Designated Road Regravelling Program

Res #: 5-07M
Number: 5
Year: 2007
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Government Relations

Resolution No. 5 – 07M
Designated Road Regravelling Program

WHEREAS in the past there was a regravelling program for designated roads, in which the Provincial Government paid 50% of the costs for up to 100 cubic yards per mile;

WHEREAS the costs of crushing and delivering gravel has increased dramatically in the last five years, largely because of the increase in the cost of fuel, from which the Province derives significant revenue;

WHEREAS the Provincial Government is continuing to download its expense on municipalities by encouraging municipalities to take more and heavier traffic on their grid roads; and

WHEREAS a large portion of this increased traffic is not local in nature but rather benefits the entire provincial economy;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to reinstate the designated road regravelling program at 50/50, provincial/municipal, cost sharing on 100 cubic yards per mile.   

Ministry of Municipal Affairs RESPONSE

·         Funding for the conditional regravelling program funded through Rural Revenue Sharing was rolled into the unconditional Rural Revenue Sharing grants in 1998-99.

·         The unconditional grants have increased by 83% since 1998.   Rural municipalities have the discretion to use any portion of their unconditional grant for regravelling roads.