• 03 Apr 2020
    Touching Base with Residents- Message from The Mayor

    Another week has gone by and I know I speak for everyone at City Hall when I say how blessed I feel to live in a community where people band together in difficult times.

    This week we learned of three deaths in Saskatchewan from COVID-19. There are now over 220 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province. These are uncertain times and I know many are feeling distressed and worried.

    I hope you are taking time to take care for yourself physically – doing some sort of exercise to keep you feeling energized and healthy. It’s crucial that we are taking care of our mental health as well. If you are worried about the future, feeling lonely, or are concerned about the health of loved ones, please take advantage of the mental health supports that are available to help you. If you can, please also take the time to reach out to friends and family and provide safe assistance, by phone or online, to those in need. You can learn more about mental health services for Saskatchewan residents through the featured articles located at: www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media.

    I also want to thank you for doing your part - for staying home, and for finding ways to help others. Our health experts continue to tell us that physical distancing and self-isolation if you have travelled out of the country or feel ill are critical to helping us reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling ill, please use the Self Assessment Tool at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

    Our City continues to work with, and to share information we receive from the Province, our own Emergency Services and other municipalities to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.

    We continue to provide priority City services including garbage and recycling pick-up, water monitoring and testing, and wastewater system monitoring. Road work and water and sewer updates also continue. City Hall staff are responding to enquiries by phone and email. Remember, our online services such as pre-authorized payments, ebilling, and online banking to carry out transactions are here to help you. All of these can be found at Martensville.ca. There is also have a webpage dedicated to information on the pandemic, www.martensville.ca/covid19.

    We continue to support our local businesses through our Business Task Force, a truly regional partnership between our City, the City of Warman and The Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce.  This network is aimed at informing businesses about programs, navigating those programs and also sharing positive ideas and strategies so businesses can adapt. 

    This week the Federal Government announced new programs for businesses and those facing unemployment such as the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months for eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19.  For businesses they have announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and a new Business Credit Availability Program. Applications for these programs will begin in April. We hope they can assist some of our businesses as they face uncertain futures.   https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html 

    We urge residents to please remember to ‘Love What’s Local’ when picking up your essential groceries and supplies and we encourage you to tell your neighbours about how our local businesses are continuing to serve us.

    On behalf of everyone at the City of Martensville, thank you for doing your part to helping us get through this stressful time.

    Sincerely,

     

    Mayor Kent Muench  

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