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This is our evolving website.

 

The latest change was May 13, 2021.

 

The Crystal Lake Community Water System is now functional for the 2021 season.  Please note there is a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory (PDWA) that will be in place for the full season.  That means the water is not safe for consumption.  It is fine for cleaning purposes.  Golf Crystal Lake has agreed to again stock and sell the larger water jugs.

 

 

Fire Bans are in effect for Crystal Lake and area effective 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 until further notice. No open fires of any kind, including firepits. Propane and gas BBQs are permitted. Any questions contact Brad Secundiak 306-547-9455.

 

 

 

The Landfill will be open the following days:

  • Saturday, May 15, 10:00 -1:00

  • Saturday, May 22, 10:00-1:00

  • Sunday, May 23, 10:00-1:00

All trees and branches to the burn trench

All grass and leaves to the compost pile – wooden pallets beside the burn trench

Absolutely NO garbage, concrete, lumber or construction materials

 

 

2021 Census – Census forms should have been delivered to all residences.  It is very important that all permanent residents of Crystal Lake complete and be included in the Census. It is the Census data that determine services and financial grants that are provided to Crystal Lake until the next census in five years.

 

 

Crystal Lake Hamlet Board Minutes – March 25, 2021…

 

CL Hamlet Board Meeting Minutes-March-25-2021

 

 

Crystal Lake Hamlet Board Minutes – April 27, 2021…

 

CL Hamlet Board Meeting Minutes-April-27-2021

 

 

Crystal Lake Community Water System Update…

Crystal Lake Community Water System Update-May-2021

 

Crystal Lake Hygienic Application Response…

Crystal Lake Hygienic Application Response (EMMS)

 

To the property owners of Crystal Lake

The 2021 Assessment Notices have been mailed out.  These assessments are calculated by the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA), an independent government agency that provides a quality, constant property assessment system  for the province and all municipal governments (except the larger cities). These assessments are used to calculate both the education portion of property taxes and the municipal portion of property taxes.   

As many of you have noticed the assessment for your property has increased since last year. One reason for this is the increase in the value of lake shore properties province wide.  Because of this recreational property assessments have increased by 30-40%.  As well a number of cabin/homes at the lake have been re-accessed due to recent improvements.

Please direct your questions or appeal requests to SAMA at 1 (800) 498-0578

The mil rate for the education portion of property taxes is set by the provincial government and is non-negotiable.  However please be advised that your Hamlet Board and Rural Municipality will be reviewing the current mil rate (5 mils)  and tax structure to limit tax increases.

 

 

 

Swim lessons will be available this summer if the province allows.

 

Crystal Lake swim poster 2021

 

 

Zebra Mussel ALERT

Click here to view the alert from the province of Saskatchewan.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE regarding permits for any work or projects near the water.  A letter has been mailed to the lead contact of each property at Crystal Lake advising of the need for permits for any physical work in the lake or within 5 meters of the water’s edge.  The letter and accompanying background documents can be accessed “here” and are posted under the Information tab.

 

Permit letter…

 

2021 02 12 Permit Letter

 

Docks and Boat Lifts…

2021 02 12 WSA Docks

 

 

 

The DRAFT of the 2021 Work Plan…

 

2021 Work Plan DRAFT-February1-2021

 

 

 

PROPOSED ZONING BYLAW
The Council of the RM of Keys, along with 5 neighboring municipalities, have hired an Official Community Planner to assist the Municipalities in creating new Zoning Bylaws. The goal is to have similar rules and regulations across the region.
At this point, Council is looking for feedback about the proposed bylaw. This time frame will be in addition to the legislated public hearing.
The proposed Zoning Bylaw can be view on the RM of Keys Website.

 

(August 7, 2020) 2020 Crystal Lake Annual General Meeting Change in Format

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and provincial restrictions on public gatherings, held both inside and outdoors, the 2020 Crystal Lake Annual General Meeting will no longer be an in-person event. The format for 2020 will be a posting of relevant documents under a 2020 AGM tab on the web site www.hamletofcrystallake.ca
Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity for motions to be presented, discussed and voted on. We will accept, post and table motions until there is an opportunity for meaningful discussion and voting. There will be an opportunity for voters to provide feedback and comments on each element provided on the agenda. Any ideas, comments and concerns can be submitted in an Open Forum component of the web site agenda.
The Hamlet Board regrets we cannot host a traditional AGM with its personal interactions, and feels this electronic format will still serve the broad intentions and requirements of the AGM. This format was decided by the Hamlet Board in consultation with the RM of Keys’ Reeve, Division 6 Councillor and Administrator.
We will be building the 2020 AGM site with the expectation that all documents will be available by August 15, 2020.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to your responses and comments.
Crystal Lake Hamlet Board

AGM Format Change

2020 AGM

 

As of October 12, 2020, the AGM web site has now been updated with the final postings, including New Business (including four Hamlet Board DRAFT motions) and the Open Forum segment. The AGM web site will remain open for comments until December 31, 2020.  At that time the AGM will site will be closed for comments and the 2020 AGM deemed to be adjourned.  We welcome and look forward to your comments.

 

The first elements of the 2020 Annual General Meeting are now posted under the 2020 AGM tab.  Included are:
  1. Introduction to 2020 AGM Electronic Posting
  2. Agenda
  3. Minutes of 2019 AGM
  4. 2019 Financial Report
  5. 2020 Budget
After each segment, voters will have the opportunity to make their comments.  Additional segments will be posted every few days.  Registered web site subscribers will receive email notifications each time new segments are posted.  We are hopeful this approach will serve the intent of the traditional in-person meeting and, in fact, allow many more people who could not attend the AGM to participate.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Crystal Lake Hamlet Board

Introduction to 2020 AGM (Aug.18, 2020)

Introduction to the 2020 Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake Annual General Meeting Electronic Posting
Due to Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the contents of the AGM will be posted on line on our official web site.  The contents will follow and comprise the usual elements of the AGM in-person meeting.  At this time, we are not set up for electronic voting (we’re working on it) but we strongly encourage voter participation.  This can be done by entering your comments (ideas, questions, suggestions etc.) in the Comments section after each element of the Agenda.
Please note this is actually a “voter” meeting and not a meeting for general public participation.  Eligible voters of the Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake must be:
  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • At least 18 years of age; and
  • At least one of:
    1. A registered owner (on the property title) of property within the Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake;
    2. A spouse of a registered owner described above;
    3. A resident (permanent residence) within the Organized Hamlet boundaries for the three preceding consecutive months.
The intent is to make this web site and this electronic version of the 2020 AGM as meaningful and interactive as possible.  To encourage discussion and sharing and exchanging of ideas and thoughts, a Comment section is set up following each segment of the Agenda.  Please note comments are public to all, you can “comment on comments”, ask questions, pose suggestions and express your thoughts.  However, the comment section is not intended to be a free-for-all.  All comments must:
  1. Address the topic of discussion – we need to keep the discussion on topic
  2. Be respectful of all people
  3. Not be political in nature – this is not a forum for personal political views
  4. Not attack any individual personally
Any comments that the administrator of the site (Hamlet Board) feels are offensive or in contravention of the above, will be removed.

Minutes of 2019 Annual General Meeting

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If you would like an email advising of changes to the website? Please use the form below. Your email will ONLY be used to inform you of updates to the Hamlet of Crystal Lake website. Please use the CONTACT US tab for ALL OTHER inquiries.

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    Information

    Welcome to the official website of the Hamlet of Crystal Lake, Saskatchewan.

    This website will provide you with all the factual information regarding the operation of the hamlet.

    There is a Contact Us section which allows you to send an email to the Board. The Board will assign the message to the next available Member if it a new request or the member that is currently handling it.

    Below is quick access to other websites:

     

    (March 19, 2021Swim lessons will be available this summer if the province allows.

     

    Crystal Lake swim poster 2021

     

     

    (February 19, 2021) Permits, Docks and Boat Lifts…

     

    2021 02 12 Permit Letter

     

    2021 02 12 WSA Docks

     

     

    (December 9, 2020) Playground Project Final Financial Report…

    Playground Equipment Project Final Financial Report

     

     

    The Crystal Lake fire truck is now winterized and out of service until the spring.  But in case of a fire, always call 911 and they promptly direct the Sturgis Fire Department….

     

     

    (October 24, 2020) Bios of the candidates for reeve…

     

    The RM of Keys is holding elections for Reeve on Monday, November 9, 2020.  There are two candidates: Garth Bates and Calvin Statchuk.  In order to introduce the candidates to eligible voters,  the Crystal Lake Hamlet Board has invited the two candidates for Reeve to provide their resumes and platforms.  The resume of Garth Bates is available by “clicking here”. The resume Of Calvin Statchuk is available by “clicking here”.

     

    (September 20, 2020) The Landfill is now closed…

    The Landfill is now closed for the season. If you need access, please contact one of the following to arrange for a mutually agreeable time:
    Brad Tokaruk         306-540-4257 cell/text
    Howard Fox           306-551-8171 cell/text
    Don Olson              306-547-9155 cell/text

     

     

     

    (September 5, 2020) Crystal Lake Water Survey Final Report and Executive Summary…

    The Crystal Lake Water System Survey Final Report and Executive Summary have been completed and the Hamlet Board has accepted these documents in their entirety.  Many thanks to Roy Anderson (R. Anderson & Associates) for his leadership, guidance, professional expertise and commitment in developing, implementing, and analyzing the survey, plus preparing the Final Report and Executive Summary.  All on a pro bono basis!
    These documents are now posted under the Community Water System tab.  The Executive Summary can be accessed by clicking here.  The Final Report can be accessed by clicking here.  There is a comment section after each document.  Please feel free to share your comments, questions and ideas.  The Hamlet Board will now proceed with further investigations based on the survey results.

     

     

    (August 12, 2020) Register NOW for Mail-In Ballot…

     

    It is important for every eligible voter at Crystal Lake to exercise their democratic right to vote.  The next Rural Municipality Election is November 9.  BUT, you do not have to make the trip to Canora to vote that day!  You now have a convenient way to vote using the mail-in ballot voting system, whereby you can vote from the comfort of your home and mail in your ballot.
     

    Many people spending summers at Crystal Lake do not know they are eligible to vote.  Eligibility requirements to vote in elections in Saskatchewan rural municipalities are different than cities.  Your permanent residence can be in Saskatoon, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Yorkton, Vancouver….anywhere in Canada.  For Crystal Lake people, to be eligible to vote you must be:

     

    1.     A Canadian citizen

    2.     At least 18 years of age

    3.     And only one of

            a.     A registered owner of property within the RM of Keys (includes Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake); or

            b.     The spouse of a registered owner; or

            c.      A full-time resident for the 3 consecutive months prior to the election.

     
    The next scheduled RM election is Monday, November 9, 2020.  For Crystal Lake, we will be voting for the Reeve position this year.  To register for the mail-in ballot option, voters must go to the RM Office (203 Main St, Canora) with government-issued picture identification and complete the required documents in front of the Administrator.  This registration can be completed anytime now and must be done prior to the date of the Advance Poll.  Please contact the RM Office (306-563-5331) to ensure the Administrator is present.  
     
    So, before you leave for the summer, make sure you register for the mail-in vote.

     

     

    (August 1, 2020) June 2020 Hamlet Board Minutes…

     

    June 10, 2020 Hamlet Board Minutes, click to view.

     

    June 24, 2020 Hamlet Board Minutes, click to view.

     

     

     

     

    (July 28, 2020) Annual General Meeting rescheduled…

     

    (July 8, 2020) The Crystal Lake Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been rescheduled to Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 10:00am.  This new date is pending COVID-19 restrictions allowing for increased public gatherings, beyond the current 30 person limit.  The meeting is scheduled for Stenen Hall or Sturgis Hall if restrictions require a larger facility.

    To be included on the AGM agenda, any items and proposed motions (including purpose of the motion, background information and rationale for the motion) must be submitted to the Hamlet Board 14 days prior to the AGM so the motion and rationale can be posted on the web site prior to the AGM.  This will provide the opportunity for AGM participants to be aware and familiar with the motion and encourage more informed discussion and decision-making.

    (July 22, 2020) Kelly and Dorothy Simes of 50 Feeley Drive wish to make a motion at the upcoming AGM to change the current name of Feeley Drive to Sunset Bay. Click to view.

    (July 28, 2020) John Oussoren wishs to make a motion at the upcoming AGM regarding Water Safety. Click to view.

     

     

     

     

    (July 23, 2020) 2020 Summer Newsletter…

     

    The link to the 2020 Summer Newsletter has been added to this TAB for easier viewing. Click to view.

     

     

     

     

     

    (July 14, 2020) Fall Election Mail in Ballot…

     

    Mail in Ballot

     

    (July 9, 2020) Johnny’s Beach Playground Update…

     

    Playground Project Posting

     

     

     

    (July 3, 2020) 2020 Crystal Lake Swimming Lessons…

     

    2020 Swim Lessons

     

     

    (June 26, 2020) Link to the PARCS website

     

    The Provincial Association of Resort Communities of Saskatchewan (PARCS) is the independent association that supports and represents the interests of cottage communities of Saskatchewan.  Its newsletter is very relevant to common and emerging issues and concerns facing resort communities.  The Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake is a member of PARCS.  We have now added a link to the PARCS web site on the Crystal Lake web site for ease of access for anyone interested in further information about PARCS and common interests and concerns of resort communities.

     

     

    (April 22, 2020) Upcoming Construction Season…

    The Hamlet Board has been advised that the moratorium on building/construction within the RM of Keys has been lifted.  Crystal Lake property owners who are planning construction projects, major renovations or the demolition of existing structures should note that there have been changes to the process.  The R.M. Council has approved/amended its Building and Zoning Bylaws. See the RM website for more information:  http://rmofkeys303.ca/.  Crystal Lake property owners should make special note of Section 8 ‘Resort Residential Section’ of the Zoning Bylaw (2004-03).

     

    Property owners must complete an Application For Building Permit (Form C) and receive a authorization prior to any work or demolition being initiated.  Building Permit applications will now require a survey at the first inspection to ensure the applicable setback distances are followed.  Applicants are advised to apply 6 weeks prior to their anticipated start date. Prior authorization is not required for small accessory buildings such as sheds, decks or greenhouses provided their floor area is  less the 10 square meters (107 square feet) and the placement adheres to prescribed setback distances.

     

    The RM has contracted a Licensed Building Inspector who will monitor and inspect all projects to ensure that construction is in compliance with RM Bylaws and that construction follows the applicable building codes.  The permit holder will be responsible for these inspection costs.

     

    The Hamlet Board continues to put a strong emphasis on maintaining the overall health and water quality of the lake and wishes to remind residents that any work in or near water requires prior authorization.  The provincial Aquatic Habitat Protection Program protects aquatic habitat from impacts that may arise from development in, or near, water.  Further information is available by calling the Aquatic Habitat Specialist at (306) 787-0382 or on the Water Security Agency website https://www.wsask.ca/Water-Programs/Aquatic-Habitat-Protection/.  Unauthorized work in or near water can result in legal action.

    Please contact the RM Administrator or a Hamlet Board member if you have further questions.

     

     

    (April 9, 2020) Update on the Water Survey Results…

    The response to the Crystal Lake Water Survey has been tremendous!!!

    Thank you very much to the 106 people who have completed the Crystal Lake Water Survey. We’re getting close to half the properties at Crystal Lake. We really need as many responses as possible to give the best direction for the future of a Crystal Lake Water System.

     We are needing one survey for each titled lot. If a survey hasn’t been completed for your property, please do so as soon as possible. It only takes about 10 minutes and your input is so important.

     If you know of a family member, friend or neighbour who does not have access to the hamlet web site or Facebook and is not aware of the survey, please let them know so they can provide their thoughts. Maybe print the survey for them so they can complete it and mail it in. We are looking for input from all titled lots, not just those hooked up to the Community Water System.

     To access the survey, click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CrystalLakeWaterServices

    Thank you for your input.

    Crystal Lake Hamlet Board.

     

    (March 11, 2020) Summary of the 2019 Crystal Lake Paving Project…

     

    The financial summary for the 2019 Crystal Lake Paving Project:

    Crystal Lake Paving Project Summary

    Revenue:
    2019 Levy 236 lots @$600  $            141,600.00
    2018 Levy 236 lots @ $600  $            141,600.00
    Draw from General Reserves  $              70,460.00
    Draw from Roads Reserve  $                5,050.00
    Total Revenue  $            358,710.00
    Expenses:
    Paving G.W. Construction  $            338,140.00
    Gravel – Chad Wiwcharuk  $                6,410.00
    2019 RM Administrative Levy 5%  $                7,080.00
    2018 RM Administrative Levy 5%  $                7,080.00
    Total Expenses  $           358,710.00

    Balance at Completion of Project

    $                        0.00

     

     

    (February 28, 2020) Crystal Lake 2020 Work Plan…

     

    A DRAFT 2020 Work Plan has been posted on the web site (Click here). The Hamlet Board invites and appreciates your input and comments on the proposed activities in addition to any sense of priorities to the activities.  Comments can be made directly to any of the Hamlet Board members or via the CONTACT US on the web site.  Thanks for your interest and contributions to developing a Work Plan that best serves the interests of the people of Crystal Lake.

     

     

    (February 9, 2020) Report on SaskWater Info Meeting...

     

    On January 30, 2020, a meeting took place to discuss a Regional Potable Water System. Click here to view the document.

     

     

    (January 1, 2020) Report on Feeding Deer during the Winter...

     

    Most everyone enjoys seeing deer on occasion but there can be too many deer!  Feeding deer while an enjoyable past time can be problematic. Click here to view the document…

     

     

    (December 15, 2019) Resort Village Feasibility Study on Hold

     

    Together, the Planning Committee and the Hamlet Board have decided to put the Resort Village Feasibility Study on hold for the time being.  Key to this decision is that the Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake falls short in two of the critical requirements (permanent population and assessment) for consideration for incorporating as a resort village. This effectively makes the idea of forming a resort village not feasible at this time.  A joint communication, with further information, from the Planning Committee and the Hamlet Board is posted under the Resort Village tab.

     

    (December 15, 2019) Stenen Lagoon Agreement

     

    The Village of Stenen and the RM of Keys 303 (Crystal Lake) have signed a five (5) year agreement to allow for the dumping of sewage in the Stenen Sewage Lagoon. Click here to view the agreement.

     

     

    (October 26, 2019) Phase 3 of the Paving Project

     

    Good news!! The portion of the Crystal Lake access form Highway 9 to the ‘Y’ will be repaved at no cost to the Crystal Lake ratepayers.  The provincial government will be covering the cost and GW Construction will return to complete the project.  Work will commence on or about Monday Oct. 28, 2019.

    People travelling to the lake may wish to use the Tadmore access until the work is complete.

    Hamlet Board

     

    (October 22, 2019) Notice of Moratorium

     

    The Rural Municipality of Keys (RM) has placed a moratorium on all building within its boundary’s as of September 5, 2019.  Projects which had been approved prior to Sept. 5, 2019 are allowed to continue.  However, no new building permits are being issued and any unauthorized building will not be allowed.  The Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake and the Hamlet Board are bound by this decision.

    The R.M. Council is currently preparing new Development and Building Permit Bylaws. See the RM website for more information:  http://rmofkeys303.ca/

    Once the moratorium is lifted, building permits will be accepted and approved provided the projects are in compliance with the new Development Bylaws. Until that time please be advised that the Hamlet Board members will be notifying the RM of any unauthorized construction, demolition or development.

    Please contact your Hamlet Board members if you have further questions.

    Thank you for your cooperation

     

     

     

    (October 22, 2019) Paving at Crystal Lake

     

    Please be advised that as part of the Crystal Lake paving project further work is being done at a number of approaches and cabin driveways.  Gravel is being spread and graded to allow a smooth transition unto the new pavement.  This work should be completed over the next few days.

    Please watch for construction equipment and we appreciate your patience as this project is completed.

    Hamlet Board

     

     

     

    (July 26, 2019) List of Recycle Items

    What we can recycle seems to be a mystery. Download the latest list of Do’s and Don’ts from Parkland Regional Waste.

    July 2019 – Recycle

     

     

    (July 4, 2019) Summer 2019 Crystal Lake Newsletter…

     

    2019 Summer Crystal Lake Newsletter

     

     

     

     

    (May 16, 2019) Community Water System…

    Thank you for your patience. The Crystal Lake water system is up and running.  There may be a few cabins still experiencing freezing.  Remember all water users that the system is hygienic use only.

     

     

     

    (April 10, 2019) Update to Crystal Lake Residents

    During the RM rate payers’ meeting, there were comments made which need clarification. Rate payers were informed that raw sewage from the Stenen lagoon had been released directly into Stoney Creek (which is approximately a mile away from the lagoon). Not true. All effluent discharge (after filtration through three cells) is directly released into a marsh and adjacent wetlands. The Water Security Agency (WSA) recognizes marshland as a further filtration system. Last summer (2018) some repairs needed to be done to the lagoon requiring the level of the last cell (cell 3) to be drawn down. WSA was notified and Stenen was given permission to proceed. Midway through the release, samples were taken and sent to WSA and Saskatchewan Health Authority (Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory). WSA reported back to us that all readings were within the standard for release into the nearby marshland.

    It was also reported that the lagoon has been leaking. WSA inspects the lagoon yearly. They report no evidence of leakage nor do they suggest that it might be leaking. WSA makes recommendations in order for us to comply with regulations. Crystal Lake and the town of Stenen share responsibility for any work to be done.

     

    (April 10, 2019) Update to CL Water Users

     

    The RM of Keys did move forward with part 1 and 2 of the GUDI (ground under direct influence of surface water) study. On April 3, hamlet board members meet with Devin Mutschler from Beckie Hydrogeologists. Wells were inspected, height of water in the wells was determined and the lake level was also recorded. Well levels and the lake level were within a few inches of each other . Based on this information Devin will be drafting his report. If the report comes back possible GUDI then it will be the decision of well users either to continue with the recommendations of the study which will have significant associated costs or have the water from these wells deemed hygienic use only (non-potable). Well users will be advised to purchase drinking water.

     

    (March 18, 2019Crystal Lake Community Water System Notice

    A new Notice to Crystal Lake Community Water System Subscribers has been posted on the web site.  This Notice impacts all current subscribers and users of the Community Water System.  We have been advised that due to the location of the wells’ proximity to Crystal Lake, our current water system may be impacted by water from the lake.  The terminology is Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water (GUDI).  Presently we will not be able to operate the water system as potable (drinking) water until further studies are completed.  The Hamlet Board is proposing to operate the water system as a hygienic, non-potable system for 2019 until we receive further direction from the actual subscribers – those who use and pay for all system operations and costs.  This situation is evolving so updates will be posted as new information is gained.

     

    Water Notice – March 17, 2019

     

    See COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM TAB for more detail…

     

     

    (February 14, 2019Black’s Beach Subdivision Proposal  2

    At the 2017 Annual General Meeting for the Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake, it was requested that a mail out be sent to all ratepayers of CrystaI Lake if a proposal was made for a subdivision within the Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake. Below are the three documents to be presented at the  Public Hearing to be held on Thursday March 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the RM office for the proposed Bylaw 01-2019.

    01-2019 Bylaw with Map
    February 14, 2019 – Letter to the Ratepayers of Crystal Lake
    01-2019 Advert Bylaw

     

     

     

    (September 9, 2018)  Organized Hamlet Guide

    An information guide on the running of an Organized Hamlet:
    Organized Hamlet Guide

     

     

    Older posts get moved the ARCHIVES Tab.

    Hamlet Board Business

    Community Water System

    (May 4, 2021) Crystal Lake Community Water System Update…

    Crystal Lake Community Water System Update-May-2021

     

    (May 4, 2021) Crystal Lake Hygienic Application Response…

    Crystal Lake Hygienic Application Response (EMMS)

     

    (September 5, 2020) Crystal Lake Water Survey Final Report and Executive Summary…

    The Crystal Lake Water System Survey Final Report and Executive Summary have been completed and the Hamlet Board has accepted these documents in their entirety.  Many thanks to Roy Anderson (R. Anderson & Associates) for his leadership, guidance, professional expertise and commitment in developing, implementing, and analyzing the survey, plus preparing the Final Report and Executive Summary.  All on a pro bono basis!
    These documents are now posted under the Community Water System tab.  The Executive Summary can be accessed by clicking here.  The Final Report can be accessed by clicking here.  There is a comment section after each document.  Please feel free to share your comments, questions and ideas.  The Hamlet Board will now proceed with further investigations based on the survey results.

     

     

    (April 9, 2020) Update on the Water Survey Results…

    The response to the Crystal Lake Water Survey has been tremendous!!!

    Thank you very much to the 106 people who have completed the Crystal Lake Water Survey. We’re getting close to half the properties at Crystal Lake. We really need as many responses as possible to give the best direction for the future of a Crystal Lake Water System.

    We are needing one survey for each titled lot. If a survey hasn’t been completed for your property, please do so as soon as possible. It only takes about 10 minutes and your input is so important.

    If you know of a family member, friend or neighbour who does not have access to the hamlet web site or Facebook and is not aware of the survey, please let them know so they can provide their thoughts. Maybe print the survey for them so they can complete it and mail it in. We are looking for input from all titled lots, not just those hooked up to the Community Water System.

    To access the survey, click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CrystalLakeWaterServices

    Thank you for your input.

    Crystal Lake Hamlet Board.

    (April 3, 2020) Initial Water Survey Results…

     

    To all Crystal Lake ratepayers:
    Wow! The Crystal Lake Water Survey went live just a week ago and already 54 ratepayers have completed and submitted the Community Water Survey.  Thank you very much to those 54 who have responded!  Let’s keep the momentum going.
    This is a reminder to those who have not yet been able to complete the survey, that we need your input, one survey per titled lot.  Please take the 10 minutes to complete and submit the survey.
    If you know of a family member, friend or neighbour who does not have access to the hamlet web site or Facebook, please let them know it is so important for them to complete the survey.  Maybe print the survey for them so they can complete it and mail it in.  We are looking for input from all titled lots, not just those hooked up to the Community Water System.
    With all of us practicing the “Stay at Home” directive, we now have a little time to spare. Thanks for your input and for helping others to share their thoughts.
    Hope all of you and your family are well in this trying time.

    Crystal Lake Hamlet Board.

     

    March 27, 2020 – The Crystal Lake Water System Survey is available for your input. Click here to respond.

    Click here to view the CL Survey cover letter.

    Click here to view a hard copy of the survey.

     

     

     

    Meetings were held August 22, 2019 with the Canora Rural Pipeline Utility Board and the CAO of the Town of Canora as fact-finding meetings regarding potential, alternative treated water sources for Crystal Lake.
    Canora Rural Pipeline Utility Meeting of August 22, 2019
    A Community Water System Info meeting was held Tuesday, August 20, 2019.  50 Crystal Lake ratepayers and residents attended to learn about and discuss issues with the community water system and options for the future.  No decisions were made or intended, as further homework is required to develop more details on the various options.  Further communication and consultation will be made with all ratepayers and residents of Crystal Lake.  The presentation by Charles Goss, of WSP Consultants, is on the web site.  For any questions and comments, please submit via the CONTACT US tab on the web site.
    Crystal Lake Public Consultation Meeting Aug 20, 2019

     

     

     

    March 17, 2019. A new Notice to Crystal Lake Community Water System Subscribers has been posted on the web site.  This Notice impacts all current subscribers and users of the Community Water System.  We have been advised that due to the location of the wells’ proximity to Crystal Lake, our current water system may be impacted by water from the lake.  The terminology is Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water (GUDI).  Presently we will not be able to operate the water system as potable (drinking) water until further studies are completed.  The Hamlet Board is proposing to operate the water system as a hygienic, non-potable system for 2019 until we receive further direction from the actual subscribers – those who use and pay for all system operations and costs.  This situation is evolving so updates will be posted as new information is gained.

     

    Water Notice – March 17, 2019

     

    (GUDI) Assessment Guideline

    Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water

     

    Hygienic Water Use

    Provision of water that is safe for human consumption as well as meeting regulatory requirements may place significant demands on the performance of existing waterworks systems.

    Resort Village

    Investigating Becoming a Resort Village

     

    Any concerns or contributions can be submitted to the Planning Committee using the CONTACT US tab with the Subject: Resort Village.

    Resort Village Study Joint Communication – December 15, 2019
    RV September 1, 2018 Minutes

    The Team

    Don Olson
    Howard Fox
    Brad Tokaruk
    Dave
    Barry
    Don Olson

    Don Olson

     

    Don was elected to the Hamlet of Crystal Lake Board in July, 2017.

     

    Don’s education is in the field of biology from the University of Saskatchewan and from the Kelsey Institute of Applied Sciences – wildlife/waterfowl resource management. Because of his surveying/engineering work with the Department of Highways, Don initially began working with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) in wetland construction out of Yorkton in 1976. These were exceptional growing years for DUC, and in 1979 Don was moved to southern Alberta and became the Area Manager. In 1988, with the implementation of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and the First Step Quill Lakes Project, Don moved back to Saskatchewan to help set up the Wadena office. The pressure was on, the success of this First Step Project would determine the future success of the whole $1.5 billion NAWMP program. The success of securing wildlife habitat was paramount, and that responsibility fell squarely on Don’s shoulders.

     

    In addition to his professional background, Don has gained extensive Municipal Government experience in the Town of Sturgis, being a Councillor from 1991 to 1997, and Mayor from 1997 to 2016 inclusive.

     

    Don’s involvement with Crystal Lake goes back to the 1960’s, swimming with his three brothers at his parents’ cabin at the lake. Summertime was great and times were simple and carefree for a young boy. Time goes by, and by the late 1970’s and early 1980’s big changes were occurring – the old cabin was replaced with a new year round cabin designed and constructed by the Olson brothers, the old outhouse was gone and new septic holding tanks installed all around the lake; lots were no longer leased but had to be purchased. The cabin continues to be a “family cabin” for Don’s extended families to enjoy.

     

    With the Hamlet Board, Don is currently the Chair, and has the lead in the areas of (1) Infrastructure and Equipment, (2) Safety and Liability, (3) Economics and Commerce, and (4) Government and Partnership Relations.

    Howard Fox

    Howard Fox

     

    Howard became a member of the Hamlet Board at the July, 2018 AGM.

    After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science – Agriculture, Howard’s entire 30-year professional career was with Agriculture Canada – PFRA.  Working as both a manager and specialist in various roles, his primary areas of work were rural, community and economic development and environmental sustainability.  Howard has worked on federal, provincial and regional committees, working groups and programs in the areas of policy development, program development and implementation, communication, strategic planning and facilitation.

    As a manager, Howard has experience in financial management, human resource management, asset management, strategic planning, communications and operational management.  He has extensive experience working with locally-based governments, conservation groups, economic development agencies and other organizations working to achieve the balance of social development, economic development and environmental sustainability.  It is through this type of balanced and respectful approach that Howard has learned any successful, long-term project must serve and respect all of the social, economic and environmental aspects.  If one aspect suffers for the benefit of another, the project is doomed to failure.

    Howard’s involvement with Crystal Lake dates back to the early 1980s while working closely with the tree planting program spearheaded by the Crystal Lake Soil Conservation Co-op.  In 2002, Howard and wife Bonny and their three children purchased their current cottage at Crystal Lake.  From 2002-2012, Howard and Bonny were deeply immersed in the Crystal Lake community as partners and owner-operators of the Crystal Lake Golf Course.  Upon Bonny’s retirement in 2018, Howard and Bonny have made Crystal Lake their permanent home.

    With the Hamlet Board, Howard is currently the Secretary of the Board, and has the lead in the areas of 1) Governance, 2) Finance, 3) Communications and 4) Special Projects Initiative.  Preferred means of contact is by email at howfox@ymail.com

     

    Brad Tokaruk

     

    Brad became a member of the Hamlet Board at the July, 2019 AGM.

     

    Brad is a recently retired civil servant with a long background at Crystal Lake.  He spent his youth at the lake (family cabin adjacent to the golf course) as well as many summer vacations over the years. After completing a post-secondary education, Brad began a 41-year career with the Saskatchewan Government.

     

    The first half of his career was as a Conservation Officer working in many locations across the province.  Experience and training gained during this time included enforcement activities, park operations, animal control, forest fire suppression, environmental protection and forest management.  The next 10 years were spent as a technician primarily surveying fish and wildlife populations.  The final years brought increased supervisory responsibilities in wildlife management with communication, committee, regulation and policy development responsibilities.

     

    Brad and his wife Sandy have chosen to make Crystal Lake their home and are completing an extensive renovation of the Gallagher Cabin at 108 Lakeview Drive.

     

    As the newest member of the board, Brad is the lead in in the areas of 1) Environment, 2) Maintenance, 3) Waste management/recycling and 4) Recreation

     

    Brad can be reached at tokaruk.brad@sasktel.net

     

     

    Dave

    Dave

    Most of the community sees Dave working on the water system or chasing mosquitoes.

    Barry

    Barry

    Barry is the administrator for the RM of Keys 303.

    Fire Fighters

    List of Crystal Lake Fire Fighters 2020

    Pictures and Videos

    Pictures

     

    Winter Pictures

     

     

    Videos

     

    Contact Us

    Use the form below to send an email to the Hamlet Board.

    When received, it will be handled by the appropriate Board Member.

    Make sure you provide the phone number you would like to be reached at.

      Archives

      Information that is no longer current

       

      (June 7, 2019) Fire Ban is Removed…

       

       

      The Fire Ban is removed, click to view order.

       

      (December 18, 2018December 2018 Newsletter

      Crystal Lake December 2018 Newsletter

       

       

      (November 9, 2018Highlights from the November 8, 2018 RM of Keys Meeting

      R.M. of Keys Mtg. November 8, 2018

       

       

      (November 1, 2018Hamlet Board’s Position on Black’s Beach

      Crystal Lake Hamlet Board Position on Development of Black’s Beach

       

      (October 23, 2018Subdivision Proposal At Crystal Lake

      At the 2017 Annual Ratepayer Meeting for the Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake, it was requested that a mail out be sent to all ratepayers of CrystaI Lake if a proposal was made for a subdivision within the Organized Hamlet of Crystal Lake. Below is a copy of the mail out for a Public Hearing to be held on Thursday November 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the RM office for the proposed Bylaw 10-2018.

      October 2018 Subdivision Proposal

       

       

      (July 3, 2018) Report from the Water Quality Committee

      Katelyn Bell Project – 2018/07/03

      From the 2017 AGM Minutes:

      6. Water Quality Committee

      • Katelyn Bell, a University of Saskatchewan student, gave a presentation on
        water quality. Katelyn is part of a study group in the University of
        Saskatchewan who is looking at Crystal Lake. The quality seems to be stable
        but the ongoing study will be able to tell us how the water quality changes over
        time.
      • This is her report.

       

       

      (April 6, 2018) More information from the Hamlet Board on the Intensive Livestock Operation Application

      Location of the ILO

      The proposed ILO is about the same size as the Hamlet of Crystal Lake. Download the map to see.

       

      (March 24, 2018) Information from the Hamlet Board on the Intensive Livestock Operation Application

      Intensive Livestock Operation (ILO)

      The Hamlet Board asks individuals to submit their concerns in writing. Please mail your submissions to the RM of Keys 303 office or use the CONTACT US tab on the website. All submissions must be received by April 6, 2018.

       

       

      (March 28, 2018)

      Proper Removal of Chara

      Saskatchewan Water Security Agency recommends the following:

      (March 14, 2018) With the growing concerns over weed growth. The Hamlet Board has performed research and come up with the following:

      Chara

      Chara – An Algae Native to Saskatchewan

       

      Data Base Report by North Stream

      NEWS RELEASE JANUARY 2018

      North Stream Environmental has released the new 2017 Data Base report to the Municipality. It is a 98 pages .pdf file so may take some time to load depending on your download speeds.

      The Hamlet Board and the RM Council are reviewing it along with the Province. We would like Public Input as we take the next steps to either adopt the report and make the proper legislation for it, or look at alternatives.

      We would prefer to have the comments in writing through the following:

      Use the CONTACT US tab

      Or by regular mail: RM of Keys 303, Box 899, Canora, SK, S0A 0L0.

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