Photo radar coming to your community

Take care in your neighbourhood school zones: 30 km/hour and no u-turns

Photo radar is coming to our community at St. Michael Community School on 33rd Street East and Ecole Henry Kelsey on Valens Drive.  See below article link for more details on these locations along with others in the city:

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatoon/Saskatoon+locations+photo+radar+announced/10358652/story.html

Soccer Coordinator Needed

Our area needs a new volunteer for Soccer Coordinator. Duties include:

  • Collecting registration forms and fees and providing these to Saskatoon Youth Soccer
  • Recruiting parent coaches
  • Distributing equipment and uniforms
  • Attending Community Association meetings
  • Approximately 10-15 hours per month in April and September, plus 1-3 hours per month outside of “gearing up” months.

The previous Soccer Coordinator will provide transition for this position. Without a new Soccer Coordinator, there will be no spring outdoor soccer offered. If you would like to see this program continue, please consider stepping forward to help. Email hbpmkwinfo@gmail.com for more information.

Community Garden

There has been some interest in creating a community garden in our neighbourhood. Proposals are due December 1st for gardens for next year – that’s pretty short notice, but if there are people out there very interested in getting things moving, the forms are not too complicated. A location (possibly Henry Kelsey Park) and a layout are the basic requirements.

Want to see this happen? Contact us! Email hbpmkwinfo@gmail.com and I’ll put you in touch with our Member-at-Large Diane that wants to get things moving.

Community Association meeting this Thursday

This month’s Community Association meeting is on Thursday, October 30th at 7pm in the library at Mayfair School.

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Homemade baking for sale!  If you’d like to buy some baking and help support the community’s Hockey Day in Canada event in February, we have a variety of tasty treats made by Community Association volunteers.  Chocolate fudge is packaged in 10-piece bags for $5/bag, and there is a gift box with 30 pieces as well.  Ready to be eaten or can be stored in the fridge.  There is also an assortment of cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, double chocolate, and ginger) and apple cinnamon muffins if anyone is interested – they will be available at the Community Association Meeting at Mayfair School library on Thursday at 7 pm. Everyone welcome!

The money raised from the bake sale will be used for hot chocolate and hot dogs at the Henry Kelsey Rink for community kids in February. The kids appreciate the community support!

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Transit will resume on Monday, October 20th

Announcement from Councillor Darren Hill

Hello Everyone,

Transit will be up and running with full service tomorrow morning.
We have not reached an agreement with the Transit Union but I believe that the mediator will be returning later this week.
Thank you all for your patience and my sincerest apologies for the disruption to service and to the lives of the people that rely on transit.
Best regards,
Darren
Darren Hill
Councillor – Ward 1
City of Saskatoon
222 – 3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5
C:  306.227.4322

T:  @darrenhill1

F:  facebook.com/darrenhill.ca  

www.saskatoon.ca

Public Meeting: Primary Dwelling Zoning Bylaw

The City of Saskatoon, Planning and Development Division has been preparing proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw regulating primary dwellings (one-unit, two-unit and semi-detached dwellings) in established neighbourhoods.   We have been working hard over the past few months to achieve a set of  amendments which will encourage sensitive infill development and allow design flexibility for builders.

Included are changes to the standards for building height, building length, site width, and front porch encroachments. There are also proposed changes to the Sidewalk Crossing Bylaw to disallow curb cuts and driveway crossings in the older neighbourhoods. The information will be posted on the City of Saskatoon website prior to the meeting.

A public information meeting will be held on

Thursday, October 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Presentations will occur at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  (the same material will be presented at both times)

Mayfair Library 306 – 33rd Street West.

In order to focus on the guidelines for primary dwellings, the amendments to regulate small scale multiple unit dwellings on corner sites (four per corner) will be deferred until early 2015.

For more information, please contact Paula Kotasek-Toth at  paula.kotasek@saskatoon.ca  or call 306-975-7621

U of S organizing free shuttle bus service for university students and staff

University of Saskatchewan organizing free shuttle bus service for students, staff

More University of Saskatchewan students than usual were walking on Sept. 22, 2014, as a result of the City of Saskatoon locking out the transit union, resulting in bus service being shut down.

Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenix

The University of Saskatchewan is launching a free shuttle bus service Friday to transport students and staff to the university from a dozen locations across the city as the transit lockout approaches its fourth week.

Jeff Dumba, associate vice-president of financial services at the U of S and co-ordinator of the temporary service, said Thursday the university has heard from students and staff who are struggling to get to school and that he’s heard from students who are considering dropping out as the weather gets colder.

“We’re committed to making sure that our students are taken care of and our staff are taken of. We will run this as long as we possibly can,” Dumba said.

The service will cost the university between $7,000 and $10,000 per day and will be drawn from the university’s operational fund reserved for unexpected costs. Dumba said the university may also look at partnerships with Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology) to reduce costs.

Saskatoon’s transit workers have been locked out since Sept. 20, leaving transit users scrambling to find alternate ways to school, work and appointments.

U of S Students’ Union president Max Fineday has previously said students – who all pay for an eight-month UPass with their tuition fees – are among the hardest hit by the lockout because many of them choose where to live based on transit routes.

Beginning Friday, 22 buses will pick students up from locations in Rosewood, Wildwood, Avalon, Stonebridge, Market Mall, University Heights, Sutherland, Silverwood Heights, Kelsey Woodlawn, Westmount, Parkridge and Confederation. Buses will make three pickups and drop offs on week days, with the possibility of more routes being added to high-demand locations. Bus stop addresses and schedules are available online at go.usask.ca/bus.

Students and employees will be asked to show their U of S ID card to use the free service.

Dumba said the service can accommodate up to 2,000 people each day – about 7.5 per cent of the university’s student population – and he is urging those who use the service to be patient.

“We’re not a transportation company and so this is best efforts, it’s not going to be perfect at all,” he said.