RM of St. Clements – the place to be W

Roberta Anderson, RM of St. Clements

hy have so many people moved to the RM of St. Clements in the past two decades? • A slower pace and tranquility of rural life

on larger-sized lots; • An easy commute on good highways to the City of

Selkirk or downtown Winnipeg (between 18 km and 36 km from the southern part of the RM); • Cottage country near Gull Lake and along Lake

Winnipeg featuring hills, trees, trails, ample wildlife and lots of water; • Land for farms –both large, and; • A perfect home for small businesses with a local

market of 30,000+ and support from the RM’s Economic Development Officer to help get started. Based on the 2016 Statistics Canada Census, compared

to other municipalities in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and western Canada, the RM of St. Clements is noteworthy for: • Strong retail trade and shopping convenience with-

out congestion; • Proximity to regional hospital, which is brand new

and state-of-the-art; • Ample schools; • A variety of food services; • A high level of apprenticeships and tradespersons; • Low housing prices, and; • Low cost of rental accommodations. Te municipality is governed by six elected councillors

and an elected mayor and has an annual budget of about $10 million. Te municipality employs 47 permanent and seasonal staff. Public Participation

Te RM of St. Clements cares about its residents and

believes people affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. In fact, the RM of St. Clements has won two national awards for public engagement, the most recent being an Honour- able Mention for the IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) 2018 Core Values Organization of the Year Award. Council opened their 2015-18 Strategic Plan, the

document that guides all decisions for the term, with this statement: “A model for effective municipal leadership: from fiscal

transparency to fair taxation to responsiveness to commu- nity concerns, the RM is committed to building long-term trust with residents and exceeding citizen’s expectations for effective, accountable governance. Goal: a commitment to enhanced communication and

consultation regarding day to day activities and long-term projects and developments.” Because of public consultation, the municipality

makes better decisions that reflect the interests and concerns of those affected.

• • • What have we been up to the past four years?

• Communications: Te municipality hired an in-house communications person to help fulfill their commitment to enhanced communication and consultation. To date, the RM now has over 2100 residents on its email list, over 1500 ‘likes’ on its very active Facebook page, had 26,000 new users on its mobile-friendly website this year and published 4 newsletters through multiple channels in 2018.

• Recreation: Te municipality has just hired a new Recreation Manager to plan programming for residents throughout the RM and to help guide development of the new South St. Clements Activity Centre, which will be a year-round community hub featuring a lake, trails, fitness facilities and a place to visit with neighbours.

• Economic Development: Te RM of St. Clements is open for business and hired an Economic Development Officer (EDO) in 2017 to help with business promotion and development for all businesses of all sizes. Te EDO also works with special interest groups in the RM and promotes tourism.

• Environmental Sustainability:

Curbside Garbage and Recycling Pickup: after a long public consultation, on July 1, 2018, the RM began curbside pickup to over 1600 residents in the southern, more densely-populated part of the municipality.

Water Protection: the municipality is committed to protecting their waterways which drain into Lake Winnipeg by implementing piped water/sewer systems and rigorously-monitored sewage lagoons, intelligent drainage, and zebra mussel prevention in Gull Lake.

Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) Reduction: the municipality worked with Eco West to create a GHG emissions inventory, reduction target and a local ac- tion plan. Curbside pickup is part of this plan, as well as support of GoManitoba, a ride sharing program.

• • • Play in the RM of St. Clements • Parks, a reserve and a marsh: Four popular provin-

cial parks are in or adjacent to the RM, including Birds Hill Provinical Park which is home to the internationally renowned annual Winnipeg Folk Festival and Grand Beach Provincial Park which is home to one of Canada’s top ten beaches.

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Left to right: RM of St. Clements CAO DJ Sigmundson, Mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn, Communications Manager Roberta Anderson receiving the 2018 IAP2 Core Values Organization of the Year Honourable Mention.

Te RM is also home to the 1240 hectare Brokenhead

Wetland Ecological Reserve which features a very high diversity of plant species including 23 provincially rare and uncommon plants and Netley-Libau Marsh, one of the largest freshwater coastal wetlands in Canada.

• Trails: A multitude of multi-use trails run through the

RM. Te TransCanada trail winds through the entire RM and connects with the Duff Roblin Trail system that runs along the unique Manitoba Floodway. Te new provincial Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail is a 3.6 km return floating boardwalk interpreted from an Indigenous per- spective and translated in Ojibway and English.

• Sports and recreation: Residents have access region-

ally to a huge selection of recreational activities from archery to Zumba. Grand Marais, in the northern end of the RM, has a

curling rink an award-winning museum, a playground, picnic sites, a memorial garden, and trailer park. Legacy Park in East Selkirk is home to a busy arena, trail system, baseball diamonds and soccer pitches and is also home of the 50-year-old Manitoba Highland Gathering every June.

• Water: Since the entire west side of the RM is flanked

by water - the Red River and Lake Winnipeg – it is no wonder that fishing (including ice-fishing), boating, ca- noeing and kayaking are popular pastimes. In fact, the Red River is an international fishing destination to catch master angler catfish and greenback pickerel.

• History: Te RM of St. Clements is located in the

RM of St. Clements fast facts

• Founded in 1884 • Member of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

• Population of about 11,000 permanent and 4000 seasonal residents

• One of the largest municipalities in Manitoba with over 500 square kilometres

• Is long and narrow, stretching north/south with the whole west side flanked by the Red River and Lake Winnipeg

• Is located on Treaty One territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation.

heart of early non-Indigenous settlement in Manitoba dating from the fur trade era. Te Red River was always a main thoroughfare for Indigenous people and later for explorers and settlers. Te RM has a very active heritage committee that has developed many interesting projects over the years, including a comprehensive website, com- memorative signs, a series of historic geocaches, and much more.

Autumn 2018

Mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn (back row, 2nd from left) at neighbouring Brokenhead Ojibway Nation 2018 Treaty Days.

2018 RM of St. Clements Council in front of a drawing of the proposed South St. Clements Activity Centre (left to right): Councillor Gerry Drobot, Councillor David Sutherland, Councillor Robert Belanger, Mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn, MLA Dr. Alan Lagimodiere, Councillor Glen Basorowich, Councillor Ray Frey and Councillor Ken Thomas.

“When I drive down the streets and see the garbage and

recycling carts I feel proud – like our municipality is finally moving forward and progressing.”

-Resident’s comment

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