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RM of Vanscoy
Rural Crime Watch


December 2018

The RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch hosted an Anniversary Event on November 7, 2018 with approximately 40 members in attendance.
Sergeant McCracken of the RM of Vanscoy Police Service, Constable Slack of the Warman RCMP Detachment and Dave Aspinall, chair of the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch program delivered presentations to all in attendance. The Anniversary event would not have been possible without the generosity of the following local businesses and organizations who supported us by donating door prizes, kids’ activities, coffee, snacks, and hall rental:

• Mooney Agencies Ltd.
• Robin’s Nest Café
• RM of Vanscoy 345
• A1 Contracting
• Farm One Forty
• Town of Asquith
• Contech General Contractors
• Mayor Erhart of Asquith
• Trackline – Deb’s K9 Kenneling Service

The Rural Crime Watch currently serves 234 households from the RM of Vanscoy, Asquith, Vanscoy and Pike
Lake. We aim to provide tools like our Facebook group and text alert system for neighbours to share observations of crime or suspicious activity as it is happening so that others can be aware and alert. According to statistics shared at the Delisle RCMP Town Hall on October 22, 2018 the Warman RCMP Detachment saw a reduction from approximately
2400 calls for service in 2017 to roughly 1400 calls in 2018 in the RM of Vanscoy. While it is wonderful to see
such a reduction in calls for service, the Rural Crime Watch committee continues to encourage residents to report all criminal and suspicious activity to the police.

Membership forms are available by email
(rm345crimewatch@gmail.com), at the RM office, Pike Lake drop in center, or by answering the questions prompted when you ask to join the RM Vanscoy 345 Rural Crime Watch Facebook group. The Rural Crime Watch committee works closely with the RM of Vanscoy
Police Service, Warman RCMP Detachment and several neighbouring crime watch programs.

On October 3, 2018, the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch committee hosted the second quarterly area crime watch leads meeting to learn about successes and challenges of each group and explore opportunities to
share alerts to track activity across several municipalities. The meeting was attended by representatives from West Cory Crime Watch, Moon Lake Crime Watch, Asquith Neighbourhood Watch,
Village of Vanscoy, Pike Lake Cottage Owners Association, Warman Neighbourhood Watch, RM of Rosemont Crime Watch, RM of Arelee, Perdue and
Kinley Crime Watch, Warman RCMP Detachment and RM of Vanscoy Police Service. By sharing alerts between area crime watch groups there is potential to
track activity from Saskatoon to the Alberta border.

As we enter the final days of 2018, the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch would like to wish you Happy Holidays and to leave you with these tips for a safe holiday season:
• Leave a timer on your house lights
and/or radio/tv if you are away.
• Do not announce your winter holiday
plans on social media.
• Ask a neighbour you trust to keep an
eye on your property while you are
away.
• Use motion detectors on outdoor
lights.
• Ask a neighbour or house sitter to
drive into the yard after a fresh snow to
leave tracks. Ask them to brush the
snow off of any sitting vehicles if you
will be away so it looks like they were
used recently.
• Switch to LEDs and run your outdoor
or porch lights all night.
• Don’t leave your garage door opener in
your car as it is an easy way to gain access
to the garage.
• Move rain barrels, garbage bins, or
other large items away from fence lines
and entry points of the house as they
can be used as a step to hop a fence or
access a window.
• Trust your dogs. If they bark at night,
there is likely a good reason.
• Keep everything locked up tight, especially
vehicles and instruct any holiday
guests to do the same.
• Do not leave kids in a running vehicle,
whether in town or in your own driveway.
• Be unpredictable with your gate.
Have it closed whether or not you are at
home.
• Use warning signage such as “beware
of dog”, “This Property is Under Surveillance”,
signage provided by your alarm
company and of course your RM of
Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch Sign.
• Check your mailboxes regularly and
follow-up on any expected items that do
not arrive.

Katie Suek
RM of Vanscoy
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

December 3 - December 10, 2018

Police Received 121 Calls for Service

Traffic:  
December 4th at 9:40 am a Ford F150 was hauling a white utility trailer southbound on Highway 11 near the Warman Overpass.  The trailer slid into the ditch, disconnected from the truck, and rolled over.  Roads were slippery at the time.  No injuries were reported.

December 4th at 10:00 pm, vehicles were reported stunting in the parking lot of the Legends Center in Warman.  Members attended and located a vehicle responsible.  The 18 year old driver was charged. 

December 6th at 9:25 pm a two vehicle accident was reported on a grid road outside of Warman.  The driver of one of the vehicles was found to be impaired, with readings of 220 mg%.  Charges were laid.
 
December 7th at 3:00 pm a two vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Central Street West and 1st Avenue.  A Westbound vehicle vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign and hit a northbound vehicle.   
Property:
December 3rd at 2:20 pm police were advised of a break and enter that happened during the previous week at a farm location in the RM of Montrose.   Tools and fuel were taken.  No residents living in the area so not witnesses.

On December 3rd at 6:40 pm a vehicle was broken into that was parked at the Martensville Arena.  The back window was smashed out and a purse stolen.  Cards in the purse were used in Saskatoon.

December 4th at 3:20 pm a construction company located in the Capital Circle Industrial Park reported a break and enter into their compound and tools stolen. 

December 4th at 9:09 pm a truck travelling westbound on Highway 16 lost a set of trailer ramps off the back of his truck.  If you happened to have found them and picked them up, contact the RCMP as we have the name of the owner, who is looking for them.

December 5th at 7:32 am a report of a break and enter into a house under construction in the Saskatoon area was received.  Tools and equipment were stolen.  A suspect was located and a 38 year old male charged in this matter.

December 6th at 4:05 am a call was received of a break and enter into a vehicle parked in front of a residence on Nicklaus Drive in Warman.  The involved vehicle was located later that morning abandoned on Highway 11, just outside of Warman.  It was found to be stolen from another residence in Warman.  On December 7th, the property that was in the stolen truck was located just outside of Warman.  Matter is still under investigation. 

December 6th at 2:45 pm a call was received advising that a citizen was following a vehicle that was caught breaking into a residence. They were on grid roads south of Delisle. Members attended, vehicle was stopped and suspect taken into custody and charged with break and enter.

December 6th at 8:00 pm a purse was reported stolen out of a vehicle parked at the Warman Diamond Arena.  Cards in the purse were used in Saskatoon.  
                        
People:
December 6th at 9:35 pm a report of a suspicious person was received walking in the area of Stony Crescent in Martensville.  He was trying doors of homes.  He then left.  Patrols made and person could not be located. 


Section 57(1) of the Traffic Safety Act refers: Operate an unregistered motor vehicle. The operator is arrestable. The fine for this infraction is $ 580.00.

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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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.
 
Fresh white paint on the walls and the concealment of existing utilities such as the sink and book-drop have contributed to a more modern and streamlined façade. The end result is a library with a contemporary and professional appearance, which still maintains a quirky charm and a warmly welcoming atmosphere. Phase three of the Library Rejuvenation Project is currently under consideration – stay tuned!
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.