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Heavy Rainfall Leaves Numerous Residents Reeling From Damages Shanine Sealey, Martensville Messenger

Following a heavy rainfall that took place at the end of June, many Martensville residents were left dealing with the aftermath as the excess water overloaded the drainage system within the City and caused numerous sewer backups. The drainage structure within Martensville works through a combined system of overland drainage including swales and ditches, and storm sewers. During a rain, the storm water is directed to the city’s network of detention and retention ponds, which are designed to collect and buffer a surplus of storm water during a large rain event. “The pond network is connected by larger ditches which carry water east of the city and drain into the Opimihaw Creek, which eventually discharges to the South Saskatchewan River,” Matt Gruza, City of Martensville Engineer Assistant, explained. “Storm water collection and detention systems are designed using calculations which consider many variables including the contributing drainage area, and the runoff factor of the surrounding land conditions.” For the design, typically a “1 in 100 year” storm event is used to size the storm water system and this is based on historical averages, and years of compiled rainfall data. “This term comes from the fact that in a 100 year period, statistically it would be expected to receive one storm that equals or exceeds the 100-year design storm. Another way of thinking about this is that in any given year, there is a 1 percent chance of getting a storm event that equals or exceeds the 100-year design storm event,” Gruza added. In situations where the storm sees an intensity and duration that exceeds the 100-year storm event, it is possible that the storm water systems can be overwhelmed and exceed the design capacity; however, if this happens, it doesn’t guarantee that flooding will occur. In cases of heavy rainfall, there are steps that homeowners can take to prevent their home from flooding such as proper landscaping that will help to direct water away from the home foundation, ensuring that sump pump discharge is far enough away from the foundation which will effectively drain water collected by the home’s weeping tile, and the use of backflow preventer valves helps to stop sewage from the sanitary sewer system from entering the home. Gruza continued to explain that although typically there are not areas of Martensville that see more rainfall than others, “this year, we have experienced some very intense storm cells that are small enough that they only affect certain parts of the city. There is no reliable way to predict how these storms will pass over Martensville.” If a Martensville resident does experience water or sewage in their basements, Gruza recommends that they cease using water in their homes to prevent further issues. The next step should then be to contact City Hall at (306) 931-2166 and follow the prompts to be connected to the public works emergency line, which is available 24 hours a day. From there City sewer and water crews will assess the situation and determine what the next steps to correcting the problem will be. When there is water or sewage in a basement, it can be caused by a number of scenarios including groundwater, storm water or sewage entering the home in a variety of different ways, and because of this, each individual occurrence needs to be handled on a case-by-case basis. “Even if residents experience minor water ABOVE: Some Martensville residents were left dealing with the aftermath issues with their basements, its good practice to report it to the city to ensure that it isn’t the beginning of a more of the heavy rainfall that hit the community at the end of June. serious problem,” Gruza said. (Facebook Image)

TRAFFIC Driver Has Medical Distress and Hits Ditch July 4, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Police received a complaint of a single vehicle accident on Highway 12 near Martensville. Police attended the scene and found that the 86 year old male driving the vehicle from Warman suffered some type of medical distress causing him to lose control of the vehicle and enter the ditch. The male was transported to hospital as a precautionary measure. There were no charges. Erratic Driver Reported on Highway 16 July 6, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Police received a complaint of an erratic driver on Highway 16 near Langham. The caller reported that the vehicle was “playing games” on the road, slowing down, speeding up and not allowing vehicle’s to pass. Police were unable to intercept the vehicle. Battleford RCMP were notified of the vehicle heading in their direction. Police Receive Report of Erratic Driver July 6, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Police received a complaint of an erratic driver on Highway 305 near Martensville. The caller reported that the vehicle was

Police received 220 calls for service from July 2, 2018 to July 9, 2018. having a heated verbal swerving all over the that the vehicle was parked at argument. No assault had highway. Police located the the location for an extended occurred. The female left the vehicle a short time later and period of time and felt it residence for the night with a issued a ticket to the 30 year was suspicious. The caller family member. There were no old male from Nipawin with also advised that the ignition charges or injuries. alcohol in a vehicle. was damaged on the vehicle. Police attended the scene Man Assaults Officer in and found that the vehicle Traffic Stop was previously reported Police Investigate July 8, 2018 at 2:45 a.m. Police stolen from Saskatoon. The Counterfeit Bill Used at were conducting patrols in the vehicle was towed back to Martensville Business RM of Corman Park Saskatoon for follow up by July 2, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. when they located a Saskatoon Police service. Police received a complaint suspicious vehicle. of a counterfeit bill being Police attempted to Items Stolen From negotiated at a business in stop the vehicle. When Warman Garage Martensville. The owner of the vehicle did stop, July 5, 2018 at 9:20 a.m. the business advised that the 29 year old male of Police received a complaint over the weekend, someone the vehicle assaulted of theft from a garage on entered the business and the police officer. the 400 block of Brooklyn purchased items with a He was arrested and Crescent in Warman. The counterfeit bill. Investigation charged with a number caller advised that someone into this matter is ongoing. of assault related entered their vehicle and charges. The police used the garage door opener Police Investigate officer was not injured. to access the garage. While Martensville Theft in the garage, the thieves July 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. stole a number of small Police received a complaint items. Investigation into this of theft from a business in matter is ongoing. If you have information Martensville. The manager regarding these or any of the business called to other crimes, please report that a customer was contact Warman/ unhappy with the service Police Investigate Warman Martensville RCMP Assault they received and left at 306-975-1670/306the business and stole an July 5, 2018 at 11:20 p.m. 975-1610 or if you have item from the business. Police received a complaint information and you wish Investigation into this matter of a possible assault at a to remain anonymous in residence in Warman. The your reporting, please is ongoing. caller reported that a family contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS member requested police Stolen Vehicle Found in (8477), submit a tip via attend the residence. Police their website: http:// Warman July 4, 2018 at 3:20 p.m. attended and spoke with the Police received a complaint 44 year old female and 46 or text in a tip: TIP206 of an abandoned vehicle in year old male in the residence + your tip to CRIMES Warman. The caller advised who advised that they were (274637).




COFFEE WITH A COP RCMP are advising residents of Warman and Martensville that “Coffee with a Cop” is at McDonald’s Restaurants. This will be taking place at the Martensville McDonalds on July 24th, 2018 at 7:00pm and at the Warman McDonalds on July 25th at 10:00am. RCMP members will be available for a chance to ask questions and to get to know the police officers in your city. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Switch to Ebilling Through You can now access your City of Martensville property and utility information online. You can also sign up to receive your utility bills by email and save paper! Accessing your Resident Accounts Information on Here’s what you’ll need to get started: 1. For Taxes-Your 2018 City of Martensville Property Tax Notice with Access Code 2. For Utilities- Your most recent City of Martensville Utility Statement with Access Code When you’re ready, go to to get started today! Then halfway down the page click on ‘My Account’ icon. Choose “Link & Register” and then “Show Me How” to start the process of registering for your account. Follow the onscreen instructions and prompts to add your accounts. If you have any questions or concerns please contact City Hall at 306-931-2166 or

Property Tax Payments

A reminder that 2018 Property Taxes are due July 31, 2018. Commencing August 1, 2018 penalties will be added to all outstanding accounts at 1% per month. Property taxes can be paid by debit, cheque, cash or online banking. Payments may also be placed in the mail slot at City Hall afterhours or weekends.

We also have the T.I.P.P.S (Tax Installment Payment Plan Service) that can be utilized. See all our payment options on Look for the Pay My Bills icon If payment arrangements need to be made, please contact City Hall.

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Sign up today for the Organics Composting Program (Green Bin). The service is by subscription only and is $10 a month for the green bin service. The fee is added to your utility bill. Composting Guidelines: - Accepting Plant waste, fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, filters, tea bags and egg shells - No Liquids of any kind - Do not separate or bag individual items - No Proteins Program will begin May 8th and end October 31st. Watch for the pick-up schedule, to sign up and for more information about the program.

Charges Laid in Humboldt Broncos Collision

Three months ago, tragedy struck the province of Saskatchewan. The collision that took place involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus was felt throughout the world and on July 6, RCMP announced that charges have been laid. The driver of the semi-trailer unit, Jaskirat Sidhu, a 29-year-old male from Calgary, Alberta, was arrested at approximately 10am Friday morning without incident. Sidhu faces the following charges: 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death; Section 249 (4) CC 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm; Section 249 (3) CC “Our thoughts continue to be with those that lost loved ones, those that were injured and with everyone who is recovering from this tragedy. I know it’s been difficult for many to await the outcome of this police investigation. The time it took to do this important work was necessary,” Saskatchewan RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said during a presentation to the media on Friday, July 6th. Sidhu made his first appearance in Saskatchewan Provincial Court on Tuesday, July 10th where he was released on $1000 bail and faces several conditions including that he surrendered his passport and that he does not operate a motor vehicle.

Summer Water Conservation Tips Summer can bring a rise in water consumption and your water bill. Here are some tips to help conserve water during the heat. • Water your lawn deeply, but not more than once a week. During periods of extended rain, water even less frequently. • Water new lawns every other day until the grass reaches 5 cm; then water less frequently. • Set a tuna can in each of your sprinkler zones and time how long it takes to fill it with water. That’s how long you should run your sprinkler once a week if your lawn is dry. • Use drip irrigation and/or sprinkler systems that are timed to turn on and off automatically. Remember to turn them off if it’s raining. • Don’t water your lawn during the hottest time of the day. Instead, water early in the morning or in the evening. Don’t water when it’s rainy or windy. • Check the sprinkler position to make sure you don’t waste water by watering the street, sidewalks or driveway. • Xeriscape Landscaping – Group plants according to their watering needs. Plant water-saving plants, trees and shrubs. Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil. All of this can save 10-35 litres of water per minute. • When mowing your lawn, only cut the top 1/3 of the grass and leave clippings behind. They will help the soil retain moisture and provide natural fertilizer. • Wash your car at the car wash. Washing at home with a hose for ten minutes uses 300 litres of water and sends soap, oil and other chemicals to the river through storm drains. At a car wash, run-off is captured and disposed of properly. • Use a broom when cleaning your driveway or walkway. Washing with a hose uses almost 200 litres of water.

2018 July Council Meeting Dates

Regular Council- July 17th

The Council Meetings are located at Martensville City Hall Council Chambers in Martensville City Hall at 37 Centennial Dr. S All Regular Council Meetings and Committee of the Whole Meetings are open to the public. All meetings commence at 5PM. Those wishing to address or do a presentation to Council must be placed on the agenda. To be placed on the agenda please contact the City Clerk’s office at City Hall or visit the website for details. The full Council and Committee of the Whole Schedule can be obtained at

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Team North Bring Home Bronze Janine Hayward, Martensville Messenger

Three Martensville boys, Brody Nelson, and brothers, Yurly and Dmytro Kramesh travelled to Edmonton with the provincial football Team North for the U16 Western Challenge. This is a Football Canada event played at Foote Field at the University of Alberta with Alberta, Manitoba, North Saskatchewan and B.C. competing. Team North Sask, coached by Brian Guebert, played Manitoba on July 4 and lost 20 to 10 but bounced back in the next game to defeat B.C. 17-9 to capture the bronze. Alberta defeated Manitoba for the gold 47-21. The boys attended a tryout in June, along with 120 other athletes and all three secured a spot on the Team North Roster. There were also tryouts in Regina for the Team Sask South squad. Saskatchewan is the only province that has two teams representing. On June 23 Team South played Team North in the Prairiebowl at SMF field, Team North took the 25-13 win. The two teams rotate travelling east so this year Team South travelled to Guelph on July 8 to play against New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. Brody Nelson secured a spot at runningback for Team North while Dmytro Kramesh played on the defensive line and his brother Yurly played on the offensive line. Nelson will be returning to the Maddogs to play his last year while the Kramesh brothers are playing their first year with the Martensville Royals high school team. The Kramesh boys also played their youth football with the Maddogs. RIGHT: L-R; Dmytro Kramesh, Brody Nelson, Yurly Kramesh

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Grant Currie, Bantam coach of the Maddogs, is very proud of the boys for their dedication and hard work to make the U16 team. Saskatoon Minor Football also sponsors a Football Academy in the spring and coach Grant would also like to give a pat on the back to Maddogs, Toryn, Parker, Chase, Colton and Zavier who worked hard at the academy. Maddogs training camp starts on the week of August 20th while the Royals camp will take place August 23rd. Maddog registration is online at Registration deadline is July 31.

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The 4th week of CFL action kicked off on Thursday with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats taking on the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Looking at the stat sheet it was Hamilton’s game. They had 418 total yards compared to the Riders 278. Somehow though the Ti-Cats weren’t able to get into the end zone and managed 13 points on field goals. The Riders were able to score on an interception in the second quarter and again on a late drive in the fourth quarter to win the game 18-13 on Thursday Night Football. On Friday night the Montreal Alouettes were back to their old ways (losing).


Ottawa’s Trevor Harris picked apart the Montreal defense for 342 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-18 win. Game one on Saturday was a big surprise as the Toronto Argonauts took down Mike Reilly and the Edmonton Eskimos. Even though Reilly threw for 370 yards, one TD and one interception the Eskimos fell 20-17. Game two of the double header, Matt Nichols returned from injury and stomped on the BC Lions 41-19. My week four picks were 2-2 which puts my record at 10-6 on the season. My winning predictions for week five are Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.

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Warm Weather Brings Increase in Local Theft Shanine Sealey, Martensville Messenger

It never fails – warmer weather leads to an increase in thefts within Martensville. Recently, it seems that social media is brimming with incidents of items being stolen from yards, school grounds and vehicles. Local residents have taken to community Facebook pages in hopes that someone can locate their stolen items, identify thiefs or posting about found items. RCMP Sergeant Vaughn Allcock provided some tips for residents to help prevent bicycle theft. Allcock suggested that using one of the more high quality bike locks and locking bicycles to a secure object both through the frame and wheels are big deterrents to thieves. Also, ensure that any quick release parts are secured. The best way to prevent theft however; is to bring bicycles in at night and if stored inside a shed or garage, secure the bicycle with a lock for added protection. It is recommended that upon purchase of a bicycle, retain proof of purchase, and ensure that you have the serial number on hand for identification in case of theft. Allcock also suggests that you keep photographs of your bicycle with identifying marks or modifications to assist police in recovery and that there are GPS tracking devices that can be attached to bicycles to aid in recovery. If your bicycle is stolen, immediately report the incident to the police by calling (306) 975-1610. Each year, hundreds of bikes that are located and unclaimed go to auction, so SPS has been promoting this program in hopes of returning more found bicycles to their rightful owners. Saskatoon Police Service has a program called #GetMyBikeBack, which the Martensville RCMP detachment works with them on. The purpose of this program is to encourage bike owners to record serial numbers and other identifying information. Within an informational brochure, it states that, “Bikes and bike parts are actually used as currency in the drug trade. For that reason, the SPS encourages you to record your bicycle information and enter it in our registry. This information is for police use only in the event your bike is lost or stolen.” In order to participate in this program, you can visit, or download the SPS Mobile App for iOS and Android. Information needed for the #GetMyBikeBack program is the make, model, type, serial number and colour of the bicycle.

ABOVE: The Martensville RCMP Detachment has several bikes that were discovered in the area. If you were the victim of a stolen bike recently, go to the RCMP detachment to claim your stolen bike.

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Best to Understand Why Teepees are There

Why there are teepees on the lawn across from the legislature in Regina is likely a more important question than why the teepees are still there. After having a least one teepee there for nearly five months now, many are asking: Why police are unwilling to enforce the bylaws prohibiting them? Are the Indian protestors getting special treatment? With all due respect, these are the wrong questions. If this were a simple matter of bylaw enforcement, it is the Provincial Capital Commission - the provincial body that replaced the old city-provincial Wascana Centre Authority that used to administer this city park - that has dropped the ball. While the PCC successfully got the police to remove the original teepee last month, it likely should have requested the campsite be cleared in February when it first went up in response to the Gerald Stanley not guilty verdict. It didn’t - perhaps because the Saskatchewan Party and the PCC recognized the sensitivity of the situation. One might recall the entire province was a bit of a powder keg after the not-well-understood verdict in the death of Red Pheasant First Nation resident Colten Boushie. Certainly, Premier Scott Moe deserves much credit for reaching out to Boushie’s family and the First Nation community as a whole to create better understanding. Nevertheless, the protestors still felt a need to be heard, to educate others on their issues including the historic treatment of aboriginal children and maybe even heal a little themselves. The legislative grounds are a place where people sometimes go to be heard by exercising their free speech - whether we necessarily agree with what they have to say or not. This expression comes in the form of protest. And, quite often, the protestors violate park bylaws … or perhaps even other laws. The latter was clearly the case in February 200 when farmers demanding $300 million from the provincial government and a billion dollars, overall, stormed the legislature, chained the front doors and then conducted a nine day-and-night sit in. The Regina police let them be, even though they were obviously conducting a far more serious trespassing offence. It ended when the protest leaders, themselves, asked the police to break it up when things were getting out of control. (There was talk of threats being uttered.) Yes, this current protest camp has been around for much too long. Yes, it has grown in the past couple weeks at the encouragement of the Federation of Indigenous Sovereign Nations (FSIN) after the Regina Police removed the initial protestors and got them to temporarily take down the original teepee. One fears that the longer this camp stays, the great chance for resentment … or worse, unpleasant confrontation. The camp leadership should be cognizant of this, but it does seem clear the Regina police have acted wisely so as to avoid confrontation and while there are those who will rightly argue that some of the protestors demands can’t be met, maybe it would serve us all well to take a moment to listen to what they are actually asking. At a meeting with provincial cabinet last week, the protestors laid out a wish list of things they wanted. Some are less feasible, like a moratorium on adoption and any expansion of the foster care system, but others seem rather reasonable. They have asked for: “clear data on the number of children in child care and the duration of their care”, a “review of all permanent wards”, examination of “the use of in-home supervision in-lieu of apprehension”, a “full report on child care”, a cabinet visit to the Red Pheasant First Nation, as promised and a “cost analysis” of children in care with cheaper alternatives in mind. This is why the protest teepees are there. We should at least try to understand that.

Summer Storms Causing Damage Throughout the Province

Residents throughout central Saskatchewan were running for cover on July 7th, as strong winds, rain and large hail was reported in numerous communities. There were many areas that were under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings throughout the day, including Martensville. Although the clouds in the sky seemed daunting, Martensville was hit with some strong winds and some areas went without power for a couple of hours, but otherwise, remained unscathed. Communities nearby did not fare quite as well. Many residents in Langham took to social media reporting damage to vehicles, homes, gardens and businesses from large hail stones that plummeted from the sky during the storm. This damage came following the prior evening’s storm system that hit the Emma Lake area causing extreme destruction to the Murray Point Campground. Numerous campers were stranded as fallen trees blocked roadways and destroyed campers, boats and vehicles. Approximately 40 emergency service workers attended the site to aid in the rescue efforts.

ABOVE: Numerous Langham residents reported damage to their siding during the storm that took place July 7th. (Facebook Image)

ABOVE: Large hail stones caused damage to Langham homes and businesses. (Facebook Image)

ABOVE: Fallen trees caused major damage to the Murray Point Campground this past weekend. (Facebook/Lakeland & District Fire Department)

ABOVE: Although Martensville missed the major storm system, strong winds did manage to take down several trees. (Shanine Sealey/MM)

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KEEPING YOU SAFE & ON THE ROAD Saskatchewan’s Free Fishing Weekend is July 14 and 15

Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is just around the corner. On July 14 and 15, residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence. “Saskatchewan offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the world,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for families and visitors to make summer memories at one of our province’s many lakes.” For those new to fishing or interested in learning more on fishing necessities, local fishing experts Jason and Jeff Matity will be leading free Learn to Fish sessions during free fishing weekend. Participants will learn about fish identification, how to pack a tackle box, cleaning/ filleting and more. These free lake-side sessions run at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Douglas and Moose Mountain provincial parks on July 14, and Buffalo Pound and Echo Valley provincial parks on July 15. More information can be found at www.tourismsaskatchewan. com/places-to-go/provincialparks/summer-fun. Anyone planning to take part in free fishing weekend should note that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some lakes and rivers, remain in effect. Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence. More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2018 Anglers’ Guide, at


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July 12, 2018 Digital Issue  
July 12, 2018 Digital Issue