City of Saskatoon
Sunday’s city registration for leisure services might have been a headache for parents around Saskatoon.
Around 3,000 people tried to register on the city’s website at once. The website, however, only allows 70 people at one time.
For some reason, the website couldn’t meet the expected demand and one of the servers went down temporarily. It was back up within 90 minutes.
“It takes up about—probably about three hours to work through that rush if you will,” said Randy Grauer, general manager of community services with the City of Saskatoon.
Twenty-four hour road construction is not off the table for Mayor Don Atchison.
"We certainly have been looking at doing construction in the evenings," he said.
"We are going to be doing a better job there is no doubt about that. Council, the mayor, we will be instructing the administration that they have got to come up with a better plan for the future; that we infact just can't have these delays; that if we have to go 24 hours a day on major thoroughfares.... heavy high volume traffic that we have got to identify and we have go to get the work done faster."
Saskatoon police are keeping a closer eye out for
semi-trucks driving where they shouldn't be in the city.
The heightened enforcement comes following a request made by Ward 2 Councillor Pat Lorje at the Aug. 14 city council meeting in response to concerns by residents living in neighbourhoods near 11th Street West.
"I'm hearing from people in Fairhaven, Parkridge and Montgomery there is a lot more truck traffic," Lorje said adding it's an uncomfortable feeling when competing for space on the road with her bicycle.
A new recreation centre for Saskatoon's inner city is now a priority at city hall.
The city's strategic plan has been updated to include an inner-city leisure centre on its four-year priority list.
Several community associations have written to city council expressing a need for one in the area, said Randy Grauer, general manager of community services with the City of Saskatoon.
City council will be looking to approve a proposed four-building mixed-use development on Parcel A in River Landing.
The development at 410 Avenue C South proposed by LeFevre and Company would be four buildings with an interior mews. It would have 176 residential units and about 2,000 square metres of commercial space.
The municipal planning commission is recommending the proposal be approved by city council.
Just 72 hours on the market, the soon-to-be vacant police station has sparked an influx of interested buyers.
"Since the (August 14) council agenda came out, I know the mayor as well, has had a number of calls from interested parties. They've heard about our purchase and the sale of the police headquarters and they're kicking tires," said city manager Murray Totland. "It's not only local, it's from national businesses."
All hands went up when the call came to vote on a nine-year contract with Cosmopolitan Industries to deliver recycling services to multi-unit buildings in Saskatoon.
“At the end of the day what we want is to have recycling services available for all residents, whether they live in single-family homes or multi-unit homes,” said Councillor Pat Lorje.
The City of Saskatoon could soon have a new way of dealing with traffic complaints.
The traffic management program would look at issues neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Currently, traffic concerns are complaint driven.
The city has enough resources to look at four neighbourhoods per year, each neighbourhood about once every 10 years. Angela Gardiner, transportation services branch manager with the City of Saskatoon, said they are asking for an additional $90,000 to double that to eight neighbourhoods a year.
The taxi debate goes on in Saskatoon.
Despite a special meeting Tuesday, the administration and finance committee could not send recommendations to council after a lengthy debate on how licences would be issued.
Council wants to give licences to new drivers, while the administration wants to give those licences to cab companies for them to hand out to their drivers.
Rob Frank with the City of Saskatoon's strategic service branch says replacing water mains sooner will ultimately lead to fewer breaks.
City Council is set to review a request from the utility services branch to lower the number of breaks to a water main before they city replaces the line.
Right now the magic number is 12. That means after a water main breaks a dozen times the city replaces the line. Frank is asking to reduce that number to just six, after analyzing results from a 2009 survey.