Martensville boundary changes get RM okay

Martensville’s proposed boundary expansion cleared another hurdle on Monday, December 4, when the RM of Corman Park Council passed a “complementary resolution” to facilitate the annexation of certain lands surrounding the city.
The annexation proposal will now be sent on to the provincial government for final approval before it becomes effective.
Several items raised during discussions between the City of Martensville and the RM of Corman Park still remain on the table for future discussions, however.
The RM had requested the City of Martensville to turn over the current lagoon discharge line to the RM at no cost for potential drainage solutions when it is no longer needed by Martensville. The city responded that it was not willing to write off this value as part of the annexation, and also indicated the city may need to use the lagoon discharge line, which is currently at capacity, for longer than originally anticipated.
The two municipalities agreed to include a reference in the boundary alteration resolution that discussions on the discharge line will occur at such time as the line is available for regional drainage.
The RM of Corman Park and the City of Martensville both want to see Township Road 384 paved east of Martensville to Highway 11. Martensville has committed to paying a one-third share of the cost.
The RM of Corman Park had invited the City of Warman to also help shoulder some of the cost of the project; however, Warman has so far been reluctant to commit to the proposal. In the meantime, the RM of Corman Park is applying for provincial funding to help offset the cost, and will be discussing the project as part of its 2018 budget deliberations.