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Driscol Lake School District No. 3336, 1914-1945

  • LGA 68
  • Local Government
  • 1914-1945

On February 17, 1914, a committee of ratepayers consisting of W.F. Chidister, Charles M. Clark and Christ Berger petitioned the Department of Education for the establishment of a school district in the Cadillac, Saskatchewan district. A meeting was held on April 17, 1914 to organize the district and elect trustees. There were thirteen school age children in the proposed district at the time. Driscol Lake School District No. 3336 was established on May 21, 1914 in accordance with the provisions of The School Act. On August 3, 1914, the school district received approval to borrow $2200.00 to build and furnish a school and other buildings. The school, located on 13-7-14-W3, was opened in 1915 with Miss O'Connor as the first teacher.

The responsibilities of the district board included selecting and acquiring a school site; contracting the building of the school; furnishing and maintaining the school and grounds, buildings and equipment; hiring qualified teachers; providing books, globes, maps and other supplies to students and teachers; administering grants; settling disputes and maintaining school records and accounts.

The duties and powers of the district board were revised when Driscol Lake School District No. 3336 joined the Shaunavon School Unit No. 7 on August 20, 1945. The Unit took over the assets and liabilities of the district effective September 15, 1945. The school was closed in 1946; the building was sold and moved to Val Marie, where it was used as a hardware store.

Valleyfield School District No. 2023, 1908-1945

  • LGA 69
  • Local Government
  • 1908-1945

On August 9, 1907, ratepayers in the Attica area northwest of Lanigan, Saskatchewan (NW 11-34-22 W2) petitioned the Commissioner of Education for the establishment of a school district. Golden Bridge School was the original proposed name, although Valleyfield was the one approved. On March 4, 1908 fourteen ratepayers voted in favor of establishing a school district, making it a unanimous decision. The School District was officially erected March 23, 1908. The first organizational meeting was held on February 5, 1909. J. Cooper was appointed secretary, J.G. Anderson was chairman, and C.B. McConnell was a trustee.

The responsibilities of the district board included selecting and acquiring a school site and contracting the building of a school house; furnishing and maintaining the school, school grounds, buildings and equipment; engaging qualified teachers; providing books, globes, maps, and other supplies to teachers and students; administering grants; settling disputes; and maintaining school records and accounts.

The original school house burned down on November 6, 1950 and the Shady Bluff school house was moved in. The School Unit became part of the Lanigan School Unit No. 40 in 1945. When the Valleyfield school was closed June 1952, the school house was moved to Lanigan to be used by the Lanigan School Unit No. 40.

Unity (Sask.), 1919-

  • LGA 62
  • Local Government
  • 1919-

The Town of Unity is an urban municipality in west central Saskatchewan incorporated on November 1, 1919. Unity is located 90 kilometres south-west of the Battlefords and 200 kilometres west of the City of Saskatoon. Its exact geographical location is NW18-40-22-W3. Located in the Rural Municipality of Round Valley No. 410, Unity is believed to have been named after Unity, Wisconsin, the original home of many of the early settlers in the Unity district.

The town is governed by a council consisting of a mayor and at least two councillors, each elected for a three year term. The goals of the council are to provide good government; provide necessary services and facilities for all or part of the municipality; develop and maintain a safe and viable community; and foster economic, social and environmental well-being. The council holds jurisdiction over police and fire protection; water and sewer utilities; parks and recreation and waste management.

The council makes decisions and exercises its power through the passage of resolutions and bylaws. Bylaws enforced by council include those relating to building; wild and domestic animals; nuisances; transport and transportation systems; streets and roads; businesses and business activities; signs and zoning. Council is also responsible for the collection of revenues; issuing of tax and assessment notices; administration of the operating and capital budgets and preparation of annual financial statements.

The Town of Unity is currently (2009) administered by a mayor, six councillors, and an administrator (previously known as the town clerk). The administrator oversees the day to day operations of the municipality, advises on policy and ensures council policies are carried out. The council currently holds regular meetings open to the public on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

South Regina Rural Telephone Company Limited, 1909-1977

  • LGA 63
  • Local Government
  • 1909-1977

In July 1909, five farmers residing in Regina, Saskatchewan petitioned the Department of Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones (later known as the Department of Telephones) for the organization of a rural telephone company. The South Regina Rural Telephone Company Ltd. was organized according to the provisions of the Rural Telephones Act (S.S. 1908, c.7) and incorporated on July 17, 1909. The company was responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telephone system for residents of the rural area south of Regina. The company's jurisdiction extended to the area in townships 16 and 17, ranges 19 and 20, west of the second meridian.

The company was managed by a president; vice-president; secretary-treasurer and board of directors, all elected at the company's annual meeting. The directors were responsible for deciding on rates, telephone extension applications, contracts and salaries. The secretary-treasurer attended all meetings, recorded the proceedings, and managed all financial transactions. The company had authority to enter land and premises in its jurisdiction in order to erect poles and string wires and cable, etc. The Department of Telephones provided advice and guidance to the company and ensured that the company's facilities met approved standards.

By the mid 1970s, the Saskatchewan Telecommunications Corporation (SaskTel) was able to provide rural areas with better quality and less costly telephone service than the rural telephone companies. In 1976, SaskTel established the Voluntary Assimilation Program, which encouraged rural telephone companies to wind-up their operations and transfer their assets and liabilities to the corporation. On January 5, 1976, the board of directors of the South Regina company passed a resolution accepting SaskTel's assimilation offer. The South Regina Rural Telephone Company Limited was dissolved in February 1977.

North Regina Rural Telephone Company Limited, 1909-1976

  • LGA 65
  • Local Government
  • 1909-1976

On March 8, 1909, five farmers residing in Regina, Saskatchewan petitioned the Department of Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones (later known as the Department of Telephones) for the organization of a rural telephone company. The North Regina Rural Telephone Company Limited was organized according to the provisions of the Rural Telephones Act (S.S. 1908, c.7) and incorporated on March 10, 1909. The company was responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telephone system for residents of the rural area north of Regina. The company's jurisdiction extended to the area in townships 17 and 18, ranges 19 and 20, west of the second meridian.

The company was managed by a president; vice-president; secretary-treasurer and board of directors, all elected at the company's annual meeting. The directors were responsible for deciding on rates, telephone extension applications, contracts and salaries. The secretary-treasurer attended all meetings, recorded the proceedings and managed all financial transactions. The company had authority to enter land and premises in its jurisdiction in order to erect poles and string wires and cables, etc. The Department of Telephones provided advice and guidance to the company and ensured that the company's facilities met approved standards.

By the mid 1970s, the Saskatchewan Telecommunications Corporation (SaskTel) was able to provide rural areas with better quality and less costly telephone service than the rural telephone companies. In 1976, SaskTel established the Voluntary Assimilation Program, which encouraged rural companies to wind-up their operations and transfer their assets and liabilities to the corporation. In 1976, the board of directors of the North Regina Rural Telephone Company passed a resolution accepting SaskTel's assimilation offer. The North Regina Rural Telephone Company Ltd. was dissolved on June 25, 1976.

Sturgis Rural Telephone Company Limited, 1920-1978

  • LGA 66
  • Local Government
  • 1920-1978

On March 13, 1920, five farmers residing in Sturgis, Saskatchewan petitioned the Department of Telephones for the organization of a rural telephone company. The Sturgis Rural Telephone Company Limited was organized according to the provisions of the Rural Telephones Act (S.S. 1908, c.7) and incorporated on May 13, 1920. The company was responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telephone system for residents of the Sturgis district.

The company was managed by a president; vice-president; secretary-treasurer and board of directors, all elected at the company's annual meeting. The directors were responsible for deciding on rates, telephone extension applications, contracts, and salaries. The secretary-treasurer attended all meetings, recorded the proceedings and managed all financial transactions. The company had authority to enter land and premises in its jurisdiction in order to erect poles and string wires and cable, etc. The Department of Telephones provided advice and guidance to the company and ensured that the company's facilities met approved standards.

The first officers of the Sturgis Rural Telephone Company were John Ness (president); Ross G. Moore (secretary-treasurer); P.A. Peterson, K. Grimsrud, and C.A. Wilder (directors). Mrs. R. Hay was the first operator.

By the mid 1970s, the Saskatchewan Telecommunications Corporation (SaskTel) was able to provide rural areas with better quality and less costly telephone service than the rural companies. In 1976, SaskTel established the Voluntary Assimilation Program, which encouraged rural telephone companies to wind-up their operations and transfer their assets and liabilities to the corporation.

In 1977, the Sturgis company had 700 subscribers and was serving the Sturgis district along with the villages of Danbury, Hassan, Lady Lake and Stenen. On June 14, 1977, the members of the Sturgis company passed a resolution to wind-up operations. Twenty-eight members were in favor; two were not. The final meeting of the directors was held on February 26, 1978. The Sturgis Rural Telephone Company Limited was dissolved effective March 3, 1978.

Rouleau (Sask.), 1907-

  • LGA 60
  • Local Government
  • 1907-

The Town of Rouleau is an urban municipality in southeast Saskatchewan incorporated on March 1, 1907 under the provisions of the Municipal Amendment Ordinance (1901). Rouleau is an agricultural based community located 50 kilometres southeast of the City of Moose Jaw. Its exact geographical location is N23-14-22-W2. Located in the Rural Municipality of Redburn No. 130, the town is believed to have been named after Justice Charles-Borromee Rouleau, a judge on the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories.

The town is governed by a council consisting of a mayor and at least two councillors, each elected for a three year term. The goals of the council are to provide good government; provide necessary services and facilities for all or part of the municipality; develop and maintain a safe and viable community; and foster economic, social, and environmental well-being. The council holds jurisdiction over police and fire protection; water and sewer utilities; parks and recreation and waste management.

The council makes decisions and exercises its power through the passage of resolutions and by-laws. By-laws enforced by the council include those relating to building; wild and domestic animals; nuisances; transport and transportation systems; streets and roads; businesses and business activities; signs and zoning. Council is also responsible for the collection of revenues; issuing tax and assessment notices; administration of the operating and capital budgets and preparation of annual financial statements.

The Town of Rouleau is currently (2009) administered by a mayor, six councillors, an administrator (previously known as the town clerk) and an assistant administrator. The administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the municipality; advises on policy and ensures council policies are carried out. The council currently holds regular meetings open to the public on the first Monday of each month. In 2005, the Rouleau Town Council established the Rouleau Economic Development Committee, which is responsible for creating jobs; diversifying the economy and promoting tourism to the town, etc.

Spy Hill Rural Telephone Company Limited, 1916-1977

  • LGA 64
  • Local Government
  • 1916-1977

On March 25, 1916, five farmers in the Spy Hill, Saskatchewan district petitioned the Department of Telephones for the organization of a rural telephone company. The Spy Hill Rural Telephone Company Limited was organized according to the provisions of the Rural Telephones Act (S.S. 1908, c.7) and incorporated on May 31, 1916. The company was responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telephone system for residents of the rural area around Spy Hill. The company's jurisdiction extended to the area in townships 18 and 19, ranges 30 and 31, west of the first meridian.

The company was managed by a president; vice-president; secretary-treasurer and board of directors, all elected at the company's annual meeting. The directors were responsible for deciding on rates, telephone extension applications, contracts and salaries. The secretary-treasurer attended all meetings, recorded the proceedings, and managed all financial transactions. The company had authority to enter land and premises in its jurisdiction in order to erect poles and string wires and cable, etc. The Department of Telephones provided advice and guidance to the company and ensured that the company's facilities met approved standards.

By the mid 1970s, the Saskatchewan Telecommunications Corporation (SaskTel) was able to provide rural areas with better quality and less costly telephone service than the rural telephone companies. In 1976, SaskTel established the Voluntary Assimilation Program, which encouraged rural telephone companies to wind-up their operations and transfer their assets and liabilities to the corporation. On November 30, 1976, the board of directors of the Spy Hill company passed a resolution accepting SaskTel's assimilation offer. The Spy Hill Rural Telephone Company Limited was dissolved in October 1977.

Balcarres School Division No. 87, 1979-1993

  • LGA 57
  • Local Government
  • 1979-1993

The Balcarres Consolidated School District No. 87 of Saskatchewan became the Balcarres School Division No. 87 of Saskatchewan effective January 1, 1979, pursuant to the Education Act (S.S. 1978, c.17) to administrate schools in the Balcarres area. The Board of the school division was responsible for administering the public elementary and secondary schools within its borders. The eight member Board was elected through a public vote. Funding to administer and operate the schools in the Division was provided through provincial grants and locally-generated revenue. The Division was located within the Qu'Appelle Valley Superintendency No. 27.

The responsibilities of the Board were the same as those assigned to the separate and francophone school boards in the province. The Board's duties and powers included administering and managing the educational affairs of the school division; exercising general supervision and control over the schools in the division; approving administrative procedures pertaining to the internal organization, management and supervision of the schools; providing and maintaining school accommodation, equipment and facilities; and appointing and employing qualified teachers, principals and other necessary staff.

In the fall of 1992, the Department of Education created the Scenic Valley School Division. Balcarres School Division No. 87 became part of Scenic Valley School Division No. 117 effective January 1, 1993.

Cupar School Division No. 28 of Saskatchewan, 1979-2003

  • LGA 59
  • Local Government
  • 1979-2003

The Cupar School Division No. 28 of Saskatchewan was established on January 1, 1979 with the dissolution of Cupar School Unit No. 28 of Saskatchewan, pursuant to The Education Act (S.S. 1978, c. 17). The Board of the school division was responsible for administering the public elementary and secondary schools within its borders. The six member Board was elected through public vote. Funding to administer and operate the schools in the Division was provided through provincial grants and locally-generated revenue.

The responsibilities of the Board were the same as those assigned to the separate and francophone school boards in the province. The Board's duties and powers included administering and managing the educational affairs of the School Division; exercising general supervision and control over the schools in the division; approving administrative procedures pertaining to the internal organization, management and supervision of the schools; providing and maintaining school accommodation, equipment and facilities; and appointing and employing qualified teachers, principals and other necessary staff.

In the fall of 2003, the Saskatchewan Department of Education created the Qu'Appelle Valley School Division No. 139. Cupar School Division No. 28 became part of Qu'Appelle Valley School Division No. 139 effective January 1, 2004.

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