Council notebook

Lisa Goudy
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Coun. Don Mitchell, seen at the Feb. 24, 2014 meeting, gave notice of a motion regarding city revenues from the sale of seven jointly-funded Moose Jaw Housing Authority family housing units.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the financial services department reviewed and approved 18 tenders worth $1.11 million.

Other activities included presenting the operating budget, preparing and mailing out prepayment notices, producing a supplementary tax roll, continued work on the information technologies master plan and the equipment reserve budget preparations are underway, all in the period of Oct. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013.

The quarterly reports for the financial services report was presented to council at Monday’s meeting. Council reviewed the quarterly reports on Feb. 10, but the financial services report wasn’t available then. The report was received and filed.

Other items considered at Monday’s meeting:

• Coun. Don Mitchell gave notice of a motion he will make at the next council meeting regarding a proposal for the city to transfer revenues from the sale of seven jointly-funded Moose Jaw housing authority family housing units from the miscellaneous operating revenue account to the innovative housing fund in the capital budget.

• Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, presented the 43rd monthly update on Mosaic Place and YaraCentre. At Mosaic Place, primary issues being reviewed are heating levels in the curling rink and inconsistent lighting in the arena.

At YaraCentre, the contractor has been paid out for the project as the warranty and deficiency items have been completed. Within the next two weeks, there will be installation of catch basins on the storm sewer that runs on the east side of YaraCentre. Landscaping will be done in spring 2014.

Like last month, the remaining contingency to complete the project totals $239,492.

• Council received and adopted the minutes of the three recent budget committee meetings, the personnel committee meeting and the executive committee meeting.

• Council dealt with the reports of the economic development commission, the housing advisory committee, the heritage advisory committee and the cultural diversity advisory committee.

In the housing advisory committee meeting minutes, council received and filed the report and recommendations from the social housing sub-committee meeting held on Jan. 8. Council defeated the committee’s recommendation to reaffirm the city’s equity share in the 114 housing units to be sold based on the original partnership agreements between Sask. Housing and the city.

Councillors also defeated the committee’s recommendation to request a meeting with Sask. Housing officials and the Ministry of Social Services to discuss the sale of the Moose Jaw Housing Authority’s family housing units, with a meeting to involve city council.

• Council approved two bylaws, a zoning bylaw amendment and a bylaw authorize the city to enter into an agreement with Fire Marque Inc.

• Mitchell was appointed deputy mayor, Coun. Brian Swanson was appointed chairperson of the executive committee and Coun. Patrick Boyle was appointed chairperson of the personnel committee. All of those appointments are for the period of March 1 to April 30.

Lisa Goudy can be reached at 306-691-1289 or follow her on Twitter @lisagoudy

Organizations: Ministry of Social Services, Moose Jaw Housing Authority, Fire Marque

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Sask.

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