• 15 May 2020
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message from the Mayor

     

    With the May long weekend almost here, I feel its fitting to echo the sentiments of our Premier that we will get through this. Long weekends and warm weather naturally bring about a desire to get out with family and friends, but we need to remain cautious and continue physical distancing and keeping our small groups to the same 10 individuals at most. 

    We are slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and I want to thank everyone in Martensville, residents, those working in health care and food service and first response for all you are doing to ensure essential services are being provided to those in the greatest need.

    Starting Tuesday May 19th, Phase 2 of Re-open Saskatchewan will begin with stores and personal services allowed to open while continuing to follow the guidance around hand washing, intensive cleaning, and physical distancing. Our local businesses that fall within this phase are ready to welcome you so please remember to “Love What’s Local”!

    The number of active COVID-19 cases in the province dropped throughout the week. As of yesterday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is reporting 178 active cases; there have been 582 cases in the province to date, and 398 people have recovered; six individuals have died.

    This week the provincial government announced the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment program will be extended to the month of May for businesses that are required to remain closed or substantially curtail operations after May 19, 2020. They also announced $10 million in additional funding to help livestock producers manage the impacts of COVID-19 related market disruptions, and the federal government announced support for seniors by temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments. The Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers was also announced, and the $962 million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund was created to help more businesses and organizations in sectors such as manufacturing, technology, tourism and others that are key to the regions and to local economies. This fund is specifically targeted to those that may require additional help to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic but have been unable to access existing support measures. Links to all these programs can be found at the bottom of this message.

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

    A reminder on City programs and services:

    • All priority programs and services continue to be provided.
    • Sports fields will remain closed until at least the end of June.
    • Until further notice, garage sales are not permitted as per the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
    • Registration for swimming lessons has been postponed until dates are established for re-opening recreation facilities as per the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
    • There is still time to get in on our Organics Program which will run until October. To sign up for this subscription program contact City Hall.

    The City is helping to support businesses and residents in the short-term through the following:

    • 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.

    In closing, we hope you have been enjoying the photos we’ve been posting on our social media channels to showcase the Beauty of Martensville. I think we can all agree we not only have some beautiful spots in our community, but we have some fantastic local photographers as well!

    On behalf of everyone at the City of Martensville, please stay safe and take care.

     

    Sincerely,

    Mayor Kent Muench 

     

    Links to important resources:

    Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

    Re-Open Saskatchewan

    Featured articles on mental health services available in Saskatchewan

    COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool and the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus

    A reminder to sign up for online services available at the City of Martensville:

    Our City’s webpage dedicated to information on the pandemic:

    City of Martensville social media links:
    Facebook
    Twitter: @Martensville

    Business Task Force (City of Martensville, City of Warman, Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce:

     

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