Business View Magazine November-December 2018

248 249 AT A GLANCE RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF ST. ANDREWS, MANITOBA WHAT: Historic Rural Municipality on the West Red River WHERE: Minutes north of Winnipeg, Manitoba WEBSITE: GONE FISHING! B ordered by the major Manitoba cities of Winnipeg to the south and Selkirk to the north, the Rural Municipality of St. An- drews is a charming mix of small historic communities that embrace country and cottage living. Tourism is a major economic driver, thanks to a bevy of renowned heritage sites and inherent natural beauty, along with world-class Catfish and Walleye fishing opportunities in the Red River, Lake Winnipeg, and regional creeks. Incorporated on Valentine’s day, way back in 1880, today, the Rural Mu- nicipality of St. Andrews is a model of responsible gov- ernance, with a population just shy of 12,000 spread throughout the constituent communities of Clandeboye, Dunnottar, Little Britain, Lockport, St. Andrews, Net- ley, Oak Hammock, Parkdale, Parkview, Petersfield, and Winnipeg Beach. Adjoining municipalities include Selkirk, Armstrong, East St. Paul, Gimli, Rockwood, St. Clements, and West St. Paul. The Municipal leadership of St. Andrews has embodied four key principles over the last decade, which the current Council continues to advance. Those priorities are: dedication to fiscal respon- sibility; commitment to maintaining tax levels; commitment to improved service delivery and environmental stewardship; and cultivation of strategic partnerships to assist the above com- mitments. In 2014, Council started its term with approximately $4.5 million in reserves. At the end of its term, Council has approximately the same reserves remaining, while accomplishing several