Saving Money at City Hall
Work is ongoing at City Hall to increase efficiency and make even better use of limited resources. Here are a few examples of savings from the past year:
Process Optimization at the Water Treatment Plant Saves $295,000
Water savings from reduced chemical requirements for lime and ferric, resulted in savings of $295,000 in 2013.
Purchase of the Former Post Office Building Saves $500,000/year in Office Leases
Staff that were located in leased offices around the city moved to the new property, resulting in a net savings of $500,000. The purchase also provides the City with approximately $463,000 in annual revenue from organizations currently leasing space in the building. The building will be paid for by selling the former Saskatoon Police Service building on 4th Avenue.
Project City-Wide Cleanup Partnership Adds Value of $53,760
As part of an ongoing agreement between the Saskatoon Fire Department and the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre, Project City-Wide Cleanup saw Urban Camp crews mow and weed 745 city blocks, clean litter on 37 km of roadways, and clear snow and ice from 6,161 pedestrian crossing ramps. This equates to a value of $53,760 for the City.
Landfill Gas Facility to Generate $1.3 Million in Revenue Annually When Fully Operational
Landfill gas, a natural by-product of decomposing organic material, is drawn out through 29 vertical wells, piped to a station for treatment, and sent to a new power generation station. This will generate millions of dollars for the City and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill.