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>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>Notice of Pay and Display Machines on Queen StreetSault Ste. Marie’s Parking Enforcement office has installed four new solar-powered Pay and Display machines along Queen Street between East and March Street; three on the north side and one on the south. The Pay and Display machines are expected to be operational starting Monday, September 15, 2014. <br /><br />The Pay and Display machines accept all Canadian and American coins, as well as MasterCard and Visa. The minimum payment for coins is 5 cents for three minutes, and the maximum is $2 for two hours. The minimum payment for use of a credit card is $1 for one hour, and the maximum is $2 for two hours. <br /><br />Once payment has been inserted into the Pay and Display machine, a tag will be issued with an expiry time. The tag must be placed on the dashboard of the vehicle with the expiration time clearly visible.<br /><br />If the time has not expired, the tag can be used at other municipal parking meters or Pay and Display machines. The tags cannot be used on private property or permit-only lots such as Bell Avenue or the International Lot. <br /><br />For more information, contact the Parking Enforcement office at 705-759-5320. <br /><br />Holiday Festival on Ice Tour Coming to Essar Centre <p align="justify">The 2014 Holiday Festival on Ice tour is coming to the Essar Centre on <strong>Sunday, December 7. <br /></strong><br />The event will feature Canada’s biggest Olympic stars including 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists Tessa Virtue &amp; Scott Moir and 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist, Patrick Chan. <br /><br />They will be joined by four-time world champion, Kurt Browning; Canadian Silver Medalist, Gabrielle Daleman; and Olympic Medalist and World Champion, Jeffrey Buttle, as well as other world and national champions. Additional performers to be announced closer to the event date. <br /><br />This all-star cast will perform holiday-themed routines as part of their program. A view of the champions from ice surface seating will be available to purchase, allowing you a once in a lifetime up close and personal experience. <br /><br /><strong>Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 4 and are priced from $55 plus applicable fees per ticket. <br /></strong><br />Tickets can be purchased online at <a title="Essar Centre" href="http://www.essarcentre.ca/" target="_blank">www.essarcentre.ca</a>; by phone at 866-775-9422 and in-person at the Essar Centre box office. <br /><br />For more information about the Holiday Festival on Ice Tour – call 705-759-5251. <br /></p>No Parking on City Streets Between Midnight and 6 a.m. <p align="justify">Motorists are reminded that as of midnight October 31 there is no parking of vehicles on city streets between midnight and 6 am.<br /><br /><strong>Under By-law 77-200 there is no parking on city streets between midnight and 6 a.m. from November 1, 2014 through to midnight April 30, 2015.<br /></strong><br />Persons who disobey this by-law will receive a $15 fine and may have their vehicle towed. If your vehicle is towed you are responsible for the additional cost of the towing and storage fee at the compound.<br /><br />Even when there is no snow the by-law is in effect. Weather predictions may be incorrect and when snow occurs officers from the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service are kept busy tagging and towing cars to assist the crews from the Public Works and Transportation Department with snow removal.<br /><br />The Public Works and Transportation Department thanks motorists for their cooperation. For additional information, call 705-759-5201. </p>Applications Accepted for Cultural Financial Assistance Grants <p align="justify">In support of the aims and objectives of 2.1.5 of the City’s Cultural Policy which address the provision of arms-length funding of culture, the Cultural Advisory Board is pleased to announce that applications are now available for Cultural Financial Assistance Grants for 2015. <br /><br />Cultural groups, institutions or associations may obtain application forms online or from the Recreation and Culture Division, Community Services Department, Level 2, Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive.<br /><br />View <a title="Cultural Financial Assistace Grant Application" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/CSD/Cultural/Cultural Financial Assistance FORM Revised oct 2014.pdf" target="_blank">Cultural Financial Assistance Grant Policy / Application</a>. <br /><br />Completed application forms must be received by the Community Services Department - Level 2, Civic Centre no later than 4:30 p.m., January 15, 2015. Late applications will not be considered.<br /><br />The Cultural Advisory Board will recommend the grants for 2015 to City Council for final approval. <br /><br />Inquiries may be directed to:<br />Joseph Cain, Manager Recreation and Culture Division<br />Phone: 705-759-5310<br />Fax: 705-759-6605<br />Email: <a href="mailto:j.cain@cityssm.on.ca">j.cain@cityssm.on.ca </a><br /><br />Chris Rous <br />Chair, Cultural Advisory Board <br /><br /></p> Drop off Christmas Cheer Donations at the Civic Centre <p align="justify">For the 29th consecutive year, City of Sault Ste. Marie employees have organized a Christmas Cheer depot in support of the annual Christmas Cheer Campaign. <br /><br />Donations of new and like-new toys, new mitts, scarves and hats, and gifts of non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., starting <strong>Monday, November 10 until Friday, December 5. <br /></strong><br />A Christmas Cheer donation jar will also be available in the Civic Centre main lobby. <br /><br />Residents are encouraged to contribute to the annual campaign – your support is appreciated. <br /></p>Request for Nominations - 2014 Medal of Merit Award <p align="justify">Nominations for the Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit will be received by the City Clerk on behalf of the Medal of Merit Selection Committee until <strong>Monday, December 1, 2014. <br /></strong><br />To be eligible to be nominated, a person must meet the following criteria: <br /><br /> Individually or as a member of a group or team achieved provincial or national championship status in an athletic or other competitive endeavour; or<br /> <br /> Individually or as a member of a group achieved a standard of excellence in a cultural or academic field; or<br /> <br /> Over a period of years made an outstanding contribution to the community; or <br /><br /> Is a person who is a youth (under 18 years of age) or member of a youth group or team with achievement in the areas identified above. <br /><br />Nomination forms are available online or by contacting the City Clerk’s Department at 705-759-5388. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/Show_File.aspx?DocumentID=659" target="_blank">Medal of Merit Nomination Form<br /></a><br />Malcolm White, City Clerk<br />Phone:  705-759-5388<br />Email: <a href="mailto:cityclerk@cityssm.on.ca">cityclerk@cityssm.on.ca </a><br /><br /></p>Dec. 2 Open House - Class EA Biosolids (Sewage Sludge) Management Plan <p align="justify"> <strong>Public Comment Invited <br /></strong> <br />The City is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment to identify the preferred approach to managing the biosolids (sewage sludge) generated at the two waste water treatment plants. The following problems/opportunities are being addressed through the study process:<br /> <br />• Historically approximately 10,000 tonnes of biosolids (sewage sludge) have been disposed of in the City’s landfill each year. The biosolids accounted for approximately 15-17% of the overall waste disposed of in recent years. The diversion from disposal /beneficial use of biosolids would enhance the projected longevity of the existing landfill.<br /> <br />• In accordance with the City's objectives of continual improvement there may be an opportunity to further mitigate ‎odour generated in transporting and managing the biosolids.<br /> <br />• The biosolids, due to their high liquid content (ie: approximately 75% liquid) creates challenges in managing the biosolids at the landfill due to its poor workability. This problem has been exacerbated with the significant reduction in fibrous materials landfilled (ie: more paper products being recycled).<br /> <br />• There is a shortage of earthen cover materials at the landfill and there may be an opportunity to use processed biosolids as cover material. <br /><br />In order to address these problems/opportunities the City is considering the construction of a biosolids processing facility at the City landfill site. <br /><br />This project is being planned as a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. The City of Sault Ste. Marie is making preliminary study materials available for public viewing at an informal <strong>Public Open House </strong>to be held: <br /><br /><strong>Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. <br /></strong>Russ Ramsay Board Room, Civic Centre – 99 Foster Drive <br /><br />The alternative management strategies being considered and the criteria used to evaluate them will be on display. All members of the public are welcome to attend at <strong>any time between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.</strong> on the above noted date to provide input into the process. The City’s consultant and City staff will be available to discuss issues and concerns with members of the public. <br /><br />Further details may be obtained by contacting the consultant’s office: <br /><br /><strong>AECOM <br /></strong>Attention: Rick Talvitie, P.Eng. Branch Manager <br />523 Wellington Street East, Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 2M4 <br />Telephone: 705-942-2612<br />Email: <a href="mailto:rick.talvitie@aecom.com">rick.talvitie@aecom.com </a><br /><br />Following the public open house, further comments are invited for incorporation into the planning and design of this project, and will be received at the address noted above until <strong>January 16, 2015</strong>. <br /><br />Subject to the comments received through the public consultation process, the City plans to proceed with the next phases of this project. <br /><br />Catherine Taddo, P.Eng. <br />Land Development &amp; Environmental Engineer <br />City of Sault Ste. Marie<br /><a href="mailto:c.taddo@cityssm.on.ca">c.taddo@cityssm.on.ca</a><br /><br /><br /></p> Proposed Local Improvements - McMeeken Street <p align="justify">Notice of the Proposed Construction of Sanitary Sewer, private drain connection and Class 'A' Pavement on McMeeken Street from Elizabeth Street to Churchhill Boulevard under Section 3 Ontario Regulation 586/06 filed under the Municipal Act, 2001 (Proposed By-law 2014-217) <br /><br />1. The Council of The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie intends to construct sanitary sewer, private drain connection and Class 'A’ Pavement on McMeeken Street from Elizabeth Street to Churchhill Boulevard as local improvements and intends to specially assess a part of the cost upon the land abutting directly on the work. The proposed construction is to commence in the year 2015. <br /><br />2. The estimated cost of the work is $1,667,750.00 of which the City Corporation will pay $1,637,925.26. The balance of $29,824.74 will be specially assessed against the owners as follows: <br /><br />(a) $30.50 per metre frontage for sanitary sewer <br />(b) $304.00 for each Private drain connection <br />(c) $79.50 per metre frontage for Class 'A' pavement <br /><br />The special assessment may be paid in one payment or in the alternative by ten equal annual instalments. If the special assessment is paid in ten annual instalments, those annual payments shall be subject to an interest rate as determined by the Commissioner of Finance/Treasurer. <br /><br />If you have any questions or concerns please contact David Salewski, C.E.T., Engineering Tech 4 at 705-541-7155 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). <br /><br />There will also be a <strong>Public Information Session held December 4, 2014 from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Plummer Room of the Civic Centre.</strong> <br /><br />Persons desiring to petition against undertaking the work must do so on or before the 22nd day of December, 2014 by sending the petition to the City Clerk's Department- Level 4, Civic Centre. <br /><br />Malcolm White, City Clerk <br /><br /></p>Proposed Local Improvements - Huron Street <p align="justify">Notice of the Proposed Construction of Sanitary Sewer, private drain connection and Class 'A' Pavement on Huron Street from Bridge Plaza to Cathcart Street under Section 3 Ontario Regulation 586/06 filed under the Municipal Act, 2001 (Proposed By-law 2014-216) <br /><br />1. The Council of The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie intends to construct sanitary sewer and private drain connection on Huron Street from Bridge Plaza to Cathcart Street as local improvements and intends to specially assess a part of the cost upon the land abutting directly on the work. The proposed construction is to commence in the year 2015. <br /><br />2. The estimated cost of the work is $1,724,800.00 of which the City Corporation will pay $1,708,141.30. The balance of $16,658.70 will be specially assessed against the owners as follows: <br /><br />(a) $30.50 per metre frontage for sanitary sewer <br />(b) $304.00 for each Private drain connection <br /><br />The special assessment may be paid in one payment or in the alternative by ten equal annual instalments. If the special assessment is paid in ten annual instalments, those annual payments shall be subject to an interest rate as determined by the Commissioner of Finance/Treasurer. <br /><br />If you have any questions or concerns please contact David Salewski, C.E.T., Engineering Tech 4 at 705-541-7155 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). <br /><br />There will also be a <strong>Public Information Session held December 4, 2014 from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Plummer Room, Level 3 – Civic Centre.</strong><br /><br />Persons desiring to petition against undertaking the work must do so on or before the 22nd day of December, 2014 by sending the petition to the City Clerk's Department, Level 4 – Civic Centre.<br /><br />Malcolm White, City Clerk <br /><br /><br /></p>Proposed Local Improvements - Upton Road <p align="justify">Notice of the Proposed Construction of Sanitary Sewer, private drain connection and Class 'A' Pavement on Upton Road from Queen Street East to Wellington Street East under Section 3 Ontario Regulation 586/06 filed under the Municipal Act, 2001 (Proposed By-law 2014-218) <br /><br />1. The Council of The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie intends to construct sanitary sewer, private drain connection and Class 'A’ Pavement on Upton Road from Queen Street East to Wellington Street East as local improvements and intends to specially assess a part of the cost upon the land abutting directly on the work. The proposed construction is to commence in the year 2015. <br /><br />2. The estimated cost of the work is $2,216,000.00 of which the City Corporation will pay $2,121,173.36. The balance of $94,826.64 will be specially assessed against the owners as follows: <br /><br />(a) $30.50 per metre frontage for sanitary sewer <br />(b) $304.00 for each Private drain connection <br />(c) $79.50 per metre frontage for Class 'A' pavement <br /><br />The special assessment may be paid in one payment or in the alternative by ten equal annual instalments. If the special assessment is paid in ten annual instalments, those annual payments shall be subject to an interest rate as determined by the Commissioner of Finance/Treasurer. <br /><br />If you have any questions or concerns please contact David Salewski, C.E.T., Engineering Tech 4 at 705-541-7155 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). <br /><br />There will also be a <strong>Public Information Session held December 11, 2014 from 3- 7 p.m.in the Plummer Room, Level 3 – Civic Centre. <br /><br /></strong>Persons desiring to petition against undertaking the work must do so on or before the 22nd day of December, 2014 by sending the petition to the City Clerk's Department, Level 4 – Civic Centre.<br /><br />Malcolm White, City Clerk <br /><br /><br /></p> Board & Committee AppointmentsCity Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the following boards and committees. The numbers to be appointed are in brackets. Appointments are for two or four years depending upon the board or committee. <br /><br /><b>Boards and Committees of Council (Members Appointed by City Council)<br /></b><br />Best for Kids Committee (16) <br />Christmas Lighting Award Program Judging Committee (4) <br />Committee of Adjustment (5) <br />Committee of Revision – Local Improvements (3) <br />Cultural Advisory Board (4) <br />Environmental Monitoring Committee (5) <br />Fence Viewers Committee (4) <br />Historic Sites Board (6) <br />Library Board (9) <br />Municipal Heritage Committee (5) <br />Ontarians with Disabilities Accessibility Advisory Committee (14) <br />Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (8) <br />Planning Advisory Committee (7) <br />Residential Standards Committee (3) <br />Walk of Fame Selection Committee (2) <br /><br /><b>Boards and Committees to which Council Appoints Members (but which are not Boards or Committees of Council)<br /></b><br />Algoma Public Health (2) <br />Police Services Board (1) <br /><br />Council may change the composition of the following boards of the PUC and may consider citizen appointments to take effect in April 2015:<br /><br />PUC Inc. <br />PUC Services Inc. <br />Public Utilities Commission (water) <br /><br />Applications from individuals may be considered by City Council for appointment to positions on any boards and committees for which City Council makes appointments. <br /><br />Individuals are asked to submit an application form available online or from the City Clerk’s office - Level 4, Civic Centre – <a href="mailto:cityclerk@cityssm.on.ca"><u><font color="#0066cc">cityclerk@cityssm.on.ca </font></u></a>or 705-759-5388. <br /><br /><a title="Board and Committee Application" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Clerks/BoardCommitteeApplication.pdf" target="_blank">Board and Committee Application Form</a><br /><br />Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will be held in strict confidence to be used solely for the purpose stated above. <br /><br /><b>Applications will be accepted by the City Clerk until 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 28, 2014. <br /></b><br />Malcolm White, City ClerkNotice of Application and Public Meeting <strong>Date: December 15, 2014 <br />Time: 5:30 PM <br />Civic Centre, Council Chambers <br />99 Foster Drive <br /></strong><br /><strong>HAVE YOUR SAY </strong><br /><br />Input on the proposed application is welcome and encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the public meeting or by making a written submission. <br /><br /><strong>MORE INFORMATION </strong><br /><br />The application 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 on Friday, December 12, 2014, during regular office hours in the Planning Division. 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 </strong><br /><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 Monday, December 15, 2014. <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 />Pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, 1990 </strong><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 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 can be found <a title="December_15_2014_Planning_Applications" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/Planning/Planning%20Applications/DECEMBER%2015%202014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br />Committee of Adjustment HearingA <strong>Committee of Adjustment hearing </strong>will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall on <strong>Thursday,</strong> <strong>November 27th, 2014 </strong>commencing at <strong>2 p.m</strong>.  A complete list of applications can be found <a title="Nov_27_2014_Committee_Of_Adjustment_Applications" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/Planning/Committee%20of%20Adjustment%20Apps/Nov27_2014_Binder.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.Give Us Your Input - 2015 Operating Budget <p align="justify">The City of Sault Ste. Marie is seeking comments and suggestions as part of the 2015 operating budget process.<br /><br />Send us your input to <a href="mailto:budgetinput@cityssm.on.ca">budgetinput@cityssm.on.ca</a>  until <strong>Friday, December 19, 2014.<br /></strong><br />The 2015 Budget will maintain service at the current levels.<br /><br />The <a title="2014 Budget Summary" href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/Article_Page.aspx?ID=1066&amp;deptid=1" target="_blank">2014 Budget Summary</a> will provide guidance as to the current operating requirements.<br /><br />A <a title="Property Tax Calculator" href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/Open_Page.aspx?ID=1194&amp;deptid=1" target="_blank">Property Tax Calculator</a> will show service costs based on an individual’s property assessment.<br /><br />For additional information, contact the Finance Department at 705-759-5350. <br /></p> Public Invitation - Council Inauguration <p align="justify">The citizens of Sault Ste. Marie are cordially invited to attend the Inaugural Meeting of the 2015-2018 City Council.<br /><br />The Inaugural Meeting will be held <strong>Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3 p.m.</strong> in the Council Chambers, Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive. The meeting will be televised on Shaw Cable Channel 10.<br /><br />A come-and-go public reception will follow the meeting. All citizens are welcome to attend. <br /><br /></p>