• 05 Jun 2020
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message from the Mayor

     

    With the end of the regular school year just around the corner, I want to first extend my congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2020. This week our Council approved a graduation procession in Martensville to help mark your accomplishment. We all know this was not your first high school celebration choice, but I am sure it will be an ending you will never forget. And, it will give our entire community a chance to congratulate you!

    As of yesterday, there are 29 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. To date, we have had 648 cases, 608 people have recovered, and 11 people have died from the virus. While our numbers continue to go down, there is still a need to stay vigilant in continuing to follow the safe distancing guidelines being provided to us by our public health authorities. The province continues to ask residents to consider getting tested for COVID-19 even if you are not experiencing any symptoms of the virus. If you are now working outside the home, you can qualify for testing by contacting the HealthLine at 811 or your family physician.

    This week we took a step further in determining how our community might benefit from the new Municipal Economic Enhancement Program that was recently announced by the provincial government. Our administration put together a package of projects valued at $1,386,261. Projects include pathway paving in Kinsmen Park and paving at the outdoor rink and Sports Centre, the construction of a pump track for BMX biking activities, the construction of a serviced campground, the installation of lights at the Senior Ball Diamond, and the purchase of two new gators. We look forward to this funding and project approval from the province soon.

    Next week, Phase 3 of Re-Open Saskatchewan will begin with more businesses permitted to open with restrictions. I know this will be a challenging time for our local restaurants and licensed establishments, gyms, fitness facilities, and places of worship. If you are planning your family’s first meal out, or wanting to get in shape for the summer, please remember to “Love What’s Local” and support the many businesses that have been so negatively affected throughout this pandemic. In addition, visitation guidelines to long-term care facilities, critical care and intensive care were expanded which is likely of great importance to many families in our community.

    While a date has not yet been set for Phase 4 of the Plan, we learned this week that it will occur in two parts beginning with child and youth day camps and outdoor pools and spray parks.

    This will be followed by other seasonal/recreational outdoor sports and activities, libraries, museums, movie theatres and more. You can find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open

    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.

    A reminder on City programs and services:

    • All priority programs and services continue to be provided.
    • The water meter read/estimate schedule is being extended into the summer months because of pandemic.  With water usage typically higher in warmer months we encourage residents to keep accounts accurate and current by submitting during your ‘estimate’ month.
    • 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.
    • There is still time to get in on our Organics Program which will run until October. To sign up for this subscription program contact City Hall.
    • Plans are being made for the re-opening of City Hall. This will require us to make some physical changes to public spaces. You can expect that additional precautions will be put in place to ensure the safety of the public and our staff. A firm date for the re-opening has not yet been set.

     

    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.

     

    As we end the week, just a reminder there is still time to participate in this weeks’ Martensville Mood Boost. This weekend, please consider biking or walking somewhere you would normally drive. I also know many of you are looking forward to the Drive-In being held at the end of the month. Thank you to Corrie J, the DJ company who is hosting the Drive-In for us!

    Please take care and continue to 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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