Mayor's Corner

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July 2018

The Melville Minor Ball tournament held this past weekend attracted 49 teams of ball players to our community. Our Regional Park was filled to capacity as campers occupied every available spot. The event was an overwhelming success thanks to the Minor Ball Organizers, the Regional Park Committee and staff and the many community volunteers. Incorporated into this weekend was a welcome home to Terry Puhl- a former team member of the Houston Astros… Various events were held in his honor as well as a dedication ceremony naming a road leading into the Regional Park "Terry Puhl Drive.” The Melville Millionaires also welcomed to Melville many of their parents to enjoy two games at Pirie Field.

The Melville and District Chamber held its Annual Meeting on June 20thbringing forward a new Chamber executive headed by President Tom Shears. We wish the Chamber success in the upcoming year.

 It was a real pleasure to welcome 23 prospective candidates to Fire School # 14 in our City on June 23. These trainees come to Melville from many different communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Despite the rains during the Canada Day Celebration, the events presented by the Melville Chamber and City were well attended and the efforts of the organizers appreciated.

Congratulations to Roger Duncalfe on receiving Canada’s "Paramedic of the Year Award.” Our community is most fortunate to have such an energetic and qualified individual in our community.

Just a further reminder that CN continues in its search for employees to fill the many vacancies that are part of their expansion program in Melville.

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Dr. Soorya Basnyat that occurred on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Dr. Basnyat was a long time surgeon in our community and was the founding member of numerous projects and organizations. We extend our sincerest condolences to Jill Basnyat and family.

On behalf of the City of Melville we congratulate the Graduating Class of 2018 and wish them all the best in their future life journey.

Please note that Opera House –upstairs level is now accessible to all- thanks to the installation of the stair lift.


May 2018

On behalf of the City of Melville I would like to thank everyone that participated in our May 4th"Earth Day Clean-Up”. It is truly most gratifying to see  citizens of all ages take such ownership of our community.  Our Earth Day initiative implies that are many other things that we can do to make our community environmentally friendly.

Melville had some great musical entertainment over the last month – The Darina Harvey Band, Brenda Lee Cottrell and the Legends, and Country Blend. They drew large,appreciative crowds.

On April 13th CN invited Carol and I to a Stars Gala at Conexus Centre in Regina. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet with Stars representatives, CN personnel, provincial government representatives  and Stars Ambassador from Melville Brynleigh Yewsuk.

Parkland College held a "Grain Safe " demonstration on April 20. Fire personnel and farmers from Melville and area were exposed to the hazards of grain storage situations.

Our City participated in a Pride Flag-Raising ceremony on Tuesday, May 15th part of the Pride Week activities celebrating diversity awareness. Last week we celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week with the Reel Anti- Suppressants Theatre Group.

The City of Melville recognized three different groups and individuals at the Mayor’s Honorary Citizen Awards held on May 15. The recipients were: the Melville Lions Club for hosting "Chase the Ace” with contributions to the City pool fund; Cary and the late Jack Piller and supporters for the installation of a new chair lift at City Hall and all the volunteers that helped erect the new Kinsmen Park playground.

We congratulate the Melville Advance of the Grasslands News Group for receiving ten – top three awards from the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association. Our city is very appreciative of media reports as presented by the Melville Advance as well as GX-94, FM Fox, the Rock and CTV.

Did you know that on May 4, 2018 Melville Rail City Industries – Sarcan Depot took in 27,000 recyclable bottles and cans?

Mayor Walter Streelasky


April 2018
 
The City of Melville mourns the loss of life, the anguish and the destruction as a result of the horrendous Humboldt Bronco Hockey Team accident on April 6, 2018. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Citizens of Humboldt, the Parents, the Bronco hockey players and Executive on this disastrous event.   

After much diligence and deliberation, Melville City Council approved in principle, its 2018 Budget. While there were innumerable areas for investigation and attention, Council made every attempt to hold the line on spending. Given the fact that we, along with SaskWater, are in the process of building a 38.1 million dollar new water plant the budget revenue rate increase has been set at 3.5%. The 2018-19 Provincial Budget of April 10th attempted to address some of the major issues and limitations of the previous year. We are currently in the process of fully assessing the budget impact on our city.

A very informative Local Detachment RCMP Town Hall presentation with respect to rural crime issues was provided to our community on March 15 by Staff Sergeant Jeff Comeau. Citizen involvement, procedural protocols and preventative measures were addressed.

As your Mayor, I had the good fortune of presenting a scholarship at the Parkland College Scholarship event on March 22, 2018.  A total of 73 students received scholarships in support of their studies. We congratulate all scholarship recipients.

Hats off to the Melville and District Chamber of Commerce and its executive for sponsoring a very successful Trade Show and Gun Show. Hats off, as well, to the organizers of the Provincial 4H Speaking Competitions held in Melville recently highlighting fine young talent. Our City quickly mobilized to host the National Archery School Competitions on April 13-14that the Merv Moore Sportsplex and the Melville Comprehensive High School. Between 800 and 1,000 students from all over Saskatchewan participated. Our City is very grateful to all those who so readily assisted in making this event a huge success. Special thanks to the Oasis Youth Centre, the Air Cadets and the Melville Lions for providing food services for this event.

Did you know that many of the Regina Firefighters received their training at the Melville Fire School?                

Mayor Walter Streelasky


March 2018 
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The City of Melville and our many residents will long remember the Colorado Low that hit our City and Area on March 4th and continued for several snow-bound days. Our City Works department worked long and hard to clean our roadways, sidewalks and alleys and for this we commend our staff. Citizens it was a difficult time for you as well and we appreciate your patience and support.

During our Emergency Measures Organization planning meeting of February 22 we dealt with different emergency readiness situations. Little did we know that days later we would be subjected to a massive snowstorm.

We commend St. Peter’s Hospital of Melville for being chosen by the Saskatchewan Medical Association as a visitation site for 35 second and third year medical students. These students were exposed to a variety of different medical procedures, an art session and an evening banquet at the Horizon Credit Union Centre.

At a recent City Council meeting it was decided that Melville would allow for a store front cannabis retail sales outlet. Many different issues will need to be attended to such as policing, location, bylaw reviews and adherence to provincial regulations.

During my recent visit to Victoria I had the pleasure of visiting Dr Soorya and Jill Basnyat. As always, Dr. Basnyat expressed his fondness and his passion for our community and its welfare. A great visit with a most honorable former citizen of Melville.

Melville Prairie Fire Hockey Team had a most successful Breast Cancer Awareness Fund-raising event on February 17th. Hanna Bailey and Kate Wagner allowed their locks to be shaved off in support of Breast Cancer research. Well done Prairie Fire!

Did you know that this year Melville will be featured in CN’s booklet "CN in Your Community”? Each year a Premier, Cabinet Minister or a Mayor is chosen to represent our province.  It is an honor and privilege to be selected as this year’s provincial representative.

Mayor Walter Streelasky

February 2018
 
During the month of January and now part of February, we have certainly felt winter’s sting. Cold temperatures, windy days compounded by icy streets –but, on the bright side, the days are getting longer and equinox is getting nearer.
 
First, on behalf of the citizens of Melville and District, allow me to congratulate Mr. Scott Moe on being elected by the Sask Party membership as the new Premier of our province. We have had the opportunity of working with Premier Moe on different occasions in the past and look forward to a positive working relationship with him in the future. Congratulations are also extended to Melville-Saltcoats MLA Warren Kaeding on being named the Minister responsible for Government Relations and First Nations, Metis and Northern Affairs. We are especially pleased and privileged to have the Honorable Mr. Kaeding be the recipient of such an important cabinet position.
 
Ms. Ulmer, City Manager, Councilors Wilson and Thiessen and I, as Mayor, attended the SUMA conference February 4-7, 2018. Much discussion centered on issues such as cannabis, landfills, crime prevention, new energy sources, grants in lieu, and the upcoming spring budget. Challenges indeed, but hopefully resilient solutions will be forth coming.
 
As mayor, I took the opportunity to visit and celebrate "Cameco Hockey Day” in the town of Balcarres. Our city congratulates the citizens of Balcarres on their success and on the fine reception events provided. Well done to President Tracey Hanley and the members of the Melville Lions’ Club for initiating and managing the exciting, "Chase the Ace” event with funds directed to the proposed new swim pool. Their tireless efforts were truly appreciated by our community.

A special, "thank you” to Mr. Darcy Gross a long-time Sports editor of the Melville Advance for his committed efforts to report on sporting and recreational events in and around Melville over the last nine years. Well done Darcy

Did you know that that Steam Engine #5114 - located at Melville Regional Park once carried 15 tons of coal and 6700 gallons of water at the start of each run?  – Quite a load!   

Mayor Walter Streelasky 


January 2018 
 
Happy New Year Everyone! It is my sincere hope that our community and residents will be blessed with prosperity, good health and a year full of most enriching experiences. The recent January rain/ice event was one experience we could have done without. I encourage everyone to take all the necessary precautions when moving about outdoors.

In order to advance both our city operational and management systems council has initiated a procedural bylaw review and has adopted a new staff management process. With respect to the procedural review, we attempt to have our bylaw more fully aligned with the Cities’ Act and also to include procedural "Best Practices.” The workshop meeting agenda is available to the public and media, but supporting documents and attachments are considered to be embargoed – meaning that council discussion will occur and that recommendations may be made, but a recommendation is merely that. Hence, detailed publication on that recommendation is embargoed. It is the subsequent motion on that recommendation that officially reflects a council decision. Workshop and Council meetings are open to all as we continue to work in the best interests of our citizens and community.

On January 27, 2018 the HCUC will be the site of the Skate Melville’s Regional Competitions with skaters from surrounding areas coming to compete in our city.

SUMA (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association) is being held in Regina this year from February 4th-February 7th. Several council members will be in attendance at this conference.

Did you know that because of early 1900 land speculation the railroad chose not to build the Melville town site at mile 286 (present-day Birmingham) but pulled back to mile 279, our present location.

Mayor Walter Streelasky


December 2017
 
To have the opportunity to celebrate yet another Christmas is truly dependent on and reflective of God’s grace. It is my sincere hope that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

The annual Remembrance Day events are both somber and yet gratifying. Somber by virtue of the devastation and horrendous loss of life. Gratifying in the fact that so many attend this event in appreciative remembrance.

We are very pleased to see the near completion of our 23-kilometer pipeline – a huge undertaking by KMS pipeline contractors in preparation for the plant construction phase. This construction project was financed by a 10.3 million dollar grant provided by a Provincial-Federal partnership. Progress on this 36.8 million dollar project is proceeding as scheduled.

The Melville Chamber Santa Day parade and events were most successful–thanks to the efforts of Harvey Kormos and volunteers. The community turnout and support was greatly appreciated.

During the past month five of the perspective new premier candidates have visited our city providing us with information on their leadership initiatives.

Hats off to the Melville Lions for their steadfast "Chase the Ace” effort in raising funds for our swimming pool. Also to Colleen Gorecki and Tom Dick, recipients of the Governor-General Sovereign Medal Award. Kudos, as well, to the organizers of the family based Filipino Christmas party and the Kinsmen for hosting the Community Christmas Celebration.

Congratulations to John Svenson who was recognized at the Melville Minor Football Banquet for his 27 years of coaching commitment to youth football.

In preparation for this season of peace and goodwill – please note the Community Christmas Cantata and the Bethlehem Live pageant both occurring on December 17th.

I am honored to serve as the Mayor of Melville and I very much cherish this opportunity. I am also aware that during this Christmas season there are folks in our community who are experiencing loss and sadness. If there is any way I can assist in lightening your burden please contact me at 728-4409.

Merry Christmas – Happy New Year!

Mayor Walter Streelasky


November 2017
 
It seems that we have quickly moved from fall to winter’s fury. From the city perspective, we will work hard to keep our streets and sidewalks clean with our resident’s safety being paramount.

I received a surprise parcel recently containing a variety of possessions, circulars, and mementos from the family of the late Peter Blake –former Mayor of Melville during the 1940’s. These articles will be displayed at City Hall and some items will be forwarded to Melville Heritage Museum. The City is most grateful to Mr. Blake’s family for sharing the history of Melville’s past with us.

On October 25th I had the opportunity to attend the 28th Legislative Assembly which also recognized Mr. Brad Wall’s final presence as Premier of the Province of Saskatchewan. Our City, on many occasions, was the beneficiary of his talented leadership efforts.

Thank you to all that assisted in setting up the new playground equipment at Kinsmen Park on the weekend of October 20-22. Your committed efforts are greatly appreciated. Our children will welcome spring with great joy as the park will once again be a busy site.

Hats off to the "Friends of the Library” who raised $1185 at their book sale held recently… to Colleen Gorecki on receiving the Canada 150 Community Volunteer Award, and to Independent Grocers for adding to our community consumer services.

City Manager Audrey Ulmer, and I attended the City Mayors’ Caucus meetings in Regina on November 1-2, 2017. On that occasion, we had the opportunity to meet with Cabinet Ministers, MLA’s and leaders of the opposition. Minister Doke, Government Relations attended our Nov 2nd meeting. Discussions centered on revenue sharing, grants-in-lieu, cannabis and homelessness issues.

We very much look forward to the Santa Day Parade of November 25th sponsored by the Melville and District Chamber of Commerce.

Did you know that "Wild Bill Hunter” who once tried to bring an NHL franchise to Saskatoon served as our Melville Rink Manager in 1950-51?

 Mayor Walter Streelasky  


October 2017

It always amazes me, almost overwhelms me, as to the involvement of so many of our citizens in the host of activities our community provides. Fall teas, sport schedules, budget preparations, sick and visiting committees, youth groups, church activities. So much to do, so capably done by volunteers.  Thank you all, Volunteers!

A host of notable events occurred during the last thirty days. Caleb Village celebrated its fifth anniversary of care in our community. We were the destination for two bus tours out of the city of Winnipeg. Their tour itinerary included the Qu’Appelle Valley, the fish hatchery and many City of Melville sites. Speaking of sites it is nice to see the steady development of the G3 elevator along Highway #10. We commend the "Growing with the Community” individuals and sponsors have taken on a very active and supportive role in our area by providing funding for community initiatives. Cultural Days occurred on the September 29th weekend with a variety of different events and activities taking place. Congratulations to Simeret Miller on receiving Baseball Canada’s Umpire kudos for her exceptional role as a baseball umpire serving Parkland Umpire Association during the last three years.

Our city crew is working hard in readiness for winter. A large number of potholes were attended to, but our roadway infrastructure certainly needs much future attention.

The City Manager and I will be attending several meetings in the next few weeks - meeting with the City Mayors’ Caucus and with the Provincial Cabinet in order to gain an understanding of the direction and support of future budgets. These meetings are crucial as we proceed with our own budget deliberations.

Did you know that our city received a $10 million dollar grant in support of our Regional Water Supply and Plant Initiative?

Mayor Walter Streelasky


September 2017

There is a beautiful poem written by Rachel Field that speaks to the passing of seasons and I quote, "Something told the wild geese it was time to go, though the fields lay golden… Something whispered snow.” And so, the summer break comes to an end and a host of scheduled activities including back to school, take hold.

The City Hall Flag was lowered to half-mast on Sunday, September 10th in recognition of Firefighters National Memorial Day. Our community is proud to recognize the efforts and contributions made by our local and national firefighters and the individual sacrifice that befall some in the line of duty.

Many different community representatives, as well as council members, participated in an Emergency Planning Organizational meeting under the leadership of Shelley Cherney on August 31st.  It is vital that our city attends to developing an acceptable "readiness plan” in advance of an impending community emergency.

As part of our participation in the Highway Transportation Master Plan study, which is 75% subsidized by our provincial government, the contractor utilized laser technology to determine road base repair requirements and to establish priority repair initiatives.

Our city is very appreciative of our cultural community and invite our residents to attend some of the cultural events planned for September 29th, 30th and October 1st. Please check on event schedules at www.melville.ca or phone 728-3722.    

Did you know that Mr. Sylvester Albers, a resident of Caleb Village, created a WestJet Boeing 737 wooden replica that is now on display at the Calgary Airport?  Another Mr. Albers’ creation - a Dash 8Q Turboprop will hopefully be placed in a Western Air Canada terminal in the weeks to come.

Mayor Walter Streelasky 


August 2017

On July 19th the City of Melville along with Cary Piller, members of her family and a host of friends recognized the late Jack Piller at a ceremony to name the entry lane to Melville Agripark  "Piller Road.” The Pillers were very involved in the initial development and long-term support of this initiative. Over the years both Jack and Cary have been involved volunteering in a host of community projects.

The City of Melville, in conjunction with Parkland College, is presently offering the 14th Fire School Training session. There are 21 individuals in the 14 week program. To date over 280 firefighters have successfully taken their training at the Melville Fire School.After much deliberation, planning and surveying the construction of the 31 kilometer water pipeline beginning at the Killaly water well site and stretching to Melville is now in progress.

I am very pleased to report that as the result of the efforts of Jeff Kohnen, Dwayne Armbruster and Todd Brooks the last kilometer of the five plus Multi-Use Trail has now been completed. This trail is located in our Melville Regional Park where walkers, runners and bikers can now enjoy getting some exercise in the outdoors.

The City of Melville and neighboring municipalities have been very supportive of the Melville and District Recruitment and Retention Committee. I am very pleased to note that for the first time in many years we now have five practising physicians to provide professional medical care for our citizens.

Our city recognizes, with appreciation, the efforts, the leadership Premier Brad Wall has provided to the citizens of Melville and Area. Premier Wall has chosen to retire from politics in the near future. His steadfast support and presence during the 2014 flood served as an inspiration to many people who were experiencing a devastating event.

It is with great respect, appreciation and sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of long-term city employee Mr. Dave Pelzer. Mr. Pelzer had been employed in the Public Works Department for the past 33 years and has left an indelible mark on many projects in our community. Did you know that land agents were selling farm land at $18 dollars an acre in 1922 with an eight year repayment plan set at a 6% interest? 

Mayor Walter Streelasky


July 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! July 1, 2017, saw Canada celebrate its 150th birthday. Melville commemorated this special Sesquicentennial event with a multitude of activities. A pancake breakfast followed by the parade, the Centennial Park fun day, the big screen movie, the fireworks and the many other related events that occurred that day provided an opportunity for socializing and friendship. Other activities that added to the diversity of our community included the People, Pattern, Place event initiated by Shelly Miller and the Rodz N’ Relics Car show which attracted more than 140 vehicles.

As we reflect on our country’s 150 celebrations, we come to realize how fortunate we are as Canadians. The peace we have enjoyed, the resources our country boasts, the freedoms we experience and opportunities available to us truly make Canada a "quality of life” leader in the world. 

Congratulations to Jack Lubachowski, President of the Melville Minor Ball Association and the many volunteers on their 25th anniversary of hosting one of Western Canada’s largest minor baseball tournaments. Forty-eight teams participated on diamonds throughout the city and the Regional Park where countless campers commented on the beauty of our park.         

On behalf of the Citizens of Melville, I would like to congratulate the 2017 graduating class of Melville Comprehensive School on their completion of high school education in Melville. Thank you for your many scholastic and community contributions. We wish you well as you explore the world of opportunities!

Hats off to Dr. Dale Cochrane and wife Nora for providing 40 years of stellar veterinarian services to Melville and District. Kudos as well, to Ashley Philips, the Melville Chamber and Tia Pelzer for all their hard work on Canada Day! 

Mayor Walter Streelasky


May 2017

In spite of the many challenges facing our city, there have been many good news stories in our community.  The "Chase the Ace” project initiated by the Melville Lions Club in support of a new swimming pool occurs each Wednesday at HCUC at 5:00 pm. St. Peter’s Hospital-St Paul Lutheran Home honored volunteers at a luncheon on April 27th. The 50th anniversary of the Melville Arts Club and the Rail Station Gala occurred on April 29th. The Millionaire Baseball Gala on May 6th featuring former Blue Jays Roberto Alomar and Duane Ward along with President Kevin Kvaume was well attended. Tim Ohler’s International Mantis Canada re-branding grand opening occurred on May 6 with Grandmaster Sun Deyao of Atlanta, Georgia in attendance. On that same date the Vape Shop was officially opened for business. Don Narcisse, former Roughrider, with assistance from Robert Mimes and Dillon Grodin hosted a junior football development camp on Sunday, May 7. Our city celebrated "Pride Week” with the raising of the Pride flag at City Hall on May 9th. Very shortly our Commissionaire and the RCMP will initiate a "Positive Ticketing” event to recognize positive individual actions.

City Manager Audrey Ulmer, Director of Public Works Andrew Fahlman and I as Mayor, had a private meeting with Minister of Environment, Scott Moe, Minister of Government Relations, Donna Harpauer, and our MLA Mr. Warren Kaeding on May 1 attempting to resolve our landfill issues and to seek committed financial support for our major water project. We very much appreciated the opportunity to address these concerns and look forward to favorable results on these issues.

Council has approved an 8.36% increase in taxation with a 6.04% increase in revenue over the 2016 revenue requirement. An additional 2.32 % was required to overcome reduced provincial government grants-in-lieu funding.  Council will be looking at different tax scenarios before tax notices are issued.

We are pleased to note that Fire Chief Tyrone Mogenson was one of thirty individuals from across Canada that was invited to attend the National Fire Protection Association’s Rural Fire Symposium that was recently held in Toronto. This event attended to cross-Canada rural fire issues.

Did you know that some 340 individuals have received therapeutic support at the HCUC Cardiac Care Family Fitness Centre during the last five years?

Mayor Walter Streelasky 


February 2017 

The customary cold stormy January mellowed during the latter part of the month, which resulted in a bit of a winter reprieve.

With the coming of a new year, Council was subjected to detailed budget discussions. To date, we have approved a 6.04 revenue increase, but have not, as yet, established the taxation rate. That will be established once the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency sets out the new assessment rates.

Sincere congratulations to Larry Peterson, Chairperson of the 2017 Viterra-Scotties Tournament of Hearts, along with Larry Kreklewich, Melville Curling Club President, and all those volunteer workers who staged a most impressive and successful curling event during the week of January 24-29, 2017. Thank you, as well, to our HCUC and public works staff for their superb efforts to ensure that the event ran smoothly. We also congratulate the Penny Barker team of Moose Jaw who will represent Saskatchewan at the National competitions. We applaud the other curling competitors for their perseverance and display of skilled curling.There are many ways of advancing a positive ambience in our city. The Melville Prairie Fire Midget AAA Hockey Team raised over $9000.00 in support of Breast Cancer on January 14, 2017. The team, their coaches and executive are to be commended for their committed efforts. Melville Minor Hockey Night also occurred on that same date - two

There are many ways of advancing a positive ambience in our city. The Melville Prairie Fire Midget AAA Hockey Team raised over $9000.00 in support of Breast Cancer on January 14, 2017. The team, their coaches, and executive are to be commended for their committed efforts. Melville Minor Hockey Night also occurred on that same date - two well-attended activities occurring on the same night under one roof. President Wayne Bokor and his committee provided a most exciting evening of entertainment featuring guest speakers Craig Reynolds, Kevin Karius and Dennis Hull. Their presentations were enjoyed by all those in attendance.

Congratulations to MCS Football Coach John Svenson, who was invited to join the coaching staff of the National World Womens’ Football Championship for 2017.

Did you know that there are some 17 kilometres of cooling pipes in our HCUC ice slab?

Mayor Walter Streelasky