Esterhazy golf course thank you’s and summer project updates

The following notice was received from Vick Paidel regarding the Esterhazy golf course.

Hi to Everyone;

I want to take the time to thank some groups & companies for the donations they have so generously provided the golf course & clubhouse.

I want to thank the Ladies club for paying the whole bill for recoating the clubhouse roof. The work was definetly past due & the Ladies Club made it possible to have the work completed.

I would like to thank Crush-rite Concrete for the donation of concrete for in front of #9 tee box & 18 roadway that was put around the inlets of culverts.

Thanks also goes to Icon Const./ Parkland Mfg & PC Place for the donation of the clubhouse computor. Also a big thank you to Heather Neville for making this happen.

A big thank you to all that donated their golf cart for the tourn. last Friday P.M. There was a bit of a dilema with rental carts & clubhouse needed 10 carts, so on short notice people offered their carts to help out, and then they all went beyond that & donated all the rental fee’s to the Regional Park. (Geo. Kascmar, Mike Bewcyk, John Nightingale, Barry Off, Bob Nordin, Jerry Halyk, Dana Paidel, Derek Paidel.) There were a total of 10 carts donated. I would also like to thank the people that offered their cart but were not needed.

Another thank you to guys that helped pick stones from in the deep rough on 2, 3, & 4. ( Bob Nordin, Joe Diakow, Lorne Delmage) The stones were used as rip/rap in front of 9 tee drainage ditch. Also that now will allow us to cut further into the deep rough on those holes. (maybe I will be able to find a couple of my golf balls). Thanks again to Lorne Delmage & Richard Zurburg for helping haul stones for rip/rap for drainage ditch from top of hill. This project is now complete.

I would like to thank the mayor, town councillors, rec. director & town administrator for helping us out (by giving the Regional Park an interest free loan to be able to have PDAP projects completed. With the money we can pay the contractors and when PDAP pays the Regional Park we will immediately pay the town back the loan.).

I also want to thank Gordon Meyer (town foreman) & all the town employees for all the help & cooperation they have given us over the last few years. They have made our job a lot easier.

A big thank you to everyone that volunteers their services at clubhouse helping Tony. (example: cooking steaks for tourn, help moving deep freezes, help line up extra tables & golf carts for tourn. Just to name a few things. I know Tony really appreciates it.

Short summary of projects that were accomplished this season. Approx. cost of ea. project shown in red.

  1. A weeping tile was extended on the fairway on hole #7, this was to try & dry up the continual wet area that was unplayable. It seems to have worked but we must keep in mind that we had a very dry year so lets hope that it works this well when it is a wet year. ($600.oo)
  2. A pipe was added to the weeping tile on green side of #5 as that area never seemed to dry up. It seems to be doing the job. ($0.oo)
  3. The area beside creek on green side of #5 was filled in & leveled off so it will be playable once the grass grows. ($0.oo)
  4. A new sprinkler head was installed between green & creek. ($100.oo)
  5. A day was spent by quite a few volunteers trimming shrubs & cutting grass in rough along holes 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, & also along creek on fairway #1. ($0.oo)
  6. There were 2 new much needed sprinkler heads added to #1 fairway 1 just accross creek on green side & 1 just before creek on tee side. Obviously we missed putting them in when we were installing sprinklers in 2015. At the same time a few sprinkler heads got lowered on 7 fairway & some top soil was added to low areas around some sprinkler heads on 8 fairway. There are still some heads that need lowering or fill to be added so please be careful not to run over them if possible. ($0.oo sprinkler heads were used & in stock)
  7. Jerry Babyak has put in a horrendous amount of time & effort cutting & removing dead trees on golf course. There were a lot more trees than any of us realized, there were a lot of trees that were laying down in the tall grass as well. He still has some trees behind #6 tee box to cut & cleanup & then he is done. Not only has he been doing this project but he still finds time to volunteer a whole day of trimming shrubs & cutting grass with us. He reminds me of the energizer bunny. Also in some area’s where Jerry has cut trees there are Maple seedings growing hopefully in a couple of years those area’s will start filling in & it will not look so bare. ($0.oo)
  8. The drainage ditch in front of 9 tee box has been redirected so it is in a more direct line of flow. Also we added a 24″ culvert on 9 &18 so it will handle a lot more water flow then the original. ( just over a 100% increase.) Rip/rap has been completed in drainage ditch & concrete was poured around inlets of culvets on both 9 & 18. ($0.oo)
  9. Shrub roots were dug out then filled in with top soil on North side of #3 fairway. ($0.oo)
  10. The clubhouse roof has a new coat of urethane.Hopefully we do not have to worry about that for a number of years. ($3,000.oo) Paid by Ladies Club.
  11. The old section of the clubhouse deck has had some deckboards replaced as well as railing, and some joists replaced. ($370.oo)
  12. The old & newer deck were completely stained. ($545.oo)
  13. Lean to on clubhouse reshingled. ($0.oo)

For all projects listed above the approx. total cost to the Regional Park was $4,615.oo ( $3,000.oo of that was paid by the Ladies Club for the roof ). The to Regional Park for the above projects is approx.. $1,615.oo.

Projects that are still to be completed;

  1. Culvert in front of #8 tee box. We do not have quite enough culvert yet but we have some people looking for more. When we find enough culvert we will install in trench & permanently remove the bridge. The cartpath will go over the culvert.
  2. We want to widen the heavy rough by another roughly 10 – 12 feet on holes 2, 3, 4.
  3. Cleanup area behind #8 green. There are old railway ties some need to be disposed of the usable ties stacked properly. There is old culverts, steel beams, grating etc. that either has to be disposed of or arranged in some sort of order.
  4. There is old equip. laying around maint. Shop that has not been used for many years. Decisions have to be made what pcs. we need & which we do not. Some of the pcs maybe useful to other courses. So we would advertise items for sale & what does not sell haul to Hilltop Metals as scrap.
  5. In our development plan we have to do a tree planting program.
  6. Repair front left hand corner of # 5 tee box.
  7. Highways is scheduled this fall to lower rocks in front of culvert @ highway 22/80. This should increase flow capacity of culvert which we are going to need now that the R M of Fertile Belt is putting in a new culvert on Bredenbury road.

PDAP projects to do.

  1. We have recd. 30 sprinkler heads c/w swing joints. This is to help replace those damaged in flood & rebuilding of course.
  2. The gravel portion of the cartpaths has been completed.
  3. We have recd. 8 new elect. Controllers for the irrigation system. We are still waiting for the wireless portion of this project but expect those to be here in a couple weeks. This new system is a wireless system where the master computer tells which pedestal to start & then the pedestal tells the pump to start & stop. There will be no hard wire from computer to pedestals or from pedestals to pump. There will still be wires from pedestals to sprinkler heads. Big Sky should be starting to install all this towards end of month (pedestals only no sprinkler heads).
  4. Big Sky is also going to supply & install a soft start & a high/low pressure switch on pump to help protect it.
  5. The pavers are on site as of Sept 19. They will be paving mostly where there was existing pavement on the course except for #1 from tee box to bottom of hill. Please be careful when golfing, watch for moving equip. & workers.

The items listed is not a complete list of what has been completed or what needs to be completed but it does give everyone an idea of what was accomplished. Please remember all this was done by volunteers, nobody got paid except we had the 2 girls that were Regional Park employees that helped 2 days on roof project, 1 day trimming trees & grass & 2 days helping stain deck. Also to make this happen we had some businesses donate mat; & some businesses donate equipment, labour, etc. Without the volunteers & these businesses this would never have been able to be accomplished.

I think that the businesses that donated & the volunteers that have spent mega hrs. working ARE AWESOME. They have been able to take a mud hole & turn it back into a golf course. The improvement that I see from last year to this year are huge. If we can keep progressing like this in a couple years I can visualize a course as good or better than we ever had.

I know we are always asking for volunteers & so many are willing to help. Please keep in mind when we are asking for volunteers it is not always for back breaking work. If you physically are not able to help working on course or if your job does not able you to attend work bees we also can use people that have expertise with accounting, budgets, development planning, doing contracts, fund raising, promotions, organize Regional Park fund raising tournaments etc. Most of this can be done at home & by attending a Regional Park meeting once a month. This helps lighten load on the group that is trying to do all these things.

When the course shuts down that is when the board’s job begins. We need to have budgets, hire greens keeper, do the lease on clubhouse, development planning just to mention a few. If we did this right the major part of our work would be done by the time course opens & then we monitor the work through the summer & enjoy some golfing.

For everyones info the Regional Park board has a meeting every 4th Tues of the month. Our next meeting is Sept. 26th @ 7:00 P.M. at clubhouse. The meetings are at clubhouse in summer (April – Sept.) The rest of the year the meetings are held at town office (council chambers). These meetings are open to the public. You do not have to be on the board or a member to attend. We encourage people to attend. We will not railroad you into being on the board so do not let that stop you from attending. Again I want to thank all the businesses & volunteers that have done so much for us.

Our new motto is “Let’s make the golf course great again

If anyone has any suggestions, concerns, questions, or would like to volunteer please send me or anyone on the board an e-mail.Members of Regional Park Board: Barry Off, Maggie Rowland, Heather Maga, Randy Bot, Tom Landin, Marty Pfeifer, & myself.

Louise Meir (rec. director ) advisor to the board.

Vick Paidel

Regina walkers tour Esterhazy attractions

Fifty-seven members of the Northgate Walkers from Regina toured the Esterhazy Community Museum, The Potash Interpretive Center, and the Esterhazy Flour Mill the Morning of Thursday September 7, 2017. The group enjoyed a lovely lunch catered by Mei’s at the Legion Hall before proceeding onto the Kaposvar Historic Site for the afternoon. It was a delightful day.

Dianne Kirby
President Esterhazy Museum

EsterhazyOnline and North Valley Credit Union create “NVCU Community Announcer”

We have hinted on facebook, and when meeting people in town, that EsterhazyOnline is coming back. Today, we are proud to announce the opening of the re-branded, re-conceptualized site, complete with a new name… “NVCU COMMUNITY ANNOUNCER – In Conjunction with EsterhazyOnline.”

North Valley Credit Union is underwriting this new incarnation of EsterhazyOnline, and if it were not for them, this development would not be taking place. So let’s talk about what this revised version of EsterhazyOnline will be, and what it won’t be.

This re-vamped site is not setting out to be an all-out news reporting service like before. There are three reasons for this.

  1. Kenneth J. Kerr (owner of EsterhazyOnline) now lives 125km away from town and will not be attending every event like before.
  2. Kenneth is also heavily involved in advancing his career as the author of a new book and as a public speaker.
  3. The Miner-Journal newspaper is an essential community amenity, and we want to encourage and support its continued success, not compete against it.

Having said that, here is what this new site WILL be.

  1. The go-to place for public announcements and upcoming events in Esterhazy, Stockholm, and the immediate surrounding area.
  2. A brand-new information portal through which North Valley Credit Union can tell the public about who they are, what they offer, and how they interact with the community.

Both Roy Spence (CEO/GM of North Valley Credit Union – And also Mayor of Esterhazy), and Kenneth J. Kerr (Owner and operator of EsterhazyOnline) are excited to see this new venture launch, and they share the vision of this becoming a valuable service for the community.

So, who can submit press releases and announcements to be placed on this site and promoted by it?

  • Town of Esterhazy
  • RM of Fertile Belt
  • Village of Stockholm
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Esterhazy Community Daycare
  • Sports teams
  • Charities
  • Service organizations
  • Youth groups (like the Scouts)
  • Community theatre groups
  • The museum
  • The library
  • Fundraisers for town amenities

And what will the cost of these announcements be?

  • ZERO, NADA, FREE – Because North Valley Credit Union is paying for YOU to use this service! (Three cheers for NVCU!)

So, what are you waiting for? If your school, church, service organization, sports team, or youth group has an event to announce, then get in touch with us and tell us about it. Use the contact form in the menu and fire us off a request to be announced to the EsterhazyOnline audience. Your event will be included in the page headlines, added to the community calendar, and mentioned on the EsterhazyOnline Facebook.

And one more question we’ve already had… What about commercial adverts? We’re looking into that possibility, but nothing has been decided yet. If you do want to place commercial ads for your business, again, reach us through the contact form, and if there’s enough interest we’ll consider adding that feature to the site, at a cost to the advertiser of course.

Let’s make this thing ROCK people. If it’s happening out there, it should be announced on here…. GET IN TOUCH and tell everyone you know about this new public service!

Best Regards,

Kenneth

(ps… The old URL, http://www.esterhazyonline.com still brings you here!)

 

Esterhazy Mayor’s Message – September 2017

As promised, this month’s Mayor’s Message is going to deal with operational costs over the last three years. It should be noted that the financial data that is being reported here was the result of decisions made by the previous Council and not the Council of today. As well, the costs outlined are operational costs and do not include capital expenditures which, in reality, are the largest costs faced by any municipality these days as they struggle with repairing and replacing obsolete infrastructure.

 

Expenditures Amount
General Government $585,563
Transportation $927,934
Protective Services $327,051
Environmental $485,150
Planning & Development $125,510
Recreation $893,837
Utilities $463,437
2016
Expenditures Amount
General Government $572,956
Transportation $977,659
Protective Services $343,799
Environmental $541,411
Planning & Development $130,211
Recreation $848,632
Utilities $543,955
2015
Expenditures Amount
General Government $545,830
Transportation $1,091,297
Protective Services $302,140
Environmental $447,508
Planning & Development $145,876
Recreation $840,104
Utilities $444,533
2014

*Information was gained from audited financial statements*

Occasionally we hear some citizens’ state that Council is spending money in an irresponsible way. I have never witnessed this either when I sat as a Counsellor or since I was elected as the Mayor of Esterhazy last October. Below I will outline the year-over-year changes in percentage terms of the items above to add some context to the actual numbers.

2015               2016           2014-2016 Total Change

General Government          +   4.97%        +  2.20%         +  7.28%

Transportation                      –  10.41%       –   5.09%         –  14.97%

Protective Services              + 13.79%       –   4.87%         +  8.24%

Environmental                      + 20.98%       – 10.39%        +  8.41%

Planning & Development   –  10.74%       –   3.61%         – 13.96%

Recreation                            +   1.02%        +  5.33%         +  6.40%

Utilities                                   + 22.37%       – 14.80%        +  4.25%

 

So, as you can see, some categories actually recorded a net decline in costs over the two year time period. The “Protective Services” category is dominated by our contract with the RCMP for policing services. Your Council has no control over that as we are simply price-takers not price-setters. It should come as no surprise in this day and age that the “Environmental” section is on the increase given provincial and federal government mandates in this area. The “Recreation” section is driven by demands by the public for more and better recreational facilities as well as low user fees. There is an old saying and it goes something like this; “The government” doesn’t have any money except for what it takes from its taxpayers”. So the lesson here is be careful what you ask for as it could very well end up costing you more money.

In conclusion, our total operating expenses for the Town of Esterhazy over the last three years are summarized as follows; 2014 – $ 3,817,288.00, 2015—$ 3,958,623.00 and 2016 – $ 3,808,482.00. Operating expenses are not incurred in a linear fashion; some years certain expenses are higher and others are lower. But, here is the bottom line – Over the time period 2014 to 2016 the Town of Esterhazy’s total non-capital operating expenses have actually decreased by $ 8,806.00 or 0.23%!

If you would like any further information over and above what is outlined here please feel free to contact our CAO, Donna Rollie. Donna has a very solid grasp of all things financial and I have a great deal of confidence in her abilities to guide our municipal government in the right direction.

Sincere Regards,

Roy Spence, Mayor of Esterhazy

RM of Spy Hill pledges a second round of $600,000 towards hospital and care home

Recently, the Rural Municipality of Spy Hill pledged a second donation of $600,000 towards the hospital and care home project in Esterhazy. In this picture we see two cheques being displayed to signify the now $1.2 million dollars being donated by the RM.

In the picture:- Back row: Glenn Blakely – Councillor, and Don Hood. Front row: Don Bernath, Jack Neyedley – Councillor, Cheryl Odgers – Councillor, Bob Bruce – Reeve, Corrine Delmage – Councillor. Missing from picture is Marsha Sabo – Councillor.

Job Posting for North Valley Credit Union

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
CONFIDENTIAL SECRETARY
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

THE POSITION:

North Valley Credit Union is seeking a highly motivated financial services professional to provide complex and confidential administrative and secretarial support to the CEO/General Manager. This position will carry with it numerous responsibilities that will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acting as the recording secretary at board meetings and various other meetings.
  • Filing of the corporate annual report.
  • Maintenance of the Director listing and minute book.
  • Co-ordination of CUDA training for directors.
  • Direct assistance with special projects as assigned.
  • Maintenance of the master policy and procedural manuals for NVCU.
  • Maintenance of documents for new employees.
  • Assistance with Annual Report preparation and meeting co-ordination.
  • Assistance with compilation of audit materials.
  • Administrative assistance in Marketing, Advertising and Newsletters.
  • Maintenance of contracts for NVCU and subsidiary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Grade twelve diploma.
  • Ability to work with a variety of software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Strong co-ordination and organization skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment that requires multi-tasking at times.
  • Good people skills.

 

COMPENSATION:

  • This position will be classified as a Job Level # E-305 on the provincial Compensation Grid.
  • This position offers a base, starting salary that will be attractive to anyone currently earning less than $ 20.00 per hour as well as an industry leading variable compensation program that is linked to individual performance and pays out annually.
  • In addition the successful candidate will have the opportunity to progress through the pay scale to full job rate over a three year time frame which includes annual cost of living adjustments.
  • An annual training budget is provided.
  • A comprehensive benefit package including dental, vision and health care as well as various insurance coverage is provided.
  • Participation in a defined contribution pension plan wherein employee and employer contributions are equally matched. Pension contributions are segregated and held within the Co-operative Superannuation Society Pension Plan.
  • This is a full time permanent position based on 37.5 hours weekly / 1,950 annually.
  • This is a non-union position.

 

THE COMMUNITY:

The town of Esterhazy is a full service community of approximately 3,000 located north of the Qu’Appelle Valley approximately 90 KM South East of Yorkton and 61 KM from the Manitoba border. It has a hospital, dentist, veterinarian, K-12 schools, day care, hockey and curling rinks and a 9-hole grass green golf course. It also has an RCMP detachment along with a strong commercial sector consisting of two grocery stores, two pharmacies, hardware store, bargain shop, bowling alley, two motels and three hotels and a successful Ford dealership. The potash mines in the immediate vicinity provide for a stable diversified economy.

 

Please submit your resumes to:

Roy Spence CEO & General Manager

North Valley Credit Union, Esterhazy Branch
P. 0. Box 1389

Esterhazy, SK. SOA-OXO

This position is available immediately. Telephone enquiries are welcome.

The closing date for receipt of resumes is September 5th, 2017

A bigger vision for world-class healthcare in the Esterhazy District

By Kenneth James Kerr

On September 11, 2017, the 17th Annual Esterhazy & District Charity Golf Classic will take place at the Esterhazy golf course. The event is the major fundraiser for new healthcare facilities in the area, and its continuation each year is due to both the determination of a dedicated group of people who organize it, and the incredible support of the many companies, local authorities, and individuals who donate or pledge towards the building of a new hospital in Esterhazy.

For those visionaries who keep the dream alive, the journey has been characterized by both victories and disappointments. Every successful fundraising event is a victory, as is every positive meeting with a government representative. However, there are times when some disappointment is also experienced, when another year goes by without the hoped-for government announcement, or changes take place that alter the plans.

Recently, the Saskatchewan Minister of Health met with representatives of the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, and representatives of the Charity Golf Classic to discuss the hospital project. The meeting was positive, but it clearly communicated two important realities that some people might see as disappointing. First, there is no government funding available for the project at this time, and second, for the project to move forward it must be a combined hospital and care home at the same time, which means it will be more expensive than originally expected.

So how should people respond to this news? There are two choices. Choice one is to get discouraged and give up. Yes, that is a choice, but what will the end result of that choice be? It would resign everything that has been done in the past to failure. Choice two is to acknowledge the situation, focus again on the dream, and be inspired to carry on.

Which choice do you think offers the better ultimate result?

Yes, it is going to take more money. The larger project requires a larger community contribution to move it forward. Right now, with donations and pledges combined, we stand at $8.8 million already committed to the project. (Already contributed donations are held by the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and the Esterhazy Charity Golf, and are invested and gaining interest.) With the upcoming Golf Classic, it is anticipated the total will rise to $9 million. That’s staggering! However, with the larger project, the 20% share must now increase to $11 million.

How important is it to have this increased community contribution in place? Look at it this way. It’s the ticket to the dance. If we don’t have the 20% in place when government funding is actually available, Esterhazy won’t even get invited to the dance. However, with the 20% in place, we’re at the dance. It doesn’t mean we’ll be invited to take to the dance floor with the government (get guaranteed funding) in any specific year, but at least Esterhazy will be at the dance and eligible for taking the spotlight when the opportunity arises.

So what is the best way to inspire continued fundraising to attain a higher figure? It’s to get a clearer vision of what we’re really aiming for. It’s not just a hospital, it’s the bringing of world-class healthcare to Esterhazy and the surrounding region. That’s a bigger and more powerful dream, and it will give this region something even more valuable.

What does the dream of world-class healthcare look like?

  1. With an integrated hospital and care home, local seniors will have the facility, the staff, and the medical support, to live a quality life in their sunset years. When critical medical care is needed, they will already be in the right place at the right time.
  2. With an integrated hospital and care home, the local and district population will have everything they need to receive essential and periodic health care when it is needed.
  3. With an integrated hospital and care home, it will become easier to recruit new doctors to the area. Doctors are human too, and if they have a choice between working in a dilapidated building or working in a new state-of-the-art facility, where do you think they will gravitate to? Doctor retention is a key factor here. The same goes for nurses, continuing care assistants, and ancillary/support workers at every level.
  4. With an integrated hospital and care home, this district will be better equipped to handle any disaster, whether by natural causes, commercial incident, or traffic accident.
  5. With an integrated hospital and care home designed from the ground up, even such factors as a dedicated landing platform for STARS can be envisioned, as well as ambulance bays, and other essentials that are easily overlooked.

This is the real dream. It’s not just about a building, it’s about a quality of life for our parents, for our children and grandchildren, and for every soul in Esterhazy and the surrounding district. Is that a big enough dream to inspire continued fundraising? Is it a big enough dream to enable us to overcome momentary disappointments? Yes, it is.

The Town of Esterhazy knows it, and they pledged an additional million dollars to the project! The RM of Spy Hill knows it too, they pledged a second round of $600.000 just recently. But now the call must go out to all other local municipalities, and corporations, and service groups, and individuals.

Yes, the Golf Classic is coming up, and while they don’t need any more golfers, they do need more financial donations and pledges. These are the people to contact to make that happen…

Jerry Halyk – (306) 745 2136. Heather MacDonald Maga – (306) 745 2404. Gerald (Chip) Bernath – (306) 745 6510, (306) 740 9252. Ed Zimmer – (306) 745 6249.

But, it’s going to take more than the Golf Classic to get the 20% in place. We’ve got to begin thinking outside the box. Will a private investor step up and help? Who do you know in the world of entertainment, or sport who would be altruistic enough to pledge their financial support out of their deep pockets? Are there any “local man or woman makes it big” people out there who originally hailed from this area? What ideas can we come up with? What avenues have not been considered? A bigger dream can stimulate incredible creativity if we put our individual and collective minds to it.

If you have ideas, contacts, etc, please get in touch with Don Hood – (306) 745 6100, (306) 740 7035, or Don Bernath – (306) 793 2008, (306) 740 9975.

The Esterhazy district plays an essential role in the provincial economy. It’s an important place, and that’s why it is still growing with new subdivisions, still attracting new businesses, and still building new community amenities. These are tangible evidences of the ability to dream. And, the people of this area must never lose sight of the dream, the vision, and the goal of world-class healthcare.

We can make this happen!