Council tidbits: Recycling, volunteering, stripping and reassessing

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Coun. Martin Ring shows off the city’s new recycling guides during Monday’s city council meeting -- guides that by now should have been delivered to all affected households in the city and area. “No glass,” Ring cautioned, noting that glass puts workers at risk of injury. Household plastics and tin, however, are now allowed alongside paper products. Everything in the blue bin should be loose, he said, noting that items tied up in bags will end up in landfills because it’s too labour intensive to untie en masse. 

The following are some of the smaller items brought up during this week’s city council meeting that remained unreported. 

Decisions on some larger items, such as a plan for the Crescent Acres development’s future stages, were delayed during Monday’s meeting and will be reported once a resolve is made.

 

• With 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games on the horizon, the city’s elected officials are encouraging the public to volunteer their time.

“If you have some time or talent that you would like to lend as a volunteer during the course of that week, or leading up to that week, your community would be very appreciate of that,” Coun. Ted Zurakowski encouraged, noting that 1,500 volunteers are needed.

Mayor Greg Dionne said that he’s taken the week of work in order to greet people and volunteer his services wherever needed.

“You don’t realize how much fun it is,” he said. “You get to meet these young athletes from all over the province, and in some cases you get to share in their excitement.”

 

• Strip tease allowances are not currently in the works, Mayor Greg Dionne said, noting that council hasn’t received any requests thus far.

Effective Jan. 1, strip shows were made legal in Saskatchewan bars.

“We’re communicating with other cities, because of course, whenever you get a law change like that you’re going to get someone that’ll do a court challenge,” Dionne said. “We’d like to prefer another city to do the court challenge.”

If approved, strip teases would likely be limited to industrial areas, Dionne said, noting that the use would be discretionary, meaning each request would come to city council for public discussion prior to a decision.

 

• A two year property reassessment cycle is still being sought by city council, and will be brought forward to the province by various SUMA-centred speaking pieces.

“The markets the way they are today, four years could make a big difference,” Mayor Greg Dionne summarized, noting that this was the case last year, when a significant tax increase coupled with reassessments to skew commercial property owners’ taxes.

Although Halifax boasts an annual reassessment cycle, the city is advocating for a bi-yearly cycle.

The added annual cost to the city of going to a two-year reassessment cycle would be about $45,250, a report by city assessor Terry Hegel reads.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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