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


    This was a week of highs and lows. While the number of active COVID-19 cases in the province continued to drop, we lost another Saskatchewan resident to the virus, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths to seven. This is a stark reminder to all of us that we need to remain vigilant in our physical distancing, in keeping our small groups to 10 and in practicing good hand washing.

    Thank you again to all of our residents who are first responders or working in health care and other essential services – your commitment does not go unnoticed to everyone around you.

    As of yesterday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is reporting 120 active cases; there have been 620 cases in the province to date, and 494 people have recovered.

    On Monday, Phase 2 of Re-open Saskatchewan began with many more stores and personal services opening for business. We recognize how much extra work and cost you are assuming to keep your customers safe, and we hope everyone enjoyed the short video message members of our local COVID-19 Business Task Force put together to celebrate and “Love What’s Local”.

    We were encouraged to learn this week that Phase 3 of the Re-open Plan is targeted to begin on June 8th. This will include the opening of restaurants, gyms, fitness facilities, childcare facilities, and places of worship. Re-opening guidelines will be shared soon.

    This week we learned more from the provincial government about projects that could be eligible for funding under the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program.  This program will help our community by investing into infrastructure and assist in stimulating economic recovery in Martensville and communities across the province. The Government of Canada also announced an expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account. Loans under this program will now be available to a greater number of owner-operated/sole proprietors, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations.

    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.

    A reminder on City programs and services:

    • All priority programs and services continue to be provided.
    • The water meter read/estimate schedule is being extended into the summer months because of the pandemic.  With water usage typically higher in warmer months we encourage residents to keep accounts accurate and current by submitting during your ‘estimate’ month.
    • 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!

    Please stay safe everyone!

    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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