Councillor Donauer provided the following Notice of Motion at City Council's Business Plan and Budget Meeting held on November 28 and 29, 2022:
'WHEREAS West Coast Reduction recycles food waste and by-products from farmers and restaurants and operates a plant in Saskatoon’s North end.
WHEREAS several residents and businesses in the vicinity have recently complained about the persistent strong and putrid odour likely coming from the plant.
WHEREAS it was recently reported that several dead pig carcasses were left piled outside the plant, generating more intense odours.
WHEREAS such odours are having substantial negative impacts on the quality of life for many north end residents, to the point where their ability, to sit outside in their own yard or go to the park, is compromised.
WHEREAS the plant appears to be compliant with appropriate zoning rules and other local bylaws.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Administration report back to the appropriate Standing Policy Committee not later than the end of Quarter 1 of 2023 on various measures undertaken by the City of Saskatoon, Ministries or Agencies of the Government of Saskatchewan, and/or Ministries of Agencies of the Government of Canada to mitigate persistent and strong odours coming from this and other similar plants; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Administration report back to the appropriate Standing Policy Committee not later than the end of Quarter 1 of 2023 on potential legal options available to the City and/or Province concerning the operations of the rendering plant operating in the north end of Saskatoon, the odour, and the impact this is having on the quality of life of Saskatoon residents.'
The following letters are provided:
- Rick and Sylvia McCorkindale, dated December 11, 2022;
- Melanie Bartzen, dated December 12, 2022;
- Herb Schmidt, dated December 12, 2022;
- Christopher Sander, Silver Heights Community Association, dated December 12, 2022;
- Jennifer Peever, dated December 12, 2022; and
- Shannon Blanchet, dated December 13, 2022.