Damage to Rural Infrastructure Due to Resource Extraction

Year: 2020

Number: POP 1-20A

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

WHEREAS The Municipalities Regulations, Subsection 12(1), regarding the maintenance and restoration of roads by hauler and Subsection 13(1), regarding payment for shortening of lifetime of municipal roads have not been amended since 2013, municipalities are not fairly compensated for repairing and maintaining rural infrastructure through road maintenance agreements;

WHEREAS Municipalities are solely responsible for repairing and maintaining rural infrastructure and current rates for road maintenance agreements are set by provincial legislation in The Municipalities Regulations;

WHEREAS the ongoing damage to rural infrastructure is not covered sufficiently by road maintenance agreements;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby and petition the provincial government to update and amend The Municipalities Regulations, subsections 12(1) and 13(1) to more closely reflect the current costs of building, maintaining and repairing damage to rural infrastructure from resource extraction.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a formula be developed to adjust rates annually.

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