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Information about or of interest to QEXCA residents

Riverbank Development

In 2015, in response to the slope failure in the Nutana Slope area, City Council approved the continued monitoring and reporting on slope activity.  Since that time, the City Administration and its consultants continue to monitor the riverbank of the South Saskatchewan River with a focus on maintaining public safety.  City Administration also began reviewing options for regulations to support safe and sustainable development on riverbank properties.

The City of Saskatoon is proposing new regulations for development on properties adjacent to the South Saskatchewan River.  Impacted landowners and key stakeholders are invited to information sessions to obtain details.

Engagement on the proposed Riverbank Development Regulations will gather input from impacted residential and commercial landowners, as well as key stakeholder groups in advance of submission to City Council.

Queen Elizabeth Watermain Replacement

The Queen Elizabeth Water Main Replacement project, through the City’s Construction and Design Division, is contracted to Acadia Construction. Expected completion is slated for the end of July 2019. All residents in the construction area have received notices.

What is the work area?
Water main replacement, as well as curb to curb resurfacing, roadwork and sidewalk repairs, will occur in the Queen Elizabeth neighbourhood:
• Adelaide St. from Victoria Ave. to Eastlake Ave.
• Ash St. from Melrose Ave. to Eastlake Ave.
• Eastlake Ave. from Ash St. to Adelaide St.

What is it an open trench water main replacement?
The infrastructure in some areas of the City is very old. The existing main water line could be cast iron or another material that has broken down over time. This work digs up that entire line and replaces it with a hard, plastic pipe (PVC), like that used in plumbing inside our homes.

Why do we have to do this work?
The area is an older neighborhood with a history of water main breaks or a need to increase the capacity of the pipeline to have adequate fire coverage. In addition, there might be a need to have several services lines replaced. This is done in conjunction with this work.

A copy of the Water Main Rehabilitation Information is available online and residents are encouraged to view it for better understanding of the work that is being done. You can also contact the Customer Care Centre anytime, at 306 975-2476, if you have further questions regarding this project.

Below is a drawing of the phases of work for the area.

Thank you to Councillor Loewen and Carla Figg, Citizen Services Manager for the City, for providing this information.

Exhibition Area LAP Open House Summary and Safety Update

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Exhibition Area LAP Open House. There were more than 40 people in attendance. More feedback is always welcome about what you want for your area, so feel free to email your ideas.

The display boards and information from the Open House are posted online and sent by email to those who could not attend but want to see what was presented.

Over the summer there will be a number of safety-related events and everyone is encouraged to participate! An update from our Neighbourhood Safety Team, which also attended the LAP Open House is attached.

The Presentation slides and Notes from the previous meetings are available to bring you up to date, if you missed any of them.

Local Area Planning is a community-based approach to developing comprehensive neighbourhood plans that enable residents, business owners, property owners, community groups, and other stakeholders to have direct input into the future of their neighbourhood.

Once completed, a LAP establishes the vision and goals to guide the growth and development of a neighbourhood.  It also identifies specific recommendations for improvements within a neighbourhood.

The study area boundary for the Exhibition LAP is Taylor Street to the North, Broadway Avenue to the East, Ruth Street (East of Lorne Avenue) and Circle Drive (West of Lorne Avenue) to the South, and the riverbank to the West (see attached study area map).

A picture is worth a thousand words! The City is asking residents to show what you love about living in the area.
See some of the photos that have been shared.
Submit photos of the sights and activities you enjoy.

If you have any questions about the LAP, the LAP Process, or the meetings, please contact : Keith Folkersen, Senior Planner
Neighbourhood Planning Section
City of Saskatoon
Phone: 306 986-1690
E-mail: keith.folkersen@saskatoon.ca

W. W. Ashley Park Redesign

Many residents and businesses in low lying, older areas have been devastated multiple times by flooding where the storm water system does not have the capacity to adequately manage flash flooding.  Streets in these higher-risk flood areas were not designed to convey storm water like they are now in newer neighbourhoods.

The City of Saskatoon is upgrading the storm water system to improve flood protection to residential and business properties near the 1st Street/ Dufferin Avenue and Taylor Street/ Broadway Avenue intersections. This will impact the multi-purpose sport field at W.W. Ashely District Park and some local roads during construction.

Coming soon to the area:

  1. A new underground pipe system will drain water more quickly from the streets (construction in 2020).
  2. A new storm water dry pond will be constructed in the W.W. Ashley District Park sport field to temporarily hold rain water during a major storm (construction in 2020).
  3. The sport field at Aden Bowman Collegiate will be reconstructed with a full-size soccer field to allow for uninterrupted student and community access to sports programming (construction in 2019).
  4. New angle parking will be considered on Albert Avenue from 1st Street E to 2nd Street E.

Open House
Monday, June 17, 2019
3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
J. S. Wood Library, 1801 Landsdowne Avenue

Hospice Update

St. Paul’s Hospital is opening a 15-bed community-based hospice, located at 301 Hilliard Street East, under the ownership of Emmanuel Health and with the support of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation. The facility will operate in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority with support from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation officially launched its public campaign, “Close to Home”, at the end of January.  Funding for the hospice is one of the pillars of the campaign.

Beginning the week of April 15th, you can expect to see activity on the site (301 Hilliard Street East) as crews begin to set up for demolition and prepare for construction. There will be a significant renovation of, and an addition built onto, the existing building.

Throughout the project, St. Paul’s Hospital will be working closely with the general contractor to ensure appropriate communication to the neighbourhood when there are construction activities that may be more disruptive to the area, such as changes to traffic flow. Safety is extremely important to the team and we are strongly committed to maintaining a safe work environment in this beautiful residential area.

As with all construction projects, the City of Saskatoon’s Noise Bylaw and Building Standards prohibit unreasonably loud and excessive sounds between 10pm and 7am (Mon-Sat) and 10pm to 9am (Sundays and Statutory Holidays), and construction crews are bound by this bylaw.

Construction is expected to begin late April 2019 and take approximately a year to complete. This is a very exciting time in the project, as our years of planning will now be brought to fruition.

Further updates will be shared in the weeks and months ahead as the project progresses.

For more information, please contact Tara Delainey, Operational Planning Lead, St. Paul’s Hospital, tel: 306-655-5867.

Got Time? We can use your help!

The QEXCA offers residents a chance to join together, plan and provide programs and events, and get to know your neighbours. Take part in your Community Association and help make your community an even better place to live!

There are many ways you can volunteer:

  • help to serve hotdogs at a bbq
  • flood /shovel an outdoor rink
  • help edit the newsletter or website
  • act as liaison with churches
  • help develop partnerships with local businesses
  • coordinate indoor programs
  • provide leadership as a Board member

Community Association volunteers make friends, share their knowledge and expertise, get exercise or build their resume with positive work experience.

Contact us, at qexca.saskatoon@gmail.com, to find out how you can improve life in your community!

At this year’s AGM, the positions of President,  Vice President, Treasurer and up to ten Directors-at-Large are open for nominations.

We are looking for School Liaisons.  These are not Director positions and are not required to attend Board meetings.  Each School Liaison is responsible to maintain communication between the QEXCA and the administration (and often the School Community Council) of one of five schools in the Community and report, at least quarterly, to the Community Relations Coordinator.
There are two (2) vacancies:

  1. École canadienne-française, Pavillon Monique Rousseau – Ideally, this person will be fluently bilingual, French and English, and able to translate QEXCA documents for the Francophone community.
  2. St. Frances Cree Bilingual School – Ideally, this person will be of aboriginal ancestry.

Lead Water Pipes

Saskatoon’s water supply is one of the safest in the world.  Test results are reported to the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency as part of the City’s Permit to Operate.

Saskatoon’s water supply is virtually lead-free.  The lead level content in the City’s drinking water when it enters the water distribution system is 100 times lower than the Health Canada limit.  Health Canada recently updated its directive for exposure to lead and advises that people should not be exposed to lead, as it can cause adverse health effects even at very low levels and recommends reducing lead exposure as much as possible.

Treated City water flows from the Water Treatment Plant to water mains (or pipes) located underground throughout the City.  Water enters individual properties through a water service connection. If your home was built before 1950 there could be lead within its plumbing system.  As a precaution, homeowners and occupants should be aware of how to reduce the risk of lead exposure from drinking water.