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Welcome to the RM of Mervin No. 499

The RM of Mervin Council is disappointed in the RM of Parkdale website posting of a controversial one-sided letter provided by the Breakwater Ownership Team, and states the following:

  1. Council had a procedure to follow in the Call for Proposal process and followed this to ensure they were not giving an unfair advantage by providing additional feedback on any proposal;
  2. As the elected officials for the RM of Mervin, Council thoroughly evaluated all submissions through the Call for Proposal process to ensure they made a decision that was in the best interest of the whole Rural Municipality of Mervin, which meant denying this proposal;
  3. Council continues to have confidence in Administration and Planning staff that all information is accurately brought forward so as to make informed decisions;
  4. Council does not allow external pressure to affect their decisions;
  5. Once again we ask the RM of Parkdale to reconsider the annexation.

NOTICE OF CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 

Rural Municipality of Mervin No. 499

Public Notice is hereby given that NOMINATIONS of candidates for the offices of

Reeve and Councillors for Divisions 1, 3 and 5

will be received by the appointed nomination officers at the Municipal Office

in Turtleford during regular office hours until

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. local time.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the Municipal Office.

Dated this 10th day of September, 2020

Kari Bauldic/Returning Officer

 

Who qualifies to run for Council/Reeve?

  • Is at least 18 years of age on election day
  • Is not disqualified by this or any other Act;
  • Is a Canadian citizen on the day the nomination paper is submitted
  • Is a Saskatchewan resident for six consecutive months prior to the day the nomination paper is submitted;
  • Meets the requirements to be eligible to vote in the rural municipality.
  • A person cannot be nominated for more than one office within a municipality
  • Candidates cannot be a court judge or the municipality’s auditor or solicitor.
  • Municipal employees are required to take a leave of absence to seek office. If elected, resignation as employees is deemed to have occurred on the day before being declared elected.
  • In order for Nominations to be accepted they must include a completed Public Disclosure Statement.

 

How often is there an Election?

  • Rural Municipality General elections are held every two years
  • Each Council member holds office for a four year term, of which the terms begin and end at the first meeting of council after election day.
  • Reeve, Division 1, 3 & 5 are held this year, 2020, and Division 2, 4, & 6 will hold an election in 2022, etc.

 

How do I vote?

Please Note: Covid Protocol will be followed at both voting locations at the Advanced Polls and Election Day.

  • There is an Advanced Poll held Saturday, October 31st at the Turtleford Community Center from 10am – 2pm
  • Regular Polls are held Monday, November 9th at the Turtleford Community Centre as well as at Moose Head Hall (located on the NE 19-54-19-W3) from 9am – 8pm.
  • Identification of Voter:
    1. Must have Government issued ID with photo, name and address (Passports cannot be used)
    2. 2 Non-photo pieces of ID, both must show name and at least one must show address
    3. A qualified voter vouches for another voter with no ID. A form must be filled out, and the person vouching must live at the same address and be related. You can only vouch for one person.

 

What Division am I eligible to vote in?

  • Each voter in a RM is entitled to vote for the reeve and for one division councilor.

The Division where a person is eligible to vote is determined by the FIRST applicable clause:

  1. The division where the voter resides
  2. The division where all the voter’s assessed property is situated;
  3. The division where the voter holds a permit as the occupant of a trailer or mobile home

Property in more than one division:

  1. If a non-resident voter owns assessed property in more than one division, he or she votes in the division in which their total assessment is the highest;
  2. If the total assessment is equal, the person will vote in the lower-numbered division; or
  3. Non-Residents may choose to designate a division on or before September 1 (Binding till change occurs).

Please refer to your Tax Notice if you are unsure of what Division you are eligible to vote in or call the office.

 

What is the criteria to be eligible to vote in the Upcoming Election in the Rural Municipality of Mervin:

To vote in the Municipal election you must be a Canadian Citizen and at least 18 years of age, a voter of the RM must:

Meet one of the following criteria:

i) must also be a resident of the RM of Mervin, or of land now in the RM, for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election;

-be the registered owner of property in the RM, or property now in the RM;

ii) be the assessed person of property in the RM, or now in the RM, or land now in the RM, pursuant to Sec. 306 of the MA;

iii) be the spouse of a person mentioned in clause (ii) or (iii); or

iv) be the chief executive officer of a duly-incorporated co-operatives, corporation or religious association that is assessed on the last revised assessment roll with respect to property in the rural municipality that is not exempt from taxation

 

For Further Clarification please see the Municipal Election Act, 2015:

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/elections/election-procedures

In light of the controversy created over the proposed annexation by the R.M. of Parkdale from the R.M. of Mervin, we would appreciate any individuals who provide written submission to the R.M. of Parkdale regarding this issue to send a carbon copy to the R.M. of Mervin for our records.

R.M. of Parkdale Proposed Annexation

The R.M. of Parkdale has announced their intention to annex a portion of land, LSD’s 13 and 14 of NW 26-52-19-W3, into the R.M. of Parkdale from the R.M. of Mervin. The R.M. of Mervin did a comprehensive look at development at Turtle Lake and after taking everything into consideration, they denied this proposal. The developers then approached the R.M. of Parkdale and requested this annexation so their development could proceed. This land is already owned by the developer.

The R.M. of Mervin Council is contesting this annexation and is looking for your support in preventing this from happening. Please send letters with your concerns to the R.M. of Parkdale No. 498 at PO Box 310, Glaslyn, SK S0M 0Y0 before September 24, 2020 and attend the public meeting on September 19, 2020 if possible. The meeting is being held at the Community Hall in Glaslyn from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Please visit the R.M. of Parkdale’s website to view the developer’s plan for the proposal @ http://www.rmofparkdale498.com.

 

Annexation Process Summary

  • R.M. of Parkdale will hold a Public Meeting on September 19, 2020.
  • R.M. of Parkdale submits application for annexation to the Municipal Boundary Committee of the Sask Municipal Board (SMB).
  • SMB will require Mediation between the R.M. of Parkdale and the R.M. of Mervin as Mervin is contesting the annexation.
  • If there is no resolution from Mediation, the SMB will review the application and arguments from each municipality and make their decision accordingly. If the SMB feels it is necessary, they may hold a formal public hearing.
  • The decision made by the Sask Municipal Board for approval or denial is final.

 

For further information regarding the annexation process, please visit the following website:

Municipal Boundary Change – Annexation

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive range of municipal services for the benefit of our ratepayers and organized and un-organized hamlets.

We accomplish our mission by ensuring we have a strong, effective staff and council governing the municipality and setting the strategic direction to keep our municipality viable now and in the future.

The Lifesaving Society cautions Saskatchewan residents and visitors to be vigilant around water

The Lifesaving Society recommends the following measures to stay safe in, on, and around the water:

  1. Wear a lifejacket or PFD during all boating activities.
  2. Consider wearing a lifejacket or PFD if you are a weak or non-swimmer. Many people drown from walking off the drop off in lakes when they thought they were in fact in shallow water.
  3. Keep an eye on the weather. Wind, rain, and lightning are all hazards that can occur quickly and swimmers should leave the water immediately in these situations. Being caught in the lake with high waves and lightning is a hazardous situation for even the most adept swimmers.
  4. Supervise young children at all times when they are near or in the water.

The Lifesaving Society is a national, charitable organization working to prevent drowning and water related injuries through lifeguard training, water safety education, research and advocacy. It is the only organization in Saskatchewan that specializes in water safety and rescue. With more than 100 years of experience in water safety and rescue, the Lifesaving Society is your first source for information.

For more information contact:

Shelby Rushton, CEO

780-9255 (Lifesaving Society Office)

or 531-3035 (cell)                            

ATTENTION: RATEPAYERS OF THE R.M. OF MERVIN

RM of Mervin Office is open to the Public 

There will be a maximum of 2 people permitted in at a time. If there are already 2 people in, please wait outside at least 6 feet from the door.

COVID 10 – Do not Enter if Sick

In response to COVID-19, the R.M. of Mervin has instituted precautionary measures to help ensure the safety of our staff and ratepayers. In conjunction with announcements from the Provincial Government, the R.M. has implemented the following safety measures:

  • Staff have increased cleaning and sanitizing of the offices, including counters, doors, and anything else you would come in contact with.
  • The Council is not accepting any delegations to future council meetings until further notice.
  • When visiting the R.M. of Mervin Transfer Site, please do not get out of your vehicle to pay the Attendant. The Transfer Site office is closed to the public. The Attendant will come to your vehicle window for payment.

The RM of Mervin Council and Administration will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update the public regarding changes as required. We appreciate your understanding of these measures taken at this time.