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Fall Street Sweeping

THE PROGRAM THAT’S SWEEPING THE CITY

With winter just around the corner, it’s that time of the year for the annual two-week fall sweeping program to begin. City street sweepers will be removing leaves and debris from roads in heavily treed neighbourhoods. As you tidy your yard this fall we want to remind you that street sweepers will be coming to your neighbourhood very soon.

The program is expected to start Monday, October 16, and is determined by the weather and the amount of leaves on the ground.

Be on the lookout for the bright yellow No Parking signs that lets you know your street is about to be swept, and ensure your vehicle is off the street to avoid a possible ticket and tow.

Please do not push or blow leaves onto the street. This is illegal and residents may receive a Bylaw Notice if it is determined they pushed their leaves onto the street. Excess leaves can delay the cleaning schedule or even cause the entire street to be skipped.

Place yard clippings in your City of Saskatoon green cart or consider taking them to one of the City’s compost depots for free. Learn how you can compost at home at Saskatoon.ca/homecomposting.

Find your neighbourhood sweeping schedule at saskatoon.ca/sweeping and monitor City of Saskatoon Service Alerts to hear about unexpected changes that can affect your sweeping day.

Permit Parking Zones

At the September 2017 City Council meeting, the Varsity View (and Nutana) Residential Parking Permit (RPP) areas were expanded. VVCA carried out a volunteer led survey this spring and summer of the neighbourhood and gathered enough signatures to expand the zones

VVCA’s RPP will see a substantial expansion, where nearly half of the neighbourhood will now be under the program. Those under the RPP will need to go down to City Hall to get their $25 passes, which include one pass and one visitor pass. These must be displayed, and allow residents to park on their own street but they will still be under the 36-hour rule, which states that a vehicle must not remain in the same spot.

City of Saskatoon website

VVCA-Nutana_RPP_map.pdf

Short-term accommodation survey

With online platforms such as AirBnB and VRBO becoming popular accommodation options for both residents and visitors, the City is reviewing the existing bylaw regulations for short-term accommodations.

Short-term accommodations include all rental arrangements in a residential dwelling where the host receives compensation from a guest that stays less than 30 days. Examples include vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and AirBnBs.

Residents are invited to provide their input into the short-term accommodation review process by completing an online survey and/or attending the open house on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Frances Morrison Library.

Short-Term Accommodation Online Survey
Friday, September 29 to Thursday, October 26, 2017
Visit shapingsaskatoon.ca/projects to complete the online survey.

Short-Term Accommodation Open House
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Frances Morrison Library, 311 23rd Street East
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come-and-go style event, with presentations running hourly starting at 4:30 p.m.

The results of this public consultation will be used to shape the direction of short-term accommodation regulations in Saskatoon and assist the City in gaining a better understanding of this issue as it relates to our community.

For more information on current regulations, please visit saskatoon.ca.

Police Chief Survey

The recruitment process for Saskatoon’s next Chief of Police is now fully underway.

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners wants to ensure that citizens have the opportunity to share their views and opinions about the top attributes and priorities in the selection of the new Police Chief.

The Commission has set up a very brief (just 4 questions) and anonymous survey that provides an opportunity for you to provide your views. The survey can be found on the Police Commission’s website at saskatoonpolicecommission.com in the top right corner of the home page. Clicking on “What Residents Want In Their Next Police Chief” will take you directly to the survey.

The Saskatoon Police Commission will use this response from the survey of the public to refine its selection criteria in the recruitment, selection and hiring of Saskatoon’s next Police Chief.

Bus Stop Blues

“Bus Stop Blues” – Help shape the future of Saskatoon Transit and improve the transit experience! From now to Sept 20, 2017, post a photo and the location of the bus stop you would like to see improved, and add the hashtag #busstopbluesyxe.

Our Facebook and/or Twitter posts – Saskatoon Transit Twitter (@stoontransit) and City of Saskatoon Facebook and Twitter (@cityofsaskatoon) are also an easy way to share the information from your social media accounts to your neighbors.

Graffiti Reduction

Spring can often mean that it is graffiti season. Rinks are often a target for Graffiti. If you experience graffiti please follow these steps:
Record It – Take a picture of the graffiti vandalism as soon as it is identified.
Report It – Report all incidents of damage to your property by calling Saskatoon Police Service at 975-8300.
Remove It – Remove graffiti from your property as quickly as possible. The faster and more frequently graffiti is cleaned up, the less it reappears.

What can I do if I see graffiti on someone else’s property?
To report graffiti vandalism on property other than your own call 975-2828.

More information can be found here: https://www.saskatoon.ca/services-residents/housing-property/graffiti-reduction

Coffee with Your Councillor

Coffee with Your Councillor
Thursday Sept 7, 2017
7am -9am
Good Earth Cafe at 475 2nd Ave. S.
Hope to see you there!

These coffee events happen regularly, and to stay on top of this and other Council news, please following me on Facebook: cynthiablockward6.
You can also sign up for e-updates. Just send me an email cynthia.block@saskatoon.ca and I’ll send you the link.


Also visit Cynthia at the Broadway Street Fair on Saturday September 9, along with the Community Associations of Ward 6!

Curbside Swap 2017

Want free stuff?
Got stuff to give away?
SWAP IT!

Saskatoon Curbside Swap
Saturday, September 9, 2017

At a Curbside Swap, you place unwanted items in good condition on your property (next to the sidewalk or curb) and mark them as FREE for anyone to pick-up. You can also search for free items for your own household! At the end of your Swap day, return your unclaimed items to your home along with your own newfound treasures.

Plan a Curbside Swap for your household or your neighbourhood this summer! Post your Swap on the Curbside Swap Facebook Event page at Saskatoon City News and share it with your friends. And join in the city-wide Curbside Swap on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Giving used items a new home keeps them out of our landfill and swapping helps to build a sense of community.

saskatoon.ca/curbsideswap

Curbside Swap

Have clean, usable stuff to give away? Want free stuff? Plan your own Curbside Swap or participate in the city-wide Swap on September 9, 2017!

The Saskatoon Curbside Swap program is a series of community-organized events where residents place unwanted items in good condition – clearly marked FREE – on their curbs for anyone to pick up. At the end of the Swap day, residents return unclaimed items to their home along with their newfound treasures.

Giving used items a new home keeps them out of our landfill and swapping helps to build a sense of community. It’s a fun and environmentally friendly way to get rid of unwanted (but usable) items and to find free stuff!

To get started with organizing a community-wide swap, contact your Community Association. To help swap organizers promote their events, the City provides downloadable promotional postcards, posters and ‘free stuff’ signs. Promote your event and share your information with your friends on the 2017 Curbside Swap Facebook Event page at Saskatoon City News.

For more information, guidelines, and to download promotional materials to help with planning your own Swap, visit saskatoon.ca/curbsideswap or call 306-975-2487.

Please remember to obey all traffic laws and to watch for children. If you are posting signs, please take note of The Temporary Sign Bylaw – Bylaw No. 7491.

Graffiti Reduction

Spring can often mean that it is graffiti season. Rinks are often a target for Graffiti. If you experience graffiti please follow these steps:
Record It – Take a picture of the graffiti vandalism as soon as it is identified.
Report It – Report all incidents of damage to your property by calling Saskatoon Police Service at 975-8300.
Remove It – Remove graffiti from your property as quickly as possible. The faster and more frequently graffiti is cleaned up, the less it reappears.

What can I do if I see graffiti on someone else’s property?
To report graffiti vandalism on property other than your own call 975-2828. More information can be found here: https://www.saskatoon.ca/services-residents/housing-property/graffiti-reduction

Saskatoon Police Services Community Night

Saskatoon City Police are hosting a Community Night on June 14, 2017. Last year Saskatoon Police Services hosted 3 of them (one for each division), but attendance wasn’t great. This year SPS is hosting one larger event to allow residents to interact with the Police force.

Saskatoon City Police Community Liaison Officers
Central Division:
Cst Dawn Epp
306-975-8032 dawn.epp@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

Northwest Division
Cst Jing Xiao
306-975-2296 jing.Xiao@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

East Division
Cst Imran Siraj
306-975-2267 imran.siraj@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

Summer spray pads open

Summer Spray Pads Open Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cool off this summer at any of the 17 City of Saskatoon spray pads located in various locations around the city. Summer spray pads will open for the season on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 10 a.m., and will be operational daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please note, spray pad sites located on or near school grounds have timers and are set to turn spray features off during recess and lunch breaks. Shut-off times will vary according to individual school schedules. All spray pads are activated by push buttons located near the spray features.

To find a spray pad location near you, please visit www.saskatoon.ca/spraypads or call 306-975-3378

Street Sweeping

As soon as the roads are dry in early spring, the City begins a spring sweeping blitz to remove heavier dirt and debris that gathers over the winter. In May, yellow No Parking signs are posted on scheduled streets to notify drivers of upcoming curb-to-curb sweeping through residential neighbourhoods.

What to expect:
– Street sweeping will occur on high-traffic and arterial streets in April, going around parked vehicles, in order to collect as much road debris from as many streets as possible (see Street Sweeping Blitz below).
– City-wide residential sweeping begins on May 8 on streets posted with yellow “No Parking” signs (see Street Sweeping Interactive Map).
– School Zones will be swept during the daytime as part of the scheduled neighbourhood (see School Zones below).
– As a pilot this year, the Priority Streets in seven neighbourhoods will be posted for No Parking and swept curb-to-curb ahead of their neighbourhood schedule. These streets will be available for on-street parking in May and June when adjacent streets are swept (A pilot study is underway in seven neighbourhoods as part of a plan to speed up street sweeping residential areas. For the first time, priority roads in Avalon, Dundonald, Greystone Heights/Grosvenor Park, Hudson Bay Park, Massey Place, North Park and Westview were swept curb-to-curb during the pre-sweep in April. With these streets now clean, residents can use them for on-street parking while residential areas are being swept).
– Business Improvement Districts are swept overnight between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month.
– Street Sweeping Service Alerts will be issued if there is a change to the schedule.

How to help:
– Watch for yellow No Parking signs beginning in May and remove your vehicle by 7 a.m. on the posted sweeping day to avoid a ticket and/or relocation to a nearby street. Check Find My Vehicle! if your vehicle is moved.
– Report locations where residents have illegally pushed excessive leaves onto the street to the Bylaw Inspector at 306-975-3193. City Bylaw Inspectors will investigate and violators may receive a fine.

Saskatoon Street Sweeping

VV Community Clean-up

When? Saturday, May 27, 2017
Where? Brunskill School, parking lot

VVCA Community Clean Up: Varsity View Community Association is holding a neighborhood clean up on the morning of May 27th.

There will be two bins in the parking lot of Brunskill school – one for metal and one for general trash from 10 am till noon. Residents are welcome to drop off trash by bringing it to the bins between these times. Volunteers and especially volunteers with trucks would be welcome to help clear up the back alleys.

For volunteers for general pick up there is an orientation session at 9:30 am in the east side of the parking lot of Brunskill School. If you have any questions, contact the VVCA President at president@vvcasaskatoon.com

Grosvenor Park Traffic Review Update

The Grosvenor Park Neighbourhood Traffic Review is now complete and will be going to the City Council meeting on April 24, 2017 for final approval.

Recommendation
That the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation recommend to City Council: That the Neighbourhood Traffic Review for the Grosvenor Park neighbourhood be adopted as the framework for future traffic improvements in the area, to be undertaken as funding is made available through the annual budget process.

Report Highlights
A Neighbourhood Traffic Plan for the Grosvenor Park neighbourhood was developed in consultation with the community in response to concerns such as speeding, traffic shortcutting, and pedestrian safety. The plan will be implemented over time as funding for the improvements is available.

Strategic Goal
This report supports the Strategic Goal of Moving Around by providing a plan to guide the installation of traffic calming devices and pedestrian safety enhancements to improve the safety of pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists.

Background
A public meeting was held in April 2016 to identify traffic concerns and potential solutions within the Grosvenor Park neighbourhood. Representatives from the Saskatoon Police Service were in attendance to address traffic enforcement issues. Based on the residents’ input provided at the initial public meeting and the analysis of the traffic data collected, a Neighbourhood Traffic Plan was developed and presented to the community at a second public meeting held in January 2017.

City of Sasktoon Traffic Review Report (report)
City of Saskatoon Traffic Review Presentation