Fire Ban

Fire Ban in place effective immediately

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

April 27, 2020

A COMPLETE FIRE BAN

is in effect for the  R.M. of Moose Jaw No. 161

This includes all fires that have the potential to create sparks including but not limited to:

Controlled burns; fireworks; campfires/recreational fires; fire pits; fire rings; burning barrels;

charcoal fires.

Allowed: propane/natural gas BBQ’s;

CSA approved propane fire tables.

This Ban will be in effect until further notice

Inspections of Gas Lines within our Area (April 13 – May 15, 2020)

If you suspect the smell of natural gas, please leave the area immediately and call SaskEnergy’s 24 hour emergency service line at 1-888-7000-GAS (427).
If you require more information, or have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-567-8899, or at saskenergy.com.

To Whom It May Concern:

SaskEnergy, and its subsidiary TransGas, take pride in providing safe and reliable service to our customers. Every year, as part of our enhanced safety and gas line integrity program, we routinely perform a variety of safety tests and inspections throughout different areas of the province. This includes surveying for natural gas leaks and visual inspections of utility right-of-ways.
To inspect our gas lines, we may utilize a variety of techniques that can include both vehicle-mounted equipment and hand-held devices. These highly sensitive instruments are designed to detect natural gas and will be used to survey above and below ground infrastructure. In the event that a natural gas leak is detected or other repairs to the system need to be made, SaskEnergy personnel will respond accordingly.

Inspection of the gas line system will take place in your area between April 13 – May 15, 2020. This will be completed by a SaskEnergy or a qualified Field Representative who has been contracted to complete this work on our behalf. Field Representatives will wear hi-visibility clothing, travel in marked vehicles, and will carry identification indicating they work for or on behalf of SaskEnergy.

Please note that residents will not be notified prior to the specific inspection date. There is no action required by the home / landowner, and no direct contact needed during the inspection.
While surveys are an integral part of SaskEnergy’s annual safety program, all natural gas in SaskEnergy’s distribution system is odourized as an additional safety feature. If you suspect the smell of natural gas, please call SaskEnergy’s 24-hour emergency service line immediately at 1-888-7000-GAS (427).
Information regarding SaskEnergy’s enhanced safety and gas line integrity program is available by visiting saskenergy.com. A list of most frequently asked questions are included on the back of this letter for your reference.

Thank you for your cooperation. We appreciate your support of this important safety initiative. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely,
Jesse Miller, Engineer-in-Training
System Integrity & Standards
Ph. 306-777-9045
Email: jmiller@saskenergy.com
Inspection of natural gas lines in your area

Frequently Asked Questions

Who conducts the gas line inspection?
Depending on the area of the province, SaskEnergy or a qualified Field Representative from Hetek Solutions, West Country Energy Services, or Shermco Industries, will complete the inspection. With a target to inspect approximately 20,000 kilometers of gas line per year, SaskEnergy hires qualified industry experts with a proven service record to ensure this important safety-related work can be completed within a reasonable timeframe. Field Representatives will carry identification clearly indicating they are conducting work on behalf of SaskEnergy.
In the unlikely event an issue is identified during the inspection, SaskEnergy will be notified by the Field Representative to send a qualified SaskEnergy Field Technician to resolve the issue and / or complete any necessary work.

How often do gas line inspections occur?
The visual inspection of our natural gas lines occurs on a rotating schedule every four years, on average. However, ongoing monitoring, maintenance work, and safety-related response occur year-round.

I was not aware a gas line inspection was taking place on or near my property. Did I receive notification?
SaskEnergy/TransGas conducts ongoing inspections of the natural gas distribution and transmission system throughout all areas of the province. We try our best to notify landowners and residents when inspections are taking place by contacting the local municipality or town office. With thousands of kilometres of land area to cover, and weather conditions permitting, we are unable to provide the exact date of when the inspection will take place on or near your property.
We also understand that everyone’s time is valuable. Our goal is to conduct the inspection quickly and with no impact or disruption to you.

Should I be concerned about my natural gas service?
Inspection of natural gas facilities is required to comply with federal and industry regulations, and is part of our commitment to providing you safe and reliable service. This is part of SaskEnergy’s planned, preventative maintenance program. If additional work is required as a result of the inspection, a SaskEnergy Representative will be in contact with you.

I am not a SaskEnergy customer. Why do you need access to my property?
SaskEnergy owns underground infrastructure which delivers natural gas service to nearly 400,000 customers throughout the province. In some instances, there may be a utility easement or a gas line on your property to deliver service to a neighbouring property. Identifying who is a SaskEnergy customer can be a challenge for Field Representatives. We continue to improve our processes and technology so we can try to alleviate this issue in the future.

Moose Jaw RM 161

Update on Services and Council Meetings

To our valued Rate-payers of RM 161:

 

Re: Update on Services and Council Meetings

Hope this letter finds everyone safe and healthy. While schools, businesses and public facilities are all under a mandated closure, the RM of Moose Jaw wants to re-assure everyone that we are doing our best to ensure the needs of our residents and landowners are met despite the challenges we currently face.

Specifically, the office is available for all inquiries. Janna and I are alternating days at the office to answer phone calls to ensure we adhere to the social distancing standards with only 1 person being in the office every 2nd day. The alternate days Janna or I are not at the office involves “work from home” whereby we are able to respond to specific needs the moment they arise.

Furthermore, our Public Works team have employed a “business as usual” philosophy, ensuring to practice the social distancing standards by arriving and leaving at different times to virtually eliminate social interactions. Hats off to our team for adapting in these challenging times and ensuring our roads are maintained while also keeping each other safe.

Concerning our Council meetings and maintaining the social distancing standards, for the time being, our Council meetings will be taking place via a secure “Zoom” Meeting Conferencing app. It is the Municipality’s intent to ensure all meeting remain open to the public, therefore should a member of the public wish to observe the meetings please contact the office by email or phone in advance to obtain an ID and passcode and more information on the app. It will be important to provide your contact information such as your name and land location. Controls will be in place to prevent un-authorized access. Protocol guidelines (attached) when attending Municipal meetings as observers will remain the same as traditional in-person meetings. Our next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

As always, we ask that you continue to call our office to report any specific road issues or concerns. We will continue to be here to help!

Stay safe and take care!

 

Sincerely,

Mike Wirges

Municipal Administrator

 

 

 

Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw No. 161

 

 

ATTENDEES AT COUNCIL MEETINGS POLICY

 

1.  It is recognized that meetings of council are public, and that members of the public may attend meetings, subject to certain rules of order.

 2.  Attendees not making a formal presentation to council may attend as observers. Observers shall:

           a) Be seated in areas designated by council at all times during the meeting, except to come into the council meeting room and leave the council meeting room;

           b) Refrain from speaking while the council meeting is in progress;

          c) Refrain from any form of rude or aggressive behaviour, and refrain from making any body motions or gestures that may be disruptive in any manner.

 3.  Should anyone contravene any of the terms set out in No. 2 above, the Reeve and Council may cause to have the attendee or attendees in contravention removed from the council chambers immediately, and may further ban the attendees in contravention from attendance at meetings of council and the municipal office permanently.

 4.  Persons wishing to address council on a topic may do so by making an appointment  with the Reeve or Administrator not less than one week in advance of a meeting, and shall disclose at least one week prior to the meeting the topic which the person wishes to address. The Reeve, Administrator and Council have the right to accept or reject anyone applying to address a council meeting.

 5.  Attendees making a formal presentation to council shall:

 – Limit their presentation to 15 minutes or less, and at all times, address the topic which the attendee has stated he or she has come to the meeting to address;

– Refrain from any form of rude or aggressive behaviour, and refrain from making any body motions or gestures that may be disruptive in any manner.

 6.  Should anyone contravene any of the terms set out in No. 5 above, the Reeve and Council may cause to have the attendee or attendees in contravention removed from the council chambers immediately, and may further ban the attendees in contravention from attendance at meetings of council and the municipal office permanently.

 7.  This policy applies to committee meetings as well as council meetings.

 

 

SaskAlert – Provincial Push to Download SaskAlert App

Hello,

I am writing you to ask for your help.

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency is encouraging people to download the SaskAlert App so they can receive critical COVID-19 information in a timely manner. The app also allows people to choose how and when to hear the emergency alerts.

 

As your municipality/First Nation Community is participating in SaskAlert, I am hoping you can assist by encouraging your residents to download the app. If you could share this message on your website, promote it on your social media accounts or include it in any sort of mail outs to your residents, that would be greatly appreciated.

 

The more people that have the app, the more efficient we can be with targeting people in a specific area, including your jurisdiction, that might require emergency information.

 

Thank you in advance for helping to get this message out to your residents.

Jean Longpre

SaskAlert Manager

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency

1855 Victoria Avenue

Regina, Saskatchewan

S4P 3T2

Office phone: 306 787-6678