Garbage collection

Come November, Regina residents will be asked to hold onto their garbage a little longer.

City council voted on Monday night to move forward with a plan to move garbage collection to every second week instead of every week.

The motion was put forward earlier this year as a way city hall could save money, but at Monday’s meeting many on council said they would be in favour of this move whether it cost less or not, noting that less garbage collection is just the next logical step after the city expanded curbside recycling a few years ago.

City council will re-visit the issue in the spring to decide if they will make the move permanent.

New industrial park

A new industrial park in southeast Regina was also approved at the meeting.

It will be located just east of the Greens neighbourhood past the new bypass, north of Arcola Avenue.

Approval came despite concerns from some residents of the greens of noise from existing businesses in the area, and fears it will get worse if the industrial park expands.

No sooner had the industrial park been approved then city council signed off on its' first major new tenant, an intermodal facility for transferring goods between trains and trucks.

Other spending

Council also approved spending on a number of other projects in the Queen City.

Canadian Western Agribition will receive $24,000 in free transit service.

St. Matthew's Anglican Church was granted $30,000 to help pay for needed structural repairs. The church is a heritage site, and the renovations are said to be badly needed to preserve the structure.

The YMCA was awarded $60,000 to pay for development of a plan to eliminate homelessness in Regina. The money will be matched by the federal government.

And the University of Regina will receive $39,000 in free transit, and $36,000 in cash, for a total of $75,000 to help host a major convention this coming to the city in May. Thousands of academics from across the country are scheduled to attend. This is the first time Regina has hosted the convention.

Council also voted in favour of presenting some of the items set aside from the old Taylor Field to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame to be used in future exhibits.