The Municipal Office is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open through the lunch hour. There is a black drop off box in front of the office for payments to be left in after hours.
Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month with Planning hearings held on the 2nd Tuesday. During July and August and December, there is only one meeting which is on the 2nd Tuesday. Some meetings may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to conflict with other events or lack of quorum.
4) The municipal website shall facilitate access to the above referenced documents as follows:
Public Works Operations and Waste Disposal
Who do I contact regarding public works issues such as drainage problems, grass cutting, road conditions, dust control, road signage, snow removal etc?
We ask that all inquiries be submitted through our Service Request Form. By submitting your request on-line, it gets assigned a tracking number and gets sent to the Public Works Supt. immediately should it be an emergency situation. Requests will be prioritized as necessary. Please ensure you download the RM App first if you are submitting your request through your phone. All submissions made through a phone must be done through the RM App for it to work. More information can also be found on our Public Works webpage.
What are the hours of the Earl Grey and Clandeboye Waste Disposal Grounds?
Do I have to be a resident to use the Waste Disposal Grounds?
Yes you must be a resident and you must have an RM issued refuse permit to gain access to the sites. If you do not have your refuse permit, access will be denied. If you have lost your permit, a new one can be obtained from the Municipal Office at a replacement cost of $10.
What are the tipping fee amounts for hauling certain items to the waste disposal grounds and what items have fees?
You can find out the tipping fee amounts as well as a listing of what items have charges on this tipping fee information page
. Fees are subject to change from time to time.
Do you have any recycling depots and if so, where are they located?
We currently have 4 recycling depot locations. To find out where they are located and what is accepted, check out our Recycling Depots and Information webpage
. Please ensure that when dropping off recyclables, that no household garbage is included.
Do the Waste Disposal Grounds accept e-Waste (used electronics)?
You can currently take your e-Waste to the Earl Grey Waste Disposal Grounds for recycling.
Does the the RM of St. Andrews compensate residents for damage caused by equipment?
Sod, pavement and trees are sometimes damaged by the RM of St. Andrews snow plowing equipment. If this happens to your property, please report the incident to the Public Works Department at (204) 738-2076. If the damage was caused by RM equipment, staff will go out to the site and assess the damage and determine whether compensation will be provided or not.
I want to put a driveway onto my property, what is required?
A Private Approach permit must be obtained from the RM office which costs $450 ($100 for the permit and $350 for a refundable damage deposit). The $350 damage deposit will be refunded after the culvert has been installed and back-filled, as long as no damage has been done to the road or culvert. The RM will provide the homeowner/builder with the correct culvert size required. Complete details of the installation and permit process can be found in the Private Approach By-Law No. 4313 and Permit Application Form
Snow Clearing Operations
When do snow clearing operations start during a winter storm?
During a winter storm, our Public Works Operators get ready for action, but snow clearing can only begin when conditions are safe for both operators and motorists. Timing can be severely affected by the amount of snow, temperature, high winds and visibility. When there is poor visibility, it becomes a safety hazard as our operators and motorists can't see eachother. Snow clearing operations will only begin when visibility improves and it's safe to do so. It's always better to wait until snow clearing will be effective, even though it's understandable that everyone wishes it could be sooner. High winds are a major factor in the timing of when operators get sent out. When roads drift in and get cleared, they often drift right back in again so waiting for winds to die down is better in these types of situations and more effective.
How long will it take to clear the roads after a snowstorm?
This varies. If there is alot of snow or if the snow is heavy and moist, or if there is a strong wind, it can take longer to move snow and fight drifts. Our goal is always to have the entire municipality plowed within 48 hours after a storm, but sometimes it can take several days to complete the entire snow clearing operation properly. If roads are really heavy with snow and drifted in, operators will often just do one pass at first so that motorists can at least get down the road and once all the roads have received at least one pass, operators will return and do a wider clearing.
Will the municipality send a plow to your road if you call and ask?
The answer is no. Just imagine how much time and money could be spent sending plows off to the route to respond to every plea from a resident or business. The best thing to do is let plows and graders stick to their route. The priority is to clear the municipality's road network as efficiently and quickly as possible, followed by general cleanup.
If you are truly experiencing a medical emergency situation, don't call the municipality, call 911. The municipality follows protocol when dealing with emergency situations. Should there be a need to send assistance to clear your road and get you out, this call is made by emergency responders and the municipality will do its part.
What if I need to get to town and the roads are impassable?
If you have a medical condition or if you have a job where you are required to get to town every day, please plan ahead for unexpected bad weather. Listen to the weather forecast and make your plans accordingly. Most rural residents know that when they choose to live in the country, getting snowed in can happen. Any and all roads can become impassable with extreme weather and it's important to have food, medicines and supplies to last for several days during a bad storm.
For road condition information throughout the Province, you can go to Manitoba 511
Are bus routes plowed first?
Some people think that the schedule is set by bus routes, however, school buses travel on so many miles of roads that it is impossible to assign a priority to one bus route over another. After a significant snowfall, school buses and other types of vehicles may not be able to travel during these times and will also have to wait for plowing to be completed.
Why does the snow plow leave a windrow at the end of my driveway?
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways, but they have limited control over the amount and direction of snow that comes off the plow. When clearing your driveway, try to pile the snow on the right side (standing in your driveway and looking towards the road). This can help reduce the amount of snow that is pushed onto your driveway when a snow plow/grader passes.
Why can't I push snow out onto the road, across the road or into the ditch?
When clearing your driveway and property of snow, ensure that the snow is not pushed, shoveled or blown onto municipal property/roadways
. Piles of snow deposited on the roadway can freeze and form high ice blocks and snow pushed into the ditches can cause drifts which will eventually encroach onto roadways. Damage to equipment can occur and motorists travelling down the roadway could be put in harm's way. In both instances, they create a danger to public safety, municipal equipment and equipment operators and as per By-Law No. 4145
, violation notices could be issued if contravention occurs.
What if I get stuck on a road during a storm?
If travelling along a municipal roadway and you happen to get stuck, you will need to get your vehicle removed as soon as possible. We understand that during a storm it may be difficult, but any parked vehicle will affect snow clearing operations and be a safety hazard should a plow suddenly come upon it while clearing the roadway. Not only do parked or stuck vehicles not allow for proper clearing of snow, they also cause delays and create obstacles and hazards for equipment operators, snow clearing equipment and other motorists and the vehicle may have to be towed.