Low percentage of water main replacement in city’s fourth quarter

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Ty Stokes, director of engineering services, is seen at the Jan. 20, 2014 budget committee meeting at city hall.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, city crews completed 30 per cent of scheduled water main replacements.

Crews also completed 10 per cent of scheduled dead end water main removal.

The city department quarterly reports were presented to council at Monday’s meeting. Council voted to receive and file the report.

During the meeting, Coun. Brian Swanson asked about the east water feeder line in the engineering report and the third tender for the project as detailed in the report.

“We had two bids received and one was received late so it was disqualified,” said Ty Stokes, director of engineering.

He added the two bids the city received were well over the estimated $2 million the city budgeted for the project as they came in at more than $5 million.

Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, the city completed 70 per cent of road repairs and 100 per cent of arterial roadway rehabilitation and residential roadway rehabilitation projects.

Also, 95 per cent of scheduled sidewalk slab replacements were completed and 100 per cent of targeted individual slab repairs were finished during that time.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, the city had 342 active employees. The total number of employees as of Dec. 31, 2012 was 347. Those numbers include positions less than full-time, but do not include employees on long-term disability.

In that same time frame, more passengers used the transit system compared to the same time period in 2012. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, a total of 133,696 people used the transit system compared to 117,412 in the same time frame in 2012.

In total, 468,174 people used the transit system in 2013 compared to 397,705 in 2012. That is a 17.7 per cent increase.

Passengers for special needs transit saw an increase of 7.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013, with 10,329 passengers compared to 9,596 passengers in the fourth quarter of 2012. Overall annual ridership increased 8.8 per cent with 40,234 passengers last year compared to 36,986 in 2012.

The fire department responded to 14 fewer alarms in the last three months of 2013 compared to the last three months of 2012. Fire crews responded to 148 alarms with approximately $1.2 million in fire loss from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013. In 2012 in that period, fire crews responded to 162 alarms with $573,450 in fire loss.

The Moose Jaw Police Service dealt with fewer complaints in the fourth quarter of 2013 than 2012. Police dealt with 3,834 complaints between October and December in 2013 compared to 3,924 in 2012. Year-to-date statistics show police dealt with 16,150 complaints in 2013 compared to 16,902 in 2012.

There were also fewer parking bylaw tickets in the fourth quarter and year-to-date compared to 2012. In the fourth quarter, police issued 4,057 parking tickets compared to 4,370 in 2012. In 2013, police issued 17,878 tickets and in 2012, police issued 18,967.

The Moose Jaw Public Library quarterly statistics for October through December 2013 were down overall, but were up for the adult and children department circulation. Circulation in the adult department for that period was 32,979 compared to 32,321 in 2012. In 2008, adult circulation was at 54,674.

Children’s department circulation was at 19,226 in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 17,532 in 2012. In 2008, the circulation was at 21,730.

Renewals, however, took a drop in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 2012. Renewal numbers were at 12,136 in 2013 compared to 16,946 in 2012. In 2008, though, there were no renewals.

More people used the Library2go digital program in the last portion of 2013 at 9,875 compared to 6,757 in 2012.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Service, Moose Jaw Public Library

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