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Poplar School District No. 801, 1903-1972

  • LGA 80
  • Local Government
  • 1903-1972

In December, 1902, a group of resident ratepayers in the Oxbow, North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) district petitioned the Commissioner of Education for the formation of a school district. A meeting to vote on the proposed district was held early in 1903. Five people were in favor; none were opposed. The Poplar School District No. 801 of the North-West Territories was erected on March 6, 1903. The school district's name was believed to be in reference to the numerous poplar trees in the area at the time.

The school district was administered by three elected trustees, one of whom served as chairman, and a secretary-treasurer. The school officials were responsible for selecting and acquiring a school site; contracting the building of the school; furnishing and maintaining the school, school grounds, buildings, and equipment; engaging qualified teachers; providing books, globes, maps and other supplies to students and teachers; administering grants; settling disputes; and maintaining school records and accounts.

In 1903, the school trustees borrowed $1000 to build and furnish a school, which was located on NE 7-2-1-W2. The first teacher was Miss Walldock. In 1945, the school district joined the Oxbow School Unit No. 1. Around 1950, the original school was sold and a small, portable school was placed on NE 8-2-1-W2. The school was closed in 1960 and students were conveyed to Oxbow and Glen Ewen. The school building was sold and turned into a private residence. On April 27, 1972, the Poplar School District No. 801 was consolidated with the Oxbow School District No. 225 and disorganized.

Detchon School District No. 2052, 1908-1946

  • LGA 84
  • Local Government
  • 1908-1946

On February 19, 1908 a committee consisting of J.O. Carter, John Blakey and Harry Leachman filed a petition to the Commissioner of Education for the formation of a public school district in the Girvin, Saskatchewan district. On April 7, 1908, a meeting of the resident ratepayers in the proposed district was held to vote on the formation and elect trustees. Three people were in favor of the district; none were opposed. The Detchon School District No. 2052 was erected on April 24, 1908 in accordance with The School Ordinance.

The school district was administered by three elected trustees, one of whom served as chairman, and a secretary-treasurer. The school officials were responsible for selecting and acquiring a school site; contracting the building of the school; furnishing and maintaining the school, school grounds, buildings, and equipment; engaging qualified teachers; providing books, globes, maps and other supplies to students and teachers; administering grants; settling disputes; and maintaining school records and accounts.

The school trustees borrowed $1200 to build and furnish the schoolhouse, coal shed, outhouses and stable. Construction of the school, located on 18-26-28-W2, began in April 1908. The school opened in the fall of 1908 with Margaret Croucher as the first teacher. On January 21, 1946, Detchon School District joined the Davidson School Unit No. 31. The school unit assumed all assets and liabilities and the responsibilities and duties of the school district trustees were altered. The school was closed on June 30, 1953 and the building was sold and removed.

Rural Municipality of Mount Hope No. 279, 1911-

  • LGA 81
  • Local Government
  • 1911-

The Rural Municipality of Mount Hope No. 279 of Saskatchewan was incorporated on December 18, 1911 pursuant to the Municipalities Act (S.S. 1908-09, c. 6). The first reeve elected was G.W. Booth. The first councilors were William Mcculloch, J.G. Mudock, W.W. Kemp, William H. Keirl, J.H. Murney, and H. Graham. The first secretary-treasurer was W.J. Wright. The municipality, located north of Regina, encompasses the village of Semans and the former village of Tate. It serves an area located in ranges 19, 20, and 21, townships 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, west of the second meridian.

The municipal office is located in Semans. The municipality is currently (2010) administered by a reeve, six councilors, and an administrator, previously known as the secretary-treasurer. Their responsibilities include passing by-laws, maintaining cemeteries, collecting taxes, assisting in maintaining hospitals and roads, and preventing cruelty to animals. The Council meets once per month. The population as of 2009 is 633.

Cottonwood School District No. 171, 1890-1964

  • LGA 79
  • Local Government
  • 1890-1964

On January 8, 1890, resident ratepayers in the Pense, North-West Territories district met to discuss the formation of a school district. Cottonwood School District No. 171 was erected on February 7, 1890. The first school was built in 1893. The boundaries of the school district were altered several times and the location of the school was moved several times to better serve the needs of the community. The original school building was replaced with a new building in 1916. The school was located on NW 15-18-22-W2 for the majority of its existence.

The school district was administered by three elected trustees, one of whom served as chairman, and a secretary-treasurer. The school officials were responsible for selecting and acquiring a school site; contracting the building of the school; furnishing and maintaining the school, school 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 school closed in 1937 due to lack of pupils, but re-opened in 1943. In November 1963, the Regina School Unit No. 21 was established and Cottonwood School District No. 171 became part of the larger unit. On January 1, 1964, the school unit assumed all of Cottonwood's assets and liabilities and the responsibilities and duties of the school district officials were significantly altered.

Rural Municipality of Swift Current No. 137, 1910-

  • LGA 85
  • Local Government
  • 1910-

The Rural Municipality of Swift Current No. 137 of Saskatchewan was incorporated on December 12, 1910 pursuant to the Rural Municipalities Act (S.S. 1908-09, c. 6). The first municipal officials elected were Cy Newell (Reeve), James Wallace, C. Stevens, W. Burnett, E.H. Dart, H. Davison, and C.H. Carefoot (Councillors). The municipality is located in southwest Saskatchewan and encompasses the area located in ranges 13, 14, and 15 and townships 13, 14, 15, and 16, west of the third meridian. The municipal office is located in the city of Swift Current.

The municipality is currently (2010) governed by an elected council comprised of a reeve and six councillors. All decisions are made by resolution or by-law. Council is assisted by an administrator, who manages the daily operations, and other staff required to maintain municipal services, such as roads, utilities and recreational facilities.

Rural Municipality of Wood River No. 74, 1912-

  • LGA 86
  • Local Government
  • 1912-

The Rural Municipality of Wood River No. 74 of Saskatchewan was incorporated on December 9, 1912 pursuant to the Rural Municipalities Act (S.S. 1908-09, c. 6). The first municipal officials were A.W. Linnell (reeve); John Ellis, Felix O'Neil, Adam Cunningham, Claude Desmarais, A.W. Sabins and E.G. Woods (councillors) and A.S. Parrish (secretary-treasurer). Highway 13 (The Red Coat Trail) and the Wood River run through the municipality, which includes the communities of Lafleche, Melaval and Woodrow. The municipal office was located in Woodrow until 1926, when it was moved to Lafleche. The current (2010) office was built in 1967 in conjunction with the Town of Lafleche.

The rural municipality is currently governed by an elected council comprised of a reeve and six councillors, each representing a division of the rural municipality. Terms of office are 2 years starting at the first meeting of council held after the election. Council makes all decisions by resolution or by-law. Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Council is assisted by an administrator, who manages the daily operations, and other staff required to provide municipal services, facilities and other requirements necessary for the area. The rural municipality's responsibilities include tax collection, snow removal and the construction and maintenance of local roads. The rural municipality holds membership in the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM).

Rocanville (Sask.), 1967-

  • LGA 88
  • Local Government
  • 1967-

The Town of Rocanville is an urban municipality in south east Saskatchewan. Rocanville was a village from March 24, 1904 until August 1, 1967, when it was proclaimed a town. Rocanville is an agricultural and mining based community located 21 kilometres from the Manitoba border and 15 kilometres from the Qu'Appelle Valley. Its geographical location is 21-16-31-W1. The town is believed to have been named after Rocan de Bastien, postmaster of the Village of Rocanville in 1904. Located in the Rural Municipality of Rocanville No. 151, the town serves as the administrative centre for the rural municipality.

The town is governed by a council consisting of a mayor and councillors, each elected for a three year term. Council makes decisions and exercises its power through the passage of bylaws and resolutions. Councils aims to provide good government; to provide necessary services and facilities for all or part of the town; to develop and maintain a safe and viable community and foster economic, social and environmental well-being. Council is responsible for providing an array of services within the boundaries of the town, including police and fire services; water and sewage treatment services; and library, recreation and cultural facilities. Council is responsible for regulating wild and domestic animals; streets and roads; businesses and business activities; and buildings and other structures. The town receives funding through property taxes, service user fees, license fees and grants from the provincial and federal governments. Council is responsible for hiring an administrator and other employees to manage the daily operations of the town.

The Town of Rocanville is currently (2010) governed by a mayor and five councillors. The administrator oversees the daily operations. Council meetings, open to the public, are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The town's current population is 869.

Saskatchewan Relief Commission, 1931-1934

  • LGA 89
  • Local Government
  • 1931-1934

The Saskatchewan Relief Commission was established by the J.T.M. Anderson Government in 1931 to administer the provincial assistance (relief) program and centralize all existing provincial relief agencies. A proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor on August 25, 1931 appointed Henry Black as chair and Pearl Johnston, Albert E. Whitmore, William A. Munns and William G. Yule as commissioners. The commissioners were responsible for formulating policy while C.B. Daniel, general manager, was the chief administrative officer. The Commission managed the spending of $31.5 million and provided direct relief, such as food, clothing, fuel, shelter and medical care, distributed through the rural municipalities. The Saskatchewan Relief Commission was disbanded on August 15, 1934.

Prairie Valley School Division No. 208 of Saskatchewan, 2005-

  • LGA 90
  • Local Government
  • 2005-

The Regina District School Division No. 208 of Saskatchewan was established on April 30, 2005 pursuant to Order-in-Council 85/2005 and Ministerial Order No. 018/2005-06, in accordance with the provisions of The Education Act, 1995. Eight existing school divisions were amalgamated into the Regina District School Division as follows: Aspen Grove School Division No. 144; Eslin School Division No. 107; Grand Coulee School Division No. 110; Gray School Division No. 101; Pense School Division No. 98; Qu'Appelle Valley School Division No. 139; Wilcox School Division No. 105; and the Lang and Milestone Attendance Areas of the Sunrise School Division No. 145. On December 1, 2005, the Regina District School Division No. 208 of Saskatchewan was renamed the Prairie Valley School Division No. 208 of Saskatchewan. On December 31, 2005, the eight existing school divisions were officially disestablished and Prairie Valley School Division began full operation effective January 1, 2006.

Prairie Valley School Division currently (2014) has 38 public elementary and high schools under its jurisdiction, located in numerous southeastern Saskatchewan communities as follows: Arm River, Balcarres, Balgonie, Bethune, Broadview, Cupar, Edenwold, Fort Qu'Appelle, Grenfell, Indian Head, Kelliher, Kipling, Langbank, Lemberg, Lipton, Lumsden, McLean, Milestone, Montmartre, Neudorf, Pense, Pilot Butte, Qu'Appelle, Regina Beach, Sedley, Southey, Vibank, White City, Whitewood and Wolseley.

The Board of Education of the Prairie Valley School Division consists of a chairman and elected trustees from 11 subdivisions. Trustees, who serve four year terms, are elected by voters and ratepayers to represent students. Funding is provided through provincial grants and locally generated revenues. The Board's duties and powers include 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 accommodations, equipment and facilities; and appointing and employing qualified teachers, principals and other staff.

The Administrative Council Executive consists of the Director of Education, the Deputy Director of Education and the Chief Financial Officer. The Director of Education is the chief executive officer and reports to the elected Board. The Administrative Council Executive is supported by other senior administrators, including superintendents, supervisors and managers. Principals, teachers, speech language pathologists, psychologists and administrative and maintenance staff are also employed by the division. The division's office is located at 3080 Albert Street in Regina.

Saskatchewan Water Appeal Board, 1984-

  • LGA 91
  • Local Government
  • 1984-

The Saskatchewan Water Appeal Board, formerly called the Saskatchewan Drainage Appeal Board, was established on July 1, 1984, when The Water Appeal Board Act came into effect in Saskatchewan. The purpose of the board is to hear appeals of the decisions of the Water Security Agency made pursuant to The Water Security Agency Act, 2005 (formerly called the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Act). The appeals pertain to issues of water usage, alteration of natural water flows, drainage complaints, permit applications, and sewage problems in the province. Many of the appeals relate to farming and its water-related issues of flooding, erosion, drought, and irrigation.

The Water Security Agency investigates and adjudicates disputes and determines decisions, orders, and actions. If the affected parties wish to appeal the decision, an appeal is made to the Water Appeal Board within 30 days. The board has the power to affirm, vary, or substitute decisions made by the agency.

By resolving these water-related disputes, the Water Appeal Board assists in managing the province's water supply by protecting water quality and ensuring safe drinking water and the appropriate treatment of wastewater. Water management helps to regulate water supply channels, reduce flood and drought damage, protect aquatic habitats and resolve trans-boundary water issues.

The Water Appeal Board is a corporate body and fully responsible for its own financial operations. Funding for the Water Appeal Board is through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. The board consists of no more than eight members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on the recommendation of the minister. Members serve on the board for three year terms. The Water Appeals Board continues (2017) to operate.

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