MESSAGE FROM COUNCILLOR TIFFANY PAULSEN – AUGUST 19, 2015
1. REPAIR WORK ON MCKERCHER DRIVE
Most Ward 9 residents have the “pleasure” of driving on McKercher Drive going North from Taylor Street. There were numerous pot holes which the City filled this Spring however, the road now feels like a rumble strip.
McKercher was scheduled for major road repair in 2017 – however, as a result of some citizen complaints (the City does listen!) and some major lobbying on my part – repairs will happen this year. Timing has not yet been determined – I will keep everyone posted!
2. CITY OF SASKATOON IS LOOKING FOR YOUR INPUT ON ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION IN THE CITY – SURVEY ATTACHED.
What moves you, Saskatoon?
As part of the Growth Plan to Half a Million, the City of Saskatoon is developing an Active Transportation Plan – a first for our community!
Through the Active Transportation Plan (ATP) residents’ will have improved options for moving around our city, whether it’s by walking, cycling, skateboarding or other forms of active transportation. The ATP will help shape changes in infrastructure and support programs that will encourage all of us to use active forms of transportation more often – whether for work, pleasure, or day-to-day personal travels.
If you’d like to learn more or get involved:
3. SIGN UP FOR eBILL AND YOU COULD WIN A SAMSUNG TABLET!
Sign up for eBill between August 4th and November 30th, 2015 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of two Samsung tablets! There’s two draw dates – October 1st and December 1st, 2015. All existing eBill customers will also be entered into the eBill Contest.
eBill is convenient, easy to use, and secure. eBill allows you 24/7 access to your utility account history, and your current consumption and charges.
Lose your paper clutter! Cut your paper trail by signing up or switching over to eBill today! eBill is good for you, good for us, and good for the environment – that makes us all winners!
Visit saskatoon.ca/ebill to sign up for your eBill today!
4. 2015 CIVIC SERVICES SURVEY
The Annual Civic Services Survey was conducted in May and June to get citizen feedback on a variety of civic issues. A total of 500 surveys were completed via telephone, and 822 surveys online. The goal of the annual survey is to obtain citizen feedback on a variety of civic issues, and to measure progress on reaching the performance target of overall satisfaction with civic services of 90% or more.
City Council and Administration consider public feedback when planning for the annual business plan and budget. The feedback helps the City provide high quality services to meet residents’ needs. 2015 highlights include:
· Quality of life in Saskatoon continues to be rated high, with 85% of telephone and 86% of online respondents rating it as either good or very good.
· Overall satisfaction with the level of service provided by the City remains high. The majority of telephone respondents (86% in 2015 and 2014) and online respondents (77% in 2015 compared to 79% in 2014) are satisfied.
· Respondents cite road conditions as the most important issue facing the City (33% telephone, 28% online), but the number of mentions has decreased by 4%, for both telephone and online respondents, from 2014.
· The quality of drinking water, fire protection, electrical services reliability, repair of water main breaks, treatment of sewage, garbage collection, police services, and recycling are areas of strength for the City.
· Participants prefer a combination of user fees and property taxes as a way the City could balance its budget.
· Citizens would like more spending on road maintenance, snow and ice maintenance, street crime, and affordable housing, and less spending on funding for arts and cultural groups and community organizations.
· When doing business with the City, residents prefer to use multiple channels including phone, email, in-person visits, and the website.
You can read the full report on Saskatoon.ca.
City Councillor – Ward 9
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(306) 955-0567 – fax
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