“We were looking to do something and Communities in Bloom came knocking on our door and said they would like to partner with us and do it,” City Manager Adam Homes said. “They helped beautify the city and they are the ones who continue that work.”
According to Homes, the installation will help beautify the community, as well as honor Agnus Blackwell, a very active member of the town.
“She (Agnus Blackwell) was a longtime member of Melfort and helped various groups. She was very active in the early days of Communities in Bloom, but she also worked for the Christian Women’s Club and the Melfort Mustangs, all of which were an integral part of her life. She just gave so much to the community and Communities in Bloom thought she would be a great addition,” Homes said.
Installation costs are expected to be $1,200 and will be absorbed by the community services budget.
New business: New Era Technologies applied for a Development Permit to establish an agricultural business at 1955 Saskatchewan Drive South.
The council has approved the application and if they comply with all other laws and regulations, construction can begin.
Although the public expressed concerns about the aspect of chemical storage, Homes explained that New Era Technologies must pass several procedures before obtaining its business.
Homes also mentioned the benefits of new people and positive economic impacts.
“The city is always excited when new businesses come to town and become part of our community. Anytime there is investment in the city, especially on underused land right now, that’s a good thing,” he said.
The main business functions include retail, consulting services and a warehouse for the storage and sale of agricultural chemicals in bulk.
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