• 17 Apr 2020
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message from the Mayor

     

    As we go into another weekend of staying home, I first want to thank everyone - our residents, our staff, our local health care workers and first responders. Our collective efforts to stay home are continuing to make a difference in the spread of COVID-19.

    As of today, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is reporting there are now 82 active cases of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan; there have been 305 cases in the province to date, and 219 people have recovered. Sadly, the number of people who have died from the virus increased from three to four this week. While the continuing decrease is providing some hope that we could see a light at the end of this tunnel soon it remains important that we continue to follow the safe distancing guidelines and stay at home as much as possible.

    This week the provincial government told us that as early as next week, we can expect to see a plan for re-opening our economy. In the meantime, we are continuing to promote our local businesses and encouraging everyone to “Love What’s Local” as they shop for essential goods.

    There was also some good news for our local businesses this week as the federal made changes to the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit program to expand program eligibility and created the Canada Emergency Rent Assistance Program. I hope many of our local businesses are able to benefit from these programs.

    As always, the City of Martensville continues to work with, and to share information we receive from the Province, our own Emergency Services and other municipalities to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.

    We continue to provide core programs and services. A reminder that our Organics Program will begin soon. Also, even though the Wheatland Library is closed, you can still visit the library virtually. I know that my family is trying hard to find things to do to keep us occupied – and the Martensville Mood Boost is helping. This program is designed to help us all beat the “isolation blues” by doing a new activity every day.

    Here are some reminders on how the City is helping to support businesses and residents in the short-term:

    • Interest charges on utility bills will be suspended until November 1, 2020.
    • Water service will not be discontinued due to non-payment or overdue account status.
    • The deadline for property tax payments will be extended from July 31 to October 30, 2020.
    • All interest charges on property tax owing will be suspended until November 1, 2020.
    • Business license renewal notices will be delayed until normal operations resume – all expired business licenses will remain valid until further notice. 

    I wish you all well this weekend – please continue to stay safe and take care.

     

    Sincerely,

    Mayor Kent Muench 

     

    Links to important resources:

    Featured articles on mental health services available in Saskatchewan: www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media.
    COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool and the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus: www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.
    A reminder to sign up for online services available at the City of Martensville: www.Martensville.ca
    Our City’s webpage dedicated to information on the pandemic: www.martensville.ca/covid19.
    City of Martensville social media links: https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Martensville-368636493247166
    Twitter: @Martensville
    Business Task Force (City of Martensville, City of Warman, Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce:
    https://www.prairieskychamber.ca/
    Federal Government supports for business:
    Information on the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Business Credit Availability Programhttps://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

     

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