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Business license amendment
City council made small changes to their business license bylaw to address issues of businesses cancelling a license after a penalty has been issued and then re-applying for the business in the same calendar year.
“They would do this after the penalty has been removed,” said manager of administration Amy Rommens.
The new bylaw notes that after a business has been closed for a full year, the business is required to apply as a new business and pay applicable new businesses fees instead of renewal.  Full Story >
Byelection sees 2,436 voters come out
Returning officer and deputy CAO Amanda Peterson spoke Monday about the recent Brooks byelection and the work that goes on behind the scenes of replacing a mayor and council position at city hall.
“In addition to a deputy returning officer, sixteen election workers were hired for the byelection and all were used during the general polls while four worked the institutional polls. Six election workers worked during the advanced polls while another team of two worked the incapacitated vote,” said Peterson.
A total of 12 counters also assisted in the ballot counting process in a voluntary capacity.   Full Story >
Cabin owner upset over proposed changes to dock, boat lift policy
Eastern Irrigation District board members are changing the rules for private docks and boat lifts at Lake Newell and this is not sitting well with current landowners, cabin owners and lessees on the lake.
Glen Ravnsborg, who has been a cabin owner at Kinbrook Island since 1977, said he’s never seen the side of the EID board members he now sees.
He said he’s always been impressed with the EID’s attitude towards public use of the lake and the water.
“But this seems kind of like a reverse of long term policy,” he said.  Full Story >
City wins eighth in a row financial award
For the eighth consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has praised the City of Brooks for its Annual Financial Report. Brooks is the recipient of the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting and has been awarded a plaque in recognition for excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting in 2014.
Financial reporting program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. The award emphasizes practical, documented work that offers leadership to the profession and promotes improved public finance. The award represents a significant accomplishment by our local government and administration.   Full Story >
Fraudulent cheque writers could have been in Brooks
A Calmar-area couple who was arrested in Vegreville on Feb. 1 for passing over 40 fake cheques in the province could be connected to similar incidents in Brooks that occurred in January.
Vegreville RCMP believe the couple passed bad cheques in Vegreville, central Alberta and in towns from Olds to St. Paul and into Two Hills.
“I believe they were only here on Jan. 16,” said Brooks RCMP Cst. Ben Polewski.  Full Story >
Grasslands drafting local Safe and Caring policy
Work is now well underway at the Grasslands School Division on creating a Safe and Caring division-wide policy regarding sexual and gender identity.
“This has certainly been a discussion for a while. We’ve been awaiting the guidelines from the province,” said Asst. Supt Kathleen Jensen Monday.
Under the direction of the board of trustees, Grasslands Schools are expected to be supportive of the new policy  Full Story >
Pedophile ring has Brooks connection
A former teacher with Ecole Ruisseau in Brooks has been charged in Quebec along with 12 others after Quebec and Ontario police busted an online pedophile ring this week.
Several of the men arrested in connection with a pedophile ring worked with children or had prior charges of child pornography. Thirteen men were arrested and charged after Quebec and Ontario police busted an online pedophile ring.  Full Story >
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