City of Sault Ste Marie News Bulletinshttp://www.cityssm.on.ca/Latest Newsen-USPhysician Recruitment <p align="justify">We’ve got a prescription for the lifestyle you desire. The Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee would like to welcome you to a community where life is at a relaxed pace, you have immediate access to outdoor activities and attractions and where you can enjoy life to the fullest at a cost of living that is well within your means. <br /><br />It's all right here.....in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario!<br /><br />Visit <a href="http://www.saultmed.com/">www.saultmed.com</a> for more information.<br /></p>Open-Air Burning Permits Available OnlineResidents can renew or obtain Open-Air Burning permits online.<br /><br />Visit <em><a title="My Sault Ste. Marie" href="https://corpsys.cityssm.on.ca:8443/mySSM/index.asp" target="_blank">My Sault Ste. Marie</a></em> to set up an account to renew or obtain your permit. Residents will need their roll numbers and access codes from their tax bill for online requests.<br /><br />Please note that all open-air burning requires a permit from Fire Services. Permits are only issued to the owner of the property.<br /><br />New Permits - $25.00 (one-time / subject to a site inspection)<br />Permit Renewals - $15.00 (required annually on date of expiry)<br />Weekly Permits - $10.00<br /><br />Burning permits can still be processed by calling Fire Services at 705-949-9898, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.Notice of Planning Application and Public Meeting <strong>Date:</strong> September 8<sup>th</sup>, 2014 <br /><strong>Time:</strong> 5:30pm <br /><strong>Location:</strong> Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 99 Foster Drive <br /><br /><strong>Have Your Say <br /></strong><br />Input on the proposed applications are welcome and encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the public meeting or by making a written submission. <br /><br /><strong>More Information <br /></strong><br />The applications may be reviewed in the Planning Division, Level 5, Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive. The Report of the Planning Division will be available for review after <strong>Friday, September 5<sup>th</sup>, 2014</strong>, during regular office hours in the Planning Division or from the City of Sault Ste. Marie website www.cityssm.on.ca. Inquiries should be directed to Pat Schinners, Administrative Clerk, Planning Division, at 705-759-5368 or p.schinners@cityssm.on.ca. Please refer to the application file number. <br /><br /><strong>Written Submission <br /></strong><br />To provide input in writing, or request notice if the proposed application is approved, please submit a letter to Pat Schinners, Administrative Clerk, Planning Division, 99 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5X6, or e-mailed to p.schinners@cityssm.on.ca with your name, address and application file number on or before <strong>Monday, September 8<sup>th</sup>, 2014</strong>. <br /><br />If you wish to be notified of the Council of the City of Sault Ste. Marie decision to adopt or refuse the approval of an application, you must make a written request to the Planning Division Administrative Clerk at the address noted above. <br /><br /><strong>Legal Notice Concerning Your Right To Appeal <br /></strong><br />If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Sault Ste. Marie before the By-Law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Sault Ste. Marie to the Ontario Municipal Board. <br /><br />If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Sault Ste. Marie before the By-Law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party. <br /><br />A Complete List of Applications to be Presented can be found <a title="September_8_Planning_Applications" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/Planning/Planning%20Applications/SEPTEMBER_8_2014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.Notice of Completion - Stormwater Management Class EA Master Plan <p align="justify">The City of Sault Ste. Marie has developed a long-term Stormwater Management Master Plan following Phase 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.<br /><br />Based on the study findings and comments received from review agencies and the public, a series of alternatives have been developed. The preferred alternative is to implement a City-Wide Stormwater Management Approach. This approach will include: improving snow disposal sites, education, implementing a point source monitoring plan, implementing oil grit separators at various locations throughout the City prior to discharge to the natural environment, improving storm water conveyance at known problem areas and the retrofitting of existing stormwater management facilities for quality control. In addition, the City has developed new Stormwater Management Guidelines.<br /><br />The proposed approach is required to address concerns regarding stormwater quantity and quality. This study falls under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Master Plan Process Approach #1. The City of Sault Ste. Marie has, based on Environmental Assessment requirements, defined the problems to be resolved, developed and evaluated alternative solutions and consulted with the public prior to deciding upon the preferred solution.<br /><br />View project information - <a title="Stormwater Investigative Study Report" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/StormwaterInvestigStudyReport-%20FINALRev.pdf" target="_blank">Stormwater Investigative Study Final Report</a>.<br /><br />This information can also be seen at the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Civic Centre, Engineering and Planning Department – Level 5, or at the Clerk’s Department – Level 3, 99 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.<br /><br />Comments regarding this project can be directed to Ms. Catherine Taddo, the City’s Land Development &amp; Environmental Engineer at 705-759-5380 or Mr. Alex Sorensen at R.V. Anderson Associates Limited at 705-560-5555 in Sudbury.<br /><br />Interested persons should provide written comment to the City on the proposal within 30 calendar days from the date of this Notice. Comments should be directed to Ms. Catherine Taddo, P.Eng., Land Development &amp; Environmental Engineer, City of Sault Ste. Marie, 99 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5N1.<br />Phone: 705-759-5380, Fax: 705- 541-7165 or Email <a href="mailto:c.taddo@cityssm.on.ca">c.taddo@cityssm.on.ca</a><br /><br />Thereafter the Master Plan will be reviewed and revised, taking into consideration the further comments received from the public. The recommended Master Plan approach will proceed, subject to Council approval.<br /><br />This Notice issued March 8, 2014.<br /><br />Catherine Taddo, P.Eng. <br />Land Development and Environmental Engineer<br />Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie<br />Civic Centre, Box 580, 99 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5N1<br />Phone: 705-759-5380 <br />Email: <a href="mailto:c.taddo@cityssm.on.ca">c.taddo@cityssm.on.ca</a><br /><br />Alex Sorensen, LEL, C.E.T.<br />Project Manager<br />R. V. Anderson Associates Limited<br />436 Westmount Avenue, Unit 6, Sudbury, ON P3A 5Z8<br />Phone: 705-560-5555 <br />Email: <a href="mailto:asornesen@rvanderson.com">asorensen@rvanderson.com </a><br /><br /></p>Queen Street Lane Configuration Class EA - Notice of CompletionThis project is being planned as a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. Public and external agency consultation is a key component of this Study. The City of Sault Ste. Marie recently made preliminary study materials available for public viewing at a second Public Open House held on February 13, 2014 at the Civic Center. <br /><br />We received a significant level of input and comments during the recent public input period. We would like to thank all of the residents that participated in the study and we appreciate the input received!<br /><br />The study has now been completed and the NOTICE OF COMPLETION is available at the link below. In addition, the FINAL Class EA Report is available for viewing at the link below or alternatively at the following locations:<br /><br />City of Sault Ste. Marie <br />Engineering Department <br />Level 5, Civic Center, <br />99 Foster Drive, <br />Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 5N1 <br />Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm<br /><br />City of Sault Ste. Marie Public Library <br />50 East Street <br />Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 3C3 <br />Monday – Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm <br />Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm <br />Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm <br />Sunday 2:00pm to 5:00pm<br /><br />AECOM <br />523 Wellington Street East <br />Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2M4 <br />Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm<br /><br />Our next steps include the following:<br /> <br />􀁸 Provide a 30 day period (ie. until April 26, 2014) to allow individuals to review the final report and submit a Part II Order request if concerns cannot be resolved (refer to the Notice of Completion for details).<br /><br />􀁸 If there are no Part II Order requests received, the City intends to proceed with the project implementation.<br /><br />􀁸 The scope of the proposed construction work includes the reconstruction of Queen Street from Riverview Avenue to Pine Street, pavement recycling from Pine Street to the golf course, surface course paving of Queen Street from Pim Street to the golf course and final lane markings as recommended in the Class EA report. This work is scheduled to be completed from May to October, 2014.<br /> <br />View <a title="Study Area Limits on Keyplan" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/StudyAreaLimitsKeyplanQueenLaneConfiguration.pdf" target="_blank">Study Area Limits on Keyplan</a><br /><br />View <a title="Notice of Completion" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/FinalNoticeofCompletionQueenLaneConfiguration.pdf" target="_blank">Notice of Completion</a><br /><br />View <a title="Final Queen Street Lane Configuration Class EA Report" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/FINALQueenStreetLaneConfigurationClassEAMar25.pdf" target="_blank">FINAL Queen Street Lane Configuration Class EA Report</a><br /><br />View <a title="Open House Displays" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/QueenStreetImprovementOpenHouse.pdf" target="_blank">Open House Displays</a><br /><br />Should you have any questions or require further information please contact either:<br /><br />Carl Rumiel, P.Eng. <br />Design and Construction Engineer <br />City of Sault Ste. Marie <br />Tel: 705-759-5379 <br />Fax: 705-541-7165 <br />Email: <a href="mailto:c.rumiel@cityssm.on.ca">c.rumiel@cityssm.on.ca</a><br /><br />Rick Talvitie, P.Eng. <br />Project Manager <br />AECOM Canada Ltd. <br />Tel: 705-942-2612 <br />Fax: 705-942-3642 <br />Email: <a href="mailto:rick.talvitie@aecom.com">rick.talvitie@aecom.com</a> <br /> <br />Please note that the information related to this study will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments received will become part of the public record and may be included in Study documentation prepared for public review.Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Begins April 22 <p align="justify">The City’s Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Program begins April 22 for city collection areas and April 28 for contract areas. <br /><br />Leaf and yard waste should include grass, plant clippings, leaves and small branches no larger than 1/2 inch in diameter. <br /><br />Unacceptable items are household garbage, plastic containers, gravel, stone, brick, rope, wire, metal, carpet, landscape cloth, etc. Damage to compost equipment is caused when these items are placed in the leaf and yard waste bags. <br /><br />Bags found to have none acceptable items will be termed to be waste and left behind. Leaf and yard waste bags must not exceed 20 kg. <br /><br />Material produced from the compost program is used by City departments such as Public Works, Parks, and Cemeteries to help reduce the cost of purchasing top soil for municipal projects. <br /><br />The Leaf and Yard Waste Program will end November 21 for city collection areas and November 28 for contract areas. <br /><br />For additional information, view <a title="Leaf and Yard Waste" href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/Article_Page.aspx?ID=412&amp;deptid=1" target="_blank">Leaf and Yard Waste </a>or call 705-759-5201. <br /><br /></p>NEW! Confirm or Update Your Electoral Information with VoterlookupAre you recorded as an eligible elector for the upcoming municipal election? You can now check online to see if you are on the Voters List.<br /><br />To confirm and/or update electoral information in a few easy steps, visit <a title="VoterLookUp.ca" href="http://voterlookup.ca/">voterlookup.ca</a>. You can also change/update your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address.<br /><br />Find out ahead of time if you are an eligible elector.<br /><br /><div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">Visit <a title="VoterLookup.ca" href="https://www.voterlookup.ca/" target="_blank">voterlookup.ca</a> or call 1-866-296-6722. Have your say. Log on today.</div><br /><div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"><a title="VoterLookUp.ca" href="http://voterlookup.ca/"><img border="0" src="http://cityweb/contentadmin/UserFiles/Image/Voterlookup.ca%20Button_-_3.jpg" /></a></div>Final Tax Installment Due Friday, September 5 <p align="justify">Installment #4 for all Property Tax Classes is Due Friday, September 5<br /><br /><strong>Payment may be made as follows:<br /><br /></strong>• At most financial institutions;<br /><br />• By mail to the Accounting Division, PO Box 580, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5N1;<br /><br />• Use the outside drop-off box located at the west entrance to the Civic Centre front steps or the inside drop-off box located in the lobby (cheques only - no cash;<br /><br />• At the Civic Centre Central Collections payment counter, 99 Foster Drive, Level 2. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Payments are accepted by: cash, cheque and direct debit. (We are unable to accept credit card payments);<br /><br />• By telephone or online banking through most financial institutions. Contact your financial institution for details; and<br /><br />• By choosing one of our pre-authorized tax payment plans. Select the ten-month automatic bank withdrawal plan that debits your bank account on the fifth of each month or choose the due date tax payment plan that debits your bank account on the installment due dates. Contact the Tax office for details.<br /><br />Taxpayers are responsible for paying taxes on or before the due date. Payments received after the due date will be subject to late payment charges. For telephone inquires, contact the Tax office at 705-759-5290.<br /><br /><strong>MY SAULT STE. MARIE eSERVICES – ONLINE PROPERTY TAX BILL<br /></strong><br />You can now access your tax bill information online.<br /><br />My Sault Ste. Marie eServices is a new online service that provides both home owners and businesses access to their city information. As part of this service, you will be able to access information about your property tax bill. You will have the ability to view current and past tax billings, payment history and current balances.<br /><br />To get started you will need your most recent property tax bill. You will require the 15 digit roll number and access code from your tax bill to register your property tax account(s). When you are ready to start, click <a title="My Sault Ste. Marie eServices" href="https://corpsys.cityssm.on.ca:8443/eServices/index.asp" target="_blank">My Sault Ste. Marie eServices</a>.<br /><br />If you require further information about this online service, contact the Tax office at 705-759-5290 or email citytax@cityssm.on.ca. <br /><br /><br /></p> City Beautification Award Winners Announced <p align="justify">The City of Sault Ste. Marie City Beautification Committee recently selected the winners of the 35th Annual City Beautification Awards.<br /><br /><a title="City Beautification Winners" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Clerks/News Release Archive 2014/CityBeautificationWinners.pdf" target="_blank">2014 Winners <br /></a><br />The City Beautification Program recognizes the gardening efforts of local residents and businesses. <br /><br />Congratulations to all 2014 nominees!</p>