February Update From City Hall

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a good start to 2019! There are a few items at City Hall I think may be of interest:

By now, property owners should have received your 2019 property assessment. I encourage residents to review the information included in your property assessments to ensure that your property is being valued fairly. If property owners notice an error on their assessment (i.e., it reads finished basement when the basement is unfinished), please contact the City of Edmonton (via 311) to have the error corrected. For those who do not agree with their assessment value, the deadline to file an appeal with the Assessment Review Board is March 11. In addition, you can sign up for the City's secure site for property owners MyProperty.Edmonton.ca, which offers several new features that aim to enhance your knowledge about assessment and taxes related to your property.

With our most recent bout of very cold and very snowy weather, residents have expressed concerns with the delay snow clearing on residential roads. While it can be frustrating, crews have to prioritize arterial (36 hours after snowfall) and collector (48 hours after snowfall) roads before neighbourhood blading can begin. Due to the intensity of recent snowfall, some routes had to be completed twice before crews could proceed to other locations. You can find out when your neighbourhood is scheduled for residential snow clearing by visiting edmonton.ca/snowinthecity. If residents have concerns, I encourage them to contact 311 first, and then our office if the issue is not resolved.

As the number of registered soccer, ball hockey, lacrosse players in the city constantly grows, during budget, I had the opportunity to bring the Edmonton Soccer Association South Centre Expansion Project before Council for approval. This project, through the corporate prioritization process, was rated as a high priority for the City and was recommended for debt-financing in the 2019-2022 budget. The City is expected to cover $18.5 million in tax-supported debt, alongside the $9.5 million contribution from the Soccer Association in self-supporting debt.

Members from the Laurel neighbourhood have created a group to start the process of establishing their own much needed community league. Community leagues help build great neighbourhoods and advocate for the city they want. They also promote recreation, sports and social activities/programs at the community level. Right now, the organizing group is working to determine the needs of the neighbourhood. If you reside in the Laurel area, I would encourage you to fill out the following survey at www.laurelcl.com.

Finally, I’d like to invite you for a coffee (my treat!) at Tim Hortons, 862 Parsons Rd SW, from 10 am to noon on Saturday, February 23. I’d be happy to discuss the aforementioned issues or any other concerns you have about City services. I hope to see you then!

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