Among the members of City Council attending the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention this past week was Councillor Dennis Moore.
At different points, the councilors would split up to attend different lectures in line with their specialties and interests. For Moore, those were Highways and Infrastructure, and Justice and RCMP.
"I'm keenly interested in what we're trying to do with Highway 47, and oddly enough, I didn't have to get up and ask the question because somebody else from the north end of 47 was asking, why we can't get it corrected and make it so that we can do some trade and commerce north and south."
"We weren't promised anything in the near future, but the issue is out there, and it's just a matter of which of the worst areas are going to be looked after first," he said, "The one thing that we all know is that this province has way too many roads," he said.
Moore explained that, when the roads were designed years ago, horse and buggy and the postal service were forefront on the minds of the engineers. Those roads are still in use today, however, the weights they experience these days are heavier than originally intended, and thus a cause of some of the state of disrepair.
When it comes to Justice and the RCMP, he noted that incidents of rural crime are much more common, and need to be addressed.
"Before, you could walk away from your residence and leave your doors unlocked in case a neighbor needed something. There's so many things happening that never happened before, and even with the government giving us more people to be out and about, it's still short for what's happening. Everybody's scrambling to try and get their fair share of the policing that's being done."
Moore added that the associated costs are also rising as well, usually shouldered by the towns and RMs.
Marijuana was another major topic of discussion among attendees, with concerns regarding costs at the forefront.