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Brooks Food Bank to be expanded by 1,900 sq. ft.
The south side of the Community Culture Centre will be expanded with regional enhancement funds from the county to make more space for the Brooks Food Bank.
Last Thursday council matched the city’s contribution of $70,000 for the 1,900 square foot expansion to the food bank. There will be $25,000 included for an improved HVAC system which will put air conditioning in the old part of the building and heat in the new part.
Elected officials toured the food bank recently so they had an idea of some of the problems that are faced in the small space.  Full Story >
Cassils residents not giving up solar farm fight
Last Tuesday about 50 residents, most of them angry, repeatedly told representatives of the Solar Krafte Cassils solar project to move their $35 million project to another section of land and add power lines to reach the grid.
Solar Krafte hosted their second open house for a proposed 22.5 megawatt facility power plant on 160 acres of leased private land. It is one of about eight Solar Krafte projects under the Prairie Sunlight banner. The company will also propose a much larger project on 2,800 acres of land that will include over four million panels. Those discussions and land negotiations are in the early stages.  Full Story >
City council adopts pay increase policy
For the first time since 2014 it appears city council will take a raise.
Last Monday all except councillor Norm Gerestein voted to “accept and adopt” the 2017 Citizen’s Committee report on council remuneration.
This calls for a 1.35 per cent increase in the mayor and councillor base pay plus some changes to per diems paid for attending meetings. The resulting policy on salaries that was later passed unanimously will come into effect Nov. 1.  Full Story >
County transfers regional water assets to NRSC
County council agreed to transfer its regional water assets to Newell Regional Services Corporation for close to $3 million.
The County will receive $2,986,058.12 in preferred shares as a result of the transfer which represents its contribution to the project.
“This was a massive project. I think it’s one of the things our region can boast about,” said finance manager Matt Fenske.  Full Story >
Fall’s first storm brings out the good in people
A semi-truck which jackknifed on Highway 1 between noon and 1 p.m. last Tuesday started a Domino effect that resulted in motorists being stranded during the season’s fall storm.
While emergency crews and a large tow truck responded to the truck that blocked the westbound lanes on the highway the wind was blowing the snow.
Brooks RCMP Cpl. Neil Bailey said by the time the semi was uprighted snow drifts had formed between vehicles which had been stopped in the westbound lanes between the Tilley and Rolling Hills highways.
Bailey said as some vehicles were taken out of drifts it was becoming more difficult as the wind picked up and the visibility decreased.  Full Story >
Newell Recycling to hold 25th birthday
Newell Recycling is celebrating their 25th anniversary on Oct. 14 and everyone is invited to the depot on Veiner Road.
Hot dogs and cake will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
While bringing items for recycling to the event is encouraged, Ray Juska, manager of the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, said people typically don’t anymore.  Full Story >
NRSC remains financially strong as it enters year eight
The Newell Regional Services Corporation (NRSC) remains in strong shape as it enters its eighth year of existence.
The organization held its annual general meeting on Sept. 21 with shareholders and water corporation staff members.
“There were no curve balls,” said Brian Rollag, the corporation’s administration manager.
In the chairman’s report Clarence Amulung said, “The board continues to function well and is a prime example of what can be accomplished by working together with themselves as well as with management and staff for the benefit of all residents in the member municipalities.”  Full Story >
City council adopts pay increase policy 

NRSC remains financially strong as it enters year eight 

Newell Recycling to hold 25th birthday 

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