It is an honor for me to serve my community as Reeve for the R.M. of Biggar. Thank you for your confidence and support.
I want to start this letter by sending out a big thank you to past Reeve, Kent Dubreuil. Kent served one term as Councillor before becoming Reeve in 2012. He has since dedicated his time and energy, working hard for his community. On behalf of the R.M. Council and all our Ratepayers I want to say how grateful we are for your dedication and commitment.
There are six Divisions in our R.M. and each Division has its own councillor. Division 1 has a new councillor - welcome Brad Poletz, newly elected by acclamation. Rob Danychuck is Councillor for Division 2. Wes Goring is councillor for Division 3. Barry Sagon, recently taking over from Dwayne Zagoury, is sitting as Councillor for Division 4. Brian Fick is Councillor for Division 5 and Brian Watson is Councillor for Division 6. These positions are four- year terms with elections for even numbered divisions one year and odd numbered divisions the next.
Our very capable Administrator, Sandi Silvernagle, has worked for the R.M. since February 2017. She has two office assistants; Rochelle Savostianik and Karen Macdonald. Derek Custer, our foreman, started with us spring of 2018. His road crew consists of seasonal workers Jackson Tady, Joel Hanson and Katelyn Zagoruy and his year-round crew, Cliff Metz, Reazul Islam, John Domes, Troy McCarty and Melissa Kowalchuk. This year the total kilometers of roads graded was 4641.77 and the total yards of gravel spread was 6167. These are the people taking care of our roads, keeping them accessible and well maintained. These are the people running the office, taking care of the business of the R.M. We thank them.
There has been much activity in the R.M. business park located at the junction of Highway 51 and Highway 4. Our partner, Duperow Co-op, is building an Agri-Center with Spring 2019 as the anticipated grand opening. Besides petroleum, the center will sell livestock supplies and feed as well as animal health products. They will stock sprayer plumbing, chemical, bulk seed and grain bins. Besides Ted Craig, the general manager, the Co-op will employ between six and ten people. The Co-op is governed by a board of Directors. Currently sitting on the board is John Bennett, Jamie Lenhert, Bob Atkinson, Andrew Haynes, Greg Eppick and chair, Colin Gabriel.
Our other partner in the business park is Blair Keith at Chase 14. Blair has been welding and fabricating in Biggar since 2005. He opened his 10,000 square foot building in January of 2018 and has plans of expansion soon. Currently Blair employs 20 people out of his shop in Biggar.
We are looking forward to working with both partners in the R.M. business park for the benefit of all.
In closing I would like to wish you, on behalf of Council and all the people working for the R.M. of Biggar, #347, a very Merry Christmas and the best of everything in 2019.
Sincerely yours, Jeanne-Marie de Moissac.