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Welcome to the RM of Mervin No. 499

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive range of municipal services for the benefit of our ratepayers and organized and un-organized hamlets.

We accomplish our mission by ensuring we have a strong, effective staff and council governing the municipality and setting the strategic direction to keep our municipality viable now and in the future.

Government of Saskatchewan releases new measures to assist farmers with extreme dry conditions.

Click on link above for information from the Government Website

FIRE BAN STILL IN EFFECT FOR THE R.M. OF MERVIN

Please be advised that there is still a R.M. wide fire ban that is in effect for the R.M. of Mervin and the surrounding municipalities. Any updates will be posted to the R.M. Website. Below is a link to the provincial fire ban map.

http://environment.gov.sk.ca/firefiles/MunicipalFireBans.pdf

FIRE BAN IN EFFECT FOR THE R.M. OF MERVIN

Effective July 2nd, 2021, the R.M. of Mervin No. 499 has issued a full fire ban municipality wide. There shall be no open fires due to the very dry conditions with low humidity. The ban continues until such time that conditions improve and the R.M. Council determines the ban can be lifted. Our website is updated whenever a ban is put into effect or lifted.

A fire ban includes: fireworks, burning barrels, smudge, recreational fires and propane fire pits with an open flame higher than 2 inches. When fire burns out of control in our R.M., extra demand is placed on staff and our volunteer fire fighters, creating large costs. The municipality will aggressively pursue recovery from individuals who light fires during a ban.

Permitted Uses Include:

  • Barbecues (propane, gas, briquette & wood pellets)
  • Tabletop Propane heaters and propane heaters with a maximum flame height of 2 inches.
  • Patio Heaters
  • Completely enclosed wood pellet fueled fire pits.

Should you have any questions regarding the fire ban, please contact our office.

The R.M. of Mervin recommends that residents exercise caution when operating all-terrain vehicles during these dry conditions.

The R.M. of Mervin is Officially Declaring an Agricultural State of Emergency
We are notifying you that pursuant to Section 20 of The Emergency Planning Act, Chapter E-8.1 of the Statues of Saskatchewan, the Council of the R.M. of Mervin No.499 declares that a local state of agriculture disaster exists. As of July 19, 2021, drought conditions have negatively impacted crops across the municipality.

Turtle Lake Water Quality Update

Due to the recent water quality concerns around Turtle Lake, the Saskatchewan Health Association (SHA) has completed testing at both Kivimaa-Moonlight Bay and Golden Sands. The SHA has stated that recreational water in Turtle Lake is considered to be microbiologically safe for swimming.

The SHA asks that the water caution signs remain up until the large masses of algae are no longer a concern to residents.

For more information on the results, please visit the Ministry of Environment’s Healthy Beaches Program:

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/environmental-health/healthy-beach-program

This posting is only a CAUTION and NOT an ADVISORY. Reports of algae in Turtle Lake have been submitted to the Sask. Health Association (SHA). At this time, SHA is not able to collect or test any water samples from the lake. SHA has asked that a caution be posted for the areas effected until water testing can be completed.

For more information please visit:

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/environmental-health/healthy-beach-program

Plastic Grain Bag Recycling

The RM of Mervin is extending its waste disposal and recycling program to agricultural grain producers.  The RM has a tentative agreement with Cleanfarms to pilot a voluntary program to recycle plastic grain bags from this area.

Cleanfarms is an established agricultural waste disposal and recycling company with extensive operations across Western Canada. Visit www.cleanfarms.ca for more information.

The RM of Mervin is encouraging all grain producers in the area using plastic for grain storage to participate in the grain bag recycle program. The RM will make a grain bag roller available at no cost but with an equipment deposit, to roll and tie plastic grain bags so they will be eligible for recycling. Participating grain producers will be responsible for delivering the rolled and tied grain bags to the RM’s Brightsand Transfer Site at a time and date determined by the RM in consultation with Cleanfarms.  The producers will be met at the Brightsand Transfer Site by Cleanfarms representatives who will load the rolls onto waiting trucks for immediate transport to their recycling facilities.

At this time, the plan is to have participating grain producers deliver their rolled grain bags to the Brightsand Transfer Site on two specified days each year. The rolled bags will have to be securely wrapped and tied, relatively clean and free of wood and metal. Any rolls that do not meet Cleanfarms requirements for safe transport or recycling will not be accepted and the producer will be required to remove them from the transfer site. This plan may change depending on the number of grain producers participating and the number of grain bags to be recycled.

Once all the requirements for producer participation, bag wrapper use, bookings, delivery scheduling etc. are finalized, the information will be released to all participating grain producers.

If you wish to participate and enroll in this program, want to have input, seek clarification, or have any questions please call or email.

 

David Krywchuk

Phone:  306-392-9044

Email: Division5@rmofmervin.com

Pop Can Tab Collection for Childhood Cancer

The RM of Mervin will be a drop off spot for the tabs for individuals wishing to participate in the Pop Can Tab Fundraiser.

Tab Collection Poster 2021-1

ATTENTION: RATEPAYERS OF THE R.M. OF MERVIN

There will be a maximum of 2 people permitted in at a time. If there are already 2 people in, please wait outside at least 6 feet from the door.

COVID 19 – Do not Enter if Sick

The RM of Mervin Council and Administration will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update the public regarding changes as required. We appreciate your understanding of these measures taken at this time.