NEWS & EVENTS
Notice to All Pet Owners

Reminder that annual dog and cat license fees are due January 1, 2018.

[2018]
Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program

Applications for the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program are now available at City Hall.  Deadline for applications is Wed, February 28, 2018.  Projects must take place between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Waste Collection Carts

Did you know that waste carts are not to be stored on city property. Waste collection carts must be returned to their usual storage place on private property on the day of collection or be subject to a fine of $25 for a 1st offence and $50 for a 2nd or subsequent offence.  Thank you for your attention to this regulation.

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.

 
HISTORIC POST OFFICE


Situated on a prominent corner of Main Street, the Historic Post Office (circa 1912) stands as an important and visually striking, Romanesque Revival-style landmark in the community, vital to the social and cultural life of Melfort. It is one of the few remaining early 20th century public buildings in the west that symbolized the Federal Government’s presence in small, growing communities, encapsulating the ambitions and optimism of the area’s early residents.
A building assessment and feasibility study conducted in 2012 found the building to be structurally sound, but recommended that a conservation/stabilization program be undertaken immediately to slow the rate of deterioration until a complete restoration can be completed. John Burton of Avatex Heritage Lands offered to partner with the City to purchase the building and preserve the structure. City Council declared the Historical Post Office a municipal heritage property and established the Preservation and Rehabilitation Committee (PARC) to begin the process. 
Our cultural heritage provides a sense of unity and belonging within a community and allows us to better understand previous generations and the history of where we come from. The Preservation and Rehabilitation Committee is dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of this key heritage landmark for future generations. Now housing the Main Street Melfort office, the building is open to the public during office hours.
Initial Strategy - Preservation of the structure to ensure no further deterioration.
Short-Term Strategy - Rehabilitation of the facility to a useable state, in order to accommodate short-term uses until the ultimate goal can be achieved.
Long-Term Strategy - The creation of a sustainable, thriving, impressive destination/landmark building that is of benefit to the entire community.

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"Our heritage is what we value from the past and what we preserve for future generations.  It reflects our collective history, defines the places where we live and work, and gives communities their unique identity. Recognizing and protecting places that have heritage value is an important part of planning for the future. By retaining heritage buildings, structures and landscapes, we not only retain the character of our communities, we also contribute to their social, economic and environmental sustainability.”  - Sask Ministry of Tourism, Park, Culture and Sport, Municipal Heritage Property Designation