NEWS & EVENTS
2017 Property Tax Deadline

The City Office will be closed on June 30th in recognition of Canada Day.  Due to this closure, the deadline to pay your 2017 property taxes without penalty has been extended to Monday, July 3, 2017.

[Mon, July 3]
Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for Canada Day celebrations on July 1st - set up, take down, serving cake, helping with activities.  If you can donate some time, please contact the Melfort Museum at 306-752-5870 or e-mail melfort.museum@sasktel.net.  Thank you!

[July 1]
Play Canada Day Melfort 2017

Join us at Main Street Memorial Garden for Canada Day celebrations - entertainment, activities, barbeque, followed by live-streaming of the Rider Game at the NLP Palace and Fireworks at the ball park.  Click here for more event info...

[Sat, July 1]
 
HISTORICAL COUNCIL GALLERY


 Melfort's First Council
1907-1908


Top Row:  D. Nesbit, J.P. Carney, Dr. Hatton
Bottom Row:  G.B. Jameson, G.B. Johnston (Mayor), S. Greenwood, W. Armstrong

Mayors' Gallery
Historical Council Minutes
Historical Mayors' List
Municipal Heritage Property Register

Melfort's First Election

The first Council election in the Town of Melfort was held July 16, 1907 in the Ozark Hall.  To be eligible to run for Mayor or Councillor, one had to be a male British subject of 21 years, able to read and write, reside within two miles of the municipal limits and own property at the time of the election (the land being of freehold read estate within the municipality of at least $500 or leasehold estate within the municipality of at least $1,500).  By nomination day on July 9th there were three candidates nominated for mayor (G.B. Johnston, W.W. Rutan and A.E. Wild, who dropped out of the race) and ten candidates nominated for councillor (S.G. Greenwood, G.B. Jameson, R.R. King, D. Nesbitt, Captain J.A. Turner, T.A. Humphries, J. Hatton, J.T. Carney, W.H. Armstrong and Wm. Flett). 

Electors had to be 21 years of age and own or occupy land within the limits of the town for at least three months prior to the election.  There were 129 votes cast in the first election.  Mr. Johnston, the victor and Melfort's first mayor, received 66 votes.  Mr. Rutan received 56 and the remaining 7 votes were spoiled and not counted.  Nine married women voted and although their votes were challenged, they were counted.  In the election of councillors, G.B. Jameson led the poll with 101 votes out of a possible 122.

Information gathered from Voices of the Past, A History of Melfort and District by Timothy Ryan, published by the Melfort and District Golden Jubilee Committee in July, 1955.

360-degree Panoramic View of Melfort circa 1908