47 VotesFix it! Voted!Prince Albert, SK
Just once I would like to be able to go for groceries and not be asked for change by randoms individuals. I do not appreciate strangers knocking on my car windows and scaring my children. Can the stores not use their "security gaurds" to solve this problem.
46 VotesFix it! Voted!Canam Hwy Prince Albert, SK
Think it's time for the city to adjust the speed limit on the bridge from 40 to 60 km/hour and from the bridge to the overpass from 60 to 80 km/hour. Please!
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Prince albert, Sk
There are not enough gay/les/bi/trans places in prince Albert. We need a Place to meet have fun get to know others and not be judged by others! Please make this happen.
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41 VotesFix it! Voted!Olive Diefenbaker Prince Albert, SK
Prince Albert City has said they will not do Mosquito Control until there is a reported case of WEST NILE. How is that for prevention! I have never seen mosquitos so bad that I cannot take my 2 yr old daughter for an hour long walk in the DAYTIME heat and come home with 15+ bites! All I am asking for is to do mosquito control in the swamps, sloughs, etc around Prince Albert. That would help us who are keeping our yards clear of standing water.
Prince Albert SK
I moved to Prince Albert from a MUCH smaller location and even it had adequate recycling services. I can't believe we still have to throw out tin cans, glass jars and everything else I've been recycling since I was a child.
I know these services are available through private companies, but the city needs to get with the times and provide this service, if for no better reason than to reduce waste and save the planet.
2nd Ave Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, SK
This is EXACTLY what we should be implementing...following Nipawins lead, they are on the right track!
Quoted from the Nipawin Journal:
Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix
Published: Monday, September 27, 2010
Bylaws that aim to improve Nipawin's rental properties will increase rents and drive away vulnerable citizens, say some local landlords.
The Town of Nipawin has drafted bylaws that require landlords to pay for regular inspections and stipulate fines for property owners when police are called to a residence more than three times per year.
The town council says the new bylaws, which have yet to be approved, will improve conditions in unsafe rentals and lead to more responsible tenants.
But some landlords say the extra costs of inspections and potential renovations required to meet new standards will increase rents.
Wayne Funk, who owns 12 rental properties in town, said the town is not concerned about safety, but about squeezing a certain type of person out of town. "If you're renting a house now in town, you're most likely a low-income person," Funk said. "They can't afford a rent increase. Nipawin should be focused on creating wealth and jobs."
Joe Wiebe operated rental properties in Manitoba before moving back to Nipawin, where he owns one rental property.
"For 20 years I was renting properties in Manitoba and I've never seen anything like these bylaws," Wiebe said. "They cannot go directly at the low-income people, so they do it through the landlords."
The changes will also affect the smaller landlords, he added.
"Some landlords are not really wealthy people," Wiebe said. "They're doing this to plan for their retirement, but they'll get out of the rental business if it's not worth it."
Rental issues dominated the last election, said Nipawin Mayor Lawrence Rospad.
"We had tremendous public concern about the condition of some of the rental properties and complaints from tenants about the quality of rentals," he said in an interview on Sunday.
"If there weren't concerns coming forward, we wouldn't be here."
Rospad said the accusation that Nipawin is trying to squeeze out low-income residents is absurd.
"Who comes to live in Nipawin is out of our control," Rospad said.
"Nobody wants to create undo hardship, but if you went into some of these houses we've heard about, it would open your eyes."
If landlords say properties are in good condition it shouldn't cost too much to bring the properties up to standard, Rospad said, adding the proposed bylaws are about quality of life, not the town's finances.
"It's not a money grab because the fees basically cover our inspection costs," he said.
"Here's the bottom line: Creating housing that's safe and affordable."
The bylaw requires landlords to license each property for an annual fee of $25.
Landlords would also have to pay $180 for an annual inspection or for every time a new tenant rents the property. Town council is considering waving the fee if a property has had two consecutive clean inspections.
The town will also fine a property owner $195 per call when police are called to a property more than three times within 12 months.
Funk said the cost to rent his properties range from $350 to $550 per month. That might increase by $200 if the bylaws pass, he said.
Funk said he might sell up to six of the properties if the bylaw passes.
Responsible landlords are being lumped together with bad ones, and the town is unfairly targeting small businesses, Funk said.
"I would have no problem if everyone in Nipawin had to pay for an inspection," Funk said.
I understand what the town is doing -- there are slumlords in every town. But landlords should be dealt with on a one-on-on basis."
The bylaws are meant to weed out the few bad landlords, not punish the good tenants because of a few bad ones, Rospad said. "There's some very good landlords here," he said. "As soon as you start talking dollars and cents, people get really concerned."
Both Rospad and Funk estimate there are about 400 rental properties in Nipawin.
The town has gathered public feedback and officials are fine-tuning the bylaws for a final draft, Rospad said.
A checklist for landlords will be developed to ensure they know exactly what is expected from them, and the town could offer more support for landlords who are dealing with problematic tenants, he added.
If approved at a future town council meeting, the bylaws could take effect in 2011
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