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Herbert and District Rec Board Raffle
The Rec Board is raffling off a 50" Panasonic Plasma TV purchased from Voth's Brandsource in Swift Current once again as a fundraiser. The draw is to made March 23, 2014. Tickets are 3 for $10 or $50 a book (15 tickets). Tickets are available at: Town Office, Herbert Sports Complex, the Post Office and the Herbert Credit Union.
New Year's Eve Party
In lieu of the Town's traditional New Year's Day Bell Ringing we are hosting a Family New Year's Eve Party at the Herbert Sports Complex on Tuesday, December 31 from 6-9 pm. This involves free hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee! At midnight you can join Mayor Doreen Schroeder at the Herbert School bell tower to ring in the New Year.
Chlorine in the Water
Chlorine is making the RO water rather pungent at the moment but must be added in order to met regulations. Also, because the RO water is cleaner, the chlorine taste is more noticeable. This will improve over time.
The biodegradable bags arrived well after the first snowfall and will be available again in the spring. These bags are for leaves, branches and garden refuse only and must be taken to our local landfill. We will not pick them up as normal garbage to be taken to Swift Current.
In Memory of Henry Gin
Funds are being raised to purchase a bench with an inscribed plaque. The Memorial Wall courtyard will become its permanent home and any extra funds raised will be used to further beautify the courtyard. We are accepting cash or cheque donations at the town office until December 31, 2013. If interested please make cheques payable to: Town of Herbert, Box 370, Herbert, Sask. S0H 2A0
Christmas Lighting Contest
Lights make spirits bright! Turn your Christmas lights on and become a winner! Judges from Morse will tour Herbert and choose three contest winners and in kind, Herbert judges will tour Morse. Actual juding date is yet to be determined. Winners will be announced. First prize- $100 water bill credit; second prize- $50 water bill credit and third prize- $25 water bill credit.
The new rink boards are almost in place and we hope to have the rink open for skating by the end of October. A big thank you to Byron Cornelson, Terris Priebe, Scott Schroeder, Terry Funk, Otto Zacharias, Russ Coward and Crescent Point Energy and anyone else who has helped out at the complex in order to get our new boards and glass installed. It is very much appreciated.The Rec Board is also planning to hold a CanSkate program for anyone who might be interested.
Thank you once again to Jac and Gladys Remple for keeping our cemetery looking so wonderful throughout 2013. They do a phenomenal job and we get a lot of compliments on how our cemetery looks.
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the water line replacement and to the town workers for all their hard work during that period as well.
Thank you to the Herbert and District Small Business Loans Assocation for their $500 contribution towards the Herbert playground equipment project.
2013 Photo Contest
Photos submitted to us in 2013 will be judged for our 2013 Photo Contest in January/February of 2014. Please continue to send us your pictures of Herbert. These can include nature, landscapes, buildings, objects, people, seasons, events, etc. The contest has begun and will run through the 2013 year. All photos for the 2013 Photo Contest will be due at the end of 2013. The first place winner will get their photo enlarged and put on a stretched canvas, and will also be framed and displayed in the Town Office. You may send your pictures by e-mail. Please send as many as you wish. Your photos will be reviewed and considered for the website photo gallery. Remember to include your name and contact information so that we may contact you if you are the lucky winner! For Photo Rules & Regulations check out the Gallery section of our website.
"New" Fire Pits
Thank you to all of the residents who've come to the office to obtain new fire pit permits for our 2013 season. For those of you not aware of our policy, a fire pit permit is required for fire safety reasons. There is no fee charged for a permit, but the Herbert Fire Chief does inspect the proposed designated 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; however, all new fire pits do require a permit.
The Herbert Landfill will remain open (weather permitting) until the end of Octobert. Hours of Operation will be Fridays, Saturdays 1:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. and Mondays from 8 am until noon.
Accepted items in the Landfill: branches, leaves, grass clippings, unpainted and/or unstained wood, gyproc, concrete, asphalt, and metal. Doors must be removed from large appliances as well as refrigerant. A $10 White fee will now be charged for any large appliance drop-off.
Arts & Crafts
Herbert's old town office (renamed William E. Redekop Emergency Operations Centre) is being resurrected as an Arts & Crafts centre.
Most currently, a needlework club has started to meet every first & third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Everyone is welcome, whether you're new to the craft or a seasoned professional. There are plenty of helping hands & free advice! Bring your own project (needlework of choice) & enjoy the comraderie of fellow crafters. These sessions are free of charge. For more information please contact Beverly Seibel.
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
It's time to renew your business license for 2013! Local businesses must pay a yearly fee of $5.00; valid for one year commencing January 1st. 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 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 gone or 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.
Please check your property for signs of habitation & let the town know. Dog/cat food should not be left out if at all possible.
Proper Garbage Disposal
Due to the town being over-run by skunks, we do advise residents to discourage unwanted visitors by placing garbage bags in properly lidded bins. Bylaw 91-5 states 'Garbage being accumulated and stored for the purpose of being collected and taken to the waste disposal ground shall be kept in covered, fly-proof and water-tight containers. Please help us alleviate some of the problem by ensuring your garbage is properly disposed of.
New History Book Has Arrived
Ar The new history book has arrived & is ready for pick-up or purchasing at the Herbert Town Office. History books are $50 each.
Family History Centre
In conjunction with the Herbert Heritage Association the Town has offered a room in their building for the development of a Family History Centre. If you are willing to part with any photos, yearbooks or any family ancestory documents (they will be documented and labelled) please bring them down to the Town office.
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.
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!