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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Special Meeting Called To Find Power For Metal Shredder

With the potential expansion of American Iron and Metal up in the air, Common Council is holding a special meeting tomorrow night discuss how to get power to a metal shredder on the city's West Side.

A-I-M president Herb Black saying the project may not happen after residents raised concerns about power lines going up on the Fundy Coast.

Councillor Bill Farren tells CHSJ News anything like this that doesn't go forward would be a blow to the community.

Mayor Ivan Court says the project is extremely important to Saint Johners and the meeting was called because they want to move it forward as quickly as possible.

Representatives from NB Power, Saint John Energy and the Port will also be on hand for tomorrow night's closed session meeting.

Mayor Stresses Importance Of Local History

With the city recently paying respects to one of it's first Mayors, former school teacher and current Mayor Ivan Court is stressing the importance of learning local history.

Court tells CHSJ News schools spend a lot of time on Canadian history, but not as much on New Brunswick History.

Court says anytime you can get young people connected to the past it's a good thing, because it will keep them from making the mistakes of the past.

Province Hit With Power Outage

NB Power Crews busy last night trying to restore power to 15 thousand customers. 

A spokesperson says high winds and rain caused the outages across the province. 

About five thousand customers remain in the dark, the majority of which are in the Grand Falls area. 

Due to the number of incidents, NB Power says restoration times will vary.

Liberals Against Two-Tier Wage

The Liberal opposition isn't too gung-ho about the possibility of a two-tier minimum wage in the province.

The Alward government is looking into a two-tiered wage for those in the service industry that get tips.

Labour Critic Chris Collins tells CHSJ News his party is completely against the idea.

He says he doesn't think that because someone is getting tips their minimum wage level should be effected.

Collins says if someone is younger or drawing tips a business can decide not to give them a pay raise, but they should still be guaranteed a certain amount of money, per hour, as a minimum.

Hampton Blooming-Up A Storm

It's time to prune, pluck and weed.

Hampton is joining the likes of Tallanstown, Ireland and North Berwick, England in the Communities in Bloom Challenge.

The judges are visiting the town for an evaluation tomorrow.

The non-profit organization is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and to improving quality of life through community participation and a national challenge.

Results will be announced in Quebec City on October 29th.

MLA Sees Bright Future For Crescent Valley

With the Crescent Valley neighbourhood completing stage one of their Flemming Court Park development, Saint John-Portland MLA Trevor Holder is over-the-moon.

Holder says he's watched the neighbourhood's progress over the last 12 years, and this is the next step in its evolution.

Holder says there are still issues from the original plan to re-develop Crescent Valley that need to addressed, such as employment counselling and daycare availability, but he's confident the community will continue to move forward.

Intersection Closed

A traffic note to keep in mind if you're out and about today. 

The intersection of McAllister Drive and Westmorland Road is closed until 7 o'clock tonight. 

Crews will be working on water mains throughout the day and detours will be set up on Consumers Drive, Commerce Drive and Majors Brook Drive.