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Council meets on Sept. 16, 2013 at city hall.
Council will discuss a Wakamow Valley motion and an infrastructure motion at the next regular meeting.
At Monday’s council meeting, Coun. Brian Swanson gave notice of two motions.
The first motion will be: “That the City of Moose Jaw commission the construction of a scale-model of the Wakamow Valley from Plaxton’s Lake to the southern edge of the Wild Animal Park and to include Valley View Centre lands.
“Secondly that the City of Moose Jaw funding of up to $60,000 come from the city land replacement reserve. Thirdly, that the municipal heritage committee be tasked with supervision of the project subject to the normal approval of council required procedures.”
The second motion he will bring forward at the next council meeting deals with infrastructure. It will be “That for preparation of the 2014 City of Moose Jaw operating budget the single strategic priority be enhanced core infrastructure upgrades.
“That is roads, water lines and sewer lines and that additional revenues from taxes and utility rates for this strategic priority be matched by funds from reprioritizing 2013 operating budget expenditures.”
Other items considered at Monday’s council meeting:
• Council received and adopted the minutes of the recent personnel committee meetings and the executive committee meeting.
• Council approved the minutes of the heritage advisory committee and the special needs advisory committee. There were no items requiring council approval in the heritage advisory committee minutes and two items requiring council approval in the special needs advisory committee.
Council appointed Colin Rosnes as the special needs advisory committee representative to the transportation services advisory committee. Tammy Beutle-Spilchuk was also appointed as the special needs advisory committee representative to the housing advisory committee. Both terms begin immediately and will end on Aug. 31, 2014.
• Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor, provided a written answer to an inquiry by Coun. Don Mitchell regarding the investment statues in family housing and sharing of sales revenue. The report said the city invested 12.5 per cent in the first 75 public housing units in Moose Jaw in 1953.
“Council has been verbally advised that Sask. Housing has indicated they would be prepared to use sale proceeds (to which Moose Jaw typically has a five per cent entitlement) by applying those amounts against the City’s contribution requirement for replacement properties,” Gulka-Tiechko said in the report. “Sask. Housing has recently written to the City to confirm its commitment in this regard.”
Ty Stokes, director of engineering, answered Swanson’s inquiry regarding the repairs made to the Buffalo Pound water line to provide fresh water to Moose Jaw from the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant over the past decade.
Stokes’ report said in 2001 there were two pipeline leak repairs and one air valve repair. In 2002 the city replaced the pig launch at the treatment plant and did another air valve repair.
More air valve repairs were done in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2007 there were two air valve repairs as well as a gate valve repair.
In 2009 repairs were made to a pipeline leak and this was done again in 2012 as well as three air valve repairs. The total cost for all the repairs over the past 10 years is approximately $71,400.
• Stokes also provided a written answer to Swanson’s second inquiry regarding the tenders for the east water feeder line. His report said the project was tendered twice in 2013. The first closed on April 10 with a bid price of approximately $5.6 million plus GST. The second closed on June 26 and the bid price was approximately $5.49 million plus GST.
The report said the east water feeder line is 4,160 meters with an estimated cost of $6.86 million. It will be implemented in phases. The 2013 tender length is 1,345 meters with an estimated initial cost of $2.22 million.
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