Road repairs 30 per cent done in second quarter

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The engineering department completed 116 of 152 backlogged locations for asphalt repairs from April 1 to June 30.

Moose Jaw city hall is pictured.

The repairs were done via the 2014-paving contract with Cypress Paving. Regarding arterial roadway rehabilitation, the department is 20 per cent finished with the projects and has completed 20 per cent of residential roadway rehabilitation projects as well. Road repairs and sidewalk slab replacement projects are each 30 per cent done.

Councillors received the second quarterly report of the engineering services department, as well as the financial services department and human resources department, at Monday’s regular council meeting at city hall. All reports were received and filed.

The engineering department has finished the detailed design for certain projects in the cast iron water main replacement program. The second quarter saw documents and specifications prepared. Tender is anticipated soon and construction might take place in the fall.

Further, the engineering department has completed 10 per cent of the parking meter replacement program. In April, the department received 100 meter complaints in April, 94 in May and 70 in June for a total of 264.

In the financial services quarterly report, highlights of the quarter included reviewing the city’s purchasing policy that was initially approved in 2002. That is ongoing. The treasury branch also delivered the annual municipal and school tax notice.

The department is continuing to review a citizen budget package based on the Internet to allow members of the public to provide input on where they would increase or reduce spending.

The department has also begun working on updating the City of Moose Jaw’s website and included Google Search to the website for “better search results,” the report said. The new Moose Jaw Police website was also launched last quarter as well as immigration and heritage websites.

Highlights of the human resource services department in the second quarter included having 23 city employees attend a people leaders module regarding respect in the workplace. There were 97 people who attended employee-specific sessions and 87 people completed online training.

The department worked on doing legwork for the initiation of the “new corporate group benefits plan,” said the report. The city will manage administration of the plan for almost 200 CUPE, transit and out-of-scope employees.

The city provided eight training workshops and introduced two new training courses, hoisting and rigging and overhead cranes. A total of 110 employees were certified in various programs.

As of June 30, the city has reported 39 injuries this year with eight days lost. In 2013, the city had 86 reported injuries with 71 days lost. Back in 2009, the city had 57 injuries reporter with 1,221 days lost.

The city also has 430 total employees as of June 30 compared to 413 as of June 30, 2013.

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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