Equal Access Altona is looking for your feedback!

Altona’s newly formed Accessibility Committee “Equal Access Altona” is looking for input from the community. A short survey regarding barriers that individuals may face in Altona is being rolled out today across Altona.  It can be accessed online through the Town of Altona website, or in person at a variety of places locally. The Town of Altona Civic Centre, Pembina Valley Pharmacy, South Central Regional Library Altona Branch, Blue Sky Opportunities, Katharina Court and the Gardens on Tenth will all have physical copies of this survey available to the public.

The survey has 41 questions, and takes 10-20 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, participants can opt in to be eligible to win one of four prizes, which will be drawn on July 12th, 2019. The prizes will be iPads or equivalent Chamber Bucks.

Barriers are defined as “anything – including physical, architectural, technological or attitudinal, anything that is based on information or communication or anything that is the result of a policy or a practice – that hinders that full and equal participation in society of persons with a physical, mental, intellectual, learning communication or sensory impairment or a functional limitation.”

Here is the link to the online Accessibility Survey

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Voluntary Water Restriction Ended

The Voluntary Water Restriction from Pembina Valley Water Co-op has ended; however, a water reduction is still encouraged. Please continue to be mindful about your water use, and reduce unnecessary usage. See the Pembina Valley Water Co-op website for more info about using water wisely.

Voluntary Water Restriction

A statement from the Pembina Valley Water Cooperative:

With the hot weather in the forecast, Pembina Valley Water Coop is requesting a voluntary water use restriction in order to help conserve water and reduce peak water demands.

Currently the Red River Regional WTP (Letellier) is operating at maximum capacity and the demand is putting a strain on our water supply. PVWC and the municipalities are working together to manage the reservoirs. Currently we are “holding our own”.

What does this mean for you, as an Altona resident? We ask that you refrain from any non-essential water use at this time, which includes filling swimming pools or watering lawns, until such a time that the voluntary water-use restriction has ended. See the document below for some additional tips to reduce water usage.

Using Water Wisely

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergencies can happen when you least expect it, but being informed, building a kit, and making a plan will help keep you and your family safe. Learn more about Emergency Preparedness at the Canadian Government page here: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

The Altona Fire Department is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, May 8th to help you learn how to be prepared, including how to make a 72-Hour Emergency Kit. They will also be giving away two kits!

On Wednesday, May 8th, the Outdoor Warning Siren will have its annual test. The Siren will be activated for four (4) minutes at 1:55 pm as a test to ensure the equipment is working properly.

The Altona Emergency Warning Siren may be activated when Altona is threatened by any hazard. The siren is to alert those individuals outdoors of a possible emergency, and to seek shelter immediately. When the Emergency Warning Siren sounds for longer than 30 seconds, tune into CFAM 950 AM on your radio to find out what the threat is, and how to protect yourself.

Outdoor sirens are an effective method of outdoor notification, however should not be relied upon for early warning for individuals indoors. It is highly recommended for each home and business to have other means to receive warnings and notifications such as emergency all hazard radios, cell phone notifications, and commercial radio broadcasts.

The Emergency Warning Siren will continue to be tested daily at 12:00 noon for a few seconds.

Altona’s Spring Clean Up

Well folks, it’s that time of year again! Spring Clean-Up is upon us here in Altona.

Spring Clean Up Week will be happening May 4th – 9th, starting with the Town-Wide Giveaway Day on Saturday, May 4th.

Altona’s Giveaway Day – Saturday May 4th

Step One:

Gather up any reusable, unwanted items that are taking up space in your home, such as books, toys, furniture, tools, sporting goods, kitchen gadgets, clothing, etc.

Step Two:

Place “FREE” on each item and put them at the curb.

Step Three:

Everyone is invited to cruise the curbs and shop for free!

Step Four:

Remove leftover items from the curb by Sunday or leave them at the curb, in separated piles, to be picked up the following week as part of Spring Clean-up week.

Town of Altona Spring Clean-Up Week

This year, the annual Town of Altona Spring Clean-Up will be held May 6th to 9th.

Monday, May 6th: Southwest corner

Tuesday, May 7th: Northwest corner

Wednesday, May 8th: Northeast corner

Thursday, May 9th: Southeast corner

Please place items at the curb by 7 am on your designated day, sorted into separate bundles or containers, i.e. wood, steel, branches or garbage. Small scraps should be placed in boxes or bags. Mixed loads will not be picked up.

The following items will not be picked up:

  • E-Waste including Microwave ovens, TV’s, Computers, etc. (instead, take directly to Blue Sky Opportunities)
  • Paper, plastics, cans, glass containers, etc. that are normally recycled.
  • Fluorescent light tubes (instead, drop off at Sun Valley Co-op)
  • Grass clippings, leaves and compost material (instead, set out for regular Curbside Compost Service)
  • Appliances that   use   refrigerant   such   as   freezers,   refrigerators   and   air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
  • Household hazardous waste including Antifreeze, Oil Solvents, Large or small propane tanks, pesticide containers/sprayers (full or empty), batteries and paint, paint cans, & painting accessories (paint depot located at Sun Valley Co-op)
  • Any construction material generated by contractors and/or renovations

The Town of Altona Public Works can refuse and/or limit amount picked up. (unsorted, unsanitary, or excessive amounts)

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 204-324-6439

The Town of Altona is now on Facebook!

The Town of Altona has officially launched its social media presence! You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/townofaltona, or on Instagram @townofaltona.

Follow us for updates about initiatives, projects and events in and around Altona!

NE Corner Recycling/Garbage Pick-up Change

Due to the holiday, residents in the Northeast corner will have their recycling picked up on Thursday, April 18th, and garbage and compost will be picked up on Tuesday, April 23rd.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITY!! – AQUATIC CENTRE CONCESSION AVAILABLE!!

We are looking for an organization, group, or individual who wants to dive in to this great opportunity!  The Altona Aquatic Centre needs a concession operator the 2019 summer season – June 8th – September 1st.

For more information, please contact Ron Epp, Recreation Services Manager at

Ph: 204-324-9005 or email at Ron.Epp@altona.ca

Town of Altona Welcomes Sarah Radmore as Community Development Officer

A smiling woman is leaning against a flag pole in front of a building, which reads "Altona Civic Centre"
Photo courtesy of Lori Penner.

Altona resident Sarah Radmore started in the position of Community Development Officer on April 9, 2019. Ms. Radmore was chosen by a selection committee of staff and Council.

“This is my dream job,”  said Sarah. “I’m grateful that I have been selected to join the Town of Altona team, and am looking forward to getting started on community projects and initiatives.”

Sarah Radmore was born and raised in southwestern Ontario, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor. In 2015, Sarah moved to Winnipeg in order to work in the Student Residences department at the University of Manitoba, where she focused on building community, mentoring leaders, and communicating with the student population via social media. Since relocating to Altona in May of 2018, Sarah has been seeking involvement in the community, and will now bring her experience and knowledge of community building and social media marketing to her new role. Among other responsibilities, the Community Development Officer will be developing a communication plan to promote Altona and enhance the Town’s online presence.

“Town Council is enthused about the arrival of Sarah to join and complete our management team,” said Mayor Al Friesen. “The search process allowed us to review and more clearly define the role of Community Development Officer, and we are confident that Sarah’s skills are a good fit with our community and council expectations.”

 

Year-Round Curbside Compost Collection Service

Town of Altona residents can now expect their compostable waste picked up at the curb all year long.  All compostable yard waste and kitchen waste will be accepted.  A green outdoor bin will be provided to each household, as well as a small kitchen pail for collecting food scraps.

We are pleased to announce sponsorship agreements to help offset the costs of the containers with Border Redi Mix Inc. / Derksen Trucking Ltd. in support of the green outdoor bins and with Access Credit Union in support of the kitchen pails. Until the new bins and pails are distributed, we invite you to use your own containers or paper yard waste bags for compost collection.

Starting on April 16th 2019, pick up will occur weekly until early November, at which time pick-up will continue monthly throughout the winter. The pick-up schedule will now run in conjunction with the garbage/recycling schedule (eg. Residents living in the SE corner of town will have compost, garbage & recycling pickup on Tuesdays).

More information regarding the compost program is available here, on the Compost page of the town website.

A group of nine people stand around a large green bin on wheels, which says "Altogether Altona". On top of this bin is a smaller green pail which reads "Access Credit Union".
Lionel Ewbank of Access Credit Union (centre-left), Councillor Siemens (centre-right) and members of the Altona Community Action Network pose with sample kitchen compost pail.
Four people stand with a large green compost bin which says Altogether Altona. Two of the people, a man and a woman, are shaking hands above the bin.
Norma Derksen and Bill Derksen of Border Redi Mix Inc. / Derksen Trucking Ltd (left), and Councillors Siemens and Letkeman (right) pose with sample outdoor compost bin.