There will be no election for the RM of Weyburn council, following the close of nominations on Thursday.
There were four positions up this year, and in all four cases the incumbents were acclaimed to a new term in office.
These include Reeve Carmen Sterling; Heather Cugnet in Division 1; Lloyd Culham in Division 3; and Doug Probe in Division 5.
Meantime, at their recent monthly council meeting, the council met with a number of delegations, including from pest control officer Rick Wanner.
He informed council about his plans for his annual fall sweep for rats or for any other pests or rodents of concern in the RM area.
“This is part of our commitment to rat eradication,” said Reeve Sterling, noting Wanner will be checking those properties that may be susceptible to harbouring rats, such as properties with livestock, grain or poultry.
In the meantime, the RM has poison available if a landowner is aware of a problem infestation on their land, or they can wait for Wanner to come do his sweep and he will have bait with him that he can set if needed.
A delegation also visited from the hamlet of North Weyburn, and they discussed future plans for development; Reeve Sterling said the preference seems to be for more residential development rather than industrial.
One of the issues for the hamlet is its capacity for handline waste water; the water line is adequate for the hamlet, but there are issues with the waste water line that needs to be addressed.
The RM council approved four development permits this month, three of them for residential development, and one for commercial-industrial.
In addition, council reviewed initial applications for five subdivision proposals, three of which are new proposals.
Two are for agricultural-residential subdivisions, and one is a highway commercial subdivision. Reeve Sterling said given their locations, these proposal will likely be referred to the Weyburn and District Planning Commission for review.
An issue that the RM is dealing with currently is the presence of noxious weeds in the area, in particular leafy spurge and scentless chamomile.
The RM has engaged a weed inspection officer to look throughout the municipality for the presence of these weeds, and they are also asking ratepayers to let them know if they are aware of where either of these weeds are growing on their land.
The RM has a spray that can be used for leafy spurge, while scentless chamomile has to be uprooted out of the ground.
In addition, Coun. Maureen Clay has set up a biological control site in the northwest part of the RM, where she has planted weeds that contain a bug that destroys other scentless chamomile plants.
Reeve Sterling said this weed had been controlled for many years, but it seems to have been brought back to the area by last year’s flood waters.