Town of Grand Coulee

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Municipal Elections 2020

Are you interested in local government? Thinking about running in the upcoming municipal elections being held on November 9, 2020?

Municipalities of Saskatchewan is offering a FREE virtual education session titled “Municipal Governance 101: Introduction to Local Government”. This 1 hour course is designed to encourage participation in municipal governance and increase understanding of what it means to be on council.

For more information view the flyer OR to register visit suma.org/events

Road Work Evolution

With the 2020 road work season nearing completion, we wanted to share a brief history of the evolution of our road surfaces and maintenance practices.

Thanks to the innovation of our employees, we have developed custom maintenance practices which allow us to balance costs and quality, providing our residents with an improved road network while reducing the impact to property taxes. Did you know that it costs roughly $2.25 million to pave 3 km of roads (circa 2014 pricing) versus our 2020 budget of $40,000 to improve nearly 5 km of roads?

Similar to many of the roads in neighbouring Towns, we started with gravel dirt roads which resulted in excessive dust during the dry months and nearly impassable, bog-like conditions during spring thaw and heavy rains. Back then, staff would have fresh gravel hauled in each spring, roads would be decent for a few months until the gravel got pulverized down and turned into powdery dust. When the roads got wet, some residents had to rely on Town staff and equipment to pull them out of the muddy ruts.

Dust control started in 2014 by experimenting with used cooking oil, which didn’t hold up as well as the Town hoped for and resulted in some less than ideal odors. The Assistant Foreman at the time then took on the challenge of extensive research into the different road emulsion solutions. After a year of testing and experimenting with different products, it was determined that SS1-Dilute road oil held up the longest, penetrated the road surface the best, and suited our road conditions the most.

As the Town was switching over to SS1-Dilute, we also switched from spreading gravel on the roads, to using reclaimed asphalt material. To our surprise and benefit, the combination of reclaimed asphalt (which contains residual amounts of road oil) and the SS1-Dilute resulted in a thin-membrane, mud resistant, hard surface on our roads. No longer were residents getting stuck in muddy streets or being choked out by dust. Suddenly, we had roads that would hold up to our traffic levels and varying weather conditions. Additionally, by repeating the reclaimed asphalt and road oil process year over year, the positive benefits were compounded by building up layers of reclaimed asphalt making a hardened road surface.

Our unique road maintenance program has been praised by other municipalities (who envy the quality of our roads) and complimented by government ministries, including the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.

Coronavirus Information

The health and safety of residents and staff is very important to us. 

It is our desire to provide you with reliable information on the rapidly changing coronavirus COVID-19 event, precautions and closures.  We believe it is important that you receive factual information as it becomes available. The websites below provide reliable information and are updated regularly by the Provincial and Federal Authorities:

Federal Government Coronavirus Website

Provincial Government Coronavirus Website

Town Facilities

Effective until further notice, the Town Hall and skate shack are closed to the public. 

These efforts are being made to protect you and to increase the chances that the Town can continue to run smoothly. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will re-open as soon as it is recommended by the Province to do so.

Parks\Playgrounds

With the provincial re-open plan for playgrounds in effect June 12th, the Town would like to remind everyone that when enjoying the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should still practice social distancing and avoid group gatherings in parks and playgrounds.View the full provincial playground guidelines for more information.

According to Public Health Official guidelines:

  • Individuals who are sick should stay home.
  • A physical distance of two metres should be maintained between people not from the same household or extended household. 
  • Individuals should wash their hands before and after using parks and playgrounds.
  • Avoid overcrowding. Individual groups must not exceed the restrictions on public gatherings. 

Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly to help prevent the spread of germs.

 

Utilities & Taxes

At the special council meeting held on March 24, 2020, in an effort to help alleviate some strain on community members, Council passed a motion to waive monthly interest on all past due utility accounts effective immediately and through to September 30, 2020. Regular monthly interest accrual of 2% will resume on October 1, 2020 for all outstanding balances at that time.

Additionally, as an additional measure of assisting residents, Council passed a motion to extend the 2020 property tax payment deadline to December 31, 2020. As a result, the October, November, and December interest charges of 1.5% are waived for the 2020 taxation year. Regular interest accrual for all outstanding property tax balances will resume January 1, 2021.

Regular payments can still be made via online banking, e-transfers, or by dropping a cheque in the mail slot at the town office. Cash will only be accepted if it is in a sealed envelope and has clear identification on it. 

Please call 306-352-8694 or email grandcoulee.cap@sasktel.net for all questions.

 

Spring Clean Up

Thanks to the new isolation standards, many of us have tackled our spring cleaning early. For those who haven’t, here is some additional motivation…

The Town will be bringing in 3 large Loraas bins for residents to use. The bins will be located near the mailboxes, at the Town shop, and on the east side at the end of Park/Maple Street.

Please ensure that all refuse is put inside the bins, anything left outside of the bins will NOT be collected. These bins are to be used by Grand Coulee residents only. Staff will be monitoring the bins. Anyone NOT from Town, who attempts to dispose of goods, will be asked to leave with their trash.

Construction Season is here!

As we get closer to summer, Town staff are busy coordinating the road work projects tentatively scheduled to start on June 1. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates as we get closer to June. As always, please respect all signage and be safe around personnel and equipment.

Another exciting project that you will notice, is the recreational field construction. That project is in full swing starting May 4th and we are very excited to get it completed. Weather permitting, the construction should be done by June 10th. Stay tuned for updates!

ATVs in Town

We would like to remind everyone that the Town has an ATV Bylaw. Among other things, the Bylaw states that:

  • It shall be lawful for the driver to operate an all terrain vehicle from their place of residence or place of business to the closest point of exit and from the closest point of exit to their place of residence or place of business, taking the shortest route available. All drivers are reminded that they must follow the regulations as defined in the respectable Acts.
  • An all terrain vehicle may be operated between the hours of 7a.m. and 11p.m.
  • No person shall operate an all terrain vehicle at a speed greater than 20 km/hr

If you witness people operating ATVs unlawfully (whether local, provincial, or federal law), contact the RCMP.

What CAN BE recycled?

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic, the amount of “human bodily fluid contaminated items” received at recycling facilities in the province has grown by an estimate 20-50 per cent.

Residents are reminded to only put allowable recyclables in your blue bins. The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council has a recycling search engine where residents can find out where they can properly and safely recycle items including batteries, tires, power tools, and more. For more information on recycling services visit loraasdisposal.com/pages/single-stream-curbside-recycling.