Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Whitehorse city hall news, briefly

A summary of decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its June 10 meeting

Litter fences coming to landfill

New litter fences will be at the Whitehorse landfill after council approved awarding a $126,120 contract for fencing to North Fraser Plumbing. Members also approved a budget amendment to allow the spending.

Windblown litter is becoming an increasing concern at the landfill, particularly when it comes to the impact it can have on plant life downwind and on the landfill’s electric fence as it can contribute to diminishing voltage.

The modular litter fences the city will purchase are built to trap litter so it doesn’t become windblown again; it was highlighted in an earlier report to council. The fencing is designed to be easily moved depending on what the wind’s direction.

The city had originally budgeted $95,000 for the fencing, but given the changes in market conditions in North America the prices went up and thus the bids were more than anticipated.

Additional funding will come from city reserves, though officials anticipate applying for gas tax funding for the project. If that comes through, it would reimburse the reserves used.

Groundwater protection plan contract awarded

City council voted to award Bolometric Environmental a contract worth $83,550 to come up with a groundwater protection plan.

The plan will be an update to the 2013 source water protection plan. Under that initiative, the city decommissioned old wells, installed monitoring wells in Riverdale, did site work at active well sites and conducted a public education campaign.

The need for the latest project came about due to regulation updates.

The work will include a 3-D model of the Selkirk aquifer, as part of an assessment to update the hydro-geological conditions of the area, the wells and associated potential risks of contamination.

Community service grants gets through first two readings

There are 18 organizations closer to receiving some help on their property tax bill after city council approved the first two readings of the bylaw for municipal charges and community service grants for 2019.

The grants would total $105,908.

As Lindsay Schneider, the city’s manager of financial services explained in a previous report to council, the grants are in place “to assist organizations in the payment of municipal property taxes and other specific municipal charges.”

Under the program, community organizations can receive anywhere between 50 and 100 per cent of property taxes owed up to the $50,000 cap the city has put in place that any one organization can receive from the city in a single year.

Third reading of the bylaw governing the grants will come forward at council’s June 24 meeting.

All 2019 property taxes in the city are due July 2.

Public hearing set on Whistle Bend Phase 7 zoning

Have some thoughts to share on the seventh phase of the Whistle Bend neighbourhood?

A public hearing on the proposed zoning is set for July 8 after council approved first reading of the zoning bylaw for Phase 7. Following the hearing, a report will come to council with the final readings expected Aug. 5.

Anyone can address council on the proposed zoning plans at that public hearing, which will be part of the council meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. July 8.

Under the proposal for the area on the outer perimeter of the neighbourhood, there would be 90 residential properties zoned for larger single detached or duplex homes. It’s expected many of those houses will be able to accommodate legal rental suites. That section of the neighbourhood would also see a large greenbelt over the sewage force main, as development can’t happen there. The perimeter trail that’s become a defining feature of the neighbourhood would also continue around Phase 7 to allow for more active transportation throughout the neighbourhood.

Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

WhitehorseWhitehorse city council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Are they coming?

One of COVID-19’s big economic questions is whether it will prompt a… Continue reading

Yukon MP Larry Bagnell, along with Yukon health and education delegates, announce a new medical research initiative via a Zoom conference on Jan. 21. (Screen shot)
New medical research unit at Yukon University launched

The SPOR SUPPORT Unit will implement patient-first research practices

Yukon First Nation Education Directorate members Bill Bennett, community engagement coordinator and Mobile Therapeutic Unit team lead, left, and Katherine Alexander, director of policy and analytics, speak to the News about the Mobile Therapeutic Unit that will provide education and health support to students in the communities. (yfned.ca)
Mobile Therapeutic Unit will bring education, health support to Indigenous rural students

The mobile unit will begin travelling to communities in the coming weeks

Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley, speak during a live stream in Whitehorse on January 20, about the new swish and gargle COVID-19 tests. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Swish and spit COVID-19 test now available in Yukon

Vaccination efforts continue in Whitehorse and smaller communities in the territory

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Faro photgraphed in 2016. Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old building currently accommodating officers. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Faro RCMP tagged for new detachment

Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old… Continue reading

In a Jan. 18 announcement, the Yukon government said the shingles vaccine is now being publicly funded for Yukoners between age 65 and 70, while the HPV vaccine program has been expanded to all Yukoners up to and including age 26. (1213rf.com)
Changes made to shingles, HPV vaccine programs

Pharmacists in the Yukon can now provide the shingles vaccine and the… Continue reading

Parking attendant Const. Ouellet puts a parking ticket on the windshield of a vehicle in downtown Whitehorse on Dec. 6, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is hoping to write of nearly $300,000 in outstanding fees, bylaw fines and court fees, $20,225 of which is attributed to parking fines issued to non-Yukon license plates. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City of Whitehorse could write off nearly $300,000

The City of Whitehorse could write off $294,345 in outstanding fees, bylaw… Continue reading

Grants available to address gender-based violence

Organizations could receive up to $200,000

In this illustration, artist-journalist Charles Fripp reveals the human side of tragedy on the Stikine trail to the Klondike in 1898. A man chases his partner around the tent with an axe, while a third man follows, attempting to intervene. (The Daily Graphic/July 27, 1898)
History Hunter: Charles Fripp — gold rush artist

The Alaskan coastal town of Wrangell was ill-equipped for the tide of… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. While Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis is now setting his sights on the upcoming territorial election, other members of council are still pondering their election plans for the coming year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillors undecided on election plans

Municipal vote set for Oct. 21

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decicions made by Whitehorse city council this week.

A file photo of grizzly bear along the highway outside Dawson City. Yukon conservation officers euthanized a grizzly bear Jan. 15 that was originally sighted near Braeburn. (Alistair Maitland/Yukon News file)
Male grizzly euthanized near Braeburn

Yukon conservation officers have euthanized a grizzly bear that was originally sighted… Continue reading

Most Read