This week marked the final Council meeting of 2020. The next time Council meets will be for the first Committee of the Whole meeting in 2021 which will take place on Tuesday, January 12th.
This week’s meeting started off with a presentation from Jenna Morgan from Morgan Safe Community Consulting who spoke to Council about plans to create a Hope & Healing Wellness Centre for Depression & Anxiety in Martensville. Morgan explained that this centre would be a place for children, teens, adults and seniors.
In the information provided to Council, Morgan explains that this would be a 14 to 30 day program for people who suffer from depression and/or anxiety in a safe home-like environment to obtain tools needed to create a recovery program tailored to heal the specific causes of their depression and/or anxiety. Morgan added that there will be a team of highly qualified individuals and medical experts on site.
Morgan noted that she would be looking for Council to get on board with the project and that she would require ten acres of land and would like to see two members from Council be involved in this project, adding that the Minister of Health is currently reviewing the proposal as well. According to Morgan, a similar project is running across the United States and has seen much success. Council will review the information and get back to Morgan with their thoughts at a later time.
The remaining items on the agenda this week were mainly follow-up items from the previous week’s Committee of the Whole meeting such as discretionary use approval from Paws Republic Centre for Pets for a satellite training facility on 9th Street North and a motion to freeze 2020’s rental and admission rates into next year.
“2020 has certainly had its ups and downs! Throughout it all, our community has come together to celebrate and make the best of our situations. From the unique graduation parade that parents organized, the many take-out orders you made with our local businesses, to the incredible support of the MCRP and the new recreation facility, we are getting through this together. I wish you all the very best this holiday season and here’s to a happy and healthy 2021,” Mayor Kent Muench stated via social media.