There were a number of items on the agenda Monday evening's City Council meeting. One of the topics discussed was the SaskEnergy Municipal Surcharge.

"This has been in place for the City of Estevan for a long time," explained Mayor Roy Ludwig. "Whereby SaskEnergy remits 5% of the total bill to the City of Estevan. They've been doing that for awhile. With some of the reductions the provincial government had, the communities were concerned about further reductions but thankfully that did not happen so this is something that we will continue to collect."

Also discussed was whether or not the City would continue to contribute to the Federal Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Special Advocacy Fund. 

"The FCM is an advocacy group on behalf of all villages, towns and cities throughout Canada. What they like to do is find out the platform for especially the three main parties, but even the Green Party. They flesh out the complete platforms and they try and make them more towards things the RMs, the villages, the towns, the cities would like to see."

"One of those main things that we continue to strive for is more infrastructure. That could be paving, that could be water main replacements, sewer line replacements. We've always advocated through FCM and SUMA for more of that."

Council agreed that having a voice that would advocate for municipalities and their needs is something that is important to Estevan and decided to contribute again with $500 plus tax.

One topic of contention was the fact that the Tax assessment Roll Report from SAMA was late by two months. This was likely due to the fact that Estevan was reassessed and every property had to be inspected. However, because of the lateness of the report, the City missed the early deadline to submit and could be facing penalties. They do not think they should have to pay the penalties and have invited representatives from SAMA to the next council meeting. 

"There are not only questions pertaining to that, we have questions that we still aren't comfortable with from the last assessment. The main issue with that is the wide swings. We've had some properties double we simply do not think that is fair. When you are looking at more than doubling, that is very hard to take."

Now that the assessment roll is done, Council will look to pass the 1% mill rate increase.

There were also a number of requests that Council received from the Kinsmen, OTS golf tournament, and the Exhibition Association to hold events and be able to sell alcohol. They were all passed. 

 

Next City Council meeting is on June 11.

More Local News

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login