincial school mill rates for 2021. The City is required by law to collect these funds and has no influence over the rate changes established by the province. The following are the mill rates the province established that will be levied this year:

Class

2021 Mill Rates

2020 Mill Rates

Agricultural

1.36

1.43

Commercial/Industrial

6.75

6.27

Residential

4.46

4.12

The education 2021 mill rates will impact residential and commercial properties as follows:

Class

Assessment

Financial Impact

Residential

$151,600

$  51.55 1

Commercial

$372,610

($178.85) 1

1 This calculation would only apply for properties with no change in assessment

The changes to mill rates approved by the City coincide with province-wide property revaluations, the changes made at the provincial level to the Education Property Tax (see above), and changes to the taxable value of commercial real estate. The City has updated its website with information regarding these changes.

Tax notices will be mailed out by July 31st. Taxes are due on August 31st.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations
306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca



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Notice of a Council Meeting Change July 22, 2021

NOTICE OF A COUNCIL MEETING CHANGE

In accordance with section 96 of the Cities Act and section 11 and Procedures Bylaw No. 2108, please be advised that the Regular Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, August 16th, 2021, has been rescheduled to be held Tuesday, August 17th commencing at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will be held at the Chapel Gallery at 891-99 Street, and available on Zoom
using Webinar ID: 825 4954 7445. Zoom details will also be available on the City website prior to the meeting.

Notice is hereby given this 22nd day of July, 2021.



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Two Firefighters Receive Recognition for Service July 20, 2021

During their regular Council Meeting held July 19th, 2021 Council was honoured to recognize two long-term local firefighters with the City of North Battleford Fire Department.

Mayor David Gillan presented Rob Beatch and Brian Marchewka with medals honouring their extended and exemplary service.

Rob Beatch received his 30 Year Exemplary Service Bar and the Canadian Volunteer Municipal Long Service Medal. Beatch began his service as a firefighter in 1990.

Brian Marchewka received his 40 Year Service Bar. Marchewka began his service in 1980.

Fire Chief Lindsay Holm emphasized that these medals are not given to firefighters simply for being on the force for a period of time; recipients must have records of exemplary dedication and undergo a thorough vetting. Chief Holm further emphasized the contributions and dedication of each recipient and their commitment to the fire service.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations

306-445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Special Council Meeting - July 21, 2021 July 20, 2021

July 21, 2021, Agenda https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/SC01_-_July_21_2021_-_Website.pdf
Start: 12:00 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87492285557
Webinar ID: 874 9228 5557 NO PASSCODE REQUIRED
Or Telephone: 1-438-809-7799 or 1-587-328-1099 or 1-647-374-4685 or 1-647-558-0588 or 1-778-907-2071 or 1-204-272 -7920 or 855-703-8985 (Toll-Free)
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd8LZzUVYW
Or One tap mobile: +14388097799,,87492285557#  or +15873281099,,87492285557#

Notice of a Special Council Meeting July 20, 2021

In accordance with section 97 of the Cities Act and section 8 and Procedures Bylaw No. 2108, please be advised that a Special Council Meeting has been scheduled for

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 commencing at 12:00 p.m.


This meeting will be held via Zoom using Webinar ID: 874 9228 5557. Zoom details will also be available on the City website prior to the meeting.

Open Council Agenda Items
2021 / 2022 UPAR Contract Award

Notice is hereby given this 20th day of July, 2021.



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Reduced Air Quality July 19, 2021

The City of North Battleford is experiencing reduced air quality. Environment Canada has issued a Special air quality statement due to the smoky conditions caused by wildfires in northern Saskatchewan.

The reduced air quality may cause coughing, throat irritation, headache and shortness of breath. Avoid spending time outside and find indoor spaces with clean air and good ventilation during this time.

The City of North Battleford is urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves by reducing their exposure to the smoke. If you know someone with lung disease, please check in with them as they are at elevated risk because of the air pollution.

Be Air Aware

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.

Please call HealthLine 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with the air quality.

Keep up-to-date with emergency alerts by visiting http://emergencyalert.saskatchewan.ca/ or downloading the app in the iOS store or Google Play by searching “SaskAlert”.

This news release was completed using files from Environment and Natural Resources Canada.

For more information:

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

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