Water Upgrade Week 3

A LOT of activity occurred this last week.

All filters to be removed have had their old media removed via vac-truck. Half of the tanks have been removed from the facility and all associated plumbing has been removed.

Also, the intake screen upgrade has been completed.

Old

New

As is readily apparent, the new screen will help keep silt and organics from entering our wet well. This, in turn, will greatly reduce the demand on our filters by providing cleaner water at the first stage.

The intake screen is also installed several feet higher than the previous one which will reduce the impact stormy weather has traditionally had on our water intake.

A directional drill was brought to the site to install a two inch air line to the new screen. The purpose of the screen is to allow air to be ‘bursted’ up through the screen to blow out any sediment that may have collected on it over time.

In total, this upgrade will have almost immediate impact on our ability to produce aesthetic water.

Cleaning of the wet well is expected to be completed on Saturday 15, 2018.

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Water Upgrade Week 2

Four pressurized vessels were received this week. In addition, two electrical motors, one natural gas, and three vertical turbine pumps came to our community.

Presently, 4 of 5 sand filters have been taken offline and are being prepped for removal.

Half of the current Mainstream system is to be taken offline September 11 in conjunction with the intake screen upgrade project happening at the Craik Dam.

At present, water reserves are in excellent shape with an additional 40 thousand gallons for fire purposes.

While the intake project continues, the community will not be drawing fresh water from the dam for up to 2 days. Service to the community will not experience any disruptions during this process.

Aside from the additional backup fire reserves, we have over three days of water capacity presently treated and no precautions are necessary for the community.

As a reminder, it is requested that the public avoid visiting areas where work is being performed.

The job sites involve heavy equipment, enclosed spaces, excavation, and other hazards. We will do our best to document progress via pictures and continual updates.

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Core Values Poster

Your participation is requested to have our voices/needs heard by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHA_Core_Values_Survey2018 by September 4, 2018.

Core Values Survey Poster

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2017 Drinking water quality and compliance report

2017 Craik -Drinking Water Quality and Compliance

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Bylaw Enforcement Announcement

Town Council has engaged the services of Commissionaires South Saskatchewan to provide bylaw enforcement in the Town of Craik. The current contract with the Commissionaires runs from June 4, 2018 until April 27, 2019.

A uniformed commissionaire will be making unannounced sporadic visits to the community and has full authority to issue fines or other authorized penalties.

The list of bylaws (copies of which will be posted to the Town of Craik website by July 9) being enforced by Commissionaires South Saskatchewan include all links are PDF files):

Bylaw 1964-02 Traffic Control
Bylaw 1968-04 Traffic Control Amendment
Bylaw 1938-03 Traffic Control Amendment
Bylaw 2015-01 Traffic Control Amendment
Bylaw 2018-10 Proposed Traffic Control Amendment when effective
Bylaw 1986-03 Fire Arms Bylaw
Bylaw 1989-04 Noise Bylaw
Bylaw 1989-06 Building Bylaw
Bylaw 2006-01 Nuisance Abatement Bylaw
Bylaw 2017-02 Nuisance Abatement Bylaw Amendment
Bylaw 2009-02 Dog and Cat Control Bylaw
Bylaw 2016-06 Fire Ban
Bylaw 2016-07 Water Restriction
Bylaw 2016-13 Snow Dumping Bylaw
Bylaw 2016-15 Access to Lagoon

Please note that Bylaw 2018-10 Traffic Control Amendment has not yet passed third reading by Town Council and therefore is not yet in effect.

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Annual Water Meter Reads

Just a simple request for those that work during the day to help us obtain your annual meter read. Reads will also occur over the weekend but hours have yet to be determined.

Click the title to view the poster.

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Town Welcomes New Councillor Spencer

Council welcomes Ernie Spencer elected by acclamation.

Spencer graduated from Craik High School in 1961 before attending the University of Saskatchewan to obtain a Bachelor of Agriculture with Distinction in 1965. He later obtained a Masters of Science in Ruminant and Nutrition in 1973, also from the University of Saskatchewan.

Spencer was employed by the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture for a number of years and farmed full time at Raymore for approximately 15 years.
Not lacking in experience, Spencer also served as Councillor and Reeve for the RM of Kutawa for two terms in each role.

After retiring from the department of Agriculture, he operated a small farm near Qu’Appelle.

He has a son that still resides near Qu`Appelle and a daughter that lives on a farm near Watrous.

Along with his partner, Nancy, Ernie is enjoying living in Craik and looks forward to involving themselves in the community.

Craik is very fortunate to have his experience and dedication to serving the community.

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Notice of Call for Nominations

Notice of call for nominations

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Sign Corridor Updates

Spaces open for signage in the Craik Sign Corridor located on the East and West sides of Hwy 11.

Reference and forms available here.

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Utilities Update

As most citizens of Craik are aware, we have an ongoing challenge to get utility bills paid in a timely manner.

While most people are very good at ensuring they pay their bills within the thirty (30) days allotted by the bylaw, there are a significant number who do not.

The Town has taken a number of steps to make it easier for people to honour their obligation.

In addition to cash or cheque, users can now take advantage of the debit machine at the Town Office.

A monthly payment plan is available for those who find the quarterly billing challenging.

However, despite these efforts, every quarter it is usually the same individuals who are delinquent. This is not acceptable for a number reasons.

First, it is unfair to expect the majority who are faithful in honouring their obligations to have to carry those who are not.

Secondly, it takes up an unnecessary amount of staff time to have to send out letters, make phone calls, and physically turn off, and then on, water services to ensure that these bills get paid.

Therefore, Town Council is considering the following changes:

  • instituting a late payment charge of 2% interest per month on all accounts that are outstanding for 30 days or more
  • shutting off water, without notice, on any accounts that are 60 days, or more, in arrears
  • increasing the reconnect fee from $30.00 to $100.00

These changes, if approved, will not affect those who pay their bills in a timely manner.

On the other hand, these changes will provide a significant incentive for those who do not to start doing so.

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