Public Water System Notice

The Town of Altona Public Utilities department has completed the emergency repairs and upgrades to our North End water distribution pumphouse, and pumping operations have now returned to normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Spring Clean-Up 2021

Giveaway Weekend

May 29-30, 2021
Curbside

Items that you no longer need can find a new home with Giveaway Weekend!

Place your gently used items at the curb for other members of the community to pick up for their use, and head out to see what items you can pick up as well!

While “shopping” the curbs, be sure to maintain physical distancing, and the other fundamentals to protect yourself and your neighbours.

Please note, you are responsible for cleaning up any items left behind on your boulevard at the end of this event. 

Drop Off Waste Loop

June 1-4, 2021
9 am – 8 pm
Millennium Exhibition Centre Parking Lot

Are you doing some spring cleaning? Come on by the Millennium Exhibition Centre parking lot from June 1 – 4, 9 am – 8 pm to drop off waste in this pop-up waste loop. Our team will be on hand to help direct you to the appropriate bins and drop off zones.

Drop Off Zones:

  • Scrap Metal
  • Wood
  • Household waste
  • Mattresses, Box Springs & Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Tires

Tip: For convenient unloading, load your vehicle in the opposite order!

Did you know? You can visit the Waste Diversion Loop at the landfill any time of year for free disposal of scrap metal, mattresses, appliances, tires, propane tanks, large batteries, used oil and more.

Branch Pick-Up

June 4, 2021
Curbside

Place your branches in a neat stack, parallel to the curb on the boulevard so that they can be collected by our Public Works team using a loader with forks on June 4th, 2021.

Remember, all other yard waste can be placed out for regular weekly compost collection!

Public Water System Notice

Beginning on Monday, April 19th 2021, the Town of Altona Public Utilities department will be performing emergency repairs and upgrades to our North End water distribution pumphouse.

During the repairs, most residents will not notice anything more than slightly reduced pressure and will not need to make any changes to their daily routine; however, some residents may experience discoloured water in their homes. Discoloured water occurs when the direction of flow is reversed in a water system.

We recommend that you do not use discoloured water for any purposes that require clean water, such as for drinking, preparing food and beverages, or laundry. Discoloured water may contain metals (e.g. manganese) that can have health effects if consumed in large amounts or over an extended period of time. In addition, discoloured water does not taste, smell or look pleasant, and it can stain clothes.

To check if discoloured water has passed:

  • Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. It is best to use a bathtub tap as there is no screen to trap any sediment. You can collect this water and use it to water your plants. Do not use a hot water tap because it could draw sediment into your hot water tank.
  • Catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, turn off the tap, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn’t last long. If your water still isn’t clear after two to three hours, contact our office at 204-324-6439

Given the scope of work, we plan for project completion on Friday, April 30, 2021. Once the project is complete, water samples will be sent in to the lab for analysis with intention to resume normal operation when we receive results back. A second notice will be sent out once the work is complete, informing that pumping operations have returned to normal.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this emergency repair.

Clint Derksen, Public Works Manager
Clint.Derksen@altona.ca
204-324-6439

Update from Southern Health-Santé Sud on Local Health Services

On April 1, 2021, we received the following letter addressed to residents of Altona and the surrounding area.

We encourage you to read the letter thoroughly to learn more about Southern Health’s plans to serve your health-care needs.

Statement from Council:

The Town of Altona Council continues to be extremely disappointed with the service disruptions to the Altona Memorial Health Center ER.  Emergency health care services is a critical need for our growing community and for the larger region surrounding it.  We are pleased that for the extent of the disruption a 9am to 9pm Urgent Care Center will be operating within the ER facility, and urge Southern Health RHA to do whatever possible to hire more Nurses in Altona so the ER can resume full 24/7 ER services as soon as possible.  We thank the Altona Memorial Health Center Staff, Nurses, Doctors, Manitoba Nurses Union, Doctors Manitoba, and Altona Clinic for working rapidly with Southern Health-Santé Sud RHA to establish an Urgent Care Centre in the interim.  We continue to urge Southern Health to increase Ambulance Service and waive ambulance fees for the duration of the ER disruption to ensure residents have full access to rapid care in all medical emergency situations.  We invite all residents to participate in the upcoming Southern Health virtual Town Hall and refer to the Southern Health letter in your mailboxes for accurate information about how to access Emergency Health Care Services in the coming time.

Virtual Town Hall:

Southern Health-Santé Sud has scheduled a virtual town hall meeting for Monday, April 12 at 7 pm to provide more information and respond to questions.

If you are interested in attending the virtual town hall, please follow the below link to register: https://ca01web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__t7d1WwET7uiDgW84dr6fA

Once you are registered, a link with the details on how to join the town hall will be emailed to your inbox. A call-in phone number will also be provided for those residents without Internet access to call and listen.

Altona Responds to Announcement of Temporary ER Closure

Altona, MB. March 25, 2021:
“Town of Altona Council shares the real concern and deep disappointment of residents at the announcement of the temporary change in operation of our Emergency Room. The community in Altona and in the surrounding area relies on the timely availability of health care in our region. We also support and appreciate the health care professionals who care for our loved ones daily.  The circumstances currently affecting our ER need addressing, and we acknowledge the steps being implemented by Southern Health-Santé Sud to continue to provide critical care service for the interim, as well as their responsiveness to community concern. While we are encouraged by the hard work that has been invested by all parties in reaching a temporary solution, we will also hold Southern Health accountable to their expressed goal of returning to full 24-7 ER service in a timely manner. Council will continue to advocate with that focus, and to keep residents aware of the progress towards that goal,” said Mayor Al Friesen.

The Town of Altona Administration will work with Southern Health-Santé Sud to coordinate a virtual town hall in the coming weeks to address the community’s questions and concerns.

Dr. S.S. Toni Scholarship for 2021

The Altona & District Health Care Board is inviting applications of the 2021 Dr. S. S. Toni Scholarship Awards from residents within the boundaries of the Municipality of Rhineland and the Rural Municipality of Montcalm including the Towns of Altona, Gretna, Plum Coulee and St. Jean, who are pursuing a health-related career.

Applications are available at the Municipality of Rhineland Administration office, the Rhineland website at www.rmofrhineland.com or the Town of Altona website at www.altona.ca

Deadline for applications is May 14, 2021

Please forward your application to:
Dr. Toni Scholarship Fund
Attention: Michael Rempel
Box 270
Altona, Manitoba
R0G 0B0

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Rempel at 204-324-5357 or by email michael.rempel@rhinelandmb.ca

Annual Public Notice: Additions to the Voters List and/or Personal Security Protection Requests

Did you recently move to Altona, turn 18, or become a Canadian citizen? See the below information to make sure that you are on the voter’s list!

2021 Financial Plan

Download the below Financial Plan to read more about this year’s budget. If you have questions, or would like to learn more, join us on March 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm for a virtual public hearing which will feature a presentation of the budget and Q&A period. Your input is valuable and important.

Chamber of Commerce: State of the Community Address

On March 11, 2021, Mayor Friesen gave an address at the Annual General Meeting of the Altona and District Chamber of Commerce. The video is below, and focused on looking back at 2020, and forward to 2021.

Millennium Exhibition Centre Walking Track Re-Opens

Altona, MB. February 18, 2021:

Altona residents can take their walking indoors, as the Millennium Exhibition Centre Walking Track is set to re-open on February 19, 2021.

With the recent public health order announcements, the team has been hard at work to find a safe way to offer an option for residents to get moving, indoors. This effort has led to the re-opening of the Millennium Exhibition Centre Walking Track for use by all residents. Access to the track will be available free of charge at this time. Any current track pass holders are encouraged to contact the Recreation Office at 204-324-9005 to discuss options.

“As a regular user of the MEC indoor track, I know full well, how Altona residents of all ages and all fitness levels, rely on the track for our winter exercise…..especially when it’s -30 degrees,” said Mayor Al Friesen. “I have full confidence we will support the public health requirements in order to once again enjoy one of our normal winter activities  And as we continue to strive to lower our active covid case count, more re-openings are on the way.”

The track is available for use from 7 am until 5 pm on weekdays, and those wishing to use it are required to pre-register by calling 204-324-9005. When booking a time slot, individuals will be required to provide contact tracing information, and be advised that they must complete the COVID-19 Screening Tool prior to entering the building. Time slots are limited to one hour, and no more than 12 people are permitted to use the track at a time. Physical distancing is required at all times, and masks must be worn at all times. Touch points within the track are sanitized by the Recreation Team three times daily.

In addition to re-opening the track for use, the public washroom facility at the Buffalo Creek Nature Park is now open. This facility will be available from 8 am – 9 pm daily, and due to current public health orders, must only be used for washroom access. Masks must be worn in this facility at all times.

The Millennium Exhibition Centre ice surface (Sunflower Gardens Arena) will not re-open this season. This decision was not taken lightly, and came after hearing from local user groups, and other rural communities. The Recreation team will remove the ice, and continue to explore options to safely offer that indoor space for community use within public health guidelines.

“Our council shares the community’s disappointment about not re-opening the Sunflower Gardens. We had held off pulling the plug as long as possible in the hope that even though the Maroons, Altona Minor Hockey and the Figure Skating Club had cancelled their seasons, we could ultimately use the ice surface for public skating and other community access. Unfortunately the current restrictions, which remain in effect into March, did not allow us to make that happen.  We do know that our outdoor ice surfaces will be fun options with the return of mild weather.” said Mayor Al Friesen.

As for the great outdoors, there are six outdoor skating surfaces, a tobogganing hill and toboggan slide, along with cleared trails and groomed cross country ski trails available for the communities use, thanks to the combined efforts of our Recreation team, and community volunteers. Residents of Altona are invited to continue enjoying this outdoor space.