Friday, August 30, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: New place for kids to Create n’ Learn

YMCA, PSSD open daycare in Westmount School

Maxeme Dzen, two years and 10 months
old, checks out the new YMCA Create
n' Learn Childcare in Westmount School
at the open house on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A South Hill school now has a daycare inside it.

The Moose Jaw YMCA and the Prairie South School Division (PSSD) have partnered to have a new YMCA childcare centre in Westmount School. On Friday the centre, Create n’ Learn Childcare, had an open house.

“It’s in demand. It’s a need of the community. So we’re fulfilling the needs of Moose Jaw, essentially. Obviously there’s a need for quality care,” said Corinne Damaskie, manager of communications, funds development and school age care with the Moose Jaw YMCA. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Catching up on road repairs

As seen this week, Coteau Street West is
closed from Eighth Avenue Southwest to Ninth
Avenue Southwest for sewer and water repairs.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

If everything goes as planned, this year’s road repair should be done in November.

“As long as October and November are milder … with no snow, we should be able to achieve almost our target and we got a late start,” said Duane Grado, public works manager. “We got more snow than we ever saw, but if Mother Nature works with us we should be 80, 90 per cent accomplished. We won’t get 100 per cent. We know that.”

He said the city has a number of ongoing road repair projects.

“We’re rehabilitating entire streets and then coming through with a layer of brand new asphalt,” said Grado. “Those projects we call the road rehabilitation under the capital plan.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Leave Ben Affleck alone

By Lisa Goudy

Oftentimes it’s easy to judge before we know better.

We judge people before we get to know them. We judge a book by its visual appeal or preconceived notion before reading it.

We judge a movie by posters, initial trailers or biases before seeing it. Sometimes because of these factors we can even write things off without giving them a chance. This is behaviour we are all guilty of at one point or another. This is also behaviour we should strive to eliminate.

What stands out in my mind as the most recent global judgment in this manner is the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman last week in a multi-film deal.

He will play Bruce Wayne/Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent/Superman in the Superman/Batman movie, which is a sequel to this year’s Man of Steel.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bring on the heat

Warm temperatures boding well for area crops

Farmers were hard at work on Thursday working
toward the harvest just west of Moose Jaw.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The recent heat is exactly what area producers needed.

“Harvest in the Moose Jaw area is going quite well. These last few weeks that August has given us for this nice warm temperature is definitely what we need to get this harvest on the go,” said Daphne Cruise, Moose Jaw regional crop specialist with the provincial agriculture department.

She said five per cent of the crop has been combined and 14 per cent swathed or ready to straight cut in Saskatchewan. In the Moose Jaw area — the southeast region — has four per cent combined and 16 per cent swathed or ready to straight cut.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Inspiring hope in students

HTCSD holds staff workshop to set goals

Father David Tumback, rector of the Cathedral of the
Holy Family in Saskatoon, delivers his keynote address at
the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division's opening
day workshop at Vanier Collegiate on Wednesday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Father David Tumback wants to instill hope in teachers and students, even in the darkest times.

“The great message … is allowing our children and forming our children in a way that they can always find hope in a world that is rapidly changing, a world that doesn’t always seem to be fair, a world that sometimes is full as violence,” said Tumback following his presentation to Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD) staff on Wednesday.

“We want to, as Christian people, instill in the hearts of our kids the fact that we can always hope, that God is good and that we just continue to go on as living that message of goodness and peace.”

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To see a Times-Herald slideshow of images, go here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Province claims mix-up over mayor's absence

By Lisa Goudy

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Summer student jobs by the numbers

City hall
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Summer job numbers for students with the city of Moose Jaw are comparable to last year.

A spokesperson with the human resources department said the city hired 52 summer students this year. Most of the jobs were labour jobs in the parks and recreation department, the playground program, the engineering department and lifeguarding at the pool.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Mayor snubbed by Sask. Party

VVC staff, city not invited to announcement and groundbreaking

(From left) Saskatchewan Association for Community Living President Gloria Mahussier, Minister of Social Services June Draude and Valley View Centre (VVC) Family Group Co-Chair June Avivi turn sod for a new government-operated residence at a provincial government press conference on Monday. Draude also announced the government accepted all 14 recommendations of the VVC Transition Steering Committee.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The mayor of Moose Jaw and Valley View Centre (VVC) staff weren’t invited to the provincial government’s announcement regarding the future of VVC residents.

“I received a phone call from the Minister (of Social Services) on Thursday so we talked about it then, but I never did receive the advisory or an invite to be there,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “(I heard) in the community that there was some type of an announcement and people were asking me what it was … As mayor of the City of Moose Jaw I find a number of troubling issues coming out of (Monday’s) announcement by the provincial government.”

On Monday the provincial government held a press conference to announce its acceptance of all 14 of the VVC Transition Steering Committee’s recommendations.

June Draude, social services minister, June Avivi, VVC family group co-chair and Gloria Mahussier, president of the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL) broke ground following the announcement at the site of a new provincially-operated home for VVC residents to transition to future homes.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Harvesting fun in Wakamow Valley

By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: “Let It Be” and show you care

By Lisa Goudy

Some opportunities only come around once.

Sometimes the opportunity might come around again in the future, but you never know. No one can see the future. That’s why you have to take full advantage of an exciting opportunity when you can.

For me, seeing Paul McCartney in concert last week was beyond incredible. It was the best show I have ever seen, but second place easily goes to The Rolling Stones’ concert in Regina in 2006 because I was also at that show and it, too, was amazing.

McCartney’s show had an awesome stage presence, great music out-of-this-world pyrotechnics (and fireworks). He also came back for two encores and played 37 songs in a time period of three hours. It was one of the best nights I could have ever wished for and it’s clear the 71-year-old isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Spotting “Ah ha” moments

Local teacher nominated for arts award

By Lisa Goudy

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Development to help anyone buy a house

A crane digs into the ground at the future site of
Creekstone Villas development behind Warner Street
between Ninth Avenue and 11th Avenue on Wednesday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

People who don’t think they can afford a home might be wrong.

Under the CCL Mortgage Assistance Plan for the new low-income housing development, south of Warner Street just off Ninth Avenue Southwest, the townhouses have mortgage assistance to help with down payments and monthly payments.

"They still have to get their own mortgage, which we help them with, but in getting that mortgage you have to earn a certain amount to qualify,” said NewRock Developments president Cam Ens. “But because of our program, that amount that you have to earn is brought down a little bit. So where someone might not have thought they could afford it, with our program they might be able to.”

He said the Creekstone Villas development, located between Ninth Avenue and 11 Avenue behind Warner Street, is set for launching the sales for the project sometime in early September. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fixing city roads until fall freeze-up

By Lisa Goudy

With municipal roads in poor condition, the city is still working to fix them.

“We know that the roads are still in tough shape and there’s a fair bit of work that has to be done, not only this year but in the long run,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “We did put a little more money into it in the spring at the budget for this year and the big projects are moving along well. Engineering expects these will be done the end of September.”

Those projects include ongoing arterial and collector street pavement rehabilitation projects. There are 12 streets on the priority list with four completed. She estimated the residential street pavement rehabilitation is about 80 per cent finished with a few more to go.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Excitement brewing with new city manager

Council hires Matt Noble to fill position effective Oct. 1

By Lisa Goudy

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Related article on the Southwest Booster website: Noble stepping down as Swift Current CAO

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Chinese church changing but staying the same

Council notebook

City council meets at Monday's
regular council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The Chinese United Church exterior is going to be altered.

The city received a proposal from Gary Power for council approval to alter the municipal heritage property located at 303 High St. W. Council granted the approval at Monday’s meeting while reviewing the heritage advisory committee minutes.

A business development division report said alterations will include shutters and flower boxes to the windows, three 24-inch 3D raised lettering for “tenant logo on the tower” and overhead lighting for signage illumination.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Helping the disabled park in baseball season

City council and members of city administration are seen
at the Aug. 19, 2013 regular council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The ball’s not out of the park for special needs parking.

At Monday’s council meeting councillors approved installing a para-transit loading zone on Ross Crescent by the Ross Wells Ball Park at a cost of $100. The transportation services advisory committee requested council’s approval on the loading zone.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Proposed bike park enters stalled gear

By Lisa Goudy

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council resolves Civic Centre matter

City council and members of city administration are seen
at the Aug. 19, 2013 regular council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The city and Civic Centre Plaza Inc. developer have reached a settlement.

At Monday’s council meeting councillors ratified executive committee’s decision at the Aug. 13 meeting that clarified the use of the previously approved funds of $120,000. The city will pay the funds to Civic Centre Plaza Inc. for the construction of a new north-south storm sewer line as part of the settlement agreement with the City of Moose Jaw.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Respect anniversary of Flight 255 plane crash

By Lisa Goudy

I’ve flown on planes many times before.

Having embarked on planes across Canada and to three other countries in the world, I’m all too familiar with the routine. I’ve flown across land-locked areas. I’ve flown across oceans. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve never been in an airplane disaster. I realize they do happen, but that knowledge isn’t going to stop me from getting on a plane again. You can’t live in fear.

But these tragedies do happen and when they do we need to pay proper homage and respect to the families and friends of those who died and to those who survived. We can’t forget about major tragedies or we have lost contact with what makes us human.

Exactly 26 years ago today, Aug. 16, 1987, the Northwest Airlines plane McDonnel Douglas DC-9-82 Flight 255 left Saginaw for Detroit, Phoenix and Santa Ana, according to the Aviation Safety Network website. The plane arrived in Detroit at 7:42 p.m. and Detroit departure was delayed. At 8:42 p.m. the plane was told to go into position on runway 3C and hold.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Extra kids’ fun headed to WDM

By Lisa Goudy

More fun is rolling into the Western Development Museum (WDM).

The WDM will host its annual Community Playday on Saturday with activities for kids running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We do look at opportunities to provide programming for children and families and this is just a perfect opportunity,” said WDM manager Kathy Fitton. “It’s not a long weekend. There’s not other things that are specifically assigned to this weekend and we just thought it would be a great thing for people to do.”

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Normal attendance for summer swimming lessons

Swimming instructor Taylor Miller plays
Chop-Chop-Timber with her pre-school swimming
class on Monday at the Kinsmen Sportsplex.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sharing writing to help youth writers grow

Moose Jaw Public Library.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lots of ogre fun to be had in Shrek the Musical

By Lisa Goudy

Big, green ogres are always full of fun. That is especially the case if the ogre’s name is Shrek.

The nearly sold-out Saturday afternoon performance of RuBarb Production’s Shrek the Musical at the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre was filled with laughs, tapping toes and fun for the whole family. By the end of the production the audience gave the cast a standing ovation and little boys and girls started dancing to the final number.

Rubarb Production Inc.’s version of the Broadway musical by DreamWorks Theatrical and Neal Street Productions has a solid cast presence with strong vocal and emotional performances. The musical is based off the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek and the book of the same name by William Steig.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sand castle fun in rainy weather

Ethan Gross digs the moat around the sand castle at
Buffalo Pound Provincial Park on Saturday. He, along
with Keenan Gross and cousin Justin Froehlich, were
the only ones who showed up in the rainy
weather for the sand castle building contest.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A clamshell sat on top of the sand castle as king. A seaweed maze led up to the castle entrance with a net on a pole in the ground to symbolize the country flag, which was Canada.

“This is to mark our territory and that’s our drawbridge,” explained Justin Froehlich, one of the three castle builders. “This is our dirt bike rally. It’s not much of a dirt bike rally thought. This is a guy going on the ramp.”

“And this is our moat. We just put seaweed in it so that we could pour water in,” added Justin’s cousin Ethan Gross, who also designed the seaweed maze. “(Royalty has) a secret password that they can just go straight through (the maze).”

Along with Keenan Gross, the three cousins were the only ones who came out in the rainy weather Saturday morning for a sand building contest at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Variety of artwork in art guild exhibit

Moose Jaw Art Guild president Jean Bell (left) and
other members of the guild stand with some artwork
on display at the guild's exhibit at the Mosaic Gallery
at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre on Saturday.
The show will be on display until Sept. 7.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Bill Kruse doesn’t usually use art to make political statements.

However, for one of his pieces on display in the Moose Jaw Art Guild’s exhibition at the Mosaic Gallery at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC), he made an exception in his piece, VVC (Valley View Centre) Matters.

“Basically I took a colour photo, turned it into black and white, (but) didn’t like it. So I turned it into a chocolate brown photo,” said Kruse. “It’s all about the sign but yet no Valley View. It’s the road to Valley View and how it’s disappearing.

“They’re taking Valley View away so that’s why I called it VVC Matters because I guess I’m against it.”

The official opening of the exhibit took place on Saturday. There are 18 members’ art represented in this year’s exhibition. It will be on display until Sept. 7.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Sparkling for 25 years and counting

Fifth Avenue Collection to celebrate its 25th anniversary
This Fifth Avenue Collection limited
edition Swarovski crystal piece of
jewelry will be one of the items on
display at the September fashion
show for the business' 25th anniversary.
It was hand-crafted and set and can
be worn at least eight different ways.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

The Butler family name has become a community staple. Having gone from a home business in Moose Jaw to having a dominant international presence, Fifth Avenue Collection will be celebrating its 25th anniversary milestone from Sept. 5 to 7. Many members of the Butler family play important roles in the established jewelry company.

“It was a hobby in our basement. That’s where it came from,” said Betty Butler, co-founder of the company. “There is myself and my husband, our children and some of their children. So it’s three generations …

“We work as a family and it is just a lot of fun with a great product and a happy journey for sure.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fee-for-service health care centre to open in Moose Jaw

Alliance Wellness and Rehabilitation health care clinic will open Monday
Kirstin Templeton, physical therapist, demonstrates
a technique on Cara Chow, occupational therapist,
at Alliance Wellness and Rehabilitation
in the basement of the Co-Op on Friday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

A new type of health care clinic will open in Moose Jaw on Monday.

Alliance Wellness and Rehabilitation is located in the basement of the Co-Op Marketplace, 500-First Ave. N.W. It is not affiliated with the Five Hills Health Region or any other health region.

“It’s a multidisciplinary clinic, which is something that’s new,” said president Mark Lemstra, who was born in Moose Jaw. “So it’s combining all the allied health care practitioners … Basically everything that a family doctor doesn’t do, we do everything else.”

Lemstra was raised in Gravelbourg and has lived in Moose Jaw before. He said the services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise therapy, psychology, home care nursing and home care nursing assistant. He added there would also be a registered dietician and a pharmacy review.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weekend Extra: 100 years and counting

Moose Jaw Public Library to celebrate its centennial

The Moose Jaw Public Library is
celebrating its centennial on Thursday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

On Aug. 15, 1913, the Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL) had its official opening.

Exactly 100 years later, the library, which is in the same location, is celebrating its centennial.

“It’s a beautiful building. Everybody that you talk to from other parts of Saskatchewan always says, ‘Oh yeah, you’ve got that gorgeous library,’” said Laura Shtern, assistant librarian at the MJPL. It’s just such a wonderful treasure for the city to have this beautiful library building.”

On Thursday the library will hold all-day festivities to celebrate the centennial. At 11 a.m. there will be a heritage building tour, a children’s concert with Lee and Sandy Paley and a teen photo scavenger hunt.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Snake easy to blame, but we need all facts

By Lisa Goudy

Some people find snakes cool. Some people find them disgusting.

For the most part I fit into the latter category. Snakes, in my opinion, are disgusting. Sometimes I’ll admit they are kind of cool to look at, but mostly they gross me out.

While in South Dakota a few weeks ago I worked up the courage to touch a big snake at a show at the Reptile Gardens, located on the same road that leads to Mount Rushmore. Admittedly it didn’t feel as disgusting as I believe snakes are. But seeing reptiles in a zoo and learning about what they can do is totally different than hearing or being affected by what they can do.

We need to have the utmost precautions around dangerous animals, but before we jump to any drastic conclusions, we need to have all of the facts.

On Monday, four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother, Connor, were discovered dead in an apartment while on a sleepover in Campbellton, N.B.

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National Post article: "'Very, very strange': Snake handlers, experts baffled by New Brunswick python attack"

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Getting kids into iPhone apps at YaraCentre camp

App camp is “better than watching TV,” says participant

Jude Tysdal chases after the soccer
ball at the App-solutely Awesome
Day Camp at YaraCentre on Thursday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

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To see a Times-Herald slideshow of images from the camp, go here.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook

New test bench, wheelchair accessibility for curb cuts among items approved

Deputy fire chief Rod Montgomery describes
the Scott Test Bench equipment
at Tuesday's council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The fire department will soon have a new Scott Test Bench.

"The Scott Test Bench is a required piece of equipment,” said deputy fire chief Rod Montgomery at Tuesday’s council meeting. “The history on it is it test all the self-contained breathing apparatus that we have in the fire department.”

The certification of the current test bench is expired. Under the approved 2013-2017 equipment reserve budget the fire department reserved $12,000 for the purchase of the new bench as a piece of major equipment.

According to a fire department report to council, between the tender dates of July 9 and July 26, the fire department received two tender responses. The lowest bid price was from Century Vallen of Regina for $12,345.34 plus taxes. The total purchasing price was $12,962.61.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Differing opinions regarding Civic Centre Plaza project

Council discussses outstanding issues at length regarding the development

Councillors vote on the Civic Centre Plaza motion regarding
outstanding issues at Tuesday's council meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Councillors had mixed feelings regarding outstanding issues with the Civic Centre Plaza developer.

Following discussions, failed amendments, defeated motions and a passed motion, the majority of council voted to refer the motion from the July 22 executive committee meeting minutes back to executive committee.

The original motion was for council to grant city administration to “settle the potential liabilities with Civic Centre Plaza Inc. over the development for no greater than $150,000…”

It added the agreement would also include two water line connections, one sanitary storm sewer connection with a manhole, previously approved funds of $120,000 for the storm sewer and for the settlement to be funded from proceeds of the property sale at approximately $2.08 million.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fewer complaints, more fire alarms in second quarter of 2013

By Lisa Goudy

The Moose Jaw Police Service handled fewer complaints so far in 2013 compared to 2012.

During Tuesday’s council meeting, council received the acting city manager’s city department quarterly reports for the second quarter of 2013 from April 1 to June 30.

Police have dealt with 7,799 complaints as of January compared to 8,250 in 2012.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: New culvert coming to Spring Creek

At Tuesday's meeting, executive committee
discusses the Spring Creek culvert replacement.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A larger culvert will be installed in Spring Creek.

“In the previous two years this pathway and culvert has been eroding away and was replaced once already due to spring runoff,” said Kelly Mentanko, operations manager with the city at Tuesday’s executive committee meeting.

Executive committee voted  in favour of proceeding with the culvert installation at a cost of $55,000. The funding will be split between two funds. The VLA parks dedication fund will provide two-thirds of the cost at $33,334 and the Westpark off-site levy fund will provide the remaining one-third at $16,666.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council approves $186,000 worth of repairs

Manholes and Iroquois storm sewer on the fix-it list
Councillors discuss the proposed repairs to 22
manholes and the storm sewer on the 900 block of
Iroquois Street West at Tuesday's council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

Repairs to 22 manholes and a storm sewer will take place immediately.

At Tuesday’s meeting the majority of council voted in favour of repairing the manholes and the storm sewer on the 900 block of Iroquois Street West at a total cost of $186,000.

“The 900 block Iroquois isn’t even on the five-year plan for storm sewer replacement. What this motion does is it immediately parachutes that project into No. 1 place,” said Coun. Brian Swanson. “Fair enough. It needs to be replaced immediately. The problem is that we’re only spending about half of what is needed on an annual basis for storm sewer replacement.”

According to director of engineering Ty Stokes’ report, in the five-year capital budget storm sewer replacement/upgrading project, there is funding of $185,000 with carry forward funding of $238,582 from the 2012 capital project. The total funding available under the project is $423,582.

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