May 6th Update
May 06, 2020
May 6, 2020
You will have seen our staff out and about working on their regular spring duties. Pepper in some water line breaks and our staff is staying very busy! We encourage Town residents to check our website and Facebook pages daily as important notices such as water advisories and street sweeping dates are posted here. As of today, our staff are half done their water line flushing and the curbside pickup has been completed once through town. Curbside and back alley pickup of leaves and small branches will continue until May 15th but you are urged to have them done as soon as you are able. Please remember that clear bags must be used. Our street sweeper has been repaired and this work has started, please watch on Facebook for dates that sweeping is likely to occur so that, if possible, your vehicle can be removed from the street that is being worked on. A reminder that Garbage is back to weekly pick ups as of May 4th. And lastly, the water fill station is temporarily out of order.
At the April 22 Council meeting they made a motion to extend the water shut off delay as well as charging interest on utilities by one month. This is extended to May 27, 2020. The next Council meeting will be held Weds. May 13, 2020. The tax notices will be out to residents by the 3rd week in May.
Although our Recreation facilities are closed, we are working away at projects that must be completed. Library staff is currently working on doing a complete inventory during this quiet time. The Rec office is busy with various projects including updating maintenance files on each facility, cleaning out the Recreation storage room, updating policies and procedures, staying up to date on government announcements including “Building a Strong Saskatchewan”, applying for grants and completing final reporting on grants. The grants received to date Sask Lottery funding - $11,634; Parks for All grant - $5000; Community Initiative Fund grant - $5000; Macro Properties grant - $2300. We are still awaiting word on the Canada Summer Student Grant. Watch for more information on where these grant dollars will be spent.
The Golf Course opens May 15th with restrictions directed by our government. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and new webpage to stay up to date on their information. This will be a great way to get out and stay active!
Based on currently available information from the Federal Government, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit will apply to students who meet specific criteria and this his information is available at www.canada.ca. More details will be provided by the as the financial relief plan unfolds. They are also launching the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. More details will be made available on the “I Want to Help” Federal platform soon. I will stay in touch the community on both of these initiatives as information becomes available.
Last week, signs were put up at all of our outdoor facilities including ball diamonds, parks, and basketball courts. These signs remind the public of the provincial regulations that we must follow while we work to stay safe from the COVID 19 virus.
We have not yet received the report on the structural assessment which was done at our pool. We look forward to sharing that information soon. We know that pool openings are not scheduled until Phase 4 of the Re-Open Sask plan so this is a great time for us to be considering necessary repairs and future plans.
The Wildlife Federation stocked their Fish Pond with Rainbow Trout last week and they had some families out to enjoy the show. Be sure to watch the video on the Town of Kerrobert Culture and Recreation page which was done by Levi Cholin. It’s a great time to buy your fishing license and get out there to fish while practising social distancing. People visiting the Reservoir are reminded that geese are nesting at this time.
Kerrobert Meals on Wheels is currently looking for volunteers to help deliver meals. If you are interested, please call Allison Klein at 306-460-5176, she is the Volunteer Services Coordinator with Sask Health Authority. Volunteers must be between the ages of 16 – 65 and she will work with you to help make this happen.
Since the onset of the virus, people have been trying to come to terms with the daily news, the constant changes and the restrictions which became more restrictive each day. In the Rec office, the day it became real was March 12 when the announcement was made that Minor Hockey season had come to an end. Since then we know that many people have had their lives turned upside down. This community has done the most amazing job of keeping this virus away and although that work is not yet done, we also must stay mentally healthy. May is Mental Health Month and we are reminded more than ever to take care of ourselves, recognize the signs that we or others may exhibit when struggling with mental health issues and then to REACH OUT. For some this may mean meeting up with a friend or family member while social distancing, and for other this may mean calling a professional. We are fortunate in this community to have so many people to help us but if you need confidential or immediate help please call :
Sask Health Line - 811
West Central Crisis Center – 1-306-463-6555
West Central Crisis after hours – 1-306-463-1860 (24 hour line)
Heartland Health Region - 1-866-268-9139
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
Kerrobert Food Bank - 834-5389
Stay safe everyone. Take care of yourself and take care of your neighbor. Reach out if you need help and if you are able, reach out to those in need.