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pipe-freeze-regThe Water Department continues to receive many reports of service lines freezing in locations where they have never frozen before. So in some areas of the City with shallow water mains, the City will ask residents to begin running water continuously, 24 hours a day. A list of some of the key areas follows:

-3rd Ave E from 17th St E to the Water Treatment Plant

-9th Ave E from 10th St to 20th St

-9th St E from 1st Ave E to 8th Ave

freeze-regOwen Sound - The City of Owen Sound Water Department has received many reports of water service lines freezing due to low temperatures, in locations where no water services have frozen before.

To prevent a frozen service line from occurring it is suggested that every night before retiring, homeowners should run one household tap fully open for approximately three to five minutes. If possible, repeat the flushing during the night. Any household with a history of freezing problems should definitely take these precautions.

Homeowners should know that substantially decreased water flow and pressure or dirty water in the home may be evidence that the water line is freezing. If this occurs, run one household tap fully open until the flow rate increases, and contact the Public Works department at 519-376-4274.

budget-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Blood on the floor.

That is how city manager Ruth Coursey referred to the creation of Owen Sound's 2015 capital budget.

Not that it was particularly visible when the council got its first look at the numbers at their Friday the 13th meeting. The slashing and burning had already been done for them. As Coursey put it "Every single member of staff is passionately committed to this city and removing important projects from this list is agony."

firetruck-featThe most recent round of arbitration between the City of Owen Sound and our full-time firefighters has wrapped, with a 10.7% retroactive pay hike ordered for the three years that ended December 31, 2014.

Once again, this far outstrips cost of living increases or wage hikes in other public service positions.

First-class firefighters will now earn almost $90,000 a year. Here at OSCA, we don't begrudge anyone the right to make a living. The reality of the situation though is that it's untenable and we simply cannot afford to continue spending over $12 million per year on emergency services.
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