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County is in good financial shape
As of the end of the year the county was in good financial shape.
At the last council meeting KPMG representative Mark deBlois presented the financial audit for 2016.
He said the net financial assets are $60.2 million which leaves the county in a situation where it is able to have funds to continue projects or to look at other projects.
“You’re in a good financial position,” he said.  Full Story >
County to begin writing code of conduct
Wanting to take advantage of the councillors’ experience, administration will begin to develop a code of conduct as required under the Modernized Municipal Government Act (MMGA).
The municipal election will take place in October.
“I think we should start it now in case there is a large number of changes in the council,” said Division 10 councillor Lionel Juss.
Director of corporate services for the county, Layne Johnson said he will use other municipal codes as a template.  Full Story >
Fire in EID yard
Tilley and Brooks firefighters were called to a grass fire in an Eastern Irrigation District yard site east of the Rolling Hills highway. The fire was caused by a torch at about 3:10 p.m. last Tuesday.
“Dispatch confirmed this was an accidental grass fire started from a welder’s spark,” said Tilley fire chief Patrick Fabian.  Full Story >
New Blood show educates, entertains BJHS students
Reconciliation and residential schools were front and centre for Brooks Junior High students Wednesday.
The student body learned about both through a play and dance performance called New Blood.
New Blood tells the history of the last 100 years of the Blackfoot people through dance.
It was performed by Strathmore High School drama students, Blackfoot performers and students and graduates of the Rosebud School of Fine Arts.  Full Story >
Newsletter for irrigators draws criticism from board members
Eastern Irrigation District board member George Murray presented a newsletter for distribution to the region’s irrigators at Tuesday’s special meeting.
A lack of transparency and selling EID land were two concerns raised by irrigators at last month’s annual general meeting.
“I feel it addresses all the issues brought up at the AGM,” Murray said of the four page Spring newsletter.
Some board members said the timing is bad because of the April 25 election but outgoing board chair Floyd George said there are no incumbents running.  Full Story >
Parking at JBS Canada Centre is still an issue
Council committee members appear to favor diagonal parking at the JBS Canada Centre.
CAO Alan Martens said parking was something the city would discuss once the project was complete.
Handicap parking in the lot was put in temporarily until the city knew exactly what it was going to do with the parking lot, said Martens.
He said the city still has issues on the street with half tons still parking there and there is a question of whether something different will be done with the lines in the parking lot.  Full Story >
Province grants $50,000 to city to help stimulate region’s economy
The City of Brooks representing the city-county joint services committee received $50,000 in matching Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) grants from the provincial government.
The two 50-50 grants will be used to help communities create jobs and diversify local economies.
The first plan is to open a business incubator. The city received $25,000 of the requested $30,000.
An additional $5,000 will be put into the program through economic development. The funds will help businesses gain a foothold on the business community to help them make the leap into a commercial space.  Full Story >
Uplands students enjoy working on school projects
Uplands School grade five students put together a variety of projects for the second annual Heritage Fair held last Wednesday.
Gracie McColl chose the history of the fur trade for her project.
She added on to a previous social studies project and ended up with a fort containing a fur trading post, blacksmith shop, long houses and a river running by the fort.  Full Story >
County to begin writing code of conduct 

Province grants $50,000 to city to help stimulate region’s economy 

Parking at JBS Canada Centre is still an issue 

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