January 17, 2014 15:58
Below is a letter to the editor that I sent concerning today's article in the Star Phoenix:
I must correct some of the statements erroneously attributed to me in Friday's article. First, I have stated multiple times that I am in favour of seniors discounts, and I am. Seniors have built this city, and they deserve our respect. The Saskatoon Council On Aging presented an excellent report to Committee. Some recommendations involved new discounts for seniors, which I stated that I support. My question to SCOA was whether there should also be consideration given to a person's financial situation, to ensure we are helping those most in need. I wanted to know their opinion. Never have I questioned "whether it's appropriate" to offer seniors discounts. Never have I asked whether we should "keep offering" a seniors bus pass. No one is proposing the removal of seniors bus passes in any way. Quite the opposite is true. There is now discussion about the possibility of more seniors discounts in our city.
November 18, 2013 22:25
To view the Power Point presentation of administration's 2014 budget proposal to Council click below...
2014_Budget_ Presentation to Nov 18 Council.pptx (430.47 kb)
November 18, 2013 21:50
Here's a synopsis of the 2014 budget that Administration proposed to Council tonight, by the numbers...
Proposed Tax Increase:
- 2.66% police
- 0.30% fire
- 0.01% civic services
- 4.29% dedicated road levy
- TOTAL 7.26%
4.29% dedicated road levy = $6.75 Million added to base roads funding this year.
- 2011 Paved Roadways budget = $4.9 Million
- 2014 Paved Roadways budget = $25.25 Million (including $9 Million one time funding)
More money for snow clearing and spring street sweep...
- 2011 Snow and Ice budget = $7.6 Million
- 2014 Snow and Ice budget = $10.74 Million
Property Tax Per Capita (Western Canada):
- $1797 Calgary
- $1736 Edmonton
- $1462 Winnipeg
- $1304 Regina
- $1235 Saskatoon
November 13, 2013 14:30
City Councillor Randy Donauer has announced his intention to seek the Conservative nomination for the constituency of Saskatoon West in the next federal election. With the recent boundary alterations, a new constituency has been created. As MP Maurice Vellacott has announced he will not be running again, and MP Kelly Block has announced her intention to seek the nomination in a rural constituency, there will be no incumbent for the new riding of Saskatoon West in the 2015 federal election.
Donauer is currently the City Councillor for Ward 5 in Saskatoon. He first joined Council after winning a by-election in 2010, then was re-elected in 2012. Donauer had the biggest win of any Councillor or Mayoral candidate in the 2012 civic election, garnering over 73% of the vote to win his ward.
The new federal constituency of Saskatoon West overlaps Ward 5, where Donauer is currently the City Councillor.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the residents of Saskatoon on Council, and now I am asking if they’d like me to represent them in Ottawa.”
November 12, 2013 20:05
The City of Saskatoon is currently formulating a plan to rejuvenate and develop the core of our city. The proposal we have received has some very exciting suggestions, including some "pedestrian only" shopping streets downtown, more bike paths, incentives for developers to add parkades, more green space in the downtown, winter activities, etc. This plan has not yet been approved by Council, so it is important that you send me your input on what you'd like to see in the future. Click here to view the City Centre Plan. To send your suggestions click the "Contact" button on the header above.
October 20, 2013 09:10
Winter has arrived. Check out this link for information on the City's Plan to deal with snow and ice.
September 15, 2013 14:09
The City of Saskatoon has released our Integrated Growth Plan. At the speed with which Saskatoon is growing, we need to have aggressive, forward thinking plans that lay out exactly how and where growth will occur. Not only do we want our city to get bigger, but we want the end result to be a beautiful, vibrant city that everyone wants to live in. Check out this link to see how we are planning the city's growth.
April 3, 2013 15:20
We have been working on this through the weekend, and all week. I’ve been driving the ward every day to monitor the problem, and the progress being made. I’m supposed to ask you to call Dispatch at 975-2476 if you need a grader on your street. They will prioritize the work and assign the graders, but the problem exists all over the city. We’ve also called in all of our contractors, and they are assisting our crews to make the work go faster.
Saskatoon traditionally has not funded snow clearing of residential side streets. They’ve only done major roads and arteries through the neighbourhoods. Residents have been more concerned about keeping taxes low, so we have the 2nd lowest tax rate among major cities in Canada. But now residents are saying they want improved service, and they’re willing to pay for it. Keeping taxes low has hurt some of our core services.
We added $800 000 to snow clearing this year. I believe you will see major investments in snow clearing in the next budget, and the implementation of a residential snow clearing program.
Once the snow/ice is gone we will be able to focus on pot holes. Please note that we cannot do permanent pot hole repairs until the holes are thawed and dry. This slow melt is delaying that entire process. Also, we can only use cold mix until the asphalt plants fire up their hot mix supply. We’ve anticipated an extra bad pot hole season, and have prepared accordingly. We’ve doubled the pot hole budget, added another crew, and we’re also hiring a contractor for the first 3-4 weeks of the season. The result is, once we can get going… you should see more work done in the first month than was done in 2-3 months previously. Though the situation is bad, we should see rapid improvement once the streets are dry. In the meantime, please drive carefully.
Looking forward, we’ve added several million dollars to the road maintenance budget for this year, and we are committed to increasing that each year until we reach our goal of $25 million annually (it is $12 million this year). Our roads should improve steadily as we keep making it a budget priority. Again, we are putting more emphasis on improving our core services.
I realize that the current situation with ice and ruts is frustrating, and even dangerous. Please know that we are doing whatever we can to get every possible piece of equipment out clearing the roads in residential areas. The problem exists right across the city though, so it will take some time.
March 18, 2013 15:21
The City has lifted the boil water advisory for the north end of Saskatoon. Lab tests have confirmed that the water is safe to drink. Thank you to our crews who worked tirelessly to resolve the problem.
Click here for more information.
March 15, 2013 15:17
There was a major break in the water main near our northern water resevoir. Water service has been restored but, as a result, the City of Saskatoon has issued a boil water advisory. Please boil all drinking water before consuming.
For more information, click this link.