• 19 Feb 2021
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message from the Mayor

    It seems the record-breaking cold weather is finally easing, and at the same time, the number of active COVID-19 cases is as well. Also this week, another 13,000 vaccines are set to arrive in our province and mass clinics will are planned for 150 locations across the province. This is all good news!

    However, the sad reality that since my last update another 33 Saskatchewan residents have died from the virus. On behalf of everyone at the City of Martensville, my sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of these individuals. 

    Public health experts are also warning of a possible third wave of the new variants of the virus that are arising. It is so important that everyone continue to follow the public health safety guidelines. Wear your mask in all public places, follow the safe distance guidelines, stay home if you are feeling at all ill, and wash your hands often.

    Testing continues to be part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority's strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19 and is available to anyone wishing to be tested. You do not need to travel internationally or have symptoms to be tested. You can get a referral to a community testing centre by phoning the Healthline at 811 or your family physician. You can also get tested at a drive-thru testing site without a referral or appointment. The Drive-Thru testing site in Saskatoon is located at 3630 Thatcher Avenue. It is open weekdays from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 for more information on testing or to take the online self-assessment.

    As of yesterday, there are 1,516 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. There have been 27,099 cases and 25,221 of those have recovered, and 362 people have died from the virus. Over 50,000 people have received the vaccine.

    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 re-cap 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.

     

    Just a few more items of interest this week. Recently, to help support business, the City re-implemented the suspension of interest on property taxes and utilities for commercial or industrial properties retroactive from November 2020 until July 31st, 2021.

     

    If you’re looking for a new challenge, our Library is looking for residents to join its Board of Directors. The Library AGM will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 8:00 p.m. via zoom. Please contact the Library if you are interested in joining!

    Finally, this week City Council approved the 2021 Budget and we are happy to report there will be a 0% increase in property tax revenues for this year. You can see a detailed breakdown of the budget at Martensville.ca under City Hall.

    Stay safe and healthy 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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