Mayor's Corner

Mayor's Corner

Working grow Melville
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

January, 2017

As we welcome 2017 the citizens of Melville and all Canadians anxiously ready themselves for our country’s 150th anniversary. It only takes a television newscast to remind us of how fortunate indeed we are to be Canadians. In 1867 many may have regarded the formation of this vast country as an experiment that could not succeed. But, it was the determination and vision of so many different cultural groups that resulted in Canada becoming one of the greatest peace-loving nations in the world. Canada is a land of equal opportunities for all. It is incumbent on all of us that this valued principle remains with us well into the future.

Hopefully, Canada’s Bicentennial will serve as an opportunity to celebrate this national milestone in history by initiating, participating in or attending national, provincial and community events. Families may wish to mark this special 150 year celebration by creating their own memory-maker family event. Happy Bi-Centennial to all! Our City is embarking on a "Plant a Tree” program to mark this celebration.

Some very exciting events occurred in our City just prior to the New Year. The City of Melville recognized their employees by presenting them with "Long Service Awards.”  The Samahang Filipino Canadian organization received the Community Cultural Award Geri Miller and Colleen Gorecki were recipients of the Community Involvement Award. Congratulations to these very deserving individuals for their contributions.

Melville City Council was honored with a visit from Melville-Saltcoats - MLA  Warren Kaeding andConstituency representative, Rick McIntyre, on December 19, 2016. Discussions highlighted community development issues.

December 21, 2016 Canada-Saskatchewan Infrastructure Announcement saw our Fire Training Facility at the airport site receive $200,000 for the construction of a new fire-training building as well as other related supports to this initiative. Melville has hosted 13 fire training events to date.

The City of Melville presented a position paper on Crime Reduction to a hearing hosted by the provincial government on December 21, 2016. 

Mayor Walter Streelasky

  December, 2016
 As we near the end of 2016 we look back at the many positive events and highlights that occurred in our city and surrounding community. First, we were once again subjected to much rain dur ing the summer. Water levels were higher at fall end than spring. The farmers enjoyed abundant crop yields despite harvesting difficulties.  Our City officially transferred ownership and water responsibilities to SaskWater on July 1, 2016. This huge 33 million dollar project will be financed by the City and SaskWater on a 20-80 % cost basis. The City updated some of its equipment needs, readied the Hospitality Corridor for occupancy, created a new City Website and completed a new Management Review format. In the month of October City elections took place which resulted in the addition of four new members to City Council. Our council mandate is to continue to provide our city and our citizens with continued progressive, citizen- cen tered governance.
With the arrival of December comes festivities and events as we prepare to celebrate the miracle of that first Christmas so long ago. Signs of the Christmas Spirit were certainly evident in the streets and shops of Melville as crowds of folks came out to enjoy the festive Light Parade as well as the various activities taking place downtown. A big thank you to Chantelle Rivers for organizing this successful event. You are invited to the Community Carol Festival which takes place on Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 2:00 pm at First United Church.On behalf of Melville City Council and myself, I wish everyone a most joyous Christmas holiday. I also know that Christmas can be a time of personal sadness. If there is any way that I can assist in lightening your burden, please contact me at 306-728-4409.
On behalf of Melville City Council and myself, I wish everyone a most joyous Christmas holiday. I also know that Christmas can be a time of personal sadness. If there is any way that I can assist in lightening your burden, please contact me at 306-728-4409.

May your time with family, friends and community be most enriching and memorable.   

Merry Christmas – Happy New Year!

Mayor Walter Streelasky

  November, 2016 

I am most grateful to the Citizens of Melville who have shown support and confidence in my leadership of our city. I look forward to growing Melville, caring for our citizens, and serving as Melville’s ambassador by promoting our city as a great place to live, to raise a family, to come home to and to do business in.

I congratulate all those candidates that won a seat on City Council. I look forward to a satisfying and progressive working relationship with my council colleagues. It is important to recognize and thank all those that chose to let their names stand for elections of council members, rural municipalities, and school boards. Your willingness to serve is to be commended. The Citizens of Melville are to be commended for their involvement in the electoral process. Our Returning Officer Anna Izzard noted a 41% citizen vote participation rate.  

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, a Melville City Council Installation Ceremony took place with the Honorable Warren Kaeding - Melville-Saltcoats Member of the Legislative Assembly conducted the Oath of Office to our Council. An evening of entertainment and fellowship with family and friends followed.

Monday, November 7, 2016, was recognized as a Council Orientation Event. Bylaws, procedures, required disclosures, budget policies, purchasing policies and a summary of budget project updates were presented. Cathay Wagantall, Yorkton-Melville Member of Parliament attended our orientation meeting and spoke to council regarding her various roles and responsibilities in Ottawa,

Our first Workshop and Regular Council meeting occurs on November 21, 2016. 

Did you know that Melville’s 1908 first council consisted of three individuals and that Melville a ttained city status in 1960 with 5000 plus residents? 

Mayor Walter Streelasky 

September, 2016
John Steinbeck, a famous American author, brought forward the notion of the circular nature of reoccurring events… of life.  How true this is of our community as we ready ourselves for another school year, activity registrations and other fall related events.
Council is pleased that our swim pool provided us and our neighboring communities with a variety of aquatic activities. We commend our Recreation Department Manager, Heather Miller, and her most competent staff for enabling us to have another successful year of pool operations. The Parkland Search and Rescue Organization conducted a Safety Car Clinic in Melville on August 18 at the Prairie Coop Service Station. This group has been formed to assist various agencies in the event that a search and rescue situation occurs. I commend them for this initiative.
We are very pleased that, once again, our City provides a summer ice program for our region. It is heartening to see participants attend these various development camps from many different communities reaching as far away as Calgary.
After much research and debate the City of Melville will continue to administer and maintain the sign corridor in its present form. Discussions had occurred with respect to moving the sign corridor outside the city but Council decided to forgo further exploration of this initiative at this time.
City Council gave approval to participate in a Transportation Master Plan under the Urban Highways Connector Program. This program looks at future travel patterns, assessing the present infrastructure as well as looking at future needs.
Congratulations to Team Saskatchewan and Coach John Svenson on capturing the Senior Women’s National Championship in late July. Mr. Svenson dedicates much time to the sport of football at the local, provincial and national levels.
Did you know that Melville was the first municipality in Canada to sign a joint contract with the RCMP on August 16, 1937 for community policing services?
Mayor Walter Streelasky

July, 2016 
At the end of another school year we wish students and teachers a well earned rest. Grads enjoy your summer break in readiness for new life adventures.
As of July 1, 2016 SaskWater will officially take over our City of Melville water facilities and operations. Our city is responsible for water distribution, but has relinquished the operation of our water facility plant and wells. Our Water Treatment Plant staff has now become employees of SaskWater. We thank Mr. Heshka – Water Treatment Plant Manager and his committed staff for their steadfast efforts in providing for this very essential water resource.  This expected 33 million dollar project will provide our city residents with continued high quality water for the next 30 years. While operations have been turned over to SaskWater the start to completion project will take some five years.
The City of Melville and our city employees – CUPE # Local 456 have successfully negotiated a Union Agreement effective July1, 2016 for a four year period ending in 2019.
Effective July 4, 2016 the city has reached a working agreement with Commissionaires South Saskatchewan who will manage our city bylaw enforcement. This three -day a week service will be re-evaluated at year end with adjustments made as required.
There are many opportunities for youth to be involved in our community. 
Over the last few weeks ceremonial inspections and graduation events for both the Army and Air Cadets occurred. Many of our youth take full advantage of citizenship development programming. Hats off to the squadron leaders who so faithfully give of their time and knowledge in this capacity.
Hats off to Jenn Mann and her team on arranging  another successful "Canada Day” celebration. We are always so pleased with the community response on this special day. Congratulations to Dallas Schutz, winner of the national skills welding competition held in Moncton, New Brunswick in early June.
Did you know that in the 1930’s the original Melville Sports Grounds was located directly north of St Paul Lutheran Home on property that was owned by the Melville Elks Club?
Mayor Walter Streelasky 

April, 2016 
To date our city has not received any information on how the Federal Budget of March 22, 2016 may affect our City’s Water Project  - Build Canada Fund application. However, we are continuing to work with SaskWater in moving this project forward.
We congratulate Premier Wall and Mr. Warren Kaeding, our new Sask Party MLA for the Melville-Saltcoats Constituency.  We look forward to a very positive working relationship with Premier Wall and Mr. Kaeding. We also recognize Mr.Lenoard Dales, Mr.George Wooldridge, Mr. Ijor Riabchyk , Ms. Diana Lowe and Mr.Trever Ratti   who chose to  represent their respective parties at the April 4th  provincial election.
Congratulations to the Melville Chamber of Commerce for hosting yet another successful Trade Fair. This event attracted merchants and organizations as well as visitors from near and far.  Congratulations also, to Mitchell Dales, who skipped his team to the 18 and under Optimist International Curling Champion ship held in Edmonton recently.
The City of Melville is, once again, initiating its annual Spring Clean-Up Campaign. There will be no Tipping fees at the landfill from May 2 – May 14, 2016. We encourage everyone to do their part in making Melville a clean and attractive community.
Hats off to St. Henry’s Parish, as well as the other church congregations in Melville, who are in the process of securing a refugee family by diligently formulating the ground work for their anticipated arrival.
Mayor Walter Streelasky

March, 2016 
Even after a very gentle winter it’s great to welcome the many wonderful sights and sounds of spring.
Melville Millionaire Player Awards Night occurred on Saturday, March 5 ending the 2015-16 Millionaire hockey season. Thank you Team… Thank you Coaches! We wish Assistant Coach T.J. Reeve well as he pursues studies at Saskatchewan Polytechnic next fall. Also best wishes to Neil Lamberty for his many years of stellar leadership and commitment to our Millionaires. A special thank you is extended to the players and coaches of Melville Prairie Fire for an excellent year of hockey. A great Melville – Prince Albert Series…Well done all!
As part of our ongoing flood mitigation program I am happy to report that enlarged culverts are being placed at Agripark Road. For years, this area, has  acted as a major barrier in retaining our storm system and Crescent Creek drainage flow. This project, along with our flow monitoring system, a proposed flood plain study and extra drainage on the curve of Highway # 10 will hopefully lessen any possible future devastating floods.
We commend the many different groups that initiated a series of events in support of Telemiracle 40. Over the years, our community has been the recipient of this most successful Saskatchewan –based event. The Melville Kinsmen- Kinettes are to be commended on their various initiatives in support of Telemiracle.
The Annual Chamber of Commerce meeting was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Melville Heritage Museum. Reports on various activities were presented along with an update regarding  the upcoming Trade Fair on April 1-3. Appreciation is extended to outgoing President Tammy Oryschak for her committed leadership to the Chamber. Mr. Joe Kirwan was named incoming President. We wish President Kirwan and the Chamber well in their future endeavors.
Did you know that over 200 Sunrise Health Cardiac Care sessions have occurred at the Cardiac Care Family Fitness Centre providing residents of Melville and area with a broad range of therapeutic care?
Mayor Walter Streelasky

February, 2016 
The majority of council members attended the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Conference in Regina the first week of February. Keynote speaker was Chantal Hebert, well known for her views on national issues such as energy pipelines, the economy and interprovincial relationships. Her insightful presentation was well received.  Our council had the opportunity to attend a variety of informative study sessions relevant to our respective needs and roles. Premier Wall, in his address to the delegates, confirmed that the Revenue Sharing agreement would be honored and that an increase of 2.5 % funding would occur. The serious revenue shortfall issues combined with the ever present infrastructure needs were seen as a major provincial economic challenge facing Saskatchewan residents.
Our City Volunteer Fire Department is headed up by Fire Chief Tyrone Mogenson and 17 volunteer firefighters. While our firefighter team provides stellar service to our city, service is also provided to our neighboring communities, municipalities and First Nations’ jurisdictions. These different groups are part of the Melville and District Fire Protection Association and collectively plan for the necessary regional fire protection.
A most successful fifth annual Minor Hockey Night occurred on January 16, 2016 at HCUC. This event, championed by Jeff Kohnen and his committee, raised a tremendous sum of money for the benefit of minor hockey. Headliner speaker guests were world renowned curler Don Walchuk, Roughrider great Don Narcisse and Toronto Maple Leaf star Darryl Sittler.  A truly great evening of fun.
Hats off to the FM Fox Prairie Fire Team on their most successful Breast Cancer hockey game. The players and coaches are to be commended on their exemplary leadership role in promoting awareness and financial assistance to this cause. On the same evening the Melville Showstoppers hosted a Ladies Night Out fundraiser directing their proceeds to breast cancer research as well.
Mayor Walter Streelasky