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Melville is a small Canadian city located in the east-central portion of Saskatchewan. The city is 145km north east of the provincial capital of Regina and 45km south west of Yorkton. Melville is bordered by the rural municipalities of Cana No. 214 and Stanley No. 215. The population at the 2011 census was 4,517, making it the smallest official city in Saskatchewan.HistoryAccording to What's in a Name?: The Story Behind Saskatchewan Places and Names by E. T. Russell, People Places Contemporary Saskatchewan Placenames by Bill Barry the city was named for Charles Melville Hays, who at the time of the settlement's initial construction was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.Pearl Park was the area's first post office established in 1905 near the Pearl creek, a tributary of the Qu'Appelle River. Melville was declared a city by the province in 1960.DemographicsUnder Saskatchewan law, a town must have a sustained population of more than 5,000 in order to apply for and maintain a city charter. Melville is a notable exception to this rule, as it has retained its charter despite dropping below the 5000 threshold.GovernmentCurrently the mayor is Dr. Walter Streelasky.Provincially, Melville is within the Constituency of Melville-Saltcoats. It is currently represented served by their MLA, Bob Bjornerud.
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