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

    As we all adjust to our ‘new normal’, I want to thank everyone in Martensville for continuing to do your part in helping to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While we are seeing outbreaks in some communities in the province, the COVID curve remains flat. Thank you again to our health care workers, food service and supply workers, and our first responders for all you are doing to ensure essential services are being provided to those in the greatest need.

    Please continue physical distancing, even as you meet within your personal small groups of under 10 of the same individuals. Slowly but surely, and day by day, we are getting through these trying times.  

    This week the province began to “Re-Open Saskatchewan” with medical services allowed to open, as well as fishing and boat launches. On May 15 golf courses will be allowed to open.

    Beginning May 19, Phase 2 of the plan will begin with stores and personal services allowed to open. Everyone will need to continue following the guidance around hand washing, intensive cleaning and physical distancing. Please remember to “Love What’s Local” and support our local businesses as they begin to open. They need your support now more than ever!   

    As of yesterday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is reporting there are 196 active cases of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan (including 138 in the far north, 39 in the north, 16 in Saskatoon and 3 in Regina); there have been 531 cases in the province to date, and 320 people have recovered; six individuals have passed away.

    This week the federal government announced funding for the agri-food sector, and funding to help pay for top-ups to essential workers earning minimum wage.  On Wednesday Premier Moe announced a $7.5 billion two-year capital plan to help spark economic recovery from the pandemic. I know this is welcome news for many business owners in Martensville. Details can be found on the Saskatchewan government’s website.

    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.

    Here is a breakdown of important news regarding City programs and services:

    • All priority programs and services continue to be provided.
    • Sports fields will remain closed until at least the end of June.
    • Until further notice, garage sales are not permitted as per the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
    • Registration for swimming lessons has been postponed until dates are established for re-opening recreation facilities as per the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
    • Organics collection has begun. Green bin pick-ups are Tuesdays and will alternate each week between the North and South end. To sign up for this subscription program contact City Hall.

    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: Facebook

    Twitter: @Martensville

    Business Task Force (City of Martensville, City of Warman, Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce:

    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 Programhttps://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

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