Montmartre eyes Communities in Bloom title

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The Village of Montmartre will file an application to take part in this year’s Communities in Bloom competition, village council decided at its Feb. 10 meeting.

Filing the application does not guarantee it will be included in the competition as the communities involved are ultimately chosen by a national Communities in Bloom committee once applications are reviewed.

In concert with the application, council approved a YES Plant Ranch quote for hanging plants throughout the village to the tune of $1,500. Decisions on the flower colours and arrangements will be left to YES Plant Ranch as they “have good taste,” Coun. David Little said.

The village will also have a Dutch elm disease survey done on trees within its borders by Living Tree Environment at a quoted cost of $1,480. While it is a change in company name from the previous service provider, the work will be done by the same person as in the past.

“They have given us so much more information on what they are going to do in that quote, such as the mapping (of problem trees),” said village administrator Dale Brenner. “Services will include a complete survey of all private and public American Elms by his crew in municipal boundaries, collection of samples when deemed safe and necessary from all symptomatic trees, data collection of all elm wood violations. They will let us know if someone has a wood pile (of elm wood) because you can’t have elm wood cut up for firewood. Now that we know Dutch elm disease is here, we have to do this. This will be an annual thing.”

Brenner said it is likely one or two trees per year will be removed from the community until Dutch elm disease is more under control.

Council also approved the remaining payment of $31,600 for 14.84 acres of land needed for its sewage lagoon expansion.

And Montmartre will further take part in the 2021 Saskatchewan Blue Cross Go Out and Play Challenge, as a fundraiser for a bike park at Kemoca Park. The participation will involve people logging in and reporting their physical activities from March 1-10.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum