The department consists of water and sewer services, fire protection,
community buildings and road access maintenance. The department is
overseen by the Executive Director and field operations by Interim
Public Works Supervisor: Ray Mckay
The community buildings section looks after the operation and maintenance of all Cross Lake Band buildings - Administraion Building, Policing/Crisis Building, Communications Building, Fire Hall/Garage and the Band Hall.
The fire protection program is managed by a full time Fire Chief - Ray McKay - and is assisted by a volunteer Deputy Fire Chief - Johnston Garrioch - overseeing a number of volunteer firefighters who all have level one firefighting practices. The department has one fire truck with all the necessary firefighting equipment required for structural, grass, brush, forest fire suppression and for vehicle accidents. They also provide fire prevention to organizations requesting the service especially to the schools.
The water and sewer services is a twofold system; water delivery/sewer pumpout system is privatized with five delivery contractors and five sewer pump out contractors. Each contractor has a number of homes to service each week and divides into daily schedules according to family size and demand.
Water Truck Driver Operators:
Sewer Truck Driver Operators:
The other system is the piped system with two water treatment plants, one sewer treatment plant and one aerated lagoon. The island water treatment plant (Natimek) is operated by two full time operators - John James McKay and Lawrence McLeod and one part time operator - Purvis Ross. These operators also oversee the lagoon situated on the island.
The mainland water treatment plant (Saggitawak) is operated by two full time operators - Jack Blacksmith and Larry Blacksmith - and the sewer treatment plant is manned by 3 full time operators - Irvin Scatch.
All the operators of both systems are trained and certified both in level one and two; water treatment/distribution and wastewater treatment.
All operators follow the safe water standards and monitor the water on a daily basis to ensure the public have safe drinking water.
Water Quality - Wilfred Richard monitors the water quality throughout the community by taking samples from homes, offices, businesses and health centers and keeps records which are sent to the Environment Health Office in Thompson, Manitoba.
Mechanics service all Band vehicles. They are stationed in the fire hall/garage. In total, the department has approximately twelve staff and ten contractors to deliver the services provided to the public.