The August 10 meeting agenda and supporting documents are posted under the Council (Meeting Agendas) tab on the website.

The District COVID measures are unchanged and will continue with:

  • Limited opening of the office to the public in compliance with provincial guidelines around social distancing and cleaning. Electronic communications and scheduled appointments.
  • Emma Lake transfer station accepting sorted materials at no charge (at the discretion of the transfer station attendant); open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm.
  • Monitoring and adhering to provincial guidelines regarding social distancing, group gathering restrictions, and use of public facilities.

Public Hearing and Delegations:

  • Rask regarding temporary accommodation,
  • Thompson-Hill and Thompson regarding discretionary use tattoo/art studio,
  • Water Security Agency (McNie) regarding drainage,
  • Bosker and Olde regarding drainage and pumping of water,
  • and public hearing regarding Bylaws No 11-2020 and 12-2020 (zoning and official community plan).

Reports, Discussion and Actions:

  • Public Works: Reponses from ratepayers regarding Neis Drive road upgrade will be addressed on an individual or site-specific basis. The report included information regarding tree removal, beaches, roads including gravel and dustproofing, drainage, landfills and lagoons, equipment, and occupational health & safety.
  • Protective Services: July statistical report, provincial and inter-agency updates, and information regarding swimming areas.
  • Administrator’s report included the Action / Motion item report, and approval of the BCL Engineering Ltd recommendation to award the Contract for the Wastewater Treatment System to Celtic Contracting Ltd. for the tendered amount of $2 678 959.50 (plus taxes). Bylaw 7-2020 (Marinas, Dock Boat Lifts and Vessels) and the Dock Policy was deferred to the September Council meeting.
  • Building / Development: July and August permit reports.  Requests for:
    • a tattoo/art studio was approved with the public hearing scheduled for September 14,
    • temporary accommodation related to Covid-19 was received, and
    • reduced setback was denied.
  • SaskTel proposals to provide High Speed internet in Anglin Lake, and Emma / Christopher Lakes under the Community Participation project were received. The proposals included the network map, timeline, available subscription plans, number of households, and cost.  Communication will be sent to the relevant ratepayers including the capital cost per household to determine the level of support for proceeding with the two projects.  SaskTel requires a response by October 31, 2020, in order to proceed with the work in 2021.
  • Other matters of business:
  • Water Security Agency (WSA) representative Spencer McNie provided clarification regarding natural drainage and those requiring WSA approval. With respect to concerns in an area of Bell’s Beach about drainage and pumping of water, WSA will provide information regarding decommissioning of wells and Public Works will implement road / ditch modifications.
  • Organized Hamlet of Elk Ridge: The Annual Meeting minutes were received.  Notice has been received that the Board consists of Morris Sawchuk, Chair; Tom Webb, Treasurer; and Margaret Smith-Windsor, Secretary.
  • Received communications: City of Cold Lake, Provincial Association of Resort Communities of SK (PARCS) newsletters; Minister of Parks, Culture & Sport, Hon. Gene Makowsky response to the District communication of ratepayer concerns; and notice of Traffic Count the week of August 10.

Ratepayer concerns consisted primarily of garbage, trees, drainage, roads, and signage.

Elections will be held on August 29 with an advance poll on August 22 at the Christopher Lake Legion Hall for the positions of Reeve, and Councillors for Divisions 1 and 4.  Councillors for Divisions 2, 3 and 5 were acclaimed.

With this being the final meeting of the current Council, thanks were expressed for 49 months (4 years) of service.  It was acknowledged that significant work has been done in addition to the general business of the municipality in a collegial and positive manner.

In addition, Council approved a motion of thanks to the Public Works permanent and seasonal staff for excellent work under changing conditions during the last few months.

Comments or concerns should be submitted through the Council office (306.982.2010 or email  They are reviewed by staff on a regular basis, and monthly by Council.