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

    I hope this week finds you and your family healthy and feeling good as our province continues to re-open. As you know, summer is a time for festivals and community events, especially in Martensville as each year over 30 community events are held. While the majority of these events will not happen this year, we hope you enjoy the many activities our community groups and volunteers are holding to help make these challenging times a bit easier. For example, the Martensville Scavenger Hunt and the Martensville Mood Boost are great ways to keep active and have fun!

    The big news this week from the province was that Saskatchewan schools will be open to students this fall; we will hear more about safety guidelines soon. Also this week, all remaining personal care services were permitted to re-open. Other re-openings included restaurants and licensed established (50 per cent capacity), gyms and fitness facilities, child care facilities and places of worship. In addition, the size of public gathering was increased to 15 people (indoor) and 30 people (outdoor). Outdoor playgrounds and parks have now opened to the public.

    While a date for Phase 4 has not been set, the first part of the phase will include child and youth day camps, outdoor pools and spray parks and the resumption of seasonal/recreational outdoor sports and activities. The most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open

    Our own City Hall also reopened to the public this week. While we are operating during our regular business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., a number of measures are in place to ensure the safety of the public and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information on what you can expect and how you can help can be found on our website under News.

    As of yesterday, there are 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. To date, we have had 660 cases, 626 people have recovered. Unfortunately, the reality of this virus hit us again as we learned of another two deaths bringing the total number of deaths in our province to 13. Our condolences to those families and everyone who has been affected by this virus. We must continue 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.

    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 was postponed.   We are awaiting dates around reopening and see what can potentially be offered for swimming. 
    • 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.

    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 of things to do to in our community.  Join us in celebrating this year’s Martensville Class of 2020 on June 25th with fireworks starting at 10:30 p.m., and a Graduation Procession June 26th starting at 6:00 p.m. Remember to physically distance as we make this a graduation no one will forget!

    Please take care and continue to stay safe!

    Sincerely,

    Mayor Kent Muench 

     

    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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