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Purpose of Single Use Plastics Bylaw

  1. to regulate the business use of single use plastics to reduce the creation of waste and associated municipal costs,
  2. to better steward municipal property, including sewers, streets and parks, and 
  3. to promote responsible and sustainable business practices that are consistent with the values of the community.

Status and Next Steps:

  • Bylaw had first reading on October 7, 2019. 
  • Facilitated consultation took place with retailers and business in late November. 
  • Bylaw and results of consultation to return to the committee table on December 11, 2019.

Administration Building / Fire Hall : Interior Painting 

In process.

 Administration Building / Fire Hall : Exterior Painting 

The exterior of our building received a fresh coat of paint.  We are now working on the interior! 

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Canadian Bank of Commerce NHS : Stabilization

You might have seen some activity around the Canadian Bank of Commerce NHS in spring of 2019. 

In advance of the 2019 work a temporary mesh cover was placed over the east and south facades to deter the nesting of swallows. Thanks to Wildstone Construction and Engineering who assisted the City of Dawson to install the mesh cover.  A special thanks to Mike Loiseau, Wildstone Site Superintendent at the Water Treatment Plant and Josh Wittmeier, Wildstone Lift Operator, for their expertise and generosity.

Technical Arts and Services of Tagish, YT was awarded the contract to provide a complete set of extant record drawings to document existing dimensions, materials, and conditions to guide future restoration work. 

Williams Construction of Dawson City, YT was awarded the contract to remove the stair on the west elevation (riverside) and complete the framing to restore the building openings to the pattern during the period of commemoration.  This is the first step in returning the exterior of the building to its original design.

Ultimate Construction Inc. of Barrie, ON was awarded the contract to restore the exterior pressed tin on all four sides of the building.  This is specialized and exciting work.  See their link for more on this contractor www.ultimateconstruction.ca/services/heritage-restoration/.  This work was the last work scheduled for this year.

Planning for 2020 currently in progress and may include exterior pressed tin restoration and painting.

Council unanimously passed the following resolution at their meeting on October 7, 2019. 


WHEREAS human-generated climate change is an indisputable, scientifically proven reality, and

WHEREAS climate change affects everyone, with northerners particularly susceptible to its impacts, and

WHEREAS greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel combustion is a leading cause of climate change, and

WHEREAS it’s up to everyone to respond to the challenge of climate change and all citizens of the City of Dawson are encouraged to find ways to do, and continuing doing, their part in reducing their environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Dawson Council directs the following:

As part of the upcoming budget-planning process, the CAO determines the municipality’s annual fuel consumption, in litres, and advise how the City of Dawson will reduce that number by at least 3% in 2020 and track the financial savings.

As part of the upcoming budget-planning process, the CAO determines the municipality’s annual electricity consumption and advise how the City of Dawson will reduce that number by at least 3% in 2020 and track the financial savings.

As part of the upcoming budget-planning process, the CAO prioritizes at least one of Council’s climate-change ideas generated as part of the climate-strategy planning process and ensure it is in the 2020 budget presented to Council.

That any municipal carbon-tax rebates received from, at a minimum, 2020 to 2025 be directed to a reserve fund with the express purpose of paying for municipal initiatives aimed at limiting environmental impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and that the CAO advise before September 30, 2020, on how that money will be accessed by departments.

That managers continue the practice of calculating carbon emissions in lifecycle costing of vehicle purchases.

That from now on, authors of briefing notes to Council consider, to the best of their ability, climate and environmental impacts and include that information in the “implications” or “analysis” section of those briefing notes.

That before March 31, 2020, the CAO advises on reasonable changes to the Procurement Policy that would give preference to contractors and service providers who limit greenhouse gas emissions and have a demonstrated commitment to green business practices.

That before March 31, 2020, the CAO and managers complete the FCM climate-adaption maturity scale tool and the greenhouse gas emissions reduction maturity scale and report the results back to Council.

That the City of Dawson continue to be a willing and engaged partner in implementing the Yukon’s Climate Change Strategy.

That water coolers be removed from all City of Dawson buildings and compost-collection containers be introduced.

That the Mayor write a letter to the Yukon Government Community Services Minister (and forward it to Council) on the first of every month until petroleum hydrocarbon containers are included in the Designated Material Regulations and petroleum products are considered as an item for Extended Producer Responsibility.

DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM UPDATE

The Development Incentive Program was approved by Council on August 12, 2019. The program underwent an extensive review and a new Development Incentives Policy was adopted.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

There is currently a need for rental housing- including supportive, affordable rental, and market housing, in the City of Dawson. The purpose is to provide financial incentives for projects that provide rental units, supportive housing, and multi-unit residential buildings; and convert vacant properties into more beneficial uses.

WHAT IS OFFERED BY THE PROGRAM?

  • 5 year tax grants for development of vacant land within the Historic Townsite 
  • 10 year tax grants for market rental housing 
  • 10 year tax grants for supportive housing or affordable rental housing, PLUS a waiver of development fees and load capacity charges
  • 3 years of a preferred tax grant for secondary suites, PLUS a waiver of development fees, load capacity charges, and parking requirements.
If you would like more information, please contact

Community Development & Planning Services

Community Development Officer
Email: cdo@cityofdawson.ca
Phone: 867-993-7400 Ext. 428

Work with Conservation Klondike Society on the planning and design of a new diversion center and diversion programs.

  • Awaiting final scope from YG for tendering design. Assistance from Raven Recycling was sought to assist with scope. 
  • Next steps include tendering for the design, determining funding source, and determining who, City or the Infrastructure Development Branch, will lead project.

Collect oil containers locally, and a hazardous waste shed in 2019 budget.

  • On hold until staffing reassessment that will coincide with regional agreements.

Heritage Bylaw Updates

In February and March of 2019, YG Historic Sites provided funding to the City of Dawson to review all of the heritage-related bylaws. From this review, the heritage bylaws were improved to increase clarity, ease of interpretation, and consistency. The overall result of this has been a new consolidated bylaw to efficiently manage the City of Dawson's Heritage Program. Mayor and Council gave third and final reading to the Heritage Bylaw on November 20, 2019.

Next Steps

  • Amendments to the Heritage Management Plan
  • Development of a Municipal Heritage Inventory to compliment the Yukon Historic Sites Inventory
  • Implementation of Historic Resources Permits
  • Creation of a Development & Heritage Guide

North End Residential Development:

  • ICIP funding approved, and Lands Development Branch is in process of preparing the Development Agreement and discussing with City taking over project implementation;
  • Finalizing communications plan to acquire information from existing residents to inform detailed engineering design;
  • Lands Development Branch completing encroachment review to facilitate City discussions with lot owners on addressing their encroachments;
  • Awaiting reporting on summer 2019 environmental investigations to understand next steps with respect to risk assessment work;
  • Detailed design to commence shortly, with construction anticipated to start Spring 2020, and lots available Summer 2020 (market value appraisals required to determine lot pricing).

Dome Residential Development:

  • Development boundaries have been confirmed for 4 development areas including the Slinky West area & the Slinky East area;
  • Feasibility assessment work underway (geotechnical, heritage & environmental assessments);
  • Portions of the east bench that have a developable slope as per the Stantec report, and that are not overlapping with the ski trails have been included in the planning work for Slinky West.

Slinky West Design
On December 3-5th, The City of Dawson and the Government of Yukon held a design charrette for the Slinky West area in order to determine future residential development of the area. The purpose of the charrette was to allow members of the community to collaborate at a high level on a vision for the area surrounding broad themes like housing, transportation, trails, parks and neighbourhood amentities.

Please view the schedule, background report and appendices for more information.

A survey is now open! This survey is intended to build upon the ideas generated in those sessions and allow for more input from the broader community. Please click here to tell us what you think.

Next Steps

  • Refine Charrette Products and report information back to the community and participants- Early 2020;
  • Hold a public open house displaying the charrette products- Early 2020; 
  • Launch the Master Plan process with the charrette products to finalize a neighbourhood design- Spring 2020

Industrial / Mixed Use Parcels:

  • 3 areas identified are currently being assessed for feasibility (geotechnical assessment underway, with heritage and environmental assessments beginning soon);
  • Early geotechnical information recently received suggest poor ground conditions which is expected to limit development potential in Area 3.  Currently awaiting more information to inform decisions moving forward on this site;
  • Planning work and concept development planned for Winter 2019.

Lots 1-20, Block Q:

  • Currently attempting to determine if capacity would allow this planning work to occur in house.
  • More information forthcoming in the coming months.

Dredge Pond Phase II:

  • Evaluate Dredge Pond Phase II design to determine if it still fits with development in that area.
  • More information forthcoming in the coming months.

Vacant Land Development:

  • Lands Development Branch and City working on identifying existing vacant surveyed lots for potential development;
  • 2 lots currently identified have feasibility work commencing shortly;
  • Lands Development Branch in process of hiring GIS mapping expertise to assist in compiling the information spatially (both YG found areas and City’s list of potential lots to be developed).

General:

  • Lands Development Branch and City working together to update the Land Development Protocol to better define roles and responsibilities and overall approach to land development in Dawson, understanding that the City is interested in taking on a larger role in the land development process;
  • Lands Development Branch working on terrain analysis review within municipal boundaries - preparation of a map showing topography and slope information to assist in determining development potential;
  • Lands Development Branch working with Lands Management Branch to review existing dispositions to identify additional areas that could be developed for lots, as well as reviewing approach to the Agreement for Sale process.

Pre-design and conceptual plan for new recreation facility that includes site selection and public engagement.

  • Recreation Facility Pre-Planning Final Report was presented to council November 20, 2019.  Council accepted the report and directed administration to proceed with the next phase of planning a new recreation facility for Dawson. 
  • Discussion with Infrastructure Development Branch regarding funding for facility is ongoing. 
  • Plan to continue to move forward still in discussion, next stage will be to release an RFP for project management for this facility.

New website for the City of Dawson

  • New website launched November 2019.

  • A website is a living document and we encourage users to provide their feedback so that we can continue to make improvements and roll out new features.

Recreation Board, Community Grants, Temporary Road Closure & Facility Use Policy and Programs

  • Currently under a combined review as these policies and programs all interact with each other. 
  • The review is currently at the department head level. Internal first draft to be circulated to department heads by the end of the year.

Records Management Policy & Program Development

  • Internal discussions are ongoing regarding the implementation on a retention schedule and how to dispose of records beyond the retention requirements.

Reserves Bylaw Review

  • An internal review of the Reserves Bylaw and reserves is currently underway.  An updated bylaw is expected to accompany budget and property tax work for 2020.

Procurement policy Review

  • No progress to report at this time.

Management Bylaw Review

  • No progress to report at this time.

Business License Bylaw Review

  • No progress to report at this time.

Project is in progress. 

  • Draft plan to be presented to council in the new year.


Implement the road map provided in the solid waste assessment in steps to achieve measurable results in operations at the landfill.

  • This road map encompassed long term goals at the solid waste facility as well as with diversion. Pieces such as diversion are updated below and under the Diversion Center heading.

Re-design current operations at the solid waste facility – cell plan.

  • Current cells of divertible waste (metals) are filling quickly and discussion of removal are ongoing with YG regarding a contractor to remove this waste from the facility.

Evaluate the collection system and determine operational efficiencies in the short and long term.

  • Collecting data on waste collection – commercial vs. residential ongoing. Service standards discussion to take place once data is compiled.

Continue discussions with YG on regional agreements.

  • Draft Agreement received from YG. Once internal review and comments are compiled this will be scheduled for a Committee of the Whole meeting towards the end of 2019.

For the residents of the City of Dawson who are not currently connected to the utility infrastructure for water, it is important to have a reasonable system to have water delivered to their residence/business.

  • Work on the water delivery bylaw and services will commence following the work for the Water Metering Design Program.

Build the bleeder education program into the regular operations of ensuring a sustainable and efficient water system.

  • Program continues to be incorporated into regular operations and completed 5% 2019, 10% 2020.

Design the water meter program, determine costs and timelines for implementation.

  • Scope of work has been prepared and the RFP is available by contacting Vanessa Murphy, PW Administrative Officer at pwadmin@cityofdawson.ca. Tender closes February 17, 2020 2:00pm.

2020 WATER AND SEWER UPGRADE PROJECTS

Comprehensive assessments of our water and sewer infrastructure have identified necessary upgrades to both condition and capacity, including our new pumphouse and water treatment equipment on 5th Avenue and soon,  the associated reservoirs. 

City of Dawson and Government of Yukon have been working together to implement these over the last several years. Funding has been provided by Government of Canada, Government of Yukon and the City of Dawson.

Through this page we provide you with the latest updates and information on when any necessary disruption to services, access or roads will occur. These are being minimized and impacted property owners will also be contacted directly.

For further information please email projectmanager@cityofdawson.ca, follow our Facebook page or call us in Public Works at 993-7400.

Please note that when we provide scheduling projections these are based upon the best available information at the time of publication. In this way we endeavor to assist residents and businesses in planning but schedules may change, subject to ground conditions, delivery of materials and other unforeseen circumstances.


For Current Road Closures & Information


New Pumphouse with Water Treatment Equipment
Contract awarded to Wildstone

Final completion scheduled for June 2020

In order to provide Dawson residents with a sustainable and reliable source of clean drinking water, the current pumphouse – which is nearing the end of its serviceable life – is being replaced. The new facility will supplement chlorine treatment with filtration barriers and ultraviolet disinfection, which will ensure that the pumphouse is in compliance with Government of Yukon’s Environmental Health Services branch regulations and provides the best quality of water possible for the citizens of Dawson.

The Government of Canada will provide $11,250,000 through the Small Communities Fund for the pumphouse project and the Government Yukon will contribute up to $3,750,000.

Craig Street Hydraulic Tower Replacement
Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking

We replaced the aged, existing tower at the 9th Avenue trailhead, essentially an above-ground insulated manhole. It was demolished and replaced with two underground structures very similar to manholes. We also rebuilt some of the connecting sanitary sewer pipes down to 8th Avenue.

The design of the new drop structures included equipment that reduced unpleasant odours existing in the neighbourhood. Although no system can fully eliminate odourous sewer gases, this work improved some of the odours.

Project will be deemed complete after the conclusion of the final flushing of Spring 2020.

Water and Sewer Upgrades: Fifth Avenue, Third Avenue, and Craig Street
Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking  

Craig Street (Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue)
Work substantially completed, deficiencies to be rectified June 2020

Fifth Avenue (Harper to Craig Street)
2020, except for the block between Turner and Dugas, which was completed in 2019

Third Avenue (Albert to King Street)
2020

You can expect:

  • Installation of water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer piping buried under the roadway
  • Installation of new service connections from the mains to property lines, and for some public  buildings, from the mains right to the buildings
  • Road closures and traffic re-routing; large and deep excavations; heavy equipment and people working in trenches; gravel hauling; temporary water and sewer service interruptions; temporary alternate accesses; material storage onsite (pipes and manholes and other materials); landscaping and sidewalk restoration at end of job

Sanitary sewers are being replaced for several reasons:

On 5th Avenue, we are increasing the size (diameter) of the sanitary sewer pipes, which are currently undersized for the existing and future wastewater flows. This increased capacity will accommodate the full flow from the York Street Lift Station force main and relieve venting issues on Sixth Avenue.

We are replacing these pipes with larger diameter pipes which will support increased demand upstream.

On Craig Street, the existing pipes were aging and sagged, which contributed to sewer back-ups and gases venting into homes of residents. Replacing the pipes improved these issues.

On 3rd Avenue, we are replacing the sanitary sewer because inspection reports have indicated severe sagging and deformities in the existing pipe.

Water mains are being replaced on 5th Avenue between Church and Princess Street with larger diameter pipes because the current pipes are undersized for current and future demand.

We are extending the storm sewer along 5th Avenue from Turner Street to Minto Park to alleviate surface drainage issues in this area

Other Ongoing Maintenance

There may be ongoing construction work around town to complete projects and to maintain infrastructure around town. If this maintenance affects traffic flow or businesses, we will give as much notice as possible.