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Planning & Infrastructure

The Planning & Infrastructure Department is very similar to what other communities might refer to as their Public Works Department.  The responsibility to the organization is to manage the community infrastructure of Sagamok Anishnawbek.  We oversee the planning and maintenance of the existing and future infrastructure. 

The services we deliver are safe and reliable road systems, fresh, clean, treated water to homes, and safe and accessible public buildings.

Our main offices are located within the Administration Building located at 4007 Espaniel Road.  You can contact any of our staff during regular business hours (9:00 am - 4:30 pm) by calling (705) 865-2421.   

Our Programs and Services

Our Planning & Infrastructure Department is structured into six (6) program areas that deliver services directly to our community members and organization. 

Technical Services

ispIs comprised of four (4) staff members, Director, Public Works Clerk, Project Technologist and Data Systems Clerk. The main duties completed are maintaining annual/project budgets, ensure annual work-plans, 5 year Comprehensive Community Plan and the 20 year Capital Planning Study are reviewed on monthly/annual basis and up-dated as milestones are achieved. Technical Services provides technical support to ensure viable, cost effective and long-term solutions are achieved.

The staff ensure all funding reports are in compliance with all federal/provincial reporting requirements, and all funded tasks are completed and submitted to federal /provincial funding agencies by the required deadlines. Technical Services provides technical advisory services to the departments.

Day-to-day requests for services by our community members are managed by the internet based Service Request Manager (SRM). Requests are reviewed by appropriate staff to ensure that each request is scheduled within the resources of the department. Service Requests are responded to within a 24 hour time frame. The SRM tracks the services provided and provides a statistical analysis that can be reviewed by the department and Chief & Council to review the frequency, prioritization and response time to service hall



Community Infrastructure is a program of the Planning and Infrastructure Department responsible for ensuring that our public buildings, parks and recreation areas are safe places to visit, play and work.  The goal of the Community Infrastructure Department is to plan, organize, control and maintain Sagamok Anishnawbek's public infrastructure. 

The Community Infrastructure Department encompasses the following: custodial services, building systems operations, general maintenance and repairs of band owned public buildings including CMHC homes, parks and recreation areas.  The Community Infrastructure Department manages the following buildings: Administration Building, Community Wellness Department building, Shki-Waase Aaban Binoojinh, Multi-Educational Centre, Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik, Youth and Fitness Centre, Enji Wii Jii Gaabwitaadaying Agaamik, the complex at Fort LaCloche, Saswin, Niigaaniin, and Nogdawindamin.  The soccer field, baseball field, skateboard park and playgrounds are also managed by Community Infrastructure. 

firepitIn support of the Sagamok Anishnawbek's goal to provide quality management, the Community Infrastructure Department strives to improve its' operations, streamline work processes using the Service Request Manager and works cooperatively with other departments to provide quality services.  The Community Infrastructure Department will provide services based on capacity and available resources and where applicable will refer to appropriate technicians and/or contractors (electrical, heating ventilation and air conditioning/HVAC and plumbing). 

To request the services of Community Infrastructure Department, tenants of public buildings and the Housing Department personnel  utilize the Service Request Manager.  All requests are prioritized according to urgency of health and safety risk. 




fire truckFire and Rescue is a program of the Planning and Infrastructure Department responsible for the protection and safety readiness of our community as it relates to fire protection and other emergency services.  Fire Rescue has two divisions that work collaboratively to offer quality fire protection and safety services, as well as Emergency First Response services to our community.

Fire Rescue responds to all 911 calls concerning requests for immediate fire protection services as well as emergency medical services.  Sagamok Fire and Rescue is first on the scene and works closely with other community partners, like the Anishinabek Police Services (APS).  Fire and Rescue also provides referral services for victims and patients

Because safety is important to every community, the Sagamok Fire Department maintains a high visibility in the Sagamok community.  Our Fire and Emergency Services personnel engage the Sagamok community providing education and information on fire prevention and safety, as well as participating in all community and organizational functions. 

Fire and Rescue is managed and coordinated through our Fire Chief, Bruce Southwind, who is complimented by a volunteer-based fire protection team who respond to fires in our community and a volunteer-based First Response team who are first to respond to all types of community emergencies. 

Want to report an emergency?  Call 9-1-1.  If you need immediate assistance - whether it be for a medical or safety issue requiring the police or fire department - always call 9-1-1 immediately.  If it is a medical emergency or a fire, Sagamok Fire and Rescue services will be triggered and we will respond. 

roads truckRoads is a program of the Planning and Infrastructure Department responsible for managing our community's extensive roads systems.  At present, the department maintains 30 kms of roads comprised of 10 kms of gravel and 20 kms of hard surfaced roads.  In the winter, our Roads staff provide snow plowing, sanding and salting services to make sure our roads are safe for users.  When there is no snow, our Roads staff grade and provide dust control to our gravel roads and bushing along roadways to improve driving visibility and safety from falling branches. Roads also monitors water drainage in the community - especially around road systems - and they are responsible for clearing and digging ditches, as well as installing and repairing culverts.  At all times of the year, they fix washouts and potholes as needed, maintain streetlights, remove litter and maintain and install road signs.

Want to request a service from Roads?  Use our Service Request Manager (SRM) or call our Administrative Assistant at (705) 865-2421 ext. 254.

Payment is required prior to the start of any SRM/work order.

There are a lot of potholes within the community, due to our current weather conditions.  Please drive with caution and slow down when our crew is out repairing these potholes!

Portal to Planning & Infrastructure Department  Services: Service Request Manager

Gaining access to the Service Request Manager (SRM) is simple!  

Just login (here) or click the tab (above) to access the SRM digital portal.  Our easy-to-use account setup and user friendly format ensures that you will be able to submit a request for service quickly and with no hassle. The SRM will generate a work order to be approved and once approved, you will be sent a confirmation through your account of the work orders' approval and expectations on when and how the request will be met.  If your work order request hasn't been approved, you will also be sent a message through your SRM account identifying the reasons for the request's decline.  Login today to submit your service request!

Community members can also request services by calling or visiting the  Planning & Infrastructure office located at the administration building and speak with Laura Assinewe, Data Systems Clerk.  She can enter your request on-the-spot and let you know what to expect in terms of when you will hear back on the status of your request. 

You may also contact Laura to book the Enji Wii Ji Gaabwitaadaying Agaamik (new hall) 5507 Star Road or the Multi-Education Centre, 4008 Espaniel St., or the Fort LaCloche Building & Grounds (closed for the winter).

Water Department is a program of the Planning and Infrastructure Department responsible for making sure that Sagamok community has access to a clean, safe supply of drinking water to their homes.  Sagamok's Water Distribution System supplies water to 392 homes and 20 band buildings that are serviced by three wells within two pump-houses (Half-way Pump-house and Toulouse Pump-house). The distribution system has an elevated storage tank that has the capacity to store 90,000 liters.  It is currently classified as groundwater supplied with a Sodium Hypochlorite disinfection feed system.  Halfway pump-house is located on Pump house road which currently operates off two wells and Toulouse pump-house is located off Fort LaCloche road and currently operates off one well.  Hydrants are set up for flushing purposes and fire protection when needed. 

The water plant is monitored and recorded by one level 1 licensed operator and 1 operator trainee on a daily basis.  Daily water sampling and lab work is done on site to monitor turbidity, pH, temperature, free chlorine and total chlorine within the distribution system.  Weekly bacteriological and E.coli sampling (Colilert) is conducted within the distribution system and are sent to an accredited lab and also recorded.  Sagamok Anishnawbek water monitoring program has an agreement with Health Canada to consult and collect quarterly samples of our drinking water.  Ms. Lisa Vincent, Regional Environmental Health Officer is helpful in guiding our work here in Sagamok.  The water treatment plant ensures the following: the community has safe drinking water, monitor and test water daily, log and report any adverse water conditions, flushing program, install new waterlines, replace and repair broken waterlines, update all training requirements for licenses, report to Director of planning & Infrastructure, liaise with health Canada, operators on call 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Do you need to report an issue with the water coming into your home or business location?  Use our Service Request Manager or call Laura Assinewe, Data Systems Clerk at (705) 865-2421 ext. 260


truckWaste Management is a program of the Planning and Infrastructure Department responsible for overseeing how waste is managed in the Sagamok community.  Waste Management directly manages the Sagamok landfill site, providing operational and maintenance functions that will ensure the long-term safe and effective use of the existing landfill site. 

Waste Management delivers curbside pickup of household garbage on Thursdays, there is a two bag limit and must not exceed 22 kilograms (40 lbs.) per bag. Household recycling pickup is every Tuesday, recyclable materials accepted are:

Corrugated Cardboard-please flatten the cardboard box prior to placing out for collection.

Box Board-cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc., please remove insert and flatten box.

Paper and Paper Products-office paper, junk mail, news paper, etc.

Tin/Steel Cans-please rinse cans, ensure no food residue on/in container before placing in the blue bin.

Aluminum Cans-soda cans, cat/dog food cans, please rinse any food residue before placing in blue bin.   

Plastics-water bottles, soda bottles, detergent containers, bleach containers, milk jugs, any plastic bottle or container with the resin code # 1 and # 2.  Please rinse containers before placing in blue bin.

Plastic Bags-place all plastic bags into one bag before putting into blue bin.

Landfill Hours of Operation

Monday - Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

***Please note that use of the Sagamok landfill is restricted to residents of the Sagamok community

There are designated areas at the landfill for household hazardous waste and construction waste.  When there is enough hazardous waste, it will be delivered to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot in Espanola for proper disposal.  There are separate areas for cement based materials, lumber, asphalt shingles, metals, and fiberglass insulation (which must be double bagged) before disposing at the landfill.  If any building materials can be re-used, it is recommended that they be placed in a separate area at the landfill.  Interested persons can  collect any reusable construction materials that are put aside.


Contact Us

Technical Services

Gary W. Toulouse, Director of Planning & Infrastructure, ext. 243

Kimberly Toulouse, Public Works Clerk, ext. 239

Laura Assinewe, Data Systems Clerk, ext. 260

Joe Trudeau, Project Technologist, ext. 261 

Community Infrastructure

Sadie Southwind, Community Infrastructure Department Manager, ext. 251

Dan Owl,  General Maintenance Worker/OBT   

Eric Toulouse, General Maintenance Worker    


Mark Eshkakogan, Senior Water Operator   

Kayla Abitong, Water/Waste Technician    


Merlin Abitong, Road Supervisor    

Melissa Poitras, Administrative Assistant   ext. 254 

Maurice Abitong,  Road Maintenance Worker   

Kyle Abitong, Heavy Equipment Operator    

Waste Management

Ezra Owl,  Waste Management Coordinator, ext. 284


Bruce Southwind, Fire Chief, ext. 211

Kayla Scott, Fire Assistant


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