NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ADOPT BYLAW NO. 459/2024

PUBLIC NOTICE

TOWN OF BALGONIE

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ADOPT BYLAW NO. 459/2024

Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of Balgonie intends to adopt a Bylaw, under The Planning and Development Act, 2007, to amend Bylaw No. 374/2014, known as the Zoning Bylaw.

INTENT:

The proposed Bylaw will:

  • Exempt certain uses, such as fences and accessory buildings 9.3 square metres (100 square feet) or less in area, from development permit requirements.
  • Reduce the minimum front yard setback in the R2-Residential Multiple Dwelling District from 6.0 metres (19.69 feet) to 5.0 metres (16.40 feet).

REASON FOR THE AMENDMENT:

The reason for the amendment is to clarify permit application requirements for accessory uses and accommodate a proposed residential development in the R2-Residential Multiple Dwelling District.

PUBLIC INSPECTION:

Any person may inspect the Bylaw at the Town of Balgonie Municipal Office Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding statutory holidays. Copies are available at cost at the Municipal Office.

PUBLIC HEARING:

Council will hold a public hearing to receive submissions on the proposed Bylaw on February 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Balgonie Council Chambers. Council will also consider written submissions received at the hearing or delivered to the undersigned at the municipal office before the hearing. For further information, please contact the Municipal Office at 306-771-2284.

Issued at the Town of Balgonie, this January 12, 2024.

Signed:
Karen Craigie, Administrator

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ADOPT BYLAW NO. 459/2024


Customer Portal

Dear Residents:

The Town of Balgonie is excited to implement a NEW Customer Portal Platform that will provide all Residents with the ability to view balances owing on Utilities, Taxes and/or Accounts Receivable. Residents will also have the ability to view notices, invoices, and receipts sent by the Town Office.

We attached letters to the Utility Notices for the January to March 2024 billing. In the letter, you will find YOUR Customer Number, and if you are already signed up to receive E-notices, we listed the Email address we have on file. If you are NOT currently signed up to receive E-notices, you will be required to supply us with an Email address to register. Please contact the office to update this information if necessary.

Once you have your Customer Number and Email address registered with the Town Office, please use the web address below to register for your Town of Balgonie – Customer Portal Account.

https://portal.townofbalgonie.ca/login

We are excited about this new platform because it will give residents access to their own accounts at any time, to check account balances, view current bills and other information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Office at 306-771-2284.

Thank you,

Karen Craigie
Administrator


PUBLIC NOTICE

TOWN OF BALGONIE

Public Notice, in accordance with Bylaw No. 323/2004 and Section 128 of the Municipalities Act, is hereby given that Council of the Town of Balgonie will be considering the following mentioned matter at the Council meeting to be held on Monday, February 12th, 2024. The subject will be discussed at approximately 7:00 p.m. on the regular meeting agenda.

Council Remuneration and Expense Reimbursement Policy

The purpose of the agenda item is to:

  • Review current remuneration amounts.
  • Compare the Town of Balgonie’s Council remuneration practices with other communities.
  • Specify terms and processes for reimbursements for eligible expenses.
  • Develop a policy that will be followed by administration in processing payments.

Issued at the Town of Balgonie this January 9th, 2024


Water Rate Announcement

The Town of Balgonie has reviewed the water and sewer rates to its consumers and it was determined that the rates are not sufficient to support increased operational costs. As the utility rate structure does not pay for all of the utility costs to the Town of Balgonie, Bylaw 456/2023 has been passed which will increase the rates from 2024 to 2026. The rates have been reviewed and approved by the Saskatchewan Municipal Board (SMB). As an oversight to Utility Rates, the SMB’s approval is based on the following criteria:

  • That rates are equitable to all users;
  • The Revenue Generated by the Utility is sufficient to offset all expenses including maintenance and debt retirement resulting from borrowing for capital utility projects.

The goal is to have a user pay system where the consumers of the utilities pay for all associated costs. Currently, the utility is subsidized by the general tax levy.

Council has attempted to keep increases at a minimum for water and sewer while ensuring equity to all consumers.

The impact of the changes to utility costs will be as follows:

  • Minimum metered water rate will increase by $1.00 per month in 2025 and 2026
  • Minimum flat-water rate will increase by $1.10 per month in 2025 and 2026
  • Minimum residential sewer rates will increase by $0.70 in 2025 and 2026
  • Minimum commercial and community service sewer rates and will increase monthly by $3.24 in 2024 and $0.85 in 2025 and 2026
  • Infrastructure fees will increase by $1.00 per month in 2025 and 2026
  • Overage rates for water consumption will increase from 2024 to 2026 as per the below table:
Quarterly consumption range in gallons2024
Fee per 1000 gal
2025
Fee per 1000 gal
2026
Fee per 1000 gal
9,990 to 27,000$6.00$7.00$8.00
27,001 and up$10.50$12.00$13.50

The most significant increase will be for consumers that exceed 27,000 gallons per quarter. Utility customers are encouraged to use water conservation and water loss strategies to minimize the impact on their utility expenses.


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