4 proposed changes from SUMA convention

There are 16 proposed resolutions in total being discussed at this year's SUMA convention in Saskatoon.
Premier Brad Wall addressed delegates Monday in Saskatoon at the annual SUMA convention. (CBC)

Money and infrastructure have been at the forefront of Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) discussions this week.

The annual convention, being held in Saskatoon this year, runs until Feb. 6.

Here are four proposed resolutions being discussed at this year's SUMA convention:

1. Prohibit citizens owing money to municipality the ability to run for council

The town of Cut Knife is suggesting that people who want to run for council must literally pay their dues.

This resolution suggests that all outstanding taxes or money owed to the municipality must be paid before being nominated for municipal councils.

The resolution says: "People elected to municipal councils in all communities should set the standard for the betterment of their community." It would require the Ministry of Government Relations to make changes to the Local Government Elections Act.

2. Compensation for first responders

The town of Lampman is hoping to implement a payment for volunteer first responders - not volunteer firefighters - to help cover their out-of-pocket expenses while performing duties.

Communities throughout Saskatchewan rely on the services of volunteers to act as first responders. There is currently no payment from Saskatchewan Health Services.

3. Increase prize threshold for local-authority issued lottery licences

Currently, the Alcohol and Gaming Regulations, 1997 limit the maximum value of prize amounts of local-authority issued lottery licences to $1,000.

If approved, SUMA will lobby the Minister of Crown Investments to increase the amount local charities can offer to $2,500.

4. Provincial funding to assist in controlling wildlife

Moose on the loose in urban areas is an increasing problem in Saskatchewan.

There is currently no provincial funding available to assist urban governments in controlling the wildlife population.

The town of Willow Bunch is suggesting SUMA lobby the Ministry of Government Relations to create a funding program to help keep wildlife from entering into urban centres.