Schafer Returns from SUMA Convention in Regina

Schafer Returns from SUMA Convention in Regina Government GULL LAKE SouthWest Saskatchewan  Saskatchewan Rural Municipality Recreation

Swift Current’s mayor caught up with colleagues from other towns and cities across the province at last week’s annual convention of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.

Jerrod Schafer was also busy with a special role at the event. Schafer moderated a session on regional recreation collaboration, which he said was a big concern for many municipal leaders.

“It’s interesting you know, I think elevating that conversation really brings to light how much has been happening in the province. Thirty minutes down the highway Gull Lake has a regional recreation agreement with several RM’s that surround that community. It’s not about winning or losing or anything like that. It’s about contributing to it because it’s good for residents in the area, it’s good for quality of life, it’s good for everybody,” Schafer said.

Another concern for Mayors is rail transport safety, especially after recent tragedies in Eastern Canada. It’s a concern that he and other mayors are trying to bring up to the federal government.

“As Mayor here I’m probably in the same situation as mayor’s anywhere that it’s coming to light more often. It’s good to see that our counter parties who we work with like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is they are working on our behalf, and that’s why we are  part of an organization like that, to work with the Federal Government to make sure we tackle that challenge,” said Schafer.

Schafer attended the convention in Regina with a number of city councillors. The event wrapped up Wednesday.

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