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Approving spending in Rhineland Municipality

ALTONA - 

Bids were accepted, work was ordered and money was spent at the Municipality of Rhineland meeting on Sept. 23.
A new look
Council was informed that the Plum Coulee Museum Committee received a $10,000 grant from the provincial government for a harvest mural on the west ramp, signage for the interpretive centre, a highway sign and the repair/replacement of both big doors at the current museum site. Council voted to approve the work.
More money for sports
The Plum Coulee Minor Sports Association is applying for a grant from Sport Manitoba to improve the baseball diamonds at the Plum Coulee Park, and council gave their stamp of approval, passing a motion to support the grant application and to authorize the committee to complete the required work.
Want to buy a town office?
Since the former Town of Gretna office located at 612-7th St. is no longer required, CAO Mike Rempel was authorized to find out what the value is.
Economic growth
Councillor Mark Ratzlaff, CDO Susan Stein and CAO Mike Rempel were appointed to a new committee that along with Town of Altona residents, will explore a new direction in economic development for the region. Reeve Don Wiebe was appointed as an alternate.
Booze approval
Rhineland council voted to support the application of Flavors of Mexico in Plum Coulee as they apply for a liquor licence.
Planting trees
Funding from a TD Friends of the Environment Program for tree planting will flow through the municipal books. Council gave their support after the Rosetown Pathway Committee made the application to pay for the planting of 16 cottonwood trees that were lost during the construction of the pathway.
Donations and support
Rhineland council also approved a $200 donation to the 9th annual Progressive Safety Day in Altona next spring, $500 for CancerCare Manitoba in memory of former reeve Jake Schroeder, $300 to purchase a table at the 2nd annual RRBC South Chapter barbecue dinner fundraiser Oct. 7 in Morris, and $600 to allow four council members to attend the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation banquet in Morden, Oct. 16.

Not your average tire
A whopping $16,475.40 was approved to replace six grader tires. That’s $2,745.90 per tire.
Buying gravel
Four companies bid on the right to provide a $1 million gravel supply contract for the Building Canada Priority Grain Roads Rehabilitation project. The winning bid belonged to Lavallee Gravel Inc. who offered $16.90 per tonne. Three other bids ranged from $17.75 to $22 per tonne.
LUD wants to shop local
The LUD of Plum Coulee would like to see their banking come home.
They asked the Municipality of Rhineland to transfer the banking to the Plum Coulee branch of the Access Credit Union. Council will arrange a meeting with Access CEO Larry Davie to discuss.
The LUD of Plum Coulee also requested more service for citizens. They would like the Plum Coulee Office open five days a week to better serve their residents. Council committed to discuss at a future meeting.