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City clean-up July 28, judges’ banquet July 30
There aren’t as many teams registered to help clean Brooks in the Communities in Bloom celebrity clean-up on July 28 as there were the first year.
The first celebrity community clean-up in 2008 attracted over 400 people.
So far the estimate is 75 but Jackie Murray, local Communities in Bloom treasurer, is not concerned.
“Sometimes a loss is a win. If we’re losing people it’s because we haven’t got the terrible litter we used to have,” she said.
She and fellow committee member Gail Anderson, had some difficulties finding areas that needed to be cleaned.  Full Story >
County supports Legion’s quest for hall funding
For the first time in the 90-plus years the Brooks Royal Canadian Legion has turned to the community for financial assistance.
The Legion wants to convert the old shuffleboard rinks into a 27 x 90 foot community hall that would hold 150 to 200 people.
The Legion wants to have the $30,000 in renovations finished by September.
In May the Legion covered the rinks and rented out the space for garage sales as a way to show its members a hall is needed more than a shuffleboard.
Terry Riles, general manager of the Legion, told county councillors recently he would gladly accept any of the costs associated with the project adding that he is also seeking business support.
“We’ve never taken on a project like this before and needed to ask for help,” he said.  Full Story >
MPC has concerns about AHS application
Members of the Brooks municipal planning commission want to see more information about an application for a six bay EMS garage planned for construction on Brooks Hospital lands.
MPC members cited parking, building layout and loss of trees as items for concern in the Alberta Health Services application, made by McKay Hlavacek Architects earlier this month.
Supervisor of planning and development Rebecca Taylor said eleven parking stalls would be lost along Third Street East with the existing plan.
“The landscaped area in front of the former nursing home wing would be removed completely,” she said.   Full Story >
Strike vote is last option for UFCW Local 401
The first contract negotiations between JBS Food Canada and UFCW Local 401, which represents workers at the Brooks plant, are moving forward but the sides have yet to reach a deal.
“They are ongoing and have been very positive to date,” said Cameron Bruett, head of JBS USA’s corporate communications.
“We expect a timely resolution in the very near future.”
Although a strike vote is the last option, the union hasn’t set it aside.
“We’ve had many, many discussions. The company is very aware of what our position is and what they need to come back with to avoid it (strike),” said Bill Bennett, union representative.
“They seem to have taken it to heart after their last meeting ’cause they responded and that’s why we’re going back to the table,” said Bennett.  Full Story >
MPC has concerns about AHS application 

Strike vote is last option for UFCW Local 401 

County supports Legion’s quest for hall funding 

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