KAMSACK - The following is a recap of topics discussed during town council meetings in September of 2021.
Kamsack RCMP update
Members of the Kamsack RCMP, along with District Officer, Staff Sgt. Craig Cleary joined in on a recent meeting with Kamsack Town Council. The members reported that a number of staff were currently on leave and they would be seeking replacement members. Staff member, Karen Tourangeau presented a different way of reporting and showing statistics with a customized graph chart.
Kamsack Civic Holiday
A motion was presented and passed to make September 30 a civic holiday in Kamsack. The date was recently declared the newest statutory holiday in Canada – known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day was introduced to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Many people feel that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. While a number of provinces and territories followed the national lead, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario have chosen not to recognize September 30 as a statutory holiday.
Masking policy in Kamsack
At a recent town council meeting, a motion was passed stating that masks are recommended in all town facilities in Kamsack. The following day, the provincial government made the same mandate for all of Saskatchewan.
Mayor Brunt wishes to thank everyone for considering the health and safety of their neighbours and encourages all Kamsack and area residents to consider getting fully vaccinated to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Kamsack Hospital Rumours
Apparently, rumours have been circulating with speculation that the Kamsack Hospital’s emergency department will be closing down. However, these rumours are not true. The truth is the hospital is down to five beds due to the pandemic and there will be occasional, temporary emergency room closures due to lack of doctor and/or nursing staff.
Posting for Rink Concession
The Town of Kamsack recently opened applications for running the concession at the Broda Sportsplex Arena. After the closing date had passed, the seasonal contract was awarded to Iron Grill owner and operator, Craig Kosokowsky.
The opening of the rink will be October 12.
Residential business application defeated
Six residents attended a public meeting to share their comments regarding an application for a small business to open in a residential area in Kamsack. All six property owners presented reasons they were against the operation of a business at the residential address, and the application was denied.
Kairos Blanket Exercise
On account of rising COVID-19 numbers and changes in regulations, the Kairos Blanket event has been postponed. The Town of Kamsack will continue to seek ways in which to safely honour truth and reconciliation.
Summer hours extended for landfill
The Town of Kamsack has agreed to extend the summer hours for the landfill into early November, weather permitting. Once winter hours are implemented, opening the landfill on Saturdays will be discontinued. Reminders of these changes will be provided in The Kamsack Times print and social media publications.
A letter of engagement has been signed between the Town of Kamsack and the firm, Myers, Norris and Penny regarding an interim audit.
Mayor Nancy Brunt would like to extend a huge thank you to all who attended the flag raising ceremony on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“Many thanks go out to Chief George Cote, Chief Lee Ketchemonia, the drummers, MLA Terry Dennis, and KCI student representative, Kate Erhardt, who was asked to speak in the eleventh hour and ended up sharing words straight from her heart. Thank you also to those who represented the Good Spirit School Division, the entire student rep council from KCI, and the class from the Victoria school who attended the ceremony.”