Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: 'A potential cost to education' with LIP

PSSD trustees indicate concern over local improvement tax for cast iron water main replacement

By Lisa Goudy

The two local school divisions might have to pay for more than $1 million to help pay for cast iron water main replacement.

"I think it's something that every parent and every teacher and every grandparent needs to be aware of, that there's a potential cost to education here," said Tony Baldwin, director of education with Prairie South School Division (PSSD).

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A wallet lost, a wallet found

By Lisa Goudy

When Jim Born and his wife visited Moose Jaw last week, he didn't expect to lose his wallet.

He also didn't expect that someone would wait around to give it back to him.

"That kind of blew me away," said Born, 73.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Girls’ camp teaches ‘I’ve Got Your Back’

Central Collegiate’s sixth annual Grade 9 girls’ camp held at Dallas Valley Ranch Camp 
All Grade 9 girls at Central Collegiate attended the
sixth annual girls’ camp at Dallas Valley Ranch Camp.
Submitted photo
By Lisa Goudy

After going to Grade 9 girls’ camp, Mafatta Dukuly made many friends.

“We’ve learned that you don’t go through things alone, that there’s always people who have gone through stuff just like you do,” she said.

Dukuly was one of 83 Grade 9 girls at Central Collegiate who attended the sixth annual three-day girls’ camp at Dallas Valley Ranch Camp. 

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: 'Tip of the Iceberg'

The motto for Central Collegiate’s Grade
9 girls’ camp is shown on a T-shirt.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

One of the analogies counsellor Tammy Saylor used at the Central Collegiate Grade 9 girls' camp was an iceberg.

"The whole iceberg, only 10 per cent of it is sticking out of the water and that 10 per cent is like a person. We can see what they look like, their hair colour, how they walk, how they dress, the clothes they wear," she said.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Cast iron water main program making progress

A close-up portion of a cast iron water main in the City
 of Moose Jaw is pictured on Jan. 10, 2015 in city hall
following a water main break by Casino Moose Jaw.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

Since council approved the cast iron water main replacement program, city administration has been working on selecting locations, design and tender documents and the local improvement application, according to an engineering department report.

Locations have been identified and design is in the advanced stages. The report stated the 2016 selection and design process is also underway. The hope is to finish the 2016 LIP in time for a tender in April and have two years of the program finished in 2016.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moving ahead with LIP for cast iron replacement

Executive committee approves city to request Sask. Municipal Board approval for cast iron water main replacement 
Josh Mickleborough, director of engineering services
(right), and Colin Prang, manager of engineering
services, speak about the cast iron water
main replacement program at the Sept.
28, 2015 executive committee meeting.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Affected residents will likely have to pay an average of $7,474.12 for 2015 cast iron water main replacement or 30 per cent of the cost.

Homeowners will have the choice to pay their share upfront or on their taxes over a period of 20 years. At an interest rate of four per cent over a 20-year period, it would cost $549.96 per year.

"This does put a huge responsibility on business owners and residents, but I don't see how we would have the ability to finance it otherwise," said Mayor Deb Higgins.

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