Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344

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Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344
Rural Municipality
Rural Municipality Office and Police Station
Rural Municipality Office and Police Station
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Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344 is located in Saskatchewan
Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344
Location of Corman Park in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°14′N 106°40′W / 52.24°N 106.67°W / 52.24; -106.67
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Incorporated 1970
Government
 • Reeve Judy Harwood
 • Governing body Council of the RM
Area
 • Total 1,978.14 km2 (763.76 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 8,351
 • Density 4.2/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S7K 5W1 (for RM office)
Area code(s) 306
Website Official Site

The Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344, Saskatchewan surrounds the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. RM of Corman Park No. 344 started as a 3 × 3 township square RM, and expanded to a very large RM. It was formed in 1970 according to the Saskatchewan Gazette by combining the smaller rural municipalities of Cory 344, Warman 374, and Park 375. RM 374 Warman and RM 375 Park were disorganized at the end of 1969. The rural municipality must work closely with the Meewasin Valley Authority that has responsibility for the area around the Saskatchewan River.

There is a Super Dual Auroral Radar Network Radar site operated by the University of Saskatchewan in the rural municipality.

History[edit]

Municipal historical properties[edit]

The rural municipality has two designated historical properties:

  • Opimihaw (now referred to as Wanuskewin Heritage Park) is a 58 hectare property with 14 precontact archaeological sites in the Opimihaw Creek valley.[1]
  • Bone Trail in the 1800s buffalo bones were collected on the prairie, and transported along this trail to Saskatoon for transfer onto rail cars so that they could be sent to eastern Canada where they were crushed into fertilizer.[2]

Population[edit]

As of the census in 2001, there were 8,093 people living in the RM of Corman Park. By the 2006 census, the population had increased 3.8%, to 8,351. It has by far the largest population of any rural municipality in Saskatchewan, more than double that of the next largest (Buckland No. 491 in 2001; Edenwold No. 158 in 2006). The area immediately surrounding Saskatoon is part of the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority. The South Saskatchewan River flows from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of the RM. Besides the city of Saskatoon, which lies southeast of the RM's centre, the other independently governed communities that are enclaved within the borders of Corman Park are the cities of Martensville and Warman, and the towns of Dalmeny, Langham, and Osler.

The area's German Canadian population is much higher proportionately than the national or provincial averages: 43.4% (3,645 persons).[6]

Government[edit]

The offices for the RM are located in Lawson Heights, Saskatoon. All rural municipalities have elected councils, along with an elected head called a reeve. As of October 24, 2012 the reeve is Judy Harwood, and the councilors are:

  • Division 1: John Germs
  • Division 2: Sherry Mervold
  • Division 3: David Fox
  • Division 4: Gordon Gunoff
  • Division 5: Ken Beauchemin
  • Division 6: Bas Froese-Kooijenga
  • Division 7: Joanne Janzen
  • Division 8: Wendy Trask

A majority of voters in a November 2011 plebiscite favoured the council be changed from 11 to 8 councillors, a move that was controversial. The elected councillors of the day requested that the provincial government not take action on the plebiscite.[7] However, the request was ignored and the municipal boundaries were redrawn with 8 divisions.[8] A new council was elected on February 29, 2012 with four incumbents and four new councillors.[9]

Law enforcement[edit]

The rural municipality operates a small police service of five officers who work in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and contracts with the Saskatoon and the other municipalities to provide fire protection. Corman Park Police Service actively partners with all other law enforcement agencies in the Saskatoon and district police universe including the Saskatoon Police Service and Dalmeny Police Service.

The Corman Park Police Service acts in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the terms of Order In Council 109/2001 as amended by O.I.C. 92/2006. The service operates out of the municipal office in Saskatoon.[10]

Urban communities[edit]

Railways[edit]

(current and historic)

  • Colonsay Branch C.P.R—serves Saskatoon, Colonsay, Forslund, Zangwill, Young and Plassey.
  • Minnedosa–Saskatoon–Edmonton Section C.P.R—serves Colonsay, Elstow, Blucher, Cheviot, Floral, Sutherland, Saskatoon, Cory, Dunfermline, Asquith, Rhyl, Kinley, Perdue Keppel, Vance and Biggar.
  • Carlton Branch, C.N.R—serves Saskatoon, Warman, Dalmeny
  • Delisle Elrose Branch C.N.R—serves Saskatoon, Delisle, Birdview, Swanson and Ardath.
  • Regina Branch, C.N.R—serves Kenaston, Strong, Hanley, Indi, Dundurn, Strehlow, Haultain, Grasswood, Nutana, Saskatoon, Clarks Crossing, Warmsn and Osler.
  • Winnipeg, Edmonton, Prince Rupert Division, C.N.R—serves Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Jasper.

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Coordinates: 52°12′07″N 106°49′12″W / 52.20194°N 106.82000°W / 52.20194; -106.82000