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BIM donates $37,500 to rec centre upgrade
Brooks Industrial Metals presented $37,500 to the City of Brooks for upgrades at Lakeside Leisure Centre.
The funds will be used to sponsor the second floor viewing area between the curling rink and fieldhouse, signage, various materials and in-kind work.
BIM owner John Duenk said the donations allow everybody in the community to enjoy the facility.
“We’ve been in this community for 50 years and it’s a way to give back to the community,” said Duenk.
“We are ecstatic to have a local company sponsor this area of our new building,” said Randi McPhillips, the city’s recreation supervisor.  Full Story >
City MPC approves two 22-unit buildings
The city’s Municipal Planning Commission has approved a development permit for two 22-unit adult only apartment complexes in the Meadowlake area on the east side of Brooks.
“We’re well versed in what we’re doing. Right now we’re just exploring here in Brooks. This piece of property backs onto the ravine, has some good views and is in a nice neighbourhood so we think there is a good potential for phase one and potentially phase two at some point,” project manager Josh Remai of Span West, which is constructing the buildings, told MPC members.  Full Story >
EID to consider expansion
For the second time in about 14 years the Eastern Irrigation District board is contemplating opening up more of their land to irrigation.
At the EID board meeting on Tuesday representatives from the provincial government reviewed the expansion process.
“It takes longer than probably what you would expect,” said Jennifer Nitschelm, director with the basin water management section of agriculture and forestry who attended the meeting with Jollin Charest, a manager in the same department.
The expansion could take more than two years. The computer modelling to determine risks cannot be started for a few months as other districts are working with the government on expansion.
“The last number of months we’ve had quite a bit of interest and we actually have a number of projects on the go. We’re tapped out right now in terms of having the ability to take on a new project,” she said.
Not only are other districts looking at expanding but their expansion could affect any EID application.
“For example, when we looked at expansion for the SMRID (St. Mary River Irrigation District) we also looked at TID (Taber Irrigation District) expansion because they’re on the same system,” said Nitschelm.
She did advise the board to make other districts on the Bow River system aware they are considering expansion.  Full Story >
Fees change for irrigators, board pay unchanged
The Eastern Irrigation District board approved increasing the 2017 mileage rate while keeping the status quo on board remuneration.
On Tuesday the board agreed to keep its meeting rate at $457 for a full day and $228.50 for half a day.
The board was presented with proposed increases to $462 for a full day and $231 for a half day, however, it was not discussed during the meeting.  Full Story >
Few services affected in city tax reduction
The City of Brooks will reduce taxes by 1.68 per cent in 2017.
Brooks mayor Barry Morishita said city council recognized that 2016 was a tough economic year for ratepayers and mandated expenses being trimmed.
“Service levels were not to be decreased unless it made sense to do so and had minimal impact,” he said.
Council did agree to a couple of recreation cuts, deferring projects, moving forward with projects and refusing some staff wish list items.  Full Story >
Makar ranked 10th by NHL Central Scouting
Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar (Calgary, AB) has been ranked 10th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in the agency’s midterm rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft released last Wednesday.
It’s the highest ranking for Makar on the season and highest for any player in the history of the Brooks Bandits.
Makar was previously rated an “A” prospect, indicating a potential first-round draft pick. He is the second-highest ranked defenceman among North American skaters.  Full Story >
Transfers OK under revised EID policy
The Eastern Irrigation District board made numerous changes to the Lake Newell Reservoir Land Use policy, allowing transfers but continuing to disallow sports activities.
The changes were discussed behind closed doors on Tuesday.
Following the meeting EID general manager Ivan Friesen said the changes were
“a little bit of housekeeping.”
Under the revised policy lessees are allowed to transfer licences and agreements for docks and boat lifts, however, the district must be notified of the upcoming transfer and the transferee’s contact information.
The original policy was a pilot project and was to allow the board to investigate different avenues to eventually disallow docks and boat lifts.   Full Story >
EID to consider expansion 

Makar ranked 10th by NHL Central Scouting 

Few services affected in city tax reduction 

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