• 17 Jul 2020
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message From the Mayor

    I think it’s safe to say that the summer weather is finally here. I hope everyone is enjoying being outdoors and has a chance to visit the Aquatic Centre for a safe-distancing swim! The staff there are working hard to ensure the pool is a safe place for our kids to play this summer.

    Most every business in Martensville is now allowed to open if they choose. I know all of our local businesses are taking steps to ensure safe-distancing measures are in place. If you have any doubt about how a business is operating, just give them a call. Supporting our local businesses by Loving What’s Local is so important now, so remember to think about our local shops and services before heading out to purchase your summer goods and services.  The most recent version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan can be found online at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open

    As of yesterday, there are 114 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. To date, we have had 923 cases, 794 people have recovered. The number of deaths is now at 15. Public Health reminded us this week to remember the fundamentals of how the virus is spread and the safety precautions we must all take including:

    • physical distancing to maintain two metres of separation;
    • implementing proper hygiene practices (coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow);
    • frequent handwashing; and
    • following provincial public health orders.

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

    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 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 have now re-opened, but user groups and teams should be aware of any guidelines around use and gatherings.
    • Garage sales are still not permitted as per the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at this time.
    • Registration for swimming lessons is open, you can view and book sessions through the website. In addition, you can pre-book public swim times online. This helps ensure your swim time while helping us monitor numbers under the public health order. Please continue to watch for updates around the pool for additional programs or news.
    • There is always time to get in on the 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 is 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 is extended from July 31 to October 30, 2020.
    • All interest charges on property tax owing are suspended until November 1, 2020.

    Looking for more to do in Martensville? How about applying for a job with the City? Various jobs, including seasonal positions are now open. You can now register for basketball and volleyball camps and the MAP opens on Monday with safety measures in place. Finally, don’t forget to Love What’s Local by visiting the Farmer’s Market at 3rd Street and Centennial Drive North Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Take care everyone and stay safe!

    Sincerely,

     

    Mayor Kent Muench 

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