The spring flowers are beginning to bloom and our residents are now out enjoying the wonderful warm weather. This month, as we continue to enjoy spring and all that the outdoors have to offer I want to take the time to discuss some of the important things happening in our community as it relates to our environment.
I want to begin by reminding everyone that our community is currently under a fire ban. This week we have witnessed the devastation that has occurred in Fort McMurray. With the type of dry, hot weather conditions that we and our neighbours in Alberta have been experiencing, it is so important to be careful and adhere to the fire ban rules and regulations. For more information on the current fire ban please click here: http://warman.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=357
Speaking of hot weather, the City of Warman has once again implemented the Outdoor Watering Policy to help conserve our water resources. Effective immediately, we ask that households in the City to adhere to the following schedule:
- ODD numbered households CAN water on: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- EVEN numbered households CAN water on: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
- NO OUTDOOR WATERING is to be done on MONDAY
We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation with our Outdoor Watering Policy.
While you are out watering the lawn on your scheduled day and attending to your outdoor spaces this year, I also want to remind residents that our organics waste depot is now available to use for this year. This depot allows for the collection of organics - grass clippings, leaves and small tree trimmings. The bins are located on the south side of North Railway Street East. As these green bins are for organics ONLY, no plastic bags will be allowed in the bin. A separate red bin will be on site for the disposal of your plastic bags after emptying them into the green bin.
Programs such as the ones discussed above are so important to help protect and conserve our environment in our community. That is why I want to take the time to introduce you to a new project that the City of Warman is currently undertaking.
In late 2014, the City of Warman completed its Strategic Plan: 2015 to 2017. The City’s Strategic Plan outlined a set of guiding strategies and principles to achieve the City’s Mission, Values, and Vision; this document can be found here: https://warman.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/22724?preview=22725 . The Strategic Plan outlined six strategic priorities one of those being ‘Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship’. One of the items recommended to advance the ‘Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship’ priority was the development of an Environmental Master Plan.
The City of Warman agreed with the Strategic Plan’s recommendation to develop an Environmental Master Plan. Considering both Warman’s rapid growth and the City’s commitment to ensure that a high-quality of life is maintained for the residents of Warman now and well-into the future, the City wanted to create a document that would provide strategies and guiding actions to encourage environmental sustainability practices in how Warman operates as a fast-growing city. The Plan intends to provide the City of Warman and community with strategies and steps that will promote the preservation of our natural environment, decrease water and energy consumption within our community, and protect the environmental features important to you in our community; steps we can take so our children, and our children’s children, can enjoy the City and region as we currently do. As a strong and stable municipality, we have the ability and resources to become leaders in environmental sustainability in Saskatchewan, and the development of this Environmental Master Plan is the first step of our commitment to demonstrating this leadership to residents of Warman.
Early this year, the City of Warman released a Request for Proposal to retain a consultant to develop Warman’s Environmental Master Plan, through the collection and evaluation of a number of proposals, the consulting firm WSP-MMM Group was selected to develop our Plan; this month, we are kicking-off the development of this Plan. Working together, the City of Warman’s Environmental Master Plan Steering Committee, and the WSP-MMM Group consulting team will work to develop a Plan that is suited to the needs and desires of Warman, providing implementable and realistic actions to help the City of Warman and community to achieve its long-term environmental sustainability-related goals. Please watch Warman.ca, and our Twitter and Facebook pages to learn more about the Plan’s development, and to stay informed on upcoming community engagement events that will be held through the summer. Your view and input are important!