Rural Municipality of Sherwood No. 159

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50°26'26"N
104°41'12"W
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Description

The Rural Municipality of Sherwood No. 159 (2016 population: 974) is a rural municipality (RM) in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan within Census Division No. 6 and SARM Division No. 2. In the south-central portion of the province, it surrounds the city of Regina, the provincial capital, and forms part of the Regina census metropolitan area.

History

The RM of Sherwood No. 159 incorporated as a rural municipality on December 11, 1911. The RM was named after the Sherwood School District No. 460, which itself was named after Sherwood, Ontario, where some of the early settlers to the area originated from.

Heritage properties

The RM has two heritage properties. Boggy Creek School - Built in 1923 as a One-room school, the building was used as a school until 1965. After that point it was used by Regina Board of Education for an outdoor program. The site had an older school building dating back to 1886. The school is located 10 km northwest of Regina. The building is of brick construction based on a Waterman-Waterbury Company design. Normand Farm Residence - Built in 1905 as a homestead the two story residence is made from field-stone and brick. Still in use as a residence the building is located on Zehner Road,

Geography

The RM features heavy clay soils, making it one of the richest farming areas in the province. The Wascana Valley and Wascana Creek meander through the RM. The Sherwood Forest Bridge crosses Wascana Creek within the RM.

Communities and localities

The following urban municipalities are surrounded by the RM.
Cities
Regina
Towns
Grand Coulee

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the RM of Sherwood No. 159 recorded a population of 974 living in 309 of its 325 total private dwellings, a 10.8% change from its 2011 population of 879. With a land area of 656.87 km2 (253.62 sq mi), it had a population density of 1.5/km2 (3.8/sq mi) in 2016.In the 2011 Census of Population, the RM of Sherwood No. 159 recorded a population of 929, a -10.6% change from its 2006 population of 1,039. With a land area of 692.7 km2 (267.5 sq mi), it had a population density of 1.3/km2 (3.5/sq mi) in 2011.

Economy

The Sherwood Industrial Park is also within the RM, which is a home to the steel manufacturer Evraz (formerly IPSCO), agricultural implement manufacturers and dealerships, trucking companies, and medical hazardous waste disposal facilities.

Government

The RM of Sherwood No. 159 is governed by an elected municipal council and an appointed administrator that meets on the second Wednesday of every month. The reeve of the RM is Susan Oakley-Paul while its administrator is Bradley Wiebe. The RM's office is located in Regina.
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