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‘Urban/rural divide’ must be faced says Assembly’s Speaker
The Speaker of the Alberta Legislature told a group of about 40 Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce members there is a divide Albertans must face.
“As I sit in the chair I see it. We together must face the urban-rural divide,” said Robert Wanner, the chamber’s keynote speaker at last Thursday’s annual general meeting.
“It’s not healthy for our culture. Not healthy for our families nor for our economy. It’s my view that our province was built through cooperation. Cooperation in various forms from water irrigation districts to grains, etc.”  Full Story >
City businesses to be surveyed until Oct. 15
As part of the economic development program in the city and county, the City of Brooks will be conducting a business survey until Oct. 15.
Economic Development officer Jessica Surgenor discussed the survey during the recent city-county joint services meeting.  Full Story >
Councillor questions county’s security deposit requirement
The county’s Land Use Bylaw committee will debate whether or not a security deposit should be collected for all development projects including moved-in dwellings.
Deposits are sometimes collected from residents who move in older homes that need repairs but more often than not it’s waived.
“Sometimes when we take security it’s the condition of the dwelling,” said Alyce Wickert, the county’s manager of planning and development.  Full Story >
Dialysis fundraiser raises over $10,000
Brooks Health Foundation continues to move closer to making dialysis a reality in the city.
Brooks Industrial Metals Ltd. president John Duenk last Tuesday presented $10,967.55 to the Foundation.
The money was raised during an open house on Sept. 17 to mark the 50th anniversary of the business.
Brooks Industrial Metals Ltd. donated $5,000, $2,877.55 was raised by employees donating their wages for the day, $2,530 came from sales of burgers and hats and $550 from direct donations to “Let’s Make Dialysis a Reality in Brooks.”  Full Story >
New president for Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce
Mike Nordfjeld will lead the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce for the next year.
Nordfjeld was acclaimed to the position at last week’s annual general meeting.
He moves into the position after holding the title of president-elect. He takes over the job from Michelle Gietz, who was forced to leave the executive, as per bylaws, after six years. Sarah Bisbee is the president-elect.
Following the acclamation Nordfjeld thanked Gietz for her service and urged her to return after the mandatory two year hiatus.  Full Story >
Student numbers are up
Grasslands Public Schools should have higher enrollment numbers than the budgeted figure when the Sept. 30 deadline comes.
Sept. 30 is used by Alberta Education to determine funding of school divisions.
Associate superintendent Rhian Schroeder passed on a good news enrollment picture during the board’s last meeting on Sept. 12.
The division is 53 students over the budgeted number. Grasslands is up by 18 students on actual numbers from last year.  Full Story >
Student numbers are up 

Councillor questions county’s security deposit requirement 

‘Urban/rural divide’ must be faced says Assembly’s Speaker 

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