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City drafting medical marijuana legislation
City officials are requesting amendments to Brooks’ land use bylaw to address the potential of medical marijuana production and retail facilities being allowed to operate in the city. Coun. Barry Morishita said he didn’t want to see the city caught without legislation.
“Dispensaries are popping up. I don’t know how they are but since they are, we should be ready for them and their potential application in Brooks,” he said.  Full Story >
City street improvements are now set for 2015
City street improvements have been set, tendered, bid upon and decided by city council.
The city will be using Brooks Asphalt and Aggregate as they were the lowest bidder.
“The street improvement budget for 2015 is $1 million,” said manager of works and utilities Don Saari.
The budget for Cassils Road improvements, a multi-year improvement project, sits at $1.47 million. Crews expect to start this week.   Full Story >
Council shoots down pair of tax waiver requests

Two residents looking for tax breaks from the City of Brooks last week didn’t get them.
Manager of finance Shelley Thomas said most tax complaints or cases involve the amount of taxes residents are responsible for paying.
“Staff is usually able to explain to a satisfactory level our process in determining taxes and the legislation we follow,” she said.  Full Story >
New technology breaths new life into old power lines
FortisAlberta is giving new life to 8.4 kilometres of 1970s installed underground power lines in Brooks by injecting them with a silicone-based liquid.
“We’re putting a compound inside to increase the reliability of the system and to get its insulation value back up,” said Stephen Ricalton, a journeyman power line technician with Fortis.
The silicon injection is made into one end of a power line and forced through to the other end with 277 psi (pounds per square inch) of carbon dioxide.  Full Story >
Over $200,000 raised last year for Brooks Health Foundation
Brooks family physician Dr. Ziets Hendriks told funders of the Brooks and District Health Foundation through their donations life saving items have been purchased for the hospital.
“The equipment from the foundation definitely makes a difference in people’s lives,” Dr. Hendriks told attendees during the May 6 event.  Full Story >
Resident urges county to extend repayment of local improvement tax
Connie Waddle of Scandia urged county council to spread out the re-payment of local improvement taxes beyond the 10 year life expectancy.
Waddle made the request during the county’s annual general meeting on May 7 that was held at Cassils Community Hall.  Full Story >
Workers rally at Sunrise Gardens
AgeCare workers at Sunrise Gardens in Brooks, now members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) have made progress on their first collective agreement. However, an Alberta Labour Relations Board mediator has been requested to continue discussions.
“The employer is doing everything to sour the negotiations including unilaterally cancelling bargaining dates, denying access to the facilities to meet with our members and refusing to negotiate compensation,” stated AUPE vice-president Carrie-Lynn Rusznak in a news release.  Full Story >
Workers rally at Sunrise Gardens 

Over $200,000 raised last year for Brooks Health Foundation 

Resident urges county to extend repayment of local improvement tax 

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