The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities will be meeting today and tomorrow for their midterm convention in Saskatoon.

RM Delegates attending this week’s SARM Convention will be discussing a variety of issues with presentations on Rural Crime Watch, STARS and Cannabis at the Workplace.

The group will also be reviewing over 30 resolutions while at the conference in Saskatoon.

One of the topics on the agenda is rats and other pest control. 

There are 11 RMs that have signed a resolution asking SARM to increase the amount of funding for rat control in the province. Currently, the newly introduced Pest Bio-security Program supplies 2.85 million dollars each year to help control the number of rats, beavers, and invasive plants in Saskatchewan.

Pest control in the province used to receive 1.4 million dollars in funding for rat control alone, which was dropped to $900,000 this year.

"It will be of interest to some RMs," shared Terry Keating, Reeve for the RM of Estevan, "and depending on your RM if you have a problem, one of your councilors might attend that and learn something. There are many different topics."

Thankfully, the RM of Estevan is not currently worried about the population of rats in the area.

There will also be sessions offered with a variety of topics including Cannabis, underground pipelines, oil and gas sites, and noxious weeds.

There's also a resolution to ask the government to bring back the two license plate system for vehicles, arguing that it can be hard to read the back plate due to dust in rural areas.

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