Three innovative projects by 15 municipalities are being recognized in the 14th Annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. The Saskatchewan Municipal Awards celebrate the excellent and innovative practices of Saskatchewan’s municipal governments. This year's winners have innovated their communities with projects that promote cooperation and synergy.
The winners of the 14th Annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards are:
First Place Request for Service App
City of Moose Jaw
Developed an app that records and tracks requests for service submitted by residents and provides valuable two-way communication between the city and its residents.
737 Volunteer Fire Department RMs of Souris Valley No. 7 and Lomond No. 37
Established a volunteer fire department to provide wildland fire fighting services to residents and ratepayers of both municipalities in addition to mutual aid to neighbouring municipalities and counties.
Regional Rideshare Initiative
Towns of Balgonie, Grand Coulee, Pilot Butte, Pense, and Lumsden, Villages of Buena Vista and Belle Plaine, RMs of Edenwold No. 158, Pense No. 160, Lumsden No. 189, Lajord No. 128, and Bratt’s Lake No. 129
Developed a regional rideshare framework where member municipalities adopt complimentary bylaws allowing rideshare companies to operate within their municipality once the companies have obtained a regional rideshare license.
The winning projects were selected by the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards Committee who reviewed six nominations, submitted on behalf of 19 municipalities.
Each year, the awards committee is made up of partners from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), Municipalities of Saskatchewan New North, the Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association of Saskatchewan (RMAA), the Urban Municipal Administrator Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS), and the Ministry of Government Relations (GR).
The 2020 committee members are:
Loretta Young (former administrator for the RM of Longlaketon No.219 and the Village of Earl Grey)
Jim Scarrow (former Mayor of Prince Albert and former Vice-President of Cities for Municipalities of Saskatchewan)
Don Taylor (former Board member of SARM)
Wendy Gowda (current administrator for the RM of LeRoy and current Past President of RMAA)
Malcolm Eaton (former Mayor of Humboldt and former Vice-President of Cities for Municipalities of Saskatchewan); and
Keith Schneider (former Executive Director of Municipalities of Saskatchewan)
The winners were celebrated virtually at SUMA’s 2021 Virtual Convention and Tradeshow in February and they were celebrated again at the SARM Annual Convention and Tradeshow in March.