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City Snow Removal Underway January 3, 2023

City of North Battleford Roadway crews are busy removing snow from our streets following the major snow event over the Christmas holidays. Although crews were out Christmas Day and Boxing Day working hard at clearing away accumulated snow along collector roads, crews continue to prioritize snow clearing in the city. “The focus this week will be snow removal in residential areas,” stated Waterworks and Roadways Supervisor, Joe Gagne. Plows will be clearing around illegally parked vehicles. To avoid any inconvenience and parking penalties, please obey restricted parking signs within the city.

To assist Roadway crews in effectively removing snow from your neighbourhood and to avoid receiving a parking ticket, please be sure to:

  • Remove your vehicles from the street during your on-street parking restriction day

  • Only place recycling and trash bins out during your pickup days

  • Do not shovel snow onto the street

With Priority 1 streets cleared, the City is now removing snow from residential streets according to our snow-plowing routes. While removing snow in Priority 2 zones, our crews are also working to clear snow from bus stops, fire hydrants, and school zones.

Remove your vehicles during your on street parking restriction and avoid a ticket and allow Roadway crews to efficiently clear the street.
Remove your vehicles during your on street parking restriction and avoid getting ticketed.

Sometimes, intersections are closed during snow removal and blockades are set up to prevent accidents. Drivers must respect street closures and find alternate routes as it is not safe to pass plows, graders, and sanding trucks. Drivers are also reminded to reduce their driving speeds and to adjust to winter driving conditions. These precautions will ensure the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and City snow removal crews in these areas.

Sidewalks

Property owners are responsible for removing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Residential properties have 48 hours to remove snow after a snowfall.

If you have had someone remove snow from your sidewalk, driveway, or steps, please help recognize them for their kind work by nominating them as a Snow Angel. You can nominate your Snow Angel today by sending their name, address, and a description of what they did to

City of North Battleford
PO Box 460
North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y6

or

For more information:

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

North Battleford City Council approves 2023 budget December 15, 2022

City Council passed the City of North Battleford’s 2023 proposed budget on Monday evening during the last Regular Council Meeting of the year. The budget, presented to Council over a series of lengthy public meetings, was deemed “a tough one”, by both Council and City Administration.

Council voted to approve a 5.99% property tax increase, which includes a 1% capital fund increase, a 2.56% increase to meet the RCMP’s newly ratified collective bargaining agreement, and a 1.15% increase due to a projected reduction in the 2023 Municipal Revenue Sharing Grant from the Province. The balance of the approved property tax increase is due to a significant rise in inflation and the rising prices of commodities like oil and gas.

Increases for utility rates were also approved by Council on Monday, with Sanitary Sewer rates increasing by 5.5%, Water rates increasing by 4.3%, and Household Garbage and Recycling fees increasing by 6.8%.

After having no increase to the Underground Pipe and Asphalt Replacement (UPAR) Program since 2017, Council also approved a 16.7% increase for UPAR for 2023 which results in an average of $36.41 increase per year for property owners. The UPAR increase will specifically fund sidewalk replacement and connections where sidewalks are incomplete.

“During Budget deliberations, Council worked very hard together with Administration to find ways to minimize the increases,” commented Mayor David Gillan. “However, in 2023, the City is facing a significant one-time cost for RCMP wage increases as well as a significant one-time revenue reduction of the Provincial Municipal Revenue Sharing Grant. This, on top of unprecedented inflation, resulted in the final approved increases to taxes and fees.”

City Council commended outgoing Director of Finance Brent Nadon for the Finance Department’s work on the budget, and Administration’s ability to provide Council with various budget options for their consideration. Director Nadon is leaving the City at the end of the year for another employment opportunity. Finance Manager Margarita Pena will assume the role of Director of Finance effective January 1, 2023.

 

For more information:

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

Holiday Hours  December 13, 2022

Friday, December 23 - closed at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, December 26 - closed.

Tuesday, December 27 - closed.

Friday, December 30 - closed at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, January 2, 2023 - closed.

Council Agenda for Dec 12 December 8, 2022

Agenda - Updated On December 12 at 3:45 pm. Please refresh the link to get the updated agenda.
Start time 6:30 pm
Zoom meeting link
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#

Battlefords RCMP and City hosting “Cram A Cruiser” donation drive for Miywasin Kikanow December 2, 2022

When the 2022 Twinkle Tours draw to a close at the “Light Up The Night” event on December 20th, local RCMP hope the public will help make Christmas a little brighter for community members in need.     

Battlefords RCMP members will be stationed at the Rotary Plaza during the event for “Cram A Cruiser”. RCMP will accept donations of urgently-needed items for the Miywasin Kikanow Shelter. Those in attendance at the event are encouraged to plan ahead and help fill the RCMP cruiser with donations, in particular, with warm clothing and personal hygiene items.          

The following is a list of items the Shelter has identified that would be most helpful:   

  • Winter boots*
  • Winter jackets*
  • Toques, scarves, gloves
  • Socks & undergarments (all sizes & genders)
  • Sweatpants & sweatshirts (all sizes & genders)*
  • T-shirts (all sizes & genders)*
  • Toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Hairbrushes & combs, hair elastics
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Blankets* & sheets, pillowcases
  • Band-Aids

*denotes that gently-used, clean items will be accepted

             

Please ensure donations are contained in bags or boxes for easier transport. The City of North Battleford is pleased to work with Battlefords RCMP and the staff of Miywasin Kikanow to assist with supporting our community.   

“BATC is truly looking forward to a genuine and authentic partnership with the City of North Battleford [and local RCMP] as we continue to journey towards reconciliation,” commented Tania LaFontaine, CEO of Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) Health Services. BATC assumed operations of the shelter in late 2021, with funding assistance from the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan & the City of North Battleford.

Donations will be accepted at Light Up The Night, which takes place at 6:30pm-8:00pm at the InnovationPlex Rotary Plaza. This free, family-friendly Christmas event will feature cultural performances from the region and special guests. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CityNB.

 

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For more information:

Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator

306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Minimal damage reported after fire at Aquatic Centre Sunday evening November 28, 2022

UPDATE: The Battlefords Co-op Aquatic Centre is now on target to reopen on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 1pm.

City Operations staff are on site at the Battlefords Co-op Aquatic Centre today assisting with clean-up efforts after a fire broke out in a dryer in the facility’s laundry room on Sunday evening.

The North Battleford Fire Department was dispatched to the pool at approximately 7:50pm Sunday with reports of smoke in the building. Upon further investigation, it was determined the fire was contained to the laundry room. The Aquatic Centre was evacuated and no injuries were reported. Fire Department units were back in service at 9:41pm.        

Operations staff report that the facility’s sprinkler system was extremely effective in extinguishing the fire. However, this has resulted in a significant accumulation of water in the facility’s lobby and reception areas. The Aquatic Centre’s pool deck and pool mechanical functions were not impacted by the fire in any way.  

City staff have confirmed the facility will reopen at 1pm on November 29, 2022. All regularly-scheduled programming will continue as of 1pm on Tuesday.

The City commends its Aquatic Centre staff for their efforts to keep patrons safe by performing a successful facility evacuation, and extends its gratitude to the Fire Department and maintenance crews who responded to the scene to assist. 

 
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For more information:

 

Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator

306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Council Agenda for Nov 28 November 24, 2022

Agenda
Start time 6:30 pm
Zoom meeting link
Webinar ID: 846 5415 6856 No Passcode Required
Telephone: +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 +1 438 809 7799  or 855 703 8985 (toll-free)
One tap mobile: +15873281099,,84654156856#  or +16473744685,,84654156856#
International numbers available

City confirms Access Communications Centre reopening today November 24, 2022

With the completed installation of a replacement condenser, the City of North Battleford announced that the Access Communications Centre arena will reopen today.     

City Manager Randy Patrick says he is pleased the season will continue as scheduled for the facility’s user groups. “The Access Communications Centre is a very important part of our community’s recreational facilities, so being able to secure a replacement piece to continue service delivery was extremely important to us. We appreciate the immediate response from our City staff to get the facility reopened promptly, and we look forward to being able to host users again this week.”     

Those who would like to book the Access Communications Centre for available ice times may now do so by contacting the City’s Central Booking office at 306-445-1755 or email centralbooking@cityofnb.ca.

The City extends is gratitude to users for their patience and understanding during this mandatory facility repair.



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For more information:

Candace Toma, Public Relations Coordinator

306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Budget Deliberation Agenda, Nov 22 November 22, 2022

Special Planning Committee - Budget Deliberations

  • November 22, 2022, Agenda (document updated at 3:00 pm)
  • Start time: 5:00 pm
  • Zoom meeting link
  • Webinar ID: 836 8692 0995 - no passcode required
  • One tap mobile: +14388097799,,83686920995#  or +15873281099,,83686920995#
  • 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 +1 780 666 0144  or +1 204 272 7920  or 855 703 8985 (Toll Free)
  • International numbers are available.

Planning Committee Meeting Agenda, Nov 21 November 21, 2022

Agenda
Zoom meeting link
Webinar ID: 871 1140 2847 No Passcode Required
Telephone: +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 +1 647 558 0588  or 855 703 8985 (toll-free)
One tap mobile: +17789072071,,87111402847#  or +12042727920,,87111402847#
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