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>Reduced Loading on City Streets Begins March 12 <strong>REDUCED LOAD RESTRICTIONS<br /></strong><br />All truckers take notice that pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act and By-Law 77-200, Reduced Loading (5 tonnes per axle), will be in effect on the streets within the City of Sault Ste. Marie commencing <strong>12:01 a.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014</strong>.<br /><br />Several streets; however, are exempt from these regulations as provided for under Schedule ‘N’ (Section 41) of the Traffic By-Law.<br /><br /><a title="Traffic By-Law 'Schedule N'" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/By-Laws/TrafficScheduleNJan2013.pdf" target="_blank">View List of Exempted Streets</a><br /><a title="Traffic By-Law" href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/By-Laws/TrafficBylaw2014-1RevJan2014.pdf" target="_blank">View Traffic By-law</a><br /><br />For additional information, contact the Public Works and Transportation Department at 705-759-5201.Notice of Planning Application and Public Meeting <strong>Date:</strong> April  28<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, April 25<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 <a href="mailto:p.schinners@cityssm.on.ca">p.schinners@cityssm.on.ca</a>. 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 <a href="mailto:p.schinners@cityssm.on.ca">p.schinners@cityssm.on.ca </a>with your name, address and application file number on or before <strong>Monday, April 28<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 />Pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, 1990 <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="Planning Applications" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/Planning/Planning Applications/NOTICE OF APPLICATION-APRIL 28 2014.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.Household Hazardous Waste Facility Opens May 8 <p align="justify">The City of Sault Ste. Marie Household Special Waste Depot located at 115 Industrial Park Crescent (turn off Great Northern Road across from Giovanni's Restaurant) will re-open on <strong>Thursday, May 8, 2014</strong>.<br /><br />The facility will be open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the month of April through October 25, 2014.<br /><br />Household hazardous waste items should not be placed curbside for regular garbage collection.  Hazardous items including: batteries, aerosols, pharmaceuticals, paint, fluorescent lights, motor oil, fertilizer, pesticides, etc. should be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.<br /><br />View <a title="Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Waste Items" href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/PWT/WasteMgmt/HazardousWasteMaterialList%20.pdf" target="_blank">Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Waste Items</a>. <br /><br />For more information call 705-759-5201. <br /></p> Notice of Planning Application and Public Meeting <strong>Date:</strong> May 12<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 May 9<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 May 12<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="Planning_Application" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/Planning/Planning%20Applications/NOTICE%20OF%20APPLICATION-MAY%2012%202014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.Celebrate 100! Website <p align="justify">The Celebrate100! initiative was a yearlong community celebration that provided citizens of Sault Ste. Marie with an opportunity to reflect over the 100 year history of the community since becoming an incorporated city on April 16, 1912.<br /><br />Highlights of the 2012 Celebrate100! project can be found on the <a title="Celebrate 100! Website" href="http://www.celebrate100saultstemarie.ca/" target="_blank">Celebrate 100! Website</a>. </p> Nominations Accepted for Community Recognition Award <p align="justify">Nominations for the 2014 Community Recognition Award are now being accepted by the Cultural Advisory Board.<br /><br />This award recognizes individuals, groups or community organizations for particularly outstanding or innovative cultural activities or long-term commitment to the field of culture as defined by the City’s Cultural Policy.<br /><br />An individual, group or community organization may make one nomination each year. <strong>Deadline for nominations is May 30, 2014</strong>.<br /><br />View <a title="Cultural Advisory Board - Community Recognition Nomination" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/CSD/Awards/CAB%20Community%20Recognition%20Nomination.pdf" target="_blank">CAB Community Recognition Award Application</a><br /><br />The nomination/application form is also available from the Community Services Department, Civic Centre - Level 2.<br /><br />Completed nomination forms should be submitted to:<br />The Cultural Advisory Board<br />c/o Joseph Cain, Manager of Recreation and Culture<br />Community Services Department - Level 2<br />Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie<br /> <br /></p>20-Minute SSM Makeover - Registration Now AvailableThe community is invited to participate in the 3rd Annual 20-Minute Sault Ste. Marie Makeover on April 22, 2014.<br /><br />To take part, registered participants are required to clean-up outside their home or business for at least 20 minutes, for example picking up litter or removing illegal graffiti. The intent of the event is to promote civic pride and community beautification, and celebrate Earth Day!<br /><br />Registered participants will receive a clean-up kit that contains gloves, garbage bags, and other items – while supplies last. Registration will begin on March 24, 2014 until the day of the event. Please find the registration form <a title="20 Minute SSM Makeover Registration Form" href="/contentadmin/UserFiles/File/CityDepartments/Engineering/Green%20Committee/20MM%20-%20SSM%20-%202014%20Registration%20Form.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br />New to the event this year is a focus on illegal graffiti removal. As a result, the City’s Graffiti SWAT Team will be on the lookout to identify illegal tagging in the downtown core to tackle it’s removal. <br /><br /><strong>Registration</strong> <br /><br />Participants can drop off their completed registration forms and pick-up clean-up kits at several locations:<br /><ul><li>Civic Centre Lobby;</li><li>Walmart North Courtesy Desk (Great Northern Road); and </li><li>Downtown Association Office (496 Queen St. E.)</li></ul>Event kick off will take place at the Civic Centre at 11 a.m. on April 22, 2014. Best <br /><br /><strong>Photo Prizes Available</strong> <br /><br />Prizes will be awarded for the best participant photos taken during the event, including gift bags, gift cards, hats, shirts, and rain barrels. <br /><br />To be eligible for a prize, please email your photos by Friday April 25, 2014, to Madison Zuppa at <a href="mailto:m.zuppa@cityssm.on.ca"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; COLOR: blue; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><u>m.zuppa@cityssm.on.ca</u></span></a><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">.</span> <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p>Special thanks to the event sponsors:<br /><br /><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><img style="WIDTH: 500px; HEIGHT: 203px" alt="20 Minute Makeover Sponsors" src="/contentadmin/UserFiles/Image/CityDepartments/ENG/20%20MM%20Sponsors.jpg" /></span></span></span></span><br /><br />Thank you to City staff and members of the Planning Committee that contributed to the event, including: <ul><li>Algoma Public Health;</li><li>Clean North;</li><li>Downtown Association</li><li>Algoma District School Board</li><li>Huron Superior Catholic District School Board; and</li><li>Walmart North</li></ul><p><strong>For more information contact: </strong></p><p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #000000; BORDER-LEFT: #000000; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #000000; BORDER-RIGHT: #000000; PADDING-TOP: 0.75pt">Steve Butland<br />Councillor Ward 1<br />City of Sault Ste. Marie<br />705-542-0546<br /><a href="mailto:s.butland@cityssm.on.ca">s.butland@cityssm.on.ca</a>     <br /></td> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #000000; BORDER-LEFT: #000000; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #000000; BORDER-RIGHT: #000000; PADDING-TOP: 0.75pt"><p>Madison Zuppa<br />Environmental Initiatives Coordinator<br />City of Sault Ste. Marie<br />705-541-7175<br /><a href="mailto:m.zuppa@cityssm.on.ca">m.zuppa@cityssm.on.ca</a> <br /></p></td></tr> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #000000; BORDER-LEFT: #000000; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #000000; BORDER-RIGHT: #000000; PADDING-TOP: 0.75pt">Susan Myers<br />City Councillor Ward 2<br />City of Sault Ste. Marie<br />705-941-1785<br /><a href="mailto:s.myers@cityssm.on.ca">s.myers@cityssm.on.ca</a></td> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #000000; BORDER-LEFT: #000000; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #000000; BORDER-RIGHT: #000000; PADDING-TOP: 0.75pt"><p></p></td></tr></tbody></table>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.Nominations Accepted for Lincoln M. Alexander AwardNominations are now being accepted for the <strong>Lincoln M. Alexander Award</strong> recognizing young people who have demonstrated excellent leadership in eliminating racial discrimination.<br /><br /><strong>The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2014.</strong><br /><br />Online nomination forms and information outlining the details of the programs, the selection criteria and the procedures followed are available at <a title="www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards" href="http://www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards" target="_blank">www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards</a>.<br /><br />For more information please contact the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat by phone at 416-314-7526 or toll-free at 1-877-832-8622.Residents Requested to Not Park on City Streets to Enable Snow Removal <p align="justify">In order to continue with its snow removal program, the City of Sault Ste. Marie Public Works and Transportation Department (PWT) is asking residents to refrain from parking on city streets and roadways, whenever possible, during the day and overnight until April 30.<br /><br />“City Works crews are working to remove the snow and ice that we still have on our roadways; however, the presence of parked cars on streets is making this process difficult. I would ask residents to please assist us by keeping their vehicles parked in their driveways and off the streets, whenever possible,” says Larry Girardi, Commissioner, Public Works and Transportation.<br /><br />The City reminds residents that notwithstanding any other provision of Traffic By-law 77-200, no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a street in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic or clearing of snow from the street (Section 8).<br /><br />The Public Works and Transportation Department appreciates the cooperation of citizens with this request.<br /><br />For more information, contact PWT at 705-759-5201. <br /></p>Easter Holiday Operations <p align="justify">The following City facilities will be CLOSED for the Easter Holiday – Good Friday, April 18 through Easter Monday, April 21.<br /><br />• Cemetery office <br />• Children’s Centres (Jessie Irving, Maycourt, Best Start – Holy Family site) <br />• Civic Centre <br />• Ermatinger•Clergue National Historic Site <br />• Essar Centre administration office and Box Office <br />• Public Works and Transportation administrative office <br />   <strong>For 24-hour emergency service requests call 705-759-5201 </strong><br />• Seniors’ Centres (Drop-In and Steelton) <br />• Social Services: Ontario Works, Social Housing, Community Child Care, and Accessibility office <br />• Transit office<br /><br /><strong>Community Centres:<br /></strong>Essar Centre Ice Surface – Closed Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Sunday, April 20. Open for scheduled events Saturday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 21.<br /><br /><strong>John Rhodes Arenas</strong><br />Open for scheduled events Good Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19.<br />Arena #2 is open Good Friday, April 18 for Public Skating 2 – 4 p.m.<br />Arena #2 is open Easter Sunday, April 20 for Public Skating 2 – 4 p.m.<br />Open Easter Monday, April 21.<br /><strong><br />McMeeken Centre and Northern Community Centre<br /></strong>Closed Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Sunday, April 20.<br />Open Saturday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 21.<br /><br /><strong>John Rhodes Community Centre Pool<br /></strong>Open Good Friday, April 18 as follows: Aquabics 8:30 a.m., Parent/Child/Lane Swim 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Public Swim 1 – 3 p.m.<br /><br />Open Easter Sunday, April 20 as follows: Parent/Child/Lane Swim 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Public Swim 1 – 3 p.m.<br /><br />Open Saturday, April 19 and Monday, April 21 for regular swim programs and lessons.<br /><strong><br />Public Library<br /></strong>Churchill and Korah branches are closed Good Friday, April 18, Easter Sunday, April 20 and Easter Monday, April 21. The Centennial library is closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. All libraries are open Saturday, April 19.<br /><br /><strong>Refuse &amp; Recycling Collection<br /></strong>No collection Good Friday, April 18 – Friday’s collection will be picked up on Saturday, April 19. No collection Monday, April 21 – Collection for the week of April 21 – 25 will be one day late. Refuse and recyclables must be placed curbside by 7:30 a.m. to ensure pickup. The landfill site will be closed Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Monday, April 21; however, it will be open Saturday, April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.<br /><br /><strong>Transit Services<br /></strong>NO regular transit or Parabus service – Good Friday, April 18. Regular weekend schedule for transit and parabus will resume Saturday, April 19 and Easter Sunday, April 20. Regular weekday service will be provided on Monday, April 21. All parabus bookings for Saturday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 22 must be made by noon on Thursday, April 17.<br /><br />For transit information please call 705-759-5438. <br /></p>Reminder - Dog at Large & Pooper Scooper By-laws <p align="justify">Now that the warmer weather is returning, citizens are reminded of the following City By-law provisions:<br /><br />(1) A person is required to immediately clean up any excrement deposited by his or her dog on any property, including their own, subject to a maximum fine of $1,000.00 (By-law 87-125); and <br /><br />(2) No person shall permit a dog to run at large anywhere within the City, other than on property owned by that person. Any dog that is off of the owner's property must be on a leash that is not more than 6 feet long (By-law 98-211).<br /><br />Copies of By-laws 87-125 and 98-211 may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk's office at 705-759-5388 or by visiting <a href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/Article_Page.aspx?ID=247&amp;deptid=1">By-laws</a>. <br /><br /></p>Second Interim Tax Installment Due May 5 <p align="justify"><strong>Installment #2 is due Monday, May 5, 2014 for Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential Property Tax Classes.<br /></strong><br />Payment may be made as follows:<br />1. At most financial Institutions <br />2. By mail to the Accounting Division, PO Box 580, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5N1<br />3. Use the outside drop-off box located at the west entrance to the Civic Centre or the drop-off box in the lobby (cheques only - no cash)<br />4. At the Civic Centre Central Collections payment counter, 99 Foster Drive, Level 2.<br />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 />5. By telephone or online banking through most financial institutions. Contact your financial institution for details.<br />6. 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<br />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 – ONLINE PROPERTY TAX BILL<br /></strong><br />You can access your tax bill information online.<br /><br />My Sault Ste. Marie is an online service that provides home owners and businesses access to their city information. As part of this service you are 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 require the 15 digit roll number and serial number from your tax bill to register your property tax account(s). When you are ready to start, go to <a title="My Sault Ste. Marie" href="https://corpsys.cityssm.on.ca:8443/eServices/index.asp" target="_blank">My Sault Ste. Marie</a>.<br /><br />If you require further information about this online service, feel free to contact the Tax office at 705-759-5290 or email <a href="mailto:citytax@cityssm.on.ca">citytax@cityssm.on.ca</a>. <br /></p>Deadline Approaching for Parks and Recreation Master Strategy Plan <p align="justify">Citizen feedback is requested to assist with the development of the City of Sault Ste. Marie Parks and Recreation Master Strategy Plan. <br /><br />Public comments can be submitted online by completing a brief survey at <a title="Surveys" href="http://www.cityssm.on.ca/Open_Page.aspx?ID=13&amp;deptid=1" target="_blank">City Hall Surveys. <br /></a><br /><a title="Community Parks and Recreation Survey" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D2Q7BW6" target="_blank">Community Parks and Recreation Survey</a> – this survey can be filled out by any member of the community. <br /><br /><a title="Senior Citizen Parks and Recreation Survey" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S75KSRK" target="_blank">Senior Citizen Parks and Recreation Survey </a>– this survey is for seniors age 65 and older. <br /><br /><strong>SURVEYS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INPUT UNTIL APRIL 30</strong>. <br /><br />For convenience, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan online survey can also be completed at Computer Survey Stations located at the John Rhodes Community Centre and Northern Community Centre. <br /><br />General comments and questions can be emailed to: <a href="mailto:parks&amp;recfeedback@cityssm.on.ca">parks&amp;recfeedback@cityssm.on.ca</a>. <br /><br />For a paper copy of the Survey, please contact the Community Services Department at 705-759-5310. <br /><br />Public input will help identify the needs and priorities related to recreation, parks, facilities and leisure services provided by the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie over the next 5 to 10 years. <br /><br /><br /><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>