Rural Municipality of Biggar Saskatchewan.
Greetings from the RM of Biggar
Mostly years run together, one not really standing out from the other. This one will be remembered. I was walking south of Neola Lake, down the Crozier Road on Thanksgiving weekend with my Grandchildren and the Dust Devils on the lake were white, salty devils. They pretty much sum up the season.
With this year’s crop now in the bin, we can put our sites on next year in next year’s country. We learn how resilient Prairie people really are; those homesteading genes have been passed down intact. We know spring brings its own, hopeful energy.
Derek Custer, our Foreman, and his road crew had a busy season maintaining our main roads, the dry conditions presenting certain challenges, and widening backroads to allow for today’s large equipment.
The Oban/Whiteshore Road project has been completed and will be an important transportation link in Division Six. The total cost of this project was $325,763.85 and it was completely financed with a Gas Tax Fund. The well in Division One was drilled by All Out Drilling. It came in at a cost of $76,207.37 including wiring, land purchase and landscaping, the FOB and its hardware. We received $33,689.17 from a Farm and Ranch Program so the total cost to the RM was $42,518.20. The well is being well used and the water quality is excellent. In support of Biggar’s Revitalization Project, the RM has donated $17,361.14 from our Dedicated Lands Reserve Account, money set aside every year that may be used for recreation and tourism.
Next year’s projects will include a rebuild on Tower Road, repairing Palo Bridge and a signing off on our long-term debenture for the Diamond Lodge in August 2022.
With Covid rates so high in our Province it doesn’t look like we’ll be gathering any time soon for a ratepayer’s meal and meeting. Please feel free to call me 306-948-6567 or the RM Office 306-948-2422 with any cares or concerns.
This year will be remembered as the year we masked up against Covid and the drought. It will become part of our story. We will continue putting one foot in front of the other with the hardiness and perseverance of all Prairie People. I wish for all of you a healthy, cozy winter.
Jeanne-Marie de Moissac
Reeve in the RM of Biggar