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Port Alberni city briefs: Faces, places and braces

A proposal for a free dental clinic in the Alberni Valley has advanced.

Dental services

on the way

A proposal for a free dental clinic in the Alberni Valley has advanced.

Coordinator Leanne Salter said that she is looking for space to run the clinic now that she’s approached city council.

Salter is also set to assemble a board to steer the project.

Those interested in the initiative can reach Salter at 250-248-8097.

College leases Tebo property

The city has extended a lease of its Tebo Avenue property with North Island College.

The property was originally supposed to be sold to the college but a grant to do so fell through.

The facility has been identified by college officials as a ‘strategic purchase’ so a sale will likely happen in the near future.

The lease is for $8,000 per month and is until March 2012.


City-Tseshaht aim to sustain

The city and the Tseshaht First Nation want to be carbon neutral by 2012.

The city has applied for $50,000 from the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities Fund.

If successful, the grant money will be used to fund a joint sustainability plan for the two city and Tseshaht.

The application does not require matching funds from the city or Tseshaht, city manager Ken Watson said.

Face of Alberni initiative closer

The city’s ‘new face of Alberni’ initiative is ramping up a notch after Monday’s city council meeting.

A request for proposals is in the works that will utilize a television network.

According to economic development manager Pat Deakin, the new face project will not be showcasing people who  have recently moved to the Alberni Valley.

Instead, it will show union workers, Catalyst workers and other industry people.

The initiative closes on July 29.