City Council held their last meeting of May on Tuesday the 15th. The meeting began with a report from each City Department with highlights from each area being acknowledged. Some items to note included; Dave Bosch, Director of Recreation and Community Services, would be retiring as of July 3rd and they have begun the recruitment process to fill the position; the City is preparing for their May 29th Open House; the Organics Composting program offered in Martensville currently has 112 subscribers – 32 more from last year; Ranch Ehrlo has taken over maintenance at the Martensville Cemetery; staff is preparing for the Aquatic Centre to open for June and swimming lesson registration has begun; bylaw will be working more evenings and weekends and patrolling more within parks to watch for off leash dogs and owners not picking up after their pets; the City is working with consultants to mitigate the lagoon odour; work is underway on pothole repairs and street sweeping; work has been continuing with Partnership for Growth; work is underway for the City of Martensville West Sector Plan and the majority of residents within the South Sector Plan have given consent for low level access to properties as part of the background studies. More information on the City Manager’s Report can be found at www.martensville.ca – City Hall – Agendas and Minutes.
Council then moved onto a topic that was discussed at the May 8th Committee of the Whole meeting regarding the installation of an art sculpture within Kinsmen Park. The “Paddle Your Own Canoe” sculpture by Kevin Quinlan would be installed based on a three year lease plan for $1500 per year going towards the purchase of the item, with additional cost this year of $500 for transportation and $1800 for a concrete base. Upon the end of the lease period, the City of Martensville would have the option to renew the lease. The total cost of the sculpture is $25,000. Council was in favour of going ahead with the agreement and work will begin to have the sculpture moved to Kinsmen Park within the near future.
Another item that was discussed at the May 8th meeting was the Economic Tax Incentive Bylaw Amendment for “The Scrub Auto & Pet Spa”. This business would consist of an eight bay wand car/truck wash, two pet washes, one RV wash and one touchless automated wash and if approved, would be the first major development located within the south industrial area of Martensville. Based on the plans for the business, the developer is eligible for a five year tax exemption. Council was in favor of approving this amendment and looks forward to seeing development within the south industrial area.
The agenda included two discussion items. The first was brought forward by Dave Bosch in regards to the fountain located within the pond behind Sandy Rise. According to Bosch’s report, the pump for the fountain that was removed in 2017 due to the fountain consistently cutting out. It was determined that repair is needed due to debris being sucked into the motor assembly, which would cost $5,800. Another option would be to purchase a new fountain, which would be a cost of $8,200; however, due to low water levels, the same issue could occur. Bosch recommended that the pond be dredged to help increase the pond depth, a cost of $50,000, a total which was cut from the 2017 budget. Council asked for more information on other options such as a smaller fountain and the cost of chemical treatment for algae.
The second discussion item was regarding a request from the Regional Oversight Committee to have an amendment made to the Partnership for Growth (P4G) Regional Land Use Map. P4G consists of Saskatoon, Martensville, Warman, Osler and Corman Park. The proposed amendment to the map would change a land designation within Corman Park from Urban Commercial/Industrial to Regional Infrastructure to facilitate consideration of a proposal from Loraas Environmental for a nutrient recovery facility. All Councils would be required to approve the proposed amendment, and if that does not occur, further direction would then be necessary.
For more information on these items, visit www.martensville.ca, or contact City Hall at (306) 931-2166.