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City of Yorkton News
August 13 to August 19, 2009

 




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Next Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be held on August 24, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 
Calling all Sculptors

If you are intrigued by challenging outdoor projects, read on:

Yorkton, (where good things happen), is happily gearing up for our next community work of art. A monumental sculpture, featuring people depicting the spirit of sport, will be mounted high atop the Gallagher Centre as an enduring legacy of our proud involvement in the upcoming Olympic torch run. In keeping with the green theme of the 2010 Olympics, we're asking for a green element to this sculpture as well!

We invite expressions of interest from provincial artists, with demonstrated ability and experience related to this concept.

Apply to:
Renaissance Yorkton
173 Roslyn Avenue
Yorkton, SK
S3N 1P2

with a summary of related experience and qualifications, plus photos of your work, on or before September 20, 2009. Please include all contact information. Your application will remain on file with us for future reference, unless you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for its return.

Only those submissions of interest to the selection committee will be considered for future development. This project will commence with preliminary work and maquette completed by December 1, 2009, with installation expected in spring of 2010.
Funding available to the artist for this project from the province's Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration Funding grant is $27,000, including all artist fees, equipment, quality-approved materials, installation, and maquette. The selected artist will also be responsible for self-insurance, and will provide a budget detailing all related aspects, including weather-protective surface treatment. For location of sculpture, please click here where pictures of the installation location are available.

Costs of advertising, promotion, documentation, public reception and recognition signage are the responsibility of the City of Yorkton.

Renaissance Yorkton, established in 2004, is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to creating art in the heart of Yorkton.

Any site related questions can be directed to:

Darcy McLeod
Director of Leisure Services
City of Yorkton
Ph: (306) 786-1750
Email:

 

 

 
Public Works Department
Construction Notification

The following streets are tentatively scheduled for upgrades as follows:

  • Bradbrooke Drive reconstruction is scheduled to begin on August 17, 2009. Parking on Bradbrooke Drive will not be permitted during construction.  Traffic will be reduced to a single lane.  Expect delays.  Please note that heavy truck haul route is in effect on Independent Street from Franklin Avenue to Agricultural Avenue.  Drive with caution!

  • Broadway Street reconstruction (Hwy #9 to Dracup Avenue) is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2009.  Traffic will be reduced to a single lane.  Expect delays.

  • Sully Avenue construction is scheduled to begin on September 8, 2009.

  • York Road upgrades are scheduled to begin on September 14, 2009.

 

 

 
Job Opportunity
Casual Lifeguard II

Gallagher Centre Water Park

Reporting directly to the Aquatic Programmer.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

This individual must be able to perform a variety of duties as follows: 

  • Perform lifeguard duties according to the National Lifesaving Society (NLS) standards.
  • Complete all basic janitorial daily tasks as assigned and report any deficiencies.
  • Complete incident/accident reports for submission.
  • Complete participant report cards.
  • Ability to work shift work and weekends as required;

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of grade 10 education or equivalency
  • Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid/CPR-C or Aquatic Emergency Care
  • National Lifeguard Service Award
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Pool Operator's Certificate is preferred
  • Physical fitness needs to be maintained
  • Basic understanding of pool operation
  • Possess and maintain RCMP security clearance

Salary: Will be $14.77-$15.87 per hour depending on qualifications in accordance with the City of Yorkton Out-of-Scope Salary Grid.

Hours of Work: Shift work, evening and weekend work is involved

Interested applicants may forward their resume including three references to:

Director of Human Resources
Box 400 - 37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 2W3
Fax: 786-6880
Email:

These positions will remain open until filled.

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 
Job Opportunity
Seasonal Labourer III (2)

THE CITY OF YORKTON
IS RECRUITING FOR TWO
SEASONAL LABOURER III POSITIONS
IN THE WATER AND SEWER DIVISION
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

The City of Yorkton is a great place to work and if you enjoy a busy and challenging work environment, we encourage you to apply for a Seasonal Labourer III position with the Water and Sewer Division for the Public Works Department.   

This position reports directly to the Sewer and Water Foreman.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performs skilled labour duties and operation of small tools and equipment under varied weather conditions.
  • Work as a team player on various projects such as water main and sewer main replacement, residential service connection repair and replacement, sewer flushing and sewer inspection.
  • Performs daily equipment checks and minor maintenance as required.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of and comply with all City of Yorkton Standard Operating Procedures, Policies and Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Maintain open lines of communication and good working relationships with Co-workers and Supervisors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Grade XII Education or GED Equivalency
  • Must be able to obtain required SERM certification in Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution.
  • Must possess or obtain Fireman’s Certificate.
  • WHIMIS, CSTS, Ground Disturbance, Confined Space Entry, Trench Rescue for Excavations.
  • Experience with Equipment Operation: trucks, loaders, packers, bobcat, etc.
  • Current C.P.R. and First Aid Certificates
  • Must possess and maintain valid Class 3A Driver’s License
  • Must be able to perform physical labour duties.
  • Must possess and maintain RCMP Security clearance.

SALARY:

Salary will be in paid as a Labourer III in accordance with Local 342 CUPE Collective Agreement.

Interested applicants may forward their resume by 4:00pm Friday August 21, 2009. Please submit a detailed resume complete with three references to:

Director of Human Resources
Box 400 - 37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 2W3
Fax: 786-6880
Email:

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 
Job Opportunity
A-1/Water Distribution Operator (2)

THE CITY OF YORKTON
IS RECRUITING FOR TWO
A-1/WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATORS
 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

The City of Yorkton is a great place to work and if you enjoy a busy and challenging work environment, we encourage you to apply for of the A-1/Water Distribution Operator position with the Public Works Department.   

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Install, repair and maintain water mains, sewer mains, hydrants, valves, service connections and all related appurtenances
  • Install, repair and maintain storm sewer mains, catch basins, culverts and all related appurtenances.
  • Operate equipment competently as to effectively assist work crews in assigned duties.
  • Competently operates required equipment under minimum of supervision and at irregular shifts.
  • Perform daily equipment checks and minor maintenance as required.
  • Completes work orders, time sheets, and required reports promptly and accurately.
  • Maintain working knowledge of all City of Yorkton Standard Operating Procedures and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Maintains open line of communication with Supervisors and Co-workers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Grade XII Education or GED Equivalency
  • Satisfy, possess and maintain a valid Class 3 W.W.C. & W.D. Operators Certificate as determined by Sask. Environment.
  • Successful Completion of California State University Courses (or equivalents), as outlined by the City of Yorkton.
  • Successful Completion of the Combined City of Yorkton and ABC "Need to Know" Examination.
  • Successful completion of additional Training and Safety Courses when offered.
  • Possess Heavy Equipment certification on all major pieces of equipment with a minimum of 200 hours of operating experience per piece of equipment.
  • Possess valid Safe Trenching, Confined Space and Ground Disturbance certificates.
  • OHS Level 1 and 2 certification
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class 5 Saskatchewan Provincial driver’s license with Air Endorsement.  
  • Current C.P.R. and First Aid Certificates
  • Must be able to perform physical labour duties.
  • Must possess and maintain RCMP Security clearance.

SALARY:

Salary will be in paid in accordance with Local 342 CUPE Collective Agreement.

Interested applicants may forward their resume by 4:00pm Friday, August 21, 2009.  Please submit a detailed resume complete with three references to:

Director of Human Resources
Box 400 - 37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 2W3
Fax: 786-6880
Email:

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 
Job Opportunity
Casual Instructor/Lifeguard I

Gallagher Centre Water Park

Reporting directly to the Aquatic Programmer.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

This individual must be able to perform a variety of duties as follows:

  • Perform lifeguard duties according to the National Lifesaving Society (NLS) standards.
    • Instruct life saving, water safety lessons and courses, as well as fitness programs as assigned.
    • Ensure lesson plans are completed, results recorded, and submitted.
  • Complete all basic janitorial daily tasks as assigned and report any deficiencies.
  • Complete incident/accident reports for submission.
  • Complete participant report cards.
  • Ability to work shift work and weekends as required;

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of grade 10 education or equivalency
  • Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid/CPR-C or Aquatic Emergency Care
  • National Lifeguard Service Award
  • Lifesaving Instructor
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Physical fitness needs to be maintained
  • Basic understanding of pool operation
  • Possess and maintain RCMP security clearance

Salary: Will be $16.29 - $17.50 per hour depending on qualifications in accordance with the City of Yorkton Out-of-Scope Salary Grid.

Hours of Work: Shift work, evening and weekend work is involved.

Interested applicants may forward their resume including three references to:

Director of Human Resources
Box 400 - 37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 2W3
Fax: 786-6880
Email:

These positions will remain open until filled.

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 
Job Opportunity
Community Grant Writer (Contracted)

The City of Yorkton invites applications for a Grant Writer to be proactive in researching and applying for new and existing funding opportunities for the City of Yorkton.

The Grant Writer will research, assess and write grant proposals for external funding sources, working in conjunction with the various departments of the City of Yorkton.  You must have 2 - 5 Years experience in grant research and writing and be familiar with Federal, Provincial, Public and Private agencies, services and programs.  The Grant Writer must have a good understanding of Municipal Government including knowledge of the City of Yorkton operations. This position will be a key player in developing detailed plans of action for identifying external grant sources, maintaining detailed records of submissions, deadlines and follow-up and analysis. Candidates must possess excellent public relations, written and oral communication skills.

If you are interested in providing professional grant application writing for the City of Yorkton, we invite you to take on this challenging position and would appreciate your detailed resume complete with three references by Friday, August 28, 2009 to:

Tricia Strutynski,
Director of Human Resources,
P.O. Box 400, Yorkton, SK S3N 2W3 or
Email:  

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 
S-CAPE 2009

Summer Cultural Arts and Physical Activity Experiences
Sports, games, crafts, special guests, field trips and more

July 2 – August 14, 2009

For Children Ages 6 – 12

Earth Explorers
Ages 6 - 8
Tuesday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to NOON

World Travelers
Ages 9 – 12
Monday to Thursday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Locations
Gloria Hayden Community Centre
Gallagher Centre Flexihall

Cost
$2.00 drop-in fee per session or $50.00 for a summer pass

For more information contact our summer programmers
Carrie, Kacey, Lindsay or Sarah at:
783-8009

 

 

 
Public Works
Equipment for Sale

The following vehicles will be sold by sealed bid:

Item Number 1 is in running drivable condition, and purchaser will be notified of any current mechanical problems.  There will be no warranty included for this vehicle; it is sold “AS IS”:

  1. 1997, Ford Aerostar van, white, VIN 1FTDA14VxVZA94389, V6, auto, rear shelving, 190620km

Items Numbered 2 through 8 will be sold “AS IS, WHERE IS” for parts only:

  1. 1981, Ford Fairmont Futura, VIN 1FABP22BXBK220418
  2. 1986, Dodge Caravan, VIN 2B4FK41G3HR212185
  3. 1989, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, VIN 1G3WRIIT3KD399822
  4. 1989, Pontiac Tempest, VIN 1G7LT51TXLY705449
  5. 1990, Mercury Sable, VIN 1MECM50V0LG621377
  6. 1991, Pontiac Bonneville, VIN 1G2HX5315N1222346
  7. 1998, Ford Windstar, VIN 2FMZA5144WBE10046

Sealed bids will be received by the Public Works Department until 1:00 p.m. August 17, 2009.  Please mark make of vehicle on outside of envelope.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to view any of the vehicles listed above please call 786-1760.

 

 

 
Job Opportunity
Director of Planning and Engineering

As a result of our Director of Planning and Engineering announcing his retirement for early December 2009, the City of Yorkton is actively recruiting to find a replacement to start November 2009.  Upon successful recruitment to the position, an earlier start date will most certainly be considered.  Located on the Yellowhead Highway, Yorkton is a progressive community of approximately 17,000 people serving as a hub to the Parkland region.  Due to its large trading area, Yorkton has many larger city amenities while still providing the quality of life of a smaller community.  The City of Yorkton is seeking a key player for its management team to positively enhance the major growth we are currently experiencing.  The Director of Planning and Engineering will lead our growing community through many interesting and challenging initiatives related to the implementation of a sound plan for growth and development.  Reporting directly to the City Manager, this position is responsible for the City’s Municipal Planning Services, specifically the ongoing review and application of the Development Plan and Zoning Bylaw.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the processes required for land use planning, sub-division approvals, development and zoning control; including overseeing the Building Inspection Division.
  • Directs controls and administers the efficient operation of the Planning & Engineering function, overseeing the planning and construction of the City infrastructure in accordance with good engineering practices.
  • Co-ordinates the short and long range planning and budgeting, as well as policy development of the City as it relates to Engineering and Planning.
  • Directs the City’s land use planning activities through the development of policies, plans and programs for the approval of the City Manager and Council.
  • Act as authorized Development Officer (as defined by the Planning and Development Act) in the administration of the Zoning Bylaw.
  • Responsible for implementation of programs and policies for the provision of these services.
  • Arrange and participate in discussions with businesses, citizens and professional groups, regarding planning legislation and programs to include downtown revitalization, urban development initiatives, and development regulations.
  • Establish and maintain programs that guarantee community involvement in the planning process through such endeavors as community planning meetings on plans and development, speaking to various organizations, preparing or commissioning professional planning/engineering studies and sharing these then appropriate with the public at large.
  • As required represent the City at meetings with private and public organizations or commissions, maintaining membership in appropriate professional groups and associations, and develop contact with other City Planning and Engineering Departments to keep informed and abreast of current practices, technical advancements, and legislative development in the Province.
  • Acting as an Advisor to City Council, Administration, the Municipal Planning Commission and the Business Improvement District;
  • Prepare reports, recommendations, policies and project proposals; Conduct research on development issues, carry out urban design projects and follow through on the Downtown Redevelopment Plan serving as a visionary in local and regional planning initiatives.

Qualifications

  • A  Degree in Urban or Regional Planning or related profession
  • Ideally 3 to 5 years in either discipline in a Municipal setting.
  • Possession of or qualification for CIP / APCPS Membership.
  • Possess sound knowledge of Provincial Legislation
  • Thorough knowledge of the Planning and Development Act.
  • Possess strong knowledge of the principals and practices of municipal bylaws
  • Strong public speaking and communication skills.
  • Strong computer and software skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to be a strong team player and work to coordinate community planning needs with members of City Council, City Administration, and the Municipal Planning Commission.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class 5 Saskatchewan Provincial driver’s license.  Must possess and maintain R.C.M.P. security clearance.

SALARY:

$75,129.60 - $89,752.00

If this challenging position interests you, please submit a covering letter with a detailed resume and three references.  This position shall remain open until a qualified candidate is selected.

Director of Human Resources
Box 400    Yorkton, Saskatchewan    S3N 2W3
Fax:  306-786-6880
Email: 

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.