Neighbours looking out for neighbours

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As we continue to battle this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with the spring melt fast approaching let’s revisit a couple of small things that can improve how neighbours look out for neighbours. 
Let’s start with sump pit drainage systems, because this seems to be a common matter every winter season related to icy sidewalks.  It’s important to make sure your sump pump discharge hose is in the right place to avoid violating the current city bylaw.
Place the hose so that the water from your sump pump drains away from your house, preferably onto a grassy area or non-paved surface, and is absorbed on your property.
Please do not place the hose so that water from your sump pump drains onto neighbouring properties, onto lanes or streets, onto sidewalks, onto boulevards, or into the floor drain in your home. To help prepare your basement for the spring melt please visit winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/sewage/backup.stm
There is a chance we may still see some more snow. Let this be an end-of-season reminder that residents aren’t supposed to place snow onto a city right-of-way. It is important to keep curbs clear so run off will occur. If you have seen this happening, please contact 311.
Another question that occasionally posed to my office involves serious private property disputes between neighbours. 
What should you do when you are not able to discuss the issue directly with your neighbours?  
You can contact Mediation Services at 204-925-3410 and/or a lawyer to answer any legal questions you may have regarding private property disputes.
To help our community stay informed on major changes in Transcona that require a hearing, I have also recently added a public hearings tab to my website (shawnnason.ca/public-hearings) where residents can view any upcoming hearings. 
Should you want to discuss this or other items of concern please call  204-986-8087 or email snason@winnipeg.ca

As we continue to battle this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with the spring melt fast approaching let’s revisit a couple of small things that can improve how neighbours look out for neighbours. 

Let’s start with sump pit drainage systems, because this seems to be a common matter every winter season related to icy sidewalks.  It’s important to make sure your sump pump discharge hose is in the right place to avoid violating the current city bylaw.

Place the hose so that the water from your sump pump drains away from your house, preferably onto a grassy area or non-paved surface, and is absorbed on your property.

Please do not place the hose so that water from your sump pump drains onto neighbouring properties, onto lanes or streets, onto sidewalks, onto boulevards, or into the floor drain in your home. To help prepare your basement for the spring melt please visit winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/sewage/backup.stm

There is a chance we may still see some more snow. Let this be an end-of-season reminder that residents aren’t supposed to place snow onto a city right-of-way. It is important to keep curbs clear so run off will occur. If you have seen this happening, please contact 311.

Another question that occasionally posed to my office involves serious private property disputes between neighbours. 

What should you do when you are not able to discuss the issue directly with your neighbours?  

You can contact Mediation Services at 204-925-3410 and/or a lawyer to answer any legal questions you may have regarding private property disputes.

To help our community stay informed on major changes in Transcona that require a hearing, I have also recently added a public hearings tab to my website (shawnnason.ca/public-hearings) where residents can view any upcoming hearings. 

Should you want to discuss this or other items of concern please call  204-986-8087 or email snason@winnipeg.ca

Shawn Nason

Shawn Nason
Transcona ward report

Shawn Nason is the city councillor for Transcona ward.

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