The Montgomery Place Community Association (MPCA) met on April 10 for its regular meeting. Discussion at the meeting included:
Food Bank Drive – Bring your donations on May 3, 3:30-7 pm to the Food Bank truck parked at the Rec. Building in Montgomery Park. Let’s show our neighbourhood generosity.
Garage Sale – The first Saturday in May – May 5 – will be our annual Garage Sale Day. The MPCA rented seven porta-potties as in previous years, at a cost of just under $1300. See the map at www.montgomeryplace.ca/community-garage-sale for locations. St. David’s Trinity Church will host its traditional Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 – 11:30 am. New this year is another Pancake Breakfast at St. Dominic School, 8 am-noon. For lunch, the Scouts will host their traditional bar-b-que at the Rec building in Montgomery Park.
Community Watch – MPCA Community Watch Coordinator Heather Chapman is hoping to encourage more community participation and reporting of suspicious activity. Two possibilities were discussed: 1. A Montgomery Place community watch Facebook group (similar to the Lost and Found group) or 2. A reporting group using the Remind app. Details will be discussed at the next MPCA meeting. If you have ideas or suggestions, please call Heather at 306-978-0494 before May 1. A couple of suspicious door-to-door scams were noted recently.
Viterra – Recent increased traffic at Viterra has meant longer wait times for MP residents.
Parking on 11th Street – Since the apartments were built, the 3100 block of 11th Street is lined with parked cars, making collection days for garbage and recycle a challenge. There is no room for bins.
Speed Board – New speed board will be coming soon, to be installed first on Mountbatten St.
Traffic – Complaints of trucks using engine retarder brakes at the four-way stop at 11th Street and Elevator Road continue. Residents are also observing that stop signs are often ignored throughout the community. Speeding buses should be reported to Saskatoon Transit, or in the case of school buses, to the school divisions.
Drainage and Snow – The City of Saskatoon distributed its annual Drainage flyer. The standard problem areas occurred as usual. One question spurred discussion: What do you do when a homeowner pushes snow from his property across the road into the ditch on your side? This has occurred on Crerar Drive across from St. Dominic School, adding to the usual spring challenges of excited children mixed with mud and meltwater. Drowning out the playground creates a headache for school staff and parents.
Indoor Programs – Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas for new programs. See summer programs info here.
Babysitter List – Contact us to update your info.
MPCA Facebook – Find community news at www.facebook.com/MPCASK
After Katie Rosen created an event page on the MPCA Facebook site, our Garage Sale post was viewed by more than 188,000 people to date.
City of Saskatoon – Councilor Gough attended the meeting. See her report here.
Montgomery School – Kindergarten Sneak Peek on May 15. No school on May 18 or 21. Track meet and bar-b-que on May 23. Little Sprouts Preschool farewell May 30-31.
St. Dominic School – No school on May 21. There will be a Pancake Breakfast on May 5.
Next MPCA Meeting – Tues. May 1, 7 pm in Montgomery School. All residents welcome.