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Tootinaowaziibeeng & RM Of Dauphin Enter Into Agreement

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The Rural Municipality of Dauphin and Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve officially signed a Municipal Development and Services Agreement, last week, for a parcel of land south of Dauphin. Plans for the property include construction of a new gas bar and convenience store.

The agreement is an essential step toward the finalization of an urban reserve and formally establishes a working relationship and sets the respective rights and obligations for the property.

Tootinaowaziibeeng Chief Barry McKay said the gas bar will create employment and revenue for all businesses that are involved.

“We’re taking it one step at a time. And that’s how come we invited the RM and even the City of Dauphin to sit at the table with us and say, ‘okay, how can we help you to help us?” he said. “And that’s all we’re looking forward to. And for us, today is very historic. So we’re going to take it one step at a time and work together.”

Any opportunity for other developments will be announced as they arise, but for now the focus will be on building a gas bar and convenience store.

Once the land gets reserve status, McKay said, construction will begin. He hopes that will happen within the next three or four months.

“We’re looking forward to working with the City of Dauphin and the RM of Dauphin for future development. We want to be a partner, not a hindrance and not a competition,” he said.

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Doug Zywina
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