The Special Service Levy Covers Your Service Line Breaks.

Mayor and Council are hosting a Public Hearing on February 11, 2021 to review the budgeted rates for the City of Thompson’s Special Service Levy, which covers the repair of private residential water breaks between a resident’s property line and one meter away from a home’s foundation.

The average service break repair costs roughly $6000 to repair, and can cost up to $15, 000 depending on the complexity of excavation and repair work. The service levy, in place for almost a decade, helps reduce the risk of aging infrastructure to an individual homeowner by distributing the cost of repairs across the entire community.

Below are the proposed Special Service Levy rates for 2021-2025, as being discussed at the Public Hearing:

YearTotal Estimated RepairsSpecial Service Levy Rate
2021$300, 000$92.56
2022$325, 000$100.28
2023$350, 000$107.99
2024$375, 000$115.70
2025$400, 000$123.42
Budgeted Special Service Levy Rates, 2021-2025

If the rates are based on previous years, why are increases planned for the next five years?

The rates shown are estimates: it’s better to plan for a higher cost and have budget room left over than to plan for a lower cost and come up short at the end of the year. Therefore, the City bases projections assuming an 8% increase to repair costs every year.

If the cost of service repairs is lower than expected in the previous years, then it will be lower than the fees shown above. If they are higher than expected, there will be a public hearing held before officially amending the plan.

Though the City of Thompson budgets for increases, the actual levy rate fluctuates every year:

YearTotal Cost of RepairsSpecial Service Levy Rate
2020$241, 542.00$74.55
2019$224, 046.00$69.15
2018$352, 115.60$108.69
2017$271, 512.00$82.80
2016$379, 306.80$117.07
Special Service Levy Rates, 2016-2020

What’s The Difference Between Private Insurance and the Special Service Levy?

The Special Service Levy is a substitute to insurance services offered by many private insurance providers. There are advantages and disadvantages to both:

SERVICE LEVY

Cost: The Service Levy cost is based on the previous year’s total cost of service line repairs. This means it will go up some years, and go down other years, and it’s not always in your control. However, your payments don’t go up just because there is a break on your property.

Coverage: The City of Thompson has never denied coverage of a water break within the defined area of coverage, and works to remediate the property the following year.

Service: The City of Thompson provides excavation, plumbing, and remediation services.

PRIVATE INSURANCE

Cost: Your insurance premium is based primarily on your claim history, and is not directly impacted by breaks in other parts of the community . However, if you have a service line break and you have to fix it, you’ll have to pay your insurance deductible, and your insurance premiums will likely go up.

Coverage: Depending on your policy and it’s conditions, an insurance company may refuse to cover the cost of your repair, and may not cover the remediation of your property following a dig.

Service: Under private insurance, you’ll likely have to hire a repair crew yourself. Depending on the services offered, you may need to hire an excavation crew and a plumber separately, and another firm to remediate your property afterwards.

Don’t My Property Taxes Cover Water Breaks Already?

Property taxes help pay for the administration of public property, like water mains, sewer mains, roads, and the staff employed to maintain and operate this property.

Service lines on private property are just that: private. In other municipalities, private homeowners are responsible for the full cost of service line repair and remediation in addition to their regular property taxes.

I have something to say. How do I register for the Public Hearing?

You can attend the meeting remotely through Zoom by clicking here.

You can register to attend the meeting in person or to make a presentation for or against, by calling 204-677-7938 or emailing tparobec@thompson.ca.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage presenters to register to attend or present to the meeting remotely if they are able.

More Road Work Is Coming This Season, Weather Permitting!

***Update, September 14, 2020:

Public Works crews were able to repair the Princeton Drive/Purdue Place intersection themselves, so instead, we’ll be paving part of Weir Road instead!


We will also be addressing the Thompson Drive access to City Centre Mall in lieu of the Westwood Drive/Thompson Drive intersection. Though both sections of road need attention, the mall access is in more urgent need of care.

Original Article:

The first layers of asphalt went down on Thompson Drive this week, but we have even better news heading into the weekend!

With some tight project management from our Manager of Infrastructure, the Thompson Drive paving project has come in at almost $200, 000 under budget. That means we can pave an additional five intersections this fall!

As there is limited time remaining in the construction season, completion of additional roadwork will depend on the amount of rain we continue to receive into the fall: paving cannot take place in the rain.

However, if the weather cooperates, our plan is to repair the following areas:

  • Thompson Drive/Westwood Drive intersection
  • Westwood Drive between Arctic Drive and Partridge Crescent (southbound lane)
  • Waterloo Crescent/Nelson Road Intersection
  • Princeton Drive/Purdue Place Intersection
  • Elizabeth Drive (Highway 6/City Hall Access)

Our original road renewal plan had to be scaled back quite a bit when bid prices came in much higher than previous years. We’re really excited to recover a portion of our original vision this year!

Last Week of Community Clean-up + End of Month Prizes!

It’s the sixth and last week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re cleaning up ALL of Thompson! Anywhere! If you see a problem spot, gather your friends and pick it up, to enter to win!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, Two Vale swag bags, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: a 6-foot Pelican Sit-on-top kayak! Perfect for this season: who knows, maybe we’ll have more water than land by the end of August!

Contest extended by one week!

We’ve had a lot of wet and cold weather during this contest, and we feel that residents didn’t have much time to get out and about on the dry days. Now that it looks like summer is here properly here, we want to make the most of it.

We’re offering up another week of prizes between June 26 and July 3, for a city-wide clean-up. If you see a problem spot *anywhere* in town, clean it up and send us your photos!

GRAND PRIZE DRAWS!

A number of businesses and community organizations approached us throughout the contest to donate their own prizes to the contest. We’ve saved them up until the end, and we’ll be raffling them all off on Monday, July 6! Everyone who took part in Clean Community Month, and who hasn’t won a weekly prize, is eligible to win!

AMP INDUSTRIES

Interior/Exterior Cleaning, Oil Change

Nickel Days Committee

$500 in various gift cards

NCN THOMPSON BUS

Small and Large Hoodies

ASSANTE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

$50 Gift Card – Sobeys

Thanks to our participants this week!

A big thank you goes out to the Morin family this week, who braved the rain to carry the Clean Community torch last week!

Week 5 of Clean Community Month and Extension!

It’s the fifth week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Southwood area. We’re also encouraging all of our local apartment dwellers to help clean up in their areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, Two Vale swag bags, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: a set of two EZVIZ Husky Wi-Fi Outdoor Bullet surveillance cameras!

Contest extended by one week!

We’ve had a lot of wet and cold weather during this contest, and we feel that residents didn’t have much time to get out and about on the dry days. Now that it looks like summer is here properly here, we want to make the most of it.

We’re offering up another week of prizes between June 26 and July 3, for a city-wide clean-up. If you see a problem spot *anywhere* in town, clean it up and send us your photos!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

THOMPSON RECYCLING CENTER

RECYCLE EVERYWHERE!

CANADIAN TIRE

AMP INDUSTRIES

NCN THOMPSON BUS

ASSANTE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Thanks to our participants this week!

Week 4 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the fourth week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Westwood and Burntwood areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: A two-piece CANVAS Beaumount Patio Chair set!

As the wind picks up, it seems like there’s still plenty of litter still blowing into the downtown area. We’re more than happy to accept entries from downtown cleaners as well!


Thank you to our sponsors!

Thompson Recycling Center

Recycle Everywhere!

Canadian Tire

AMP Industries

NCN Thompson Bus

Assante Wealth Management


THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS THIS WEEK!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 3: Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can! If you didn’t win last week, you can still participate and get a second chance this week!

Week 3 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the third week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Eastwood and Riverside areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: a blue CANVAS Winston Chair, perfect to kick back in during those rainy days this summer (which there seem to be plenty of)!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 2: Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can! If you didn’t win last week, you can still participate and get a second chance this week!

If you need a place to start, the 70 Stretch of Mystery Lake Road definitely need some attention.

As the wind picks up, it seems like there’s still plenty of litter still blowing into the downtown area. We’re more than happy to accept entries from downtown cleaners as well!

Thanks to all of our volunteers this week!

Thanks to everyone who helped clean up our City last week, and everyone who plans to come out in the coming month!

Week 2 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the second week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Juniper and Deerwood areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: A Pelican Flow 94 Stand-up Paddle Board, just in time for the lakes opening up! Just be careful: the water is still pretty cold.

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 1! You guys are awesome! Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can!

If you need a place to start, our Comms Officer was out by Rotary Park in Deerwood this morning, and it’s looking a little hairy!

We’re cleaning in Deerwood and Juniper this week!

Thanks to all of our volunteers last week!

Thanks to everyone who helped clean up our City last week, and everyone who plans to come out in the coming month!

New Garbage and Recycling trucks are on the road in Thompson!

It’s been a rough week for garbage and recycling pick-up, giving our old collection trucks a rather bitter send-off.

That said, things should look a little smoother now that our new garbage and recycling collection trucks have arrived at the Public Works yard, and are officially on the road!

Not only are they new vehicles that should operate more smoothly, but they also come with some new automated safeguards that make their operation safer and more reliable!

Clean Community: Students Clean Up Causeways

For the last two years, friends of the late Dylan and Shane Cripps have gone out on the spring to clean up the boat launch at the Causeways north of Thompson, out of respect for the families who passed away and their community.

The causeways are a gorgeous waterway for paddlers and motor boats alike, and while it’s extremely disappointing to see their condition every spring, we’re proud to see a new generation of Thompsonites volunteering to keep their community and it’s landmarks clean.

We hope to see everyone out this week helping our community look it’s best for the summer! Don’t forget to take part in the City of Thompson’s Clean Community Month! Give back to the community while winning prizes!

https://northernernews.ca/2020/05/20/community-clean-may-22/

Community Clean-up Month Starts May 22!

Every spring, the City of Thompson has hosted Clean Community Day and Clean Community Month, an opportunity for community members to come out, clean up Thompson, and help us get a jump start on the litter left over from the winter. This year, in the spirit of social distancing, things are a little different.

Starting on Friday, May 22, we’ll be asking residents to focus on two areas of town every week until June 26, based on the schedule close to the end of this article. We’ll give people a heads-up to some key areas to get started.

Here’s what our schedule looks like:

Week 1: Downtown (Bin placed in Canadian Tire Parking Lot)
Week 2: Deerwood – Juniper (Bins placed at respective schools)
Week 3: Eastwood and Riverside (Bins placed at respective schools)
Week 4: Westwood and Burntwood (Bins placed at respective schools)
Week 5: Southwood and Apartments (Bins placed at Southwood Park)

Like every year, garbage bags and rubber gloves are available free from City Hall and the Public Works Office! Pick up gloves and bags in the City Hall foyer starting on Friday, or call Public Works at 204-677-7970 to arrange pick-up from their office. If you’re picking up supplies from City Hall, we ask that you be respectful and take only what you need.

We’re working with a local business to act as a weekend pick-up location for gloves and bags if you can’t make it during the week. Stay tuned for more information!

The City and the School District of Mystery Lake will be putting out dumpsters every Monday at the locations listed below. If you need to get rid of garbage you’ve collected on other days, a dumpster will be available at the Public Works yard all week long!

Send In Your Photos, Win Prizes!

To participate, we’re asking everyone to take a photo of the area you’re cleaning before you clean up, and a photo or two of the clean area when you’re done. Email them with the names of you and your team to communications@thompson.ca, and we’ll be feature your before and after photos on our social media page throughout the week!

At the end of every week, participants who submitted their names and photos will have a chance to win a Hub of the North hoodie and camping mug set!

At the end of the month, all participants who sent in photos will be eligible for the grand prize draw donated by Canadian Tire, a cooler packed with everything you need for you and your family to get out and enjoy a picnic on the grass!

Cleaning up while CoVID-safe

Remember: we are in the midst of a pandemic, and cleaning up involves touching many strange surfaces. Here’s a few ways to help keep yourself safe from COVID-19 while helping to clean our community:

  1. Wear gloves;
  2. Use hand sanitizer frequently, even on your gloves;
  3. Don’t touch your face until you’ve taken your gloves off, or sterilized them;
  4. Remove your gloves and sanitize your hands before getting in your vehicle, or touching another surface;
  5. Use a garbage picker if you have one (you know, those sticks with the pointy ends);
  6. Disperse your group at least 2 meters apart;
  7. Don’t crowd people at the dumpsters, or when picking up your gloves and garbage bags.

Thompson has already started Cleaning up!

Workers from Recreation and Public Works have been going around town picking up litter downtown and in other big problem areas in our community.

Community members have also been out cleaning up our community, like Crystal Fenner-Redhead has been out with her family picking up garbage in the Eastwood area and throughout the downtown area, using garbage bags and gloves supplied by the Thompson Recycling Center! They’ve already collected over 100 bags, and they’re still out and about: Thanks Crystal!

Mayor Smook dropped off some snacks for Fenner-Redhead and the family while they were out and about! Photo courtesy Crystal Fenner-Readhead
Fenner-Redhead’s family has often been out well until dark, and has picked up over 100 bags of litter. She’s raising some great, community-minded kids! Photo courtesy Crystal Fenner-Redhead