Category Archives: Davidson

Taxing situation for Davidson golf club

DAVIDSON—Members of Davidson Country Club Golf Co-operative are at a loss over what to do about their property taxes.

Since about 2006 the golf club, which operates as a non-profit co-operative, has received an abatement of its property taxes from the R.M. of Willner.

But all this has changed.

The golf club’s volunteer board advised its members of the situation at their annual general meeting March 27.

“Whatever we can do we’re trying,” club president Cliff Cross said. “We thought we’d bring it to everyone’s attention.”

The golf club received a letter in September informing them that at a special meeting on Sept. 22, R.M. council decided to abate the golf course’s municipal property taxes of $8,006 for the 2011 year.

At the same meeting, the letter states, council decided to repeal Bylaw No. 01/2010 that abated the golf course’s municipal taxes until 2014. The bylaw was repealed under “Section 3 of Exhibit A ‘any other conditions that council may in future specify.’ Council remains open to considering future arrangements for inclusion in the 2012 budget preparation,” administrator Bonny Goodsman states in the letter.

In January, the golf club was advised by a letter that the R.M. of Willner, although it was not abating the 2012 taxes, would give them a $4,000 recreation grant instead. The R.M. is also giving Davidson Recreation Board a grant of $6,000.

This $4,000 grant in lieu of the tax abatement, if the 2012 property tax bill is similar to last year’s, means the golf club will be required to pay about $4,000 in municipal property taxes and $4,900 in school taxes in 2012.

“If we have to pay these taxes every year, we’re going to be broke in no time,” Cross said.

For the full story, please read see this week’s edition of The Davidson Leader.

Wildfire extinguished

Davidson firefighters douse hot spots with water at grass fire southeast of Davidson.
DAVIDSON—Davidson’s fire department were called to a wildfire about 7 kilometres southeast of Davidson Wednesday. Firefighters arrived at the scene at about 1 p.m. to find a vacant farmyard and adjacent stubble field ablaze.

Feds pinch penny out of existance

Sharon Riecken’s days of counting pennies behind the till at Stedmans V&S in Davidson will soon be numbered.

DAVIDSON—It may be a near worthless form of currency, for after all, what does a penny buy these days?

For Sharon Riecken, there’s always the chance a penny might buy her some good fortune.

“Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck,” Riecken says. “I always pick one up and keep it.”

Riecken’s days of turning pennies into luck are numbered.

In the budget tabled March 29, the federal government announced it is doing away with the penny. The move is expected to save the government $11 million per year. According to the government it costs 1.6 cents to make every 1-cent coin.

This fall, the Royal Canadian Mint will stop distributing pennies to financial institutions. Pennies may still be used in cash transactions to make exact payment or change after the fall of 2012.

Where pennies are not available, then cash transactions should be rounded up or down to the nearest five-cent increment.

Non-cash payments such as cheques and debit and credit cards will still be settled to the nearest cent.

Students receive crash course on the consequences of risky behaviour

Members of Davidson’s fire department lift the roof off a smashed car so they can get a crash victim to safety.

DAVIDSON—Grade 10 students from Loreburn, Kenaston and Davidson schools witnessed a potentially life-changing scene last Thursday as part of the PARTY program.

Sun West School Division and Heartland Health Region have joined forces to bring the PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) program to area schools.

The program aims to teach kids about consequences of risk-taking behaviours and to consider the consequences of their actions.

It does so in dramatic fashion that involves community volunteers and professionals.

The scene was of a smashed car, sitting in the middle of Davidson School’s parking lot. The students stood silently, waiting to see what was about to unfold.

Then the wailing of sirens filled the air as Davidson’s volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene. They were soon joined by Davidson’s two ambulances and then by members of the Craik RCMP detachment.

All three went to work and the students watched, their attention rapt.

The firefighters assessed the scene, determined one of the vehicle’s passengers was dead, and the other needed serious medical attention.

As for the driver, the RCMP handcuffed him and hauled him away.

The scene was one most students had never witnessed, but it is one that members of Davidson’s emergency services encounter all too often.

Please see the April 2, 2012 edition of The Davidson Leader for the complete story.

Optimist Dance Club considering Herb Nelson Centre

DAVIDSON—Tired of doing the Davidson shuffle, the local dance club told town council recently it has found a permanent partner: the Herb Nelson Centre.

Members of the Davidson Optimist Dance Club were at council’s March 20 meeting seeking support for their proposal to convert the lower level of the Herb Nelson Centre into two dance studios.

For years, the Davidson Optimist Dance Club has held classes in church halls, school gyms and community buildings around town.

Club president Vonné Johnson said they have 80 dancers taking lessons from five different teachers, three nights a week in three different buildings from September to May.

However, sometimes the club finds itself without a place to dance due to funerals and other unscheduled events leaving the club scrambling to find another place to hold the evening’s class.

“This year has been a nightmare for scheduling,” dance club member Karen Dieno said.

Johnson said with a few renovations, the lower level of the Herb Nelson Centre could be converted into two studios. This would allow the dance club to hold all its lessons in one spot.

As part of the renovations, she suggested moving a room designated for the Legion from the back to the front of the building so one large room could be created.

“We think we can help each other,” Johnson said. “We need space and you have it.”

She added that the dance club would pay rent.

She said the studio rooms, which will be empty except for a dance floor, large mirror and ballet bar, could be used by others outside of dancing hours.

“I think we have to discuss this with the library first,” Mayor Mary Jane Morrison said.

Davidson branch of Palliser Regional Library occupies the main floor of the Herb Nelson Centre.

Noise was the major concern, librarian September Brooke told council.

She spoke to council after the dance club’s presentation.

“There’s going to be music and lots of kids,” she said, expressing concerns that young children would be upstairs in the library, “hanging out” while they waited for their class to begin.

Coun. Mandy Tichit, council’s representative on the library board, agreed, reminding council that people go to the library to have a quiet reading time.

In their pitch to council, the dance club had said they would instruct dancers to wait for classes downstairs.

Another potential concern with the dance club using the lower portion of the building was that the library would lose a room, if the Legion room is re-located, that it uses for special programs such as the summer reading program, story hour, or if a speaker comes in.

Coun. Clayton Schneider suggested the dance studio rooms could be used for the library’s programming.

He volunteered to mediate a meeting between the dance club and library board.

“It’s got to work for everybody,” he said.

Brooke told council that she thought the library board and dance club could work together.

To limit disruptions to library patrons, Brooke asked that the dance club use the building’s back door, which has a separate entrance from the library.

Council agreed to this request.

“We don’t want to make you guys uncomfortable,” Coun. Cliff Cross said.

“A meeting between the library board and dance club will take place soon.