Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs grant our Community Museum Technician summer student is able to provide youth programming. Thanks to the NDCC for running the program, covering supplies and the cost of a helper. Contact the NDCC to register or for more information.
Municipal elections are scheduled for November 9. Have you thought about running for municipal council?
Municipalities of Saskatchewan, the association that represents Saskatchewan’s hometowns, including Naicam, is offering free virtual sessions on September 1 and 9 to anyone interested in learning more about being on municipal council. In the first session, learn about the role of council, what your responsibilities are as a councillor, and more. The second session is a virtual town hall where you can ask a panel of individuals experienced in municipal governance your questions. Visit www.munisask.ca/events to learn more and to register.
The Spray Park will remain closed until the water distribution system pump upgrade is complete. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.
Under the re-open Saskatchewan plan, playgrounds are allowed to be open as of June 12, 2020 with some restrictions and guidelines. The Naicam playground off of 4th Ave N (by Churchview Lodge) will be opening on June 12. We ask everyone to do their part in following the province’s guidelines and reducing risk as the playground in Naicam is not a supervised area. Use of the playground facility is at your own risk. The playground will need to close briefly twice a day between 8:00 am -8:30 am and 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm for disinfection protocols. We ask that anyone using the equipment during these times respect the staff when they ask you to clear the area and wait for them to be done. They will let you know when it is okay to go back on the equipment.
Please note, the bathrooms will still be closed as will the spray park. We will know more about the opening of these areas when they announce Phase 4. Council continues to review updates regarding COVID at each Council meeting.
If the playground looks busy, or specific area looks busy please consider waiting until it clears a bit or returning at a later time. Proper social distancing is still required. We thank everyone for their anticipated cooperation and compliance.
Every person who visits a park or outdoor playground must follow public health orders in order to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
- People exhibiting signs of illness should not enter parks or playgrounds. If you think you may be sick, use the Government of Saskatchewan’s self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and follow the subsequent directions.
- People not from the same household or extended household should maintain two metres of physical distancing at all times.
- Limit gathering with other people when entering and leaving the park/playground and supervising children playing (e.g. paths, benches, picnic areas).
- Group sizes must comply with the public gathering restrictions.
- Ensure frequent hand hygiene for everyone before, during and after outdoor play.
- If an area is busy, such as playground equipment or park space, come back when it’s not as busy or use another play area.
- Do not share toys or sports equipment between groups.
- Practice proper hand hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or, when unavailable, with hand sanitizer. Refrain from touching your face. Carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number) before and after using playground and other recreational equipment.
- Consider limiting children and other members of your household to only visiting playgrounds close to your home. This will help limit the number of people your family may come into contact with during the visit.
We’ve had some questions on the commercial side of things under our new Waste Management Bylaw and how things will be changing. Here are the top 5 questions being asked.
- Do I need a permit for a bigger commercial garbage bin for my commercial zoned business?
- No. Commercial users are responsible for arrangement of their own waste storage or collection containers from an approved and licensed provider.
- Who are approved and licensed providers for commercial garbage?
- In general this is any provider that has obtained a business license for this purposed from the Town of Naicam. If we have given them a business license to provide this service in our community, you can do business with them. On the spirit of healthy competition for the marketplace and economy we do not restrict which vendors our commercial sector can do business with other than that they must be licensed to do business in the Town and operate proper, safe equipment.
- How will I know if I have to move or change my bin under the new bylaw?
- The Town may instruct a business regarding the placement of their bin and to keep their bin and bin area as neat and tidy as possible. If your existing bin has been in place for some time already and you keep your area well maintained, chances are the Town will not be requiring any changes.
- Do I have to change who I rent my bin from?
- No. The Town will not be telling commercial zoned businesses who they may or not do business with other than the conditions listed above in #2.
- Can we participate in the curbside cart program if we are a business?
- Yes and No.
- Because the needs of our commercial businesses in our commercial zones are so variable with the amount and type of waste they generate, we cannot operate a universal program that suits everyone. Commercial businesses are to continue to coordinate their own waste disposal with their chosen provider (subject to #2 above) on what size of bin they require and how often they want it dumped and are responsible for those associated costs. Businesses choose to handle their waste disposal in different ways. Many smaller businesses may group together to use one bin. Some smaller places will simply take their garbage home to put in their residential bin or take their trash directly to the transfer station.
- Commercial businesses operating on side streets that do not have significant use of front street customer parking (these are generally businesses not in the downtown core), may be able to participate in curbside roll out cart program upon request. This will be discussed on a case by case basis as requests come in. Any arrangement for inclusion in the curbside roll out cart program is to be approved by the Town, but will be arranged directly with REACT and will be subject to associated fees billed to the business by REACT. Approved use of the carts by commercial properties must follow the same rules for placement and care as residential carts. The curbside roll out carts are generally not able to be placed in back alleys due to overhead power lines. The trucks emptying the carts require a minimum of 14 foot overhead clearance.
- Yes and No.
As we move closer to rolling out our curbside waste bin program we are receiving some calls with questions. More information will be coming in a mailout the week of June 8th-12th as we receive updates from REACT, and a complete FAQ section will be included on the website. However we’ll start by answering a few commonly asked questions here ahead of time:
- When will the bins be coming?
- Transport and delivery are a little slower at this tie due to COVID. REACT anticipates that they will get their order of bins at the end of this week. After this they have to inventory them with serial numbers and allocate each one to a Naicam residence. We do not have an exact delivery date at this point and will inform people once we do. It may be closer to early July before all bins have been delivered to residences in Naicam.
- Do I still have to tag the bags I put in the bin? What do I do with leftover tags?
- Once the bins are in place you will no longer need to tag garbage bags at all. The tag-a-bag program will be discontinued for garbage pickup. Tags will still be accepted to dispose of garbage at the Naicam transfer station, at other REACT transfer stations, and the REACT landfill. There is no “buy back” program through the Town or REACT for tags that people have already purchased.
- What possible reasons could there be for why my garbage is missed?
- The following are some reasons why your garbage may not be picked up: garbage placed outside of the bin, garbage not bagged, insufficient overhead clearance (must be minimum 14 ft), insufficient clearance around the bin (must be at least 4ft on all sides), someone parked too close to your bin after it was put out, the lid was not completely closed, it was placed backwards or sideways, garbage was packed too tightly and would not fall from the bin when dumped, your bin was not put out in time. These are just a few common reasons and a complete FAQ section will be included on the website.
- Can I opt out of the curbside program? Can I opt in to the program as a business?
- You cannot opt out of the program. Each residential unit will receive one curbside bin. Empty lots will not receive bins. This is a residential program. Commercial properties are not included. Commercial properties/businesses must arrange for their own garbage disposal directly with REACT at their own cost, as not all commercial properties have the same requirements or need the same size of bins or number of pickups per month.
- Can I have a big bin in my residential yard to collect garbage?
- In general the answer to that is no. Anyone who currently has a large bin will be required to either remove it or obtain a permit. Reasons a permit may be issued include institutional use (lodge, care home, school, hospital, etc.), construction, renovation or demolition debris, garbage generated from packing and moving, and seasonal cleanups, etc. Restrictions on bin placement and length of time a bin can be in place may be included in a permit. Permit application forms are available on our website or by calling the office and are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Watch your mail over the coming weeks for more information.
Local resident Terra Flahr has started a say/neuter program for feral cats in Naicam. Residents who wish to support her efforts can donate to the cause on GoFundMe to cover the cost of having the cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated.