NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS...
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Starting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Town Maintenance will see to picking up & the disposal of reasonably sized (smaller) piles of branches, left in back lanes.This schedule will be maintained for every other Wednesday from this date forward.
For quantities deemed too large for regular pick up, arrangements can be made with the office to accommodate clean-up. This can be done in one of two ways, Town Maintenance will pick up & dispose of the branches for $80.00 per trailer load; or the dump trailer can be dropped off at a predetermined location of your choosing, you load, & we'll see to the disposal of the branches for $30.00 per trailer load.
We strongly encourage those residents with the capability of seeing to their own branch disposal to do so.
Also, Maintenance will not pick up bagged (plastic or paper) leaves (the only exception will be for those residents who still possess town issued bio-degradable bags), or piles of loose* leaves, & are the residents' responsibility to properly dispose of at the transfer station. Plastic & paper bags must be emptied of their contents & promptly removed from the site. This activity is monitored.
* Please do not pile loose leaves/grass clippings in back lanes expecting Town Maintenance to pick them up. We do not offer this as a service, nor do neighbours care to be recipients of said items. Back lanes are to be kept clear of debris & are not meant for composting leaves or grass clippings.
NEW Emergency Contact Telephone #:
The Town of Herbert has a New Emergency contact telephone #. Please direct your calls to Maintenance Manager, April Deacon, at 306-741-4229. She will determine the nature of the call & direct it accordingly.
TRANSFER STATION NOW OPEN
NEW HOURS OF OPERATION: Thursdays & Fridays 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm; and Saturdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
A 30 yard roll off bin has been placed at the Transfer Station to assist Herbert ratepayers in disposing of household waste not accepted at our regular site, with the exception of tires, large quantities of shingles, gyproc and construction materials, regular household garbage, metal, large appliances, or electronics (can be taken to SARCAN in Swift Current).
Fees are a $25 minimum up to 1/2 of a half-ton load & $50 for a full half-ton load. The attendant will determine the fee amount upon entry. There are no exceptions to these fee amounts!
NEW! HEAVY TRUCK & TRAILER PARKING
Follow the signs! New signage has been clearly posted along the "old highway", designating both the north & south sides as NO HEAVY TRUCK OR TRAILER PARKING with the intention to divert parking on South Railway, to the new parking area. Bylaw 2019-03 amends TO REGULATE THE OPERATION OF VEHICLES enforcing the new regulation.
HERBERT CEMETERY - GRAVE COVERS
Unfortunately, due to the elements & ground settling, some of the older sites with grave covers are noticeably cracked &/or collapsing. These need to be removed. Ideally, the Cemetery Committee would like to have all grave covers removed, but can only do so at the family’s request. There is a nominal charge payable to Abe Friesen – owner/operator of Herbert Trenching; & notably the town’s foremost cemetery expert & gravesite equipment operator. Please contact the Abe Friesen at 306-784-7472, or the town office at 306-784-2400 & we will accommodate your request.
2019 - WASTE & RECYCLING CALENDAR
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PEST CONTROL OFFICER
The Town of Herbert has appointed Richard Doll as the Pest Control Officer for the immediate area. If you're having problems with or suspect any kind of undesirable rodent activity, please contact Richard at 306-741-7801. He'll be happy to help.
WASTE & RECYCLING RATE INCREASE EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2019
Council approved a $3.00 increase from the previous $17.00 Enviro charge on the monthly utility billing. The new monthly utility billing amount will now be $107.00 effective May 1, 2019.
Click here to be redirected to the Watering Bylaw page.
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 or email us. We'll be happy to record the 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 Water Meter Reading months are January, April, July & October.
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. Please contact the town office for more information.
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.
$2.00 per 75 gallons or $4.00 per 150 gallons. Loonies & toonies accepted.
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.
"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.
Business Licence Increase - 2019
2019 will see Business Licence fees increase & come into effect after the January 14, 2019 council meeting. We will invoice businesses with the new fee amount.
Licences are valid for one year commencing January 1st. Only businesses complying with licensing will be listed in the 2019 Directory. 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 $15.00. 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.
Pet Owners are responsible for ensuring that pets are not running loose. Please do not let your animals damage or defecate on others' properties. Please pick up after your dog and keep our community clean. Fines can be enforced should an animal be identified.
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!