Ratepayers Info 2021

R.M. of Cote No. 271

Ratepayer Information 2021

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528 Third Ave. South, Box 669, Kamsack, SK  S0A 1S0 

office: 306-542-2121, fax: 306-542-2428

E-mail: rm271@sasktel.net

Website: rmofcote271.com


Office Hours:

Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Statutory holidays.


2020 Election:

Monday, November 9, 2020 was Election Day for the following positions on council: Reeve and Councillors for divisions 1, 3 and 5. Please refer to the new council members below. The next election date for division 2, 4 and 6 is Wednesday, November 9, 2022. 



Municipal Council:                  

Reeve:  Kim Pennell 306-542-7493    

Division 1: Amanda Burback 306-597-2115  

Division 2: Vern Bowes 306-597-4502                    

Division 3: Craig Salahub 306-542-3337

Division 4: Dale Schwartz 306-597-4535

Division 5: Glen Becenko 306-542-7647

Division 6: Murray Horkoff 306-542-2259


Staff:

Administrator: Sherry Guenther 

Operators: Russell Rauckman & Cory Finnie


Council Meetings:

Council meets the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise changed at Council’s discretion beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you wish to address Council or attend a regular meeting, Council requires a brief written letter regarding your concern(s) to the office the Friday before the meeting to have your delegation placed on the agenda. (Bylaw No. 3/2016 Council Procedures Bylaw).


Payment of Taxes:

The office will accept payment of taxes by cheque, cash, Telpay or e-Transfer. The office does not have a debit/credit card machine. Remember: payment is received the day we get the cheque not the date the cheque is dated or envelope is postmarked. You can always mail a post-dated cheque early and it will be processed on the date.

For online payments, the first tax roll number listed on your tax notice will be used as your account number. This will be a 6 or 7 digit number found on the left hand side of your notice and is usually in bold. If your tax roll number has 5 or 6 digit numbers, please insert 0 (zero(s)) before your tax roll number so that you are entering 7 digits in total, no spaces.



Pest Control Services:

The R.M. participates in the Provincial Rat Eradication Program. The RM provides free rat control products through our PCO, Garrett Keyowski (306) 782-2683. Call Garrett if you have issues with the rodent and require product. The office also has pest control products for sale (mice, rats, gophers). These items are sold to our ratepayers at cost. Due to COVID, Garrett has been contacting ratepayers by phone the last two years. 


Call out to all photographers:

Council is requesting outstanding photographs that exemplify life in our rural municipality to be placed on our website. If you have taken a photo recently or have found some great photos hidden in the family attic please submit them to the office. There is nothing better than rural living in Saskatchewan!! 


R.M. Mowing:

Friesen Mowing has been contracted again for 2021 for ditch mowing in the municipality. 


Gravel 2021:

Gravel tenders for crushing/stockpiling and loading/hauling were placed on Sask Tenders for this year. The crushing and stockpiling was awarded to Kirsch Construction from Middle Lake, SK. The loading and hauling was awarded to Kam-Crete Ltd. from Kamsack.


Highway 5 Bridge Replacement at Runnymede:

The bridge on Highway 5 at Runnymede was closed off on April 5th to the public with demolition beginning the next day. The detour through the municipality travels north from Highway 5 on Range Road 1301 for three miles, west on Township Road 291 for two and a half miles then south through the Hamlet of Runnymede back to Highway 5. The length of the detour is approximately seven miles. The anticipated date of completion on the bridge is October 31st of this year. Thank you to all residents in the Hamlet and surrounding area, public traffic, ratepayers and our agricultural producers for your patience. We understand this has been an inconvenience.


Controlled Burns:

Call 1-866-404-4911 if you plan to burn in the R.M. and be prepared with fire guards in place. The number is answered 24/7, 365 days. Be ready to answer the following questions:

  • What is your land location? -   What is your R.M. number?

  • Who is the fire service provider? -   What are your location details?

  • What are you burning? -   How long will you be burning?

  • Your name and phone number?

  • You will be asked to call back once the burn has been completed.


R.M. of Cote’s Runnymede Transfer Station Site:

Open the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. From the May long weekend to October long weekend the site will be open the first and third Saturday of each month.

Location:  PT SE 12-29-31 W1. One mile north through Runnymede. The transfer station was inspected in October 2018 by the Ministry of Environment. NO painted, treated or stained wood. NO shingles are to be left at the transfer station. 

Section 10 (1)(a)(b) of The Municipal Refuse Management Regulations states that no person shall dispose of: automobiles or other large metal objects; pesticides and other hazardous wastes, or any material or thing treated with any of those substances, including the receptacles containing them.

NO GRAIN BAGS AND TWINE IN THE BINS!!! The twine get tangled in the compactor and loader. Contact Dallon Leger at 306-562-8112 for more information or check out Cleanfarms website.

For agriculture plastics such as pesticide containers and fertilizer bags check out Cleanfarms website for more information and collection sites.

The City of Yorkton Landfill is accepting clean, rolled grain bags free of charge. Please contact them ahead of time for guidelines and hours. Silage bags are not accepted. Call 306-828-2470.

Conservation Officers are empowered to investigate and lay charges for littering when appropriate. CO’s along with environmental protection officers will also investigate illegal landfill dumping sites. To report call 1-800-667-7561

The R.M. has recycle bins at the R.M. shop in Kamsack and two at Runnymede. Please make sure ALL lids on ALL bins are closed. 



Green Center: 

Is a family owned recycle facility located at the front of the City of Yorkton landfill. This facility offers a lower price rate for the dumping of used concrete, wood, asphalt and asphalt shingles into landfills. Contact their office at 306-620-8338 or grgreencenter@gmail.com for further information, rates and hours of operation.


Parkland Regional Waste Management Authority Regional Landfill:

The PRWMA owns and operates a regional landfill located approximately 12 km’s west of Preeceville. Contact the R.M. office for hours and further information.


Garbage Bins:

Report garbage bin abuse to the R.M. office. Failure to maintain these bin sites, will force the R.M. to seek alternative operation procedures for garbage collections. NOTE that the bins are for household garbage only!! When other items are thrown in it fills up the bins and causes a mess before the truck comes back to the area to empty them. 

There were issues this spring again with bins overflowing with garbage. Remember that when spring road bans are on the truck does not come to some divisions for pick up. If you find the bins full please take the garbage home and bring it back once the bins have been emptied. The garbage bins are emptied every two weeks when roads bans are not in place. If you see someone who should not be dumping at the bins please contact your councillor or the office. Remember it is your tax dollars that pay for this essential service!!!

Council has replaced a number of the plastic lids with metal ones and understands the concerns about the metal lids being too heavy to lift for you, the ratepayers. We apologize for the inconvenience but the pesky bears have destroyed some plastic lids and the only way to try to keep them out and to keep the fields garbage free is to opt for the metal lids. Please do not leave trash outside of bins. Due to the bear population they can leave a huge mess in your R.M. spreading your garbage around. Let’s all work together to keep the municipality clean and safe!!


Visit: saskwastereduction.ca for information on recycling, reducing waste and other great information. Click on the “recycle” tab for info in your area. You may need to expand your search to larger communities.  


TIPP:

If you suspect wildfires, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, call the TIPP number or submit your report online. Environmental violations include illegal dumping and burning of plastics, tires and other waste. All reports are investigated and calls are confidential. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

Saskatchewan.ca/tipp, 1-800-667-7561, SaskTel cell #5555


Suspicious behavior, theft, or other concerns:

The R.M. has been in talks with the RCMP and they would like ratepayers to know that any thefts that may occur should be reported to the local RCMP detachment. You may feel it is a small issue or nothing will be done, but any contribution brought forward would greatly be appreciated to them. If you see something or someone out of the ordinary in your area please contact the detachment or the municipal office. Only you know your area and by working together we can make the R.M. of Cote a safe environment for all.  


Defacing of municipal signs: 

The defacing and/or theft of traffic and road signs in the municipality is only costing the ratepayers and may cause harm or injury to the public. Please report any signs down or missing to the office. 

You will see in the near future range road and township signs are being placed along Highway 5, 8, 57 and 357. The municipality received funding in 2020 with the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) for the signs. 


Drainage/Ditching!!!

Drainage is not a landowner’s right!!!  New drainage works now require approval from the Water Security Agency before the work is implemented. Contact the WSA before any work is done. 


2021 Mill Rate:

The mill rate for 2021 has remained unchanged at 8.3 from 2019.


Education Property Tax Mill Rates:

The provincial budget held on April 6, 2021 saw an increase in the education property mill rate on three of the four property classes:

Agricultural 1.43 (2020)       1.36 (2021)

Residential 4.12 (2020) 4.46 (2021)

Commercial/Ind. 6.27 (2020) 6.75 (2021)

Resource          9.68 (2020) 9.79 (2021)



Bylaw No. 3/2021:

Bylaw No. 3/2021, “A Bylaw to Provide for a Minimum Tax” was adopted by Council at the June 2021 meeting. Bylaw No. 3/2012 was repealed. A minimum tax may be established to increase the amount of taxation revenue generated from lower assessed properties within one or more property classifications. The minimum tax on agricultural land is $100.00 (from $10), residential improvements is $500.00 (from $400) and commercial land is $700.00 (from $600). The residential and commercial amounts have not been increased since June 11, 1997. 



2021 Municipal Budget:

 

Main revenue sources for the rural municipality comes from the general municipal levy and revenue sharing from the Government of Saskatchewan. The revenue sharing for the Hamlet of Runnymede is $5,253 and for the R.M. $198,331. Other sources are from custom work, fees and charges, grant-in-lieu’s, interest revenue, grants/funding applied for, etc. 


It is understandable that individuals do not “see where there tax dollars go” so here is a brief breakdown of some of the bigger expenses of the municipality and what was approximately budgeted for 2021:


Gravel: gravel, royalties, pit stripping          $240,000

Police requisition                  $26,500

Eaglestone Lodge Capital Contribution          $5,000

Assiniboine Valley Health & Wellness Foundation $5,480

Library requisition                 $7,370

Fire agreement with the Town of Kamsack $21,750

Culvert work for six divisions, culvert purchases $56,000

Bush/Patchwork for six divisions          $45,000

Insurance/benefits                  $40,000

Amortization                  $113,000

SAMA                          $11,400

Wages: employees/council indemnities $296,000

Utilities: office, shop, Hamlet of Runnymede $15,000

Oil and Gas                          $45,000

PRWMA (garbage), transfer station maintenance $49,000

Mowing contract                              $50,000

Asset Mngmnt (for future capital purchases/projects)    $80,000


2020 financial statements are available at the R.M. office. If you wish a copy e-mailed to you please contact the office. 


Tax Arrears:  

Municipal arrears as of June 30, 2021 (before 2021 tax notices were sent) are: $21,695.07. 



Highway 369:

As of June 23, 2021 Highway 369 will be closed approximately 7 km north of the Hwy 10 junction due to a local landslide. The length of closure has not been determined at this time. Traffic needing access to the Hwy 369 bridge should use an alternate route such as Highways 8, 357 or 369 south. Be sure to check www.hotline.gov.sk.ca/mobile/ for updates. 



The office is requesting that ratepayers submit a cell phone number (text) or e-mail address so  a contact list can be compiled to reach everyone in case of municipal news of interest, emergencies or other pertinent information. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.