The following items are on the agenda for Monday’s regular council meeting at city hall:
• Coun. Brian Swanson will bring forward a motion for administration to prepare a report for executive committee by the end of April 2013 “outlining alternatives for the conduct of the next municipal election.” Those alternatives are to include, but not be limited to the following: increasing the number of polling stations to 15 or 18, setting days of operation for a city hall poll, replacing voting machines with traditional hand-counting paper ballots, having a series of candidate forums and providing free transit service for election day.
• Mayor Deb Higgins will present a report concerning the Moose Jaw Police Service operating budget for 2013.
• City manager Garry McKay will present the 2013 operating budget estimates.
• The parks and recreation department will present the Mosaic Place and fieldhouse monthly update.
• Council will consider a report to appoint Jennifer Ostrander as the secretary of the Moose Jaw board of revision.
• Council will discuss a report detailing an information update from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) as submitted by Coun. Dawn Luhning.
• Higgins will provide council with an update from the Saskatchewan Mayors’ Caucus meeting on Dec. 4 and 5 in Regina.
• The city clerk/solicitor’s department will present a report concerning a letter from Tracy Nichols, the president of the Moose Jaw Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club Inc. The group is requesting permission to use the land at the Hamilton Flats Slo-Pitch parking lot from Nov. 15 to March 31 to prepare it for the annual snowmobile races on Feb. 2 and 3.
• Council will consider the reports of the recent personnel committee and the executive committee meetings.
• Council will review the minutes from recent meetings of the environment advisory committee, the cultural diversity advisory committee, the economic development commission, the housing advisory committee, the transportation services advisory committee and the special needs advisory committee.
• Council will consider motions to appoint the deputy mayor, the chairperson of the executive committee and the chairperson of the personnel committee.
• Council will discuss an amendment to the economic development commission bylaw to delete one person nominated by the South Central Enterprise Region.
• Council will consider a bylaw to regulate, control and prohibit the keeping of livestock and bees in the city.
• Council will discuss an amendment to the housing advisory committee bylaw to delete one person nominated by the South Central Enterprise Region.
• Answers to two inquiries dealing with recycling and distribution of land sales will be presented to council.
• An executive committee meeting will follow the council meeting. Executive will discuss a report from the city manager and a report from the engineering department. Both items will likely be discussed in-camera.