This week, we have good news for Harewood commuters, it's time to start preparing for winter storm season and find out how you can keep yourself and those around you safe during Fire Prevention Week.
Read on to see what's in store for the week ahead.
Have you noticed?
The leaves on trees around town are changing to golden and red hues and are starting to fall. When raking up leaves in your yard, rather than bagging them up, place them in your green bin and we will collect them for you on your scheduled pick up day!
Winter (storm season) is coming!
The leaves changing colour also reminds us to start prepping for winter storm season! To help prevent flooding, make sure to clear leaves and debris from eavestroughs, drains, any storm catch basins in front of your home and, if you have a ditch, please watch for blocked culverts. If flooding does happen, the Public Works yard at 2020 Labieux Road will have sand and sandbags available for filling - make sure to bring your own shovel.
In the event of a power outage, make sure you have a plan and enough supplies to sustain you for a few days. Check out this handy checklist (pdf) from BC Hydro to get yourself prepared.
Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan & Practise Your Escape!™
October 6 to 12 marks Fire Prevention Week. Did you know? In a house fire, you have two minutes or less to escape safely. An escape plan is an excellent way to ensure you and your family know what to do and are prepare to escape quickly and safely. Make your plan today.
From all of us at the City of Nanaimo, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Monday (October 14), work off that turkey dinner by heading to the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre for an Everyone Welcome swim from 12-4 pm or strap on your skates over in Frank Crane Arena for an Everyone Welcome skate from 1-3 pm. City offices and other recreation facilities will be closed on Monday, October 14.
With the upcoming holiday, please make sure to add-a-day on your curbside collection schedule. Download the Nanaimo Recycles app for free from the App Store or Google Play to get alerts for your next garbage/recycle pick ups, use the waste sorting wizard to find out what goes where and report a public works or park-related problem all on your smartphone! Don't have a smartphone? No problem! You can use all the features of the Nanaimo Recycles app on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page on the City website!
Upcoming Community Events
Find a complete list of City-related events at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/events.
Good news for Harewood commuters!
We know Harewood has been the focus for construction this year and we would like to thank commuters for your ongoing patience while these important infrastructure updates are completed. The good news is that work is nearing completion and traffic will be back to normal soon! Here's an update:
Bruce Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets should be open by the end of the month.
Bruce Avenue near Fifth is expected to be open in approximately two weeks.
One-day closures of Sixth and Fifth Streets are planned over the next few weeks to facilitate final paving for the project on Lambert Street which is expected to be done by the end of October.
- Seventh Street will be paved soon and should only be closed for another week or two. The overall construction project will be winding down near the end of October.
Find more information on City construction projects at nanaimo.ca/construction
Members of Council will be in session with a Governance and Priorities meeting where they will continue discussions related to Governance and Management Excellence. At their regular meeting on Monday night, Council will consider recommendations from the Finance and Audit Committee meeting on September 18, amendments to the Procedure Bylaw and more. Finally, a Public Hearing will take place on Wednesday.
Meetings This Week
Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings.
Here's a recap of City-related news from last week: