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COVID-19 Early Indicators December 20, 2021

University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Global Water Futures researchers are using wastewater-based epidemiology to monitor for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and North Battleford wastewater, providing early warning of infection outbreaks. This work is being done in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, City of Saskatoon, City of Prince Albert and City of North Battleford.

Keep up-to-date with early indicators by visiting and bookmarking this page, https://water.usask.ca/covid-19/#NorthBattlefordWastewaterData

Notice of a Special Council Meeting December 20, 2021

PUBLIC NOTICE OF A SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING


In accordance with section 97 of the Cities Act, section 8 and Procedures Bylaw No. 2108, please be advised that a Special Council Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, commencing at 12 p.m.


This meeting will be held via Zoom using Webinar ID: 868 7511 5960. Zoom details will also be available on the City website prior to the meeting.


Notice is hereby given this 20th day of December 2021.



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Special Council Meeting Dec 20 December 17, 2021

Agenda: https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/SC02_-_Dec_20_2021_Website.pdf
Start time: 12:00 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83327942183
Webinar ID: 833 2794 2183 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/kbRG1hJ8VG
Or One tap mobile: +14388097799,,83327942183#  or +15873281099,,83327942183#

Notice of a Special Executive Committee Meeting December 17, 2021

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING


In accordance with sections 94 and 97 of the Cities Act and sections 8 and 9 of Procedures Bylaw No. 2108, please be advised that a Special Executive Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, December 201h, 2021, immediately following the Special Council Meeting to be held Monday, December 201h, 2021, at 12 p.m.


This meeting is closed to the public, pursuant to Part III sections 16(1)(b) and 17(1)(d) of the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


In Camera Agenda Item

  • Legal Discussion


Notice is hereby given this 17th day of December, 2021.



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2021 Twinkle Tour Winners & Virtual Tour December 17, 2021

Thank you to everyone who decorated their property this holiday season. Our City looks festive and beautiful, well done North Battleford! Everyone is welcome to take self-guided tours of this year’s Twinkle Tour by following the route on this map here.

The City of North Battleford would like to thank 1050 CJNB for their partnership in this community event.

Winners

Best Decorated House

First Place

Hans Klassen1402-98th Street

Hans will receive a plaque to proudly display, declaring him the winner of the 2021 Twinkle Tour and a private movie showing with admission for up to 35 people and a $50 gift certificate to the Magic Lantern Theatre concession.

Honourable Mention

  • Kimberly Geering 1702-97th Street

  • Glenn Heidt – 9024 Mitchell Avenue

Best Decorated Block

Bower Drive

This street is the 2021 Twinkle Tour best-decorated block. This block will have a street blade put up for the year for everyone to see that they were the “2021 Twinkle Tour Best Block.”

Honourable Mention

  • 1800-106th Street (Caleb Village)

  • Cardinal Crescent

Don’t miss these streets as you take your family on a self-guided tour.

We wish you a joyous and safe holiday season!

Twinkle Tour 2021 YouTube video.

For more information:

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

 

Direct links
Map: https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Planning_and_Dev/2021TwinkleTourMap.pdf
Video: https://youtu.be/6XQAdkJgdGc

2021 Twinkle Tour Winners & Virtual Tour December 17, 2021

Thank you to everyone who decorated their property this holiday season. Our City looks festive and beautiful, well done North Battleford! Everyone is welcome to take self-guided tours of this year’s Twinkle Tour by following the route on this map here.

The City of North Battleford would like to thank 1050 CJNB for their partnership in this community event.

Winners

Best Decorated House

First Place

Hans Klassen1402-98th Street

Hans will receive a plaque to proudly display, declaring him the winner of the 2021 Twinkle Tour and a private movie showing with admission for up to 35 people and a $50 gift certificate to the Magic Lantern Theatre concession.

Honourable Mention

  • Kimberly Geering 1702-97th Street

  • Glenn Heidt – 9024 Mitchell Avenue

Best Decorated Block

Bower Drive

This street is the 2021 Twinkle Tour best-decorated block. This block will have a street blade put up for the year for everyone to see that they were the “2021 Twinkle Tour Best Block.”

Honourable Mention

  • 1800-106th Street (Caleb Village)

  • Cardinal Crescent

Don’t miss these streets as you take your family on a self-guided tour.

We wish you a joyous and safe holiday season!

Twinkle Tour 2021 YouTube video.

For more information:

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

 

Direct links
Map: https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Planning_and_Dev/2021TwinkleTourMap.pdf
Video: https://youtu.be/6XQAdkJgdGc

Smart Water Meter Conversion Over Holidays December 15, 2021

Smart Water Meter logo

With the holiday season approaching, many commercial, industrial, and institutional locations will be implementing additional days off. The City of North Battleford is encouraging these properties to book their smart water meter upgrade during these planned closures to minimize operational downtime.

Booking
Commercial, industrial, or institutional property owners or managers can book their water meter upgrade by contacting KTI at 1-833-543-8807 or booking online at www.ktiappointment.com.

 

For more information:

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

City Council Approves 2022 Budget December 14, 2021

During their Regular Council Meeting on December 13, 2021, City Council approved the 2022 Budget for the City of North Battleford. The 2022 Budget was approved with a 5.11% general taxation increase, a Water Services utility increase of 3%, a Waste Management increase of 4% and a Sanitary Sewer Service increase of 9%. There is no dedicated tax increase for capital spending, no increase to the Underground Pipeline and Asphalt Replacement (UPAR) levy and no increase to the recreation levy.

The average residential property with an assessed value of $191,488 will see a general property tax increase of $81.63 annually, or $6.80 monthly. The rate changes to Water Services, Waste Management and Sanitary Sewer Services results in an overall increase to utilities for an average house of 4.6%. For instance, the average residential property consuming 12 cubic meters of water will see a monthly bill increase of $5.40 monthly, or $64.80 annually, or 4.6% in total. Ratepayers that use less water will see a smaller increase while those that use more water will see a larger increase. 

In the 2021 budget, there was no increase in utility rates and a 1% increase in the municipal portion of property taxes.

The City absorbed a significant ongoing operational cost increase for policing services due to a five-year retroactive contract negotiated between the federal government and the National Police Federation (NPF), the union representing regular Members and reservists of the RCMP for noncommissioned officers. While the City was able to fund the one-time retroactive pay of $1.3 million through reserves, the estimated ongoing cost of the contract for the city this year is just over $1,000,000, or a 6.94% increase in general taxation. After considerable effort, the City was able to reduce the impact of the RCMP increase from 6.94% to 3.77%. The remaining 1.34% increase in general taxation accounts for a portion of rapidly rising inflationary pressures and staff wage contract obligations.

“The RCMP contract was negotiated between the federal government and the NPF without representation from municipal governments, despite the lion’s share of the cost falling on cities, said Mayor David Gillan. “Nonetheless, Council worked extremely hard to lower the impact of the new RCMP contract on North Battleford’s taxpayers while ensuring the sustainability of City finances and critical infrastructure.” 

The 3% increase to Water Services will be used to cover both operational costs and upcoming capital costs. The 4% increase to Waste Management is due to increased contractor costs over the past two years. The 9% increase to Sanitary Sewer covers the majority of the cost of the loan for the Sanitary Sewer Upgrade Project. The total cost of this project is approximately $16 million. The City successfully secured grants for this project in 2018 and will receive approximately $9 million from the provincial and federal governments. The remainder will be borrowed with loan payments set to commence early in 2022. The Sanitary Sewer Upgrade Project is a necessary upgrade to the City’s wastewater infrastructure and has a lifecycle of at least 50 years.

“Maintaining a reasonable cost for our residents and continuing to provide reliable service delivery was at the forefront in Council’s budgetary decision making,” said Mayor Gillan. “Council has carefully worked through every aspect of this budget while facing significant budgeting challenges to ensure the long-term goal of sustainable economic growth for our community. This budget also focuses on necessary infrastructure repairs and replacement, safety, and efficiency.”

Other significant budget items include:

  • $1.6 million in funding support to community organizations that provide important public services within the community;
  • UPAR: the City will proceed with the rehabilitation of 102nd Street from Railway Avenue to 16th Avenue;
  • Significant capital projects to be funded include:
    • The water tower decorative lights replacement project to a maximum of $200,000;
    • An additional investment in sidewalk replacement in the amount of $600,000;
    • Roadway patching at the intersection of Territorial Drive and 100th Street in the amount of $160,000;
    • Traffic flow improvements along Territorial Drive between Highway 4 and the entrance to Kildeer Park;
    • Phase 1 of a new sidewalk from 110th to Territorial Drive in the amount of $120,000; and
    • Major roof replacements on the Dekker Centre and the Battlefords Coop Aquatic Centre in the amount of $1,220,000.
  • No staffing increases or vehicle purchases were planned for in 2022.

The City is committed to improving citizen engagement and fostering a deeper understanding of the City’s financial status within the community through increased communication methods such as citizen surveys and open houses in 2022.

The full budget will be published on the City of North Battleford website during the week of December 20. 

Residents may register for regular monthly property tax payments through TIPPS. Rather than paying all at once, payments through TIPPS are made by direct debit from your bank account monthly. Registering for TIPPS early helps make paying property taxes easier. There are no administrative fees or interest charges to register for TIPPS. Click here to find out more.

For more information:

David D’Eon, Public Relations

306 445-9155 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

Holiday Hours 2021 December 14, 2021

Council authorized the following hours of operation for the following City facilities over the winter 2021 holidays:

Christmas Eve, December 24th the below facilities will close at 2:00 p.m.

New Year’s Eve, December 31st the below facilities will remain open for regular hours of operation; and, New Year’s Eve, December 31st, City Hall will close to the public at 1:00 p.m. to allow for year-end processing.

  • City Hall
  • NationsWEST Field House
    • Closed December 25 & 26
  • Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre
    • Closed December 25 & 26
  • Allen Sapp Gallery - The Gonor Collection
  • Chapel Gallery
  • Don Ross Centre / Central Booking Office
  • Don Ross Arena
  • Central Booking Office
  • Access Communications Centre
  • Waste Management Facility

COVID-19 Early Indicators December 13, 2021

University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Global Water Futures researchers are using wastewater-based epidemiology to monitor for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and North Battleford wastewater, providing early warning of infection outbreaks. This work is being done in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, City of Saskatoon, City of Prince Albert and City of North Battleford.

Keep up-to-date with early indicators by visiting and bookmarking this page, https://water.usask.ca/covid-19/#NorthBattlefordWastewaterData

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