A look at this week’s events at Whitehorse City Hall.
A new look in the boardroom
Inside the Whitehorse council chamber, above the mayor’s seat at the council table, a painting of a mountain lake is now on display.
Although the painting, Janet Moore’s Memory Vessel, is new to the boardroom, many can recognize it from the Canada Games Center where it has been on display for many years.
As Mayor Laura Cabott explained in an interview following the November 15 council meeting, the wall space has been empty for some time, although city flags have been in place from the ground as a backdrop. temporary background.
The tanned city seal previously in place behind the mayor’s chair had to be removed as the wall anchor supporting it began to bend and pull away from the wall due to the weight of the seal, the spokesperson explained. from town, Myles Dolphin.
“It made it possible to explore a very unique, easier to hang (curved) wall art piece,” he said in an email.
Cabott said the previous council (where she served as a councilor) called for something more permanent in place, at least until work on the new renovated Town Hall on the site begins. This work should lead to the relocation of the services and offices of the town hall during construction.
Moore’s piece was selected from an initial list of about eight options.
“It’s beautiful,” said Cabott.
It is expected that the construction of the New Town Hall can provide more works of art to the city because, under the city’s artistic policy, one percent of the construction budget of any city-owned building must be assigned to public works of art.
The city’s last major project, the construction of the operations building, resulted in the purchase of 25 works of art for $ 429,357.
It’s time to put out those festive lights
The City of Whitehorse invites residents to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit by displaying their festive lights and outdoor decorations.
By December 3, city staff will work on developing a guided lights tour that will provide residents with details on where to see the best light shows.
“Neighborhoods with colorful houses can be selected for one of the city’s self-guided tours,” officials said. “Help brighten Whitehorse with your zest for life. “
Winter snow reminders
With snow now in the air and on the ground, the City of Whitehorse says its crews are ready for the busy winter maintenance season.
In a Nov. 17 statement, officials said residents are urged to monitor parking restrictions and remove obstacles such as vehicles, trailers and basketball nets from the street when snow clearing is in progress. planned.
“Failure to do so means that obstacles can be removed at the owner’s risk and expense, or that city crews may not be able to complete snow removal in that area,” officials said in a statement.
The onset of winter also means that part of the paved trail along the south side of Two Mile Hill is now closed and users are advised to use the north side trail which is on the same side as Takhini. Arena.
On Hamilton Boulevard, the multi-purpose motorized trail will remain snow-covered as an “out and out” option for snowmobilers and others (skiers, scooters, etc.).
As for city sidewalks, landowners are reminded to ensure they are fully clear. Under the city’s maintenance bylaw, businesses are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks next to their properties by 11 a.m. in the morning after a snowfall. The same deadline is also in place to free up accessible parking spaces that businesses may have.
Residential property owners, on the other hand, are required to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks within 48 hours of a snowfall or immediately upon request.
“When clearing snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks, please do not move them on roads or private property other than your own,” the city said in a statement.
Deadline for delivery of public services to seniors is approaching
With just weeks to go until the end of the year, the deadline for reimbursement of the city’s seniors’ utilities is fast approaching.
The rebate, which provides up to $ 500 for charges paid for city utilities, is available to citizens of Whitehorse aged 65 and over, or their surviving spouses.
Anyone applying for the first time must contact the town hall in person with proof of age. Others can apply online through the city’s website at www.whitehorse.ca
Applications for 2021 must be received by December 31.
Contact Stéphanie Waddell at [email protected]
Whitehorse City Council