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RM of Vanscoy
Rural Crime Watch


August 2018

“Crime knows no boundaries.”
This was a phrase we heard often in the early stages of
launching the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch program
last October. Over the last few months the organizing
committee has been working diligently to
reach out to communities within our RM boundaries to
identify ways to share information with neighbours
within our RM boundaries, in our detachment area
and province-wide.

Within our Boundaries
Within the boundaries of the RM of Vanscoy, the committee
is working diligently to grow our membership.
Success of the program is built on neighbours looking
out for neighbours. Our program is currently one of
the largest rural crime watch programs in
Saskatchewan with 190 household memberships and
over 400 neighbours looking out for neighbours. Because
residents of the RM of Vanscoy are tightly knit
to our neighbouring towns, villages and hamlets, the
committee decided it was time to expand.
The RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch committee is
excited to announce that our program is now accepting
residents from within the communities of Pike Lake,
Vanscoy and Asquith. We are also pleased to accept
residents from neighbouring RMs who own land located
along one of our designated RM border roads
(33rd Street Extension, Range Road 3070, etc.).

There are three ways to become a member:
1) Ask to join our Facebook group
www.facebook.com/rm345crimewatch. You will be
prompted to answer three questions requesting information
that we use to populate a membership form for
you. You will need a legal land location or street address
in the RM, along a border road or in the communities
of Pike Lake, Vanscoy or Asquith to join. If you
aren’t accepted within 24 hours, check your Facebook
messaging inbox for a message from a member of the
committee.
2) Membership forms are available at the RM of
Vanscoy Office. Forms can be filled out and submitted
to the RM Office.
3) E-mail us rm345crimewatch@gmail.com and we will
send you a digital membership form to fill out and
email back to us or drop off at the RM office.

Within our Detachment Area
The RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch committee has
been developing relationships with neighbouring crime
watch groups since day one. In fact, the committee relied
heavily on tips, methods and lessons learned from
some our neighbouring groups when we were developing
the structure of our own program.
In May of this year, the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime
Watch committee hosted an Area Crime Watch Groups
Meeting. Crime Watch groups, and communities interested
in developing crime watch groups, from within
the Warman RCMP Detachment Area were invited for
an informal discussion about ways that we can stay
connected and share information across our borders.
Representatives were in attendance from the RM of
Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch, West Cory Crime Watch,
RM of Montrose, Town of Asquith and Warman
RCMP. Regrets and requests for follow-up were received
from the Warman Citizens on Patrol program,
RM of Vanscoy Police Service and Village of Vanscoy.
The meeting was such a success that we have decided
to hold quarterly Area Crime Watch Group meetings
to learn from each other and stay connected across
borders.
This summer we saw the benefits of staying connected
first hand.
In late June we received a text alert from
the West Cory Crime Watch indicating that one of
their members recently had a camper stolen from their
property. Two weeks later, one of our members posted
on our Facebook group that a camper matching the description of the stolen unit had been abandoned on
their land. Working together, our crime watch groups
were able to connect our members to reunite the stolen
camper to the rightful owner.
province-Wide
In early July our chairman Dave Aspinall was invited
by SARM and the RCMP to be part of the province-wide
group discussing the creation of a Provincial
Rural Crime Watch Association. The Association is exploring ways to support and unite crime watch programs
across Saskatchewan.

What is next?
This October will mark the first anniversary since the
launch of the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch program.
To celebrate we are planning an event for our
membership in November of this year. Be sure to
watch for Facebook updates, texts and emails with details
this fall.
tips and Reminders for working in the RM
Visiting the RM for a work assignment?
Be sure to notify the RM and RCMP if you will be
working along rural roads or planning to go door to
door. Make sure you have business cards on hand and
your vehicle is clearly marked with company information.
Working in the field this season?
Reminder to lock your vehicles, equipment and tools
when not in use and avoid parking vehicles along the
road where possible.
While working or travelling in the RM, if you see anything
suspicious be sure to report it immediately to
310-RCMP and to the RM of Vanscoy Police Service
(306-291-6050).
If you have questions or are interested in connecting
with the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch committee,
we are available by email
rm345crimewatch@gmail.com.
Our committee is 100% operated on volunteer-power
but we will do our best to reply in a timely fashion.

Katie Suek
Rural Crime Watch Committee

Turning Lanes are coming to Highway 14 at Range Road 3070
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure in Regina, SK, has committed to constructing an eastbound right-turn lane and a westbound separated turning lane located at the new Inland Grain Terminal south of Highway 14 on Range Road 3070. This construction will take place in the summer of 2018.
    The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure would like to thank Councillor Dylan Claypool of the Town of Asquith for bringing this concern to their attention at the annual SUMA Convention.
Highway 7 Twinning Brings
New Delisle Intersection


Construction on the twinning of Highway 7 between
Vanscoy to Delisle has begun.
There is be a total of 10 km of new highway lanes, two new railway crossings and Municipal road intersections will be re-aligned to 90°.
The project will involve excavation of 570,000 m3 of earth and the installation of 51 new culverts. The total cost will be $9.5 million. The re-aligned intersections at Prairielane Road, Richhill/Avondale Road and Durham Road, will be the only accesses to the highway between Vanscoy & Delisle.
The access from grids 776 and 673 in front of the Co-op in Delisle is also being closed on both sides of the highway. In its place a new service road will be built north-east of the Co-op, running to another new intersection at Range Road 3085. The intersection will include a westbound to northbound right turn lane, an eastbound to northbound left turn lane, an eastbound to southbound right turn lane and acceleration lanes both west and east from Delisle. There will also be new lighting at the intersection.

RCMP Report

October 8 - October 15, 2018

Police Received 140 Calls for Service

Traffic:
October 8, 2018 at 1:40 p.m. Police received a complaint of a 2 vehicle accident on Highway 7 near Vanscoy. Police attended the scene and found that a truck and a semi were involved. The 47 year old driver of the truck advised that he had fallen asleep and wandered into oncoming traffic. The semi was able to avoid a head on collision.  The driver of the truck was transported to hospital by ambulance to check for possible injuries. Both vehicles required towing from the scene.

October 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Police received a complaint of an erratic driver on Highway 16 near the Borden bridge. The caller reported that the vehicle was swerving all over the road and entered the ditch a couple of times. Police were unable to intercept the vehicle and advised traffic services of the call.

October 10, 2018 at 3:15 a.m. Police received a complaint of a single vehicle accident on Range Road 3041 in the RM of Corman Park. The caller advised that a family member had called to report they had an accident but didn’t know their location. Police located the 21 year old female driver. She was transported to hospital for treatment of her injuries. The vehicle required towing from the scene.

October 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Police received  a complaint of a 3 vehicle accident on Central Avenue in Warman. Police attended and issued a ticket to a 36 year old male from Saskatoon for driving without due care and attention. There were no injuries.

October 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Police received a complaint of a vehicle travelling west bound in the east bound lanes of Highway 7 near Vanscoy. Police were not in the area, and were unable to intercept. No further calls were received regarding the vehicle.

October 13, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. Police received a complaint of a 2 vehicle accident on 3rd Street in Langham. Police attended the scene and issued a ticket to the 49 year old female driver of one of the vehicles for driving without due care and attention. One of the vehicles required towing from the scene. There were no injuries.

October 14, 2018 at 12:25 a.m. Police received a complaint of a vehicle travelling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 12 near Martensville. The caller was unable to provide a plate number or description of the vehicle. No further calls were received regarding the vehicle.

Property:
October 9, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. Police received  a complaint of theft from a vehicle on the 500 block of Klassen crescent in Martensville. The caller reported that someone entered their vehicle through an open window and stole some electronic devices. Investigation into this matter is ongoing.

October 10, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. Police received a complaint of theft of a vehicle from Osler. The caller advised that their vehicle was stolen from outside their residence. Investigation into this matter is ongoing.

October 12, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. Police received a complaint of an abandoned vehicle behind a residence in Osler. Police attended the scene and found that the vehicle had previously been reported stolen out of Saskatoon. The vehicle was towed back to Saskatoon Police service for further investigation.

October 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Police received a complaint of a break, enter and theft from a residence under construction in Martensville. Nothing was taken. Investigation into this matter is ongoing.

People:
October 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Police received a complaint of a disturbance at a residence in Warman. The caller reported that a male was at the residence causing a disturbance and refusing to leave. Police attended and arrested the 43 year old male from Saskatoon and released him a short time later on documents for an upcoming court date on assault charges. There were no injuries.

October 10, 2018 at 10:55 p.m. Police received a complaint of an assault at a residence in Warman. The caller reported that they were assaulted by a tenant in the residence. Police attended and arrested a 55 year old female. She was held in custody to appear in court the following morning on assault related charges. There were no injuries.

October 11, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Police received a complaint of a hitch hiker on Highway 7 near Delisle. The caller reported that the hitch hiker was dressed in dark clothing and difficult to see. Police made patrols of the area, but did not locate and hitch hikers. There were no further calls received.

Section 35(3) of the Traffic Safety Act refers: possess driver’s licence not signed in such a manner that the signature cannot be erased. The fine for this infraction is mandatory court appearance.

If you have information regarding this or any other crime, please contact Warman/Martensville RCMP at 306-975-1670/306-975-1610 or if you have information and you wish to remain anonymous in your reporting, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477),
submit a tip via their website: http://saskcrimestoppers.com/ or text in a tip: TIP206 + your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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Controlled Burn Line
1 - 866 - 404 - 4911

If you are planning on having a controlled burn on your property, report it to the Controlled Burn line.

Reporting the controlled burn will help to prevent the unnecessary use of valuable resources and manpower.

Failure to report the burn could result in unexpected company in the form of the fire department and an avoidable expense.

Fire Season Is Here,
so are $150 Fines

Section 249(2) of the Traffic Safety Act deals with throwing a burning substance from a vehicle.
This section deals mostly with persons in a vehicle throwing their cigarettes out the window.
The fine is $150.00.
Occupants of a vehicle are reminded to not throw their cigarettes out of their vehicle. The grass is dry and this is how wild fires get started.

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Rejuvenation Project Complete at Delisle Public Library

November 2017

The first phase of the project included the addition of sleek end-shelving units (built by Cliff Merkosky) to better house and display new library materials. A cozy reading nook with comfortable big chairs was added. Innovative storage solutions and numerous other small modifications have opened up space and improved both the public area appearance and the behind-the-scenes workings of the library. These alterations were made possible by contributions from Laura Multiple 4-H Club, Delisle Community Players, and Delisle Library fundraising events, as well as through individual donations.
 
The second and largest phase of the project was achieved thanks to the generous financial support of Agrium, Delisle Crops for Communities, and the Town of Delisle.
 
Visitors to the library are now greeted at a large curving reception desk, engineered by North Woods Design. The two-tiered design is attractive, ergonomic and functional, facilitating flow and efficiency of service while ensuring patron privacy and comfort. The children’s area has also undergone a complete transformation. Custom shelving maximizes available space and provides child-friendly access to books. Corkboards extending to the ceiling make a backdrop for themed displays designed to stimulate interest in reading about new seasons, occasions, different cultures and many other motifs. A large “reading tree” area-rug offers cushioned comfort for kids during the regularly scheduled “Story Time” events. Additional custom shelving houses over-sized graphic novels and frees up room for more material of interest to children and young adults.
 
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Community Members Share Their Skills and Experiences on School Community Councils

The School Community Council (SCC) is a primary link between the home, community and school.  Prairie Spirit believes that involvement with School Community Councils is a rewarding and meaningful activity for parent and community members.
 
The purpose of School Community Councils is to:
• Support student learning success and well-being; and,
• Encourage parent and community involvement and engagement in the school.
 
School Community Councils provide mechanisms for parents and community members to support and influence the work of the school and to channel advice to the Board of Education and others.  The focus of the SCC is student learning and well-being.  The challenge for the SCC is to engage the parents and community with the school in a meaningful partnership that supports their shared responsibility.
 
School Community Council Responsibilities
Councils are accountable to their community.  Responsibilities of the Council include:
• Understanding their community;
• Supporting parent and community involvement in the school;
• Advising the Board and school as outlined in the Board of Education School Community Council Policy;
• Working with the School to develop, support and provide advice to the Learning Improvement Plan;
• Helping parents find ways to support their children’s learning;
• Reviewing extra-curricular school activities approved by the principal and Student Council members;  
• Advising and approving fundraising activities in the school; and
• Reviewing student fees to ensure alignment with Board of Education directions.

Council Member Responsibilities
Your role as a Council member is to build shared responsibility among parents, the community and school for student learning and well-being.  In addition, your role is to lead parent and community involvement in school planning and improvement.
 The term of office for Representative Parent and Community Members is two (2) years with no limit on the number of consecutive terms that may be served.
As a Council member you might expect to...
• Attend meetings from September to June as determined by the Council calendar;
• Engage in the work of the Council such as:
o Supporting and advising the development of the Learning Improvement Plan with the staff of the school;
o Developing, leading and taking action on Council initiatives to help families support their children’s learning;
o Providing advice to the school, Board of Education and other community organizations and agencies, as outlined in Board of Education policy;
o Providing advice for school fundraising activities, school fees and the student code of conduct;
o Reporting to parents and community on Council progress; and,
o Working with other Council members to learn more about the role of the Council and how to fulfill its responsibilities.

In order to run for election to your local SCC, you must live in the school attendance area or be a parent of a student in the school. Contact your school’s principal or Prairie Spirit School Division for more details.
Prairie Spirit School Division Releases Weapons Policy

Over the past several months, Prairie Spirit School Division has been developing a formal procedure regarding weapons in schools. The procedure provides a consistent approach for all Prairie Spirit schools to follow to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The procedure states that students and adults must not possess or use real or replica weapons on school premises or at school-sponsored activities held off school premises. This also includes transportation on the school bus. There are no exceptions to this procedure.

Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to:

  • hand guns

  • rifles

  • shot guns

  • air rifles

  • knives

  • tasers

  • laser pointers

  • pepper spray

  • multi-tools that include a blade

any liquid, spray or powder capable of injuring, immobilizing or otherwise incapacitating any person

daggers
crossbows explosives tear gas
mace

Under certain circumstances, the principal, in consultation with the school division, may give permission for an item to be in the school that could be considered to be a weapon (e.g., tools or equipment for Practical and Applied Arts or Phys. Ed.).

If other students are aware of a student in possession of a weapon, they should inform a staff member.

In-school administrators are authorized to take the necessary steps to remove weapons from the school. This will include following an established school safety protocol and contacting the police.

The safety of our students is our first priority. Our dedicated staff members work every day to ensure our students are learning in a safe and caring environment.

If you have any questions or if you would like to review the procedures document, please contact your school.

Construction Zone Fines

When traveling on two lane highways you must slow to 60 in both directions when passing workers or equipment.
On a divided highway it applies to the direction the workers are on.
Saskatoon is different as it applies to the entire area signed as a construction zone.
The media coverage told the base fine and the additional per KPH which may not have gotten your attention.
To give you an idea of how serious this is, here are an example of the new fines.
Traveling at;
100 KPH the fine is $530.00
110 KPH the fine is $714.00
120 KPH the fine is $798.00
Hopefully showing the amount of the fines will make it clearer and help you realize how serious this is.
Please slow down to 60 for the safety of the workers who are trying to improve the roads for your travel.
RM #315 Montrose develops an Official Community Plan

The Council of the RM of Montrose No. 315 adopted three bylaws under The Planning and Development Act, 2007.  The RM has established a new Official Community Plan, a new Zoning Bylaw and a new fees bylaw.

  The Official Community Plan bylaw will establish municipal land use policies, goals and objectives.  The Zoning Bylaw will implement land use policies, establish zoning districts, prescribe permitted and discretionary uses within each zoning district, establish a development permitted process, prescribe a process for appeals and provide a provision for amendments. The Fees bylaw will establish fees for municipal services including planning and development services.  

   The Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Fees Bylaw will affect all land within the incorporated area of the Rural Municipality. The zoning and policy maps show the affected lands.

The Official Community Plan provides the Rural Municipality with direction on development decisions and municipal goals.  The Zoning Bylaw helps direct and manage growth and development within the Rural Municipality. The Fees Bylaw provides the Rural Municipality with a schedule of fees to be charged for services provided by the Municipality.

    Any person may inspect the Bylaws and maps at the RM office during normal office hours.  Copies of the bylaws and maps are available at cost. Electronic copies of the proposed bylaws and maps can be viewed and/or downloaded on line at http://www.rmreview.net/ocp.html.

 

RM #345 Vanscoy has had Official Community Plan since 2009

The RM of Vanscoy No. 345 adopted an Official Community Plan (OCP) back in 2009. The plan allows for new subdivisions through out the RM, primarily on the main traffic corridors. Since the adoption there have been many applications for subdivision of residential land into parcels smaller than the previous 40 acre minimum parcel size.

Each application requires council to hold a public hearing. In some cases there has been considerable opposition that stopped the proposed subdivisions, though many have been approved.

Contact the RM office or website to find out the affected land.