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May 26 Covid Update

May 26, 2020

 

May 26, 2020

 

“Here comes the Sun”, is a beautiful Beetles song and good reminder of hope.  I had my daughter paint me a colorful canvas with these lyrics on it.  It’s the first thing I see each morning and it keeps me singing this positive song all day.  Life is a roller coaster for many right now and we need every bit of positivity snuck into our lives that we can.  I hope you find what keeps your spirits up.

 

There are many things to be thankful for as we enter, by my count, week 11 of the COVID pandemic.  The decrease in positive cases in our province is promising, and the seniors in our local homes and hospitals are being well cared for.  Our business owners are carefully opening and doing what they can to ensure our safety.  I also received a call from Sask Parks and Recreation, our provincial governing body, that Kerrobert will be one of 4 communities highlighted in our province for “June is Parks and Recreation Month”.  Committees and organizations remain committed to look for ways to move forward.  It has been a pleasure to meet with people again this week including the Park committee and Communities in Bloom.  We were able to follow all safety protocols set out by our government and make decisions to better our community.  These important decisions can often only be made with the gathering of great minds and I appreciate all the committee I am able to work with.

 

Communities in Bloom will be planting their planters on Saturday May 30 beginning at 9:00a.  These planters count on donations from the community and letters were sent out this week to local businesses.  We understand that some may not be able to donate this year but we appreciate those who are still able.  Donations of $35/planter are accepted but any donation is welcome and at any time throughout the year.  Thank you to those who have given continually through the years.  Communities in Bloom will once again be doing the Yard Stake program and we will engage the community by asking them to submit their choices for yards and spaces in the following categories: Most Beautiful, Most Improved, Best Business and Honorable Mention.  Watch for more information on how to vote!  This committee has a number of projects they wish to complete this summer, if you are interested in volunteering with this enthusiastic group, please contact the Recreation office at 834-8355.

 

This year we were unable to work with KCS staff and students on the Town Wide Clean up and so we encourage residents to work with their families to clean up their front and back yards and perhaps consider helping to beautify spaces outside of your yard.  May 30 to June 6 presents a great time to get our community looking its best so that we can enjoy it throughout the summer.  Keeping your grass cut and your trees trimmed will also help keep ticks and rodents at a minimum so these efforts will be appreciated by your neighbors.  If you are fortunate to live on the edges of Kerrobert, it is appreciated if you keep these spaces clear so that we can look to maintain them.  You may have seen on the Town Facebook page that the Fire Department will be doing some controlled burns in the area, we are thankful for their expertise to carry these out safely. 

 

The Park Committee is currently reviewing prices to add a few more pieces of equipment to the Poolside Park.  During this meeting we discussed the Parks being closed.  At this time, it appears as though the community is following posted instructions of our posters that state that all Park Equipment is closed, as the surfaces are all high touch that cannot be cleaned regularly.  We are hopeful that our COVID 19 numbers in Sask remain low so that a date for Phase 4 of the Re-Open Plan can be announced, which will allow us to open our Parks once again.  Until then, encourage your kids to enjoy our many greenspaces.

 

We welcome Ryder Johnstone who is joining us from Warman to complete his practicum in Recreation and Community Development from Sask Polytech.  Although our Recreation Department is not “business as usual” we are hoping that we can provide Ryder with a valuable experience.   He will be working on creating a video to highlight the greenspaces in our community to help encourage residents to get out and enjoy.  We will share this video with you on Facebook when it is completed!  Please join me in welcoming Ryder to our community for his short time here by offering him a friendly hello when you see him working on his project.

 

We welcome back Rylan Borschneck who has been hired as our summer student through the Canada Summer Student Grant.  Rylan has worked as a lifeguard since 2017 and in 2019 he worked with Public Works caring for our community spaces and watering the Communities in Bloom and Chamber of Commerce planters.  He is a welcome addition to our team as he comes to us well trained and ready to assist our staff on all the summer responsibilities.

 

Town staff has been putting their entire focus on road repair the last two weeks.  They have a set amount of asphalt to work with at this time and they are currently working on priority areas.  Although you will see less work being done on road repair in the upcoming weeks, please know that it will continue throughout the summer.  We are also having signs made up to ensure residents know when street sweeping will be done on their blocks.  Removing your vehicle from the street when street sweeping is being done will allow us to get it done quickly and in entirety.

 

The Town office has been a busy place as many have been in to pay their taxes.  A reminder that if you are paying your taxes before June 30 then you will pay the discount “net” amount that can be found at the bottom of your tax notice.  Interest will not be charged until August 1.  Thank you to everyone who is respecting the posted rules in our office so that we can ensure the safety of our staff and of our residents.  The office takes calls from Monday to Friday 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:30.  The office doors are open Tuesday to Thursday during those same hours.  Council will review opening to regular hours at their meetings being held Weds May 27 and Weds. June 10.

 

Watering restrictions will be in place from June 1 to August 31.  This means that odd numbered homes can water their property on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Even numbered homes can water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  All yards may only be watered between the hours of 7:00pm and 8:00am.  And please no watering on Sundays.

 

As important as it is to remain positive, the threat of this virus and its residual effects of isolation, loss of revenue to businesses or loss of employment for families remains very real.  Please remember to be kind as everyone is managing in their own way.  We remain committed to ensuring our residents are aware that help is here.  Please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

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
Public Works on call phone – 834-7788
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

 

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director