Update: After speaking with Loraas Enviromental Services on December 3, 2018, it was clarified that those wishing to use the new landfill are able to do so, including all waste hauling companies and individuals. Becker and the Village of Flaxcombe have also reiterated their satisfaction with the services provided by Lorras Enviromental Services within the Village. 

 

The new landfill was created by the Western Regional Landfill Inc. which is comprised of 19 municipalities, one of which didn’t volunteer their support. Shane Becker, Mayor of The Village of Flaxcombe, said he didn’t feel he had a choice but to participate in WRLI.

The cost associated with starting the new landfill was estimated at $3.75 million, a price tag that would be split between the 19 municipalities, or founding members. Flaxcombe’s contribution to the organization came in just over $40,000, albeit, which is substantially less than other communities, was still a steep request for a village of less than 150 people.

Becker stated that after improvements done to the village, including new culverts to prevent flooding and grading of the streets, this number wasn’t something he was prepared to spend, especially considering Becker already had waste management in place.

The new landfill however, will be operated by Loraas Enviromental Services and Becker was told his company he had been using wouldn’t be able to operate through the new landfill. “I didn’t feel like I had a choice in the matter, it was sign on the line or pay the increased existing company to haul our waste farther, or pay the increased dumping rates at the new landfill,” said Becker.

Residents in Flaxcombe came home to new waste and recycling bins as Becker signed on the dotted line and moved forward with the project. “I don’t think its a bad idea and the people that live here seem to like the curbside pick up, it was the fact that our village hardly had a choice given our current system was no longer cost effective because of the distance they would have to travel after the new landfill opened up,” said Becker.

Becker, who has been the Mayor for the last three years said he has had a keen interest in keeping Flaxcombe as it’s own village with it’s own council members in order to better serve the people that live there. He said it was unfortunate how the village’s new waste system was implemented and will assess how to move forward with spending on other projects and maintenance.

“At the end of the day, Flaxcombe’s waste and recycling is taken care of and that’s the main concern,” said Becker.

**Update

 

More Local News

Leader Healthcare Facility Repairs are on Track for Reoccupancy

The Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility is said to be on track to welcome residents back to the facility for the end of February. In a news release by the Saskatchewan Health…

SaskPower Commits to Renewable Energy

The provincial crown corporation has announced a new program that will contribute roughly 100 Megawatts of clean energy to the provincial grid. Late last week SaskPower unveiled the Power Generation…

Kindersley Local Returning Home After Joining Ottawa Bound Convoy

A local resident and business owner is making his way back west after joining the United We Roll convoy to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Kyle Wollenhaupt attended the Ag & Oil Forum in Kindersley…

Animals Returned Back To Elrose Woman

After having over 100 animals seized from her home in January 2019, Dolores LaPlante will be allowed to have two dogs and one cat returned back to her after her recent court hearing. LaPlante…

Whooping Cough Vaccination Rate Falls Below Recommended Range

The number of Saskatchewan children being vaccinated for whooping cough has fallen below the recommended coverage rates, while the percentage of measles vaccinations sit at the bottom of the…

Environment Canada Launches New Weather App

In an effort to provide more accurate details about the forecast to those across the country, Environment Canada has released a new app. Titled 'Weather CAN', the Environment Canada hopes to cut out…

Elrose Large Animal Clinic Now Open

Elrose is now home to a new large animal clinic. The project started early last summer and was just completed this month. Prior to the clinic being built, Veterinarian Charlotte Williams, would…

Kerrobert Upgrades Community Transportation

Through a collaboration of community support, the Town of Kerrobert has a new handi-bus to ensure continued service for years to come. The bus that was on display during the Kinsmen Pancake Supper…

Cold Weather Challenges for Cattle Producers

With temperatures expected to stay below average, coupled with the extreme lows experienced in the recent past, poor spring runoff may not be the only issue cattle producers are faced with. Colder…

Outlook's 10th Annual TeleMiracle Fundraiser

Over the weekend close to 600 people showed up in support of Outlooks 10th annual TeleMiracle Hockey fundraiser. This is the largest crowd the group has seen since the fundraiser began back in 2009.…

WestCentralOnline.com is West Central Saskatchewan's only source for community news, weather, and information.

Search the Biz Guide

Login