June 24th Covid Update

June 24, 2020

If you were lucky this week you may have been able to experience the longest day of summer on June 21, with the sun going down only late into the night and coming up early morning.  The sun has been putting on quite a show with the sunsets painting colorful and inspiring scenes for us to enjoy in Saskatchewan.  Sometimes we forget how blessed we are to have the open sky view we do.

Another week, another announcement from our Saskatchewan Government!  June 22 marked Phase 4.1 allowing for openings at many recreation facilities and June 29 marked Phase 4.2 allowing for even more openings.  Please note that although the Government has opened up many parts of our province, the date of opening may not indicate the day of opening at specific locations.

What’s happening in Kerrobert for openings :

·         Each business is responsible for their own level of opening and we are proud to see that our local businesses have all put safety measures in place to ensure our safety and the safety of our community.

·         Poolside Park including the shelter, Hillside Park and Fairground Park are open.  Users must bring their own hand sanitizer as we are not able to complete daily sanitizing.

·         The Town office is back to regular hours – Monday to Friday 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30.

·         The Kerrobert Ball Diamonds are currently open for use however, social distancing rules are in place.  Without renters (Minor Ball, Recreation Ball) we currently are not maintaining the ball diamonds as we would if they were being used regularly.  We are waiting to hear back from local ball organizations on their plans for use.

·         Basketball, volleyball court and tetherball courts are open, users must practise regular hand hygiene when sharing equipment.

·         The Handibus is back open for use with safety protocols in place.  Please note that the lack of drivers is causing some trouble for our regular schedule.  If you are in need of the Handibus, please call 834-7464 (Handibus cell) or 834-2361 (Town of Kerrobert) to book.

·         The Library staff is back at work!  The drop box is open and you can arrange online or by phone for curbside pickup.  The facility is not currently open but staff can be reached by phone at their regular hours and they are ready to help you in any way.

·         The Museum and Art Gallery is permitted to open on June 29 however the committees need to make the decision on when they will be ready to be open to the public and ensure all safety measures are being taken.  We will update you on their plans!

Public washrooms at both the Poolside Park and the Fairgrounds remain closed.  Due to not having these facilities open we are not able to run our Park Program as we have in the past.  Our staff continues to promote physical activity and wellness through social media and they are working at many ways to connect with individuals in a unique way throughout the summer.  Watch for their online posts each Wednesday.  Special thanks to the Kerrobert Reddi Mart for donating prizes for weekly draws!

Although our pool remains closed, it has been a busy place.  This week we had concrete specialists out to quote us on the cost to repair the basin of the big pool and a peek into the pool area will show you the in depth investigating that was done.  Our facilities manager Kyle Johnson, Council member Brandon Zerr, Mayor Wayne Mock and Chris Kipling have met to discuss the pool water loss issue and pressure testing will happen yet this month.  We need to be very thankful for that we have community members willing to step up to help provide us with the best data possible to make decisions for our pool.  We encourage you to reach out to the Recreation Department if you want to be part of this team as important decisions will be made.

We received great news that the Rage have hired a new Coach/General Manager and we welcome Brian Noad to Kerrobert to fill this important role.  Please “like” the West Central Rage Facebook page to see the signing of players who will be entertaining us for the 2020/2021 season.  Town Council will be reviewing the opening date of the area at their meeting this week.  Once that is finalized, the RAGE team can set the date of their camp in September.

We are waiting to speak to our Public Health officer in regards to the likelihood of being able to open our Volunteer led Arena booth for the 2020-2021 season.  This booth brings in between $20,000 and $25,000 each year to help with operating expenses so we are looking at ways to offer the service safely but will undoubtably need to consider our finances.  Please watch for information going out on the possibility of leasing our booth.  Please contact the Rec Department for more information.

At time of writing the girls from the Park Program are promoting the Graduating Class of 2020 by building a Community Rock Garden!  We invite people to add to the Garden with decorated rocks to show support for the Grads.  They are also encouraging families to decorate their yards or make a poster to show support as the Graduates treat us to a parade on Sunday June 28 at 3:00!  Be sure to be in your front yard to enjoy.  Please also watch on Facebook as they will be posting a parade route and although every effort will be made to visit each street, please check the map so that you ensure you know the route.

The Cemetery Committee has put out an article in this week’s Chronicle outlining their plans to hire to complete work this summer.  It is great to see our volunteer organizations putting local people to work to better our community.  We ask this of our Provincial and our Federal Government and we should be responsible for this within our own community.  We look forward to seeing all the improvements happen at the Cemetery this summer and thank you to the Cemetery committee for overseeing this.

Thank you to the Courthouse Restoration Society, Communities in Bloom and Town staff for their work to spruce up the Courthouse grounds.  Although the 100th celebration cannot be held this summer, lots of work and improvements will continue to happen.  Watch for information from the Courthouse Restoration Society on their plans to mark this special date.

Please start to take note of the beautiful yards in our community as voting will soon begin for the Community in Bloom Yard Stake program!  The mulch pile at the Fairgrounds is now open to the public to use in their own yards and we encourage you to use to help beautify your personal spaces.

As the Covid 19 numbers in Saskatchewan have fluctuated recently, there was a great article shared by the Saskatchewan Health Authority reminding us that “unity and solidarity will empower us to face this crisis together and compel us to have deeper compassion and understanding so that we build safer and more resilient communities in this great province.”  May we remain committed as a community to support one another through this difficult time.  As always, I leave you with some important numbers that you may contact if needed :

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

Stay safe everyone and lets enjoy summer!

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director