At Monday’s regular council meeting, council passed Coun. Don Mitchell’s motion to initiate a request for a local improvement project in 2013. The project deals with sidewalk construction along the west side of Ninth Avenue Northeast from Fairford Street to Stadacona Street. A report from administration stated residents have brought forward concerns regarding safety issues because of the lack of sidewalks in the area.
Administration reported that the city owns the property on the west side of Ninth Avenue Northeast from Ominica Street to Stadacona Street. The project will require a contribution from the city because the portion of the project from Fairford Street to Ominica Street involves two corner residential lots. The Saskatchewan Municipal Board regulations allow only a portion of the costs for the work to be charged to the property owner.
The construction of a sidewalk on the west side of Ninth Avenue Northeast is estimated to be $35,000. Because the words “local improvement” are used, it will be a cost shared program. The city will be required to contribute 92 per cent of the costs, which works out to $32,200. The cost of the project is to be funded from the 2013 capital budget.
Other items council considered during Monday’s meeting:
• Council also unanimously approved an amendment to Coun. Brian Swanson’s motion regarding the tendering for sale of city-owned lands currently under lease with the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company Ltd. The motion stated that “any City of Moose Jaw property subject to a lease with the MJ Exhibition Company that the City wishes to sell prior to the expiry of the lease must be offered for sale through an open tender and competition process seeking to maximum proceeds for the City of Moose Jaw.” Coun. Terry Coleman brought forward the amendment to add the word “initially” so the motion read that the property the city wishes to sell be “offered for sale initially through an open tender.” Coleman said it leaves the options open for administration regarding the sale and price.
• Council approved Swanson’s motion regarding an amendment to the zoning bylaw. The amendment allows the option for retaining walls and fences that combined exceed six feet in height for residential properties with “significant topographic relief.” Coleman said the motion is about “developing options.”
• Scott Robertson, principal of Cornerstone Christian School, made a request to council to grant 12 complimentary bus passes for Cornerstone’s 12 exchange students from Japan, Mexico, Denmark, Thailand, Italy and Australia.
He said the students use the bus to go downtown, visit friends, see a movie and get to school. Robertson added that he has seen those students return with their families to Moose Jaw.
Administration presented a report that stated the cost of a monthly bus pass per student is $46 per pass
Mitchell inquired if it was necessary considering some of the students come from “fairly wealthy countries,” but Robertson said some families have to make sacrifices to allow for the exchange to take place. Therefore, it is not necessarily across the board. Coun. Dawn Luhning and Coun. Brian Swanson said council has provided passes before. After Hagel moved to grant Robertson’s request, council passed the decision unanimously.
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