Working together...to grow Melville
It seems that this year we are being teased into the season of spring. The longer days are certainly appreciated, the geese have returned, but it seems we still hover around the early morning minus readings. Surely we’ll be enjoying warmer days soon.
While provincial Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, the onus lies with each of us to protect ourselves from reoccurring strains that seem to keep coming forward. However, it is nice to see many community events being scheduled.
The April 3rd, “Bring on Spring” Craft and Trade show was the first community event in our HCUC Convention Hall. This well attended event served as a great start to many more such functions at this facility. Green Shirt Day on April 7th recognized the efforts of the late Humboldt Bronco hockey player Logan Boulet in advancing organ donor awareness. The Melville Millionaires attracted some 130 young hockey players to their Spring Showcase on the weekend of April 9th. The Melville and District Chamber held its annual meeting on April 12th with Corinne Sapara taking on the president’s role. We wish President Sapara and her Executive well in their community leadership role.
World Earth Day scheduled for April 22nd was first started by an American environmentalist and Congressman in 1970 and now is celebrated in 193 countries including Canada. In Melville we try to align clean-up activities with this date but are often subjected to weather conditions that offer a challenge. Free tipping occurred on this date as well as from May 2nd to May 7th. We encourage our citizens to assist in clean-up activities when the weather is more favorable.
In recognition of Mental Health Week May 2nd – May 8th the Melville branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association will be presenting an evening saluting the First Responders of Melville and Area on May 6th. On the week of May 15th -May 21st our city recognizes, with appreciation, National Public Works Week.
Hats off to Melville Millionaire Carter McKay, winner of RBC’s Community Ambassador Award. Carter was one of four SJHL players to receive this coveted recognition. Well done, Carter!
Did you know that our neighbor, Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier former 40-year Chief of the Okanese First Nation, was the longest serving Chief in Canada?
As of February 14, 2022 the provincial government has announced the removal of vaccination requirements in the workplace. Our city will abide by recognized provincial government policy. In regard to the memo received we will continue to advocate that, as citizens of this province, we practice measures that will help impede virus advancement and spread. With the coming of spring and the easing of restrictions it is our community hope that brighter, better days are ahead.
On Friday, February 11, 2022 the City Mayors’ Caucus met virtually, as we have previously done during the pandemic, to discuss matters affecting our various communities. We were fortunate to hear from Minister Bennett on issues dealing with mental health and Minister Vandal on Prairie Economic Development as well as other agenda items. The City Mayors’ Caucus meets for full day meetings at least twice a year to share common concerns that relate to managing affairs related to our cities. I should note that the City Mayors’ group have had bi-monthly meetings with Minister McMorris dealing with pandemic concerns up to this date. These meetings may not continue into the future because of the easing of restrictions.
The 2021 limited census results have been issued with a more detailed report to follow. The population of our city fell by 1.5 % - not what we really wanted to hear. While we dropped in population numbers, we will continue to steadfastly promote business and community development in our city. Financially, this reduction in population does result in a reduction of funds received from different governmental levels.
Did you know that in 1907 Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier’s government declared mile “297” to be a divisional Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad trackage site? Melville has enjoyed this status ever since.
The month of January has certainly been true to form. Unfortunately, there has been many days of minus thirty readings along with some heavy snowfalls and brisk winds. The snow we can use, but the cold and wind we can do without.
With the ever-present Covid-19 pandemic City Manager McCullough initiated a meeting of directors, department heads, and me, as Mayor, to assess the operational effects of this continuous pandemic on our city employees and our community services and operational procedures. This initiative was well received and may be a reoccurring event should present health issues persist.
While I try to recognize the many community activities that used to occur in our community it does seems that so many events have been curtailed or cancelled. In talking to people in other communities much the same applies. Caution and uncertainty dominate our actions and limits returning to normalcy.
We acknowledge the efforts of our various school divisions who are so diligently trying to attend to student academic needs and development. We recognize our health front-line workers and entire medical core who work in demanding and stressful conditions. Credit to all those organizations who through tenacity and persistence attempt to provide for youth activities.
Hats off to our city snow-clearing crews who have certainly been challenged but have been most steadfast in clearing our roadways. Hats off, as well, to the crews at Anytime Fitness and Westridge who continue construction during inclement weather.
Please note that the Melville Chamber has Rapid Response Antigen tests located at City Hall available free of charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 -12:00 pm.
Did you know that we allocate $35,000 to our snowplow and snow removal budget annually?