The four toughest challenges for the Rural Municipality of Piney this year led to four of their most notable highlights.

In May, the RM first publicized its issues with CN Rail, a company that operates dozens of crossings across the region. Among other things, Council accused the railway giant of causing thousands of dollars of damage to roadways during routine maintenance without offering compensation. To their surprise, that complaint was met with humility and recompense.

“We have definitely improved communications with them, so that is a real bonus for us,” notes Chief Administrative Officer Martin Van Osch.

s inaccessible to Piney residents.

“The closure was a challenge, but people have adapted and it proved to be an opportunity as well,” states the reeve. “With the closure, our local merchants have stepped up and they are doing a lot more than they used to do because there is more demand.”