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City of Yorkton News
March 11 to March 17, 2004


Past articles can be found in the Archives.




Public Notice
Notice of Meetings

Yorkton Public Library Board 
The next meeting of the Yorkton Public Library Board will be held on:

Date:  March 16, 2004 
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Yorkton Public Library Meeting Room

Good Spirit REDA Board 
The next meeting of the Good Spirit REDA Board will be held on:

Date:  March 16, 2004
Time: 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Good Spirit REDA Board Room

Protective Services Commission 
The next meeting of the Protective Services Commission will be held on:

Date:  February 16, 2004
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Location: Meeting Room "A", City Hall

Leisure Services Commission 
The next meeting of the Leisure Services Commission will be held on:

Date:  February 16, 2004
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Location: Meeting Room "B", City Hall



Public Notice
Discretionary Use Application

The Council of the City of Yorkton pursuant to Section 74 of The Planning and Development Act, 1983 hereby gives notice of its intention to consider a Discretionary Use Application for: 

283 First Avenue North 
Lot 87, Blk 8, Plan 00Y00270 
Parcel #143111911 
ISC Plan 100268568

The Discretionary Use, which is being applied for is to allow for the development of a Family Child Care Home in this location.

Any person may make oral or written representation to City Council at its meeting to be held on Monday, 22 March 2004 in City Hall Council Chambers, Yorkton, Saskatchewan at 7:00 p.m. Oral or written submissions will be considered when the public hearing in respect to this Application is in session.

Cynthia Alcorn
Development Officer 
Tel. (306) 786-1722 




Next Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be held on March 22, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.




Aquatic Centre 

Get registered for swim lessons today!

Effective August 15, 2004, the Parkland Agriplex Aquatic Centre will be closed for the renovation of the existing pool and the continuing construction of the new leisure pool. The anticipated opening of the "new" Aquatic Centre is scheduled for March of 2005.

The spring and summer sessions will be the last opportunity 
for swim lessons until then. 
So act now by calling the 
Aquatic Centre at 786-1744 to book your lessons!




City Cemetery Plots Still Available 

The City of Yorkton Cemetery has a good selection of plots for sale throughout the cemetery. A program to buy back unused plots has been underway for the past year and the inventory of available plots is ever increasing. 

If you are looking to purchase a plot, please call Leisure Services at 786-1750.




New Residential Lot Draw

The City of Yorkton is pleased to offer for sale a selection of thirty-four new fully serviced lots located in Riverside Grove, north of the intersection of Darlington St. East and Morrison Drive.

In accordance with Policy 10.180 these lots are being offered to the public by draw. Any interested party may participate on the payment of a $1,000.00 fully refundable deposit.

Applications for participation, accompanied by the required deposit, will be accepted at City Hall until 4:30 pm Tuesday March 16, 2004 in the office of the undersigned. Draw to take place Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 7:30 pm in the Lobby of City Hall. For more information, area maps and lists please contact the undersigned.

William N. Hawkins
Manager of Building Inspections and Property 
City of Yorkton 
37 - 3rd Ave. North 
Yorkton, SK 
(306) 786-1723




Parks Department News

Skunk Movement:
With the recent warming trend, residents may see more skunk activity. Skunks tend to move around in the warm winter days in search of food. You can skunk proof your residence by placing all garbage in the dumpster, close all openings to garages or storage buildings and keep your yard free and clear of debris. Skunks typically will move into unsightly premises where there may be food along with adequate shelter.

Outdoor Rinks:
March brings the end of the outdoor rink season. Weather pending, rinks will be maintained until March 19th. Some rinks may fair better than others, so users are asked to use rinks at their own risk. The asphalt rinks may tend to melt quicker with the base being asphalt.

Back Lanes:
Residents are reminded to view their back lanes and check for encroachment of trees/hedges onto the back lane. Back lane right-of-way must be kept free and clear of obstructions to allow for access for residents as well as refuse equipment. The Parks Department monitors the right-of-way and residents will be issued work orders for non-compliancy.

Elm Tree Pruning: 
Residents must keep in mind the elm tree-pruning ban effective April 13th to July 31st. The Parks Department has completed its 2003 elm pruning program with approximately 250 trees pruned. The elm bark beetle is one of the 5 pests that are controlled under the Pest Control Act. Residents are required by law to ensure they do their part to control the spread of Dutch elm disease. One of the most effective control measures is pruning. Pruning removes any dead wood and basically cleans up the tree. The Parks Department will be doing assessments on private trees and residents may be asked to have those trees cleaned up.

Tree Inventory: 
Parks crews will be out over the next several weeks performing tree inventory. The pilot project with funding from a Green Street Canada grant will target areas from Reaman to Bailey Drive. The tree inventory program will be designed to acquire information on trees in this area, including private trees. All trees within the City of Yorkton become part of the urban forestry program. This information will become part of the database used to manage the urban forest. The City of Yorkton anticipated tree inventory would exceed 25,000 trees. The ongoing program has been designed to be completed over a five-year period.

If you have any questions regarding the Parks programs, please 
contact the office at 786-1754.




Stepping Out Program

An exercise and education program designed to meet your individual needs.

Tuesday Mornings 
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
March 23 to May 11, 2004 
Gloria Hayden Community Centre

Invest in Yourself 
$25.00 for 8 sessions or bring a friend and receive a reduced 
rate $40.00 for 2 people.

Sponsored by Yorkton Leisure Services, Sunrise Health 
Region, Canadian Diabetes Association and T.O.P.S.

For more information or to register call 786-1777.