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:
St. Louis Bowling Alley now offers glow bowling. If interested, for information or bookings contact Ellen at 422 - 8237.
2020 Dog Licenses are now available from the Village Office. Please stop by and license your pet for 2020. Fees for 2020 will be:
Males - $10.00
Mass Schedule for December 2019
Roman Catholic Services
St. Louis - Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.
Domremy - Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.
Birch Hills—Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.
River’s Edge Villa—Saturday @ 3:30 p.m.
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.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org
· Application forms may be collected – Village Office,
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;
(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.
ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE USE
Please be aware of the regulations below respecting the use of “all terrain vehicles” in the community:
(1) “All Terrain Vehicle” means a self-propelled vehicle that:
(a) is designed primarily for the movement of people or goods on unprepared surfaces, and
(b) has wheels in contact with the ground and without restricting the generality of the foregoing shall include go-carts, mini-bikes, motorbikes, and all three and four wheeled vehicles in the nature of all terrain vehicles, but does not include golf carts or snowmobiles.
3. ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE REGULATIONS:
(1) No person shall operate an All Terrain Vehicle within the Village of St. Louis except as authorized pursuant to this bylaw.
(2) Under Section 9 of the All Terrain Vehicles Act, All Terrain Vehicles shall be permitted to operate within the Village subject to the following conditions:
(a) No person shall operate an All Terrain Vehicle unless the operator holds a valid driver’s license and is insured against liability arising out of bodily injury to or the death of a person or loss or damage to property caused by the All Terrain Vehicle or the operation thereof. The Village Inspector shall have the authority to require proof of such insurance as requested;
(b) No person shall ride, drive or operate an All Terrain Vehicle in, across, upon or through any boulevard, park, playground, public reserve or any property owned or controlled by the Village of St. Louis;
(c) Back alleyways may be used by an operator of an All Terrain Vehicle but only for the purpose of traveling by the most direct route between the place within the Village where the All Terrain Vehicle is kept and an area outside the Village where it is intended to be used. Municipal streets may be used for the sole purpose of crossing the street at right angles to the street only;
(d) The operator of the All Terrain Vehicle shall not exceed the speed of the 40 kilometers per hour;
(e) The operator of the All Terrain Vehicle shall operate the vehicle in a careful manner as not to create a nuisance, annoyance or danger to residents or other persons or property in the Village;
(f) No person shall operate an All Terrain Vehicle on any portion of the Provincial Highways lying within the municipal boundaries except for the sole purpose of crossing the highway at right angles to the highway;
(g) Nothing in this bylaw shall prevent a person from operating an All Terrain Vehicle on private property if such operation is only for the purpose of clearing or removing snow.
(h) No person shall operate an All Terrain Vehicle between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM, within the municipal limits of the Village of St. Louis.
4. GENERAL REGULATIONS:
(1) No person shall, at any time, operate a golf cart within the Village of St. Louis municipal limits, except on their own private property.
WASTE COLLECTION RATES
In accordance with the Village’s Waste Collection Rate Schedule, the Village will be increasing the fees to residents for waste and recycling services.
Beginning January 2020 rates per set of service bins will increase from $15.00 per month to $17.00 per month.
These new rates will be reflected on your March 2020 utility invoices. Thank you for your understanding.
SKATAING RINK ICE RENTALS
The St. Louis & District Skating Rink is now taking bookings for ice rentals for the 2019-20 season.
Ice will be available to rent beginning October 24.
Please contact the Village Office @ 422 – 8471 for rate information and to book your ice-time requirements.
FAMILY PUBLIC SKATING
Thanks to grant funding under the Community Grant Program through Sask Lotteries the Skating Rink will be offering free Family Public Skating the following dates and times, in addition to regular Sunday night Public Skating:
October 20—7 – 8:30 PM October 21—6 –7 PM October 22—6 – 7 PM
October 23—6 –7 PM October 25—6 –7 PM October 26—6 –7 PM
November 22—6—7 PM November 29—6—7 PM December 20—6 –7 PM
December 27—6—7 PM December 28—6—7 PM December 31—6—7 PM
January 1—2—3 PM January 3—6—7 PM
January 17—6—7 PM January 31—6—7 PM
March 6—6 – 7 PM March 13—6—7 PM
CSA approved helmets are strongly recommended for all public skating participants.
SNOW CLEARING / REMOVAL
St. Louis Village Council has developed some general regulations to address issues that have arisen over the past number of years with respect to private residential and commercial snow removal onto municipal or other private property.
These regulations prohibit any private residential or commercial property owner from removing snow from their property or municipal sidewalks and placing it onto municipal property or other private property, not their own, without consent of the Village or the other property owner. Snow will not be allowed to be pushed into the street and property owners will not be allowed to clear or remove snow from any boulevard or roadway adjacent to their property and cause it to be piled on any other municipal or private property, not their own, without prior approval of the Village of St. Louis.
Any property owner that considers moving snow from their own property and placing it onto municipal road allowances or boulevards must contact the Village Office for prior approval or they will be asked to move any piles that they have created, at their own expense.
Your co-operation is expected and required to help maintain the good governance of our community.
The Skating Rink will be offering free Shinny Hockey on the following dates and times, for the 2019-20 operating season:
2019 Sundays 6 – 7 PM
November 3, 10, 17
December 22, 29
2020 Sundays 6 – 7 PM
January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 1, 8, 15
CSA approved helmets are mandatory for all shinny participants.
PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS
Please note that 2019 municipal and school property taxes are now payable and due to the Village of St. Louis prior to December 31, 2019.
Notices were sent to property owners back in May of 2019.
If you have already made payment of your 2019 taxes, the Village of St. Louis thanks you.
For any questions regarding taxation or your account, please contact the Village Office.
HOLIDAY ICE RENTALS
The St. Louis Skating Rink is offering a special $75/hour rate for family rentals over the Holiday season. This special will run from December 24, 2019 through January 1, 2020.
If you are interested in renting the Skating Rink for some holiday fun with the family please call the Village Office at 422-8471 to book your time.
VILLAGE OFFICE CLOSED
Please note that in addition to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the Village Office will be closed for the following business days during the Holiday season:
December 24, 26, 27 & 31, 2019.
The office will also be closed to the public on January 2 & 3, 2020 for year end processing.
Please ensure you complete all your year-end business by December 30, 2019.
UTILITY RATE INCREASES
With 7% 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 2020, 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 $110.00 per quarter. Residential & Commercial sewer rates for 2020 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 2020 to $18.68 per 1000 gallons.
With the conclusion of the capital fee for the lagoon construction in September of 2019, the Village will be increasing the quarterly infrastructure fee charged on all accounts from $15 per quarter to $30 per quarter to help offset future capital repair and replacement of the waterworks infrastructure.
In accordance with the Village’s Waste Collection Rate Schedule, the Village will be increasing the fees to residents for waste and recycling services. Beginning January 2020 rates per set of service bins will increase from $15.00 per month to $17.00 per month. Thank you for your understanding.
A copy of the 2020 Waste and Recycle Collection Schedule will be sent to customers with their December 15, 2019 utility services invoices and be available on the municipal website in December.
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 2020 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.
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.
LIONS CLUB FIREWORKS
December 31, St. Louis Lions Club will be having their 21st annual fireworks display, which begins at 8pm.
Come out before that and enjoy free hot dogs and hot chocolate sponsored by Trumier Electric. You can roast your hot dog over an open fire, so come and enjoy.
Kids of all ages bring your sleds and enjoy sliding down the hill.
Fireworks start at 8 PM.
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