Community Bulletin Board
2016 Municipal Election
Have you ever considered being a Town of Pense Mayor or Councillor? Here is your opportunity. We welcome all new or longtime residents to a position on Council.
The municipal election is this fall for mayor and 4 councillors. The municipal election will be held on Wednesday October 26, 2016.To qualify as a candidate you must fit the following criteria:
- on the day of election must be at least 18 years of age
- a Canadian citizen
- has resided in the municipality for at least three months and in Saskatchewan for at least six months
- not disqualified from being nominated by the Local Government Election Act or any other Act
Criminal Record Checks are now required to accompany all nominations forms. You will need to go to the White Butte detachment to acquire it. Criminal records check must be obtained at the candidates cost, must be in the prescribed form as per the Municipalities Act, must be dated within 30 days of the date the nomination paper is filed, is based on the person’s name – the candidate is not required to provide his or her fingerprints and will not include a copy of records; it only informs electors if the candidate does or does not have a record.
Nomination forms and criminal record check forms will be available September 6, 2016 and accepted until 4:00 pm September 21, 2016.
Here are a few websites to check out if you are considering running for Council. If you have any questions please feel free to stop in at the office.
You cannot burn rubbish, garden refuse, grass clippings and any material that generates black smoke or an offensive odor. If the Pense District Volunteer Fire Department is called to investigate a noxious or out of control fire, the homeowner will be billed the $750.00 call out fee.
Residents are reminded that you are not allowed to dispose of grass clippings in back alleys or on any municipally owned property such as boulevards or ditches.
Water Meter Reading
Please read your water meter this month and record the reading and return it to the Town Office by August 19th, 2016. You may enter it online at www.pense.ca , drop it off, or call it in to the office at 306 345 2332. Thank you for your cooperation.
Notice : May 31, 2016
The Town has a nuisance bylaw in place to keep our streets and neighborhoods clean, and to prevent unsightly properties and obstructions. Please remove any junked vehicles, outdoor garbage, and keep grass and weeds cut back. Help to beautify Pense and take pride in your community.
The Town Office has had many complaints regarding dogs & cats running at large, dogs barking, and defecating on public and private property. Some pet owners have been observed not picking up after their dog has made a mess. Please be courteous and keep your pet from defecating, or creating any other mess on private property. Ensure you clean up after your pet at all times. Dogs are not allowed to run at large or bark excessively. Animals must have a pet license. The Town has a bylaw in effect and fines in place for pet owners who do not comply with any of the above infractions. You may also call the RCMP to report a noise infraction for a barking dog at 306 781-5050.
Effective June 1st, 2016, household garbage will not be disposed of in pits but instead collected in bins, which will be transferred to the landfill in Regina. Large household items such as furniture, mattresses, etc, will no longer be accepted after the existing garbage pit is full. Garbage will be accepted from town residents until December 31, 2016, after which time the landfill will be for RM residents use only.
Pending approval from Sask Municipal Board, there will be a 10% rate increase on water usage. This is due to the City of Regina water rate increase. Interest rates will also increase from 1.5% to 3% on overdue accounts.
There will be a modest tax increase this year Interest rates on unpaid taxes at the end of the year will go from 15% to a 25% penalty.
You are not allowed to burn rubbish, garden refuse and any material that generates black smoke or an offensive odour. With a dry high risk season upon us you must be careful and contain your fires in a firepit that is a safe distance away from any buildings or trees.
Water Utility Bill
We are now offering residents the option of receiving your water bill as an email rather than by regular mail. If you would like this option please contact the Office for the consent form
Elm Tree Pruning
The ban on pruning Elm trees is now in effect starting April 01 through to August 31. It is illegal to store or transport elm firewood.
Please be respectful to your neighbors and refrain from burning any rubbish, garden refuse and any material that generates black smoke. Please contain your fires in a firepit that is a safe distance away from any buildings or trees.
If you are thinking of building or renovating check with the Town Office to determine whether or not that you require a permit.
Street Light Outages
Your can report any street light outages directly to Sask Power at 1-888-757-6937 or you can go to their website at http://www.saskpower.com/accounts-and-services/service-requests/report-streetlight-troubles/
Pet Licenses and Business Licenses
2016 Pet Licences and Business Licenses are now due. All pets and businesses require a license. Town business licenses are $10 for the calendar year, and pet licenses are $5.00 for a fixed pet and $10.00 for non-fixed.
With the positive feedback and requests from residents, the Town will be going to recycling carts at everyone's homes. The current multi-bin therefore will be removed from the rink parking lot. Effective October 30th, recycling carts will be delivered to every residence. Garbage pickup and recycling will alternate from week to week. Starting November 6th it will be the first recycling pickup, with the following Thursday November 13th being the garbage pickup. Please watch your Post Office box for a list of items that you can recycle as well as a calendar of pickups.
2016 Waste & Recycling Calendar
Single Stream Recycling Information Sheet
We receive many phone calls regarding the use of ATV's in town. Below is a news release from the Saskatchewan RCMP. Please call the White Butte Detachment at 306 781 5050 to report any infractions.
Saskatchewan RCMP would like to remind the public about the laws associated with the All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) Act. An ATV - which includes quads, dirt bikes and off-road utility vehicles - is a vehicle designated for off-road use only.
To operate an ATV in any public areas, a person must be at least 16 years old, and hold a valid driver's license. Those who are between the ages of 12 and 15 can operate an ATV in public areas if they are supervised by someone who has a valid driver's license, or who has passed an approved ATV training course. A child under the age of 12 cannot operate an ATV in public areas. An ATV has restrictions on where it can be operated. They can be operated on Crown land or highway right-of-ways, such as ditches. ATV's cannot be operated on any street, road, or highway, or for crossing a bridge, unless it is authorized by permission of the land owner. It is illegal to operate an ATV while impaired by drugs or alcohol, even when doing so on private land. Also, driving in a manner that is dangerous to the public is illegal. These are criminal offences that can result in criminal charges, seizure of the ATV and the loss of a driver's license.
If you are found on public land by police, you must provide proof of insurance. Every rider MUST wear an approved helmet and appropriate protective riding gear. Every person who authorizes or permits another person to operate an ATV in contravention of any provision of this Act or the regulations; or without complying with any provision of this Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence against the Act.
You may view the Saskatchewan ATV Act further at www.publications.gov.sk.ca
Please do not let your pets run at large and defecate/urinate on other people's property. All animals must be licensed and on a leash. You are reminded that the Town of Pense does have an animal control bylaw in place with first offence fines starting at $250.00
Drinking Water Quality and Compliance Annual Notice to Consumers
Parking & Vehicles
The Town of Pense has a bylaw that restricts parking on the streets or boulevards at any one place for any period of time exceeding 24 consecutive hours. The boulevards are Town property and they are not public parking spots. Parking in these areas has severely handicapped what the Town Foreman can do with grading the roads and providing proper water runoff. Be advised that Council will have these vehicles towed away at the owner's expense if not removed when asked. In addition please ensure that if you have a 5th wheel that they are not protruding out past your property line. We appreciate all co-operation in this matter.
Angle parking is designated area only. Parking 90 degrees to your property is illegal.
Please remember to get a building permit prior to any construction. Contact the Town Office for more information.
Residential Development Incentive Policy
Residential Development Incentive Policy
2011 Census Information
Community Book Exchange
Community Book Exchange located at the Town Office during regular business hours.
If you like to read - come choose a book from recently donated items. Based on the honour system you can take a book or perhaps you would like to donate a book.
There is a community bulletin board in the Town building, in the hallway between the Town office and the Post office.