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In rural areas, inter-municipal cooperation plays an important role in maintaining services necessary to the quality of life. The R.M. of Monet and the Town of Elrose share financial responsibilities and provide representation on the boards of several local services and institutions. The Monet-Elrose Fire District is an example of urban-rural cooperation resulting in the provision of vital services to the community. From facilities located in Elrose, volunteer firefighters provide high quality fire protection to the town and municipality. Inter-municipal mutual aid agreements enable local fire departments to assist at emergencies in neighboring districts as requested. The R.M. and Town have put a 10% deposit towards the purchase a new Fire Truck in September, 2013 that we will receive in 2014. Local ambulance service based at the Monet/Elrose Fire Hall is also maintained and operated by fire district volunteers. Ross Oliphant has fulfilled the resposibilities of Fire Chief for many years.
Provincial statutes require that an emergency plan be in place for every community. Elrose and Monet have cooperated in having such a plan prepared. Gordon Hazel was responsible for the plan’s formulation. Dane MacDonald is now our E.M.O, coordinator.
Recreation facilities are close to the heart of rural community life. Monet and Elrose financially support and are represented on the Elrose-Monet District Recreation Board. This sports complex combines a skating rink, curling ice, swimming pool, spectator lounge and kitchen under one roof. Few communities of similar size can boast such a fine facility. There is also a Regional Park behind the Uniplex that is financially supported and are represented on the Elrose Regional Park Authority Board by Monet and Elrose. Robert Ellis and Bob Copeland represent the municipality on both boards. (See Uniplex).
The R.M. and Town were both part of the Organization of Clearwater Lake Regional Park Authority in 1966 with 5 other Municipalities. In 1982 Bylaws were not renewed and representatives from Monet and Elrose were no longer sent to the Board. In November, 2013 Bylaws were updated and representatives are now being sent: Shirley Jones from Elrose and June Harsch from Monet.
Both R.M and town support the local branch of the Wheatland Regional Library. Elaine Campbell, Carla Leys, and Gayle Brown represent the R.M. on the local library board. Gayle Brown sits on the Wheatland Regional Library board on behalf of the R.M.
The R.M. and Town lease the Dr. Clinic in the Elrose Health Centre from Heartland Health Region and rent it to Doctors that want to provide a service here. The R.M. and Town staff the receptionist.
The R.M. and Town have decommissioned their Nuisance Grounds and jointly opened a Waste Transfer Station on January 3, 2012 at SE 27-25-15-3. They also provide recycle bins in the Town of Elrose.
While chiefly concerned with local issues, the council of the R.M. of Monet believes there is a role for municipal government to advocate on behalf of rural people with senior levels of government. To rural people, government policy formulated in Ottawa or Regina, often seems to lacks common-sense and practicality. Grass roots solutions, by definition, are solutions that work for people. Municipal governments are intimately aware of rural issues and opinions. Historically farmers have succeeded best in affecting government policies by acting together.
Membership in the Saskatchewan Association Of Rural Municipalities, S.A.R.M., is the longest association maintained by the R.M. of Monet. The efforts of this organization are directed by resolutions passed at semi-annual conventions held in Saskatoon and Regina. S.A.R.M. lobbies government and provides member municipalities with valuable services including legal advice, interpretations of the provincial statutes regulating municipal government, group liability insurance, training seminars for newly elected municipal officials and other assistance as required. The S.A.R.M. board of directors is elected from the body of acting reeves and councilors of member R.M.s. The province is divided into six divisions. Each division elects a director to the board. Monet belongs to Division 3 represented by Larry Grant. (See S.A.R.M.)
With neighboring municipalities and towns, Monet participates as a founding member of Entrepreneurs 2000, E2000, a regional economic development authority (R.E.D.A.). This organization’s mandate is to foster economic development in the district. Membership includes the town of Rosetown and municipalities from the surrounding area. Here local issues relating to economic development and inter-municipal cooperation are discussed. Staff provides a wide range of services ranging from individual entrepreneurial consultations to feasibility studies and business plans for large projects. E2000 offices are located in Rosetown. Ken Wiggins was Monet’s representative on the E 2000 board. (See E2000) As of January 15, 2009 the REDA's in the province were amalgamated and we are now a part of West Central Enterprise Region out of Kindersley. E2000 is now called Central Connections Management Inc. in Rosetown. C.C.M.I. held it's final meeting on March 6, 2012. It no longer exists.
Council sends representation to West Central Municipal Government Committee meetings. Here issues relating to local government, but of common interest to many municipalities are discussed. Officials from rural and urban municipalities located throughout West Central Saskatchewan attend.
Monet belongs to the Hudson Bay Route Association, and thereby offers modest financial support to their lobbying efforts to increase the use of the port of Churchill, by far the Saskatchewan farmer’s closest seaport.
Monet appoints a member of the District #40 Agricultural, Development and Diversification (A.D.D) board. Greg Nisbet has filled this position for many years. (See A.D.D) As of November, 2013 this Board no longer exists.