The RM Office will be closed on Monday, September 7th, 2020.
COTW Meeting Rescheduled
The Committee of the Whole Meeting on September 2, 2020 has been postponed until Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 1:30pm in the Council Chambers.
Board of Revision
Reminder that if you requested to appeal your assessment, the Board of Revision will be meeting on September 15, 2020 at 10:00am in the Council Chambers.
2021 Community Club Grant Deadlines
Recreation Grant – Due by September 30th, 2020
Large Grant – Due by October 31st, 2020
Cultural & identity Grant – Due by October 31st, 2020
Events Grant – Due by January 10th, 2021For application forms, visit our website or come by the office.
Drainage along Public Property
In accordance to By-Law No. 95/2013, the Drainage By-Law, no obstructions along ditches or drainage is acceptable. As per Section 3 in the Drainage By-Law, if any person deposits or puts into a drain or drainage area any soil, stones, refuse, waste, brush, trees, or other matter whatsoever, the RM may require that person to remove the debris, and if the person fails to do so, the RM, at the expense of the person in default, may remove the debris.
No person is to deepen, widen, alter, or divert a drain. The RM may require that person to return said drain to its pervious state, and if the person fails to do so, the RM may, at the expense of the person in default, return the municipal drain to its previous state.
If anyone tampers with control gates by opening or closing them, they will be liable for penalties. Only the RM shall have the authority to open and/or close culvert gates or to cut municipal roads to control the flow of water. To view By-Law 95/2013, visit our website or call the office for more details.
Fall Hunting Lease By-Law No. 123/2017
The RM of Piney would like to remind everyone that you can purchase a Fall Hunting Lease that will allow you to hunt on RM land from September 1st to November 30th, 2020.
Leases are for hunting purposes only, recreational use will not be allowed. No permanent structures may be erected on RM land; only temporary structures will be allowed and must be removed before the end of the lease. No trees are to be removed and no trails are to be made on RM land. Vehicles are only permitted on land during the retrieval of harvested game.
The cost of a Fall Hunting Lease is $500.00 for one (1) permit that allows up to five (5) individuals permission to access one parcel of RM land during one regular season.
For full details on By-Law No. 123/2017, visit our website at:
Property Tax Payments
The RM has a Tax Payments Policy is in place for paying your tax bill online, in person, over the phone, or by mail:
Online payments can be done if you bank with a Credit Union or Caisse bank. Each roll number must be entered separately when doing online payments. If you pay one large sum to one roll number, that payment will ONLY be applied to that roll number.
When mailing in a cheque, please provide the tax bill stub from the bottom of your tax bill. If you own more than one property, include each stub from each bill.
If paying in person, the RM office accepts cash, cheque, debit, or credit card payments. We strongly encourage mailing in or calling in tax payments to help minimize your attendance at the RM office.
Credit card payments can be received over the phone. Let us know your roll number(s) and the amount you want on your account. At this time, the 2% fee on all credit card transactions has been waived.
All receipts are mailed and/or given to you at the time of payment.Please notify the RM if your address has changed.
Public Meetings & RM Office
The RM is still concerned of the safety of all so we strongly suggest attending public meetings via internet and minimizing your attendance at the office.
Tax payments can be made by mailing in a cheque, through online banking, or over the phone with credit card. Building permits, approach applications, and land offers, can all be done over the phone or by using our drop box in the front of our office. If you do need to come into the office, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer provided and respect the rule of one (1) household in the office at a time.
All public meetings held by the RM are accessible via computer, tablet, smartphone or by using your phone, through GoToMeeting invites. If you wish to attend an upcoming meeting please contact the RM Office and specify which meeting(s) you would like to attend.
Over the next year, the RM of Piney will be developing a plan to improve active living within our communities. This plan will guide the future development of walking, bicycling, cross country skiing, and physical activity within the municipality, promoting healthy and vibrant communities. A number of open houses are planned for early 2021; hope to see all those interested at these open houses. Your input is key in a successful plan.
Transportation Services Plan
The RM is looking forward to your input on developing a sustainable transportation services plan. Information is provided in the newsletter outlining how you can be involved and provide input. We look forward to your comments.
Upgraded RM Website
The RM of Piney website will soon have a new look. Over the past few months, staff has worked on improving the appearance and usability of the RM of Piney website. Key improvements include meeting new accessibility standards, improved search options, a modernized appearance, and a general clean-up of outdated material. The new website will undergo testing in September and October, with an anticipated launch before the New Year. Stay tuned for the much anticipated improvements.
The RM is working with neighbouring communities to work on how to resolve our recycling issue collectively. More information on this progress will be included in our October Newsletter.
Residents of the RM of Piney are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough, not sharing items, and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physically distance, then wear a mask. We kept a COVID-free Municipality during the first wave, let’s see if we can do it again during the second!
The province urges you that unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing immediately on the onset of symptoms.
As many have seen online or advertised around the region, Sunrise Corner has been working on our economic development strategic planning process. Through this process we’ve been asked to clarify the role and purpose of Sunrise Corner. Is it an actual physical place? Is it just tourism? Is it more than that? What does economic development mean for our communities?
Sunrise Corner is both the geographic area covered by the Rural Municipalities of Piney and Stuartburn as well as the economic development office that was formed through a partnership of the two RM’s. The initiative started with Sunrise Corner Tourism in 2016 encouraging visitors to our beautiful corner of Manitoba. In 2019, the councils of both RMs realized the need to expand the focus, so they formed the Piney Stuartburn Economic Development District. This bold step resulted in the addition of a full-time economic development manager to spearhead development from several perspectives. In addition to tourism, we are focusing on other sectors that will contribute to building sustainable communities: helping new businesses launch and existing businesses expand, growing jobs through our abundant natural resources and agricultural sector, and working towards solutions for big picture issues like housing for seniors, families, workers and tourist accommodations.
The Piney Stuartburn Economic Development District board of directors, which is the guiding force behind Sunrise Corner, will be meeting in mid-September to review the results of the recent online surveys and in-person focus groups. From there we will develop a strategic plan to determine priorities. It will take more than just the board to make this vision a reality so we’ll be sharing the plan with residents. Everyone has a role to play, whether it’s supporting local businesses, volunteering time for a community fundraiser, starting a new business to pursue your passion, or mentoring young people to help them launch their future right here in Sunrise Corner.
So, what is Sunrise Corner Economic Development? Simply put, it’s our made-in-the-southeast solution to improving the economic well-being and quality of life in our communities by creating jobs and supporting or growing incomes. And, above all, it’s about the balance between building sustainable communities and maintaining the wonderful rural quality of life we all love.