Coronavirus: COVID-19

The Town of Altona is relying on the guidance of healthcare professionals as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. All Manitobans have a role to play in slowing the spread of the virus, and minimizing its impact on our health-care system and in communities. The provincial government has developed social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

To support social distancing measures, the Town of Altona has announced the following:

  • Effective immediately, there will be no public access to the Town of Altona Public Works Shop, Fire Hall, or the Millennium Exhibition Centre Walking Track, and Elks Playland.
  • Residents are encouraged to submit water meter readings over the phone, online, or by email instead of in person.
  • Effective Monday, March 16th 2020, all Town of Altona Recreation programs are suspended.
  • Effective Monday, March 16th, 2020, the Millennium Exhibition Centre will be closed to the public. The ice-in season was originally scheduled to end on March 20th, but will now end effective March 16th, 2020.

The Town of Altona will be continually evaluating these measures, and will keep the community up to date on any further measures.

As per Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, strategies for all Manitobans include:

  • minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two meters/ six feet) contact between other individuals in public,
  • avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes,
  • disinfecting frequently used surfaces,
  • following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus, and
  • considering avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk (e.g. seniors and those with underlying medical conditions)

The Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living website is a great resource to find factual, clear information regarding COVID-19, and what you need to know in Manitoba. Please visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/index.html.

Public Notice: Petition Available for Inspection

In accordance with Section 163(1) of The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act of Manitoba, PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that a petition calling for a plebiscite with the following question was received on January 30, 2020:

“Should licensed retail cannabis stores be allowed in Altona? Yes, they should be allowed. No, they should not be allowed.”

The petition by eligible voters has been deposited with the undersigned and is available for inspection upon request at the Administration Office, 111 Centre Avenue during regular office hours.

As per Section 163(2) of The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act of Manitoba, any person may object to the petition, by filing a notice of objection with the undersigned on or before February 20, 2020. A notice of objection must state the name and address of the person making the objection and the grounds for the objection.

Dan Gagné, CMA CPA, CMMA

Chief Administrative Officer

2020: A Year to Celebrate!

Altona turns 125 this year. Check out this webpage for information about how to celebrate with us! https://altona.ca/home/altona-125/

2020 Waste Collection Calendar Out Now!

The calendar has been sent out, but if you would like to download a digital copy or reference it now, please see it here!

Waste Collection Schedule Changes for December

Due to holiday closures, our waste collection calendar has some changes for the end of December. This includes the next compost collection.

Southeast: Garbage and Recycling Collection on Tuesday December 24th, and Tuesday December 31st. Compost Collection on Monday December 30th.

Southwest: Recycling Collection on Tuesday December 24th, Garbage Collection on Friday December 27th, Compost Collection Tuesday December 31st, Garbage and Recycling Collection Thursday January 2nd, 2020.

Northwest: Garbage and Recycling Collection Friday December 27th, and Thursday December 2nd. Compost Collection Thursday January 2nd, 2020.

Northeast: Garbage and Recycling Collection on Friday December 27th, Garbage, Compost and Recycling Collection on Friday January 3rd, 2020.

Christmas Tree Pick-Up: Monday, January 13th, 2020.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Have you been hearing about the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program that recently launched in Altona/Rhineland? Curious about what it means for our community?

Join us for a brief presentation, followed by more in-depth conversation about this economic immigration program – coffee is on us!

Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at 7 pm at the Rhineland Pioneer Centre.

All Altona and Rhineland residents are welcome!

Post-Storm Clean-Up

The Town of Altona Public Works Department has been working hard to clear the streets after the storm that rolled through this weekend. This week, they plan to continue clearing streets, and will also clean up downed branches from boulevard trees.

If you have fallen branches on your yard, you may either drop them off at the landfill for free during regular hours, or the compost site after hours. If you are unable to haul the branches to landfill or compost yourself, please place them neatly on the boulevard as soon as possible to be hauled by Public Works as they work their way through town.

Landfill hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Lifted

On October 8th, 2019 a precautionary boil water advisory was called for homes on Westwood Crescent, Westwood Drive, and Sunflower Crescent, due to distribution depressurization.

As of October 11th, 2019 at 3:15 pm, we have officially received the tests back and can now lift this precautionary boil water advisory. You may now resume regular water usage.

Thank you.

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Issued

Due to a major sewer main repair, the Town of Altona Public Works were forced to shut off water to homes along 4th St SW; including Elmwood School and homes on Westwood Crescent, Westwood Drive, and Sunflower Crescent. Redwood Bay is not affected as previously advised.
Distribution depressurization can compromise the safety of the water supply; therefore, a precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for those homes starting Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 to ensure public health protection.
According to the Office of Drinking Water, all water used for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before it is used for:

  • Drinking and ice-making
  • Preparing beverages, such as infant formula
  • Preparing food, including washing fruits and vegetables
  • Brushing teeth

It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes, such as laundry or washing dishes. Adults and older children that are able to avoid swallowing the water can wash, bathe, or shower. Young children should be sponge bathed. If boiling is not practical, an alternate and safe supply of water should be used for consumptive purposes; i.e. bottled water.

To avoid burn injuries from hot water, caution should be taken. Please keep young children away from boiling water, and place kettles and pots away from counter and stove edges.
Please share this information with other people who use the tap water in this area.

The Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until the water supplied by this water system is proven to not present a risk to public health. Residents are asked to consult our website or Facebook page for more information.

To learn more about boil water advisories, and fact sheets on water use, see the below links.
https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/water/drinking-water/index.htmlhttps://gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/water.html