The mayor of Air Ronge is hopeful the village will receive LED lighting upgrades sooner rather than later.
While the municipality isn’t slated to have its streetlights enhanced until 2020, Gordon Stomp and deputy-mayor Julie Baschuk participated in a special meeting to speed up the process during this week’s Saskatchewan Urban Municipality Association (SUMA)’s annual conference in Regina. They spoke with Dustin Duncan, the Minister of Environment and SaskPower, who told them the government was currently upgrading lights in cities and larger towns in the south.
“It seemed like there might be some wiggle room, but we weren’t sure what,” Stomp said. “We asked if we can make some exceptions and at least upgrade areas where we really need lighting like De Havilland St.”
Stomp said SaskPower officials will now examine the request, and he added he felt hopeful the work will be done at an earlier date because they took the time to reach out to Duncan. He also noted another municipality put forward a resolution on the topic to the same effect, which the village ultimately threw their support behind.
“Overall, it was a pretty good convention and trade show,” Stomp said. “It was a little confusing because of the newly-elected premier and cabinet shuffle. But, it was a good opportunity to meet ministers about local problems and promote our community in a positive way.”
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