Council notebook: Heritage advisory committee to launch online platform

Lisa Goudy
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On Dec. 10, the heritage advisory committee will launch its link on the city website.

“(What) we’ve been working on, obviously for the last couple of years, is putting together a central repository of Moose Jaw’s heritage assets,” said Ira Dales, committee chairman at Monday’s council meeting. “So our first step is to find an online place where we can host these (and) do some work. We’ve worked with the city IT department to put the infrastructure in place the housing elements and we’ve collected the necessary data.”

He said the launch would take place in council chambers at city hall on Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m.

“People can come and take a look at what we’ve put together, as well as how some of our next steps will be performed,” said Dales. “The next step … is linking through some sort of physical location.”

He said quick response (QR) codes could be used and attached to buildings with approval from the building owner. The committee approved allocating a maximum of $1,000 for the website information launch.

Dales added the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce expressed interest in hosting a heritage category at the MJBEX Awards. The committee has worked with the chamber regarding the evaluation process and details of the category.

“We’re just really happy to be a part of that particular process because in our minds we see heritage being something to be a part of within the business community,” he said. “It’s certainly not the obstacle that I think some people have in their minds in regards to business growth and we look forward to seeing where this takes us as part of the business community here in Moose Jaw.”

Other items considered at Monday’s meeting:

• The majority of council approved the chamber of commerce’s request for free two-hour parking on Dec. 19, 20, 23 and 24.

• Director of parks and recreation Jody Hauta provided the 40th monthly update of Mosaic Place and YaraCentre. Hockey Capital Moose Jaw Ltd. (HCL) is continuing to finish deficiency items. New ductwork has been installed in the curling rink to increase the quality of air circulation and monitoring will take place of the heating system in the winter to make sure it’s working properly.

Changes have also been made to the lighting levels to fix inconsistent lighting in the arena. However, the lighting levels under the score clock are still an issue and once supplies arrive, HCL will make more changes. Other minor issues are being reviewed.

The contractor has also made a progress claim for payment and city administration is “reconciling this progress claim and the remaining expenditures for the project,” the report said.

Water filtration is still an issue, but must be addressed by the city as it isn’t a warranty or deficiency item for HCL.

All warranty and deficiency items have been completed at YaraCentre and HCL has been paid out for their work.

City administration is installing catch basins on the storm sewer running on the east side of the building. Installation is hopeful to be done by the end of the year. In spring 2014, the area will be leveled. Expenses will be charged to the project.

Both projects are expected to be within the total project budget of $61.29 million with $281,492 in the contingency — the same as last month.

• Council received and adopted the minutes of the executive committee meeting, the transportation services advisory committee, the heritage advisory committee and the environment advisory committee.

• Council unanimously passed an amendment to the Unsightly/Untidy to include a “junk vehicle” definition. Currently the enforcement time for junk vehicle investigations is more than four months. The amendment reduces the time frame to a few weeks. Costs for cleanup will be added to the property owners’ taxes in accordance of the bylaw.

A junk vehicle is defined as “any automobile, tractor, truck, trailer or other vehicle that; (a) either (i) has no valid license plates attached to it; and/or (ii) is in rusted, wrecked, partly wrecked, dismantled, partly dismantled, inoperative or abandoned condition; and (b) is located on private land, but; (i) is not within a building erected in accordance with City Bylaws; and (ii) does not form part of a business enterprise lawfully being operated on that land.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Heritage advisory committee, Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, Hockey Capital Moose Jaw Unsightly/Untidy

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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