Davidson taxpayers are in for another property tax increase this year. For the second year in a row property taxes are going up about 6 per cent for Davidson residents. Town council passed the 6.5 per cent tax increase compared to actual taxes collected by the town last year as a means to balance the
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The former S. M. Gas and Convenience station located on King Edward Street in Davidson is causing headaches for town officials. “The concern is the possibility of the underground storage tank leaking and the ground being contaminated,” said Davidson administrator Gary Edom. “At some point in time if the owners decide to walk away from
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Davidson taxpayers are in for another property tax increase this year.
For the second year in a row property taxes are going up about 6 per cent for Davidson residents. Town council passed the 6.5 per cent tax increase compared to actual taxes collected by the town last year as a means to balance the 2013 general operating budget May 10.
“When we work with the budget, we just try to balance (it) the best we can,” said Davidson Mayor Clayton Schneider. “Unfortunately nothing seems to ever get cheaper to run stuff and you’ve got to adjust accordingly.”
Council also decided to tap into reserves to balance the budget with $344,500 coming out of their rainy day fund to cover the increased spending. Redoing the roof at town hall and upgrading and patching paved roads are among the big-ticket items in the Town of Davidson’s 2013 budget.
“It just costs more and more (to run the town) all the time,” said Gary Edom, administrator for the Town of Davidson.
Edom said redoing the roof at Davidson Town Hall would cost “about $220,000″ and that doesn’t include the auditorium. He said the roof at town hall is leaking.
“The auditorium roof is probably going to be put on hold until we get quotes,” he said, noting the auditorium roof has not been leaking. “We don’t know exactly, but the inspector’s estimate they gave us is quite a bit higher than the original, from what I thought I understood from them, estimate.”
The yearly expenditure of $200,000 for pavement upgrades and patching is once again part of the transportation services budget. This funding covers “patching wherever there are bad holes” and upgrades to the town’s roads.
“There are some bad streets by the car wash,” said Edom. “Something is going to have to be done by the carwash. They had a (water main) break over here on the corner of Garfield and Second that they had to dig up, so that had to be patched. Then (there are) the rest of the streets, the worst of them.”
Spending is up dramatically in the 2013 general operating budget with total expenditures hitting $2,592,500, up $465,985 from actual costs in 2012. Including the tax increase, total revenue for the town in 2013 is budgeted at $2,249,234, thus resulting in the need to transfer funds from reserves to balance the budget.
Edom said other major projects that have been budgeted for in 2013 include $44,000 for a new garbage pit, $47,000 to upgrade piping and valves in the water plant and $33,000 to inspect and repair the water tower.
“We’re going to drain it and get it inspected to see if any work needs to be done,” he said. “It keeps springing (leaks), well not very often, but occasionally a little pinhole on a welding or a joint. We just want to get it inspected and see what it’s like (and) get some idea how much life is left in it.”
After the town has an idea of what has to be done with the water tower, Edom said they would go from there. He said if they can afford to fix it this year they would, but if it is too expensive then the work would be “spread out” with some work coming next year.
To read more please see the June 17 print edition of The Davidson Leader.
Preparations for the Saskatchewan Twilite Baseball Maxi Tournament held in Davidson July 5 to 7 are in full swing, but organizers are still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the event.
“What we’re looking for right now is, we’ve got a few people, but we’re going to need some more announcers and scorekeepers for the event itself and maybe some people to help set up,” said Davidson councillor Jason Shaw, noting anyone looking to volunteer can either contact him or Davidson recreation director Trevor Ouellette. “We’ve done some of the work now (to get ready), but most of it will be a week to 10 days before.”
Twenty-four teams from across the province have already confirmed they’ll be in Davidson the first weekend of July to play in the 37th annual over-35 men’s tournament. Each team is comprised of 12 to 18 players, who come together each summer to play some ball.
Shaw said Davidson would have a team made up of ballplayers from this town as well as surrounding areas competing at the Davidson ball diamonds, but this tournament is more about players showing their love for the summer game than trying to prove who is the best.
“You try to win, but it’s more just for fun and camaraderie and having a good time and trying not to get hurt,” he said.
Ouellette said they have already received over 100 requests for spots at the Davidson Campgrounds during the weekend and he expects hundreds of ballplayers and their families descending on the town for the tournament. He said they are planning to welcome these visitors to town with a few events to go along with the tournament.
“They are going to put on a roast beef dinner, whether it’s a beef-on-a-bun or not I’m not sure, for Friday night and that’s going to be in conjunction with the beer gardens and the Rider game showing at the curling rink,” said Ouellette. “Then Saturday and I do believe Sunday morning they are going to be putting on a pancake breakfast.”
Shaw said admission to the tournament is free for all spectators, so he hopes many baseball fans head out to the Davidson ball diamonds July 5 to 7 to take in the action.
“We had a senior team and there was a good following of people that liked to watch baseball,” he said. “I’ve had people stop in to see if the kids are playing and unfortunately with them playing in the city they don’t get the chance to play more games out here. We’re not charging people anything to come and watch. It’s going to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so if you want to come watch some ball that is the time to do it.”
Hundreds of leather clad bikers and their old ladies are descending on the village of Elbow this weekend looking for a party…and to raise some money for The Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Ride for Sight Saskatchewan–Motorcyclists Fighting Blindness is taking to the streets and Fairgrounds of Elbow June 22 and 23 for their first charity drive since 2010 in an effort to raise “$10,000 to $20,000″ for research into macular degeneration diseases, said a Ride for Sight executive.
Rod Broadfoot, co-chair of Ride for Sight Saskatchewan, said they are planning for 100 to 300 motorcyclists to descend on the small community over the two days. He said this is part of a Canada-wide effort by the motorcycling community to add to the over $19 million the charity group has raised since its inception in 1979.
“Our main objective is to raise money for The Foundation Fighting Blindness,” said Broadfoot, who is going to be roaring into Elbow on his tan and gold 2004 Yamaha Road Star. “The event is a celebration of the process. We want to put on a good event that attracts people and encourages them to fund-raise in the future.”
The event, which is free to people who raise $50 in pledges and a $25 charge otherwise, begins with a motorcycle parade through the streets of Elbow Saturday afternoon followed by a bike rodeo at the Elbow Arena and Fairgrounds.
“It’s a bunch of silliness,” he said about the bike rodeo. “It’s really good fun. We set up a small track, usually a 50-foot long track, and we’ll have two lanes with good spacing between them and then we have Slow Races. (It’s) whoever can ride their bike the slowest wins and that is a lot harder than you might think trying to keep your balance on grass going as slow as possible.”
To read more please see the June 17 print edition of The Davidson Leader.
The RCMP advised motorists to avoid a stretch of Highway 11 outside Dundurn last week after a two-vehicle collision June 10 and a semi-trailer rollover June 11 blocked northbound traffic on the highway.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Rob King said five people were injured in the collision last Monday afternoon on Hwy. 11 near the entrance to the Town of Dundurn. He said the RCMP can’t report on the condition of the occupants, but they were transported to hospital including one by STARS Air Ambulance.
“It was right at the intersection,” said King, noting members from the Saskatoon RCMP responded to the scene. “One vehicle was going west and then it was struck by the other vehicle on the highway.”
The collision blocked traffic on the northbound lanes of Hwy. 11 forcing travel to be diverted to Hwy. 211 between approximately 4:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.
During the next morning traffic had to be diverted off the northbound lanes of Hwy. 11 again after a semi-trailer carrying a load that included a large tractor rolled over two miles north of Dundurn.
King said there were no injuries in the June 11 rollover. He said traffic was detoured by the Saskatoon RCMP and the Department of Highways because several tow trucks were at the scene of the accident trying to upright the trailer and assist with cleaning up the debris.
“He lost his load in the ditch and it took quite a few tow trucks to right (the trailer),” he said.
Northbound traffic was detoured for approximately five hours around the area after the accident beginning in the early morning hours and ending past noon, said King.
Gene Mari Butler of Davidson, formerly of Bladworth, passed away peacefully at the Davidson Health Centre on May 5, 2013 at the age of 92.
She was born in Davidson, Sept. 29, 1920 to Ralph and Charlotte Lyke.
Later she married Carman Butler of Bladworth on July 27, 1944 at the farm at Girvin. They had two children: Donna Didur of Kenaston and Ross Butler of Calgary.
She was predeceased by husband Carman on Sept. 6, 1989. She was also predeceased by her parents Ralph and Charlotte Lyke, son-in-law Ivan Didur, daughter-in-law Laurel Butler, brother Roy Lyke and brothers-in-law Marvin Shewchuk and Ed Wiebe.
She is survived by daughter Donna Didur and her family: son Randy (Shawna); great-grandchildren Dawson, Cassandra, Christina and Patrick; also her great-great-grandchildren Reece, Jerzey, Aurora and Payton and son Bryon; and her son Ross Butler (Michele) and his family Whitney, Billy, Trela and Melissa.
Gene is also survived by sisters Joan Shewchuk and Helen Wiebe and sister-in-law Ramona Lyke along with several nieces and nephews.
She attended Reber School and got her Grade 10.
She helped haul stooks and cleaned houses in Girvin. After moving to Bladworth from the farm there she worked for a while in the grocery store and the telephone office. She also helped Dad clean the school.
She was a wonderful seamstress. She made lots of beautiful clothes. She also loved doing crafts and loved her flowers and gardening.
She belonged to the United Church where her burial service was held on May 11, 2013 with Rev. Diane Eurig presiding. The choir was in attendance and Daryl Mathers sang How Great Thou Art. She was buried in the family plot at Bladworth. Ross Butler was the pallbearer. Following the burial a lovely lunch was served at the Bladworth Elks Hall by the Bladworth Ladies. Hanson’s Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.
The Davidson Kinette Club is suffering from a lack of membership and if numbers don’t improve they may have to fold.
Brenna Siroski, vice-president of the Davidson Kinettes for the 2012-2013 year, said the club only has seven members right now. She said the long-standing town club held their wrap-up meeting last week and could barely fill their executive positions for next year.
“This is my third year now as a Kinette and the numbers have been getting increasingly smaller,” said Siroski. “The club has been right around that six, seven, eight, nine (and) 10 mark for quite a few years now.
“We have enough members to run our executive next year, so we’ll be able to run one more year. The concern is that we might have to fold if we don’t start attracting new members soon.”
The Davidson Kinette Club is a branch of Kin Canada, which encompasses 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs and 6,500 members across Canada. The 93-year-old association is dedicated to “serving the community’s greatest need” while bettering their surroundings, enhancing the wellbeing of others and improving the environment.
Kinettes have been a fixture in Davidson since 1964 and have completed many projects in the community including giving Christmas gifts to residents with no family, beginning the Arnold Park renovation project in the late 1980s and supporting the Telemiracle Foundation. The club almost folded once before in 1998 due to declining membership, but was able to rebound the next year.
Siroski said in an effort to drum up some support this time the club plans to become more visible in the community and invite new people moving into town to come out and give their club a try. She said the club “isn’t just for 20 and 30 year olds,” so they also hope to attract former members of the Kinettes to come back into the fold.
“One of the fun things that we do is we built a rapport with the Watrous Kinettes, so last year we went for a visit to Watrous and we got to see what they do at their meetings and make some connections with them,” she said. “Last month the Watrous Kinettes actually came to our meeting and we got to have some fun and see what they’re doing in other clubs and build some relationships with some other Kin clubs.”
There is no first-year membership fee to join the Kinettes, said Siroski, but there is a fee of $100 come the second year. The only commitment of a Kinette is attending their once-a-month meeting at the Kinsmen Club, which starts off with a potluck supper and ends with socializing among the members.
Siroski said members are also asked to participate in the events they plan during the year, but attendance at the events is not mandatory.