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2015 Christmas Lighting Contest
Turn on your exterior Christmas Lights! Anyone displayings their lights on Wednesday, December 9th, is eligible. Morse judges will tour Herbert & choose three winners, & in kind, Herbert will judge the Morse residents'. Prizes will be awarded as water bill credits; 1st Prize - $100; 2nd Prize - $50; & 3rd Prize - $25. Award recipients will be announced in the Town of Herbert Newsletter & on facebook.
Tax Incentive for New Builds
For anyone interested in establishing themselves in our community, the Town of Herbert offers a tax incentive for building a new home, moving an RTM, mobile home or a house into town. The first year, 100% of the municipal mill portion of the property taxes is forgiven. The second year, 50% of the municipal mill portion is forgiven.
Tax Incentive for New Businesses
For economic development purposes, it's been legislated that new commercial businesses, located in a commercially zoned area; or the construction of a building in a commercial zone, for the intent of starting a business, be forgiven both, municipal & school mill portions of taxes, for up to five years.Unfortunately, this does not apply to home-based businesses.
Branch Pick-up Resumes Next Spring
Leaves & tree branches will be picked up in the back lanes as per previous schedule; every second and last Wednesday of each month until further notice.
In order to accommodate residents, only manageable sized piles of cut lengths of branches will be picked up in the back lanes. If you've left massive piles of branches (trees), do not be surprised that they remain where you left them. See below for options.
The town is offering this service as a courtesy, so please be considerate of our time & man-power; however, we do have alternatives for you.
a) You load & we'll dump for $30/load! Call the town office to rent our truck & we'll arrange a truck drop off & pick up time. You load the branches & we'll then deliver the load to the local landfill. Residents are not permitted to operate town equipment under any circumstances, so be of sure of where the truck is to be placed.
b) We load for $80/per load. Call the town office to make arrangements.
The Town of Herbert would like to remind anyone interested that we have a columbarium in place at the Herbert Cemetery. This is an alternative for those not wanting a burial plot. This monument houses 48 niches - 24 per side, facing east & west; for loved ones cremains. Each niche may house a maximum of two urns. The dimensions of each niche are a standard sizing of 12' x 12' x 14'. The cost of a niche does not include the engraving of the granite plaque. The town acquired the columbarium through Swift Current Monument, which will be the monument company we would refer you to for engraving; however, it is the family's choice. We do have some restrictions on the engraving as we would like to maintain an overall uniform look.
Stop by the cemetery to view the columbarium. Further inquiries can be directed to the town office.
Herbert Landfill CLOSED for Winter Season
The Herbert landill will reopen next April thru to October. Hours will be: Monday, Friday and Saturdays from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm, unless otherwise posted.
A frequently asked question regarding the meter at the Bulk Water Station is whether it accepts just loonies or both, loonies & toonies? YES! The meter will accept both; 50 gallons per loonie or 100 gallons per toonie.
Waste & Recycling Carts
For your own reference, please record the serial numbers located on the side of each cart as it is specific to your civic address. This will provide necessary identification should the carts go missing, become damaged or are erroneously interchanged with another resident's, etc. We keep a master copy of all serial numbers at the town office, as does Triways.
SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING is a system in which all recycle materials - fiber, plastics, tin and aluminum, are placed, unsorted, in one container and sorted at the processing plant. Here is a list of materials that CAN go into the blue recycle container: cardboard, boxboard (flattened cardboard), office paper, newsprint, junk mail, magazines and catalogues, paper egg cartons (empty), cereal boxes, plastic bags, milk cartons, plastic milk jugs, shrink wrap, tin and aluminum cans (clean, with or without labels), shampoo, body wash, bleach,laundry soap, plastic pill bottles, creamer cartons, etc. Items NOT accepted include: glass, styrofoam, ceramics, light bulbs, soiled cardboard, hazardous chemical, scrap metal, car parts, plastic toys or household garbage.
We have biodegradable bags available to the public for a fee of $.50 /bag. These bags are to be used for leaves, grass, small branches, and garden & yard refuse. These are the only bags accepted in our landfill & do not need to be dumped of their contents.
"New" Fire Pits
A fire pit permit is required for anyone who is considering placing one in their yard & has not previously acquired one. This is solely for fire safety reasons. There is no fee charged for a permit, but the Herbert Fire Chief inspects the proposed fire pit area to make sure it meets fire regulations according to Fire Pit Policy 2010-03. Once obtained, permits are not renewed annually unless the previous fire pit location changes.
Water Meter Deposit Increase for Renters
The town has always charged a Water Meter Deposit fee of $120.00 along with a Connection fee of $10.00. These costs will not change for homeowners starting new accounts, but there will be a substantial increase for those renting & setting up a new utility account with the Town. Effective immediately, renters will be required to pay a Water Meter Deposit of $250.00 along with the Connection fee of $10.00.
Reminder To All Local Businesses
Please consider renewing your business license for 2015. Local businesses must pay a yearly fee of $5.00; valid for one year commencing January 1st & will be listed in our Town Business Directory. Businesses not complying with licensing will be deleted from the Directory. Non-local business licenses are $10.00. All licenses must be obtained from the Herbert Town Office.
The license year is January 1 to December 31, of the calendar year. Annual Licensing Fee for dogs: all dogs six months old or over, male or female is $20.00; if spayed or neutered it's $5.00. Annual Licensing Fee for cats; all cats six months or over, male or female is $10.00; if spayed or neutered it's $5.00.
License Tags are not replaced from year to year unless a previously licensed animal's tag is missing. Replacement License Tags are available at a cost of $2.00 per tag.
Water Meter Readings
We'd like to reiterate the importance of submitting ACTUAL WATER METER READINGS on a regular basis. Every three months a Water Meter Card accompanies your water bill. It is advised that you take the time to read your water meter & submit it to the town office. Many call, fax or even email us. We'll be happy to record your six digit reading without you having to leave your house. These readings enable us to monitor actual water usage & can alleviate a lot of frustration & questions regarding your water bills. The 2015 Water Meter Reading Months will be March, June, September & December.
All even numbered houses will water on even numbered calendar days between 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. only!
All odd numbered houses will water on odd numbered calendar days between 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. only!
Click here to be redirected to the Watering Bylaw page.
Attention Pet Owners
Pet Owners are responsible for ensuring that your pets are not running loose. Please do not let your pet damage or defecate on others' properties. Please pick up after your pet and keep our community clean. Fines can be enforced should a pet be identified. Also, should dogs become nuisances, they can be taken to the SPCA in Swift Current & retrieved at the owners expense.
Be a Part of Herbert's 2012 Memorial Wall!
Click here to see details of how you can purchase your own "Family Brick", or purchase one in memory of someone.
The Saskatchewan Cemetery Care and Maintenance Program (SCCMP) is a project focused on the care and maintenance of abandoned and/or neglected cemeteries throughout Saskatchewan. The program is designed to assist individuals, families, landowners, churches, community groups, cemetery committees and service groups to restore, care and maintain a neglected cemetery. If you are interested in applying for this grant for a cemetery outside of Herbert, contact us for an application. Or click here to visit the website directly for more information and applications.
House Numbers - Would you be easily located in an Emergency?
Police officers, firefighters, EMR, and other emergency personnel, who respond to 911 calls, say visible house numbers to identify homes can mean the difference between life and death. Protect your family and property by making sure the address on your home is clearly visible from the street!