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:
2023 Dog Licenses are now available from the Village Office. Please stop by and license your pet for 2023. Fees for 2023 will be:
Males - $10.00
Mass Schedule for September 2023
Roman Catholic Services
St. Louis - Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.
Domremy - Sunday @ 11:00 a.m.
Birch Hills—Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.
River’s Edge Villa—Saturday @ 2:00 pm
Emmanuel Church Sunday Worship Services are at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
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.
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.
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.
COVID RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS
St. Louis Village Council would like to advise that the St. Louis Village Office has been designated, by the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, as a Distribution Centre for Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Kits (RTK) for the general public.
This is in an effort to make RTKs available in every household as a measure of protection by regular screening for Covid-19. Routine, voluntary testing at home will help prevent transmission and help keep your home, workplace, school and community safe. Regular testing allows individuals to be diagnosed and receive treatment more quickly.
The rapid antigen self-testing kit is safe, gentle, easy to use and provides results within 15 minutes. These tests will not be accepted as valid proof of negative Covid-19 test results. They are merely for self screening and early detection measures.
These RTKs are now available at the St. Louis Office, free of charge. Each kit contains 5 tests. The Saskatchewan Health Authority recommendation is that individuals may do self-testing one to two times a week.
Please pick up your RTKs at the Village Office during regular office hours, subject to supply availability.
Thank you for doing your part to keep your community safe.
COUNCIL MEMBER CONTACTS
Please be aware that any member of the public that wishes to discuss any municipal issue, policy or requires general information can contact the Village Office by telephone at 306-422-8471 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Administration will be the first point of contact for the Village.
If a resident wishes to correspond with any member of the St. Louis Village Council they should leave their contact information with the Village Office and the Mayor or a member of Council will directly respond to their concerns in a timely manner.
Mayor – Marc Caron
Council Member – Tristen Boettcher
Council Member – Jennifer Jenny
Council Member – Shane Jenny
Council Member – Janelle Paul
DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
The Village of St. Louis requires property owners or contractors to obtain a Development Permit and a separate Building Permit when considering any type of development or construction on any residential, commercial/industrial or agricultural lot within the Village of St. Louis municipal limits. Each of these permits is subject to various fees, depending on the nature of the project.
The Development Permit ensures that all regulations contained within the Village of St. Louis Zoning Bylaw and Amendments are met before any development or construction can occur.
The Building permit ensures that all construction is carried out in accordance with the Village of St. Louis Building Bylaw and all applicable current National Building Codes and Provincial Legislation.
A Development Permit & Building Permit ARE required for:
1. Residential Dwellings - single or multi-family;
2. Commercial/Industrial or Agricultural Buildings;
3. Additions to Residential Dwellings;
4. Additions to Commercial/Industrial or Agricultural Buildings;
5. Residential Basement Development - rec. rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.;
6. Any Structural Modification to a Residential Dwelling - single or multi-family; or any Structural Modifications to a Commercial/Industrial or Agricultural building;
7. Attached Garages or Carports;
8. Detached Garages or Carports;
9. Storage Sheds in excess of 100 square feet in area;
10. Decks, Exterior Stairs and Landings, Wheelchair Ramps;
12. Fences – restrictions on height and location do apply
A Development Permit & Building Permit ARE NOT required for the following uses, provided all other provisions and regulations of the Village of St. Louis Zoning Bylaw and Amendments & Building Bylaw are complied with:
1. Storage or Accessory buildings under 100 square feet in area;
e) gyproc wall finishes
· For sewer and water installations, replacements, a separate Plumbing Permit may be required.
New legislation in the form of The Construction Codes Act (CCA) and subsequent Building Code Regulations, Energy Code Regulations and Plumbing Code Regulations came into force in 2022 and the municipal Building Official, B & B Enforcement is responsible for enforcing these regulations within our municipality. Failure to obtain proper permitting prior to commencing work could result in additional costs, project delays and unwanted amendments to your project.
For more information on Development and Building or Plumbing requirements, including application forms please contact the St. Louis Village Office or visit the municipal website at www.villageofstlouis.com
Disposals into municipal sewer system…. AGAIN
Many sewer line flow issues are 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 if fault or negligence can be determined.
Sewers back up when sewage collection lines get clogged by items flushed down toilets and drains that get caught and plug up the lines. In addition to the costly repairs, sewer back-ups are messy, foul-smelling and pose a serious public health threat. The main items of concern for the Village wastewater collection system include disposable diapers, rags, wipes, feminine napkins, tampons, paper towel, fats, oils and grease.
Disposable diapers and baby wipes; facial wipes; disinfecting wipes; rags; cleaning or polishing wipes for plastic, wood, floors and glass; cat litter, including “flushable” cat litter; paper towels; and feminine napkins, tampons or applicators.
Cooking oil and grease, including cooking oil, bacon grease, meat fats, food scraps, shortening, lard, butter, margarine, gravy and other food products such as mayonnaise, salad dressings and sour cream.
Acidic or toxic substances, including paint and paint thinners.
Dye (hair and clothing) and tanning solutions.
Flammable products, such as lighter fluid and acetone.
Any solid waste that does not naturally break down, including garbage, plastic bags and cigarette butts.
Proper Disposal Tips
Throw bulky waste materials in trash.
Freeze small amounts of fats, oils and grease in a container with a tight-sealing lid and dispose of in trash.
Mix oil with an absorbent material such as coffee grounds, place in a tightly sealed container and dispose of in trash.
Use a strainer in your sink to catch scraps.
Cover drains with fine screen or catch basket.
When fats, oil or grease are poured down kitchen drains or flushed down toilets, it accumulates inside sewer pipes. As the material builds up, it restricts the flow in the pipes and can cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses, resulting in high cleanup and repair costs for residents, business owners and towns. Communities spend a huge amount of money every year unplugging or replacing grease-blocked pipes, repairing pump stations and cleaning up costly and illegal wastewater.
Please be mindful of the waste items that are being discarded into the sewer system.
Everyone’s co-operation in following these guidelines will ensure the long term operation of the municipal wastewater system and help prevent costly repairs for property owners and the municipality.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Residents are asked to check their property for any trees, hedges or branches that may be encroaching past their property onto other private property or into streets, alleyways or the walking portion of sidewalk areas.
Please trim back all these areas so that they are contained within your property. This will help ensure maintenance equipment can have the required access to complete their tasks and allows all pedestrians to enjoy the sidewalk areas.
If trees are not maintained, the Village may complete the work for any areas that encroach onto municipal property and charge the cost back to the property owner.
Thank you for your attention.
St. Louis Village Council would like to inform all residents that nuisance cats are creating a problem for many residents, by destroying private property and being a general nuisance in gardens and flower beds. Nuisance or running at large includes, but is not limited to, fighting with other cats, defecating or spraying on private property without the permission of the owner of the property, howling or hissing at night, digging in flower beds, gardens or garbage containers and trespassing on private property.
The Village does not currently have a municipal bylaw to regulate or control cats but is looking at bylaw options that would be tailored to responsible pet ownership within a municipal setting to include cats with current dog regulations. This process will involve gathering of pertinent information, development of regulation and licensing data and review from municipal solicitors.
Not all of the problem cats are family pets as many are stray cats that have been finding food sources within the community. The first step in helping to solve this nuisance problem is for residents to stop feeding stray cats. If there is no food source for them they will go away. Property owners can consider many other deterrents to keep stray cats away from gardens, flower beds, or specific areas of property, scatter fragrant items that don't appeal to a cat's sense of smell, like fresh orange or lemon peels, organic citrus-scented sprays, coffee grounds, vinegar, pipe tobacco, or oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, or eucalyptus.
Informed professionals advise that the life expectancy of an outdoor cat is very short. These cats are struck by moving vehicles, caught in fans of motor vehicles, mauled by stray dogs or other predators, injured in cat fights, and exposed to disease, extreme heat and severe cold. If this type of injury or death occurred to a family pet it could be a very emotional and expensive experience. The kindest thing you can do for your cat is to have it spayed or neutered and to keep it indoors. You may also wish to consider a harness and/or leash training, continual outdoor supervision or building an enclosed cat run on your property.
Cats, that are family pets, that are permitted to be a “nuisance and/or run at large” onto other private or public property not that of the owner are an irritant that does not encourage positive neighbourly relations. Any activity you consider that may keep your pet cat out of your neighbour’s yard will help improve relationships.
Be a responsible cat owner and a good neighbor:
Spay or neuter your cat
Have your cat wear identification bearing your name, address and telephone number
Keep your cat indoors, in an outdoor enclosed cat run, on a harness or leash or under continual supervision.
As there are many regulations to follow in the treatment of stray domestic animals from The Animal Protection Act of Saskatchewan and the Criminal Code of Canada, the Village will be attempting to re-locate stray cats in the most humane way possible. It is hoped that these actions can help curb some of the concerns and issues that residents are experiencing.
Thank you for your co-operation and patience.
ST. JOSEPH SENIORS’ CLUB NEWS
CLUB EXECUTIVE RENTALS
President: Georges Doderai Rates: $200 a day
Vice-Pres: Les Rancourt + $50 to set up the
Secretary: Franceline Doderai evening before
Treasurer: Joan Boyer Phone Jane (981-2350)
Directors: Jane Jenny If Jane is not available,
Roy Richard phone Joan (980-8151)
Ralph Duncan or Georges (941-8620)
COFFEE TIME: Every weekday 8 to 10 a.m.
CARD PARTIES: Every Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Bring a friend.
INDOOR WALKING: Every weekday at 8 a.m. (coffee time)
PRAYER SHAWLS: Available from Marie-Paule (422-6175)
MESSAGES FROM YOUR CLUB COMMITTEE
Summer is pretty well over. For two members of your club, the ‘Lilies in Bloom’ event at the Parkside Nurseries on July 16 was an interesting and relaxing occasion. The price was right. The food was great. The entertainment even better. All the lilies and most of the other plants were in bloom even though some showed the effect of the drought. We realize some of you would have wanted to attend but the timing was just not right. Maybe next year!
Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and a POTLUCK SUPPER will be held Friday October 6th at our center at 6 p.m. No charge! The Club will provide the buns, coffee, tea, and desert! Club committee members will be bringing salads. We ask you to bring a main dish and join us for an informative and relaxing evening. All community members are welcomed.
Fall and winter are approaching. What to do when the fishing, swimming, boating,… are pretty well over? Why not try BOWLING even if only on an occasional basis? It’s $20 for teenagers and adults, $10 for younger school-aged children and free for pre-schoolers for a full morning, afternoon or evening session of bowling. Call Jane Jenny for reservations at 981-2350.
Birthday Greetings to club members born in August & September: René & Hélène Gaudet, Lawrence Cochet, Alcide & Joan Boyer, Christine Tienkamp, Gérald Gareau, Léo Grimard, Anita Rabut, Marc Chicoine, and Alfred Tessier
Please note that 2023 municipal and school property taxes are now payable and due to the Village of St. Louis prior to December 31, 2023.
Notices were sent to property owners back in May of 2023.
Be aware that the following discounts apply for the balance of the year for early payment on the municipal portion of 2023 property taxes:
September discount 3%
October discount 2%
November discount 1%
If you have already made payment of your 2023 taxes, the Village of St. Louis thanks you.
For any questions regarding taxation or your account, please contact the Village Office.
SKATING RINK BOARD MEETING
The St. Louis & District Skating Rink will hold an open informational meeting Sunday September 10, 2023 at 4 PM at the Skating Rink. Set-up of the 2023-24 operating season will be discussed and planned.
Anyone interested in sitting on this Board is asked to please attend. New members are required.
VILLAGE OF ST. LOUIS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Village of St. Louis is now accepting applications for a part-time/casual position within the Village maintenance/recreation department. This position will be a dual role including seasonal municipal recreation facilities caretaking at both the St. Louis Curling & Skating Rink facilities and a casual role within the municipal maintenance department.
The successful candidate will be required to work approximately 20-40 hours per week November through March at municipal Skating and Curling Rink facilities, performing the duties of caretaker. Hours would be mainly evening and weekends and subject to scheduled usage at the facilities. Specific duties as facilities caretaker include: cleaning, repairs, ice maintenance, skating rink ice re-surfacing and ice plant inspections.
As a casual maintenance worker the candidate will provide emergency assistance as necessary, coverage for sick/vacation time and occasional assistance with projects being carried out by maintenance. This could be several weeks without any required hours to some full-time weeks during summer months. Specific maintenance duties to include: daily building/facility inspections, water sample testing, grass cutting, trimming, snow removal, waste collection/disposal, tree trimming, painting and providing assistance to maintenance staff.
Experience in operating powered mobile equipment including grader, tractor, zero turn mower and zamboni would be an asset. Willing to provide training to suitable candidate.
To apply, please submit resume to Village of St. Louis, Box 40, St. Louis, SK. S0J 2C0 or by e-mail email@example.com Applications will be accepted until September 29, 2023.
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