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Here’s a look at the transit applications and decisions made by Whitehorse City Council at its Jan. 31 meeting.

Application options now available for public transport

Looking to buy a bus pass or find out if your bus is running on time? There are apps for that.

On February 1, the City of Whitehorse announced that residents can purchase bus passes and find out where their bus is via two apps.

The Token Transit app allows riders to purchase their bus pass on a mobile device. They can then board their bus by showing the driver their pass on the device.

The app can be downloaded from tokentransit.com/app.

On the Ride Systems app, buses can be tracked, allowing passengers to plan their journeys accordingly.

“City buses are now equipped with GPS locators so you can see them moving in real time and get arrival forecasts,” the city said in a statement.

The Ride Systems app is available at mobile.ridesystems.net or on Google Play and App Store.

Winter clearing for two approved trails

Two local trails will soon see more snow removal service from the City of Whitehorse.

At its January 31 meeting, Whitehorse City Council approved an amendment to the City’s Snow and Ice Policy to modify the level of service for a portion of the lower escarpment paved road and liaison between Granger and Hillcrest.

As noted at a previous meeting, adding two-path clearing to the City’s snow and ice policy could be done within the City’s current budget and would improve connections for active transportation users in the city.

Although the council accepted the plans, it was not without discussion following a presentation of the delegates by Anne Middler, who argued that the snow on the trails should be compacted rather than completely cleared to allow its use. by all users of active transportation, such as scooters. that she and her family use to get around downtown. She also noted that using sand on trails can have a negative impact on scooters, as well as bicycles, and suggested that sanding should only be done when absolutely necessary.

During council’s discussion of the matter, council members confirmed to staff that under the changes the trails would be cleared, although sand would only be used as needed.

While the board voted in favor of the change, the board. Kirk Cameron pointed to a possible comprehensive review of the city’s snow removal policy that may be forthcoming, and indicated that he would like to delve deeper into trail maintenance and balancing interest in winter trail maintenance. at this moment.

List of authorized tax liens

A list of Whitehorse property owners with overdue property tax bills will soon be released after Whtiehorse City Council votes to sign the annual tax lien list.

The list, which is published annually, details the unpaid amounts of property taxes, interest and penalties due.

At the January 24 council meeting, Valerie Braga, director of corporate services for the city, presented the proposed list for 2021 with a recommendation to affix the city seal to it and publish the list.

The initial list prior to January 31 approval included a total of 71 properties for which tax amounts are owed ranging from $140.78 to $14,430, for a total of $178,499.

At the January 31 meeting, Braga confirmed that some of those bills have since been paid, although the city is still finalizing the figures. Paid invoices will not appear on the published list.

“Each property on this list will be assessed an administration fee and subject to further collection procedures if the account is not paid within 60 days,” Braga said in a report to council. “These stages include the initial title application after 12 months and the final title application to the mediation board after a further six months. If the taxes remain unpaid, title passes to the city and, assuming the city has no use for the property, it is disposed of at fair market value.

Write-off of uncollectible accounts

The City of Whitehorse is about to write off over $20,000.

At the Whitehorse City Council meeting on January 31, council passed first and second readings of a by-law to write off uncollectible amounts. Such a by-law is presented annually and is required under the Municipalities Act.

As Business Service Manager Valérie Braga explained in a previous meeting, accounting practices require that such amounts be written off when there is little prospect of collection.

“In certain circumstances, an account will remain with a collection agency or credit bureau for possible further action, as set out in the settlement,” she said.

Uncollectible accounts include $11,125 for non-Yukon parking tickets (because the city has no way of collecting this through motor vehicles like it does for Yukon vehicles), $8,645 for an error tax assessment where municipal taxes were levied after occupants died or a building was removed and $371 for an individual’s parking fines that were deemed uncollectible because the debt is unsecured.

The lagoon project could move forward

Livingstone Lagoon will see work later this year after Whitehorse City Council voted on Jan. 31 to go ahead with procurement for the project.

The work is required under the city’s water permit.

In cases where a project is expected to cost $500,000 or more, the board must approve the procurement.

“The emptying of the primary (lagoon) cells keeps the sediment load at a level that allows the sewage treatment system to operate efficiently,” said Karen Furlong, manager of the city’s water and waste services, in a statement. a previous report to the board. “An added benefit is that the removal of solids helps in part to alleviate the odors that become a nuisance at certain times of the year for residents of Whistle Bend and Porter Creek.

Tender documents for the works are due to be published on February 14, with the contract to be awarded by April 4. Work would begin around June 6 and end on July 29.

Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

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