Whoops,  I now realize that the 1.2 million for the bridge is for the consulting, not the actual repairs! Don’t rely on me for information, people.

Some highlights from the dog owners’ survey:

Sutherland Beach is the most popular (47%) with Avalon second (44%). Then it’s Briarwood and Silverwood at 18%, 9% Hampton Village, and 9% at other OLRAs. Um, what other OLRAs are there in the city? There’s Chief Whitecap…and Montgomery, but that’s closed. I’ll paraphrase Mitch Hedberg here and say “Every area is an off-leash area if your dog is off the leash!”

11% of respondents said they used the OLRAs daily.

45% of people who don’t use OLRAs cite dog conflicts as their main concern. Cleanliness is second, at 28%.

p. 85 is a poorly-reproduced quadrant graph of responses.

45% of people want more OLRAs with less amenities; 25% of people want a better level of service at the current parks instead. 58% of non-users don’t care either way. Looks like the city can’t do much to entice the non-users in, unless there’s a way to effectively enforce dog behaviour or keep poorly-socialized and -trained dogs out.

p. 87 is the list of contracts awarded valued at $50K to 75K for all you deficit hawks.
Wait, $58K for a “compact sedan” from Merlin Ford Lincoln? Also, 62K for chairs for the police.

p.88 is a list of the business-friendly initiatives.

Report of the Planning and Ops committee on p. 89.
First up is an enquiry from Cllr Lorje about the cell phone tower application process. I’m no fan of the “stealth” towers they put up that just come in under the height required to host a community consultation. They’re ugly, but what’s more, I don’t like it when people game the system like that. They knew the towers wouldn’t be popular. Sneaking in under the height limit by a few inches is cheap and disrespectful, and doesn’t foster good relations between the telecoms and communities. It’s like being put in your crate and told you’re going to the park, and you show up outside the vet for your teeth cleaning. Sure, it’s good for you and will increase your wellbeing (or level of service in this analogy) but you’re still angry about being duped. Much better to be upfront about the situation in the first case, rather than take the choice away.

Or, you can relish the fact that there are now several Festivus poles in this fair burg, a small step towards declaring Festivus as the official winter holiday.

Looks like there’s going to be a bit about the 20th St West streetscape improvement, the mortgage flexibilities support program, rental space in the Field House, more Friends of the Bowl, and a tender for golf cart leasing.

p. 95. So, more on the cell phone tower application process. Fun fact: the City is not the approving authority for antenna systems in Saskatoon. The federal government is responsible for approving your local brand-new monopole. The city admin is proposing a new clause: new towers under 15 m and less than 30 m from a dwelling require public consultation. (>15 m and >200 m do not, >15 m and <200 m do, currently. The new monopoles are slightly under 15 m.) So, right now, Industry Canada can plop a pole as close to your property as they want and are not required to consult you unless it’s over 15 m. I suppose your consolation would be that you have excellent cell service.

Adding antennas to existing poles or on the tops of buildings are exempt from consultation still. Riverbanks are also exempt from monopole infestation.

At any rate, this has to go through talks with Industry Canada as well as telecoms, so we’re just seeing the beginning of this. The new clause would require they pay a fee to the city for the public consultations, so I can see it being contentious.

p. 102 is a list of what other cities do re. free-standing antenna consultations. Move to Calgary, people, any height of pole there within 100 m requires a public consult.

p. 103 is the legalese for the proposed policy.

p. 116 is the 20th St streetscaping update between avenues E and H, the next phase of gentrification for everyone’s favourite street.

Another fun fact: the 20th St Special Area Plan was started in 1991. I look forward to when Central is the shining centre of our city, in 2036.

If you’re curious about what is involved with the streetscaping, it starts on p. 117. Bog-standard stuff, really, new lights and corner bulbs aka bike traps, garbage bins, the lot.

p. 123 is a hilarious visualization of what the street will look like. It’s funny because there are cars stopped for crosswalks.

p. 125 is the reserve sufficiency worksheet, for the number-crunchers in our midst.

p. 126 is a summary of the open house comments. I’m going to be bold here and say there’s a lot of guff from residents about the lack of bike lanes. This is the problem I have with the open houses sometimes: it’s great that the city hosts a lot of forums, but the feedback is often sanitized and separated from the “official plan”. There’s no mention of bike lanes on 20th in the streetscape improvements either. I went to the Central one a couple of years ago and was similarly disappointed. MUPs (shared pathways) are not bike lanes and I don’t enjoy or prefer using them since they come with frequent modal conflict.

p. 127. yup, there it is, separated bike lanes even. What can I say, I am a single-issue voter. Also some good points about bus shelters and debate over benches.

p. 128. Affordable housing going in at Stonebridge! Let the pitchfork-sharpening commence. If you’re going to come at me for making fun of NIMBYs and that I wouldn’t want “those people” living near my house, keep in mind I qualify for this program. I am the beast which you fear!

Hm. There’s something a bit off about this but I can’t put my finger on it.

“During its June 28, 2010 meeting, City Council approved the Tax Sponsorship Program in partnership with Innovative Residential Inc. Under this program, the developer makes a lump sum payment to the City that is credited to the homebuyer’s property tax account over a number of years, making the home more affordable for low-income purchasers.”

Concerned Stonebridgians will be relieved or horrified to find out the 56 units will be installed on Victor & Hunter Road.

What! $200K for 760 square feet in Stonebridge? 3 bedrooms for $260K to start? I realize pearl-clutching over home prices in Saskatoon is very old hat by now but every once in awhile my skin is thinned. Also these are “modular” meaning that they’ll be built in three months. The whole thing in three months. I spent longer building snow forts as an adult. Er, child.

p. 130. Actually wait, I do not qualify for this since I don’t have dependents, aside from plants. Hi people. Here is your house that costs more than 4x your yearly income. And your loan for the downpayment. Enjoy being a homeowner! It is the noblest of aspirations.

p. 130 states that the average sale price of a dwelling in our fair southern neighbourhood is $404,665.

All right, I am going to leave it there. It is time for a ritual all good Saskatonians observe, a Sunday brunch. I’ll format it later, you guys will just have to suppress your eye twitches for a couple hours.

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