Crescent Acres approval and other council tidbits

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Crescent Acres Stages 4 and 5a willproceed as previously approved, the city’s elected officials decided at this week’s city council meeting.  

 

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The decision will result in 141 new serviced lots, which city manager Tim Toye estimates will meet housing demands for the next three years.

The city’s current annual absorption is 77 new single-family homes per year.

Although Mayor Greg Dionne hoped to limit the city’s development of lots, and to instead push that onto private developers, the initial investment was already there.

“We’ve already invested $1 million in earth work, so it would be hard for us to recover our costs to sell it to a private developer and so we’re going to continue to proceed, and the city will hold approximately 60 lots per year for sale,” he explained.

Although keen on seeing the city meet the public’s demand for lots, Coun. Ted Zurakowski said that he’d like to see such opportunities open up in “all areas of our city,” and not just the east hill.

City administration will host a strategic planning session with city councillors to discuss city land development elsewhere, Dionne answered, noting that he’s received a number of calls from people interested in building on the west hill.

“One works at the hospital and the other wants to be next to the soccer centre,” he told council.

The only option he could give them was the east hill.

Don’t forget north of the river, Coun. Rick Orr encouraged -- something Dionne said will be addressed in a separate report expected to come to council before this year’s budget is finalized.

 By going forward the next couple stages of Crescent Acres, the city approved an almost $1.4 million tender to Mi-Sask Industries Ltd. for underground infrastructure work.

The following items, until now left unreported, were also discussed during this week’s city council meeting.

 

• Snow removal in Prince Albert is as good as it’s going to get, Mayor Greg Dionne said, coming to the defence of the city’s snow removal efforts at this week’s city council meeting.

We’ve already invested $1 million in earth work, so it would be hard for us to recover our costs to sell it to a private developer and so we’re going to continue to proceed, and the city will hold approximately 60 lots per year for sale. Greg Dionne

Dionne responded directly to two recent issues of the Daily Herald that featured residents’ snow removal complaints on Page 1.

“We understand that some of you dig (snow) out so you can park your cars, but you have to understand that when we come to plow we can’t do that.”

Dionne said that last year’s snow removal budget of $650,000 was bumped up an additional $450,000.

“That’s enough,” Dionne said. “Our taxpayers are contributing over $1 million for snow removal, and at some point we have to say that’s enough.

“That’s more than enough when you travel and look at other cities, how bad their snow removal is.”

Noting that March is typically “snow month,” Dionne cautioned the public that more snow is on the way, and that the snow piles on the sides of the roads will only get higher.

“We’re pleasing 90 per cent of our community, and … I think that’s enough, and we can move forward and be really proud of or snow removal program.”

 

• The rainbow flag is going up at city hall from March 7 to 16, during the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

A letter from Prince Albert Q-network chair Jennifer Brockman reads that the intent of raising the flag is to demonstrate the city’s opposition to the “harsh stance of the Russian government toward LGBTQ people.”

Mayor Greg Dionne said that although a local radio station took issue of there being no rainbow flag during the Olympic Games that recently ended, it was not indicative of any opposition from the city.

“It’s a united community, so I appreciate the work of the Q-Network.”

The city flew the Saskatchewan Winter Games flag during the week of the Olympics, filling the third flagpole -- the others housing the Canadian Flag and the Province of Saskatchewan flag.

Organizations: Sask Industries, Daily Herald, Olympic Games Canadian Flag

Geographic location: Prince Albert Q, Saskatchewan, Sochi Russia

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