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Canker Worm Infestation
Unfortunately, this seems to be the year for the canker worm/tent caterpillars which is a major concern for various tree populations. As far as pesitcide control is concerned, homeowners can use products containing Bt.k.(Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki), sold under various trade names, on their own trees & on Town-owned trees. Bt.k. affects only worms & is non-toxic to other insects, birds, animals & humans. The worms eat the product, stop feeding in 2-3 hours & die in a few days. The Town is not responsible for private trees.
Only use pesticides that are specific to the problem, sold in small amounts, ready to use and apply the product only to the location where there is an infestation (spot treat)... Always follow label directions for proper application.
Homeowners can also hire commercial tree sprayers to spray privately owned trees in their yard. Commercial sprayers must possess a Pesticide Applicators License approved by the Town of Herbert to spray any Town owned trees & can only use Bt.k.
It's fire pit season again. Thank you to all of the residents who've come to the office to obtain 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. Permits are not typically renewed annually unless the previous fire pit location changes. All new fire pits require a permit.
National Health and Fitness Day
The Town of Herbert council has proclaimed the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day.
The Herbert Landfill will be re-opening Monday, May 13th. 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. A $10 White fee will now be charged for any large appliance drop-off.
Spring Residential Garbage Pick-up
All residential garbage will be picked up in the back lanes starting the week of June 1st. Garbage days remain the same as previously scheduled: Tuesday for all residents East of the center of Thompson Street & Friday for all residents West of the center of Thompson Street. Business collection days are unchanged Tuesday and Friday.
Herbert Community Garage Sale
The Town of Herbert is pleased to be organizing the annual Community Garage Sale for Saturday, June 22nd.
Our advertising will state that Garage Sales will take place at various homes in Herbert. Advertising methods include newspaper ads, web-site postings and posters.
We will also be printing maps displaying the sale locations. Maps will be available at the Town Office on Friday, June 21st, the Herbert Post Office on Friday, June 21st & Saturday, June 22nd, until noon; as well as the Herbert Train Station, Friday, June 21st & Saturday, June 22nd.
If you wish to hold a Garage Sale on June 22nd, please contact the Town Office Staff at 784-2400, before June 20th, so we can add your address to the map.
We hope this will increase the success of your Garage Sale and that a collective effort will result in potential customers from other areas making a special trip to Herbert for a convenient opportunity to attend several Garage Sales on the same day.
2012 Photo Contest Winners Announced
In each of the four categories: Our countryside; Land of Living Sky; Life Around Herbert; Flora & Fauna; there is a Winning photo as well as an Honourable Mention. Our countryside category winner is Krista Routledge for her 'Hoarfrost Fence' photo & Honourable Mention also went to Krista for her 'Slightly Experienced' submission. Land of Living Sky category winner is Krista Routledge for 'Barbed wire at Sunset' & Honourable mention went to Krista for her photo 'Picnic at the Lake?'. Life Around Herbert category winner is Colleen Edwards for her 'Chaps' entry & Honourable Mention went to Robert Wilson for 'Train Station'. The Flora & Fauna category winner is Krista Routledge's entry 'Last Snowflake' & Honourable Mention went to Brittany Epp for 'Perched'. All photos can be viewed in the Gallery section.
This year the judges chose Colleen Edwards' photo - 'Balancing Act', as the Overall Winner. Congratulations Colleen!
Thank you to all of the photographers who submitted photos to make the 2012 Photo Contest a success. It's a pleasure to see Herbert & area's beauty through your eyes & the lens of a camera. Unfortunately, we have come across a few submissions that were retrieved post-judging & will be entered into our 2013 Photo Contest. Also thank you to our mystery judges as they had a difficult task.
Please keep sending your photos to email@example.com.
Herbert Playground Raffle
The Herbert & District Recreation Board is selling tickets for new playground equipment for the Town of Herbert Memorial Park. First Prize is an iPad 2 with a Smart Case & Second Prize is 4 tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughriders Labour Day Classic on Sunday, September 1st, 2013. Tickets are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. Draw will be made on Sunday, August 4th. Get your tickets at these locations: Town Office, Herbert Credit Union or the Post Office. Thank you in advance for supporting the Recreation Board & making our playground a safer play space for all children.
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 knitting group 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.
Also happening, are craft nights being held every Monday evening from 7 - 9 pm; whereby anyone can participate. Bring your projects whether you knit, you're a painter, a scrapbooker, a card-maker, a jewelry maker, etc. & get away for a couple of hours. Time with your craft is time for yourself! Hedi Gosswieler hosts the evening. There is no cost for attending this session. See you there!
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.
2012 Online Store
The 2012 online store is now up and running on our web page and all items are available for purchasing and shipping.
2012 DVD Now Available!
Over 500 pictures were taken during our 2012 celebrations by Nikki Hartog of Photography by Nikki and she has compiled them for sale on a DVD. They are available at the Town office for $10.
Send in your captured images for 2013 and you will be eligible for prizes to be awarded in early 2014. We are sure there are many of you with some award winning photos on your cameras.
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!