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

    This week the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) released new data showing that the actions we are taking so far (testing, contract tracing, self-isolating and physical distancing) are slowing the spread of the virus. While this is good news, we are seeing more newer cases than we have in past weeks, mainly in La Loche and in the Lloydminster Hospital.

    Good physical distancing practices need to continue to flatten the curve and to help us spread the control of COVID-19, so I thank you in advance for your efforts. Thank you also to our health care workers, food service and supply workers, and our first responders.

    The province also extended the state of emergency which means that all restrictions in place will remain in effect. With the exception of La Loche and Lloydminster, the province’s plan to re-open our economy will begin May 4th with medical services allowed to reopen. These 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. Information on other re-opening phases can be found on the province’s website.

    As of yesterday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is reporting there are 88 active cases of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan; there have been 295 cases in the province to date, and 270 people have recovered. Sadly, another individual passed away from COVID-19 this week, bringing the total number of deaths to six.

    This week the provincial government announced a temporary wage subsidy for caregivers, cooks and cleaners working at senior care homes, group homes run by community-based organizations, licensed childcare facilities and emergency and transition shelters. It also announced that anyone working now or returning to work under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the re-opening plan can put their kids in licensed child-care services located in Saskatchewan schools. Details can be found on the Saskatchewan government’s website.

    Our City and Emergency Services continues to work with other municipalities and to share information from the Province to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. All priority programs and services continue to be provided, but a reminder that our sports fields will remain closed until at least the end of June.

    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.

    Please continue to “Love What’s Local!”  It is making such a difference to our local businesses and I thank you on their behalf. Please stay safe and take care.

    Sincerely,

    Mayor Kent Muench 

    Links to important resources:

    Re-Open Saskatchewan: www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/re-open-saskatchewan-plan/re-open-saskatchewan

    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)

    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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