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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 26, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JUNE 2002 LOCAL GOT A NEWS TIP You can reach us at 5717430 or tollfree 18777865786 Ematl:[email protected] Fornian decision hits Rivers hard BY SHELLEY VIVIAN Brandon Sun A decision by Forman Motors not to rebuild after a winter fire is the latest blow to a community that has lost a string of businesses over the last few The permanent loss of the car dealership will have a devastating impact on predicts town administrator Dennis I think the whole community at heart is going to suffer tremendously over this loss because not only have we lost Forman Motors here just a while we also of course lost our hotel a couple of years Higginson Its just been sort of sliding downhill a little Fire wiped out the dealership Investigators determined it was likely caused by a short in an electrical Brian coowner of Forman says he and partner Don Ramsey have concluded it would be too difficult to rebuild in Rivers without more support from Like other corporations that have left including Cargill and Royal Ford is not intent on maintaining a strong presence in smaller he Carlisle says he and Ramsey are not rebuilding elsewhere and will use the summer to ponder their longrange While no other business is moving into the deal ership lot Carlisle says hes close to wrapping up a deal with a company wanting to open an auto mobile repair shop on another piece of Forman Motors property in He wont give further Rivers is a community of about 40 kilo metres northwest of Across the street from the old Forman Motors dealership in town is a vacant lot where the Rivers Inn once It was also destroyed by fire and never Its a corporate attitude thats tough to Higginson When any business it affects other busi he Forman Motors brought people into Rivers from a wide region of southwestern Its something council really has to sit down and digest and what are we going to do How are we going to get people to our communi ty he Maybe its through recreation or other forms of entertainment for Rivers Mayor Roy Stevenson and Deputy Mayor Lloyd Fehr could not be reached Wayne owner of WayMor Agencies in which sells vehicle expects the effect on his business to be Its really going to impact our business as it will many I think Of people would buy vehicles there and buy Autopac from he Wareham says the number of businesses leaving Rivers is It seems to be happening more and more fre COLJN SUN Len Hiebert wanted to develop his property into a foursuite property from its present but was refused by Council decides variation request too suite for core BY ROD NICKEL Brandon Sun A landlord is cancelling plans to fix up a large house in the core after a government funded a citizens association and Brandon East MLA Drew Caldwell objected to him adding one City council agreed after lengthy rejecting Len Hieberts variation I feel it was a bit of a he But at the same I can see it was the principle of the The principle is a 1999 deci sion to change Brandons zoning bylaw to limit the number of units in lowdensity residential areas of Rosser Supporters of that shift say restricting housing density encourages families to live in the core in owneroccupied If you upzone here and up zone the whole plan is says June president of Rosser Ward Citizens In this sticking to a prin ciple has stopped the landlord from fixing up a house that all agree needs The fourth unit would have made renova tions Hiebert Now hes looking to The Neighbourhood Renewal whose mandate is to revi talize core neighbourhoods and Caldwell stand against Hieberts In a letter to city Caldwell writes that the citys flirtation with allowing an addi tional unit is an insult to citi zens who fought to lower hous ing density in the He takes aim at a city com mittee that recommended The development review committee has virtually declared itself to be the enemy of citizens interested in promoting long term residential stability and res idential neighbourhood renewal in downtown But Rosser ward resident Beverly Hicks says Brandon needs more affordable rental If we keep pushing people who need to where are we pushing them to Jaci Skelton says aboriginal people arrive for classes in Brandon and need affordable We have to make sure were not being white only in our deci Council defeated a resolution to allow the fourth unit People are confident to put money into their says Rosser councillor Marion Robinsong Theyre confident that coun cil will stick with the Other areas of Rosser ward are zoned for highdensity hous Homes that had more than four suites prior to 1999 werent required to downsize when the change took FCC thanks growing clientele BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Farm Credit Canada is cele brating its growing Pat district manag says the owned by the federal has seen an increase in its customer base by five to 10 per cent over the last several He was busy shaking hands of current and potential cus tomers at an open house yester For the most part our growth has been pretty consis tent over the last four or five Doohan Farm Credit Canada has a customer base of in Manitoba in the Brandon Doohan credits much of the organizations success to its spe cialized farming Our focus is agriculture COLIN SUN Patrick district manager for Farm Credit smiles during an open house yesterday morning in thats all we do if our cus tomers are then we are The paymentdefer program in 1999 let farmers experiencing flooding problems defer a mort gage We have had a lot of cus tomers come back and do busi ness with instead of going and doing business somewhere else And I think more people are really starting to notice The Victoria Avenue office has been expanded with a board along with three addition al staff positions to accommo date We didnt have a meeting room before but now we do a lot of focus We get our customers to tell us what they Doohan Brandon Mayor Reg at yesterdays open told about 30 people Farm Credit Canada is an important part of local agricul Brandon is very proud to be the hub of agriculture and the FCC plays a big part in It has been in Brandon since its inception in 1959 and holds million in City wants to offer thanks to Shilo soldiers BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Brandon residents are being asked to show support for returning CFB Shilo troops this Were aiming at trying to get people to put up ribbons every where even if they make a welcomeback sign and put it in their that would be says Sandy Economic Development Brandon Citizens are encouraged to decorate home and street corners with yellow ribbons and Canadian troops are expect ed to return home from the War on Terrorism in Trudel says the idea of hold ing a yellowribbon campaign belongs to a couple of but the city wants to spread the She says shes hoping Brandon feels like a welcoming place to returning The soldiers had a stressful time in They were there for what could have been a Its because of their efforts that we can enjoy the freedoms we Were hoping the city looks like one yellow IN BRIEF Units for poor coming A rebuilt apartment block at 1202 Rosser will offer 26 units for lowincome tenants and three units for homeless Canadian Mental Health Association is converting the building which has stood empty since health officials ordered it closed six years City council has approved a parking variation for the pro allowing 13 offsite parking spaces instead of Association regional manager Glen Kruck says most of the ten ants wont own vehicles and those who do can park at the CMHC ReStore a block Action plan awaits City council will wait a little longer before giving its input to a longterm economic development action City manager Glen Laubenstein says council could vote in August on adopting timelines for implementing 47 recommenda tions of the plan by Corporate Affairs Recommendations include tapping the aboriginal labour developing a new city image and reorganizing tourism promotion Lumberyard planned A Winnipeg company plans to open a wholesale lumberyard at 185018th Street near United Furniture Superior Distributors received approval of a conditional use Manager Tony Matic says Brandons growing including plans for a Winnipeg infantry unit to move to western attracted the company increasing competition in the building supply industry is a recommendation within the recently released econom ic action plan for Casino up for discussion What do you think of the citys decision to move toward urban reserve negotiations with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation You will have a chance to air your views tonight in a public meeting at East End Community Riverview Errol Black says all members of the public are not just ward Theyll discuss the the Keystone Centres new board of directors and changes to the Transit The meeting starts at City will help MSBL land event Taxpayer dollars will help the Manitoba Senior Baseball League bid for the 2004 Canadian National Senior AAA Baseball City council has approved a repayable loan for the contingent on it being selected to host the The loan would make up most of the championships Ticket sales make up the balance of Surrounding communities in the past have supported national and international says MSBL president Barry Ten one from each would take A site is expected to be chosen by The tournament would be held over six days at Kinsmen and Westbran Brandon hosted the event in Manitoba hasnt hosted it since Discovery Centre hosts Memory Walk More than 100 people are expected to lace up shoes and take a Memory Walk for the Alzheimer Society in Brandon The 11th annual walk takes place at the Riverbank Discovery Centre with money raised staying in Westman to provide services to those affected by Alzheimers Walkers will finish either a 30minute or 60minute route during the which is one of the largest fundraisers for the organiza The walk begins at 6 A barbecue and registration will be held from 5 to Patti fund development coordinator with the society in says the walk will feature the local debut of a new mas Tracker is a big running They wanted to lighten up the image of the Alzheimer Society a says Green Dodge Neon stolen City police are investigating a car theft from the 00block of Willowdale Crescent Monday The vehicle is a dark green 1995 Dodge Manitoba licence OCR Electrical problem sparks fire Fire inspectors are investigating a fire that caused extensive dam age to a garage in the 900block of Rosser Avenue late An initial investigation suggests the fire was sparked by an elec trical School jumping with joy George Fitton school celebrates two decades of Jump Rope for Heart this The school is commemorating 20 years of participation in the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba through which it has raised to help in the fight against heart disease and Kerri Lynn rural fund development manager with the says the program not only raises muchneeded it teaches young people heart health and a sense of Money raised by students jumping rope goes towards research and promotion of heart Sun ;