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City unveils lineup of events to celebrate 10 years of the InnovationPlex August 16, 2022

In honour of the City's 10th year with the InnovationPlex (formerly CUPlex), the Parks and Recreation department has unveiled a roster of events throughout the month of September, with a grand finale Fall Blast taking place on October 1. 

An overview of the events was provided at City Council's regular meeting on Monday, August 15, with Parks and Recreation Directory Cheryl DeNeire stressing that most events are free of charge, with the exception of some programming slated at the Dekker Centre of the Performing Arts. 

The Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre, the NationsWEST Fieldhouse, the Plaza, and the Twin Rivers Curling Arena will be host venues for this series of events, which are scheduled as follows: 

September 2, 2022 - Johnny Reid at The Dekker Centre (7:30pm) - SOLD OUT
September 7 & 8, 2022 - Open House at the Twin Rivers Curling Centre (6-8pm)
September 9, 2022 - "Send off to Summer" Drive-In Movie, presented by Innovation Credit Union (doors open at 6pm for parking, movie begins at dusk)
September 15, 2022 - "Live & Local" - Outdoor plaza series presented by The Dekker Centre (5:30-9pm)
September 17, 2022 - "Meet a Machine" event - Presented by the Battlefords Early Years Family Resource Centre (10am-2pm)
September 17, 2022 - NationsWEST Fieldhouse Family Fun Day (11am-3pm)
September 21-23, 2022 - "Deal of a Decade" - Buy a Fieldhouse or Aquatic Centre Combo (6 or 12-month) membership for 2012 prices
September 22, 2022 - Menopause: The Musical at The Dekker Centre (7:30pm)
September 24, 2022 - Movie Night at the Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre (feat. The Pirates of the Carribean - 7-9pm)
October 1, 2022 - City of North Battleford Fall Blast - A Salute to the InnovationPlex - featuring a BBQ lunch and free swim sponsored by Discovery CO-OP, a pancake breakfast served by City Council, a mini pow wow, kite flying demonstrations, and more (9am-4pm)

To learn the latest information about these events, visit the City of North Battleford's Facebook page or Twitter account

City property owners can expect TIPPS rate adjustment letters for taxes owing  August 12, 2022

For immediate release
August 12, 2022

Some City of North Battleford residents who pay their property taxes through the TIPPS (Tax Installment Payment Plan Service) can anticipate receipt of a letter next week regarding their installment amounts to close out 2022.

The City’s Finance Department has reviewed all TIPPS customers’ expected tax balances to year end. For those who will owe a balance of $10 or greater at the end of 2022, their monthly TIPPS payment will be adjusted from September to December to cover the balance owing. Once these adjustment payments are received, tax levies will be paid in full for those affected.

This review is a standard practice each year, as is the City’s notification to TIPPS users regarding the adjustment of monthly payment amounts.

The 2023 monthly tax payment estimates for TIPPS users will be completed in January of 2023. The January payment will be the same installment amount as customers paid monthly from SeptemberDecember. Rate adjustments for 2023 will be applied beginning in February.

Taxpayers can sign up for TIPPS at any time – visit the City’s website to view the process and download an application form at www.cityofnb.ca. For questions relating to your TIPPS payments or any additional information, contact the Tax Department at 306-445-1706 or email taxes@cityofnb.ca.

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For more information:
Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator
306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Council Agenda for Aug 15 August 11, 2022

Agenda https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/Council_Website_AP_-_Aug_15_2022.pdf
Start time 6:30 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86274608552
Webinar ID: 862 7460 8552 No Passcode Required
Telephone: +1 647 558 0588  or +1 778 907 2071  or +1 204 272 7920  or +1 438 809 7799  or +1 587 328 1099  or +1 647 374 4685  or 855 703 8985 (toll-free)
One tap mobile: +16475580588,,86274608552#  or +17789072071,,86274608552#
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbHdRT3q2O

NationsWEST Fieldhouse turf closure August 11, 2022

A notice to NationsWEST Fieldhouse users - repairs are being made to the turf side of the fieldhouse and to allow contractors adequate access to the facility, the turf will be closed effective today, August 11th. The City anticipates the turf will reopen for normal operating hours on August 22, 2022. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

City of North Battleford responds to 2021 Crime Severity Index ranking August 5, 2022

For immediate release
August 5, 2022

The City of North Battleford is ranked at the top of the 2021 Crime Severity Index (CSI) for communities of a population of 10,000 or greater. There is, however, some good news in the numbers. The City is encouraged to note that its considerable efforts and resources directed toward a reduction in violent crimes over the past number of years have paid dividends – in 2021, the CSI indicates that violent crimes in the city have dropped nearly 7.5%, while increasing provincially.

 The City’s reduction in violent crime was achieved from a partnership of City & provincial resources like Community Safety Officers, SCAN (Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods, which is for specific monitoring and reporting of suspected drug and prostitution houses), and RCMP units like the Gang Task Force and the Crime Reduction Team.

Provincially in 2021, crime rates are trending upward, with an overall increase in crime at 2.9%, a 3.7% increase in violent crime, and a 2.5% in non-violent crimes. Across Saskatchewan, RCMP largely attribute an escalation in property and less-violent crimes to situations in which they know individuals are likely to be struggling with addiction. North Battleford Mayor David Gillan notes that the City of North Battleford is no different.

“The escalation in non-violent crimes is concerning and it is something that we’ve heard over the past year at our quarterly reports from local RCMP at Council meetings,” commented Mayor Gillan.

“While the City is pleased to see its intentional efforts at reduction of violent crimes is paying off, the increase in crimes of opportunity is troubling. As residents, we can all do our part to ensure that the crimes of opportunity are lessened – lock your house doors, do not store items in your vehicles, and remove your keys from your vehicles. It is important to be vigilant as we strive to continue improving the general safety and security of the City.”

The City of North Battleford will continue to work with all agencies tasked with the wellbeing and safety of its residents, including with various levels of government on initiatives like enhanced supports for those struggling with mental health and/or addictions.

To report a non-emergency matter or unsightly properties, contact Community Safety Officers/Bylaw Enforcement at 306-445-1775. To report a suspected drug den for further observation, contact SCAN at 1-855-933-6411 or file a report here. To contact the Battlefords RCMP for non-emergencies, call 306-446-1720. For an emergency, dial 9-1-1.


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For more information:

Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator

mobile: 306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca




Beat the heat with the North Battleford Fire Department  July 28, 2022

With a heat wave expected to continue tomorrow into the long weekend, the City is announcing the North Battleford Fire Department's annual pop-up spray park, slated for Friday, July 29th at 2pm.

The event will be hosted at Connaught Elementary School (902-107th Street).

Fire Department members are expected to be in attendance at the event for a couple of hours, as long as they are not required for any calls for service during this time. The event is free and parents and guardians are encouraged to ensure children and youth remain hydrated while participating as there is a heat warning in effect for the region. 


City increases number of  July 28, 2022

With a heat warning issued by Environment Canada, the City of North Battleford has added increased access to cooler locations for the public. 
The City following locations have been added today, July 28, 2022:

📍The Don Ross Centre (891-99th Street) - open until 7pm - access to the gymnasium, which includes drinking water & washroom facilities

📍The Allen Sapp Gallery (1 Railway Avenue) - open 11am-5pm - access to the main floor only, with washroom facilities and drinking water - air conditioned

📍The NationsWest Field House (623 Carlton Trail #3) - open until 9pm with free access to main lobby area - the use of the rest of the facility is also available, but regular usage rates apply

📍City splash parks are open until 7pm

Several agencies, including Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre, the North Battleford Library, and the Battlefords & Area District Food & Resource Centre have joined the City for the summer to accommodate people looking for an escape from the heat this summer. These typical locations are listed in the attached PDF resource below, and are also available for the public's use.


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Reminder: 2022 Property Tax Notices Mailed July 26th/27th July 27, 2022

Property tax notices for all properties in North Battleford were mailed via Canada Post on Tuesday, July 26th and Wednesday, July 27th, 2022.

Property owners who did not receive a tax notice by end of day on July 29th 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 cityofnb.ca. Please note: The City charges a convenience fee of 3% for credit card transactions.
  • Coming to City Hall during our hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm) 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, 2022. Outstanding accounts will be charged 1.8% interest per month[1]. In accordance with Tax Penalty Bylaw No. 1994, accounts that remain outstanding by January 1st, 2023, will be charged a fee equal to 10% of the outstanding amount and an additional 1% penalty every month thereafter until paid in full.

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For more information:
Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator
306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

[1] Interest is calculated annually and compounded monthly.

 



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City Council approves adjusted 2022 Mill Rate Factors & Municipal Tax Rates at Special Council Meeting July 25, 2022

North Battleford City Council approved adjusted 2022 Mill Rate Factors and Municipal Tax Rates during a Special Council Meeting Monday, July 25, 2022 after City Administration detected an erroneous calculation in previously-approved rates.

The initial presentation related to property taxes and Mill Rate Factors was made during City Council’s Regular Meeting on Monday, July 18, 2022.

A new bylaw, Bylaw No. 2130, was presented to Council during a Special Council Meeting held via Zoom at 12:00pm on Monday, July 25.
The impacted tax rates adjusted during the passing of Bylaw No. 2130 include:
o The Residential/condo class
o the Commercial/Industrial class
o the Multi-Unit residential/Personal Care Home subclass

These rates for an average property will be impacted in the following manner:
o Residential/condo class – a decrease of 0.55% from previously approved rate
o Commercial/Industrial class – a decrease of 2.28% from previously approved rate
o Multi-unit residential/Personal Care Home subclass – an increase of 1.86% from previously approved rate

City Administration apologized to Council and the public for this error and appreciates the sys-tem audits that are in place for these specific reasons. System audits prevented incorrect property tax notices from being distributed to the public. In an effort to avoid issues such as this in the future, City Administration has amended its internal processes.

Residents should anticipate receiving their 2022 property tax notices in the mail before July 31, 2022. Payment deadline for property taxes remains August 31, 2022.

The following options are available to pay your tax notice:
• Pay your taxes through your bank account.
• Pay by mail – Make cheques payable to the City of North Battleford. Ensure your cheque is not post-dated beyond the penalty date and is post marked before the dead-line to avoid penalties. Send it to: City of North Battleford, P.O. Box 460, North Battle-ford, Saskatchewan, S9A 2Y6.
• Pay at City Hall cashier during business hours 9:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday.
• Pay at City Hall after business hours by dropping your cheque off in an envelope at the box located by the employee entrance (by the flags). Note that these payments will be processed the next business day. Please note that post-dated cheques will only be processed based on the cheque date and if post dated after the deadline, penalty will be added to your account.
• Pay the same amount every month. Sign up for Tax Instalment Payment Plan Service (TIPPS) at the City Hall office.

The City of North Battleford Administration apologizes for any confusion or inconvenience that this may cause and expresses its gratitude for the public’s understanding.


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For more information:
Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator
306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

City of North Battleford statement condemning violence & racism in region July 20, 2022

The City of North Battleford is aware of multiple assaults that have occurred in the region over the past few days.

The City unequivocally condemns violence and racism in any form and encourages community members to report any incidents to Battlefords RCMP by calling 911 in an emergency, or 306-446-1720 for non-emergent matters.

As an inclusive community, safety is the City’s top priority. The City supports our local municipalities, First Nations and Métis communities in working toward a greater sense of regional inclusivity while creating a safer home for everyone here in the Battlefords.

As these occurrences are under investigation by the RCMP, no further comments will be provided.


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For more information:

Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator
306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

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