CityPage February 18, 2021 Edition

Posted On Thursday February 18, 2021

In this week's issue: Recreation options update, Name the Snow Plows Contest, Recycling collection changes coming soon, Registration Day goes online, Introduction to Family Violence: Domestic Violence Workshop, and more...


Recreation options update

Last Tuesday, February 16, the Dow Centennial Centre ice surface, gymnasium, and indoor field opened for Youth Sports and Family Bookings. The Apple Fitness Centre is now open for one on one training sessions with a certified fitness trainer. The Sportsplex ice surface will also be open for Youth Sports. No spectators will be allowed.

Dow Centennial Centre

Ice Arena
Restrictions: Youth Sports/Family Bookings Only
Size: Groups of 10 including coaches and volunteers
Weekdays: 3:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday - 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Soccer Field
Restrictions: Youth Sports/Family Bookings Only
Size: Groups of 10 including coaches and volunteers
Weekdays: 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gymnasium
Restrictions: Youth Sports/Family Bookings Only
Size: Groups of 10 including coaches and volunteers
Weekdays: 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fitness Centre
Restrictions: 1-1 Training with a certified trainer. All appointments must be pre-booked. No drop-ins.
Size: 1-1 Training
Weekdays: 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sportsplex

Ice Arena
Age: Youth Sports Only
Size: Groups of 10 including coaches and volunteers
Weekdays: 3:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

All ice, field, and gymnasium participation must be booked through City of Fort Saskatchewan Bookings at bookings@fortsask.ca or by calling 780-992-6400 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Family bookings are required to fill out the Return to Play form.

Some of the Provincial Safety requirements include:

  •   One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of 3 metres distance between pairs of trainers and clients (aka sessions) in the same facility.

  •   Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.

  •   Trainers must provide proof of current certifications, valid business license and have signed a Personal Trainer Contract prior to booking a session.

  •   Trainers must remain masked during the session. Clients are not required to wear a mask while doing high intensity exercise.

  •   External Trainer Requirements Information

Full Provincial Guidelines on Step 1 A Path Forward are available at alberta.ca/covid.


Name the Snow Plows Contest

The City of Fort Saskatchewan and its Public Works Department are welcoming four new snow plows to their fleet, and need your help to name them.

City Snow Plow

Contest Rules

1.  The contest will run from 8 am February 1 to midnight of February 22, 2021.

2.  Children must live in Fort Saskatchewan and be between the ages of 5 to 12 years-old to enter.

3.  Download one of two colouring pages from fortsask.ca/snowplow. Colour in the page, add your top four names and fill in your contact information on the back.

4.  Names should be single words like (Thomas). Names like (Patty McPlow Face), or inappropriate names will not be accepted. Be creative and have fun!

5.  Final entries can be dropped of at the City Hall front desk from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri (closed stat holidays), scanned and email to
rhale@fortsask.ca. Entries will also be collected from local elementary schools once the contest is over.

6.  The top 10 names chosen by Public Works Staff will be posted in a live public poll on the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s Facebook Page (@CityFortSask) from 8 am March 1 to midnight March 4, 2021.

7.  Top four winning names will be posted on fortsask.ca/snowplow and posted on the city’s Facebook page (@CityFortSask).

8.  The four winners will have a time and date organized for a special visit from their plow truck, a plaque and an opportunity for photo and inside look of the snow plow.

Good luck everyone and may the best snow plow names win!

Full Contest Information: fortsask.ca/snowplow | 780-992-6248


Recycling collection changes coming soon!

Bi-weekly blue bag collection starts March 1, 2021

Why did the City decide to switch to Bi-weekly blue bag collection?

Since the cart program was implemented in 2018, city staff and the collection contractor recorded a lot of households not putting their blue bags out every week. Changing to bi-weekly collection will reduce resource waste and reduce service costs. These cost savings are being passed down to utility rate payers on the waste portion of their monthly utility bill.

When will my blue bag be collected?

Bi-weekly blue bag collection begins on March 1, 2021. Blue bags will be collected on the same weeks as your black garbage cart. 2021 collection schedules can be found on the Fort Sask Waste app, online at fortsask.ca/waste, or by calling 780-992-6218.

I have a full blue bag every week, how am I going to last two weeks?

Households actively recycling are encouraged to continue doing so! Recyclables fully enclosed in a sealed blue bag can be stored outside (such as at the side of the house) if indoor or garage space isn’t available. Remember, unlimited amounts of recyclable materials can be set out on your collection day.

Flattening large cardboard boxes (such as a TV box) and placing them under blue bags can maximize space. Small boxes (such as a shoebox) can be flattened and placed in the bag. Flattened boxes left under the blue bag should not exceed 100 cm in height or width.

Won’t this lower the City’s waste diversion rate?

No, the same materials and the same quantities will still be permitted under this service level change. Putting non-recyclable items or odorous items such as diapers, food waste, food-soiled packaging, or other contaminants in your blue bags on a regular basis may result in your blue bags not being collected.

Following the City’s sorting list may reduce your overall blue bag materials if you currently “wishcycle.” Removing contaminants ensures all blue bag items can be recycled at the processing facility.

A comprehensive list of recyclable items can be found at fortsask.ca/recycle and on the Fort Sask Waste app.


Registration Day goes online

Registration Day

Physically gathering for Registration Day is so 2019! Registration Day which was supposed to take place on February 24, 2021 is going virtual. Please find the participating service groups and community organizations at: fortsask.ca/RegistrationDay

If you would like your community group spotlighted on our webpage, contact specialevents@fortsask.ca

Find the contact information of everyone still taking registrations online or over the phone. See you online!


Introduction to Family Violence

Domestic Violence Workshop

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Fort Saskatchewan and the Today Centre are cohosting a FREE introductory workshop about domestic violence for community members.

In this workshop participants will learn about:

  •  The types of domestic violence
  •  Understand the power of and barriers to support
  •  The impact of COVID-19
  •  Responding to suspected domestic violence
  •  Available information and community resources

Date: Wednesday February 24, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. MST
Location: online (Zoom link provided after registration) This workshop is FREE to attend.

Register at: http://bit.ly/StopViolenceFCSS

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Utility Bill Changes

Effective April 1, 2021

In an effort to reduce both the environmental impact of paper printing and the costs associated with mailing monthly utility bills, the City of Fort Saskatchewan is moving to paperless billing effective April 1, 2021.

For those residents who choose to continue with paper billing, and have home internet access, the City will be implementing a fee of $1.05 per bill for the printing and mailing of paper utility bills. We encourage all residents, who are able, to sign up for e-billing online at fortsask.ca/ebilling before March 31, 2021.

If you have tenants at your property and have a copy of the utility bill being mailed to the service address in C/O Occupant, you can still set up the account for e-billing. The C/O Occupant status will be removed from the account and a copy of the bill will be emailed to you, the property owner, each month.

We ask any residents who need additional assistance, or for those who do not have home internet access to please contact the Utility Billing Department at 780-992-6178.

 

Sign up for e-billing by March 31, 2021 for your chance to win a $250 credit on your April utility bill. Two Prize Draws!

Sign up for e-billing: fortsask.ca/ebilling

Customers currently on e-billing will automatically be entered. *Only property owners are eligible to sign up and enter the draw*


 
COVID-19 Reminders: Wash your hands, practice social distancing, cover your cough or sneeze, feel sick? stay home

For the most up-to-date information, please visit fortsask.ca/COVID19.


Employment Opportunities

Take your career in the right direction

Would you like to work in a fast-paced, customer-focused organization that respects and values its employees?

To apply, find out more information, or check-out a complete listing of all open competitions, please visit fortsask.ca/careers.


See something in need of repairs? Report it!

Do you have a service request or a question for the City of Fort Saskatchewan? The City is here to help. Fortreport.ca is our new online system designed to help us track and act on requests and questions.

If you see something in need of repair or have a question, let us know at fortreport.ca.