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City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: RE-OPENING OF INDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES

For release July 6th, 2020

As part of its Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, the provincial government has announced that as of July 6th indoor recreational facilities can open for operation. The Warman Recreation and Community Services department has been establishing re-opening plans using a phased-in approach based on demand for each of the different indoor facilities. 

The Legends Centre, which is a major facility that hosts several user groups, will commence bookings for group activities looking for space. The arena is scheduled to open on August 4th based on demand for the service. Bookings for the multi-purpose rooms begin July 6th and will operate within the provincial limited capacity guidelines and with physical distancing in effect. The board rooms will remain closed for the present time to ensure physical distancing is achieved in the administration area of the facility (reviewed on a regular basis).

The Brian King Centre opens for rentals on July 6th.

The Diamond Rodeo Arena will remain closed until September 18th. 

"We know how important these facilities are to our residents,” says Mayor Sheryl Spence. “We have been planning for the opening for some time now, and have had the facilities cleaned and ready to open once the provincial government provided a date. We now have that date and can start scheduling the utilization of the Legends Centre as quickly as possible.”

With the opening of the indoor sporting facilities, there are several guidelines that must be adhered to, which includes physical distancing of two-metres and no groups larger than 30 people. There are also guidelines established for league play and regulations around different sports where distancing may not be able to be achieved. 

“Lots has changed and lots will change as we open up the indoor facilities,” says Program Manager Coralie Bueckert. “However, we look forward to opening our recreational facilities to the public in a phased approach, making sure we protect the safety of our users, spectators, and staff.”

For detailed information about the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, visit saskatchewan.ca.

For information about bookings, please call the Legends Centre at 306.933.2210.

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City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: RE-OPENING OF OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES

For release June 10th, 2020

As of July 12th, the following parks and recreation areas are open as per the Saskatchewan public health order of physical distancing and a maximum of 30 participants at a time:

  • Tennis courts at Lions Park
  • Gazebos in Prairie Oasis Park and Lions Park
  • Prairie Oasis campground – modified operations and facilities
  • BMX Raceway Prairie Oasis Skate Park
  • Prairie Oasis outdoor skating area
  • Disc Golf
  • Horseshoe pits in Lions Park
  • Playgrounds – Lions Park, Diamond Hill, Prairie Oasis (including the new accessible playground), RJ Gidluck, Centennial, MR13, Jack Bergloff, Rick Unger and Neil Wagner

Prairie Spirit School Division playgrounds are open as well, with signage posted about the use of the equipment.

While you are enjoying the use of these facilities please abide by posted signage.

Specific details about the Government of Saskatchewan’s re-opening guidelines can be found at saskatchewan.ca.

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City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: CITY HALL REOPENS TO PUBLIC

For release June 5th, 2020

For the safety of our employees and residents, Warman City Hall was closed to the public on March 20. We continued operating with adapted work plans throughout the past 11 weeks by providing the administrative services and collections through online payments, email, and telephone communications. We were very pleased with the cooperation of residents in embracing this new way of doing business, and we encourage the public to continue to use these services now and into the future. However, to provide enhanced services to the residents during this time and to coincide with the Government of Saskatchewan’s Phase 3 of the re-opening plan, City Hall will be open to the public again starting June 8 (hours of operation 8:30 am to 4:30 pm).

If you visit City Hall you will see some notable changes. A glass protection has been constructed along the front counter to protect the staff and public, as well as a sanitation hand wash station added for residents to use entering and leaving the facility. Additional processes have also been put in place to ensure we are doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19:

• One client at a time in the lobby

• Six-feet physical distancing at all times

• Use a debit card for payments if possible

• In-person meetings are discouraged – please use the telephone or email as alternatives

• Be prepared to answer screening question

We are pleased to be able to provide these enhanced services to the public but encourage residents to please stay home if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with anyone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19.

In order to limit the visits to City Hall, please feel free to continue to use the services we have to offer such as online payments and inquiries, the use of the drop box, or telephone communication.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

For more information contact Warman City Hall at 306.933.2133.

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Warman City Council approves reduced tax increase and extends property tax deadline

For release May 27th, 2020

In December of 2019, Warman City Council approved an operating and capital budget that included a 2.9% property tax increase.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Warman City Council acknowledges and has concerns regarding the financial constraints that City of Warman residents might be facing. During the May 25 Regular Meeting of Council, Warman City Council passed an amendment to the 2020 budget that reduced that tax increase from 2.9% to 1.5%. This budget amendment also included reductions to the fire, aquatic and regional RCMP reserve transfers to balance the decrease in revenue.

During the same meeting, Warman City Council passed a resolution to approve the 2020 Mill Rate Bylaw which reflects the 1.5% mill rate increase.

Council also passed a resolution to accept city administration’s recommendation to extend the property tax deadline from August 31 to October 31 on the 2020 tax levy. This means that interest will not be charged on the current tax levy until November 1, 2020.

For more information contact Warman City Hall at 306.933.2133.

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City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: SPRING CITY CLEANUP CANCELLED

For release April 13, 2020

The health and safety of our employees and residents is a primary concern for Warman City Council and the administration team. As part of the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Warman has cancelled the Spring 2020 City Cleanup that was to take place from May 4th until May 15th. This event will not be rescheduled, but we hope to continue with the 2020 Fall City Cleanup planned for September 21st to October 2nd.

We request that you do not place items in the alleys. Properties not abiding by this request will be subject to Bylaw Enforcement.

Curbside waste and recycling services provided by Loraas continues to operate as scheduled. Subscription service to the curbside organics program begins May 1st — please visit warman.ca or call 306.933.2133 for more information.

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City of Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence Video Address

For release April 8, 2020

Read the Province of Saskatchewan’s statement on hosting a virtual Easter gathering here >> https://bit.ly/2Xp72Uj

City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: TEMPORARY OCCUPANCY PERMITS AVAILABLE FOR FRONT-LINE WORKERS

For release April 1, 2020

As part of the City of Warman’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary occupancy permits are available for front-line workers. The purpose of the permit is to assist our community’s front-line workers who are physically distancing themselves from their families and homes during this time by residing in their trailer, motorhome or RV.

Applicants must supply credentials and an address for the location of the trailer, motorhome or RV. Permits will be issued through email and must be displayed in a visible location. This permit is temporary and will last the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply or if you have any questions, please contact the City of Warman Planning and Development Department at 306.933.2133.

We, as a community, are extremely thankful for the dedication and hard work of all front-line workers as they continue to keep us safe.

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City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: CLOSURE OF SKATE PARK

For release March 27, 2020

Effective immediately the City of Warman Skate Park is closed until further notice. This decision reflects the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and slowing the rate of transmission.

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City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: CLOSURE OF PLAYGROUND STRUCTURES

For release March 25, 2020

Effective immediately the City of Warman and Prairie Spirit School Division have closed all playground structures. This will remain in effect until further notice.

This action reflects the City of Warman’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and slowing the transmission of the virus. Playground equipment can present a risk of infection to users.

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Mayor Sheryl Spence Gives Video Address to Residents:

For release March 24, 2020

City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: PROPERTY TAXES AND UTILITY PAYMENTS

For release March 19, 2020

The City of Warman is working closely with stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure residents are kept up-to-date with accurate and relevant information. The health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees is our top priority.

The City of Warman administration reminds property owners that they have until September 1st to pay their 2020 property taxes without incurring any interest. Please keep in mind that the current year levy is not considered in arrears until December 31st.

Please advise City Hall (306.933.2133) if you would like to stop your TIPPS (tax) or PAP (utility) payments. You must give at least 10 business days notice prior to your next withdrawal date to cancel the next payment. You can re-apply to these programs at a later date. If you would like to cancel your TIPPS or PAP payments, please complete the applicable cancellation form on our website or submit your cancellation request in writing to P.O. Box 340, Warman, S0K 4S0).

During the Monday, March 23rd Regular Meeting of Council, administration will put forth a recommendation to cease enforcement on utility accounts, including disconnections of utility accounts and application of interest for the time being. By delaying any disconnections we will ensure all households have access to water, allowing for proper handwashing and personal hygiene.

All essential services, such as water supply, emergency and protective services will continue to operate without disruption.

For more information contact City Hall at 306.933.2133.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

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City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19 pandemic: CITY HALL CLOSURE

For release March 18, 2020

The City of Warman is working closely with stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure residents are kept up-to-date with accurate and relevant information. The health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees is our top priority.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT AS OF 4:30 p.m. ON FRIDAY MARCH 20th, 2020 WARMAN CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Please be advised utility payments and property tax payments can still be made online by EFT through your bank. Cash or cheque payments can be left in the drop box at City Hall.

If you must visit City Hall for an urgent in-person matter do so before that time. We strongly encourage all residents needing to do business with the city to phone, email and utilize online banking options.

The following City of Warman buildings remain CLOSED to the public:

  • Legends Centre
  • Brian King Centre
  • Diamond Rodeo Arena
  • Outdoor rink warm-up shack
  • Wheatland Library

The City of Warman Public Works shop is accessed by employees ONLY.

 

Important Numbers:

City Hall: 306.933.2133

Legends Centre: 306.933.2210

Public Works: 306.933.2388

Bylaw Enforcement: 306.933.0007

Warman Fire Rescue: 306.931.3158


Links:

Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Saskatchewan: www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus

World Health Organization: www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

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The City of Warman updated statement on COVID-19: FACILITY CLOSURES

For release March 16, 2020

The City of Warman is working closely with stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure residents are kept up-to-date with accurate and relevant information. The health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees is our top priority. 

PLEASE NOTE that effective 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the City of Warman will be closing to the public:

  • Legends Centre
  • Brian King Centre
  • Diamond Rodeo Arena
  • Outdoor rink warm-up shack
  • Wheatland Library

This will remain in effect until further notice. Any programming associated with these facilities is affected by the closures. If you have any questions about programming or booking please call the Recreation Department at 306.933.2210.

City Hall will remain open (regular hours of operation 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), but we encourage the public to limit their visits to the facility. Pay bills online when possible.

This situation is ever-evolving and as things change we will be giving residents regular updates.

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City of Warman Statement on COVID-19

For release March 13, 2020

The City of Warman is aware of the public’s general unease surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the information associated with the virus. We are working closely with numerous partners — including the provincial government and other municipal centres, health care providers and school divisions — to ensure our leadership, employees, residents and business partners are aware of the most current and accurate information and procedures surrounding this issue.

"I want to reassure our residents that the City of Warman is paying close attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to have open discussions with our stakeholders in federal, provincial and local jurisdictions," says Mayor Sheryl Spence. "We will advise the public of any risks that come to our attention though these sources to ensure public safety is paramount. However, I want to ensure we do not create undue panic and therefore ask our residents to educate themselves on the COVID-19 and adhere to the advisories and messages that come from legitimate sources such as the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Government of Saskatchewan."

At this time in Saskatchewan, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low. The City of Warman encourages residents to follow preventative guidelines as determined by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. This includes practicing regular hand hygiene, minimizing close contact with others, and not attending work or public events if you are not feeling well.

Please refer to the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s most current suggestions for preventing the spread of infectious disease here: https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca

The City of Warman emergency response during this period remains unaffected. Mayor Sheryl Spence says, “Warman Fire Rescue will still respond to all major fire and medical emergencies in Warman and within the response area in the RM of Corman Park. Additionally, Warman Fire Rescue first responders will continue to respond to all high acuity lights and sirens medical emergencies.”

Residents will be updated with new and updated information regularily as this situation evolves.

Links:

Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Saskatchewan: www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus

World Health Organization: www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

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The City of Warman to Benefit from Green Infrastructure Investment

For release September 5, 2019

It was announced on September 4th at a press conference at Gordie Howe Sports Centre in Saskatoon that the City of Warman is one of 12 Saskatchewan communities to receive federal and provincial funding for infrastructure improvements. The sewage treatment lagoon expansion and improvement project will not only increase the wastewater treatment capacity to accommodate future community growth but will also improve the overall effluent discharge quality to meet Environment Canada’s regulations.

Details of the sewage treatment lagoon expansion and improvements include: increasing the depth of the existing primary and secondary lagoon cells, installing an aeration system in the primary and secondary cells, constructing a blower building for the aeration system, and constructing a discharge pipeline to the South Saskatchewan River. The project is estimated to take three years to complete.

“The City of Warman has been blessed with exponential growth the last few years and we are fortunate that this growth has made us a vibrant and thriving community,” says Mayor Sheryl Spence. “With growth comes challenges, and we are pleased to receive this much-anticipated funding from both the federal and provincial governments to help the City of Warman build infrastructure in a sustainable way.”

The project will cost $18.1 million. Funding from the federal government totals $7.24 million, with $6,032,730 coming from provincial contributions. The municipality will contribute $4,827,270.

“Warman is a community that is committed to environmental sustainability,” says Mayor Spence. “That is why we are investing in our wastewater treatment system to ensure a cleaner, safer environment for residents, visitors and aquatic life, now and into the future.”

For more information, call Warman City Hall at 306.933.2133.

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Notice of Certification and Settlement Approval Hearing

For release: August 19, 2019

Female municipal employees who worked or volunteered with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) may be eligible for compensation under a proposed new settlement.

A class-action lawsuit was initiated alleging gender and sexual orientation-based harassment and discrimination within the RCMP. The RCMP has agreed to a settlement of this lawsuit, although the settlement has not yet been approved by the court.

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North American Safety & Health Week May 5th to 11th

For release: May 8th, 2019

In 2017 the City of Warman signed the Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter, which supports the creation of a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. Providing the environment and culture for employees to work safely, in good health and wellness, allows for the best delivery of service to the residents we serve.

While the importance of preventing injury and illness is a year-round commitment, the City of Warman is proud to join businesses, government organizations and community leaders from across the country in the recognition of North American Safety & Health Week, May 5th to 11th. Employee wellbeing is essential to the workplace and the City of Warman remains committed to best safety practices.