A few people joined the MPCA executive at the meeting on Nov. 10 to join in discussions.

Greetings of the Season from our homes to yours – Montgomery Place Community Association members send warm wishes of the season to all.

Insurance on the Montgomery Place Cairn and Monument – Extra insurance will be purchased to protect the stone cairn and the granite monument in Montgomery Park.

Rinks in Montgomery Park – We have a Rink Coordinator! Thank you to Jim McAllister who has stepped forward to coordinate the neighbourhood rinks this year. Now we need a Rink Supervisor or two to open and supervise the family ice times on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm. See the job posting.

Electronic Distribution of MPCA Newsletter – Not to replace the printed versions delivered by Canada Post, the MPCA is investigating electronic distribution of the newsletter as a second means of delivery. Privacy concerns were part of this discussion. A motion was made and carried that the Association would implement electronic mailing to a carefully-assembled mailing list in 2016.

Babysitter List Removed – A motion was made and carried to remove the Babysitter List from our newsletter, citing privacy concerns in today’s world. Montgomery families looking for babysitters can advertise at no cost in the newsletter. Also, parents looking for a sitter can contact us, verify their name and address, and the list will be emailed to them. Kids who babysit can also contact us to submit or change information.

Speed on Montgomery Roads – We’ve had several comments, from letter carriers to school kids, to slow down when passing pedestrians. The road isn’t yours when you drive in Montgomery. Remember, our roads are shared by walkers, joggers, cyclists and vehicles, not to mention deer and dogs. The recent tragedy at Cedar Villa is a heart-wrenching confirmation of this.

LAP – The MPCA worked with Konrad Andre from the City to prepare a Vision Statement. Topics at the Nov.19 Local Area Planning meeting included land use, zoning and infill. The next LAP traffic meeting is scheduled for Dec. 8, at 7 pm in the St. Dominic School Gym.

Infill in Montgomery Place – Garage and Garden Suites – Seen as “subdivision by stealth” by some and an “opportunity” by others, garage and garden suites in Montgomery Place continued to spark discussion. Infill could change the heritage character of Montgomery Place argue the majority. Privacy, drainage, access, and parking are additional concerns.
The minority (at least a Montgomery Place minority) argue that people should be able to do what they want on their own properties as long as bylaws are respected.

Montgomery School – The Winter Carnival is scheduled for Dec. 10 at 6pm. The Christmas break is Dec. 18 – Jan. 4, 2016. The Kindergarten Information Night is Jan. 27 at 6:30 pm.

St. Dominic School – The Christmas Festival is Dec. 10 at 7 pm. School is out from Dec. 18 to Jan. 4, 2016.

City of Saskatoon – Thank you for a special one-time $350 bursary toward the refurbishment of the Montgomery rink. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016 there will be no smoking permitted in Saskatoon parks.

Rec Building in Montgomery Park – Thank you to City of Saskatoon workers for their extra attention in the Rec building – adding a coated floor in the doorway for skaters and trimming the protruding concession shelf.

Next Meeting – Join us Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at 7pm, in the Montgomery School Library.