The municipal office of the R.M. of Big River #555 is located at 606 First St. North in Big River, SK.
To contact the municipal office with questions or concerns about municipal issues:
Box 219, Big River, SK S0J 0E0.
Administrator: Donna Tymiak
Assistant Administrator: Wendy Hartnett
Foreman / Operator: George Hildebrand
Operator: John Johnson
The municipal office is open from 8:30 am to noon and from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
Fees for Office Services
Tax Certificate $20.00 per roll number
R.M. of Big River Map – 1”/mile $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
R.M. of Big River Map – ¾”/mile $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
R.M. of Big River Subdivision Map $30.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
Photocopying $0.25/page (8½ x 11 b&w only)
Faxing $2.00/page to send
1.00/page to receive
Emergency Services / Fire / Ambulance Call 911
The R.M. of Big River and the Town of Big River operate the Big River Waste Disposal Site, now known as the Big River Landfill Transfer Station. This site is a transfer station. There is a charge for waste hauled to this site. (Rate Schedule effective April, 2014. pdf) Ratepayers will be issued a receipt by the landfill attendant at the landfill site upon payment.
The landfill hours are Monday and Saturday from noon to 7:00 pm.
Ratepayers are asked to haul their bagged household garbage to the blue garbage bins located in the RM of Big River.
The RM of Big River, No. 555, through Highway 55 Waste Management Corporation, will be offering more recycling services. Bright orange bins will soon be placed with the RM household garbage and cardboard/recycle bins.
All paper and cardboard items will still be placed in the current paper/cardboard bins to allow room for other recyclable material in the orange bins.
All other recyclable material will be placed in the orange bins and does not need sorting. Recyclable material does not require bagging. Loose articles should be places directly in the bins unless otherwise noted below.
The following items are accepted in the orange recycle bins:
Aluminum soft drink and beer cans (please rinse).
Please do your part by recycling as much of the accepted materials as possible.
Reminder: These bins are for the use of RM of Big River, No. 555 ratepayers only.
A municipal council is an elected group of representatives vested with authority to administer the laws of the province insofar as they relate to their municipality and to pass bylaws in the interest of the people for whom they have been elected to represent. Provincial Legislation, The Municipalities Act, is the foundation for municipal government in Saskatchewan. An elected Council, made up of a Reeve and four Councillors governs the Rural Municipality of Big River, No. 555. An Administrator and Assistant Administrator provide office support to Council. A foreman/operator and one equipment operator make up the workforce that looks after the outside duties in the R.M.
Regular Council Meetings
The regular meeting dates are set by of the council of the R.M. of Big River #555. Typically they are scheduled for the second Monday of each month, in the Big River Community Center located at 606 First Street North, Big River, SK commencing at 9:00 am. Delegations are requested to call the Municipal Office in advance to be scheduled in as a delegation at a Council Meeting (306-469-2323).
Council meetings are open to the public for anyone who wishes to observe the proceedings. Anyone who wants to address Council at a meeting needs to be scheduled in as a delegation by calling the Municipal Office in advance. (306-469-2323).Minutes are available for inspection during regular office hours after they have been approved by the Council. Copies of municipal documents may be requested and are subject to fees set by Council.
Present Rural Municipal Council
Reeve: John Teer 469-5671
Councillor Division 1: Doug Panter 469-4996
Councillor Division 2: Ron Miller 469-2312
Councillor Division 3: Wayne Cowan 469-5780
Councillor Division 4: Richard Crashley 469-5690
A large part of the municipal operations is fostering new development in accordance with the municipal Basic Planning Statement and Zoning Bylaw and maintaining roads. The R.M. of Big River, in cooperation with the Town of Big River, provides fire and emergency services, recreation facilities, a waste transfer station, household garbage, paper and cardboard disposal bins and a library.
Building and Development Permits
Every person shall obtain a development permit before commencing any development in the municipality. A permit package is available by contacting the municipal office. Upon completion of the permit applications submit them to the RM Office for review. You will be invoiced for permit fees. Permits are not issued until the invoice for the permits is paid. Where work for which a permit is required has commenced prior to the issuance of such permit, an additional fee shall be paid in the amount equal to 100% of the permit fee.
The municipality can provide you with information if you are considering subdividing land. Applications to Subdivide must be submitted to The Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The link below will provide steps if you are considering subdividing your property.
Shorelines are protected by The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 (EMPA). Under EMPA any person planning any work near any water body must contact the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (Lakeshore Development fact sheet pdf)
The R.M. will undertake the removal of snow utilizing the municipal equipment in the following priority:
1. School bus routes;
2. Heavy traffic roads;
3. Farm access and residential roads.
The municipality does custom snow removal, if time allows, in accordance with the driveway policy. (SnowPlow Policy pdf) A Snow Plow Release Form must be signed by a landowner requesting custom work under the Snow Plow Policy in advance of the work being done.
The following rates apply for custom work:
Tractor & Mower $200.00/hour
The policy for all custom work is that Council will only consider custom work if local contractors have been contacted first so as not to compete with businesses in the community, and then will be done time permitting upon request.
Pest Control Officer
The municipality’s Pest Control Officer is Gerald Fillmore home: 306-922-7907 or cell 306-940-8720. Gerald makes routine visits to the ratepayers to ensure any potential problems are taken care of.
Rat control products are available free of charge to the municipality’s ratepayers. A small quantity will be available at the R.M. office. If you have pest concerns, please phone the Municipal Office at 469-2323.
Water Sample Bottles
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Water sample bottles are available at the municipal office.
R.M. of Big River Municipal Map
R.M. of Big River Subdivision Maps
Topographical and other maps are available from Information Services Corporation www.isc.ca/Pages/default.aspx
Organic Farm Registration
In 1990 the provincial government, commercial sprayers, organic growers and SARM worked together to set up the Organic Farmland Registration Program. This is an ongoing voluntary program wherein all organic farmers are asked to register their organic acres at their local rural municipality. All organic farmers are encouraged to register their organic acres with their local rural municipal office. Municipal offices keep a record of all organically farmed land within their municipality. Commercial pesticide applicators will be asked to contact municipal offices to obtain listings of land designated as organic so that they may take the necessary precautions to avoid spray drift onto such lands.
Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance and Municipal Hail Insurance are available at the municipal office from the administrator. Both programs are non-profit municipal organizations and owned, operated, and controlled by Saskatchewan farmers.
For coverage options and current rates contact Donna Tymiak at 469-2323.
February 11 Timber Trails Sno Riders Poker Rally
March 4 LWL Talent Show
March 18 Fish Derby
- April 8 Ladies Night Out
- April 29 Codie Provost Concert
RM of Big River