June 9, 2014 12:17 pm

Police station sale, disaster assistance on Saskatoon council agenda

Sale of the old police building, disaster relief resolution, vending policy amendments on the agenda for Saskatoon city council Monday evening.

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SASKATOON – The City of Saskatoon is taking steps to sell the old police building at the corner of 4th Avenue and 23rd Street once it is vacated after the move to the new headquarters is complete.

On Monday, council will be asked to remove the reserve price of $15.6 million.

If approved, the building will be listed for three months with Colliers International.

The parking lot just north of the current headquarters is also part of the deal.

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City officials said there has been considerable interest in the property since it was put up for sale last fall but no offers have been made.

Also on Monday, council will be asked to pass a resolution which could assist property owners who are dealing with spring flood damage.

The city is seeking disaster relief from the provincial government and needs to be declared an eligible assistance area before homeowners can apply for provincial money to cover the cost of damages not covered by insurance.

The city is pointing to the riverbank slump along Saskatchewan Crescent which recently prompted evacuation alerts to a number of homes.

Official are also blaming heavy rain for 12 calls about flood damage.

Also on the agenda are proposed amendments to the city’s vending policy on public sidewalks which regulates mobile food vendors.

The amendments would remove outdated sections for hours of operation and rental fees.

Additions to the policy would allow for the provision of parking patios, which is recommended in the City Centre Plan, and modifies the name to reflect the use of parking stalls.

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