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

    I hope you and your families were able to spend some time in our beautiful parks this week!

    This week we learned that on June 22nd, Part I of Phase 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan will begin with the opening of child and youth day camps, outdoor pools, spray parks and the resumption of seasonal/recreational outdoor sports and activities. In addition, indoor public and private gatherings can increase to 30 people with everyone expected to practice physical distancing. A date for Part II of Phase 4 has not yet been set, but includes the opening of indoor pools, indoor rinks, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres, casinos, and bingo halls. More information was also shared this week about what our classrooms could look like in the fall, including space modifications, sanitization and hygiene. The most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan is online at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open

    I know everyone is anxious to learn what sort of season the Aquatic Centre will have. The safety of our residents is our number one priority and our staff are working hard to ensure that all of the safety measures we need to keep people safe at the pool are in place. These safety measures will affect pool capacity, staffing, programming, and activities, and we hope to share more information with you as soon as possible.

    As the province re-opens for business, we are seeing a slight increase in the number of cases of COVID-19. As of yesterday, there are 59 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. To date, we have had 708 cases, 636 people have recovered and there have been 13 deaths.

    We must continue to follow the safe distancing guidelines being provided to us by our public health authorities.

    The province is encouraging COVID-19 testing for anyone who is currently working outside the home or returning to work, anyone being admitted to acute care for more than 24 hours, including expectant mothers, and immunocompromised individuals and their health care providers. Anyone experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose, or a loss of sense of taste or smell should be tested. Please contact the HealthLine at 811, your family physician, or take the online self-assessment at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

    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 remain closed however we hope to have an update on this soon.
    • Garage sales are not permitted as per the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
    • Registration for swimming lessons is postponed however we hope to have more information on this soon.
    • 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 is 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 is extended from July 31 to October 30, 2020.
    • All interest charges on property tax owing are suspended until November 1, 2020.

    The Martensville Scavenger Hunt runs until June 22nd and remember to mark your calendars for the Martensville Class of 2020 celebrations. Fireworks will be held June 25th with a graduate procession on June 26th. Everyone must physically distance during both the fireworks and the procession. Finally, Canada Day is just around the corner and we are looking forward to our National Holiday. The Martensville Visitor and Information Centre is planning an event that will include virtual and live activities including a ‘drive-in’ style cinema and fireworks. Watch for more information on our social media pages.

    Please take care and stay safe!


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


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