• 16 Nov 2020
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message from the Mayor

     

    As you know, over the past number of days and weeks the number of COVID cases has greatly increased. Here in Martensville, our own medical experts are very concerned about the increasing transmission of COVID-19 in our community and are reminding us that we all need to reduce our bubbles and pay closer attention to the public health measures that are in place to slow the spread of the virus, including reducing the size of our bubbles and wearing a mask outside of our homes. They are also reminding us that the repercussions of COVID are worse for some of us, and to stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms, even mild ‘cold’ symptoms.

    Residents should be aware of these important updates:

    • Martensville Collective Health and Wellness is closed to the public due to a team member having been exposed to a confirmed positive COVID case. Physicians are working from home to conduct visits by phone. Please visit their Facebook page for updates.
    • Our high school has moved to online only classes. Please watch for updates from the Prairie Spirit School Division as they work in consultation with the province to make decisions regarding education and schools.
    • In accordance with the Saskatchewan Re-Open Plan, all drop-in programs and pickup games at the MAP have been canceled.
    • Martensville Minor hockey will be making a number of changes to help ensure our kids can continue to play safely. What is being done can be found on their social media.

    As of yesterday, there are 1,807 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. To date, we have had 5,001 cases. The number of recoveries is 3,163. Unfortunately, our province has lost more individuals to COVID and that number is now 31. We send our condolences to all of the families and friends of these individuals.

    It is so important now more than ever, that we all do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Last week the province set out new rules for social gathering. Household gathering sizes are now capped at 10 people, nightclubs are closing earlier, and masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces.

    COVID-19 testing is available for anyone who wishes to be tested. Call the HealthLine at 811, 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.

    An update on City programs and services:

    • All priority programs and services continue to be provided.
    • The alternating water meter read/estimate schedule continues. With water usage typically higher in warmer months we encourage residents to keep accounts accurate and current by submitting your reading on your ‘estimate’ month.
    • City Hall, Wheatland Regional Library, the MAP, the Sports Centre, Northridge Centre and Heritage Centre are all open with occupancy limits in place and safety guidelines being followed. The MAP is open but all drop-in programs and pick up games are cancelled.
    • Water service will not be discontinued due to non-payment or overdue account status.

    I want to thank everyone for their patience as we continue to clear snow, and to all our snow angels who are helping others out. Priority 1 and priority 2 roadways, our busiest roads, have be cleared and crews are working to clear our residential streets as quickly as possible. Please remove cars off of streets if possible and do not shovel snow from the property back onto the streets.  This adds more snow and leads to snow ridging and simply a longer time to clean up extra snow and ridges. You can see our snow removal plan at this link: https://www.martensville.ca/pages/snow_removal.html

    Also, remember to check the vents and exhaust ports around your home to make sure they are clear of snow and ice. This will help ensure the safe operation of home appliances and prevent a build up of carbon monoxide in your home.

    Finally, a reminder that even though we are dealing with COVID-19 and snow and it can be overwhelming, there are still people in our community who are struggling in other ways as well.  You can help by contributing to the annual Christmas Hamper Program organized by the Fire Department. Due to COVID-19, only monetary donations and gift cards will be accepted. If you would like to participate, please drop off your donation at Martensville City Hall.

    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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