Road Maintenance Amendments
Res #: 12-01M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Government Relations
Resolution No. 12-01M
WHEREAS, heavy hauls of a variety of goods and products are causing a great deal of damage to municipal roads; and
WHEREAS, municipalities often cannot recoup enough to pay for the additional maintenance and restoration that are needed after the hauls;
THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED, that The Road Maintenance and Restoration Agreement Regulations, 1999 be amended to substantially increase the amounts that municipalities may charge haulers for both a) the maintenance and restoration, and b) the shortening of the lifetime of the roads.
Response from Ron Osika, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing:
The fees authorized in The Road and Maintenance and Restoration Agreement Regulations are intended to compensate for incremental maintenance and loss of road life costs, not to compensate RMs for the full cost of reconstructing a road. The Road and Maintenance and Restoration Agreement Regulations were last reviewed in the fall of 1998 and amended in the spring of 1999. SARM, the RMAA and representatives from several industries that haul on RM roads participated in the review. The rates in the regulations were thoroughly reviewed and adjusted to reflect the incremental RM costs associated with bulk hauls on RM roads.
The regulations are scheduled for review again in 2003, unless there are significant changes which would make it necessary to review the regulations sooner. There have been no such changes.