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2020 State of the City Address - UPDATED January 16, 2020

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords in partnership with the City of North Battleford are holding the inaugural State of the City Address. This event will take place on March 2nd, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and will be hosted at the Tropical Inn in the Grand Room.

City of North Battleford Mayor Ryan Bater will provide the 2020 State of the City Address. The address will be highlighting achievements in 2019, relevant to residents and business owners. Opening remarks will be provided by Tracey Reimer, Manager of The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords.

Registration for the 2020 State of the City Address event can be found on the City’s website Groups that are interested in purchasing tables can contact Evelyn Valentini by phone at 306-445-1725. Tickets are $20 plus tax.

All profits from the event will be given to The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords.

Thank you to the North Battleford business community for showing support to the event. Access Communications Co-operative Limited and Bee-J’s Office Plus have already committed to sponsoring the event. Any other businesses interested in sponsoring the event can contact Evelyn Valentini by phone at 306-445-1725.

Direct link to purchase tickets, click “Event”

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords

As of January 23, the location of the event has been updated. The new location of the event will be the Tropical Inn, in the Grand Room.

For more information:

Randy Patrick, North Battleford City Manager
306-445-1727 |

Tracey Reimer, Manager of the Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords
306-260-4196 or 306-445-3600

Council Agenda for Jan. 13 January 13, 2020

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.

Enhanced Online Payments Now Available at January 10, 2020

Online payments can now be made at

The newly enhanced online payment section now accepts payments for.

  • Trucking Permits – Heavy Haul

  • Parking Tickets

  • Property Taxes

  • Utility Bills

  • Accounts Receivable

Previously online payments were only available for trucking permits and parking tickets. These newly enhanced online payment options will allow more people to make instant payments from wherever they have an active internet connection. No more cheques, stamps, getting to a building at a specific time, and no more line ups.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 |

Thank You to Public Skating Sponsors January 7, 2020

The City of North Battleford acknowledges the contribution of Service Clubs that make free public skating possible.


The City of North Battleford and the Leisure Services Department would like to thank the following Service Clubs for their generosity and support of the FREE Public Skating Program in 2019.


  • Bonaventure Lions Club

  • North Battleford Lions Club

  • Kiwanis Club of the Battlefords

  • North Battleford Kinsmen Club

  • The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #70

  • North West Hockey Development

  • Rotary Club of the Battlefords

  • North Battleford Elks Club

  • St. Josephs Knights of Columbus #7336

Through these sponsorships, the Leisure Services Department offers Free public skating programs to participants of all ages and abilities throughout the year. Preschoolers to seniors can take advantage of the following free ice times made possible by the support we receive from these service clubs.

  • Public Skating at the Civic Centre, Saturdays 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

  • Three sessions a week of Preschool and Senior skating

    • Wednesdays 1:15 – 2:15 pm at the Civic Centre

    • Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am at the Don Ross Arena

    • Thursdays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Don Ross Arena

Attendance is strong with approximately 2900 participants during the 2019 season. Approximately 148 hours of free programming was scheduled for skaters at both arenas with an additional 14 hours added during the December school holidays.

A huge thank you to all the members of these clubs, as this recreational opportunity would not be available without their dedication and hard work. These clubs contribute to many other community projects throughout the year helping to promote active lifestyles while assisting in building a healthy and strong community.

Thank you!

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 |

Recycle Your Christmas Tree January 2, 2020

Once again, the City of North Battleford will be recycling Christmas trees into chips for mulch. The mulch is used in tree and shrub beds, improving growth by retaining moisture and suppressing weed growth.

There is one FREE drop off location available.

  • City of North Battleford Parks Shop at 11202 – 8th Avenue
    (during regular business hours 7:00 am – 4:00 pm)

This service will run from Friday, January 3rd to Friday, January 31st, 2020. All lights, string, wire, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow must be removed before dropping off your tree. Materials left on trees can damage City equipment and become mixed in the mulch, which degrades its usefulness.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 |

2019 Twinkle Tour Winners December 20, 2019

The second-ever City of North Battleford Twinkle Tour was a success! Thank you to everyone who decorated their property and entered it into the 2019 Twinkle Tour. Attendance of the Twinkle Tour was large and enthusiastic, with 162 cars and two buses taking part in the tour this year.

For those who would like to take a self-guided tour and view all the entries, a map of the entrants can be viewed here

The City of North Battleford would like to thank 1050 CJNB and Magic Lantern Theatres for their partnership in this community event. The tour wrapped up at the Western Development Museum with a beautiful Lighted Up Village. The Village is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm until January 4th, 2019 and open Boxing Day. Admission to view the Lighted Up Village is five-dollars per car. A special thanks to Tim Horton’s for providing free coffee and hot chocolate at the wrap-up.


Best Decorated House
First Place
Derrol LeBlanc – 2511 Blue Jay Crescent
Derrol receives a plaque to proudly display, declaring him the winner of the 2019 Twinkle Tour as well as a Birthday Party Package to Magic Lantern Theatres which is valued at $200.

Second Place
Branden Kotzer – 2062-96th Street
No Blocks were entered into the 2019 Twinkle Tour. So the CUplex prize package has been awarded to the runner up for the Best Decorated House, Brandon Kotzer.

Best Decorated Block
2000 Block of 96
th Street
ith no blocks entered to the Twinkle Tour, the 2000 Block of 96th Street was judged as the best-decorated block in North Battleford. This block will have a street blade put up for the year for everyone to see that they were the “2019 Twinkle Tour Best Block”.

We wish you a joyous and safe holiday season!

For more information:
Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 |

Christmas Fire Safety Tips December 11, 2019

The Holiday Season marks a special time for families and friends to get together, but it’s also a time of increased risk of fire. The celebration of the season brings with it increased use of electric lights, decorations, and candles – all of which can be potential fire hazards. By following a few simple tips, you can ensure a happy and fire-safe Holiday Season.

The Christmas Tree

Get a freshly cut tree. It will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard. Try to pick a tree with a strong green colour and noticeable fragrance. Always test for freshness before buying. A tree with high moisture content is safer. Very few needles should fall when the butt of the tree is tapped on the ground; needles should bend, not break; and the stump should be sticky with resin.

Place the tree in a stand that will hold 2 to 3 litres of water and top it up daily. Make sure it is always immersed in water: If water drops below the trunk, the stem may reseal itself, requiring a fresh cut. Use a tree stand that has widespread legs for better balance.

Do not set your tree up near a heat source such as a radiator, television, fireplace, heating duct or sunny window. It should not block doors. Never use lighted candles on the tree.


  • Choose decorations that are flame-retardant, non-combustible and non-conductive. If there are young children or pets in your home, avoid very small decorations.

  • Avoid using angel hair (glass wool) together with spray-on snowflakes. This combination is highly combustible.

  • Do not use metallic ornaments on the tree. If they make contact with defective wiring they could become a shock hazard.


  • Use the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certified light strings/sets.

  • Use the proper lights for the environment. Indoor light strings/sets should not be used outdoors because they lack weatherproof connections. Some outdoor light strings/sets burn too hot indoors.

  • Inspect light strings/set before use. Check for cracked bulbs and for frayed, broken or exposed wires, and discard if faulty.

  • Do not use electric light strings/sets on metallic trees. A faulty system could energize the tree and shock or electrocute anyone coming into contact. Illuminate metallic trees with coloured floodlights placed at a safe distance from the tree and out of reach.

  • Turn off all tree and display lights before retiring for the night or before leaving the house.


  • Place candles away from anything that could catch fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

  • Burn them only when a responsible adult is overseeing the flame.

  • Put candles in sturdy holders on a stable surface, well away from drafts, curtains, children and pets.

  • Snuff them out before leaving the room or going to sleep.

The Kitchen

Grease and fat fires are a leading cause of home fires in Canada, be extra careful when doing this kind of cooking. Here's what to do if grease in a pot or pan catches fire:

  • Smother the flames by covering the pan with a lid;

  • Turn off the heat immediately;

  • Use baking soda (flour can be explosive) on shallow grease fires;

  • Never turn on the overhead fan, as this could spread the fire;

  • Never throw water on a grease fire.

The Fireplace

  • Never burn gift wrappings, boxes, cartons, or other types of packing in the fireplace. They burn too rapidly and generate far too much heat.

  • Don't hang Christmas stockings from the mantel when the fireplace is in use.

  • Always use a screen in front of the fireplace to protect against flying sparks.

  • Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquids to start a fire.

  • Use only seasoned and dried wood.

  • Never leave the fire unattended or let it smoulder.

  • Clean the ashes regularly. Place the ashes in a metal container and store outside away from flammable materials.

  • Don't use Christmas trees for firewood.

Electrical Outlets

  • There is often a tendency to overload wall outlets during the holiday season. This is an unsafe practice and should be avoided even for a short duration.

  • Inspect all cords before using them. Make sure they are CSA certified. Look for loose connections or frayed or exposed wire. Discard any defective cords. Read the labels and manufacturer's instructions to ensure proper use.

  • Insert plugs fully into outlets. Poor contact may cause overheating or shock.

  • To avoid possible overheating, do not coil or bunch an extension cord which is in use and do not run it under carpets or rugs.

The North Battleford Fire Department asks that you practise fire safety at all times by having a plan to escape your home in the event of a fire, practice that plan, install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and on every floor of your home and to test your smoke alarms at least monthly.

We wish you a joyous and safe holiday season!

For more information:

Lindsay Holm, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
306-445-1777 |

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 |

City of North Battleford Holiday Hours December 11, 2019

Listed below are the holiday hours of operation for the City of North Battleford facilities including City Hall, the NationsWEST Field House, Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre, Allen Sapp Gallery, The Chapel Gallery, Civic Centre Arena, Don Ross Arena, Don Ross Community Centre, Central Booking and the Waste Management Facility. Not listed are regular business hours.

  • December 24th – Christmas Eve – closing time 3:00 pm

  • December 25th – Christmas Day – all public facilities closed

  • December 26th – Boxing Day – all public facilities closed

  • December 31st – New Year’s Eve – closing time 3:00 pm

  • January 1st – New Year’s Day – all public facilities closed

Alternative Waste Pickup Dates

Please note that there will be alternative waste pickup dates for some residents because of the holidays. Visit our website and enter your address to find out what days your waste pickup days are. Alternatively, download the free Recycle Coach app for your mobile device and never miss a waste pickup day again.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator

Council Agenda for Dec. 9 December 9, 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.

UPDATED Budget 2020 Deliberation Schedule November 29, 2019

Listed below are the anticipated agendas for the Budget 2020 deliberations. They will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall and are open for the public to attend. The 2020 Budget has a 2% increase included for taxes and utilities.

Unfunded Budget Request

Session 1December 2, 2019

5:00 pm to 5:10 pm – General overview of budget

5:10 pm to 5:30 pm – Empty Stocking Fund presentation

5:30 pm to 5:50 pm – Transit presentation

5:50 pm to 6:10 pm – North Battleford Boys & Girls Club presentation

6:10 pm to 6:30 pm – Concern for Youth presentation

6:30 pm to 6:50 pm – Midwest Food Resources presentation

6:50 pm to 7:10 pm – NB Golf and Country Club presentation

7:10 pm to 7:30 pm – Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre presentation

7:30 pm to 7:50 pm – The Lighthouse North Battleford presentation

7:50 pm to 8:00 pm – Twin Rivers Curling Club presentation

8:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Police Services

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Fire & Protective Services


Session 2 - December 11, 2019

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Public Forum

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm – General Government

7:00 pm to 7:30 pmLeisure Services

7:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Public Works


Session 3 – December 16, 2019

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Planning & Development

Please Note:

All groups or individuals planning to attend the public forum on December 11th must register with the City Clerk no later than Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Presentation time will be restricted to a maximum of 7 minutes with additional time allotted for questions from Council.

The Budget document is available on the City website at the following link:

For more information:

Margarita Pena, Finance Manager
306-445-1716 |

Debbie Wohlberg, City Clerk / Director of Legislative Services
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