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Some parts of town are experiencing some water color issues. This does not make your water unsafe. All standards are being met and is constantly being tested by the Govt of Sask in Regina. A project pilot is being undertaken in the Town and a Level 4 water technician was here all of last week and this past weekend. He has done a changeover with our blended water resulting in some discoloration. Hopefully this will be resolved in time.
Triways Garbage Pick-up
Garbage pickup is back on schedule. Large bin pickup for businesses such as Pioneer Co-op, J R Remanufacturing & Six Star, etc. is on Thursday's and regular size bin pick up for residential & businesses is on Fridays.
Once we recieve the recycling bins, pick up times will alternate weeks; garbage one week, recycling the next, etc. We'll keep you informed once we know when to expect the arrival of the recycling bins. BE PATIENT!
Please have your garbage bins on the streets as indicated in the brochure previously sent out to all Herbert residents. Herbert Avenue businesses must put bins on the street.
The town will no longer be picking up your garbage. It is your responsibility to have the bin out prior to 7 a.m. on Fridays. Please do not call the office if your garbage has been missed. You will have to wait until the next pick-up date, being the following Friday. If you feel you don't have enough garbage in the bin to warrant pick up don't feel obligated to set your bin out & wait until the following week or thereafter. It's whatever works for you.
Do contact us if you have valid concerns. Some trial & error is to be expected.
We are sorry to report that the biodegradable bags that we've had such an overwhelming response to, will no longer be available to our residents. Our supply has quickly been depleted & our current supplier is unable to meet the demand. To look elsewhere is a costly venture for all.
This was a test project that served it's purpose for too brief a time & apologize for the inconvenience. We weren't sure that this would be a long-term solution, but we certainly didn't think it would end so abruptly!
Thank you to everyone who's made the effort to stop in & request the bags, & supported the idea from the beginning. We are seeking "green" ideas: composting, mulching, etc., rather than dump disposal. If you have any suggestions to deal with this problem we would love to hear from you.
Herbert Landfill Open
Hours of Operation: Every Monday, Friday & Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Accepted items in the Landfill: branches, leaves, grass clippings, unpainted and/or unstained wood, gyproc, concrete, asphalt, metal & whites. Doors must be removed from large appliances as well as refrigerant, if applicable. A $10 White fee will now be charged for any "whites," (large appliances) dropped-off, payable at time of entry.
2014 Photo Contest Winners
Congratulations to the Overall Winner Krista Routledge for her submission of Baby Kingbirds - "Let me see in there;" & all of the First Place Winners in their category! Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 campaign. The winning entries by category are:
Baby Kingbirds - "Let me see in there" by Krista Routledge
Sky Wonder: October Sunset by T. Venables
Flora & Fauna: Spent Dandelions by Krista Routledge
Countryside: One Foggy Morning by Colleen Edwards
Around Herbert: Own Kind of Beautiful by Colleen Edwards
Animals (new category): Tall Grass by Colleen Edwards
Please take the time to view the remaining incredible photos in our Gallery.
2014 Photo Contest
Photos submitted to us in 2014 will be judged for our 2014 Photo Contest in January/February of 2015. Please continue to send us your pictures of Herbert. These can include nature, landscapes, buildings, objects, people, seasons, events, animals, etc. The contest has begun and will run through the 2014 year. All photos for the 2014 Photo Contest will be due at the end of 2014. 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
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 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.
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 2014. 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 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. The 2014 Water Meter Reading Months will be March, June, September & December.
Family History Center
In conjunction with the Herbert Heritage Association the Town has offered a room in their building for the development of a Family History Center. 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. 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!