• 23 Oct 2020
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message From the Mayor

    As we head into the weekend, I want to focus today’s message on safety. Over the past number of days, the cases of COVID in our province have been increasing at a much higher rate, and last week, the number of people allowed to gather indoors decreased from 30 to 15. It’s so important that we all continue to follow the safety guidelines set out by our public health officials so that we don’t need to take more extreme measures, like closing down schools and businesses.  

    On that note, I want to thank everyone who has been continuing to support our local businesses through this pandemic and particularly this week, as we celebrate Small Business Week. In our province over 75% of private-sector employment is created by small business, that’s over 250,000 jobs! Our local businesses need all of our support so that they can help our local economies recover from the pandemic and grow. Love What’s Local!

    I hope many of you have been taking advantage of our Drive-In Flu Shot clinic. The clinic is open one more day – tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Martensville Aquatic Centre. 

    Since my last message to you, the number of active cases in our province has almost doubled. As of yesterday, there are 509 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. To date, we have had 2,558 cases, 2,024 people have recovered. Sadly, since my last message to you, the number of deaths increased by one to 25. Our condolences to the family of this individual.

    COVID-19 testing is available for anyone who wishes to be tested. Call the HealthLine at 811, your family physician, or take the online self-assessment at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

    A final reminder, the deadline for making property tax payments is October 30th, and interest charges from any unpaid property tax owing and utility bills is due Nov. 1st.

    Our City and Emergency Services continue to work with other municipalities and to share information from the Province to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. 

    An update on City programs and services:
    • All priority programs and services continue to be provided.
    • The alternating water meter read/estimate schedule continues. With water usage typically higher in warmer months we encourage residents to keep accounts accurate and current by submitting your reading on your ‘estimate’month.
    • City Hall, Wheatland Regional Library, the MAP, the Sports Centre, Northridge Centre and Heritage Centre are all open with occupancy limits in place and safety guidelines being followed.
    The City is helping to support businesses and residents in the short-term through the following:
    • The deadline for property tax payments is extended from July 31 to October 30, 2020.
    • Interest charges on property tax owing is suspended until November 1, 2020.
    • Interest charges on utility bills are suspended until November 1, 2020.
    • Water service will not be discontinued due to nonpayment or overdue account status.


    Sincerely,

    Kent Muench
     

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