YEAR IN RE­VIEW: Batco Man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­pands into Ur­ban For­est Re­cy­clers fa­cil­ity

Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

The year 2013 was a mem­o­rable year, with the phas­ing out of the penny at the cash reg­is­ter and the in­tro­duc­tion of 10 digit di­al­ing for all Saskatchewan res­i­dents back in May.

We take this op­por­tu­nity to look back at the past year at the stand­out head­lines from across the South­west.

Jan­uary 10

some well re­ceived re­ac­tion. A se­ries of South­west com­mu­ni­ties are host­ing in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion clin­ics this week in re­sponse to the high num­ber of res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness cases oc­cur­ring across the re­gion.

Jan­uary 17 Swift Cur­rent’s an­nex­a­tion ap­pli­ca­tion in a de­ci­sion handed down late Fri­day af­ter­noon.

In the Mu­nic­i­pal Bound­ary Com­mit­tee’s 40-page rul­ing they de­ter­mined the City will pay the RM of Swift Cur­rent 15-times the an­nual tax loss rate for the an­nexed land over a seven year pe­riod. The to­tal amount paid for the prop­erty will be ap­prox­i­mately $3.17 mil­lion, with an an­nual pay­ment of just over $450,000.

Fe­bru­ary 14 The Saskatchewan Trans­porta­tion Com­pany is plan­ning to cut their only bus route ser­vic­ing the South­west ef­fec­tive May 18.

This past Fri­day the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced they were sup­port­ing a cost-cut­ting move by STC which will re­sult in the elim­i­na­tion of the Eas­t­end to Swift Cur­rent and Eas­t­end to Moss­bank bus routes.

While counted as a sin­gle route, the ser­vice op­er­ates on Tues­days and Thurs­days from Eas­t­end through Shau­navon and into Swift Cur­rent, while on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days it makes the High­way #13 run from Eas­t­end to Moss­bank and back.

Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for STC Don McMor­ris said the cost sav­ing move would save $100,000 on this route alone. STC has also an­nounced they will be dis­con­tin­u­ing the Blaine Lake to North Bat­tle­ford route, and ser­vice be­tween Regina and Lani­gan. Board re­gard­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion from the City of Swift Cur­rent to an­nex the com­mer­cial strip on the west end of the City to Lac Pel­letier Trail.

The RM is very dis­ap­pointed in the de­ci­sion to ap­prove the City’s ap­pli­ca­tion with a com­pen­sa­tion of 15 times tax loss and also in the fact that the com­pen­sa­tion is to be spread over seven years. An agree­ment in prin­ci­ple has been reached with the Board of Di­rec­tors of Eas­t­end’s T.rex Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre Inc. that will see the Royal Saskatchewan Mu­seum (RSM) as­sume the on-go­ing op­er­a­tion of the cen­tre this spring.

Fe­bru­ary 28 The City of Swift Cur­rent and the Chi­nook School Di­vi­sion have each ap­proved shared fund­ing to con­struct the first all­weather eight-lane track in south­west Saskatchewan, based on ten­ders that were so­licited in Jan­uary 2013, with the con­tract awarded to Playtech En­ter­prises Inc. for syn­thetic sur­fac­ing and the civil ten­der awarded to South Rock Ltd.

The Chi­nook School Divi- sion ap­proved their con­tri­bu­tion of $645,355 plus taxes at their Feb. 11 board meet­ing, sub­ject to City Coun­cil’s for­mal ap­proval. The to­tal cost of the track and field project to be cost shared is $1,290,710, and will see the six-lane dirt track re­placed by an eight lane all-weather syn­thetic sur­face track.

March 21 Swift Cur­rent Mayor Jer­rod Schafer pre­sented the 2013 Mu­nic­i­pal Bud­get at the March 18 Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil meet­ing.

Cur­rent mu­nic­i­pal taxes will rise by 8.95 per cent fol­low­ing Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil’s ap­proval of the 2013 Mu­nic­i­pal Bud­get on March 18.

The bud­get im­pact will re­sult in an ap­prox­i­mately $81 in­creased tax bill for the av­er­age home­owner, with Coun­cil ap­prov­ing a bud­get fea­tur­ing $64.7 mil­lion in ex­penses and cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­tures. Fund­ing for city ba­sic ser­vices will be achieved with a in­crease in the res­i­den­tial base tax equal to $50 per year and a 5.3 per cent tax ad­just for com­mer­cial and multi-fam­ily prop­erty own­ers. An ad­di­tional 3.6 per cent tax ad­just­ment will sup­port en­hanced pro­grams and ser­vices plus cap­i­tal in­vest­ments.

Booster photo by Scott An­der­son

Mem­bers of the Shau­navon Dance Co. shared their tal­ents dur­ing a pair of hoe­down-themed per­for­mances at the Cres­cent Point Wick­en­heiser Cen­tre dur­ing Shau­navon's Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tions on July 20.

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