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2017 March

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1. Municipal Administrator’s Corner

Key Tasks in March and April

  • Start gathering information and preparing for 2017 operating and capital budgets. You do not need to wait until the 2016 numbers have been audited.
  • Start reviewing and preparing for the opening of the assessment roll by May 1. Additional time and consultation with the property owners and your service provider may be required. The assessment roll is open for 60 days in revaluation years.
  • March 31 – Deadline for property owners to provide notice to the RM for the lessee to receive a rural dwelling exemption.
  • March 31 – Deadline to submit Municipal Annual Expenditure Report (MAER) for communities with active projects funded under the Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF).
  • March 31 – Deadline to submit nominations for the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal.

Don’t forget that a detailed legislative and operational calendar is available online at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/tools-guides-and-resources/municipal-administrator-resources.

Board of Revision – updated manual

Municipalities must appoint a board of revision each year to hear and decide assessment appeals.

The updated Board of Revision manual is available online at Assessment Appeals Guide For Board of Revision Members in Saskatchewan. This guide helps board of revision members and secretaries understand their role in the assessment appeal process.

Council Procedural Bylaw

Municipal councils should review their Council Procedural Bylaw to ensure members:

  • are aware of its requirements;
  • have an opportunity to address areas of concern or areas where it may not be accurate; or
  • have an opportunity to propose changes.

Reminder: Public Notice is required before amending or passing a council procedure bylaw.

2016 Census Data

Municipal questions or concerns with the census data can be directed to Statistics Canada.

Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Course

This course provides an overview of access and privacy laws that apply to local authorities in Saskatchewan. It is available online at Access and Privacy Course for Local Authorities.

There is also a new webinar entitled LAFOIP 101 – Basics for Cities, Towns Municipalities, etc. available online from the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Searching for previous editions of Municipalities Today?

Previous editions are available at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/tools-guides-and-resources/municipalities-today

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2. NBC/NFC Code Adoption Workshops this Spring

The National Building Code (NBC), the National Fire Code (NFC) and the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) were recently updated. As a result, the province is proposing to:

  • adopt and implement the NBC 2015 and the NFC 2015 across Saskatchewan on July 1, 2017
  • adopt the NECB 2015 on July 1, 2017, but implement it province-wide on January 1, 2019

To help your municipality prepare for changes in codes, the Building Standards and Licensing Branch will be hosting free Code Adoption Workshops specific to the NBC 2015 and NFC 2015 this spring. The workshops would be of interest to building owners, industry, municipal officials, building officials, fire inspectors, and other interested code users.

Currently two workshops are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Travelodge Hotel Regina
    4177 Albert Street
    Regina
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon
    106 Circle Drive West
    Saskatoon

To attend, submit your completed registration form (PDF) before Friday, April 7 by either email (building.standards@gov.sk.ca) or by fax (306-798-4172).

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3. Gas Tax Fund Reporting Reminder

The Municipal Gas Tax Fund Agreement requires municipalities with active Gas Tax Fund (GTF) projects to submit a Municipal Annual Expenditure Report (MAER) each calendar year.

If you received a request to complete a MAER for 2016 and have not already done so, please submit your MAER to the Ministry by the March 31, 2017 due date.

Further information regarding the MAER process can be found on the Ministry’s website at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/funding-finances-and-asset-management/funding/federal-gas-tax-program/maer

You may also wish to watch a video about GTF reporting requirements at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/funding-finances-and-asset-management/funding/federal-gas-tax-program/about-the-federal-gas-tax-fund-program#renewed-gas-tax-fund

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4. Community Planning 101 Workshops

Community and regional planning is an effective means of addressing economic growth opportunities and challenges. Attracting and maintaining steady investment is key to a community’s success and longevity.

The Ministry of Government Relations’ Community Planning branch, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute, brings you a full day workshop of learning and lunch. This workshop will take you through planning fundamentals that will improve your knowledge in community planning and the available tools to create healthy, thriving, and fiscally responsible communities. This workshop will also discuss regional planning and opportunities to build successful partnerships with nearby communities.

Workshops will take place at the following times and locations:

 Date  Location
 March 21, 2017
 Kindersley
 March 22, 2017
 Preeceville
 April 4, 2017
 Meadow Lake
 April 5, 2017
 Fort Qu’Appelle
 April 5, 2017
 Prince Albert
 April 19, 2017
 Davidson
 April 25, 2017
 Carlyle
 April 26, 2017
 Nipawin

What topics will be discussed?

  • Overview of the planning framework that guides growth and development in Saskatchewan including The Planning and Development Act, 2007, The Statements of Provincial Interest Regulations, official community plans and zoning bylaws;
  • Subdivisions;
  • Management of development on hazard lands;
  • Servicing agreements, infrastructure, development levies and asset management; and
  • Regional planning.

Register now

For more information, contact the Ministry of Government Relations’ Community Planning branch.

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5. SARM Convention Tradeshow

Are you planning to attend the 112th Annual Convention for Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon this March?

If so, you may wish to visit booths #144-147 at the SARM tradeshow as staff from Emergency Management and Fire Safety, Building Standards and Licensing Branch, as well as from Advisory Services and Municipal Relations will be on site to answer your questions.

The SARM tradeshow opens at 7 p.m. on March 13 and closes at 3 p.m. on March 15.

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