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Corman Park council okays gravel night haul

The haul route includes a portion of Township Road 393 and Range Road 3052 west of Osler

The RM of Corman Park council voted unanimously to approve a proposal that would permit night hauling of gravel in the vicinity of the Warman and Martensville overpasses, currently under construction. Continue reading “Corman Park council okays gravel night haul”

Pruim and Haduik elected to Corman Park council

Arthur Pruim
Arthur Pruim

The RM of Corman Park will soon see a couple of new faces around the council table. Osler area farmer and businessman Arthur Pruim is the new councillor for Division 5, winning 101 electoral votes over incumbent Ken Beauchemin’s 84 votes.
Pruim was in British Columbia for board meetings when the election took place, but found a few minutes to talk about his win.
“I’m humbled and I appreciate the people that have believed I can do this job for them,” said Pruim. His approach of knocking on a lot of doors appears to have served him well.
“I did reach out to a considerable amount of people. And I apologize to those that I didn’t knock on their doors. But I did go around knocking on a considerable amount of doors in the division. And I look forward to meeting with all the other ones at some point in time as it works out or as they desire it.”
While he was meeting with people he heard a couple of important messages. “One is that the residents of Division 5 want to feel that they’re being listened to as ratepayers and that there is a relationship with the councillor who represents them,” said Pruim.
The second is, ratepayers want to feel there is a value they are receiving from the RM for the taxes they pay. He said different people have different expectations, based on their perceptions or opinions of what that value should be. “Roads were the number one topic as far as concerns that were raised,” he said.
Pruim looks forward to representing his division, their ideas and viewpoints.
“But overall I still am there for the bigger vision of Corman Park as a whole, for the betterment of Corman Park,” said Pruim. He looks forward to that ‘big picture’ focus and the opportunities and challenges that come with it. “I don’t want to be naïve and think there won’t be challenges because there will be challenges.”
One of those challenges is addressing growth in Saskatoon as well as the neighbouring cities of Warman and Martensville and other communities in the surrounding area. “So how does that growth impact Corman Park and secondly, how do you build relationships as the council of Corman Park with the councils of those cities? And then even bigger yet is the relationship above that, that goes to the provincial level in order to fund some of the infrastructure projects that are definitely going to have to occur as our area continues to thrive and grow.”

Lyndon Haduik
Lyndon Haduik

Two people ran for Division 3 in the RM. Lyndon Haduik received 183 votes, surpassing Sherry Mervold’s 100 votes.
“I would like to thank everyone that came out to vote. It was a great turn out,” said Haduik. “I have had many good luck wishes and congratulation phone calls and messages from Division 3 residents which I appreciate very much.”
Haduik looks forward to becoming more informed about the RM, discovering how things work and what would work best for Division 3.
He anticipates more changes in the RM and wants to ensure those change are beneficial to all, while also remaining committed to Division 3 and ensuring it continues to develop and prosper.
“Thanks to everyone that helped me with this election. I will do my best as councillor for Division 3 residents. If you have concerns or questions feel free to let me know what those are so I can bring them forward.”
RM administrator Adam Tittemore said voter turnout for this election was better than the previous election. But because division boundaries have changed it is difficult to make many comparisons beyond that.         “Looking back at the 2012 election when both Divisions 3 and 5 were last elected, voter turnout was 198 in Division 3 and 91 in Division 5, versus 283 and 185 respectively, this year. Prior to that the division boundaries were significantly different so a comparison cannot be made. But certainly turnout was higher than the previous election.”

Arthur Pruim takes Corman Park Division 5

Arthur Pruim is the newly elected councillor for Division 5 in the RM of Corman Park
Arthur Pruim is the newly elected councillor for Division 5 in the RM of Corman Park

Osler area farmer and businessman Arthur Pruim is the new councillor for Division 5 in the RM of Corman Park, winning 101 electoral votes over incumbent Ken Beauchemin’s 84 votes.

Pruim was in British Columbia for board meetings when the election took place, but took a few minutes to talk about his win.

“I’m humbled and I appreciate the people that have believed I can do this job for them,” said Pruim. His approach of knocking on a lot of doors appears to have served him well.

“I did reach out to a considerable amount of people. I apologize to those that I didn’t knock on their doors. And I look forward to meeting with all the other ones at some point in time as it works out or as they desire it.”

When Pruim talked with these ratepayers, he picked up on a couple of recurring themes. “One is that the residents of Division 5 want to feel that they’re being listened to as ratepayers and that there is a relationship with the councillor who represents them,” said Pruim.

The second is, ratepayers want to feel there is a value they are receiving from the RM for the taxes they pay. He said different people have different expectations, based on their perceptions or opinions of what that value should be. “Roads were the number one topic as far as concerns that were raised,” he said.

Pruim takes seriously the mandate and responsibility he now has to listen to the people in his division, their ideas and viewpoints, and what they want represented.

“But overall I still am there for the bigger vision of Corman Park as a whole, for the betterment of Corman Park,” said Pruim. He looks forward to that ‘big picture’ focus and the opportunities and challenges that come with it. “I don’t want to be naïve and think there won’t be challenges, because there will be challenges.”

One of those challenges is addressing growth in Saskatoon as well as the neighbouring cities of Warman and Martensville and other communities in the surrounding area. “So how does that growth impact Corman Park and secondly, how do you build relationships as the council of Corman Park with the councils of those cities? And then even bigger yet is the relationship above that, that goes to the provincial level in order to fund some of the infrastructure projects that are definitely going to have to occur as our area continues to thrive and grow.”

Pruim has done dairy, poultry and grain farming east of Osler, along with his wife and five children since 1998. He believes his combined business and leadership experience, as well experience sitting on other boards, will be of benefit to the RM when facing those larger questions. “I believe I can offer some strength in tapping strategic growth opportunities.”

In Division 3, Lyndon Haduik received 183 votes, surpassing Sherry Mervold’s 100 votes, winning the right to sit around the RM table.

RM administrator Adam Tittemore said because division boundaries have changed, it is difficult to make many comparisons regarding voter turnout. “Looking back at the 2012 election when both Divisions 3 and 5 were last elected, voter turnout was 198 in Division 3 and 91 in Division 5, versus 283 and 185 this year. Prior to that the division boundaries were significantly different so a comparison cannot be made. But certainly turnout was higher than the previous election.”