Mayor's Corner

Mayor's Corner

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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


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