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UPDATE: Saskatoon councillor facing sanctions after leaking confidential documents

Councillor Pat Lorje may soon face sanctions for leaking confidential documents to a member of the public.

In a report going to city council on Monday, the city recommends council vote to restrict how confidential documents are provided to Lorje before and during in-camera portions of meetings of executive committee, and standing policy committees for one year.

The report says a potential breach of confidentiality was reported to the executive committee on Sept. 22.

Saskatoon projects $1.17M year-end deficit

The latest numbers from the City of Saskatoon has the city facing a $1.17 million deficit by year’s end.

The city’s chief financial officer, Kerry Tarasoff said many service level improvements such as snow removal, street sweeping and watermain repairs required a little more investments than what the city had budgeted.

Snow removal operations alone were over by $688,000, but reserve funding of $489,000 will help offset the deficit.

Atchison seeking re-election in 2016

Don Atchison says he’s running for a fifth-term as mayor of Saskatoon in the 2016 election.

Atchison was first elected mayor in 2003 and has kept the seat ever since. The announcement came at a North Saskatoon Business Association luncheon on Thursday at TCU Place in Saskatoon, when a member of the audience flat out asked the mayor if he planned on running again. He later confirmed his intentions with reporters.

In 2016, Atchison will have served as mayor for 13 years, holding the record for the longest-serving mayor in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon not the only Canadian city behind on roads

Saskatoon isn’t the only city struggling to deal with growth.

What the city of Saskatoon approved in 2013 – a three-year phase-in for a 2.92 per cent dedicated road levy for 2014, 2015 and 2016 – the City of Edmonton has been doing for about five years.

City of Edmonton urban planning manager Peter Ohm explained the levy became necessary because of decisions made by previous city councils.

Saskatoon business groups concerned over proposed tax hike

Saskatoon homeowners aren’t the only ones nervous about the city’s proposed tax increase for 2015.

Knowing they’re on the hook for $1.75 for every dollar property owners pay on the mill rate, Keith Moen with the North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) said businesses will be hit harder if the proposed 7.3 per cent tax increase is approved in December. 

Saskatoon fire chief reacts to train delay

Saskatoon's fire department is once again calling for better strategies when it comes to dealing with trains traveling through the city.

Chief Dan Paulsen addressed reporters Wednesday in response to an incident from Tuesday night.

Crews from Fire Station #1 on Idylwyld Drive got stuck at 20th Street due to a train as they rushed to respond to a blaze on Avenue P South. That fire damaged a vacant house so extensively that it will have to be torn down.

City of Saskatoon spending freeze ices town hall meetings

In light of a spending freeze at Saskatoon city hall, the mayor has postponed ward town hall meetings this year.

A representative from Mayor Don Atchison’s office said in 2013, 10 town-hall meetings, one in each city ward, cost $19,700 plus $2,000 for advertisements.

The mayor thought if there's this freeze, maybe we should be getting on board with that, the representative said.

UPDATE: Saskatoon asking for another 7.3 per cent tax bump

City roads and policing continue to be top priorities for the City of Saskatoon as the administration proposes another tax increase north of seven per cent for 2015.

“This is a road and emergency services budget,” city manager Murray Totland said Monday after releasing the preliminary budget. “Those are the key drivers and that makes up 6.7 per cent of the 7.32 (tax increase).”

Third party could review Saskatoon council wages, code of conduct, elections

On Monday city council will consider bringing in a third-party review commission to look at council salaries, its code of conduct and its election rules.

In a report heading to the city’s executive committee, the administration is proposing they set up three independent committees to review these three items.

Ward 5 Councillor Randy Donauer said setting up these committees will make council more transparent.

Multi-unit recycling rolls out in Saskatoon

Apartments and condos across Saskatoon will have a new resident over the next few months: a blue bin.

The City of Saskatoon is currently in the process of bringing in multi-unit recycling through a contract with Cosmopolitan Industries.

Delivery of the blue bins and carts started in October and already Cosmo has noticed a difference in the amount of recycling coming in.

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