Your Community Association at Work – September 2016

The first MPCA meeting after the summer recess was held on September 13 to discuss:

Montgomery Place 70th Anniversary – Back to the 1940s – Thank you to community members, past and present, who made the weekend of September 16-18 such a success. The most gratifying attendance came from residents who have passed the 90 year mark and who are still intent on celebrating the roots of Montgomery Place. A special thanks goes to the Scouts who served 180 hamburgers, 120 hotdogs and 200 drinks, donating their proceeds to the Community Association. St. David’s Trinity folks brewed over 200 cups of coffee and served almost 400 cookies on Saturday and an anniversary cake on Sunday.

Learn about Montgomery Place 1946-2016 – Visit www.montgomeryplace.ca under the History tab to learn the story of Montgomery Place. Call Barb Biddle at 306-382-6774 to order a community history book.

Neighbourhood Traffic – History was made September 1 when the traffic speed on Montgomery Place roads was reduced to 40 kph. Only the 11th Street Bypass and the 3400 block of the original 11th Street remain at 50 kph. Some new signs have been installed, with more to come.

Montgomery Park Rink Repairs – Thanks to Jim McAllister and his volunteer crew for the refurbishment of the surface and boards of the rink in Montgomery Park this summer. Thanks also to our generous sponsors: Westbow Construction; City of Saskatoon; Viterra; CN; and MP resident Wally Penner. Montgomery School students sent a special thank you to volunteers for enhancing one of their favourite play areas.

Drainage between Montgomery Park and Montgomery School – Be careful what you wish for. The drainage project to address the long-standing water problem in Montgomery Park may take the water away, but the new ditch in the Ortona Street boulevard has created headaches for parents at drop-off and pick-up times.

Trains – Thanks to City Councillor Pat Lorje, we are seeing some relief from the constant train blockages at 11th and Dundonald. She worked to get the CN and CP to develop a protocol for grain car deliveries to Viterra so that the longer trains don’t straddle the tracks and block off our access. Because of this, we have had almost no train issues with grain cars this fall.

Noise – The cool, crisp autumn air has magnified the noises bombarding our community from Circle Drive traffic, trains and the elevator.

MPCA Fall Indoor Programs – Registration night on September 7 was well-attended. A popular addition this year was Spanish for Travellers. A second class was added.

Montgomery School – The Meet the Staff family picnic on September 16 celebrated students today as well as alumni who were visiting for the School’s 60th anniversary and Montgomery Place’s 70th anniversary. The school was busy September 17 as returning alumni visited and enjoyed entertainment. No school October 7-10.

St. Dominic School – The Family Dance on Sept. 16 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Montgomery Place was filled with good music and fun. No school October 7-10.

Crime Statistics – The MPCA newsletter will no longer publish community crime stats. Instead, go to https://map.saskatoonpolice.ca/ – click on “By Neighbourhood” and type Montgomery Place and select a Date Range.

Next Meeting – AGM – The next meeting of the Montgomery Place Community Association is our Annual General Meeting. Join us Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Montgomery School Library.