Moosomin, Kipling receive TSS Grants

February 2, 2023, 1:51 pm
Kevin Weedmark

The town of Moosomin will receive a $25,000 grant for a feasibility study on a new community multiplex.

Moosomin and Kipling have both been approved for Targeted Sector Support grants.

The town of Moosomin will receive a $25,000 grant for a feasibility study on a new community multiplex. The town of Kipling will receive a $28,500 grant for a feasibility study on a new arena.

Moosomin Mayor Larry Tomlinson said he is happy to see the TSS grant approved for the multiplex project. “Going forward into the future I think the multiplex is important,” he said. “It’s still a few years down the road, but if we get the groundwork done and if the feasibility study is done, that’s a start and we can go from there.

“It’s not going to happen quick, that’s for sure, we’re into the future with this, but it is important to get it started, and this will be the start of it.”

He said he is happy to see the help from the TSS program.

“Absolutely this helps—it’s a very good thing,” he said.

“This is step one of the official process,” Kipling Mayor Pat Jackson said. “We will be taking time to see how our community feels about it. This study will take a look at the location we have in mind. It’s the next step in preparing the community for the next 60 years.”

She said the RMs of Kingsley and Hazelwood are full partners with the town on the project.

The current arena was built in 1967.

“Getting a new arena isn’t going to happen in the next year, possibly not in the next several years, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Government Relations Minister Don McMorris announced Friday 15 new municipal projects that will receive a combined provincial investment of more than $500,000 under the TSS Initiative. The Moosomin and Kipling projects account for more than 10 per cent of the total.

Other projects include developing a land use plan in the RM of Paddockwood north of Prince Albert, producing a shared policy manual for municipal officials in various west-central communities, and creating a regional emergency plan in the Lanigan area in central Saskatchewan.

“Our government is proud of its ongoing work and relationships with Saskatchewan’s municipal associations to make this initiative happen,” McMorris said. “Together, we will help communities better serve their citizens by strengthening local governments across this great province.”

Funding covers up to 75 per cent of eligible project costs.

“By investing in projects that foster good governance and encourage inter-community collaboration, the Targeted Sector Support Initiative is helping to strengthen Saskatchewan’s hometowns and improve the lives of our residents,” SUMA President Randy Goulden said. “SUMA is proud to be a partner of this important initiative and we look forward to the benefits these new projects will have in our communities now and in the future.”

“SARM couldn’t be more pleased with the impact the TSS initiative is having in our communities,” SARM President Ray Orb said. “We have experienced RMs using their grant to provide municipal governance training to not only their own elected officials, but officials from surrounding municipalities as well.”

This is the fourth round of projects approved under the TSS Initiative, which is funded through the Municipal Revenue Sharing Program. SUMA administers this funding on behalf of the TSS Steering Committee.

TSS projects are funded under one of the following streams: dispute resolution and relationship building, capacity building, regional co-operation, and municipal transition.

All Saskatchewan municipalities are encouraged to apply for TSS funding in the next intake for applications, which is expected to open in early March.