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Rural Municipality of Biggar Saskatchewan.

Letter From The Reeve

The Prairie is a meadow and the Prairie is a desert and both are normal and natural for the Prairie.  We have declared a state of emergency in our area with real concern for the Ranchers in this RM.  2021 was a drought year in our area and without any substantial snow cover or spring rains, the grass isn’t growing.  Walk out on the Prairie and the grass crunches underneath your feet.  Any feed ranchers managed to truck in last year is long gone.  Currently feed is impossible to find and if sourced, too costly, compared with the price of cows, to transport with today’s fuel prices.  Without growing, green grass these animals are hungry.  Without the grass, next year’s calf crop will be gravely affected.  Hungry animals don’t produce healthy calves.  One of the largest producers in the area has sold his whole herd…every cow on the place.  Heartbreaking and cold reality. 

With so many acres farmed and in crop rotations, we have lost most of our grasslands.  Historically and presently, livestock producers are custodians of the grass.  Not being able to make a living raising animals, much of the remaining grasslands with be broken up and cropped.  If the grass was a forest of clear-cut trees, a great hue and cry would go out in protest.  For some reason the grass of the prairie and its disappearance has never elicited such emotion. But the formula is simple.  Lose the livestock and lose the grass.

Weather is a regional issue and declaring a state of emergency is a local solution.  But disasters are not static; they move from region to region.  This is a provincial problem.  We don’t need to write a new book; we just need to look south of the border.  Producers in the United States are treated like treasures with programs in place to deal with disasters.  The Livestock Indemnity Program provides benefits to producers for livestock death caused by adverse weather.  The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides money to transport feed to drought-stricken areas.  The Emergency Loan Program helps producers buy back animals sold because of weather related issues.  There are solutions. 

Raising livestock has always been an intrical part of the farming community.  If producers sell their stock and break up their pastures will we ever see the industry re-established? Wouldn’t this be a disaster? A herd of cows doesn’t appear overnight.  It is established over years of culling, breeding and selection.  How do you get that back?  What affects one area affects all areas and this is everyone’s concern.  Every part of agriculture relies on the weather and we all know weather can’t be predicted or controlled.  With such a risky business there needs to be a soft place to fall for our livestock producers.  We need feasible disaster relief programs in place to provide that. 

 This disaster is happening now.  We need a big voice to push through to the other side of this, eliciting real change in how we manage disasters.  This change needs to be now.

 I’m asking you to support my RM by writing letters of concern to David Marit, Minister of Agriculture, ag.minister@gov.sk.ca, 306-787-0338 and Federal Minister of Agriculture,  Marie-Claude Bibeau,  Marie-Claude.Bibeau@parl.gc.ca  613-773-1059. 

Thank you for your support.

 Jeanne-Marie de Moissac

 Reeve RM of Biggar No. 347

Municipal Office – Visitor Guide

The Municipal Office

The Municipal Office is located at 201-2nd Ave. West

Office hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday

Community

Only Household Garbage

Friendly reminder that the garbage truck at the RM Shop is only for HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE.

Ratepayers may pick up a voucher at the office for recycling. There is no charge for this service.

If you have any questions please contact the office at 306-948-2422. Thank you for your co-operation.

Municipal Wells

Please be advised that the municipal wells located on the NE 10-35-17 W3 and SW 04-35-13 W3 have monitoring units installed. 

To access water, prepayment for water and a fob must be picked up at the municipal office.

The rates are as follows:

  • Ratepayers - $3/1000 gallons
  • Non-Ratepayers - $5/1000 gallons

SASKPOWER WOOD POLE INSPECTIONS

May 2022

Please note that SaskPower will be conducting wood pole maintenance inspections in the R.M. of Biggar over the next while.

There are over 1.2 million wood power poles throughout Saskatchewan. To help ensure safe and reliable power, we do annual wood pole inspections to look for damage and decay and carry out maintenance to extend the life of the poles.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

This year, SaskPower contractors will be inspecting over 111,000 wood power poles throughout the province.

We won’t need to disrupt your power to get this work done.

We’re looking for damage, signs of decay and carpenter ant infestation.

Where we can, we repair or reinforce the pole to extend its life and keep it in service. If we can’t repair or reinforce it, the pole will be replaced.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Our top priority is to ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of our crews, while maintaining reliable power.

Our crews will stay within the SaskPower right-of-way as much as possible, but may occasionally need access to your property. They will wear high-visibility clothing and carry identification with them.

 

 

Farm Stress Line

A free 24/7 toll-free phone line (1-800-667-4442) designated to respond to the needs of Saskatchewan farmers and rural families.

  • Provides confidential telephone counselling, support, information, and referral services for personal and production services.
  • Provides social support/assistance with: mental health (stress, depression, suicidal thoughts), domestic violence, teen-parent conflict, older adult issues (deteriorating health, abuse, neglect), relationships, parenting, addictions, grief, custody, child abuse and neglect, youth in crisis (bullying, relationships with peers and parents), and financial stress.
     

Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance – Crop Reports

Municipal Hail Crop Reports have been mailed out. These reports must be completed and returned to the municipal office no later than Wednesday, June 15, 2022 by 4:00 p.m.

You can return your reports via email, mail or fax:

Ø Email: rm347csr@sasktel.net

Ø Mail: P.O. Box 280 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

Ø Fax: 306-948-2250

Ø Drop off at the RM Office

If you require assistance to complete your crop report come into the RM office or give us a phone call at 306-948-2422.

Important Date Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance

June 30, 2022 - Last day for new applicants to apply for coverage with SMHI

Make a Payment

The Rural Municipality of Biggar accepts the following forms of payments.

  • In Person Payments
  • Online Banking Payments
  • Mail In Payments

In Person Payments - either by cash or cheque

Online Banking Payments - The RM accepts online payments for accounts receivable and property taxes. To make an online payment log into your online banking and select add payee and complete a search typing in Rural for the Royal Bank and Biggar for the Credit Union. See this link for the guide. If you need assistance, please call the office at 306-948-2422. 

Mail In Payments - Cheque

When paying taxes be sure to enter the amount due for the month you are making the payment this information is on your tax notice. Different discounts apply to the months of September, October and November. If you have questions or not sure the amount please call or email the office. 

306-948-2422 or rm347csr@sasktel.net

 

BUSINESS PARK - LOTS FOR SALE

Visit the Planning and Development Page for more information or call 948-2422

Construction on Tower Road

Construction Commencing on Tower Road Friday, May 13, 2022

 Tower Road will be temporarily closed from Hwy 4 south for 2 miles east.

 Please use Correction Line Road or Triumph Road if possible.

 You can detour on road 242S from Tower Road to Triumph Road.

 Please drive safely and follow road signs

RM Maps

We have RM maps available.