Last Update: April 2, 2020 2:00pm

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Balgonie is taking measures to support the Province of Saskatchewan’s health orders. The situation is changing rapidly and updates will be posted on the Town’s website and the Town’s Facebook page.

These are trying and uncertain times for our Community, Province and World. It is apparent that this crisis has impacted everyone and there will be difficult challenges ahead. The Town Council wants to commend all of the efforts that are being made in the community to protect our citizens. Your efforts to social distance and isolate from others, when required, is key to fighting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Balgonie is continuing to show its strength and heart through the many efforts and good deeds of family, neighbours, community groups, and volunteers.

Council Meetings

Town Council meetings will be held keeping with current social distancing recommendation and the orders pertaining to attendance at meetings. At this time, the public is asked to attend remotely if you wish to participate or attend a Council Meeting. Please call our office at 306-771-2284 or email [email protected]. We will discuss your options for attending by telephone or video conference.

Donation Bins

The red clothing donation bins at the transfer station are full. Please keep your items until we can get them emptied.

Essential Services

The Town of Balgonie has made arrangements to ensure that the Town’s essential services continue: Water, Sewer, Transportation Services, Sanitation, Protective Services and Administration. Staff and Council are practicing social distancing, rotating schedules, virtual access and separation of employees at work sites.

Facilities

The Town of Balgonie has decided to close its recreational and culture facilities in order to slow the rate of the COVID-19 infection, effective March 17, 2020. The Arena, Multiplex Hall, Heritage Place, the 50+ Club, the Balgonie Branch Library, the Balgonie Curling Rink will be closed until further notice.

Playgrounds

Effective Immediately, Town-owned playground structures are now closed until further notice.  This decision follows Public Health Official guidelines to avoid contact with shared surfaces such as playground equipment.  We encourage residents to get outside and stay active while maintaining physical distancing, by using our walking paths that currently remain open to the public.

Taxes and Utility Accounts

The Town Council of Balgonie has implemented discontinuation of interest and penalties on outstanding taxes and utility accounts for a period of six months. No utility accounts will be disconnected during this time period. The Town of Balgonie understands that at this time, households may be struggling to make full payments and this cancellation of interest penalties will help reduce the strain. Although utility account payments may be made for the amount and frequency which you decide, the Town appreciates the payments that are made by the due date. Interest will resume on accounts at the end of six months and will apply to the total overdue balances at that time. If you require further information on your accounts and interest penalties, please contact our office staff for assistance.

Town Office

The Town office while closed to public access is still operating daily, Monday to Friday. The telephone and emails will be answered by staff. Payments will be accepted via on-line banking, cheque, or credit card by using the Plastiq “Pay Now” option on the Town’s website at www.townofbalgonie.ca. If you require your account number, please contact our office. The front lobby doors will be open during business hours for anyone wishing to drop off cheques under the office door.