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Bassano walk proves positive
About half of the businesses in Bassano were surveyed last summer in the first town business walk and questions are being developed for a second walk in the spring.
Business walks are a way for elected officials to have one on one discussions with business owners.
Bassano councillor Jackie Peterson told the city-county joint services meeting last Tuesday it’s a way to strengthen the relationship with businesses while learning how they were doing during the poor economic times.  Full Story >
City to permit tournament camping at quad diamonds
Strict rules will continue to be applied to tournament ball players who choose to camp at the quad ball diamonds.
In 2016 both approved and non-approved camping took place at the facility.
“Previous events had allowed teams without city permission to camp in the parking lot and on the surrounding streets causing noise and public alcohol consumption concerns from neighbours,” said Lisa Tiffin, manager of shared services.  Full Story >
EID awards $3.8 million bid for dam
The Eastern Irrigation Board accepted a bid for another phase of work on the emergency spillway at the Bassano Dam during their meeting on Wednesday.
Following an in-camera meeting to discuss the bids, Earl Wilson, special projects manager for the district, told The Bulletin Lethbridge’s Instream Water Control Projects Ltd. won the bid.
He said their tender was approximately $3.787 million.
“The engineer’s estimate for that project was $3,825,000 so it was just slightly under,” said Wilson.
Instream will supply gates, hoists, stop logs and the hoist system for the stop log removal.  Full Story >
MPC says no to 10th liquor store
City Municipal Planning Commission members denied an application for a liquor store at 330 2nd Street West because it would be too close to dwellings and schools.
Last Wednesday the applicant, Aman Gill of Luck Development in Calgary and four other supporters as well as one member of the public spoke in favour.
“This is on a main street backing to an alley, there’s houses and then there’s a school,” said Gill.
He wanted to know how the 150 meter distance is calculated, whether it was by foot, vehicle or as a crow flies.  Full Story >
Prairie Rose Hospice gets joint services support
The Prairie Rose Hospice Society is seeking assistance from elected officials to help build a hospice in Brooks.
At Tuesday’s city-county joint services meeting, hospice society member Doug Levy explained the project and asked for support from elected officials to establish a working committee and help with a needs analysis.
“We would like the city council and County of Newell to consider our concept and plan,” he said.
The society would like to see a facility within Brooks to house between eight and 10 patients but would consider other areas close to the city.
The former women’s shelter which is on the market would be OK but he’s been told it would cost about $600,000 to renovate and someone else has been looking at it.  Full Story >
Singer delivers bullying prevention message
Canadian Country Music Award nominated artist Ryan Laird had Brooks Junior High School students singing and clapping to his songs last Thursday.
Laird, who last spoke a couple of years ago to students at Eastbrook Elementary, brought back his bullying prevention and youth empowerment presentation for students.
This is his fourth year speaking to students across the country.
Brooks is one of 37 stops he will make in Alberta. To date, he has done over 400 performances.  Full Story >
Vast majority at Brooks meeting favour unification
Since Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean gave Albertans a definitive answer about his future saying he would step down as leader and run for leader of a unified party, questions and suggestions at last Wednesday’s “Unity Meeting?” hosted by Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt seemed more pointed.
About 50 people attended last week’s meeting in Brooks with the huge majority indicating their support for a unified conservative government by holding up a yes card.  Full Story >
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