Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dunnottar Ratepayers Association

 

 

 Welcome to the Dunnottar Ratepayers Association website


 

On April 20 2016, Mr. Frank McKinnon passed away. 

Frank was an active and dedicated member of the

Dunnottar Ratepayers Association Executive. 

He will be sadly missed. 

We send our condolences to the McKinnon family.

Ed Strauman,
President, Dunnottar Ratepayers Association


DUNNOTTAR RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

PRESIDENT'S UPDATE APRIL 12, 2016

I was recently contacted by a couple looking for a cottage lot at Sunset Beach, just north of the Grand Beach area. They were in shock at the sewer and related fees forwarded to them. The fees are as follows:

1. A required fee of $12,500.00 to pay for a low-pressure sewer system.

2.
An option to amortize the $12,500.00 sewer fee over 20 years at $871.07 per year, making the actual cost of sewer fees $17,421.00 per lot.
  
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING FEES:

3.
A $1,500.00 Municipal Permit Fee required by the RM for trenching and hydro connection to on-lot septic pump.


4. The Permit Fee DOES NOT COVER trenching costs, electrical costs, on-lot septic pump costs or on-lot septic tank costs or any other electrical, hydro connection or like fees.

Do not let the pro-sewer lobby in Dunnottar continually downplay the true cost of sewers. The couple I spoke to at Sunset Beach said they were told that $25,000.00 to $30,000.00 were the expected sewer costs if they bought the lot and built a cottage. This couple have now suspended their cottage earch in the Sunset Beach area partly due to these high sewer costs.

Yours Truly,



Ed Strauman,

President, Dunnottar Ratepayers Association


DUNNOTTAR RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENT'S UPDATE APRIL 2016


The Dunnottar Ratepayers Association has been made aware of a Winnipeg based development group showing interest in pursuing multi-family housing options from Gimli to Matlock.
The DRA has also learned the Dunnottar pro-sewer lobbyists are pursuing a “MANDATORY” sewer designation for Dunnottar. What this means, is there will be no options to fight the installation of a sewer system as the Province will simply rubber stamp the sewer installation with no public input. We assume the designation of Dunnottar's current pump-out system as a public utility by the Public Utility Board last March is a precursor to having the Province declare sewers mandatory for Dunnottar.
Remember, it was only last Spring that Dunnottar residents were blind-sided by the Public Utility Board ruling that Dunnottar was instituting a flat rate for sewage pick-up. The PUB hearing held last June in Dunnottar was held after the PUB made the decision. Ironically, the PUB told Dunnottar officials to do a better job of informing the public.
On November 27, 2015 I was invited by Mayor Gamble to a “COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS MEETING”. Supposedly, this committee was formed to save municipal operating funds and reduce environmental impacts in the area. With the meeting being only a few minutes old, a permanent resident also asked by Mayor Gamble to attend the meeting, stood up and said Dunnottar needs sewers.
It is obvious that the result of the July 2012 sewer referendum means nothing to those who want to pursue sewers at any cost in Dunnottar. Remember, sewers are needed to allow development in Dunnottar. Is this what people want for the pristine park-like setting of Dunnottar?
I have recently been contacted by other Ratepayer Associations saying they have concerns about sewer costs and development in their areas. In talking to Ratepayers in West St. Paul and St. Malo, Manitoba, I was given figures between $20,000.00 to $30,000.00 for sewer installation costs.

Ed Strauman,
President, Dunnottar Ratepayers Association

We, at the DRA, are committed to keep Dunnottar residents informed on local issues.


 

PUB_letter.pdf  [67.48K]



Referendum Results - July 2012

 Referendum Question   Yes  No
"Do you support the installation of a low pressure
sewer system as proposed by the Village of
Dunnottar Borrowing By-Law No. 891/12"
  377   901
 29.5%  70.5%

With the conclusion of the by-election and referendum, the Dunnottar Ratepayers Association kindly requests residents remove the red and white signs from their property.  Removal of signs will help restore community harmony and enable everyone to enjoy a well deserved summer. 


  

 

June 2, 2012 - The Public Hearing that Never Was 

 2012-06-02-CancellationNotice_01_Thmb.jpg On May 25, 2012 Mayor and Council held a 'Special Meeting' to postpone the public hearing scheduled to occur on June 2nd. 

Approximately 150 residents arrived on June 2nd expecting to meet with Mayor and Council to discuss their concerns. 

Residents arriving were disgusted with the lack of respect for their time, effort and money spent to attend the meeting.  Click here to read more.  

 

May 9, 2012  Are You Uncertain About the Low Pressure Sewer?

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Village Council is again pursuing a costly, unnecessary and environmentally unfriendly low pressure sewer system.

If you are uncertain or confused by documents and information Council has provided, we strongly encourage you to spend 25 minutes and watch our informative and objective video.

To watch the video
click here or click anywhere on the image to the left.


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Concerned Ratepayers Ask Mayor and Council Questions
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