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Council Agenda for Aug. 19 August 19, 2019

Here is the agenda for tonight's Council meeting.

Council meetings are open to the public. The meeting starts at 6:15 pm, at Council Chambers in City Hall.

New Downtown Public Parking Lot August 2, 2019

The City of North Battleford is introducing a paid parking lot in a prime downtown location. This new parking lot provides quick and convenient access to businesses, at affordable hourly and daily rates.

There is no fee to use the new parking lot adjacent to the Capitol Theatre Annex until August 31st. Come downtown and take your time to visit all of your favourite shops and restaurants while you are parked in the most convenient downtown location. The City of North Battleford does not, at this time, have any plans to create other paid parking lots.

Starting on September 1st the rate for the pay parking lot will be $1.00 per hour or $5.00 for all-day parking.

To use the pay parking lot, individuals must first park then make payment. Payments will be made at a machine with a credit card. Cash will not be accepted. When purchasing your desired amount of time to park you will enter the license plate of your vehicle.

The City of North Battleford is working with Crosby Hanna and Associates, who have engaged with residents and businesses, to develop a parking study for the Downtown. The report is currently being developed by the consultant. An open house is tentatively planned to reveal the findings on September 11th, 2019 at the Library.

For more information:

Jennifer Niesink | Director of Planning and Development
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Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
445-1713 |

Stay Cool North Battleford August 1, 2019

The City of North Battleford is expected to reach 28°C today and the low 30’s on Friday, both days are expected to have high humidex values. The City of North Battleford Fire Department is urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves, family, friends and neighbours over the next few days.

Cooling Sites

If you do not have an air conditioner to cool down, consider making use of a cooling site. North Battleford Public Transit is a great way to get to and from these cooling site locations visit for routes and pricing.

On Friday, August 2nd, the City of North Battleford Fire Department will host a pop-up spray park to help people cool off due to the high temperature. This pop-up spray park will be at Connaught School, operating from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The two free Spray Parks will remain open during their regular weekday times from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Two Spray Parks are located in Kinsmen Park and Centennial Park.

Other cooling opportunities are the CUplex Battleford CO-OP Aquatic Centre and the NationsWEST Field House. The Aquatic Centre is an excellent place to cool down in the water and water features. The Field House provides a cooler environment, perfect for light activities. Both facilities will remain open during regular summer hours at regular admission visit for hours and prices.

Protecting Yourself and Others

It is important people know if they are at increased risk because of high heat, that they keep hydrated and even modify their activities.” Fire Chief Trevor Brice advised and added, “We are asking residents to keep tabs on friends and neighbours who might be at elevated risk, during this period of high heat and humidity.”

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include:

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Headache

  • Unusually rapid breathing and heartbeat

  • Extreme thirst

  • Profuse sweating & flushed coloured skin

The North Battleford Fire Department suggests residents take the following precautions:

Drink plenty of cool liquids, before you feel thirsty

Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as they will dehydrate you

Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing

Consider rescheduling activities to cooler hours of the day

Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time

If you experience any heat illness symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink cool liquids. Increased observation is urged for vulnerable people, including children, seniors, those with mental health conditions, people with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers as well as those who are socially isolated.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious or confused. While waiting for help cool the person immediately by moving them out of the heat and to a cool place if possible. Have them rest and apply cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing and fan the person as much as possible.

The City of North Battleford Fire Department is thankful for residents checking in and caring for others who are at elevated risk of heat exposure.” expressed Fire Chief Brice.

Please call the Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with heat.

Keep up-to-date with emergency alerts with SaskAlert by downloading the app in the iOS or Android store by searching “SaskAlert”.



Health Canada

North Battleford Public Transit, routes & fares

This news release was completed using files from Health Canada.

For more information:

Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
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Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
445-1713 |

NBFD Responds to a Structure Fire at 1571-99 Street July 25, 2019

On July 24th at 11:02 pm, North Battleford Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 1571-99th Street.

On arrival at the scene, crews were faced with obvious smoke from the rear of the structure. The fire was quickly extinguished through good initial actions of the first responding crew.

Two pumpers, three utility vehicles and 13 firefighters, including two Chief Officers, were on scene. RCMP and WPD Ambulance supported the fire department on the scene.

The fire is currently under investigation.

For more information:

Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
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Public Transit & Handi-bus closed July 23 July 19, 2019

Tuesday, July 23rd North Battleford Public Transit and Handi-bus will be closed. Staff will be attending the funeral of a colleague who suddenly passed.

Thank you for your understanding.

Community Perceptions Survey – Final Report Released July 16, 2019

The “Perceptions of Safety in North Battleford: Household Survey Report” has now been released and is available on the City of North Battleford website The report addresses three key objectives:

  • Understand the perceptions and experiences of crime and safety in North Battleford

  • Develop a baseline report for future comparisons of crime prevention and safety programs and initiatives

  • Identify specific areas in the City that may be the focus of the above-mentioned programs and initiatives

In 2018 The City of North Battleford determined that they needed more information about the perceptions and experiences of crime and safety of its residents and asked Dr. Tarah Hodgkinson, an external researcher to conduct a series of surveys to evaluate their efforts over time. In partnership with Northwest College, a substantive 51 question survey was conducted in the Fall, 2018. The survey provided a good representation of the population of North Battleford with over 600 residents completing the survey. Dr. Hodgkinson presented her preliminary findings to City Council on June 24, 2019. The final report is now complete.

The survey provides a baseline intended to identify issues important to participants and also allow for future evaluations of any programs or policies implemented to address crime and safety in the City. Key findings include:

  • Overall, residents feel safe in their neighbourhoods but express some concerns about certain neighbourhoods in the City

  • There are concerns about alcohol and drug use and their relationship to crime more generally

  • More than half of the participants had been victimized with the majority being a victim of theft

  • There is general support for local police and justice system

  • Participants generally knew their neighbours but were less likely to participate in neighbourhood level activities

City officials are currently reviewing the final report and will be developing action items to follow up with local community members and stakeholders.

For more information:

Dr. Tarah Hodgkinson


Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
445-1713 |

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Council Agenda for July 15 July 15, 2019

Here is the agenda for tonight's Council meeting.

Council meetings are open to the public. The meeting starts at 6:15 pm, at Council Chambers in City Hall.

2019 Capital Works Project Update – June 27th June 27, 2019

100th Street 11th to 12th Avenue and 12th Avenue 99th to 100th Street

Underground utility work is planned to begin July 2nd and will proceed for approximately three weeks, with roadway reconstruction work to follow. The 1100 block of 100th Street will be closed to traffic, but pedestrian access to businesses will remain open from the back alley. Roadway reconstruction is expected to be completed by September 13th. Water service disruptions are expected on the 1100 block of 100th Street while the underground pipe work proceeds. Businesses will be notified prior to service disruptions and affected addresses will be on a drinking water advisory. Downtown businesses will remain open with alternate access in place. Visitors to downtown businesses are encouraged to plan their trips ahead and to leave a little extra time to find parking. Motorists using 100th Street and Railway Avenue as a route through the city are encouraged to use Territorial Drive as an alternate route to get around the city and to avoid traffic congestion downtown while the work is underway. Underground work will be performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.


King Street Station Parking Lot

Parking Lot construction is progressing as planned with completion expected July 12th. Some disruptions to areas immediately adjacent to the parking lot are expected, but no service disruptions or prolonged road closures are expected. The completion date has been delayed as a result of the recent wet weather. Parking Lot construction work will be performed by K&S Asphalt.


Airport Runway Rehabilitation

Resurfacing of runway 12-30 is underway and is expected to be complete by July 5th. The airport will be closed while the work proceeds. Runway resurfacing work will be performed by K&S Asphalt.


113th Street South of 13th Avenue

Underground Utility work is complete, and road restoration is underway. Road closures will be in effect, and access to affected addresses will be disrupted while the work proceeds. Roadway restoration is expected to be completed by July 5th. Underground work will be performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.


Foley Drive Rehabilitation

Underground utility work is complete and roadway rehabilitation is planned to begin July 8th and is expected to be complete by July 28th. Underground utility work was performed by city crews, and roadway work will be performed by K&S Asphalt.


Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Sewer Lining

Crews are working on preliminary inspections at various locations around the City and will be returning in August to install liners. Affected addresses will be notified prior to the work happening in their area. CIPP Sewer Lining work is being performed by Insituform Technologies.

More detailed schedule information will be provided as it becomes available. Updates on the progress of the projects are available at, or by following the City of North Battleford on Facebook or Twitter.

The City urges motorists to use caution when travelling through the work zones, and respect the safety of workers. The patience and understanding of the public, residents and businesses in affected areas is appreciated during these important rehabilitation projects.

For more information:

Jennifer Niesink, Director of Planning and Development
18 |

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
445-1713 |

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Community Safety Officers Promoting Bike Safety June 27, 2019

School is out and children are embarking on summer adventures with their bicycles. City of North Battleford Community Safety Officers are reminding parents and guardians to stress the importance of safety to young cyclists, especially the use of helmets. Children ages 10 to 19 have the highest rate of hospitalization due to cycling-related head injuries and other injuries compared to all other age groups1.

Young cyclist are refining their motor skills and judgment abilities. The Community Safety Officers will be watching for youth cyclists and ensuring they are wearing bike helmets. Helmet use reduces the risk of head injury and brain injury by up to 85%2. Community Safety Officers have a limited amount of bike helmets to give away to kids they identify as in need of a properly fitted and secure helmet.

Community Safety Officers will be acknowledging youth who are practicing safe cycling with positive ticketing. Youth who have been “caught” will be awarded a certificate and a pass to the Credit Union CUplex Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre, provided by the Leisure Services Department.

This program is possible by funding provided by the Community Safety Officers and individual members of the public. Thank you to North Battleford Canadian Tire for providing the helmets at cost.

Adults are encouraged to be positive role models with bike safety by wearing helmets and promoting, encouraging and engaging in bike safety.


  • Always use a bike helmet

  • Use reflective stripes on clothing and bicycles to make the cyclist more visible to motorist

  • Know and obey traffic rules when cycling on the road

  • Stop for all stop signs

  • Look before turning

  • Learn and use bike hand signals


Traffic Bylaw 1946 – Bicycle Operations, Part IX

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
445-1713 |


1Saskatchewan Health, 2007

2Thompson DC, Rivara F, Thompson R, 2009

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Downtown Parking Workshop June 25, 2019

Topics to be Covered:

  • Parking Requirements in downtown North Battleford
  • Demand for leased surface parking
  • The management of parking
  • Occupancy rates/perceptions surrounding parking
  • User – pay parking
  • Parking time limits
  • The City’s role vs. the downtown landowner’s role
  • Public information surrounding parking downtown

RSVP your attendance by Tuesday, July 2nd  to

City of North Battleford
2691 – 101 Street
North Battleford

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