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St. Louis Bowling Alley now offers glow bowling. If interested, for information or bookings contact Ellen at 422 - 8237.
2019 Dog Licenses are now available from the Village Office. Please stop by and license your pet for 2019. Fees for 2019 will be:
Males - $10.00
Mass Schedule for July 2019
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 @ 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- email@example.com
· 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.
COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM
Community service groups, please be advised that the Community Grant Program is now accepting applications from local service clubs and groups that require funding for sport, culture and recreation programs that they are planning between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
Application forms are available from the St. Louis Village Office. Groups that received funding last year will be sent the application package.
This grant program is available to all groups in the community, especially programs or events that target sport, culture and recreation programs that represent under-represented populations, such as: seniors, indigenous people, economically disadvantaged, women, persons with disabilities, youth at risk and single parent families.
For more information or to see if your program will qualify, contact the St. Louis Village Office.
DO NOT PRUNE ELME TREES FROM APRIL 1 THROUGH AUGUST 31
To reduce the risk of Dutch elm disease, pruning of elm trees is prohibited throughout Saskatchewan each year from April 1 until August 31. Fresh cuts from pruning attract the beetles that can spread the disease, increasing the chance of an infection. Pruning remains an important part of regular elm tree care and is encouraged, before and after the annual ban period. Proper pruning helps keep trees healthy and better able to resist disease. The removal of dead and dying elm wood through pruning also helps to reduce beetle breeding habitat and control the beetle population. Prompt and proper disposal of the pruned wood is also essential to keep Dutch elm disease from spreading.
Provincial regulations also require commercial pruners of elm trees to have taken a recognized training program or be under the supervision of someone who has. Improper pruning techniques can contribute to the spread of many tree diseases, including Dutch elm disease.
For more information about the Dutch Elm Disease Control Regulations and safe elm wood disposal, contact 1-800-SASK-ELM (727-5356).
BYLAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES
The Village will again be contracting with a private firm to provide help in the area of Bylaw enforcement May through September this year. EPS Management, who has provided bylaw enforcement services over the past number of years has ceased operations and the Village is in the process of securing another contracted service provider. It is anticipated that this will be done by mid May and that service for our community can begin sometime in May.
Initially, they will be targeting the Nuisance Abatement Bylaw and the Dog Licensing and Control Bylaw.
The Nuisance Abatement Bylaw deals with any yards or properties that are “untidy” or “unsightly” including overgrown grass and weeds, solid waste accumulations, old vehicles and any other waste materials kept on a property or encroaching onto municipal property or road allowances. The Dog Licensing and Control Bylaw deals with unlicensed dogs, dogs running at large, dogs barking or howling constantly so as to create a nuisance and dogs defecating on property not that of their owner and not being cleaned up.
Bylaw officers will be in the community and they will have full authority to enforce the regulations of the Bylaws and issue violation notices as required. If you have any areas that you think may be a concern, please rectify at your earliest convenience or you may be subject to a violation notice. This includes maintaining your yard and property and ensuring that your dogs are licensed. Thank you for your cooperation.
You cooperation with these enforcement officers is expected and appreciated.
Please be advised that local street repairs will be occurring in the summer months of 2019.
Patching repairs will be done in various locations throughout the Village including Boucher Avenue, South Hill Drive, Dubray Avenue, Milligan Avenue and Riverside Drive
There may be barricades in place at various times and work crews present during business hours. Portions of the work area may be closed on occasion and alternate routes will have to be taken.
Please respect all barricades and stay away from work areas until they are open for use.
Please be advised that a Municipal by-election, scheduled for July 24, 2019, to fill a vacant Council seat will not be required and that Shane Jenny has been acclaimed to fill the vacancy for the remainder of this Council term of office.
Mr. Jenny will assume his duties on Council beginning with the regular meeting of Council on July 8, 2019.
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.
WATER / SEWER UTILITY ACCOUNTS
Please be aware that St. Louis Village Council has reviewed the payment/collection process for water and sewer utility accounts, as there continues to be increasing numbers of past due and delinquent accounts. St. Louis residents have a long history of keeping their utility accounts current and it would be appreciated if that trend would continue moving forward. Currently, water and sewer accounts are due when rendered and if rates remain unpaid after 20 days from the date of mailing, 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 and has looked at this as a future option, but deemed that wasn’t necessary at this time. 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. The Village has considered monthly invoicing, but administration costs would triple, to carry out this action, and that is not feasible. Customers can make monthly payments on their accounts, if this option is better suited to their financial needs. The Village can accept e-transfers, on-line banking payments, electronic fund transfers directly from bank accounts, cheques, cash and debit payments on accounts. Please contact the Village Office to discuss any monthly payment options that you may be interested in.
In finalizing the review of the utility payment and collection process, it was determined that the best course of action to minimize past due and potential delinquent accounts is to suspend the utility services to the property, regardless whether the customer is the property owner or a rental tenant, once the account becomes past due. The Village of St. Louis will be sending only 1 reminder notice to past due account holders and will be suspending utility services if the account remains unpaid after the date noted in the reminder notices. It is critical that customers keep their accounts current to avoid any disruptions in service. Accounts that remain unpaid past due dates will see services disconnected.
Also, the account deposit required from all new rental account holders will increase to $300. This deposit is held until the account is closed and used against any outstanding balance. If the account is current, with no outstanding or past due amounts owing the deposit is refunded to the account holder.
St. Louis Village Council thanks customers for their cooperation and understanding. These enforcement tactics will allow the Village to meet its’ utility infrastructure financial commitments without putting strain on other revenue sources that are not targeted for utility services.
Thank you for your prompt attention. Your cooperation in keeping your account current is appreciated. If you have any questions about utility billing and payment services, please contact the Village Office.
Village of St. Louis
VILLAGE OFFICE CLOSED IN JULY
Please be advised that the Village Office will be closed for the following stat holiday and vacation days in July:
July 1, 12, 26, 29, 30 & 31.
Please conduct any business that you need to do at the Office around these days. Thank you.
Notice of Abandonment of Poll
Village of St. Louis
Whereas a poll is not required pursuant to The Local Government Election Act, in the municipal by-election, for the office of:
Councillor: Village of St. Louis, Saskatchewan
I hereby give public notice that no voting for the said office will take place and that the following person is elected by acclamation:
Councillor: Shane Jenny
Dated at St. Louis, Saskatchewan, this 21st day of June, 2019.
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.
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