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.

Art on the corner of 33rd Street West and Avenue C North

Harvest Collector art on 33rd

Harvest Collector

by local artist Leslie Potter

The Urban Design Placemaker Program installed a temporary artwork in the Mayfair Neighborhood at 33rd street and Ave. C. Harvest Collector is a public artwork by local artist Leslie Potter. It has been exhibited since 2010 in the Farmers Market area. The initiative to relocate this art responds to the requests from public consultations in 2013 to have art on 33rd Street. As well, 33rd Street is identified in the City Wide Urban Design Program for streetscape improvements. The artist description of the work represents his vision for the art. “The gentle and colourful nature of this sculpture creates many variations: a big hay rake, a sheaf of wheat or perhaps a kind of vessel that gathers food.”

Harvest Collector was installed October 3, 2014, and will be in the new location for a few years. The Placemaker Program’s temporary art collection is reviewed by the Visual Arts Placement Jury annually.

October 30th Community Association meeting

The next Community Association meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th at 7pm in the Mayfair School library.

We always welcome new faces and would love to hear your ideas for programming and events in the community.  Whether you want to join us as a volunteer in the community, or simply want to come to a meeting to check things out, you are welcome to attend any of our regular meetings.

Traffic Review for Hudson Bay Park

IF YOU LIVE IN THE HUDSON BAY PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD NORTH OF 31ST STREET, WEST OF AVE. H NORTH, EAST OF EDMONTON AVE – THIS NOTICE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU.

Hudson Bay Park Neighbourhood
Traffic Review
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mount Royal Collegiate (Cafeteria)
2220 Rusholme Road

Residents of the Hudson Bay Park neighbourhood are invited to attend a public meeting to review and discuss a draft traffic plan for their area. The meeting will be hosted by the City of Saskatoon, Transportation Division.

On April 30, 2014 Hudson Bay Park residents participated in discussions and identified ideas and solutions to address traffic concerns in their neighbourhood. Based on feedback and information received during this meeting, other sources, traffic counts and existing traffic studies, the Transportation Division has prepared a draft area-wide traffic plan. The meeting on groups and other stakeholders an opportunity to comment on specific traffic adjustments being proposed for this neighbourhood.

Please join us as we discuss the traffic issues that affect you and your neighbourhood.

** Your Community Association will be selling homemade cookies and fudge as well as coffee to support Hockey Day for the community at Henry Kelsey Rink! Please bring a few dollars to support us. **

Please send comments to:
Justine Nyen, Traffic Safety Engineer Justine.nyen@Saskatoon.ca

City approves Better Improvement District (BID) for 33rd St W business area

Exciting news for the community!

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatoon/Business+owners+hope+keep+small+town+vibe/10269095/story.html

Business owners hope to keep 'small-town vibe'

Judy Denham is part of the 33rd St. improvement committee putting proposals forward to better the district like traffic safety, October 2, 2014

Photograph by: Gord Waldner , The StarPhoenix

Saskatoon’s northwest neighbourhoods of Hudson Bay Park, Caswell Hill and Mayfair are intersected and connected by 33rd Street West, a single lane, east-west road nestled between elm trees and a variety of private businesses.

The street is lined with a patchwork of buildings; some are 1930s-era houses, some could serve as small warehouses and some host three or four businesses in one building. The area is anchored by a small Safeway store that looks to be a hub of activity. Despite the street’s small-town feel, Nicola Tabb and Judy Denham see room for improvement. The two business owners are among a group of 16 whose application to the city for a business improvement district (BID) was approved Monday by the city’s finance committee.

According to the city, a BID functions to support “economic diversity and prosperity; specifically the long-term strategy of working with local businesses to promote Saskatoon as a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

Judy Denham’s family has deep roots in the area. Her Flag Shop is one of two original businesses there. Her grandfather started what was first Denham Window Cleaners in 1947.

“Thirty-third Street has gone through various transitions. My family started here a long time ago. The area has had its ups and downs and its transitions,” she said.

“The street has had a bit of a bad reputation with things like low-income housing and rougher crowds known for loitering around. There were also massage parlours.”

Denham said she’s excited about the BID and its potential to help beautify the neighbourhood.

“I’ve heard from community members that they’re really excited about being a BID. It gives them assurance that the businesses here are concerned about the community and street,” she said. Denham and Tabb included a list of changes in the application they submitted to the city: street art, benches, flower pots, garbage cans and ashtrays, advertising and banners marking the area.

“It has a nice small-town vibe. There are lots of independent, locally owned businesses here,” said Tabb, who owns Better Off Duds.

She has lived in Caswell Hill and Mayfair over the last 10 years and has owned her clothing store on 33rd Street for two and a half years.

“The locally owned businesses help define and maintain character in the neighbourhood. They’re invested in the future of it,” she said.

Tabb was one of the key organizers in getting the BID application started and getting other businesses involved with the process. She said the last thing she wants is to see 33rd Street turned into a through way for busy traffic heading west to Circle Drive. That’s why she and her neighbours have addressed parking in their application with the city, she said. Regardless of what happens with parking meters, Denham and Tabb agreed the street must at least maintain its current parking spots. They said that contributes to the needed pedestrian traffic that lend it the small-town feel.

City officials will now prepare a bylaw for consideration at a public hearing into the BID application.

“This is a very good thing to see with the community coming together on 33rd,” Randy Pshebylo, executive director of the Riversdale BID, told Monday’s finance committee meeting. “It’s an exciting time to start this up.”