NEWS & EVENTS
PLUS Industries invites you to visit their new website

The Board of Directors, staff, and participants of PLUS Industries are excited to announce the release of our new website. We invite everyone to visit our website and take a virtual tour of the people, programs, and places that are part of our organization.  Enter our online Website Contest - two lucky winners will win a $100 gift certificate.  Entry deadline is November 30, 2017.  Visit: https://www.plusindustries.ca/ 

New Landfill Hours

Please be advised that effective Tuesday, November 14th, the hours at the City Landfill will be changing to 9:30 am - 5:15 pm, Monday to Saturday. 

[Tues, Nov 14]
Historic Post Office Window Restoration Project

The Melfort Preservation and Rehabilitation Committee is continuing conservation and restoration of the Melfort Historic Post Office with the removal and repair or replacement of all windows on the main floor of the building.  Have your name engraved on a heritage postal box...a tax deductible legacy gift for family and friends.

 
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