News & Announcements
- Library Spring Story Time
- New Batting Cages Built
- Gallery of Glory Relocates
- 2015 Budget Finalized
DONORS MAKE BATTING CAGES A REALITY
April 21, 2015
Volunteers were hard at work over the past weekend assembling batting cages on the Eston fairgrounds. The batting cages will be home to a new pitching machine and a shed will stand near the cages for ball related storage. The shed and pitching machine were made possible with donations from Top H Consulting Ltd, while the cages were purchased with donations from Top H Consulting Ltd, KidSport and the Eston Lions Club in memory of Bob (RJ) Stevenson.
“Our ball program has been growing and this donation will only help to grow and build it further,” commented Eston & District Recreation Board Chair Mike Sauser. “Our community continuously comes through with their support of recreation programming, and this is just another example.”
“Ball has always been a big part of my life and I’m happy to do what I can to help build the program in our community,” commented Top H Consulting owner Chris Holben. “I’m looking forward to seeing it get used as much as possible by teams and the general public year-round.”
The storage shed was constructed by the Eston Composite School Industrial Arts class and will be used to store the pitching machine and supplies as well as equipment for teams.
The equipment should be operational within the next week. Eston ball teams will use the machines for practice and training for batting, pop flies and ground balls. The equipment will allow for more beneficial and efficient practices and for people without in-depth knowledge of baseball to assist with practices. The equipment will be available to other community members to use as well. Bookings can be made through the Recreation Director.
The Eston & District Recreation Board would like to give a huge thank you to the volunteers and businesses for their donations of time and equipment towards the project.
Gallery of glory finds more visible home
April 27, 2015 – The Eston & District Recreation Board announced today that they will be reviving the Community Complex Gallery of Glory and Sports Memorabilia and relocating the displays to the arena concourse in time for next season.
“The move will allow the Gallery of Glory to have a new, fresh look and stay in the public eye,” commented committee co-chair Crystal Adams. “In its current location there was a fair amount of accidental damage occurring so this will not only increase the visibility of the displays but also their longevity.”
“We are proud to be celebrating the community’s fantastic citizens and will continue this tradition in the future,” commented committee co-chair Susanne Fox. “We encourage everyone to consider submitting nominations for all categories for this fall’s Gallery of Glory event.”
The Gallery of Glory and Sports Memorabilia displays recognize individuals and teams who are distinguished as being exceptional in bringing special honour to Eston and district at a local, provincial, national or international level. It isn’t limited to athletics; it also includes scholastics, arts and innovations.
The move will consist of two parts. The first will move the original trophy cases to the arena concourse where they will be more accessible to the public. The second will involve the purchase of a TV that will display all pictures and write-ups through a revolving slide show.
Nominations for Gallery of Glory inductions are currently open until August 30, 2015. Application forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Town Office or printed off the Town of Eston website. There will be up to five inductees celebrated at a ceremony in the fall.
Budget invests in the future of the community
April 30, 2015 – The Town of Eston Council passed its 2015 operating and capital budgets at last night`s council meeting as well as 2015 tax rates. Rising costs and investment in health care and waste management led to an average increase of between six and ten percent for tax payers. The increase will vary depending on the taxable assessment of each homeowner.
“Council did not take these decisions lightly; there was a lot debate and work over the past months to get things down to where they are,” commented Mayor Al Heron. “I congratulate council and the staff on their work to keep the mill rate to a one point increase and believe strongly that while tax increases are never ideal, this budget invests in vital areas—healthcare and waste management—two things that will help build a stronger future for our community.”
Highlights of the 2015 tax rates include:
- 15.00 mill rate (14.00 in 2014)
- $700 minimum tax on improvements for all property classes ($600 in 2014)
- $875 base tax on land for residential properties ($800 in 2014)
- $1,300 base tax on land for commercial properties ($1,200 in 2014)
The Town sites two major projects, in addition to rising costs of operations, as the main sources of increases. The recently announced joint landfill operation will require initial investment in equipment and site development, but is expected to offer lower ongoing costs compared to outsourcing solutions used by other communities.
The second major project surrounds healthcare planning and sustainability. With the retirement of the community’s doctor, recruitment efforts have been in full force, leading to increased recruitment and retention costs in the area of health. Council has maintained a position that having a doctor in the community is a critical service for residents and imperative for the future attraction and retention of residents.
Tax notices will be issued in mid-May with an early payment discount of 2% available for payment received by June 30, 2015. Taxes must be paid by July 31, 2015, to avoid penalty.
Welcome to the Town of Eston
The Town of Eston is located in the heart of West Central Saskatchewan at the junction of Highways 44 and 30.
The town boasts a busy business district with services including a drug store, a grocery store with liquor vendor, two motels, restaurants, two gift shops, a bakery, a service station and a card lock, a bank, a credit union, a dumping station....