Residents - South St. Andrews Wastewater Project
 
 
South St. Andrews Sewer Hook-up
Passes Municipal Board Scrutiny
 
Mayor, councillors satisfied with process, look for positives ahead 
 

St. Andrews, MB (Dec. 20, 2017) — A ruling by The Municipal Board of Manitoba in favour of connecting the South St. Andrews Sewer Phase 2 to the existing West St. Paul system has re-energized the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews Council’s positive outlook for the municipality.

The December 15, 2017 report was received by the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews on December 20, 2017 and stated clearly:  “In the Board’s opinion the proposed project is necessary and expedient and should proceed.”

 “We are pleased with The Municipal Board’s diligence in handling these hearings and we are pleased that their ruling confirmed the diligence that we as a council have put forward on behalf of all St. Andrews municipality residents,” said Mayor George Pike. “We appreciate that all residents have the opportunity to participate in these hearings and we are satisfied that people were given the opportunity to participate in the process. The R.M. of St Andrews followed the processes as outlined by The Municipal Act, and now with this ruling, we will move forward together.”

The South St. Andrews Wastewater Project’s Phase 2 Municipal Board Hearings concluded on November 2nd, 2017 after two years of project design and planning. Phase 1 of the project was approved by The Municipal Board March 6th, 2017 and construction followed immediately. The two phases represented more than 16 years of discussions and advancements on the project by previous and existing St. Andrews Rural Municipality Councils with governments, regulatory bodies, residents and stakeholders.

The ruling by The Municipal Board of Manitoba came from the Municipality’s due diligence in assessing options and costs for the residents of St. Andrews. The R.M. is satisfied The Municipal Board process has brought conclusion and served to represent the long history of talks and negotiations, the efficiency of existing infrastructure, the undeniable economics and the bettering of the environment that the ruling supported.

“As this evolved, it became a chance for the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews to modernize, regroup and become a leader in Manitoba,” said Mayor Pike. “That all said, we didn’t just wake up one day and say let’s change for the sake of change and put everyone through 16 years of discussion here. At the time, we were responding to Provincial Legislation in the Red River Corridor. We approached that legislation with transparency, diligence and commitment and I am proud of the extra steps and dedication we all made over the entire process to upgrade our municipality and make it better. The system will address the long-standing issue of leaking fields in the municipality to protect the watershed, our drinking water and our future generations.”

The next steps include project tendering to enable construction. Residents and interested parties are encouraged to read the full Municipal Board Report by clicking on the following link:
 
To read about the highlights from the Municipal Board Presentation made on Nov. 2, 2017 by Mayor Pike addressing the System Costs and Selkirk Servicing Discussion, please click on the following link:
 
Highlights from the Municipal Board Presentation made by Mayor Pike on Nov. 2, 2017 Addressing the System Costs and Selkirk Servicing Discussion
 
 
For a summary of the costs for Phase 2 of the South St. Andrews Wastewater Project, please click on the following link:
 
South St. Andrews Wastewater System - Phase 2 Cost Summary