Sanitation budget approved and other council tidbits

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The city’s elected officials honoured education advocate and Prince Albert Women’s Hall of Fame inductee Carole Sanderson at Monday’s city council meeting. From left is Mayor Greg Dionne, Sanderson’s granddaughter Bianca Sanderson, Sanderson’s daughter Dawn Robins, and Coun. Martin Ring. Sanderson’s photo will join other Women’s Hall of Fame inductees in going up in the second floor of city hall. 

After putting it off for a few cycles of council, the city’s elected officials have settled on a 2014 sanitation fund budget.

 

This year will see the fund’s user charges and fees bumped up by $240,180 from last year’s total, bringing it to $3,411,800.

This translates into a per-tonne landfill rate increase of $1, bringing it to $53, and a monthly sanitation surcharge increase of $.40 per month.

The monthly sanitation surcharge appears on residents’ quarterly utility bill, which has now been cleared to go up by $1.20 per quarter.

Although council voted in favour of the 2014 sanitation fund budget, Coun. Lee Atkinson requested a change to the status quo.

Yard trimmings’ pickup “isn’t a universal service that everyone takes part in, but everyone pays for it,” he argued, noting that it isn’t worth the approximate $100,000 per year it costs to operate.

“People like it,” Coun. Martin Ring countered. “Everybody has the opportunity to use it -- that’s the one thing I will say for it.”

Dionne noted that the process by which yard trimming pickup takes place can be improved -- something administration is expected to consider once the snow melts.

In addition to approving the 2014 sanitation fund budget, the city’s elected officials changed the free landfill pass program.

As it previously stood, city residents with utility bills were allowed four free landfill passes, with each pass allowing for 150 kg of garbage to be dropped off at the landfill.

The new program allows up to 300 kg of drop-off using one pass, with between 300 and 449 kg requiring two passes, between 450 kg and 599 kg requiring three passes, and between 600 kg and 750 kg requiring all four passes.  

The following items were also discussed at Monday’s city council meeting.

 

• City owned parking lots will see greater attention brought to them, as per a motion made by Mayor Greg Dionne

During the meeting, Dionne noted that some parking lots appear underutilized and might not be worth the cost of snow removal and maintaining the pavement.

“Maybe at the end o the day, the recover of property taxes we’ll get if we sell that lot will outweigh the use of that parking lot,” he said. “I do know we have parking ltos that are underutilized.”

The large parking lot in downtown Prince Albert north of the Daily Herald building on 10th Street East is a good example of an underutilize lot, he said.

“Maybe the answer is, when we demolish the Minto Apartment we remove that alley, put half as parking lot and put that large lot up for sale,” he concluded.

City administration was directed to produce a report on city parking lot use for council consideration at a future city council meeting.

 

• Sherry Person was official named acting city clerk on Monday, filling the spot left by newly-retired city clerk Cliff Skauge.

Person has been assistant city clerk for about 11 years. 

Organizations: Daily Herald

Geographic location: Prince Albert, 10th Street East

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