• 05 Mar 2021
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message from the Mayor

     

    I’m sure everyone is as excited as I am about the positive news announced by the Province this week with respect to the timing of the COVID vaccine and the potential easing of restrictions in the near future.

    The Province has announced that all those living in long-term care facilities in the province have received the vaccine. This is such great news for those people who have parents or grandparents living in a long-term care facility.  Also, all Saskatchewan residents who wish to receive the COVID vaccine should have the first dose by the end of June. With upcoming mass clinics and pharmacists now approved to administer the vaccine, things are looking up!

    Unfortunately, though, Saskatchewan people continue to die from the virus. I offer my condolences to the family and friends of these individuals. For these families, COVID took on a whole other meaning and our hearts go out to them.

    We know the number of individuals contracting the new variants of the virus is growing, and until the majority of people in Saskatchewan are fully vaccinated, we will need to remain vigilant to avoid any unnecessary additional deaths. So, please 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.  

    If you feel any symptoms of COVID, please seek a referral to a community testing center by phoning the Healthline at 811 or your family physician, or visit the Drive-Thru testing site in Saskatoon, 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 1,422 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. There have been 29,220 cases and 27,407 of those have recovered, and 391 people have died from the virus. Over 81,000 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.

    A reminder on support for businesses:

    • Interest on property taxes and utilies for commercial or industrial properties retroactive from November 2020 is suspended until July 31st, 2021.

    In closing, some reminders. With the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, please stay off any ice in the area unless you are certain it is safe. Also, the Library is looking for Board members – please contact them directly if you are interested in joining.

    Finally, we all know this has been a tough year for the businesses in our area, but they persevered!  Recently nominations for Warman, Martensville and Region Business Excellence Awards closed but certainly help us celebrate the resiliency by checking out one of our local shops this weekend.  Shopping local not only helps these businesses but supports our community.

    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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