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Keeping our Pets Safe this Winter
If your pet spends time outdoors during cold winter days, consider these guidelines and several signs to watch for to ensure your pet is comfortable and safe.
– Certain breeds of ‘sled dogs’ can remain outside for hours, not all dogs fare as well in cold and snow
– Cold temperatures should not become a problem for most dogs until it falls below -7°C at which point cold adverse dogs might begin to be uncomfortable
– If you have a small breed dog, dogs with thin coats, or very young, old or sick dogs, special attention should be provided if the temperature is below 0°C.
– The dangerous weather threshold for outdoor play is -10°C to -15°C no matter the type of breed of dog you have
– Once temperatures get below -6°C, health problems like hypothermia and frostbite are possible
– Cats should not be left outside
Tips for a Safe and Comfortable Winter
– Provide a shelter for your dog if it is outdoors for part of the day for any reason.
Ensure the shelter is dry, draft free, and large enough for them to move comfortably but small enough to hold in body heat. Have the floor elevated and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
– Ensure your dog has access to unfrozen water and fresh food.
– Be with your pet outdoors and watch for signs if your animal is getting uncomfortable. Observe if your dog is shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations, or holding up one or more paws. At this point, it is time to head indoors.
– Extreme signs of discomfort and coldness include frostbite on the tips of the ears or discolored paws.
– Consider protecting your pet against the cold temperature by bundling them up in dog jackets or booties.
– Do not leave a pet in a cold vehicle
Christmas Tree Collection Site – Winter FunFest 2019, February 2nd
A Christmas Tree Collection Site has been set up next to the North Ridge Centennial Community Centre where collected trees will be part of the bonfire and fireworks display during Winter Funfest.
Please Note: Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, string, garland, tree stands and any other decorations. Do not dispose of artificial trees or other yard and household waste (only live Christmas trees will be accepted). Do not bag or wrap your tree (including recyclable tree bags). Please do not deposit any Christmas trees at the Yard Waste Composting Site (10th Ave. S). Please do not stack or place trees in a manner which may cause them to easily topple over, or in an area which impedes vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you at the Winter FunFest on February 2nd.
SNOW AND ICE CONTROL PROGRAM – What You Need to Know
The program aims to facilitate the handling of emergencies by Police, Fire, and Ambulance services during the winter months, reduce the hazards of icy conditions to motorists and pedestrians, and minimize the economic losses to the community and industry resulting from unsatisfactory winter driving conditions.
Information on general program procedures and the City’s Priority Map is available online at Martensville.ca, but here are a few ways you can help our crews keep our streets as clear and safe as possible:
– Do not shovel, blow, or push snow from private property onto the street – this causes snow ridges on your driveway when our plow cleans your street.
– Do not plow or pile snow on streets – this can block access to manholes and watervalves and be a safety hazard.
– Clear your driveways in advance of the city’s snow clearing operations – this helps our operators clear your street more efficiently.
– Do not park your vehicle in an area where it could obstruct snow removal procedures – this hinders our operations and could result in a snow ridge blocking your vehicle in place.
– Do not leave large piles of snow at the corners of driveways – this snow can be caught by a raised snow-gate blade and topple over into your driveway or the street.
– Prevent snow from piling up on the front of your driveway by moving it near your tree/lawn areas behind your walkway.
– Watch for posted areas for Snow Removal – In case of snow and snow removal, crews need to have roads cleared off of all vehicles on posted streets. If you are going out of the City over the holidays, please have your vehicles off City streets. Vehicles left on the street per the traffic bylaw are ticketed and towed (to a non-posted area).
Our crews strive to deliver excellent services, however sometimes weather can be unpredictable, and snow and ice control activities may vary. Every reasonable effort will be made to remove snow and ice and create safe driving and walking conditions in a timely manner.
January & February Council Meeting Dates
Regular Council Meeting – January 15, 2019
Committee of the Whole – February 12, 2019
Regular Council Meeting – February 19, 2019
The Council Meetings are located at Martensville City Hall Council Chambers in Martensville City Hall at 37 Centennial Dr. S.
All Regular Council Meetings and Committee of the Whole Meetings are open to the public. 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