Economic Development

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Agriculture and related businesses dominate the local economy. A number of plants within the R.M. provide seed-cleaning services to farmers and two enterprises clean pulses for export. Equipment and truck repair businesses, metal fabricators and machinists work out of shops located on farms. Several trucking companies haul farm products and farm inputs. A number of farmers offer equipment rentals. Others use their equipment to do custom fieldwork including soil testing, seeding, swathing, harvesting and baling. Several part-time custom operators with high clearance sprayers apply chemicals and fertilizers. One aerial spray plane flies from a farm located in the R.M.

Sizeable sand and gravel deposits located in the northeast of the R.M. are quarried in several locations. Municipal and provincial government pits provide road gravel. Privately owned pits scattered around the R.M. are mined for various aggregates. One concrete and gravel business will do construction forming and pouring, as well as gravel crushing, sizing and hauling.

Many rural men and women have off-farm jobs. The labour market is somewhat seasonal, as demanded by the agricultural year. In contrast, the local oil patch offers steady employment for a considerable number of workers.

Some small, home-based businesses provide residents with both income and leisure interest. These are unrelated to agriculture but are located on farms or acreages. They include woodworking, cabinet making, taxidermy, upholstery, weaving, baking, sewing, pottery making and other craft-related pursuits. .

For many years, gas and oil wells have operated in locations around the R.M. Currently, many new oil wells are being drilled on the north escarpment of the Coteau Hills and in a number of other locations mainly southeast of Elrose. New gas wells are appearing close to the western boundaries of the R.M. A gas pipeline owned by TransGas Corporation traverses the R.M. from north to south. Smaller pipelines, radiating from the Greenan Compressor Station, collect gas from wells situated in a wide area west of Wartime. This station, located 4 miles west of Elrose is owned and operated by the Husky Oil Company. Here the locally produced gas is inserted into the TransGas pipeline to be carried to markets in the U.S.

The R.M. has a Zoning Bylaw & Basic Planning Statement in place. A Development Permit is required for all development in the municipality including oil/gas well drilling. There is also a Building Bylaw in place where any non-agricultural buildings require a permit and plans and inspection by a bulding inspector. These documents and forms are attached.  Please contact the office at 306-378-2212 if you plan to develop or build anything so you can complete and submit the proper forms and fees.

Council for the R.M. of Monet realizes the value brought to the community by new economic activity. In recognition of this, the R.M. has entered partnerships with neighboring municipalities and towns on a variety of projects. West Central Road and Rail, W.C.R.R., was created in recognition of the need for opposition to the Canadian National Railway’s plan to abandon the only railroad passing through the R.M. Consolidation of services by large grain-handling corporations, in conjunction with the tearing up of local tracks, would result in farmers having long hauls to inland terminals. The increased trucking costs to farmers would have severely affected the profitability of agriculture throughout the district. Plans to purchase the branch line were thwarted, but they succeeded in removing the threat of abandonment. W.C.R.R. recreated itself as a company providing producer-car loading services at locations along the tracks. As W.C.R.R. continues to grow, future plans include a loading facility in the town of Elrose. George Myers represents Monet on the elected board of directors of W.C.R.R.  W.C.R.R. was sold in 2015 and all shareholders were paid dividends on the sale.

Starting in 2001, efforts have been made planning for a water pipelines to service an area extending from South of Rosetown all the way to the South Saskatchewan River. In 2007, after years of work with the assistance of P.F.R.A and E2000, the Saskatchewan Landing Regional Water Pipeline Utility was formed. Town of Elrose, Town of Kyle, R.M. of Lacadena No. 228 and R.M. of Monet No. 257 have formed this public Utility under the Municipalities Act. Town of Rosetown and R.M. of St. Andrews No. 287 were part of the initial formation of the Utility, but left the project in 2010.  Federal and provincial governments provided grants to the Utility on this project.  An R.O. water treatment plant was built in the Town of Elrose with a well extracting water from the Tyner Valley aquifer to supply the Town of Elrose and approximately 100 farms and the Village of Wiseton with treated water.  A green sand filtration water treatment plant was built 2 and 1/2 miles east of Kyle extracting water from the Kyle Aquifer to supply to Town of Kyle, Sask. Landing Provincial Park, Hamlet of White Bear and Hamlet of Lacadena and approximately 100 farms.  700 km of rural water pipeline was installed to the subscribed farms. Robert MacDonald, George Myers and Lori McDonald currently hold positions on the Utility’s board.

 

2016 Tax and Assessment Information

Taxable Assessment By Property Class:

Non-Arable (pasture)    $7,101,960

Agricultural                   $95,876,495

Residential                    $1,204,715

Railway ROW                $  757,800

Other Commercial         $  101,300

Resource Commercial  $30,093,100

Total Taxable Assessment = $135,135,370

Mill Rate = 8.5

Commercial Improvement minimum tax $350

Commercial Improvement mill rate factor 3.85