Council hears three quarterly reports

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Al Bromley, director of human resource services, presents the department's first quarter report at the April 21, 2014 council meeting.

A total of 278 employees in the city’s human resource (HR) department participated in a combined 22 safety classes from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2014.

The training included fall protection, confined space, first aid, transportation of dangerous goods, rigging and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Council heard the quarterly reports of the HR department from Al Bromley, director of HR services, the city manager’s department from Matt Noble, city manager and the planning and development department from Michelle Sanson, manager of planning and development services.

The following items are some of the highlights from the first quarter of those respective departments:

HR:

• Forty-five leaders attended a half-day training workshop on due diligence of occupational health and safety.

• The city now uses LinkedIn as its “primary recruitment tool,” according to the report. There is a City of Moose Jaw career page with active recruitment.

• Also last quarter, the HR department has established a union management committee that meets once a month, more policy development has taken place, there has been more staffing and recruitment and the department developed a city-wide orientation presentation for all new employees.

City manager:

• Noble, along with one assistant, has provided support and advice to senior managers to “increase communications with Council and the public with a view to establish a bond of trust,” his report said.

• The department has established a process to evaluate appropriate attention to each department’s core services, which is an ongoing process.

• Noble and his assistant provided leadership in the budget committee process “without interfering with the work that Finance professionals have to undertake in developing the budget,” it said.

• Last quarter, the department has begun a reassessment of procedures for the jointly owned Buffalo Pound facilities between Moose Jaw and Regina. It has also established a fee for service contract with the Moose Jaw Humane Society and worked on economic development initiatives.

Planning and development services:

• The newly created department consists of seven branches including planning, land, building inspections, bylaw enforcement, license inspections, economic development and animal control.

• Building permit values increased almost $4.6 million in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013.

• The destination marketing fee was created and began on March 1. The City of Moose Jaw, through the economic development committee, contributed $3,000 to help with organization.

• The department continued working with a consultant of the South Hill local area plan and reviewed 47 development permits for compliance with the zoning bylaw.

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Organizations: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, HR department, Moose Jaw Humane Society

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Buffalo Pound, Regina South Hill

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