Civic Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic- What you Should Know!
At this time, all City facilities are closed to the public, including reception areas. City Staff are available to work with the public via phone or email. Questions or inquiries can be directed to City Hall via phone (306-931-2166) or firstname.lastname@example.org during this time.
Residents and Customers are requested to carry out transactions electronically such as online banking, preauthorized payments or TIPPS. Cheques may also be dropped off in the drop slot at City Hall.
After Hour Water and Sewer Emergencies – should still be directed through the Emergency line at City Hall, (306) 931-2166, ext.1.
Protective Services – There are no changes in duty or status to Protective Services such as the RCMP, Martensville Fire Department, and Ambulance Service.
Water and Sewer – These services remain unimpacted and unchanged, including water quality testing. Meter reading will continue to take place; however, staff will not be doing reads of meters located inside of homes or occupied buildings. In these cases, estimates will be taken or reads can be provided into City Hall. In respect to water and sewer emergencies, city staff will not be able to enter resident homes at this time and private contractors should be considered. The City of Martensville will no longer be charging interest on water and sewer accounts indefinitely to assist residents impacted by the COVID -19 impacts.
Garbage and Recycling – Services remain in place and on schedule with no anticipated service delays at this time.
Road Maintenance – will continue as required, including snow removal, and is not expected to change at this time.
Utility and Property Tax Updates
The City has implemented a number of measures to assist property owners and businesses during the pandemic, currently in place:
• 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.
Stay Informed! -The City of Martensville has created a dedicated webpage to provide information, updates and additional resources around the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is accessible through the homepage at Martensville.ca.
Please continue to follow us, media sources and information from the Province of Saskatchewan for the most current information around updates or new measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19
Lane Usage During Spring Thaw
The City of Martensville encourages residents, for which their lane is a secondary means of access to their property, to limit their usage of lanes during the spring thaw.
Heavy or repetitive vehicle usage during spring thaw and wet conditions can cause further rutting and reduce drainage. This limits the ability of crews to conduct maintenance on the lanes in a timely manner and increases the amount of materials and time required to reshape lanes.
For questions or further information please contact Pubic Works at 931-2166.
Protect your Property and Be Ready for Spring Thaw
With prolonged cold temperatures and snow accumulation, and now moving into milder climates, we are expecting a rapid melt. This may lead to seepage of water into basement or water to accumulate on property. We are all responsible to protect our own property and mitigate any potential risks. Provided are some helpful tips and tasks to help prevent water seeping into your basement or accumulating on your property.
1. Extend downspouts at least two metres (six feet) from your basement walls. The further the water is from the foundation, the less chance that it will make its way into your basement. Splash pads can help direct the water to a permeable surface, such as a garden or lawn. Clear debris from your eavestroughs (gutters) to prevent them from overflowing. If your eavestroughs or downspouts overflow even when they are clean, install larger ones.
2. Consider moving snow away from the foundation of your home, to prevent a large degree of melting immediately adjacent to your foundation.
3. Ensure proper grading around your home and property or build up the ground slope around your home. Soil should slope down from your foundation and window wells for at least two to three metres (about six to ten feet) at a drop of at least 10-20 centimetres (about four to eight inches). If water soaks into the ground within the backfill zone, it will accumulate next to your basement walls and floor, where it can leak in or damage the foundation. Check your ground slope annually, because soil, sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways can settle over time. You can find grade elevation information on Martensville.ca.
4. Check the drainage paths on your property. Ensure that storm water flows to the lane or street, not towards your home. It also shouldn’t flow into your neighbour’s yard. Property should be graded to keep water flowing in the right direction. If water pools on your property, consider pumping it to the street.
5. Fix leaks in basement walls, floors, windows and doors.
6. If you have protective plumbing, such as backflow valves and sump pumps, make sure they are working properly.
7. If you are away from your property for a period (2-3 days) have someone check the property to ensure water is not coming into the basement.
8. Elevate and/or store important equipment and personal items as to avoid damage in case of water seepage.
City crews will ensure streets, catch basins, and drain ways are clear to ensure the spring melt does not back up on city streets and onto properties so we can all enjoy and have a worry-free spring.
For more information or to report an issue, contact Martensville City Hall or visit Martensville.ca
May Council Meeting Dates
Please Note: The upcoming Council Schedule may be subject to change based around any potential new developments around the COVID-19 Pandemic. Anyone interested in attending is strongly encouraged to contact the City Clerk prior to planning to attend.
Regular Council Meeting- May 5th
Committee of the Whole- May 12th
Regular Council Meeting- May 19th
The Regular Council Meetings are located at Martensville City Hall Council Chambers.
Martensville City Hall
37 Centennial Dr. S
All meetings commence at 5PM.
Those wishing to address or do a presentation to Council must be placed on the agenda. To be placed on the agenda please contact the City Clerk’s office at City Hall or visit the website for details.
The full Council and Committee of the Whole Schedule can be obtained at martensville.ca