Saskatoon City Budget 2016 (Have your say! Participate!)

You're Invited to learn more about the City of Saskatoon's Annual budget process, and participate in Shaping Our Financial Future, Budget 2016.


Meeting is Monday, June 15, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at City Hall.

Details here.

 

Family Fun Day is Coming Soon!

Saturday, June 6th is our APCCA Family Fun Day!

The day starts with a Pancake Breakfast and is followed up by a full day of activity. Night Owl Entertainment is on site with a bunch of fun. All of our APCCA soccer teams will be involved in a soccer Tourney. Jump House, Wagon Rides, Face Painting, Balloon Funn, Outdoor Volleyball, Raffles, 50-50, BBQ and much more. Come out and celebrate our beautiful community!

Traffic Review Meeting

A public Traffic Review meeting will be held on Thursday, June 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Hugh Cairns School.

A neighbourhood review aims to get input from area residents about neighbourhood issues relating to speed, pedestrian safety and increased traffic volume, short cutting, etc. Only local and collector streets are reviewed as part of a neighbourhood; arterials are treated differently.

A typical neighbourhood review will begin with a community meeting held early in year, typically between January to March to engage area residents and hear about their concerns.

The Transportation Division then reviews these concerns and follows up with traffic volume, speed and pedestrian studies in areas identified as a major concern and field reviews will be completed. Traffic monitoring data will be used to determine the recommended mitigation, such as signage or traffic calming measures, and a full plan will be presented to residents at a secondary meeting. We welcome as much feedback and comments as we can get, so we also offer the plans and online discussions at Shaping Saskatoon for a month. Once the plan is received and agreed upon by residents, it is then submitted to City Council for approval.

Once a plan is approved by council, the measures are implemented.

  • Signage may be installed (pedestrian crosswalks, no parking, stop and yield, speed signs)

  • Traffic calming may be installed temporary until proven effective

  • Sidewalks or any other permanent measures may be installed when funding is available.

Citizens can report neighbourhood traffic concerns by calling Transportation Customer Service at306-975-2454 or by completing a Community Traffic Issue report.

Agriculture in the City?

An event for the whole family! Check it out here.

Saskatoon City Wide Food Drive

Food drive poster 2015

The Winter Newsletter is out!

Be sure to check it out...lots and lots of info about your neighbourhood!

Need to know when the next Garbage or Recycling pick up day is?

Looking for a way to be reminded automatically? Want to find out when the next collection day is? Be sure to go here to get all that and more!

Online Registration for Winter Programs

Scroll down to find the program you are looking for, or click here.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)-Tuesday, December 2

Please join us on Tuesday, December 2 from 7 pm – 8 pm (ish) for our APCCA Annual General Meeting. City Councillor Mairin Loewen will be in attendance as well.

The meeting will be held at St. Philip school (1901 Haultain Ave),

Save the date and please join us!

Transit Update

Please see the update received from our City Councillor:

Hello everyone,

As you know by now, a lockout has been imposed on Transit workers by the City. I know this is very disruptive and in some cases quite devastating for residents. For those of you who are directly impacted, I’m very sorry for the inconvenience this is causing you and your families. I hope the information below provides some useful context for this situation. I am also happy to answer questions from residents about any of this, so please give me a call if you want to discuss further (email is okay too but will likely be met with a slower response). I apologize in advance for the length of this message: there is a lot of information to get through here.

Logistics

The lockout, which took effect Saturday evening, will remain in place until further notice. Access Transit is not affected during the lockout and will continue to function normally. For people who rely on Transit and would like to explore ride-sharing options, please visit https://www.facebook.com/YXEShare. For students and employees at the University of Saskatchewan, visit this page for information on transportation alternatives: http://www.usask.ca/parking/alternative-parking-and-transportation-options.php. We intend to issue refunds for bus passes, but the details of how this will work have not yet been confirmed. Please watch the city website for updates or call 306-975-3100.

Pension

Much of the current stalemate between the City and ATU relates to the pension plan. This is a complex and technical debate, and I’ll do my best to explain the circumstances succinctly.

The most recent valuation of the pension plan was conducted in 2012 and was filed with the Pension Superintendent by the Board of Trustees. This valuation showed a deficit in the plan of about $6.7 Million. This valuation was conducted by AON, which is the independent plan actuary. In response to this valuation, the pension superintendent (who oversees all pension plans in Saskatchewan) has issued a letter to the City instructing us to begin making special payments of $90,000 per month in order to address this shortage.

This year the City bargained with all 9 civic unions in order to reach consensus about the pension changes that are necessary to keep the pension plan in good stead with the Pension Superintendent. These changes would allow the City to avoid paying the $90,000 per month by improving the sustainability of the plan. 8 of the 9 civic unions agreed to the proposed changes, but ATU did not. As a result, City Council passed a bylaw yesterday amending the plan to make these changes. It’s regrettable that this did not take place at the bargaining table, but these changes were necessary to a) safeguard the fiscal health of the city, and b) ensure fair treatment to the other 8 unions who had agreed to the proposed changes. (It’s important to note that the changes do not affect the overall design of the plan, which is a defined benefit plan and will remain so.)

Wages

The City’s last offer to ATU was for a 10% raise over 4 years, and all of the other 8 civic unions have already agreed to this offer. ATU’s most recent counter-offer was a 22.5% raise over 5 years, which at more than double the package agreed to by all other civic workers would represent an unfair deal for many civic employees. If you’re interested in seeing how the latest offer stacks up against national comparisons, you can find that here.

Next steps

The City is interested in getting back to the bargaining table as soon as possible to work towards a contract with ATU, and I’m hopeful that a mutually agreeable solution will be reached quickly. I feel strongly that a reliable, convenient, and comfortable Transit system is essential for Saskatoon in order to be an efficient and liveable City, and we intend to implement a Bus Rapid Transit system in order to transform our current system into one that works for a growing community. I know that resolving the current labour dispute is an important component of building this system, and we will need to make additional investments in Transit in order to make this happen. I look forward to making these improvements with input from residents. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments about any of the above.

Take care,

Mairin

Mairin Loewen

City Councillor, Ward 7

306.229.5298

222 3rd Avenue North

Saskatoon, SK

S7K 0J5