• 19 Mar 2021
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message From the Mayor

    The last couple of weeks have been interesting to say the least! First, the good news. The province says the vaccination schedule is still on track for all Saskatchewan residents to have their first COVID vaccine dose by the end of May or early June. There are currently 100 vaccine clinics operating across Saskatchewan, but it could increase to 230 clinics as more vaccines arrive. As of Thursday, Saskatchewan had administered more than 118,195 shots. Currently, if you are 67 years of age and older you can book a time to get your first vaccine. The online system at www.Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 is 24 hours a day or you can call 1-833-SASKVAX (833-727-5829). The call centre is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days per week.

    The not so good news is that our province continues to see an increase in the number of variant cases. While our area is not as affected, it’s still important that we all continue to follow the public health guidelines – wear your mask in all public places, follow the safe distance guidelines, stay home if you are feeling ill, and wash your hands often. Up to 10 people can gather indoors, but it should be the same 10 people. Until the majority of Saskatoon people are fully vaccinated, we need to remain vigilant to avoid any unnecessary additional deaths.

    If you feel any symptoms of COVID, please seek referral to a community testing centre 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 1,282 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. There have been 31,085 cases and 29,392 of those have recovered, and 411 people have died from the virus.

    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 utilities for commercial or industrial properties retroactive from November 2020 is suspended until July 31st, 2021.

    Just a final note. There is still time to provide your comments on the update to the Official Community Plan. You can access both the plan and a summary of the updates on our homepage at martensville.ca homepage.

    Have a great weekend everyone and stay safe!


    Mayor Kent Muench 



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