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City matches $10,000 CRC donation from JMH & Co.
The City of Brooks has matched a $10,000 donation that was made on Friday by the local chartered accountant firm JMH & Co. for the Community Response Committee.
Jeff Benson, a partner with the firm said the company was looking for a way to give back to the community.
“We think it’s important to invest in the community where we can whether that’s volunteering or in this case, we were able to do a cash donation.  Full Story >
City mayor makes it official: ‘I am running again’
City of Brooks mayor Barry Morishita officially confirmed he will seek his first full term in office.
“I am running again,” the mayor told Brooks Rotary Club members last Thursday.
Morishita earned about 63 per cent of the votes during the city’s by-election in January 2016.
The 50-year-old said while he was campaigning residents told him they were unaware what was happening in the city regarding how their tax dollars are spent.  Full Story >
District-wide school nutrition program being developed
A new program is being developed to provide healthy foods to children in all schools throughout the region.
Tentatively called Food For Thought, the committee in charge of the program combines the expertise of school staff, Brooks Food Bank, city officials, churches and service groups.
Based on the annual $23,000 budget or $10 per student that is used by the Grasslands Innovation’s Wellness program, the new organization believes $15 based on 5,000 students would be better as it would take in the increase in food prices.  Full Story >
Meetings to discuss election boundaries underway
The Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission began their constituency meetings yesterday and are working to redraw and/or rename the 87 electoral boundaries.
Every eight to 10 years the province redraws its boundaries with a shift in 2010 from 82 to 87 based on population. There will be no increase in the number of constituencies this time around, however, the redrawing of boundaries does mean there are chances of a community split which was proposed during the last commission in 2010 for the Strathmore-Brooks constituency based on the population of 44,900. That proposal was taken off the table when 180 letters against the change were received by the commission.  Full Story >
Parking an issue for Faire
For the seventh consecutive year the Medieval Faire will be held at the old rodeo grounds on 7th Street, however, visitors may have a longer walk to reach the site.
City staff will present options to city council to address the parking congestion on 7th Street that is caused by faire-goers in August.
Lisa Tiffin, manager of shared services, said once the changes are decided they will become part of special event permit.  Full Story >
Peace officers to target Class 7 and GDL 5 drivers
Representatives of Alberta Transportation and Brooks Community Peace Officers are working on an education and enforcement program to ensure those holding a Class 7 or a GDL Class 5 licence understand the regulations and rules of the road.
Officer Peter Thompson told city councillors last Tuesday traffic safety consultants learned there is a problem with Class 7 drivers in Alberta and particularly in the Brooks region.  Full Story >
Peace officers to target Class 7 and GDL 5 drivers 

District-wide school nutrition program being developed 

Meetings to discuss election boundaries underway 

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