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Bike skills park to receive community projects grant funding

Bike skills park representatives are looking for $10,000 of funding.

At the Dec. 11 meeting of the parks and recreation advisory committee meeting and following a presentation by representatives, the committee recommended that council allocate the remaining $6,613.69 from the 2013 community projects capital grant funding for the park.

It also recommended the remaining $3,386.31 be considered in the 2014 community projects capital grant review process. The recommendations were passed unanimously at Monday's council meeting.

 

According to a city report, the 2013 community projects under the capital grant program were allocated to five community projects. In the motion adopted by council, the remaining funds will go to the 2014 community projects.

A total of $4,397.25 was for a new gator for the Moose Jaw Minor Girls Fastball, $1,000 went to the Crescent Park Foundation for plantings, $5,000 went to Wakamow Valley for the roof repair of the pavilion in Connor Park, Ross Wells Baseball received $6,400 for the replacement of ballast and field lights, and the Moose Jaw Miller Express received $3,200 for a field tarp.

The remaining balance of $6,613.69 can be used this year for another project. If left unused, it will carry forward to 2014.

At the Sept. 16 council meeting, council adopted a motion to approve the bike skills park, which will be the first of its kind in Saskatchewan. The total project cost is estimated at $45,000. That cost will cover consulting/project management, park design, excavating services, loads of dirt and labour and wood for structures such as a gazebo or benches.

The park will be located west of the 2005 Canada Games Soccer Field next to YaraCentre, which is located on 1220 High St. W.

Other items considered at Monday’s council meeting:

• Council received and filed the 41st monthly update on Mosaic Place and YaraCentre.

• Council approved the special needs advisory committee’s recommendation for new and/or upgraded traffic lights to have audible signals as part of the expected upgraded traffic light program. It also recommended council allow the engineering department to review options for audible signals with the special needs advisory committee before installation.

The motion came forward after Riverview Collegiate Grade 10 visually impaired student Michael Shaw made a presentation last week asking for audible signals at the intersection of Ninth Avenue Northwest and Coteau Street West. Council approved that unanimously.

• Council received as presented the environment advisory committee minutes. There were no items requiring council approval.

• Council also received as presented the parks and recreation advisory committee minutes. There were three items requiring council approval, all passed unanimously. The first was the bike park as detailed above. The second was to allow the Sunningdale/VLA Community Association to continue to apply for future projects under the community projects capital grant program. The association will continue to go after a refund from Evergreen Playgrounds, which will be paid back to the city as the Fitness Park Project will not proceed.

The third item was the resignation of Sherri Lepitzki from the advisory committee effective immediately.

• Council received and adopted the transportation advisory committee meeting minutes. There was one item requiring council approval, which was also passed unanimously. Council passed a motion allowing the SSWA Biathlon Club use a snowmobile or ATV to provide additional ski trail grooming to the ski trail loop in front of the parking lot by the oval in Wakamow Valley and go through the trees from December until April 1, 2014.

A number of conditions were attached, including not allowing the snowmobile or ATV to drive to and from the site, only do grooming during hours conforming to the noise bylaw and the club is responsible for all costs.

• Coun. Dawn Luhning was appointed deputy mayor, Coun. Don Mitchell was appointed executive committee chair and Coun. Brian Swanson was appointed chair of the personnel committee. All appointments are effective from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.

• Councillors approved a traffic bylaw amendment to permit the installation of the four-way stop at the corner of Ninth Avenue Northeast and Thatcher Drive East.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

 

Organizations: Moose Jaw Minor Girls Fastball, Crescent Park Foundation, Moose Jaw Miller Express VLA Community Association SSWA Biathlon Club

Geographic location: Wakamow Valley, Connor Park, Saskatchewan Ninth Avenue Northwest Ninth Avenue Northeast

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