2022 Board of Revision

The 2022 Real Property, Personal Property and Business Property Assessment Rolls have been deposited in the Office of the Clerk at 111 Centre Avenue East (Town of Altona Civic Centre) and will be open for inspection by any person(s) during regular office hours.

The Board of Revision will sit at the Council Chambers of the Town of Altona located at 111 Centre Avenue East in Altona on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. for the purpose of revising the Assessment Rolls of the Town of Altona.

Complaints against any of the above noted assessments must be received by the Secretary of the Board by Monday, September 27th, 2021 and may be made as follows:

Application for revision
42(1) A person in whose name property has been assessed, a mortgagee in possession of property under subsection 114(1) of The Real Property Act, an occupier of premises who is required under the terms of a lease to pay the taxes on the property, or the assessor may make application for the revision of an assessment roll with respect to the following matters:
(a) liability to taxation;
(b) amount of an assessed value;
(c) classification of property;
(d) a refusal by an assessor to amend the assessment roll under subsection 13(2).
Application requirements
43(1) An application for revision must
(a) be made in writing;
(b) set out the roll number and legal description of the assessable property for which a revision is sought;
(c) set out which of the matters referred to in subsection 42(1) are at issue, and the grounds for each of those matters; and
(d) be filed by
(i) delivering it or causing it to be delivered to the office indicated in the public notice given under subsection 41(2), or
(ii) serving it upon the secretary, at least 15 days before the scheduled sitting date of the board (no later than September 27th, 2021) as indicated in the public notice.

Dated at Altona, in Manitoba, this 27th day of August, 2021, A.D.
Town of Altona
Box 1630
Altona, Manitoba
ROG OBO

Terry Fehr, Secretary
Board of Revision for the Town of Altona

Drought State of Emergency – Mandatory Water Restrictions

Southern Manitoba is facing an extreme drought, and the Stephenfield Lake and Red River have had significant reductions in level and flow over the past month. As a result, the Pembina Valley Water Cooperative requested that the 14 participating municipalities declare a Municipal Drought State of Emergency.

A Drought State of Emergency is a regionally coordinated “all in it together” effort to manage the existing water shortage, signalling the severity of the situation and need for support to the Province of Manitoba.

The Town of Altona declared a Municipal Drought State of Emergency on July 27, 2021.

Due to the supply shortages of water, mandatory water reduction efforts are now in effect in Altona. Water usage is to be reduced by 15%, and residents will be updated each business day regarding the water consumption numbers.

The Town of Altona is reducing municipal water usage by using non-potable water wherever possible. Municipal gardens and landscaping are being watered on an as-needed basis only, and using non-potable water. The irrigation system at the Gallery in the Park is not in use at this time, and the Town of Altona bulk water station is closed with the exception of drinking water use.

The Town of Altona is also offering a rain barrel filling program to Town of Altona residents. During this stage of restrictions, rain barrels may be filled once per week by Town staff using non-potable water. Residents can register for this program by calling 204-324-6468.

Local residents and businesses must implement the following measures:

  • No watering of lawns until further notice
    • New grass plantings may be watered once per week, with odd numbered addresses watering on Saturdays, and even numbered addresses watering on Sundays.
  • Gardens and flowers may only be watered every other day at a maximum. Residents at even-numbered civic addresses may water on even-numbered days, and odd-numbered days for residents with odd-numbered civic addresses.
  • No vehicle washing except at commercial car wash facilities
  • No filling of swimming pools, hot tubs or fountains until further notice
  • No washing the exterior of structures or pavement with pressure washer or hose until further notice, with the exception of licensed cleaning services
  • Reducing overall consumption as much as possible, aiming for a 15% reduction.

These restrictions are in place until further notice.

Regarding Canada Day 2021

Video Transcript:
Last week, we were asked to consider cancelling the Canada Day fireworks show. We chose not to cancel them, and our decision left many of you feeling disrespected and disregarded, especially the Indigenous residents of Altona. Our goal with the large, multi-site fireworks display was to give the community something to look forward to, and enjoy safely at home during a tough year when our in-person events such as the Sunflower Festival are unable to go ahead. While the intention of the fireworks show was not to cause harm to our Indigenous community, we recognize and acknowledge that it has, and we are deeply sorry that the decision that we made has added to your pain

So what now?

We are committed to answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #57, which asks municipal governments to provide education to public servants on Indigenous history. We will be providing access to those education opportunities for our staff and Council teams, starting with a course from the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute. We are also engaging in intentional and meaningful conversations with Indigenous Peoples in our community, and are committed to listening and learning from those conversations.

We are also committed to continuing to offer municipal resources and partnership to our neighbours at Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation as opportunities arise to do so. We don’t have all of the answers, but we know that we have a lot to learn and work to do to repair broken relationships. Let’s do better – together.

Dutch Elm Disease Surveys Taking Place in Altona this summer

Subject: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, Forestry and Peatlands Branch – Dutch Elm Disease Surveys/Invasive Forest Pest Monitoring/COVID-19

  • Dutch elm disease surveys and emerald ash borer monitoring will be moving forward again this season in participating communities.
  • Provincial surveyors will be driving or walking around both public and private properties while they work.
  • Surveyors wear high visibility vests and government issued identification. This year, staff will also be wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), due to COVID-19.
  • In support of physical distancing measures, our staff may not approach every resident or house before entering onto properties to conduct surveys. 
  • Surveyors will still ring doorbells or knock on doors prior to taking branch samples, marking trees, or identifying firewood piles for removal under the Dutch elm disease management program.
  • Our staff will always maintain at least two metres distance between themselves and others, and we ask that residents respect this policy when approaching our staff as well.

Contact Us:

Manitoba Tree Line:  204-945-7866 or treeline@gov.mb.ca

Water Restrictions Lessened, Not Lifted

Thanks to the hard work of the Altona community, as well as the efforts of the other municipalities within the Pembina Valley Water Coop, the PVWC has downgraded our water restriction. This change also comes due to a favourable weather forecast and the agriculture spraying season wrapping up, which should reduce demand on the system.

We all still need to practice water conservation, and our Water Works, Public Works, and Parks teams will continue to use non-potable water for their tasks as much as possible. If you would like to request that your rain barrel be filled with non-potable water for your own use, you may contact our office to make arrangements (204-324-6468).

Updated Restrictions:

  • Manual exterior window washing is permitted.
  • Watering of gardens is permitted.
  • Watering of flowers, trees and shrubs, and new grass plantings is permitted on an even/odd schedule (even-numbered houses on even days, etc).
  • Watering of lawns may resume once a week with even numbered civic addresses watering on Saturdays, and odd numbered civic addresses on Sundays.

We are also asking for a voluntary reduction of water use for the following activities:

  • Pesticide or fertilizer application
  • Washing of vehicles
  • Filling fountains & other decorative features
  • Filling of pools, hot tubs and wading pools
  • Water use for construction purposes
  • Washing sidewalks, driveways, exterior building surfaces, etc

Our target is a 10% reduction in water consumption.

Downtown Drainage Project

To Residents,

Notice of an Upcoming Land Drainage Sewer Project

2nd St NE from 4th Avenue NE to 6th Avenue NE, and 4th Avenue NE from 2nd St NE to PTH 30.

Starting the week of June 14, 2021, a Contractor will begin preparing to complete replacement of land drainage sewers and lift station and forcemain installation in Altona.  The anticipated schedule is as follows:

  • 2nd St NE: June 14, 2021 until June 28, 2021
  • 4th Avenue NE: June 28, 2021 until July 19, 2021

The proposed schedule is a best case scenario and is subject to change due to inclement weather and/or unforeseen construction issues.  Significant delay, if encountered, will be communicated to affected residents/ business owners.

The contractor will close sections of 2nd St NE during construction.  There will be excavation of the boulevards as well as on private property to connect existing land drainage sewer to the new piping. It is inevitable that some infrastructure and trees may need to be removed as the new LDS is placed. Topsoil for each excavated area may be a few inches higher than existing to allow for settlement. The contractor will make arrangements to water all areas seeded until sprouted. The second portion of the construction will occur on 4th Avenue NE during which the contractor will may close one lane of traffic.

During periods of construction the contractor will attempt to provide access to driveways, however no access will be permitted during some construction activities. Affected residents can use adjacent streets for parking while their street is under construction.  Foot access will be maintained to households. Recycling and garbage collection will be maintained throughout construction.

Once the land drainage sewer replacement work is completed, the contractor will restore any damaged areas as soon as possible, with final restoration to be completed in the fall, 2021.

To keep your children safe, please keep them away from the construction sites at all times.

J-CON Civil Ltd. is the contractor for this project.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Matt Fisher, of JR Cousin Consultants Ltd., at 204-489-0474 during regular business hours or by email at mfisher@jrcc.ca.  The contact for J-CON Civil LTD. is Matt Haresign at 204-794-5153 and for the Town of Altona is Clint Derksen at 204-324-6439.

We understand that this project may cause you some inconvenience. We appreciate your patience.

Sincerely,

JR Cousin Consultants Ltd.

Town of Altona

Borrowing Bylaw: First Reading

On June 22, 2021 at 5:30 pm, the Town of Altona Council will consider the below borrowing bylaw for first reading.

Mandatory Water Reduction

Altona, MB. June 3, 2021:

The Town of Altona receives daily updates from the Pembina Valley Water Coop regarding water storage and supply levels. In today’s call, it became apparent that demand is outstripping supply at an unsustainable rate, even with the introduction of voluntary water reduction. Due to this continually increasing demand, mandatory water reduction restrictions are now in effect in Altona.

The Town of Altona is reducing municipal water usage by using non-potable water to complete annual sewer flushing work, and watering municipal gardens and plantings on an as-needed basis only, using non-potable water wherever possible. The irrigation system at the Gallery in the Park is not in use at this time, and the Town of Altona bulk water station is closed.

Local residents and businesses are asked to help reduce the strain on the water plant by implementing the following mandatory measures:

  • No watering of lawns until further notice
  • Gardens and flowers may only be watered every other day at the maximum. Residents at even-numbered civic addresses may water on even-numbered days, and odd-numbered days for residents with odd-numbered civic addresses.
  • No vehicle washing except at commercial car wash facilities
  • No filling of swimming pools or hot tubs until further notice
  • No washing the exterior of structures or pavement with pressure washer or hose until further notice
  • Spraying crops only if necessary, using non-potable water sources wherever possible
  • Reducing overall consumption as much as possible, aiming for a 15% reduction.

These restrictions are in place until further notice.

Voluntary Water Reduction

The Town of Altona has received notice from the Pembina Valley Water Cooperative requesting a mandatory water reduction of 15% within our municipality.

Our water comes from the Letellier water treatment plant, which is currently operating at maximum capacity. There is adequate water in the river; however, the current infrastructure does not allow for any more water to be drawn, and the hot weather expected this week and next will continue to put strain on the system.

The Town of Altona is reducing municipal water usage by using non-potable water to complete annual sewer flushing work, and watering municipal landscaping on an as-needed basis only, using non-potable water where possible.

Local residents and businesses are asked to consider a voluntary reduction in all general water usage. Specifically, residents are asked to consider a reduction in water usage for residential landscaping or garden watering. Residents at odd-numbered civic addresses are asked to only water on odd-numbered days, and residents at even-numbered addresses asked to water on even-numbered days. In addition, residents and businesses are asked to reduce the water they use for vehicle washing at this time.

For more information about ways to reduce water usage, visit https://pvwc.ca/water-conservation/

Every Child Matters

The Town of Altona has lowered their flags to half-mast to honour the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential school.

For a period of more than 150 years, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation children were taken from their families and communities to attend schools which were often located far from their homes. More than 150,000 children attended these schools… many never returned. The damages inflicted by Residential Schools continue to this day. If you are not aware of the history and damage caused by this system, we encourage you to learn more. Here are some educational resources:https://nctr.ca/education/every-child-matters/https://nctr.ca/…/teaching…/residential-school-history/

If you are a survivor of the residential school system, we stand with you and honour you. We cannot imagine the pain that you may be feeling at this time. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation offers a Crisis Line support service for survivors of the residential school system. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing pain or distress as a result of your residential school experience, please call 1-866-925-4419