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Distracted Driving is the SGI Monthly Traffic Spotlight for October October 16, 2018

Distracted driving can have devastating and deadly consequences. During October, City of North Battleford Community Safety Officer’s (CSO’s) will be looking for distracted drivers. Drivers caught for this offence face a $280 fine plus 4 demerits.

City of North Battleford CSO’s aim to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, to correct the behaviour before they get behind the wheel. To bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving the CSO’s have a crashed car on display. The car has a message encouraging people to “just drive” while they are driving. The car will be on display at the North Battleford Comprehensive High School, John Paul II Collegiate, Sakewew High school, CO-OP Mall, Sobeys, Frontier Mall, McDonalds and Walmart.

Three common categories of distracted driving are; Visual – eyes off the road. Manual – hands off the wheel. Cognitive – attention off of driving. Cell phone use while driving causes all three distractions to occur. Cell phone use while driving is a dangerous situation for the driver, passenger, and other users of the roads and sidewalks. Distracted driving on average is responsible for 41 fatalities a year in Saskatchewan and injuring hundreds of others.

One second of distracted driving is all it takes to ruin the life of a family, and yours. Practice these smart driver behaviours to become or stay a distraction-free driver:

  • Enter your GPS destination ahead of time

  • Put your phone in Do Not Disturb or Airplane mode while driving

  • Delegate responsibilities – have your passengers assist you and have them handle the GPS, radio or respond to messages for you

  • Don’t be afraid to pull over – find a safe spot to pull over to deal with anything that pulls your attention away from driving

  • Avoid eating and driving

  • If you drop something, leave it, retrieve it when you stop

When you are behind the wheel, just drive. A $280 ticket for distracted driving will hurt the wallet, in hopes, to correct driving behaviour and prevent serious injury and or death from distracted driving.

For more information:

Alyssa Nash, Community Safety Officer Receptionist
306-445-
9146 | anash@cityofnb.ca



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Paid on Call Firefighters Graduation September 26, 2018

The North Battleford Fire Department is a combination fire department with full time and part time paid-on-call (POC) volunteer staff. In 2017/2018 the department has recruited an additional ten members of POC staff who have completed their first stage of training and are now available to respond to incidents when required.

On the evening of Monday, October 1st, 2018 the ten recruit POC’s will be presented with their Saskatchewan Firefighting level 1 and Incident Command System 100 certificates.

The POCs have received over 100 hours of theoretical and practical instruction during training and duty nights totalling six hours per week.

Fire Chief Trevor Brice said “our paid-on-call firefighters form a backbone of our service, supporting our full-time firefighters at larger incidents, freeing up staff to perform higher risk activities. This group of recruits have come together and worked hard to achieve these qualifications and I am pleased to say they are now being used at incidents.”

In October the POCs will return to training for the Saskatchewan firefighting level 2 certification which will enable them to do more tasks at incidents.

Fire Chief Brice commented that he is looking forward to having this group of POCs trained and ready to go. Chief Brice went on to say that “we are always looking for enthusiastic people to become paid-on-call firefighters. The positions are open to men and women over 18 who are willing to give up their time to support their community and can provide on-call cover within 10 minutes of the fire hall. Anyone who is fit and able to pass some basic tests and willing to train can apply, the next intake of recruits will be in January 2019.

For more information:

Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
306-445-17
78 | tbrice@cityofnb.ca



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Fire Prevention Week 2018 September 25, 2018

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one:

LOOK
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

LEARN
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Importance of fire prevention
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.


Bring awareness
While children under 5 and adults over 65 are at the highest risk for injury or death in a fire, people of all ages are vulnerable. In fact, the risk of a nonfatal fire injury is highest for those between 20 and 49, showing that fire safety education is essential for everyone. Additional risk factors include race, socioeconomic status, education level, and geographic location.
The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide basic steps that anyone can take, Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere!

Please come and visit us at the following locations and discuss your fire safety needs with our friendly firefighters:

Tuesday, October 9th at Canadian Tire from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Wednesday, October 10th at Walmart from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Thursday, Oct 11th at Frontier Mall from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Saturday 13th at Co-op Mall from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

The North Battleford Fire Department will also be holding a “Beef on the Bun” lunch on Wednesday, October 10th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the fire hall.

For more information:

Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
306-445-17
78 | tbrice@cityofnb.ca



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Council Agenda for Sept. 24 September 24, 2018

Here is the agenda for tonight's Council meeting.
https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/C41_-_2018_Full_Agenda.pdf

Council meetings are open to the public. The meeting starts at 8:00 pm, at Council Chambers in City Hall.

Capital Works September Update September 19, 2018

101st Street – 12th to 14th Avenue

Roadway reconstruction work is complete along the 1200 block of 101st Street and the block is opened to vehicles and pedestrians. Some street fixture installation is planned for the coming weeks, which will result in some short-term localized road closures along the 1200 block. The 1300 block is closed to traffic and pedestrians while roadway reconstruction is underway. Work along the 1300 block has been delayed by recent wet weather, and will remain closed for a further 2-3 weeks. Access to affected businesses will be disrupted while the work proceeds. Please see the attached business access map showing alternate construction access locations on the 1300 block. The project is expected to be completed by September 28th. No further water service disruptions or drinking water advisories are expected. Roadways work is being performed by K&S Asphalt.

Deanscroft Avenue and 112th Street Storm Sewer

Storm Sewer manhole installation is completed, with roadway restoration planned for the coming weeks. Underground work was performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.

Douglas Avenue and 101st Crescent rehabilitation

Paving work is complete and the area is opened to traffic. Underground work was performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.

105th Street – 10th to 11th Avenue rehabilitation

Roadway restoration is underway and the road will remain closed while the work proceeds. The project has been delayed by recent wet weather, and is expected to be completed by September 21st. Underground work was performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.

98th Street 17th to 18th Avenue rehabilitation

Roadway restoration is underway and the road will remain closed while the work proceeds. The project has been delayed by recent wet weather, and is expected to be completed by September 28th. Underground work was performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.

15th Avenue Water Main connection – 107th to 110th Street

Underground Utility work is completed and roadway restoration is underway. The project has been delayed by recent wet weather, and is expected to be completed by September 28th. Underground work will be performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.

20th Avenue Sanitary Sewer connection – 100th to 101st Street

Underground Utility work is underway and is expected to be complete by September 28th with road restoration to follow. Road closures will be in effect, and access to affected businesses will be disrupted while the work proceeds. Roadway restoration will follow the underground work and is expected to be completed by October 5th. Underground work will be performed by Unicon Pipeline, and Roadways by K&S Asphalt.

Killdeer Park

Paving work is completed and the area is open to traffic.

Fairview Heights Grading and Drainage Project

Grading work is underway with underground pipe construction planned for the following weeks. This project is expected to be completed on October 15th.

Airport CAP Runway Paving

Runway milling is underway, with paving work planned to follow. The airport will remain closed while the work proceeds. The project has been delayed by recent wet weather, and is expected to be completed by September 28th. Roadway work is being performed by K&S Asphalt.

More detailed schedule information will be provided as it becomes available. Updates on the progress of the projects are available at www.cityofnb.ca, 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
306-445-17
18 | jniesink@cityofnb.ca

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Acting Communication Coordinator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Planning_and_Dev/MAP_1300_Block_Business_Access.pdf



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Council Agenda for Sept. 10 September 10, 2018

Here is the agenda for tonight's Council meeting.
https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/C40_-_2018_Full_Agenda.pdf

Council meetings are open to the public. The meeting starts at 8:00 pm, at Council Chambers in City Hall.

Drivers Urged to Slow Down in School Zones September 6, 2018

This is a wonderful time for students as they return to school. However, their excitement may mean that they are not paying attention on sidewalks, roadways and in crosswalks. The public is urged to use caution and be aware of school buses, school zones. It is important that drivers be aware of students and slow down in all school zones and near children.

Community Safety Officers are out monitoring and patrolling school zones. Drivers who fail to stop 5 metres from the front or rear of a school bus that is displaying its safety lights and stop arm will incur a fine of $360.00, under the Traffic Safety Act.

The school zone speed limit in the City is 30km/h, please observe your speed and driving behaviour while in these zones. Speeding in school zones is a serious and potentially deadly offence. Speeders in school zones face a fine of $310.00.

The City of North Battleford Fire Department, additionally, will have a presence at all the schools in the City to remind drivers that school is back in session and to please slow down. While at the schools, firefighters will be visiting with students and discussing fire safety.

Let’s make it safe for our children.

For more information:

Ross MacAngus, CSO Unit Commander
306-445-1775 | rmacangus@cityofnb.ca

Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
306-445-17
78 | tbrice@cityofnb.ca

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Acting Communications Coordinator
306-445-17
13 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca



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August Monthly Summary September 4, 2018

City of North Battleford July news summary. Catch up, refresh and share what was new this past month.

Discretionary Land use applications in August
Hair Salon - https://www.cityofnb.ca/pdfs/public_notices/public_notice_25_DLU%20hair%20salon%20Letter.pdf

Secondary Suite - https://www.cityofnb.ca/pdfs/public_notices/public_notice_26_DLU%20Secondary%20Suite%20Letter.pdf

Cannabis Retail Outlet - https://www.cityofnb.ca/pdfs/public_notices/public_notice_27_DLU%20Cannabis%20Letter.pdf

Cannabis retail outlet at Unit 104 - 312 Territorial Drive - https://www.cityofnb.ca/pdfs/public_notices/public_notice_28_NOTICE%20-%20Unit%20104%20312%20Territorial%20Drive%20Cannabis%20Retail%20Outlet.pdf

Establish a strip mall with accessory dwelling units at 1542 100th Street
https://www.cityofnb.ca/pdfs/public_notices/public_notice_29_DLU_PNBL%201542-100.pdf 

LED Lights installed in Central Park
https://www.cityofnb.ca/news/news_archive.html?NewsID=1556

Capital Works Summary
https://www.cityofnb.ca/news.html?NewsID=1557

Heat and Air Quality Advisory for the City of North Battleford
https://www.cityofnb.ca/news.html?NewsID=1564

NBFD Responds to Structure Fire at 2311th Ross Crescent
https://www.cityofnb.ca/news.html?NewsID=1568

Feedback - We are always looking for ways to improve how we reach our residents. If you have questions, comments, concerns please let us know, email dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

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