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July 8, 2020 Covid Update

July 08, 2020

July 8, 2020 Week 17 from my standpoint.

17 weeks we have seen local leaders step up with wise words and hard work and a million adaptations to keep the people in this community safe. We will never know the extent of how through the great efforts from everyone here, we have stayed a healthy community for 17 weeks. May we not lose sight of that and may we not forget that COVID 19 still looms and requires us to stay home if we are sick, to wash our hands and to make wise choices when out and about. The opening of the Prairieland Community Center (PCC) will be dependant on when a rental is requested. At time of writing Phase 4 Part II with a target date of July 16, allows for 30 people to gather indoors. Phase 5 currently does not have a target date set so we are not anticipating requests for rentals until the allowance for indoor gatherings of people increases. We do encourage you to consider use of the Seniors Hall and the Kinsmen Hall for smaller gatherings but also remind you that the PCC meeting room is available for rent. The PCC is booked for the Provincial Election on Oct. 26th. Extra cleaning will be done, safety protocols will be followed and we hope to see a large number of people attending throughout the day. If you are looking for more information about the election, please access the website at www.elections.sk.ca. Please note, they are always looking for workers that day and you are encourage to apply online on the website or call (306) 430-7267 for more information. The Courtroom Gallery and the Kerrobert Museum will not be opening to the public this summer for a variety of reasons including the inability to maintain the cleaning standards with no staff. Last year our Museum summer student recorded 96 visitors in the months of July and August, many of those being tourists who were travelling through our community. The culture of our community is showcased through these organizations and it is troubling to see them closed. The hope is that during the time of closure, we have the time to be better than ever when we are able to open them once again. The Courtroom Gallery will re-visit an opening date in the fall. Many thanks to the many volunteers who put so much time into these. Another important facility that promotes our culture is the Kerrobert Library. Wheatland Regional Library remains vigilant on ensuring patrons and staff safety and their precautions exceed those of the Provincial Government meaning that the although Libraries are allowed to be open, they are doing so by taking slow steps forward. At time of writing Wheatland Regional Libraries are open by email or phone and available to assist as needed. The website is open and books can be ordered from around the province as well. Our Librarians have been working to hand out books or answer calls to put together grab bags for curbside pickup. We are all missing browsing the shelves but this is a great way to be introduced to something new and get in some great summer reads. Please note their summer hours. The Park Program leaders have implemented a variety of ideas to keep kids active and to keep our spirits up. Community enthusiasm and involvement will determine its success. There are several guidelines that must be followed when running a Day Program, therefore they will only be offering group activities for one hour a week for registered kids ages 5-12. They are not allowed to exceed 15 children at one time. They have also set up a youth leader program for kids ages 13-16 who will participate in various activities through the summer (similar to the Junior Guard program which has run in the past). Through various creative formats, the Park Program leaders will celebrate and honor the many brave people from our community who continue to lead us through the pandemic. They will also encourage our community to stay healthy physically and mentally. To register your child for this program, please send a message Town of Kerrobert Tel: (306) 834-2361 Fax: (306) 834-2633 Email: kerrobert.wo@sasktel.net P. O. Box 558 KERROBERT, SASK. S0L 1R0 www.kerrobertsk.com through the Facebook page “Kerrobert Swimming Pool and Park Program”. There are currently 15 children registered but each week our numbers fluctuate. We are so happy to see that some of our well-trained guards have found employment in various other pools in the area including Luseland, Macklin and Kindersley. We are hopeful that following work this summer we are able to re-open our pools in 2021. It has been determined that there is a leak in the paddling pool that requires repair on a line. We are working with our Public Health Officer to determine the proper way to solve this problem. Work on the basin of the big pool is set to begin before the end of July. The repair to the big pool will cost over $70,000 and has been submitted as one of the projects for the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program. So although our pool will not be busy with kids this summer, it will employ many people as repairs are completed. 1980 was the last time that major repairs were completed on the cement walls of the big pool and it is my understanding that the pool was closed that year as well. I would have been 6 years old and although it must have felt traumatic at the time as I lived at this pool, I guess I survived. 40 years later it is still hard to see the pool closed for a summer. Council has also submitted two other major recreation projects for the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP). Diamond #3 has been waiting to be completed for the last 3 years and it will finally see its time, hopefully this summer with new shale and a new fence. This is welcome news to the Minor Ball organization as the third diamond was desperately needed for the growing number of teams we have playing ball in Kerrobert. Lastly, the arena heaters will be repaired or replaced. This was one of the most popular requests for recreation improvements in the last 5 years. We have received a few calls of concerns of kids nearly being hit on their bikes by a vehicle. We know that without our pool there are more kids looking to stay busy and out riding their bikes. It’s so great to know that our kids are outside and staying active but we remind drivers to drive carefully and we strongly encourage parents to remind their children of safe bike riding practises, and please wear a bicycle helmet. It can’t be said enough that its okay not to be okay but it’s not okay to stay there so please remember to enjoy the sun, visit a friend, dance, reach out and call for professional help 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 Recreation on call phone – 834-8355 Bobbi Hebron Recreation Director