• 10 May 2021
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message From the Mayor

    I hope all of the mom’s out there had a great Mother’s Day yesterday and to everyone who participated in the Amazing Race Martensville yesterday, congratulations!

    A lot has changed since our last update, and for the most part, it’s good news. I’d like to start today’s message by offering my condolences to the families of those who have lost a loved one recently. While things are looking up, we need to remember that Saskatchewan residents continue to die from COVID-19, and we need to continue doing what we can to prevent this. Please 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.

    Case numbers are also dropping. As of yesterday, there are 2,260 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. There have been 43,141 cases and 40,379 of those have recovered, and 502 people have died from the virus.

    Last week the Province announced its Re-Opening Roadmap to lift current public health restrictions. The plan is contingent on province-wide vaccination rates. As of today, the age of eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine is now at 29 and in 3 weeks, some of our public health restrictions will be lifted. When it’s your turn for a vaccine, appointments can be booked online at www.Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19  24 hours a day, or you can call 1-833-SASKVAX (833-727-5829) from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week.

    To date, more than 518,133 vaccines had been administered in Saskatchewan, and 46,277 people have received both doses and are fully immunized.

    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.

    Walk-In Vaccine Clinics have been available right in Martensville at the North Ridge Centre.  There will be clinics on May 12th and 13th and if you have not done so already, take the opportunity to get vaccinated not only to protect yourself but those around you as well.

    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.

    A reminder that last week was Emergency Preparedness Week. In case you missed it, please check out the video we posted on our Facebook page. It tells you how to build an emergency kit in the case of an emergency or disaster. And while there is currently no fire ban in place here, please be careful with all home fire pits. Finally, the Summer Program Guide which includes swimming lessons is now on-line. Registration begins Thursday May 13th at 9:00am.

    Have a great week everyone and stay safe!

    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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