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


    This was quite a week for Saskatchewan! First of all, I want to echo our Premier’s words of thanks this week. It is you, our residents, and your safe distancing practices, that have helped us flatten the COVID-19 curve in our province. And to everyone who has been providing health care and commercial support – the safety and prevention efforts you have taken in your workplaces have also contributed to our success thus far.

    This week the premier announced a steady, measured approach to re-opening our economy. In Phase 1, which beings May 4, medical services like dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, optician services, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic treatment will be allowed to reopen. Fishing and boat launches will also open. Golf courses will follow on May 15, followed by Provincial Parks, Regional Parks and campgrounds on June 1.  Phase 2 will begin May 19 and includes stores and personal services like hairdressers, barbers, registered massage therapists and acupuncturists. In both of these phases, gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people. The remaining three reopening phases include businesses which are more recreation-focused and the dates for those have not been announced.

    As the Premier said, it will not be business as usual during any of these phases. Business owners and operators, and the public visiting them, will need to continue to follow the province’s guidelines around hand washing, intensive cleaning, and physical distancing. We must continue these efforts to keep reopening on track, and more importantly, to keep the number of COVID-19 cases in check. I thank you in advance for doing so.

    I know everyone is anxious to get outdoors, and the province’s plan sites the re-opening of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in Phase 4. Not knowing when this could occur, the City’s sports fields will remain closed until at least June 30th. This decision was made strictly in the interest of public safety, by limiting areas where people can potentially congregate. We will certainly be paying attention to the results of the re-open plan closely and adjust our own plans accordingly. We certainly look forward to the day when our local teams, clubs and leagues can get back to enjoying what they do most.

    As of yesterday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is reporting there are now 57 active cases of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan; there have been 331 cases in the province to date, and 270 people have recovered.

    This week, the federal government announced that beginning Monday, businesses can begin to apply for the Emergency Wage Subsidy program, which I am certain will be of benefit.

    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 all priority programs and services.

    On a final note, this past week was national volunteer week. Our community would not be the great place it is without our local volunteers and so I want to thank all our volunteers - service groups, coaches, school reps, boards, and others. You make such a positive difference and we appreciate all you do!

    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 continued health – please stay safe and take care and remember to “Love What’s Local!”

    Sincerely,

    Mayor Kent Muench 

     

    Links to important resources:

    Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan- News Release and Plan Document
    https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/april/23/reopen-saskatchewan-plan

    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 Program

    https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

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