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Last Mountain Times April 16 2018

Last Mountain Times April 16

Inside TIMES Now Serving The Waterfront Circulation Estimated 5000 RCMP Name the Puppy contest Page 2 Lockwood news Page 2 CAA’s Worst Roads Page 2 Budget reaction Page 3 RCMP report Page 5 From The Sidelines Page 5 Valley Views Page 6 Ag Notes Page 7 Nokomis Seniors Page 8 Candlelight Quilters Page 9 Silton Silhouettes Page 10 Ministerial Messages Page 10 Currie’s Corner Page 11 Camshaft Corner Page 15 Coffee Break Page 15 Horticulture Digital Page 17 Outside Mon :3°C Tues :2°C Wed :2°C Thur :4°C Fri :6°C Sat :10°C Sun :10°C Forecasted high temperatures LAST MOUNTAIN Serving Last Mountain Area Communities of Nokomis, Strasbourg, Drake, Lockwood, Semans, Raymore, Govan, Duval, Bulyea, Earl Grey, Silton, AND NOW Lumsden, Craven, Regina Beach & Southey Like many other schools across the province, and across the country, Nokomis Elementary School held a Hockey Jersey Day last week to honour the memories of the 16 individuals who perished as a result of the Humboldt Bronco Team Bus accident tragedy on Friday, April 6th. Mark Cross, age 27, from Strasbourg died in that accident. He was an assistant coach with the team. A memorial service for Mark will be held on Saturday, April 21st, in Strasbourg. -editor More black ink needed Last Mountain Co-op shows small profit After a round of regional information meetings in late March, the Last Mountain Co-operative Limited held its Annual General Meeting, for the fiscal year ending October 28, 2017, last Wednesday evening in the Semans Gym. More than 50 members gathered for the meeting, which was chaired by President Jim Frohaug. After a brief round of introductions of community committee members and board members, the minutes of last year’s meeting were approved and Frohaug moved on to the 2017 Annual Financial Report. According to the 14 page report that was circulated to members at the information meetings, the LM Co-op has assets worth $11.12 million and members’ equity of $4.54 million. Sales during the 2017 fiscal year were up $805,027 from the previous year, to a total of $15,501,919. However, net savings amounted to only $17,833 compared to $285,849 in 2016. Frohaug explained that the net savings would have been considerable higher if it weren’t for a $212,000 writeoff of agro products that normally would have been booked in the 2016 fiscal year. In breaking down the numbers, Frohaug noted that Food Store sales were down $243,000 from the previous year; Agro sales were up $348,000; and Petroleum sales were up $699,000. He added that only the Nokomis combined retails, the Nokomis Cardlock, the Raymore Cardlock and Raymore Petroleum department had black ink bottom lines in 2017. “It was another ‘clean up’ year for the Co-op, with a writedown of $212,000 in one department alone, and a fairly high cost repair and maintenance year, plus the cost of renovating for the liquor outlet,” Frohaug stated. “We are geared for a better year in 2018, with a budget calling for us to end $300,000 in the black. It all depends on the membership getting out to support their cooperative to the best of their ability.” “We spent $19,000 on office renovations at the Raymore administration centre, and $150,000 on renovations to accommodate the new liquor store,” Frohaug added. “And we ended NOTICE TO READERS April 6, 2018 Humboldt Broncos Team bus accident Out of respect for the privacy of the families, and for the memory of the 16 individuals who have passed away as a result of the accident, we have chosen not to publish graphic details of the accident. We feel the accident and its aftermath has been more than adequately reported on by the local and national broadcast media, and there is nothing substantial that we can add by repeating what has already been reported. the year with all our bills paid, and no debt. We still plan to spend about $25,000 on renovations at Raymore, and more money on cooler and furnace replacements, but we will do it out of operations income rather borrowing. That being said, it was a very tight year in terms of cashflow, and were going to need a lot more black ink on our balance sheet going forward. One of the things members can do to help is to not make purchases with credit cards. Last year we spent $80,000 on credit card fees.” He added that the Punnichy food store now has an ATM installed which is adding to that location’s income, and that the Govan food store makes fully 50% of its total sales from liquor, tobacco, and lotto sales. He assured that there are no immediate plans for closures or other major changes to the Co-op. At last year’s annual meeting, questions were raised about how members could go about getting some of the bylaws changed, and there was disagreement and uncertainty about whether or not members could bring such matters to the floor of an annual meeting, or a special meeting. Board member Ian Blyth reported on a meeting held with a lawyer seeking clarification on provisions in the Co-operatives Act. The general consensus from that meeting was that bylaw changes could only be brought forward from the annual information meetings (not introduced at an AGM), and that only delegates (not members at large) could vote on bylaw changes. In closing the meeting, Frohaug thanked outgoing board members Ella Mae Stener (Punnichy), Ian Blyth (Raymore), and Glen Hancock (Govan) for their service, and welcomed returning board member Malcolm Campbell (Govan). The management and staff of Last Mountain Times offer our sincere sympathy and condolences to all the victims of this terrible tragedy. -Editor -editor $2 .00 tax included Published by Last Mountain Times Ltd. Box 340, Nokomis, SK S0G 3R0 Volume 111, No. 21 Established in 1908 Monday, April 16, 2018 2018-19 Provincial Budget highlights The Sask Party government on April 10th introduced Premier Scott Moe’s first Budget since he moved into the Premier’s Office earlier this year. It is a ‘moving toward balanced’ document, with the 2018-19 budgetary deficit projected at $365 million, and a return to a balanced budget and small surplus predicted for 2019-20. Here are some highlights: • No increase in PST rate of 6 per cent (but pre-budget fee increases will bring in extra $12 million). • The PST exemption for Energy Star appliances is being discontinued. • Potential marijuana profits left out of revenue projections of $14.24 billion in this budget, up about $80 million from last year. • 6% PST added to used car sales over $5,000 will raise $95 million per year. • Highways construction and maintenance budget: $924 million. • K-12 education gets back $30 million from 2017-18 cuts of $54 million. • Post-secondary student supports (scholarships, income assistance and student loans) cut by $12 million, down from $50.3 million to $37.6 per year. • Rent supplement for low-income and disabled to be phased out to save $5 million annually. • Record $5.36 billion Health Care budget, including $700,000 this year for universal coverage of HIV drugs. • $2.8 million for individualized funding for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Initial funding of $4,000 per child under the age of six will be provided this year. • The 27 school divisions will receive $1.87 billion in school operating funding for the 2018-19 school year, up 1.6 per cent compared to last year. Also nearly $77 million in child care funding to support more than 16,000 existing licensed child care spaces in Saskatchewan and help create 2,500 more spaces in 2 years. • Provides $241.1 million for municipal revenue sharing and maintains the formula based on one point of the PST. SEE budget REACTION ON PAGE 3