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Notice Of Public Hearing

Public Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Spiritwood No. 496 intends to alter the proposed Zoning Bylaw, referred to as Bylaw. No. 4-2015.

Intent Of Zoning Bylaw Alterations

Section 7 - “Agricultural Resources District”, Subsection 7.4 - “Subdivision and Site Regulations”

  • Add a provision to the maximum residential site area table to accommodate a larger residential site size where physical limitations of the site exist on land with marginal agriculture value.
  • Section 11 - “Lakeshore Development District”

  • Move the accessory building maximum floor area from the table under Subsection 11.4 to Subsection 11.5 “Accessory Buildings and Uses”
  • Section 3 – “Administration and Interpretation”, Subsection 3.16 – “Minor Variance”

  • To allow minor variances to be granted in relation to all properties, not just residential.
  • Remove the maximum building heights from the Subdivision and Site Regulations table in the following sections:

  • Section 8 – “Low Density Country Residential District”
  • Section 9 – “Medium Density Country Residential District”
  • Section 10 – “Hamlet District”
  • Section 11 – “Lakeshore Development District”
  • Affected Lands

    All lands within the corporate limits of the Rural Municipality of Spiritwood No. 496 as shown on the Zoning District Map contained within this notice may hereby be affected by the alterations.

    Reason For Zoning Bylaw Alterations

    The reason for the Zoning Bylaw alterations are to:

  • Clarify regulations throughout the Zoning Bylaw to improve interpretation and implementation.
  • Public Inspection

    Any person may request a copy of the Zoning Bylaw Amendment during regular office hours by calling or emailing the municipal office. Printed copies are available at cost.

    Public Hearing

    A Public Hearing shall be held on July 14, 2020 at 1:15 pm. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, only written comments & concerns will be accepted until 3:00 pm Friday, July 10, 2020. Written comments can be mailed to Box 340, Spiritwood, SK. S0J 2M0 or emailed to rm496@sasktel.net. Issued by the RM of Spiritwood this 27th day of May 2020.




    Grain Bag Recycling

    Did you know? Grain bag recycling is now available in the RM of Spiritwood.

    Rolled grain bags can be dropped off, free of charge, at the Collection Site located in the Town of Spiritwood Landfill.

    Please contact the RM Foreman, Darcy Laventure at 306-841-7655 or the RM office at 306-883-2034 to make arrangements for drop off.

    Please note that grain bags must be rolled and secured with twine prior to drop off. This will ensure a smooth drop off process, keeps contamination to a minimum and maximizes the recyclability of the material.

    Visit www.cleanfarms.ca to learn more about how to properly prepare your grain bags for recycling and more news about this program.

    Thank you for keeping our environment clean.




    RM of Spiritwood No. 496 - Controlled Burn Management

    With the warmer weather finally upon us, you may need to burn grass, bush piles or stubble. Please be sure you are well-prepared and that you have fire guards in place. These “controlled burns” should also be reported, to avoid dispatching firefighters unnecessarily.

    Any person who starts a fire is responsible for all suppression costs and possible liability from damage caused by the fire. If you do decide to burn, choose to do so under conditions that minimize health and safety risks.

    Report a controlled burn anywhere in the province.

    • Call 1-866-404-4911

    The number is answered 24/7 - 365 days.

    Questions you will be asked:

    • What is your land location?
    • What is your RM number?
    • Who is your Fire Service Provider?
    • What are the location details?
    • What are you burning?
    • How long will your burn last?
    • Your name and phone number.

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

    If you plan to burn in or within 4.5 kilometres of the provincial forest during the wildfire season (April 1 to October 31), you may also need a burn notification number. These are available from the Ministry of Environment’s Wildfire Management Forest Protection Offices.




    SaskPower Pole Inspections

    Starting this spring, SaskPower contractors will be inspecting and performing maintenance on wood power poles in the RM. This work extends the life of our infrastructure, helps ensure reliable electricity for customers and saves money by reducing expensive emergency repairs.

    Wood pole inspections involve looking for physical damage, potential signs of decay or carpenter ant infestation. Wherever possible, the poles will be treated, repaired or reinforced. If a pole can’t be repaired, it will be marked for replacement or reinforcement starting in 2021.

    The contractor for this work is Central Pole Inspections and Maintenance Inc. They’re scheduled to be in your area between May 19th and Oct. 31st 2020 or before the ground freezes.

    Crews will do their best to stay within the SaskPower right-of-way as much as possible, however workers may need access to private property in certain cases.

    Contractors will wear high-visibility clothing and carry identification with them. No power outages are necessary for this work.




    Maximum Gross Weights during Spring Road Bans




    Public Advisory

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Council for the RM of Spiritwood has closed all municipal buildings to the public until further notice.Most municipal staff have been sent home to reduce the risk of exposure for our organization and the community.

    Municipal staff will continue to respond to inquiries by telephone and email. Measures are in place to ensure services are not adversely affected should the need arise.

    Please follow the advisories of the Federal & Provincial Government & the Sask. Health Authority.

    For more information please visit the provinces emerging public health issues page.

    Thank you for your patience & understanding.





    RM of Spiritwood Council Meetings will be held by Web Conferencing until further notice.

    If you have questions or would like to attend as a delegate please contact the municipal office at 306-883-2034 or email rm496@sasktel.net.




    Saskatchewan residents can now access virtual healthcare services from Lumeca, with a particular focus on COVID-19 screening and general health consultations.

    Lumeca is a Regina based company that develops healthcare technology to bring timely access to doctors and allied healthcare professionals.

    Lumeca, in cooperation with the Government of Saskatchewan, is now an approved service provider for virtual healthcare services. Their technology allows patients direct access to licensed Saskatchewan doctors through safe and secure text, audio and video consultations where doctors can provide advice, diagnoses and prescriptions for a wide range of conditions while patients are in the safety and comfort of their homes.

    Lumeca is available for free to all Saskatchewan residents with a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. The service is available 24/7 for COVID-19 screening and general health consultations.

    Lumeca hopes to relieve pressure off the healthcare system and meet the demand from Saskatchewan residents who need medical advice during this challenging time. This service will allow for easy access to health care whether you are self-isolating, exhibiting symptoms or need specific questions answered.

    To access this service, download the Lumeca app on the App Store (for iPhone & iPad) or on Google Play (for Android), by searching for Lumeca.

    To learn more, go to lumeca.com and share this information with your friends, family and community.



    Snow Removal from Private Property

    The RM devotes a great deal of resources to keep the roads clear of snow and ice. Residents often deposit snow, slush and ice from their property onto the roadways not realizing that this contravenes municipal regulations and contributes to unsafe driving conditions for both drivers and public utilities attempting to clear roads as well as extra time and unnecessary expenses are created by such actions. Please don’t move snow, slush or ice from private properties onto or across public roadways and find a suitable location for snow within the confines of the property being cleared.



    2020 Shelterbelt Program Launched

    Attention Landowners, RMs, Towns and Schools

    I am proud to announce the 2020 Shelterbelt Program Launch!

    You can download the form here.

    To order trees now please go to www.help-shelterbelts.comand click on ‘Store’

    Much News!

      1) HELP Shelterbelt Tree Nursery Inventory at Weyburn has now past 1,000,000 tree output in 2019

      2) HELP employs the world’s 1st floating nurseries carried out on two dug out reservoirs plus on six plastic lined canals. The system was developed and patented worldwide by Rodney Sidloski.

      3) Please note introduction of DN-34 Hybrid Poplar into our Shelterbelt Program: very fast growing, saline resistant, pyramid shaped, can reach 25 feet width and 80 ft height in ideal conditions but still recommended spacing of eight to ten feet for shelterbelt plantings

      4) Tree Inventory:

      We have large quantity introductory crop of DN-34 Poplar, plus big crops of Prairie Sky Poplar, Hill Poplar, Velosa Lilac, Golden Willow, Pussy Willow and White Spruce. We have good supply of Tristis Poplar, Walker Poplar, Okanese Poplar, Acute Willow, Shrub Willow, Laurel Leaf Willow, Blue Spruce & Scot’s Pine.



      5) Tree Prices:

      Tree Seedling Prices remain at $2.50 per seedling for orders 50 to 290 trees (all ordered varieties combined) 300 trees or more (includes any assortment of tree varieties in multiples of ten) the price has increased 25 cents to $1.75 per seedling. New category of 20 to 45 trees for $5.00 per seedling. Shipping is now 30 cents per seedling or $40 whichever is more.



      6) 5% tree bonus for Everyone:

      100% of customers receive 5% bonus of each variety ordered. These are given in leau of other tree warranties. If more replants are required within 18 months of purchase, HELP provides the replants at preferred rate of $1.75 even if under 300 trees.



      7) 10 % Extra Bonus for Pick Up Customers

      Pick-Up Customers are given 10% additional bonus mixed willow, golden willow or pussy willow. So if you are a pick up customer and purchased 100 Prairie Sky Poplar and 150 White Spruce you would receive 105 Prairie Sky Poplar, 157 White Spruce plus 25 willows. We also provide extra large seedlings and larger root balls when available for pick up customers.



      8) Uber-like Shipping

      If you are a pick up customer who agrees to transport and hand over other customer trees enroute or at your destination, HELP will pay you $10 per pail or $25 per box of tree seedlings that you carry on behalf of other customers. Please indicate under ‘notes to vendor’ on your on line order that ‘I am willing to provide uber-like tree delivery for one or more customers on my route. I will be traveling from Weyburn to my destination on the following highway(s) route: …………” .



      9) Main ship out of trees in 2020 is planned for last week of May and 1st week of June when trees are fully leafed out, with active roots and at maximum height (HELP hyper grows the seedlings in early spring). ). HELP will continue to market trees for pick up or shipping also from May 1st through June, July, August, September and October. For tree shipping when Uber-like delivery is unavailable, HELP has a special arrangement with Purolator to expedite shipments. HELP is working to make the shipping process become more streamlined each year. Please indicate under ‘Notes to Vendor’ your preferred pick up or shipping date. If you prefer a timeframe different from last week of May through 1st week of June please indicate preferred date for shipping or pick up and we will accommodate.



      10) Community Forestry Program Special:

      Community Forestry programs for Towns, Parks, RM facilities and Schools using mixed poplars, mixed willows, Golden Willow or Pussy Willow for orders of 300 or more trees available at special rate of $1.25 each plus shipping. These special orders should be done by telephone order by requesting: Special Community Forestry Program to ensure you get this special discount for these select tree varieties! This discount only available for Entities noted above. Background: For town and RM use these subsidized trees are made available to promote leading edge phytoremediation projects including stream margin buffers, parks, foresting landfill caps, forest filters on flood plains below landfills, salinity control forestry around municipal lagoons, woodlots for effluent irrigation and habitat.



      11) Assisted Shelterbelt Installation Services

      HELP International offers contract planting services for installation of 1,000 meters or more of shelterbelt tree lines. Landowners prepare land to HELP’s specification and on day of planting provide tractor and driver, quad and small trailer. HELP provides trees, plastic mulch film, turf grass seed and all installation equipment and technical personnel. Rates are $2.50 per meter for 1,500 meters or more inclusive of all trees, material, equipment and labour.



      12) International News

      HELP International and co-sponsor Green Research & Discovery Corporation (GRDC) are receiving requests to launch in countries as diverse as Spain, Hungary, Israel, USA and we are also following up on inquiries from governments in South Pacific and North Africa. In addition, over 200 inquiries have come in from around the globe requesting to become Associate Researchers to test hundreds of tree and plant varieties using our floating system. HELP and GRDC along with partners in Thailand and Ghana have already successfully tested a wide range of tropical trees, flowering plants, vegetables, grasses, grains and oilseeds. HELP has carried out its own research in Canada this summer bringing wheat, oats, flax and canola to full term harvest on floating fields and is testing Asian rice in indoor floating beds currently. As lead researcher at HELP and GRDC I hold the Canadian, U.S. and International patent on floating tree and plant production and live storage system for all vascular and non-vascular plants. GRDC, who is empowered with patent control, has provided HELP with a lifetime free license for use of the floating fields technology/process. HELP will also retain 100% of revenue gained for sub-licensing HELP carries out.



      13) New Hires at HELP:

      Increased demand for HELP trees, tree planting assistance and phytoremediation services makes it necessary for HELP to hire additional staff to complement our amazing volunteer field corps. GRDC is also seeking to hire a business development officer to coordinate international nursery licensing and an international research coordinator also responsible for publishing HELP/GRDC upcoming research journal. HELP will continue to rely on invaluable services of international and Canadian volunteers.



      14) Reducing Demands on HELP CEO During Critical Growth Phase

      Because HELP has been a completely voluntary organization to date, the demands have been greatly increasing on the CEO bringing most days to 16 to 18 hours in the March to September period. Until new hires are identified and on board, shelterbelt customers are asked to be patient and to utilize thewww.help-shelterbelts.com website for tree planting advice, shelterbelt planning and for tree ordering whenever possible. If you cannot find the information you need on HELP’s website please send a concise email with your question to HELP’s CEO at helpint@sasktel.net or make brief calls directly to the CEO at cell 306-861-0814. For those without internet access you can send in your paper application by fax (306) 842-0902 or mail (P.O. Box 181, Weyburn, SK. S4H-2J9) or phone in your order to HELP at 306-861-0814. With your patience and support you will help the 2020 Shelterbelt Launch and the international launch this winter be the greatest success ever!




    Notify by Network

    Notify by Network is an alert notification system that allows you to subscribe to instantly receive messages via SMS. It’s a really simple and quick way to get alerts from the Rural Municipality of Spiritwood. The message will go directly to your phone via text message. It’s really simple to sign up, too! All you have to do is text the word “Join” to the Notify by Network number 1-306-500-6061. You can also sign up by clicking on the Click Here on the contact us page of the website and following the steps.



    Recycling Changes

    View PDF here

    Post-consumer plastic film ( plastic bags, cellophane wrapping/packaging, etc.) have been eliminated from the recycling program.

    Please discontinue placing these materials in the recycling bins.

    Thank you for your assistance.


    Bridge Closure – Public Notice

    Please be advised, the bridge located on the old highway west of the Town of Spiritwood is no longer safe for public use and will be closed.

    Public safety concerns & liability issues are first & foremost, therefore, Council for the RM of Spiritwood No. 496 has made the difficult decision to close the road. The bridge structure will be removed at a later date.

    Please use the alternate access route via Hwy #3. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Thank you.
    Colette Bussiere, Administrator
    RM of Spiritwood No. 496


    Feral Wild Boar Control Program

    The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) will now administer the Feral Wild Boar Control Program. As you may be aware this program was previously administered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM); however, it has been transferred to SCIC to accompany the wildlife damage compensation and prevention programming available to Saskatchewan producers.

    The function of the Feral Wild Boar Control Program is not changing and will still involve the coordination of qualified teams of hunters and trappers to investigate sightings and take appropriate action to deal with problem animals. SCIC’s role is to be the first point of contact when producers and land owners have sightings of wild boar and to determine and coordinate the appropriate response.