COVID-19 preparedness and the Rural Municipality of Springfield
The health and safety of our community is the highest priority for the Rural Municipality of Springfield. The global emergency around COVID-19 requires all of us to take steps that ensure we are limiting public health risks, and taking steps to prepare.
The safety and health of our employees is a critical step in our preparedness. We are following all directives issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health as it relates to hygiene and steps that reduce the chance for exposure and transmission of COVID-19.
Additional quantities of essential supplies have been purchased, and we are monitoring critical services to ensure we are able to meet the service levels required by our community. Where possible, employees are being provided remote computer access to perform their work. The COVID-19 emergency is being actively monitored by Council, Senior Municipal Staff, and the Emergency Management Program within the Springfield Fire and Rescue Service. We are positioned to take immediate action, if required, to ensure essential services are maintained.
This situation is moving quickly, and this requires daily evaluation of public health advice, the demands on our services, and our available resources. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and we will provide additional updates as events develop. In the interim, please take a moment to review the latest information on COVID-19 at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html
Brock Holowachuk, Emergency Operations Manager – Springfield Fire and Rescue Service
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 204 803 2927
COVID-10 Related Changes at offices and for municipal services
It's an uneasy and trying time in Springfield, as well as across the country as we witness long-standing programs and events canceled, daycare and school closures, massive workforce changes and layoffs, and this new reality of physical distancing. With the world and our day to day constantly evolving, we are presented with novel opportunities for community members to step up and help their fellow neighbors - and for that, Springfield Council would like to thank you! Thank you for buying groceries for neighbors in need, dropping off diapers to their front door, or shoveling their driveways. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe; in keeping your kids off the play structures, skate park and avoiding congregating in large groups, you are helping. Thank you for listening to provincial and federal recommendations about physical distancing, washing your hands and staying home.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate these unprecedented and uncertain times. Decisions we’ve made as a council proceed from recommendations issued at provincial and federal government levels. These are guided by the best available evidence and are rooted in protecting the public.
On behalf of Springfield Council, and staff, THANK YOU!
Below are a few reminders that have been posted on our website or posted on our social media pages.
Municipal Offices will be re-opening to the public on Tuesday, May 19 with reduced hours. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. Please note the Public Works Building closes at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Offices will also be closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. These reduced hours will allow us to ensure spaces are being adequately cleaned and sanitized for both the safety of staff and residents.
Due to COVID-19, several precautionary measures have been implemented in our buildings. You will not be allowed in any municipal building if you have travelled within 14 days, have been directed to self-isolate or self-monitor, or if you are experiencing any flu/cold like symptoms. In these situations you are encouraged to email or phone the applicable office.
On-line payment options are available for tax and utility payments. A drop box is also available at the Municipal Office located at 100 Springfield Centre Drive for during or after office hours. All payments can be mailed to Box 219, Oakbank, Manitoba, R0E 1J0, payable to the RM of Springfield as well. These measures are in place to limit unnecessary foot traffic in public spaces.
All Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings will be held at 1:00 p.m. for the remainder of 2020. To attend in person, please contact the Administration Office to be registered.
Planning Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. To attend in person, please contact Johanne at email@example.com or 204-444-7354.
Administration Office, 100 Springfield Centre Drive – 204-444-3321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Office, 686 Main Street – 204-444-3824
Water and Waste Office, Unit 1 – 27 055 Oakwood Road – 204-444-7359
Public Works Office, Unit 2 – 27 055 Oakwood Road – 204-444-2241
Playgrounds and parks / Community Centres
Parks and playgrounds are open.
Community clubs remain closed, Springfield Public Library is offering curbside pickup.
Community Services Department Programming and Services and Special Event Permits
The Community Services Department is now offering a selection of programs and recreation resources on line. Please visit the Community Services section on the municipal website for further details. Suggestions related to programming, supports or alternative resources are also welcomed; please contact Jessie Chubaty at email@example.com, to provide input. The Service to Seniors office is open and operational. The Springfield Handi-van is operating. Please contact Jessie Chubaty at 204-444-6166, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to book the van.
Animal Control – remains operational.
By-Law Enforcement – remains operational.
Curbside garbage and recycling pickup – remains operational. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 & for the safety of our communities, collection & sorting staff, ensure medical waste like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks & rubber gloves are not included in your recycling bins.
Flood Prevention Management – maintenance and prevention will continue as usual.
Fire Response – remains operational.
Dust control orders must be paid by cheque and be placed in the drop box available at the Administration Office at 100 Springfield Centre Drive or mailed to Box 219, Oakbank, Manitoba, R0E 1J0, accompanied with the application form. All information on the form must be completed or your order may not be processed. Applications will be received up to and including May 18. Marking sticks for placement will be delivered to your location and dropped at the end of the driveway. Call Public Works for more information at 204-444-2241.
Transfer Stations – remain operational. RM staff and residents are asked to follow physical distancing measures.
Water & Wastewater Services – remains operational.
Important reminder regarding disinfectant wipes
Sanitary products and sanitary wipes are not to be disposed (flushed) down the sewer system. These products are to be disposed of in the garbage. Although they may say “flushable” or “septic safe” on the packaging, they are most definitely not flushable or septic safe.
These products will cause damage and blockages to either personal sewer systems (septic systems, holding tanks) and municipal sewer systems
Springfield Food Bank
The Springfield Food Bank is looking for your support during this difficult time. The Food Bank remains open every Saturday morning and will continue to help those in our community who are struggling to put food on the table. Your financial contribution has never been needed more. Cheques can be dropped in the mail slot at the RM of Springfield office or sent to the following address:
Rural Municipality of Springfield
Box 219, 100 Springfield Centre Drive
Please make cheques payable to the RM of Springfield with a note attached asking that the proceeds are directed to the Springfield Food Bank. A receipt will be provided for income tax purposes.
Please visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ for more updates on COVID-19 from the Province of Manitoba.