In addition to what has been reported this week in the Brandon Sun, the following is a summary of the Brandon City Council meeting held June 17.
• Council received a presentation from the poverty committee regarding this fall’s poverty forum and the proposed creation of a local food charter policy. Committee members Susan Spring and Betty Peloquin made a presentation relating to the proposed policy, which focuses on the importance of food in the face of global shortages. The presentation touched on the need for food security and how Brandon’s food charter would work to accomplish that by building partnerships, promoting farmers markets and “buy local food” campaigns, and encouraging community gardens. The two also noted that Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Sask., Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Ont., Ottawa and Toronto have successful food charters, and Manitoba also has its own charter. The poverty committee will be seeking public input on a charter before bringing it back to council for endorsement later this year.
• Coun. Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine) provided a report on behalf of the audit and finance committee, which met June 6 to discuss budget reviews and the 2014 budget planning schedule, which will include a public consultation process similar to what was undertaken for the 2013 budget. Fawcett added that 2011 and 2012 financial year-ends would be discussed at a future meeting.
• Coun. Corey Roberts (Rosser) provided a brief verbal update on behalf of Renaissance Brandon, which has kicked off its Wednesdays by the Fountain concert series in Princess Park and is also supporting the now-open Global Market on Rosser Avenue. Roberts also read a letter from the Renaissance Brandon board of directors, which focused on its desire to see the heritage of the former fire hall on Princess Avenue preserved while the city continues to explore redevelopment options for the building. Roberts also reported, on behalf of the heritage advisory committee, that people can now book their participation in the city’s Doors Open Tour, which is set for July 20 and 21.
• Council approved the granting of accommodation tax funding to two sports organizations for events this summer: $2,700 to the Brandon Senior Baseball League for the July 19-21 Manitoba Baseball Senior AA All-Star Provincials and $10,000 to Brandon Minor Baseball for its Canada Day Classic baseball tourney, June 28-July 1. Data provided by Economic Development Brandon indicates that nine accommodation tax grant applications have been approved since the tax was implemented a little less than a year ago, and had provided almost $80,000 to events generating a total of 4,249 room nights.
• Council approved the naming of the park located at 45 Mulberry Cres. as the Jacobson Family Park, with a monument to be installed and dedicated to the memory of Vionell (Jake) Jacobson. The Jacobson & Greiner Group of Companies, of which Jacobson worked to establish, has recently worked to create the park and will further work in partnership with the city to install the park’s signage, in compatibility with municipal policy.
• Council approved the use of $11,750 from the elections reserve fund to cover expenses incurred for the Meadows ward byelection.