NEWS & EVENTS
2017 Budget Release

The 2017 budget was a challenging budget requiring difficult decisions to be made to balance the budget while ensuring key programs such as infrastructure maintenance and repair and the transfer to infrastructure replacement are not compromised.

Melfort Skatepark

Quick facts about the Skatepark development process

·         June, 2016:  Council approves Phase 1 of the Spruce Haven Park Development, which includes a budget of $720,700 for the construction of a Skatepark and site servicing. See:  Press Release 

·         July, 2016:  An RFP is issued for the Skatepark Design and Development, which is awarded to New Line Skateparks Inc.

McDonald's Restaurants Coming to Stone Gate Shopping Centre

McDonald's Restaurants has purchased land in the Stone Gate Shopping Centre. The familiar site of the golden arches will be seen as you drive into the City of Melfort in the future.

 
NEWS

Shadd Drive Beautification Project Review

 Shadd Drive Beautification                                                                  
July 31, 2015

Several weeks ago the City rolled out a plan for beautification of the buffer strip on the West side of Shadd Drive. Part of that plan called for the removal of a significant number of mature trees. In its place, new trees would be planted in accordance with a tree planting plan developed by Nadi Design.
Since the plan was presented, there has been considerable discussion about the removal of mature trees.  Given that, the City reviewed the proposed plan to determine what and if any changes could be made. Since the review, we have determined that we will not remove the original number of trees as proposed and would rework the plan to incorporate a large number of the existing trees.  
However, there are some trees that will have to be removed. Trees that are dead or appear to be sick will be removed. There are locations where trees have been planted too close together, which will be thinned out to make the grouping look better. Some trees need to be pruned, trimmed back or removed completely to allow maintenance equipment to pass through. If it is deemed feasible, some trees will be relocated to other locations on Shadd Drive. As well, hedges/shrubs will be assessed as to whether they should be trimmed to improve their appearance or removed completely. 
Vacant areas along Shadd Drive will be planted in accordance with the new tree planting plan and worked to tie in with existing trees as best as possible. This plan will also be used for future plantings along Shadd Drive when trees need to be replaced. 
The City is well aware of the value trees provide to the overall appearance of the community. Our ultimate goal is to beautify the City for residents and visitors alike.
Michael Hotsko, RMA
City Manager

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