This page is available for community members to post any news items on a monthly basis.

 

If you have something that you would like to post on the website for the upcoming month, please drop off any items at the Village Office by the 25th of the month.

 

Submissions can also be made by e-mail:

2021 Dog Licenses are now available from the Village Office.  Please stop by and license your pet for 2021.  Fees for 2021 will be:

 

Females- $10.00

Males - $10.00

 

Mass Schedule for January 2021

 

Roman Catholic Services

St. Louis -  Sunday @ 11:00 a.m.

 

Domremy  - Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.

 

Birch Hills—Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.

 

River’s Edge Villa—Suspended

 

Anglican Services

Emmanuel Church Sunday Worship Services are at 9:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome.

 

 

2021 Waste & Recycle Collection Schedule is now available.

 

SPEED LIMITS

Please be aware that the Village has a speed limit of 40 km/h on all streets, including Riverside Drive. (except in School Zones, which are marked, where it is 30 km/h).

 

There is an increasing problem with speed on Riverside Drive and the Village will be installing more signage to educate the public.  The RCMP will be enforcing speed limits.

 

Please ensure to drive with safety and within the posted speed limits on municipal streets.  If the problem persists Council will be looking at further alternatives to controlling the speed on Riverside Drive.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

 St. Louis Housing Authority

 

·        3 bedroom family social housing units available.

·         Rent is calculated based on 30% of gross monthly income

·         In order to qualify for family social housing you must have at least one dependant

·         Assets below $50,000

·         An annual income below $48,500

·         Contact info – St. Louis Housing Authority,

         Box127, Phone 306-961-7654

,    Email- stacyd@sasktel.net

·         Application forms may be collected – Village Office,

 

SIGN CORRIDOR

Please be advised that the Village of St. Louis has been approved for an advertising sign corridor on the southeast side of the intersection to Provincial Highways # 2 & # 25, travelling north.  Opportunities are now available for local businesses to advertise within the Sign Corridor.  Any business or service club wishing to advertise in this corridor must be located within the municipal limits of the Village of St. Louis or within 10 kms of the Sign Corridor.

 

There is currently space for 20 advertisers at this location and advertising spots will be allocated on a first paid basis.  Permit application will be available from the St. Louis Village Office beginning April 4, 2016.

Each permitted advertiser will be required to provide the Village with a 4’ x 8’ advertising sign constructed of approved material (at their cost).  The Village must give approval of all sign proofs before you have it constructed and installed.

 

There is a $300 installation fee (materials and labour) and an annual advertising fee of $200 (administration, land rental and maintenance).  This is payable to the Village of St. Louis at the time of application.

 

Contact the St. Louis Village Office for more information .

  

  

 

Disposals into Municipal Sewer System 

With recent sewer line flushing completed by Municipal staff, it was noticed that many areas had flow issues caused by items that were placed into the sewer system from private dwellings.  Please be mindful of what items are deposited into your toilets or plumbing system.  The cost for clearing blockages and repairs can be charged back to individual property owners 

 

St. Louis Village Council would like to remind all residents of some helpful information in the operation of the Village’s sanitary sewer system.  Here are a few hints to help you prevent problems with your sewer service and all municipal sewer infrastructure:                

Do not use the toilet as a garbage can. Do NOT flush rags, towels, dish clothes, diapers, sanitary napkins, plastic items, cigarette butts, etc., which may clog your sewer line. Sewer lateral lines are generally a minimum of 4 inches in diameter.  Almost all of the Village’s sewer mains are a minimum of 8 inches in diameter.

DON’T DISPOSE OF GREASE IN THE DRAIN.

Don’t plant trees near your sewer lateral

Don’t connect French drains, downspouts, sump pumps etc. directly into the sewer line.

Do install a Backwater Prevention Device.

Property owners should be aware that many property insurance policies exclude damage from sewer back-ups. It is suggested that property owners check their policies and add this coverage. The Village’s insurance will only pay for damage caused by negligence on the part of the Village.

 

In order to maintain and ensure the proper operation of the sewage pumping stations it is imperative that all grease, harmful chemicals and detergents be disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.

Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG) are a major contributor to sewer back-ups and overflows and hinder the ability for sewage pumping stations to perform properly.  Users should never discard fats, oils or grease into a drain. The Village has a re-cycle container for used cooking oils and grease located adjacent to the Community Arena that these items can be safely discarded into.  If re-cycling is not an option, FOG can be discarded with regular trash provided that it is properly cooled and secured in a non-leak container.  The build-up of FOG can lead to blockages and maintenance issues for the sewage pumping stations.

 

The following excerpt from Village of St. Louis Municipal Bylaw Number Five, 2008 outlines all contraventions regarding disposals into the municipal sewer system:

(c)            No person shall place, deposit, discharge or suffer or permit or cause to be placed, deposited or discharged into a fixture, building drain, sanitary sewer connection or the sewage works system any of the following:

(i)             liquid or vapour having a temperature greater than 65 Centigrade;

(ii)            gasoline, benzene, fuel, oil, paint, solvent or any other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas;

(iii)           garbage;

(iv)           ashes, cinders, grit, sand, stone, cloth, clothing, plastic bags or plastic sheeting or any other solid substance;

(v)            any noxious or malodorous substances capable of creating a public nuisance in or damage to the sewage works system or hazard to the health of personnel carrying out the duties in relation to the sewage works system;

(vi)           wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.5

(vii)          radioactive waste;

(viii)        wastes containing any of the exotic communicable diseases listed by Health Canada as requiring special handling; or

(ix)           wastes containing microbiology laboratory waste consisting of: laboratory cultures, stocks or specimens of microorganisms, live or attenuated vaccines, human or animal cell cultures used in research and laboratory material that has come into contact with any of the same.  

 

Everyone’s co-operation in following these guidelines will ensure the long term operation of the municipal wastewater system and help prevent costly repairs.

Thank you for your co-operation.

 

 

E-NOTICES & E-RECEIPTS

The Village of St. Louis now has the capability to provide customer receipts via e-mail.

 

This service is in addition to e-notices for utility and tax billing that has been available for some time.  Customers who have already signed up for e-notices will begin receiving receipts via e-mail as well.

 

Customers who wish to sign up for e-notice and e-receipt can stop by the Office to fill in a consent form or complete the form that will be included with your next utility invoice.

 

E-notice and e-receipt solutions reduce paper, postage and administration costs.

   

  

 

SASK ALERT APP

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is encouraging people to download the SaskAlert App so they can receive critical COVID-19 information in a timely manner. The app also allows people to choose how and when to hear the emergency alerts.

 

The more people that have the app, the more efficient SPSA can be with targeting people in a specific area, including our jurisdiction, that might require emergency information.

 

This app is available in the App Store on your smart phone and also provides various other emergency alerts including winter and summer storms, tornadoes, wildfires and emergency/precautionary drinking water issues.

 

Download it to your smart phone today by searching Saskatchewan Emergency Alert and stay updated and safe.

 

 

WATER RATE INCREASES

With 4% increases on the purchases of treated water anticipated from Sask Water, the Village of St. Louis will be adjusting the rates charged for water and sewer service for 2021, in accordance with the approved municipal waterworks rate schedule.  The basic rate for 5,000 gallons of usage in a three month invoicing period will increase to $115.00 per quarter.  Residential & Commercial sewer rates for 2021 will remain at $65 & $110 per quarter, respectively.  The per 1000 gallon price charged to consumers, who use over the 5,000 gallon minimum in a three month period, will increase for 2021 to $19.43 per 1000 gallons. 

 

The Village will be increasing the quarterly infrastructure fee charged on all accounts from $30 per quarter to $40 per quarter to help offset future capital repair and replacement of the waterworks infrastructure.

  

These quarterly utility invoices will continue to include water usage fees, sewer fees, infrastructure fees and all monthly waste collection and disposal fees.  The new rates will be reflected on all March 2021 utility invoices.

 

The Provincial government regulates and approves all water and sewer utility rates for municipalities to ensure that the utility is self sufficient and does not rely on other municipal funding sources, including taxation and general revenues to cover water and sewer operating and capital expenses.  These expenses must all be covered with revenue generated by the water and sewer rate structure to consumers.

 

Also, please note that water and sewer accounts are due when rendered and if rates remain unpaid after 20 days from the date of mailing that the Village has the right to discontinue service without notice and a fee of $10.00 will be charged for re-connection.  The Village does not currently charge interest on past due accounts but is looking at this as a future option.  Unpaid utility accounts can be added to taxes on a property and collected through tax enforcement procedures, if required.  These are not options that the Village wishes to explore, so it is asked that all consumers please keep their accounts current.  The Village is not in a financial position to carry outstanding balances on accounts for customers.

 

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

  

 

SNOW  CLEARING / REMOVAL

Please be aware that with every winter season the issue of snow clearing becomes a concern for the community.  Due to limited manpower and equipment resources the Village Maintenance Department can only clear snow from the driving portions of all municipal streets, lanes and alleyways, as required, and does not have the ability to haul snow away from all street areas.  Therefore, snow is cleared and pushed or piled in areas that create the least amount of traffic, safety or spring run-off concerns.  The ultimate goal would be to have the streets cleared from sidewalk to sidewalk but depending on snowfall amounts that is not practical and snow is left on portions of the boulevards between the sidewalks and the driving portion of the street in front of residential and commercial property.

 

The recent major snowfall incident has created an early season concern for snow piles created on municipal streets.  Many individual property owners have taken it upon themselves to clear portions of the boulevards between the sidewalks and the driving portion of the street in front of their property.  If a property owner wishes to do this they should have all the snow hauled away, at their expense, or piled in an area on that street approved by the Village of St. Louis.  If you are clearing areas such as this, please be aware that when Maintenance staff clear snow from the streets, they will move some of the snow back into these boulevard areas that individuals have possibly already cleared, as this is municipal property that is required for snow accumulations.  If the property owner wants it cleared again they will have to do it on their own time and expense and in respect of municipal snow clearing policies.  Village Maintenance staff cannot clear and groom each street, lane or alleyway to the satisfaction of every individual property owner.  Placing snow from your private property onto municipal streets and pushing all the snow from in front of your property onto the roadway or to the front of another property is not appropriate.

Thanks for your cooperation.                            St. Louis Council

 

 

COVID-19

Please be reminded that the current COVID 19 pandemic continues to be a concern to the health and safety of everyone.  Face masks are required in all public access areas across the Province and are mandatory in order to enter the Village Office.  In accordance with current physical distancing guidelines, customers will only be allowed in the Village Office one person at a time. 

 

Payments on accounts can be made via on-line banking through Credit Unions or E-transfers with any financial institution sent to the village email address

villageofstlouis@sasktel.net 

Cheque payments can be mailed to Box 40 St. Louis, Sask. S0J 2C0.  In-person debit payment transactions  and cash & cheque payments will be accepted at the office.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in following Health Canada and Saskatchewan Health Authority directive.

 

 

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